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Comment Re:what? (Score 3, Informative) 135

"He was paid well to provide software that functioned to the defined spec, and he failed to do that."

Not correct at all. The software (apparently) worked well according to the original specification. Then they extended their business to open new branches, but did not adequately update the software. Not a problem of the programmer, but a problem of change management. You could just as well complain that your toy tricycle is not safe on the highway - possibly quite correct, but it's your fault if you are operating it outside its specification ("use only by children up to 30 kg on the sidewalk"), not the tricycle engineers problem.

Comment Re:Winter? (Score 1) 249

You might want to check up on Sweden. HA is run by immigrants. The liberals want to have sex with the corpses of their relatives and pets. Everyone is a rapist and/or terrorist and the police is scared to leave the police stations. Sweden is like a country the anti Christ would build.

Have you ever been to Sweden? Or do you get all your information from neo-nazi blogs? If an Antichrist built Sweden, it's the one from Heinlein's "New Book of Job".

Comment Re: We should never expect or accept tracking (Score 1) 206

Using the Internet is optional. Just ask most of the world.

So is survival. Just ask most of the world.

In practice, there are services without which life in a modern society is, while not impossible, at least highly impractical. Things like water toilets and, indeed, the internet. By using them you do not automatically consent to all avoidable negative side effects.

Comment Re: We should never expect or accept tracking (Score 2) 206

Also, if you want to keep your interests private, DON'T USE THE INTERNET. Every http request you send to a server has to know where to send the response to. From the beginning that has shown up in the server logs. That's the way the web works. Everything else is a natural evolution of that simple fact. You already should assume that the NSA is hoovering up everything, including not just your net history but your phone calls. Since you're on the net, you've already accepted that you don't have privacy; you're just not willing to say it.

If you don't want to be murdered, don't ever get born. Your body is fragile, and every day you are interacting with a potentially deadly environment. You should always assume that the FBI or the KGB or the Mafia or your looney neighbour could kill you at will. It's just a natural evolution of the fragile nature of life.

Or, in other words, we create a regulatory framework of laws and social conventions to supplement nature. We don't need a parliament to decide which way gravity pulls us, or if water is wet. That we get for free.

Comment Re:dont know (Score 4, Informative) 254

I believe the submission is asking, not from a legal perspective (which won't be decided here in any case), but from an ethical one. It does seem to me that the photographer is trying to take advantage of the situation. If he accepted payment of X for 2 years of use, accepting the same or less (no more work involved) for an addition 2 years seems appropriate. OTOH, if the photo is so good that it the customer wants to continue using it, perhaps they should pay more. But my suspicion is that, if he wanted more, they'd be perfectly happy to have someone else take a new photo, and probably a "work for hire" so they could use in perpetuity. Long story short, they owe him something which is closer to the original payment than to the extortionist amount he seeks. Individual against corporation shouldn't matter, sentiment around /. seems to be against extortion when it's corporation against individual. This isn't any different, other than the parties being reversed. So, is the answer based on ethics/principles, or on "screw the big guy?"

Did anybody actually read the original article (link to non-mobile version with images) in Der Standard? First, the photographer does not want 2 million from the hotel chain. The total estimated value of the copyright violation, including third parties, is 2 million. The current offer to settle is 1 million (plus legal fees, which are relatively reasonable in Austria) from Hovarth, and the hotel has already upped its offer to 400000. At stake is not simply that the hotel has used the photos for the intended purpose for longer than licensed, but rather that they have given out the high-resolution originals (claiming they own the copyright) to third parties for promotion - leading to one or the other of the photos to end up on 170 magazine covers and in newspapers like the New York Times, El Pais, and the The Telegraph.

Comment Re:Go ahead and commit suicide Europe (Score 1) 491

but that doesn't mean he has to be tortured What torture? What he is experiencing doesn't even register on the scale of torture. Solitary confinement is a human rights violation. No, it's not. It serves two purposes. 1) to prevent people like him from harming others as they have already done and 2) prevent others from harming him because of what they have done.

Experts disagree. Solitary confinement isn't punishment. It's torture [...] The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has specifically condemned Woodfox’s treatment as torture and called on the United States to eliminate the use of prolonged isolation. As discussed, solitary confinement inflicts psychological injury on inmates subjected to it for more than a brief period of time.156 Though such suffering may be mental rather than physical, the punishment is still likely to be found "severe" under international laws prohibiting torture. [...] Solitary confinement use in the United States contravenes international law because it fulfills all four elements of torture.

But as always, it's easy to be generous with other people's money.

The Norwegian tax payers overall seem to be very happy with the system. Maybe because it works. Or maybe because they are understand international human rights standards.

Comment Re:Why to everyone's dismay? (Score 1) 491

He should have been executed or worked to death in a stone mine. He is _NOT_ a human being. He deserves nothing. Ask the relatives of those whom he killed... Inhuman handling.

Even some parents who lost children in the attack appeared to be satisfied with the verdict, seeing it as fair punishment that would allow the country, perhaps, to move past its trauma. “Now we won’t hear about him for quite a while; now we can have peace and quiet,” Per Balch Soerensen, whose daughter was among the dead, told TV2, according to The Associated Press. He felt no personal rancor toward Mr. Breivik, he was quoted as saying. “He doesn’t mean anything to me,” Mr. Soerensen said. “He is just air.” ...via the NYT.

Comment Re:Rule of law (Score 5, Informative) 491

Are Norwegians (including their convicts) such pacifists that it couldn't be argued that he needs "protective custody?" Jeffrey Dahmer killed less than 77 people, and he survived, what? Two years with the general prison population?

Western European prisons, and Scandinavian prisons in particular, are very different from the US hellholes. They don't dehumanise inmates to nearly the same degree, and as a result, most prisoners don't behave like crazy monkeys fighting a turf war. The rate of incarceration in Norway nearly ten times lower than in the US, and the level of recidivism is only 20%, as opposed to nearly 80% in the US.

Comment Re:Feinstein is one of those (Score 1) 241

So homosexuals and their enablers will vote for her even if she starts running under the name "Darth Sidious" with her political platform as "Destroy every living human in the United States"

This wins the price for the most stupid, most prejudiced and most bigoted comment I've seen in a long time.

Comment Re:Yes, but will it be chap 11? (Score 5, Informative) 235

We can use the Fischer-Tropsch process to convert the coal to more usable forms. We aren't going to just let all those delicious hydrocarbons go to waste.

The Fischer-Tropsch process can turn coal into liquid hydrocarbons, but it is not energy efficient. Its feedstocks are hydrogen (currently mostly produced at a loss from methane, i.e. natural gas) and carbon monoxide (produced from the coal). If you have the Hydrogen, you can just use it directly, e.g. in a fuel cell, and burn the coal for electricity or heat. The Fischer-Tropsch process is only interesting if you need liquid fuels, say for operating tanks or aircraft, and don't have more efficient sources.

Comment Re:Time for a new job (Score 4, Insightful) 319

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. [....] Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it [...] When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

I would certainly accept the argument that a president or any other leader who orders torture violates natural rights and voids his authority.

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