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Comment Re:why start after the fact? (Score 1) 219

Good point.

But it's a bit more complicated than that. Many people refuse to believe that their friends have done something "wrong" and will water it down in their own minds. Much like when parents refuse to believe than little darling Johnny could ever have done something like that.

I agree, the police force as an organisation (in each country) needs to put more focus on their members behaving property, and expelling those who don't, but at the same time, it's hard for people to punish their own friends (which are usually the people who are with them on the beat, and know they've done something wrong). Or they'll even believe that the act wasn't wrong.

Also, many police who would otherwise dob in their comrades do not for fear of repercussion.

There needs to be organisational change, but to call 97% of them bad is either mean-spirited or naive.

Comment Re:Not always Free Speech (Score 1) 88

From Wikipedia: "Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas using one's body to anyone who is willing to receive them."

Merriam Webster: "the right to express facts and opinions subject only to reasonable limitations (as the power of the government to protect itself from a clear and present danger) guaranteed by the 1st and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and similar provisions of some state constitutions"

Oxford Dictionaries: "The right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint."

I am capable of communicating the entirety of my ideas and opinions without having to copy someone else's work. So despite ACs rudeness, I don't consider him/her to be wrong about free speech.

But I could be wrong under the Oxford definition because it really depends what entails a "restraint", and being restrained by not being able to reproduce someone;s work could count. But by uploading torrents of the latest movies, I'm not really expressing any opinion to begin with. To actually express something, one would need to cut and add commentary about the movie expressing an actual opinion, which would then fall under "fair use" for most purposes.

The Merriam Webster entry seems to say that freedom of speech can be defined by the government, which I consider absurd.

The Wikipedia entry specifically says "using one's body", so under that definition, breaking movie copyright certainly doesn't count. Doing a rendition of "happy birthday" could count as free speech that is stopped by copyright law imo.

Comment Re:Shared written language (Score 1) 86

Yes they do. Which makes Chinese languages particularly interesting. There are quite a few differences in grammar between Cantonese and "Mandarin" (Standard Chinese) as well, so even in the written form, it's not EASY for Mandarin speakers and Cantonese speakers to communicate. I have also seen Japanese and Chinese communicate with each other using Chinese characters. Stunted, but it works.

Comment Re:Faster than the global average? (Score 1) 182

You deduced that the environment can change without humans! Well done. Animals can also be killed without humans! Therefore poaching isn't a problem. Trees can also be felled without humans! Chopping down the rainforest isn't a problem! People can die without other humans killing them. Therefore murder is not a problem!

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