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Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 294

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) 294

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.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Actually, that's not what was addressed: the study said the car's driving range was sufficient for 87% of people, which is perfectly reasonable. Neither the article nor the study's abstract mentioned charging availability at all, except the article said that it was "cited as [a] drawback". I can't say whether the study's text addressed that because I'm not going to spend $30 just to read it.

Comment Re: Say what now? (Score 1) 133

If you're going to break down the concept of color by referring only to frequencies, then "monochrome" is meaningless anyway and you are just as wrong in your attempted pedantry. Color is defined by the frequencies we perceive with our eyes and our brain interprets. If those frequencies exist and are recognized, then color "exists". You might as well say that sound doesn't really exist because it's just a pressure wave and our mind interprets the impulses coming from our ears. You can argue it's true, but only by attempting to invalidate the basic meaning of the word you are trying to discredit.

Chickens don't really exist: your eyes just interpret a combination of molecules and electricity interacting in very complex ways.

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