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Comment Re:Hold down power button and ... (Score 1) 116

(...) even people who have done nothing wrong (...). And anybody who has done something wrong should (...)

The problem is that everyone has some something wrong. There is some kind of law, statute or rule that you broke... or didn't follow strictly.
This day and age there are so many rule, such broad law, that everyone had some something. Even if it as minor as jaywalking. Or driving over the speed limit for a couple minutes. Or parking a little too far from the sidewalk. Or something else completely different that in a given place is a misdemeanor.

I'm not screaming "evil big government here". I'm actually a law student and an intern in a attorney office. We all break some law several times every day. But these are such minor things that the legal system simply don't care. Maybe it is not a criminal law, but only enough for a civil lawsuit. But we are still breaking the rules.

In the eyes of the law, no one is 100% guiltless, even if they are innocent.

This is one of the problems why the legal system doesn't work. We punish too many things, so we punish badly. And, in that scenario, when the policing forces (local, state or federal) get increased powers and broader mandates, they get carte blanche to so pretty much what they want to anyone they want. After all, everyone is guilty of something.

Things are only getting scarier.

"Give me 6 folders of porn from the most innocent of men and I shall find something in there to hang him."

In some places it might be porn with wrinkled 60 year old women in school uniforms. In other places, porn featuring women whose breasts are too small.

Comment Re:Pretty interesting (Score 1) 409

Why would WikiLeaks be out of play?
Assange isn't WikiLeaks. The organization's perfectly capable of accepting and releasing data without their leader. There's already been at least one release since Assange went silent, possibly via deadman switch.
Persecuting Assange is just assaulting the public face of WikiLeaks, not affecting what it can do.

Yes, Assange probably had a 'dead mans switch' set up so that if he didn't keep updating something it would assume that he'd been handed over to the UK authorities by the Ecuadorians and then leak some files that would be very damaging to the Ecuadorian government.

I kind of hope this is what he's done because he hasn't actually been handed over to the UK authorities and when the files go public the Ecuadorians are going to kick him out of the embassy in his pajamas.

Comment Re:Let's not forget... (Score 1) 99

Slightly but the GP is right in claiming that Corals existed when CO2 was higher. So let's assume that he's right and that Corals are not related to CO2. That leaves us with two options:

1. He believes corals aren't sensitive to temperature (this has been proven without a doubt to be false and you're more than happy to try this at home with a fishtank and overheat your water by only a couple of degrees).
2. He believes CO2 isn't related to global warming which at this point is about as big of a WTF as you can get on a site that is supposed to have an intelligent tech minded readership which embraces science rather than politifiction.

I like that point about raising the temperature of the fish tank by a couple of degrees. If you raised the temperature by a couple of degrees over enough generations of fish I'm sure they'd be fine. How many generations is required, now thats the question.

Comment Re:Let's not forget... (Score 1) 99

Humans take such a short term view of things.


As well we should. I mean, I do take solace that something like the GBR will probably form at some other place millions of years in the future, but that's not really a substitute for being able to see what they once were in my lifetime.

Then you better move fast and check things out. Many wonderful things in this world are temporary. Check out New Zealands 'pink and blue terraces', oops earthquake.

Comment Re:Let's not forget... (Score 1) 99

Humans take such a short term view of things.

Probably because we don't live very long and can only survive under some very specific environmental conditions.

If human survival is insignificant, then the state of the GBR isn't worth worrying about.

I'm sure we could have survived in the Pleistocene. You have to be prepared to move around the planet a bit to find equitable habitats, something that the system of nation states interferes with. Perhaps we will have to do away with them to survive.

Comment Re:Let's not forget... (Score 4, Interesting) 99

...that as a geological feature, the GBR is relatively new.

As it only developed over the last 8000 years or so (since the last ice age) it's entirely possible that - in geological spans - the GBR is an ephemeral thing, like foam on the crest of a wave to us. To our short timeframe it seems permanent but it really isn't.

I know, that's not part of the FUD-creed, so downvote me to oblivion.

You are totally correct. The GBR wasn't there in the Pleistocene, when CO2 levels were higher than today.

In fact when the GBR was getting started the Sahara desert wasn't a desert at all, it was lush grass and swamp land.

Humans take such a short term view of things.

Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 1) 342

But in general, yeah I don't get why theres any particular incentive to see a movie on its release date.

Avoiding spoilers + being able to talk about the movie with friends while it's still relevant are pretty big draws.

I don't much care about 'spoilers' and movies being relevant in conversations with friends? ...?

Comment Re:Anyone surprised? (Score 1) 75

I forgot to add that I obviously know nothing whatsoever about how the EU actually works, and can only parrot what our Dear Leader Vladimir tells me.

In that case you are in the same position as Boris Johnson and David Davis, the UK politicians in charge of Brexit. Davis believed that a UK outside the EU/EEA could negotiate trade deals with individual EU member states and Boris just recently suggested that the UK could forge favorable trade deals with Turkey (which is in the EU customs region).

So lack of knowledge on how the EU actually works is no barrier to even the highest positions in UK government.

Comment Re:European Union full membership (Score 1) 75

It's obvious Turkey should be awarded a full membership in the EU as they have proven themselves to be on the same level as the European Commission, the non-elected elitist Rulers of the union. See: European Constitution, and Dutch Ukraine Referendum.

Of course. And the death penalty and holocaust denial aren't that important really...

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