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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Cederic Re:Reads like a "Modest Proposal" to me (269 comments)

The reasoning is both fallacious and just plain wrong.
Allowing anonymity does NOT make criminal behaviour impossible to detect, either the act of criminality or necessarily the individual responsible.
Even if you can't detect the individual the fact that the criminality has occurred can still be detected and addressed.

If I steal a gun, shoot someone with it and run off without being identified, I've still committed a crime. Even if the police can't identify or find me they can provide redress to my victim and assure that the person from whom I stole the gun better secures it in the future. Actions to reduce crime can be taken despite the anonymity.

So no, the reasoning is very flawed and the question of whether to remove anonymity or the classification of actions as 'crime' doesn't even need to arise.

yesterday
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Cederic Re:Legitimate concerns (269 comments)

The little problem of the holocaust being a well documented, well evidenced and very real persecution of millions of people does seem to make you look like an idiot.

But even racist idiots should be allowed to express their views - not least so that other people can educate them about their bigotry, their stupidity and how amused we are by them.

I guess you're next going to tell us that tens of millions of people didn't die in the Gulags. Which racial group would you like to blame for that one?

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Cederic Re:Past due not reported by companies (563 comments)

You went into overdraft because of a credit card bill?

Sorry but that's just poor financial management.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Cederic Re:The American Dream (563 comments)

I bought a house, and gaining value has fuck all to do with it. Any gains in value are completely offset by the gains in value of any other house I might want to move to.

I bought because the maths was simple: Pay £250/month for a single room in a shared house, or pay £400/month for a whole flat to myself.

Now factor in the two years at the start where I covered the extra £150/month by getting a lodger in at £250/month and I had the same 'shared accommodation' as renting, but at a net £100/month less.

Move onto my current house, which I bought with a mortgage around 15 years ago.

Mortgage 15 years ago: £400/month
Equivalent rent 15 years ago: Around £350-500/month
Mortgage last year : £400/month
Equivalent rent last year: Around £700-900/month

So I've saved money on rent over that period, I haven't been kicked out, I've had the choice on when to redecorate. I've also had to do some investment - a new bathroom, new carpets, general upkeep.

But the mortgage rent comparisons stop last year because..

Mortgage now: £0
Equivalent rent now: £700-900

Fuck 'gain in value', look how much money I'm saving every single month because I sat down in 1997 and did some forward planning.

You're in the game, and you're going to say anything you can to keep it going.

Wipe my house value to zero and I still wont be paying rent. Shit, knock a digit off the price of every house in the country and I'll celebrate with you. I'll also go out and buy 7 of them because they'll pay back massively in rental income.

Keep it going? No. I can afford a five bedroom house with snooker room, swimming pool and paddock every bit as much as someone on minimum wage: Not at all. I just chose certain sacrifices some time ago that help me minimise outgoings now.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Cederic Re:The American Dream (563 comments)

Roommate or house/flatmate?

There's a significant difference in quality of life.

2 days ago
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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

Cederic Metaboli (63 comments)

3-4 years ago I subscribed to Metaboli (http://www.metaboli.co.uk/ ) who offer a tiered subscription service.

I got good value for money, and only really unsubscribed because I started building a good Steam library that grows as quickly as I can play the games.

As people are predicting with EA the games aren't the latest/greatest versions, but they've been around for a few years now and they're still in business so it's clearly a sustainable model.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Cederic Re:Great... (573 comments)

Oh? Please, do share.

I do however need to see public announcements by military leaders that they've shot down a multi-engined aircraft in the vicinity at the time of the incident as evidence.

Russia has been deceitful, aggressive, manipulative and acting illegitimately when it comes to the Ukraine since the start of this crisis. Much like the US and the EU, but it does mean that I refuse to believe anything without some pretty solid evidence. So please, do share..

4 days ago
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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

Cederic 23k or.. (96 comments)

The whole point of going in-memory inside the main 12c database is that sometimes the alternative to the $23k (list price; negotiate 60-90% off that) is buying a new CPU and licensing the whole database ( + options + OS + etc -> far far more than $23k) on that.

