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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

DrBoumBoum Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

he had sex with a woman who was asleep, thus unable to consent.

Sorry, I don't give a flying fuck about that guy Assange but I have to intervene here: that idea that screwing a girl in Sweden who's asleep makes you guilty of rape is revolting bullshit that need to stop being thrown around. This entire thing has been discussed on reddit for instance here. As I wrote there:

The relevant part of the Swedish criminal code has been translated here and the wording makes it perfectly clear that what is punished as rape is the fact of having sex with someone, knowing that the person would not consent to it should this said person be aware of what was going on (e.g., said person was asleep, passed out, etc).

Basically this is a perfectly common and sensible definition of rape, that is probably valid in any western country, and does obviously not include things like making love to a girl you're in bed with while she's asleep, especially if she doesn't ask you to stop when she awakes. The Swedes are not crazy and it is ludicrous to attribute them insane laws like that.

Please for the love of the flying shit stop repeating such ridiculous nonsense this is hurting my gulliver.

about 2 years ago
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This Is What Wall Street's Terrifying Robot Invasion Looks Like

DrBoumBoum Re:Luddite (443 comments)

Put a 1% tax on the sale price (not gains) for any stock which is held for less than 1 minute. HFT will instantly disappear.

I used to fancy on the idea of a 0.1% tax on any stock or financial product held for less than 1 month, or possibly 1 week. Would it make sense? I have the feeling it would rid us of any kind of speculation in a very short time and would possibly bring finance back to its true use, which is to provide funds to the economy. What would the drawbacks of such a system be?

about 2 years ago
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Spooky: How NSA's Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life

DrBoumBoum Re:While it bothers me that they collect this info (211 comments)

This is going to be even funnier when a swatted fly falls into the printer and misprints your name. The potential consequences may be hilarious really.

more than 2 years ago
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Chicken Vaccines Combine To Produce Deadly Virus

DrBoumBoum Re:Precaution principle anyone? (178 comments)

that doesn't mean that the benefits doesn't vastly outweigh the risks

Even that part is not obvious, with vaccines like MMRV which may delay the outbreak of diseases to adulthood instead of keeping it restrained to childhood as it was. But slahshdotters don't like complex answers. It's so much more comfortable when everything can be expressed in terms of radioactive bananas.

more than 2 years ago
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Chicken Vaccines Combine To Produce Deadly Virus

DrBoumBoum Re:How do 2 dead viruses combine into 1 living one (178 comments)

Viruses are not decidedly living nor dead as far as we can tell. They are more like parasites to living cells but cannot be defined as living by themselves as they do nothing a living being does (in particular eating). They are "deactivated" in a vaccine, i.e., they have their most "toxic" part removed.

Also you should not have been downvoted for asking a genuine question.

more than 2 years ago
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Chicken Vaccines Combine To Produce Deadly Virus

DrBoumBoum Re:in 3..2..1 (178 comments)

You're making way too much sense for slashdot. The guys here like to fancy they can think but still it has to remain simple! Radioactive bananas are ok.

more than 2 years ago
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Chicken Vaccines Combine To Produce Deadly Virus

DrBoumBoum Precaution principle anyone? (178 comments)

But I thought vaccines were perfectly safe and anybody doubting the dogma was a hopeless idiot?

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

DrBoumBoum Re:You're doing it wrong. (714 comments)

Going after those producing it is going to be even more efficient.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor

DrBoumBoum Re:This is why we can't have nice things (714 comments)

I think we've evolved this response over time to ensure the continuation of our species.

I think this is a very bad interpretation of the theory of evolution.

more than 2 years ago
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BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates

DrBoumBoum Re:Underestimation? (585 comments)

Please somebody point me to anything even vaguely comparable to the masterpiece that DirectoryOpus is on Windows. That will be the day when I switch to Linux on the desktop.

more than 2 years ago
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British Prime Minister To Announce Porn Blocking Plans

DrBoumBoum Re:Hang on a second... (286 comments)

BTW, anyone reading this who has to hide porn from the So, should sit down and talk to there So about it, right now. Make a decision, either get comfortable watching it, or decide not to watch it.

I do wank as much as I want and nobody needs to know anything about it, wife included. She's not interested in it anyway, no more than she's interested in the stench of my shit. I'm perfectly comfortable with it. May I humbly suggest that you and your likes go fuck yourselves?

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Shows Off Space Center and Launches Missile

DrBoumBoum Re:Oh Baby Jeebus the hypocrisy (294 comments)

Thanks for the interesting - and seemingly quite needed - clarification.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Shows Off Space Center and Launches Missile

DrBoumBoum Re:Predictable (294 comments)

Interesting thoughts, but you should fix your shift key.

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

DrBoumBoum Re:So what? (1046 comments)

That's how probable cause works. You can't just arrest somebody willy nilly.

Beg your pardon, you definitely can if he's black.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water

DrBoumBoum Re:~space (282 comments)

Anti-nuclear hysteria and subsequent heavy regulation

You seem to imply they were unwarranted, which the article you cite does not corroborate. "Several nuclear related accidents and cover-ups" do in fact perfectly justify public suspicion (which you call hysteria) and stricter regulation, even if this implies additional costs. This is not specific to the nuclear industry.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water

DrBoumBoum Re:~space (282 comments)

Japan discontinued a bunch of new nuclear construction projects from the late 90s to early 00s. Fukushima's lifespan was subsequently extended. I'd say there's a definite cause and effect here.

And where does it say that this was because of anti-nuclear activism? Looks to me this could very well and in fact much more plausibly due to simple financial reasons.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water

DrBoumBoum Re:~space (282 comments)

Most of the radioactive part is U-238, which is barely more radioactive than your typical rock (half life 4/4 Billion years).

This argument is misleading at best since toxicity of radioactive elements is incomparable depending on whether the exposure is internal or external. External typical rock radioactivity is probably negligible. Internal exposure of aerosoled U238 is markedly more dangerous.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water

DrBoumBoum Re:~space (282 comments)

that's why the old ones are still running in many cases.

I don't believe that, and I think you are deluding yourself at best, dishonest at worst. The reason if much more probably because it's more profitable to let things go this way.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water

DrBoumBoum Re:~space (282 comments)

A fission nuclear bomb consumes a large part of its fissile fuel for its explosion

Not really, Fat Man converted about 20% of it's Pu load into energy; also of lot of radioactive elements were probably produced by the encasing during the explosion.

And it contains a small amount of it, to begin with

That's most certainly the point. Fat Man contained 6kg of plutonium. Tepco estimates that about 68 tons of fuel melted in Fukushima reactor no 1 alone.

more than 2 years ago

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Japan doubles Fukushima radiation leak estimate

DrBoumBoum DrBoumBoum writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DrBoumBoum (926687) writes ""Meanwhile in Japan, the severity of the Fukishima disaster continues to go up, from incident level 4 to level 5 to level 7, and now to 20% of total Chernobyl radioactive spill. The story is not over yet as the plant keeps on leaking radioactive material and may still do so for a long time.""
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Japan doubles Fukushima radiation leak estimate

DrBoumBoum DrBoumBoum writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DrBoumBoum (926687) writes "Meanwhile in Japan, the severity of the Fukishima disaster continues to go up, from incident level 4 to level 5 to level 7, and now to 15% of total Chernobyl radioactive spill. The story is not over yet as the plant keeps on leaking radioactive material and may still do so for a long time."
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Math Curriculum To Understand General Relativity

DrBoumBoum DrBoumBoum writes  |  about 3 years ago

http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/08/28/186236/Ask-Slashdot-Math-Curriculum-To-Understand-General-Relativity

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