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Comment Security implications (Score 3, Insightful) 686

This obviously has benefits to society but comes at the cost of making your home network less secure - most routers don't separate the internet side of things from the home network side of things, so it's similar to allowing a person to connect their PC to your LAN socket. Any machines on your network are now visible to an attacker.

Comment Re:Science does require faith (Score 1) 1486

Science works in the opposite way to religion - skepticism and doubt are at the heart of the scientific method. Science is about coming up with a model or a theory to explain something, and then testing it and trying to prove it wrong. Most religions claim to know some divinely inspired truth which must not be questioned, and doubt and skepticism are seen as the enemies of religion - and quite rightly so. The level of "faith" required to accept a scientific finding is not comparable to the level of faith required to believe in religion. If a team of scientists conducts an experiment and comes up with a result then the experiment is analysed through peer review, and if possible the experiment is run again and again (often by different teams) to see if they get the same results or not.

Submission + - Museums, paranoia and draconian copyright laws

Jo writes: "While visiting London recently, I experienced how stupid and annoying copyright laws can be. Visiting the Queen's House in Greenwich, for example, I was told I could not take a photograph (even with my mobile phone) of the paintings. Why can't I take a photograph of something I can see with my own eyes? Bear in mind these paintings were hundreds of years old, therefore the copyright claims to them have now expired. Worse still — visit the National Maritime Museum next door and you are told:

Non-commercial sketching is permitted in the NMM galleries and grounds. Sketching refers only to pencil and charcoal drawings — no painting or pen drawings to be undertaken without prior permission from both Collections Services and Collections Group staff.
I half imagined the museum staff to march up to me and demand "Ihre papiere bitte!"

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