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Comment Re:I hope Reddit is happy. That dude is probably d (Score 1) 137

In a facetious sense, yep. :)

Realistically, if an American wants education, they can get it. Further, if I want to educate Americans (I'm not one) then I can travel to your country, stand on the corner and shout obscenities about Trump, Clinton, Obama... whoever.

The NKs have no access to media outside the country, low education prospects. People can't easily get information to them. The risk of having a contrary opinion is death, as is the risk of espousing it.

That being said, as a non-American, I think Americans are particularly poorly educated in global affairs. But then again, I could have sample bias - my academic background is international relations.

Comment Re:I hope Reddit is happy. That dude is probably d (Score 1) 137

I still think it is more complex than you're giving it credit. For example, The Glorious Leader is a bad guy - he's really responsible. And he tells the general's what to do, so they're responsible.

Lets use one of them as an example, say the minister for corrective services. He's responsible for the people tortured and killed in prison camps. Right? He tells the directors of the prisons what to do, so they're responsible. But they may not be the one's who are ordering all the people tortured and killed, so they're less responsible. What about the grounds keepers, janitors, secretaries, guards? Without them the prison might shut down - so they're all responsible. But not as responsible as the prison director. And definitely not as responsible as a general or minister. But they're a bit responsible.

What about the apartment full of people who didn't fight back against the secret police when they were arresting the guy unfairly? Are they responsible?

What about the US - the global hegemon, who could fly planes in an topple the regime? Surely they're the global leadership, so this moral duty would fall to them.

Or China, the dominant regional power?

Or the UN with the UNSC? They sent forces into Iraq claiming the presence of WMDs that didn't exist. Surely they have a responsibility based on precedent to topple North Korea? Are they the global leadership and therefore morally responsible.

Or how about the liberal democratic theory that people have moral equivalence and the right to self determination? That would mean that the leadership is only in power because they let it be. Are the people then responsible and the leaders of the republic?

I think leadership here is a very nebulous concept. Hannah Arendt covered this very well in Eichmann in Jerusalem. These arguments are nothing new. They were the same ones that confronted the Nuremburg trials when they were hanging people. How do you measure how responsible a person is? Where do you draw the 'leadership' line?

Comment Re:I hope Reddit is happy. That dude is probably d (Score 4, Insightful) 137

Actually, it is more likely a combination of both, but not in the way you think. I can think of a number of effects at play

Firstly, we know that Nazi's used Jews as guards and administrators in the death camps. Why'd they do it? Fear of individual persecution, and a desire to achieve a better circumstance. In situations like this it makes sense to sell out your neighbour for personal gain. I guess you'd call it a combination of greed and fear.

Secondly, there is the fact that they live in a controlling regime that makes dissent very difficult. Specifically you should google the Hawthorne effect. Basically, if there is a chance you're under surveillance then you alter your behaviour accordingly. They government tries to either achieve of implement panopticism (google it).

Thirdly, North Korea constitutes what social psychologists and political scientists call 'total instutionalism'. They've been cut off so well (28 websites remember) and so long that they are not only disconnected from the outside world, it doesn't exist to them. I mean, they know it is there, but they know nothing about it. They may never have heard the world revolution.

Fourthly, social facilitation in a police state is completely different than in a liberal democracy. You never know who is going to dob you in.

Finally, there are probably some people who just plain believe the lies. They've grown up with the indoctrination and just buy in.

I think it is a discredit to ourselves to try and say this is just a lazy population or an overbearing dictator. There are a number of complex social psychological phenomenons happening, as well as a totalitarian power structure. The problem is hard to understand. The solution is easy though - great leader will be the first guy with his back against the wall when the revolution comes.

Comment Re:able to take SLR-quality images (Score 1) 551

How about this argument:

The entry level SLRs from the big vendors all allow you to use different lenses to effect a change in bokeh. They have higher MP counts. They all export RAWs for better image editing. They are all completely customisable in terms of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. They can all be mounted on standard tripods, dollys, etc... Futher, the experience of shooting through the lens is very different from that of shooting from the back of the camera. Further, there is a range of lens and flash modifiers to a SLR. You can add flashes (as many as you want) in configurations from on-camera, to soft boxes, hot lights, umbrellas, ring-flashes. Additionally, you can use Cokin type filters to adjust the image coming into the camera with star-filters, graduated neutral density filters, UV filters, circular polarising filters, etc.. If you want to do astro photography you can use a T-mount.

SLRs are ubiquitous not because they have a sensor and a lens, but because they are supported by an ecosystem that makes them the professional's choice.

Comment SLR Quality? (Score 2) 551

They must have a different meaning of SLR quality from me.

The entry level Canon is an 18mp camera with interchangeable lenses. It has a significantly larger sensor that would enable a significantly different depth of field, and rang of depths. Further, you can completely manipulate the aperture, shutter and ISO. And you can export RAW for MUCH greater flexibility in editing. And you can mount it easily on tripods, dollys, etc. And by using different lengths you can manipulate the bokeh.

Hype much?

Submission + - Is it time for a new audio format for recording? 4

tezbobobo writes: Why isn't recording information embedded in recorded audio files? When I edit a photo in Photoshop Lightroom the RAW file usually contains information about the camera, lens, location, and settings used. When I import a WAV from my field recorder the software is completely oblivious to the recorder used and the microphone. I can't even tell the software to compensate for a certain mic with profiles. So, it it time for some new standards?

Comment Really like it (Score 1) 376

So I really like it. I do a lot of design work and rely heavily on the Adobe range plus C4D. I can't complain - I prefer it to 7 as well. Cortana works really well and the search functionality is excellent. Doing work with a LOT of resources I find the system spritely and responsive. Start menu is the best it has ever been. Further, when I setting up computers for other people I find it easy to group the resources thy use together so its easy for them,

Comment Re:The bullshit is fresh and steamy (Score 5, Insightful) 237

Firstly, between those 'big four' browsers share > 95% of the market. So yeah - big four. Also it doesn't make sense to compare Edge to browsers that don't run on the same platform, so wtf would you include Safari - it doesn't make sense. If you factor out Safari, the remaining browsers make 2% of the market. So that description was entirely appropriate.

Secondly. it doesn't matter what the reason is. Does it matter whether its a technical limitation? It isn't Microsoft that is stopping its competitors - it is them stopping themselves. Microsoft hasn't magically disabled 1080p in other browsers - they did it themselves.

So Microsoft is right, and that's all people will care about if they want 1080p.

Also, Chrome sucks at memory management.

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 2) 138

So this is pretty misleading. The reason China's emissions are so high compared to everyone elses is that everyone else has moved their production to China. That Sony Playstation your buying is produced in China, so although it's emissions are going up, its actually because of the consumption of Europe and the collective West. Which is to say, China may be emitting, but it is emitting on everyone's behalf. Seconldy, China's per capita emissions are MUCH lower than the US - about 25%. Thirdly, China implemented the most effective emission program ever - the one child program. Historically, the country lease likely to ratify international conventions is the US (because of its congressional approval system). The reason Japan pulled out of Kyoto was because its main economic rival - China - wasn't a signatory. The US sets a bad example for everyone by not ratifying these things, yet insists on being involved.

Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 1) 456

I really hope this is the case. I have a WinPhone and it is brilliant. Everyone I've converted to WinPhones prefer them. I've owned all three and Android are simply the worst. In terms of usability and interface iOS is solid, but their hardware lock in sucks. While I really loved my iPhone, WinPhones offer more (except apps). It could be solved by maybe offering some stellar software.

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