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Court Rules Photo of Memorial Violates Copyright

Digestromath Re:Is this one of those... (426 comments)

Or is it a land mark case? Some sort of statutory precedent?

more than 4 years ago
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Cooling Bags Could Cut Server Cooling Costs By 93%

Digestromath Re:Coming back full circle (135 comments)

Next up, cooling servers with a bag of frozen peas?

more than 4 years ago
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New Threats Against Pirate Bay Owners

Digestromath Re:Oh no! (335 comments)

No, I think they are the type to try and save the Titanic by drilling holes in the floor, so the water will have somewhere to drain out.

more than 4 years ago
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Gigantic Air Gun To Blast Cargo Into Orbit

Digestromath Re:Why gas? (384 comments)

Extreme heat and magnetic forces would make it harder on the payload. Ultra high energy railguns usually need to have thier rails replaced everyfiring. Add in the complexity of, no doubt, hundreds of massive capicitors, it would be like the LHC.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Decry "Horrifying" UK Border Test Plan

Digestromath My DNA profile (515 comments)

Would they look at my half Scotish side? Or the German half? Or would they look at it and say I came straight out of a chimp via Africa and Mesopotamia?

more than 4 years ago
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Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax

Digestromath Re:hacking (792 comments)

Provided that you don't give them a reason to pull you over, you'll never have a problem with a cloned license plate. Bonus points if you make sure to use a plate that belongs specifically to the exact same colour/make/model of your car, and you can generally get away with just a ticket if you do get pulled for a moving violation.

Hacking/skimming RFID passports has be demonstrated, and will only get easier. The same rules apply, as long as you don't arrouse suspicion it is often bussiness as usual.

more than 4 years ago
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Swedish Regulators Ban Word "Bank" In Domain Names For Non-Banks

Digestromath Re:A Sperm Bank is probably okay (175 comments)

Imagine having to audit their liquidity? I believe thier best practices for an audit involve lots of defrosting and shuddering by a third party accounting firm.

more than 4 years ago
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First Age of Conan Expansion On the Way

Digestromath New Expansion, many players excited! (47 comments)

A new expansion drops, and most of the current players are happy. Well of the 4 still playing, Ted perfers things the way they are, but the other 3 are psyched. They will be let down though, the new 4 person raid content is useless unless Ted also buys the expansion.

more than 4 years ago
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Comparing the MMO Industry With the Silver Screen

Digestromath Re:MMO: the Movie (95 comments)

MMO: The Movie

Act 1. Scene 1.

Ext. Bank, Daylight

The Hero, Heroine, Sidekick and Disposable Guy#1, stand outside the bank, hanging around the mail box.

Hero: LF Healer, for heroic movie then gtg! Have geared tank, DPS! Must be keyed and exalted rep status!

...

Ext. Bank, Night

Sidekick: Seriously, screw this. Can't buy a freaken heroic run on this server. That's it, when a new MMO comes Im jumping ship.

Sidekick leaves party

more than 4 years ago
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Psychopaths Have Brain Structure Abnormality

Digestromath Re:To be used in court cases how? (438 comments)

Lets take a little look at the statistics for criminal justice system.

The 1997 BSJ figures put the number of American's in prison/jail and on parole/probation at a total of 5,692,500.

Of Those 5,692,500 inmates, African American's numbered 2,149,900 or 37.8%. The 2000 census (closest used for comparible numbers) lists total number of African American descent population the US at 36,419,434 or 12.9% of the total population.

The stats say that African Americans are 3 times more likely to be convicted of crimes than they statistically should be.

Statistically, by your standards of proof, I can argue that African Americans are more likely to be convictable criminals, and by encorporating your facts, conclude they most likely have a brain disorder.

So my point is to ask, what do we do with them? Do we just lock them up becuase they are statistically pre-disposed to crime? Or do we perhaps look at some other correlating factors? Like poverty, substance abuse, education levels, income etc? Perhaps we should leave the idea, that expressed genetics controls our lives at concious level, back in the 1900s with the rest of eugenics movement.

more than 4 years ago
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BringIt.com Allows Players to Bet On Console Game Matches

Digestromath Re:Cheating (112 comments)

I would say its easier to cheat in a video game, but don't forget that pro sports/racing are just as tainted by cheating. If this got bigger, individuals betting on team matches, I'm sure we would be more likely to see point shaving than flagrant hacks. Then again, if the technology existed... Im sure we would see some sort of android golfer botting up the links at least once.

more than 4 years ago
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UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

Digestromath Re:from TFA (921 comments)

"Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority."