So although normally I bemoan Oracle's exceedingly unfriendly licensing model on this occasion it's not terribly surprising.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Cederic Re:Not just version 4.9 (728 comments)

This is what debuggers are for.

(No, I've never tried debugging a kernel. Yes, I can think of how to start, and no, I can't be arsed)

5 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Cederic Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (288 comments)

Given that 'green' energy can't meeting total demands anyway, switching to 'green' energy merely relocates the issue.

Total energy use = green + dirty, and your specific part of that equation doesn't change the equation.

about a week ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Cederic Re:Can I go anywhere useful yet? (120 comments)

Fuck no. I just had my first meal since Monday, why do I need to break a mere car journey?

about a week ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Cederic Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

And yet they have a record, which implies that the Tesla can't sustain a mere 66mph for just 310 miles.

I'm finding myself continually underwhelmed by these electric cars.

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Cederic Re:What?!? (894 comments)

Well, we're both making assumptions here.

Refusing to get off an aircraft: arrested
Refusing to leave an airport: arrested
Shouting/being abusive to staff in an airport: risk of arrest
Being calm and stating clearly that you disagree and will not be able to comply: very very rarely arrested, and often leads to successful lawsuits

We don't know whether he was being calm, abusive, aggressive, relaxed or just completely silent, so it's hard to know where on the scale he fits.

I agree that staying calm and refusing to remove the twitter comment would have left him unable to fly, although it may not have required him to leave the airport. He could have gone to the ticket desk for another carrier, purchased new tickets and left on a different aircraft, then claimed from SW for the costs, delay, etc. He chose not to.

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Cederic Re:He is lucky not being labelled a terrorist... (894 comments)

Only in Tennessee, elsewhere they'll misuse the wrong batch of drugs to torture him to death.

Oddly this isn't seen as a bad thing.

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Cederic Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (894 comments)

How is it a threat? If I post "lmrik is wrong, it's not a threat" is that a threat to you?

Statement of fact : not a threat.
Statement of subjective opinion : not a threat.
Recommendation of action : potential threat.
Statement of intended action : threat.
Threat of action subject to conditions : threat.

If he'd said "..is rude and you should slap her when you see her" then that may be a threat.
If he'd said "..is rude and I'm going to punch her in the face" then that may be a threat.
If he'd said "..is rude and unless I get onto the first three rows of this aircraft I'm going to get back off, hunt her down, rip her legs off and use them to beat to death the passenger that nicked my seat" then that's an interesting court case around whether it's an actionable threat or mere venting of frustration.

I still don't see how "..is rude." is a threat.

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Cederic Re:Customer service? (894 comments)

So his time isn't more important than everyone else. Accepted.
But his time isn't less important than everyone else either. So why shouldn't he have the opportunity to keep his bag close to him and benefit from the same ease of disembarking that everybody else enjoys?

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Cederic Re:What?!? (894 comments)

No, even then it's not a 'first amendment' issue. The police wouldn't arrest him for the tweet, they'd arrest him for causing a public disturbance in an airport.

Not sure which laws in the US would apply but there are about six different ones in the UK that could be used, none of which care about the tweet.

If he left the tweet online and walked out of the airport he wouldn't get arrested. The tweet isn't the issue, his persistent demands that he's let onto the plane would be the issue.

about a week ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Cederic what about black workers? (174 comments)

Sorry, you've called out the African Americans, white, asian.. what about Black, Afro-Carribean, African, Arab workers? What about hispanics, European-American, Irish American, the "My great grandfather had a niece whose mother's great uncle was Scottish"-American?

Fuck you and your racist focus. Try breaking down employment by social background, place of abode and other factors before throwing racial fucking stereotypes at us.

about a week ago

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L1NUX for sale

Cederic Cederic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cederic (9623) writes "The vagaries of the UK car licensing system mean that in 1993 the number plate L1NUX was given out as a valid UK number plate. Surprisingly it's taken until 2007 to reach Ebay. No, I didn't bid."

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