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Comment These folks obviously don't get out much. (Score 1) 66

Every time I read an article to the effect that researchers have discovered that some non-human creature has a capability previously believed to be unique to humans, I ask myself (and usually those around me) if these researchers have ever had a dog or cat, or closely watched squirrels, crows, goats, or any of a hundred other animal species. There is so much evidence of nonhuman sentience right there in front of us that it very nearly takes a conscious effort not to see it.

I wouldn't call squirrels intellectual giants, but if you assume sentience in, say, every vertebrate unless there's evidence to the contrary, you'll be right more often than not. Of course, this raises an interesting ethical dilemma for those of us who are omnivores, but pretending it isn't there doesn't make it go away. (For my part, I consider this is an argument for humane livestock practices.)

Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 295

Knocking out their internet would not put anybody at risk whatsoever and the hacker knew this.

In this case it might not have, but in other places it could. For example, many hospitals don't hire Radiologists, but instead contract out to private groups. They will very often read the images remotely part or full-time, and if the hospital's Internet access is down, the images cannot be read. Emergency situations can often require radiological services.

Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 295

Anyone can write a blog or post a Youtube video, and then send the link to some friends. After that, if the meme fails to spread, then you likely didn't explain your point very well, or you didn't have much of a point to make.

Not everyone has mastered the art of making a persuasive argument, even if they are on the morally-correct side of the debate. He used the tools he had at his disposal. (Note that this is not meant as support of the appropriateness of the methods used).

Comment Re:Java? (Score 1) 427

I rather like an application that is the same everywhere, on Mac, Win and Linux, and I don't have to learn the nuances of a new system.

That absolutely makes sense for people who use multiple operating systems regularly and rely heavily on one application across those platforms.

Most people, however, use just one operating system and are used to how the OS works, not a specific application. For them, making them adapt to a different interface every time they run just one specific application is counterproductive.

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