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Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 91

> California-based adult content-maker Dreamroom Productions claims it has made it much harder for producers to hunt down and flag infringing material, since the videos are not shared publicly.

Of course it's harder to find infringers when they aren't advertising to you that they're doing it.

Yeah, it's basically equivalent to using private trackers to share pirated movies, music and TV shows using the bittorrent protocol. You're much less likely to get an infringement notice that way.

Comment Re: Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 2, Insightful) 495

You are simply mis-reading what is stated in that document. The US citizen parent had to be resident in the US for ten years (prior to the birth). How can I be so certain? I am in a similar category, but was born outside the US to a US mother and a father who had not been ten years resident in the US. I had, since birth, US citizenship until I renounced a few years ago.

Comment Re:Don't buy a smart TV (Score 1) 161

It will probably get harder and harder to find a TV without these "smart" features. If you don't want them, just don't give the TV your wifi password.

I've heard of TVs sniffing around for open access WiFi connections. So if any of your neighbors has open WiFi, or the coffee shop at the end of the street offers free public WiFi, your TV could be connecting anyway. And don't forget, the GPS in the TV will let them know where you live, so it won't give you any anonymity either.

I really think it is worth the extra money to get a non-smart TV if you can find one.

Comment Re:Encrypted is in the eye of the beholder (Score 1) 91

The goal is to stop mass surveillance. If GCHQ or the NSA really want that data, they will hack the site anyway.

By using HTTPS everywhere it just makes their job harder, so they can't spy on everyone by default.

Wrong. The NSA only needs to hack the CAs. Once they do that once, it takes no further effort on their part to engage in the kind of mass surveillance they did before people started using encryption for their web surfing. You're only fooling yourself if you think that using https is going to make the job any more difficult for the NSA.

Comment Re:oh no (Score 1) 295

Think of all those people who are going to die because of all those other people who aren't going to die!

Actually, people can donate not just one, but several organs: two kidneys, a liver, a heart, two lungs, etc. In other words, one person dead in an auto accident can translate to half a dozen or more lives saved. So yes, as paradoxical as it might sound, saving more lives on the road can actually lead to a total net loss of life.

Comment Why would games be different? (Score 1) 145

Why would games be different than any form of artistic expression, like books, movies, music, paintings, sculpture, architecture? Different people value different things, and sometimes even when there's some critical consensus, you might radically disagree with the critics. Check out Rotten Tomatoes sometime to see if there's any 95% fresh movies you hate or 37% fresh movies you love. I'm sure you'll find that there are indeed some.

Comment I thought the opposite. (Score 1) 207

As someone who does book design for a living, I always hated typographical abominations like straight quotes, fake small caps, non-use of ligatures on fonts that really need them (Bembo, Caslon, etc.), but I thought that since Microsoft Word (which like it or not is pretty much the standard word processor/text editor for ordinary civilians) has had "smart quotes" since Word 2003 (or even earlier) that straight quotes would become a thing of the past. I'm still hopeful that they will, especially with Unicode becoming more prevalent. (Slashdot is an obvious exception to the Unicode everywhere rule.) I do wish, however, people would stick with plain ASCII in (English language) emails, as my e-mail reader does tend to choke on Unicode, but I do recognize that's my fault for using old software.

Comment Re:Leave the Walled Garden (Score 2) 449

You don't need to use Steam. You don't need to use Photoshop. What's that? You like the features or the convenience of the walled garden? Oh well in that case I guess computing really does suck.

You seem to suggest that a walled garden is necessary to enjoy those features. The fact is, Photoshop, and other software in the Creative Suite used to be available for purchase. Now, it's rent only. I think that's what he was complaining about. I, too, am irritated by this. I still use CS6, the last version of Creative Suite you could buy. I refuse to use rented software.

Comment Re:Well duh. (Score 1) 115

In addition there is the bayron number. For instance a neutron has no charge and is composed of quarks. An anti-neutron also has no charge but is made up of anti-quarks and has a bayron number of -1 instead of 1.

But the previous poster talked about color charge, and the baryon number is just the sum R+B+G where R, G, and B are the red, green, and blue color charge respectively. Actually, the individual color charges themselves are not constant, since they are scrambled around by the gluon field, but their sum, R+B+G which is just the baryon number is.

Comment Re:..and this is effective, how, exactly? (Score 2) 121

If they're terrorists or involved with/sympathetic to terrorist organizations, they'll lie, or have 'clean' social media accounts to present.

That's EXACTLY what they're hoping people will do. The DHS officials will then check out the "clean" profiles, and ask Twitter/Facebook or whatever for the IP address associated with those "clean" accounts, as well as any other accounts which log in from the same address. They'll then look very closely at those other accounts. People will think they're fooling the DHS, when in reality, it will be the other way around.

Comment Re:Well duh. (Score 2) 115

The reason is that an anti-particle is a particle with opposite charge (both electric and colour) compare to its partner. So an anti-electron has opposite charge to a normal electron, and an anti-quark has opposite colour-charge and electric charge to a normal quark.

A photon does not have any charge, so an anti-photon would have identical properties to a normal photon - they would be identical, and so it makes no sense to talk about them as being different entities.

You're exactly right, but there is one other quantum number involved in particle/anti-particle duality, and that is lepton number. That is why neutrinos and anti-neutrinos are distinct particles despite having no electric or color charge: they have opposite lepton number.

Comment Re:Well duh. (Score 5, Informative) 115

I know your comment was meant to be humorous, but it does raise an important point. There really is no such thing as an anti-laser since lasers produce photons, and photons are their own anti-particle. I.e. there's no such thing as an anti-photon, or to be more precise, a photon and anti-photon are the same thing! That's why an ordinary laser can be used in this experiment.

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