I think thats more of an apt summary which doesn't imply a bias based on data which lies outside the scope of thier research.

They were comparing values of vitamins in one to the other, let those facts stand on thier own. There is no nutritional value in sustainability, pesticide use or ecologically sound farming practices nor should any imply as such.

more than 4 years ago
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26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

Digestromath Far more practical (921 comments)

How dare you put cursive and blacksmithing into the same group... blacksmithing is far more usefull in today's society. How many jobs can you get solely based on good cursive script? None. But I can get a job as a ferrier or artisan blacksmith, bladesmith etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Reprogrammed Skin Cells Turned Into Baby Mice

Digestromath More importantly (284 comments)

More importantly, we are on the threshhold of turning chickens into eggs, thus make the chicken-egg question one of quantum superposition. The chicken can be, both chicken and egg, and many chickens and many eggs *brian explodes*

more than 4 years ago
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Murdoch Paper Reporters Eavesdropped On Celebrities' Voicemail

Digestromath Re:FTFA - default passwords (186 comments)

So we all agree it isn't theft. Its obviously copyright infringement! The penalties in the US would mark it as 100,000$ per voicemail track downloaded.

more than 4 years ago
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On Realism and Virtual Murder

Digestromath Virtual murder isn't and cannot be murder. (473 comments)

Murder is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being. This requires the death of a human being, being the ceasation of life. One cannot commit virtual murder.

Further more, one cannot commit murder against an artificial intelligence or even an alien (at this moment in most countries).

To confuse 'killing' avatars in an MMO with murder is rediculous, at its best, rendering an avatar useless against the law would be property damage.

The photorealistic qualities of games do not change the law, or impart more permanent consequences. Even if a computer peripheral sprays blood on my face after shooting a digital representation of my mom on screen, it doesn't mean I killed her. It may not be great for one's mental health, but neither is entertaining to many realistic daydreams about similar topics.

Page me when I can actually press a button while playing a game, and a handgun mounted on top of thier monitor shoots someone in face.

more than 4 years ago
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Proposed Canadian Law Would Allow Warrantless Searches

Digestromath My email to my MP (195 comments)

Hello, my name is ***********, one your constituents.

This is in regards to the tabling of a law regarding warrentless electronic intercepts, links below for refence.

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/06/18/tech-internet-police-bill-intercept-electronic-communications.html

http://www.news1130.com/more.jsp?content=20090617_213536_8084

The bill proposes the ability for police to make warrentless intercepts of electronic information with the aid of ISPs. While I believe in the best efforts of the police and our intelligence communities, and I believe in making their job easier, I do not believe this is the path to take.

This is a fundamental erosion of personal privacy. Warrants for searches are applied for and executed all the time, and justice is well served by the judicial oversight. The point of oversight is to balance the justice of the many against the privacy of the individual. Wholesale disregard for oversight leads to abuse, the police are only human and humans are fallible.

I also call into question, the scale of which these are laws are designed to help the people. Terrorism and child pornography (while abhorrent) are todays boogeymenm, occupying such a fractional percentage of actual crime. The value of the electronic intercepts a law like this would provide would be minimal in cases of drug/organized crime when compared to phone tapping and physical searches (both of which require warrants).

There are ways to fight crime; money for more officers, money for investigations, prosecution and witness protection, and better inter-agency communication. We can reduce poverty, increase education, raise the standard of living to fight crime. Eroding the rights of the innocent populance doesn't fight crime.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

*********

*********

Vancouver, BC

more than 4 years ago
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German Parliament Enacts Internet Censorship Law

Digestromath Re:Dr.Goebbels would love this (273 comments)

The line between liberty and Hitler is a thin one, located in a small strip between the nose and the upper lip.

more than 4 years ago
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English Market Produces Energy With Kinetic Plates

Digestromath Re:useful energy is not free (404 comments)

What if they could hook a device up to your engine block, and siphon off all the stored heat residing inside and use it to heat thier water? Its useful free energy (not withstanding the energy required to build such a system). And it would provide a valueable service.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Police Want Plug-In Computer Crime Detectors

Digestromath Re:Great... (382 comments)

It's like a breathalyzer for computers. And we all know how well those work.

more than 4 years ago

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