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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

EEDAm Re:Psychopaths (656 comments)

For the criteria you raise, there`s no difference between using the term psycopath or sociopath both (if they were different things, which is highly open to debate) have at their core no "normal emotional responses toward others". In fact, the traits are exactly the same, the terms are used as synonyms of each other in the dictionary and there is no clear clinical distinction between the two - just a bunch of confused suggested differentiators which aren^t at all agreed.

about a year ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

EEDAm Re:So now (656 comments)

The "adversarial system" is not the problem. The problem is i) conduct of individuals (should the case have been let go) and ii) sentencing policy in the USA which is grossly excessive and disproportionate in relation to the offenses discussed here. The conduct of individuals and sentencing policy have nothing to do with the adversarial system per se: many prosecutions are stopped before trial by the prosecuting bodies for lack of evidence / public interest. On sentencing, that wouldn't change whether the system was adversarial or inquisitorial but is a deep cultural problem with the nuke-and-overkill mentality of US criminal justice. 35 years is (fact) far more than the vast majority of *convicted murderers* get in the UK or in the rest of Europe. Whether it's the mindless lengths of sentence, the standards of prison care, the institutionalised racism in the demographics of the prison populace or the mindless, block-headed insistence on a death penalty where bodies like the Innocence Project prove time and again that tens and tens of convictions in capital cases are absolutely false and unsafe, the US approach to criminal justice remains one of the most, if not the most, callous in the first world.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

EEDAm To explain it for you (671 comments)

Since you asked the question in the first place, you obviously don't understand the issue. The laptop is not yours. Lets get that straight in your brain again: the laptop is *not* yours. It is a device given to you *only* for the purpose of doing your employed work. Consider it on lease only for work purposes. There will be a list of permitted activities and applications for work purposes and, perhaps, a limited number of personal use scenarios permitted. Separate, there will be a large number of activities / applications which will be specifically prohibited. What you are proposing doing is using *someone elses* property to do something which you will have signed a contract (your contract of employment) not to do. To do so would therefore make you in breach of contract and to do so knowingly means you are essentially dishonest. So it's not your right, nor is it your shit to do what you like with and you will have expressly signed a contract for money (your wages) not to do it. See? If you do see but you still think you should be entitled to do what you like with someone else's property against their permission when you've signed a contract saying you won't do it, then, yes, you absolutely deserve to be fired.

more than 2 years ago
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Report on Web-Surfing Speeds Finds Pervasive Throttling

EEDAm Gassy (189 comments)

I think the OP is unlikely to be reporting on the web throttling capabilities of BP (British Petroleum as was) but more BT (British Telecom)?

more than 2 years ago
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How Litigation Only Spurred On P2P File Sharing

EEDAm Re:All in a bucket (140 comments)

Well it's because the title of the article is "How litigation only spurred on p2p file sharing" - the causative assertion is the basis of the article and what I (and others) are criticising it for.

more than 2 years ago
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How Litigation Only Spurred On P2P File Sharing

EEDAm Re:All in a bucket (140 comments)

You meant "It's not quite (no 's') as bad as (not and) your pedantic rant makes it out to be."

How's that for pedantry? :)

Just kidding before you get all red-misty. The point about making law matters because in fact the legislative *has* directly legislated in respect of file sharing and that's where this particular gun should be pointed not at the judiciary. The idea that the Supreme Court makes law is the sort of thing that gets set to high school students but has a clear answer (it doesn't) even if its precedents can, of course, have huge effect. It's a pundit type statement and it's plain wrong. The article suggests the courts made a "mistake" in the way they ruled if their intention was to block file sharing and that the litigation approach led to increases. Neither are made out and the basis of the suggestion that they'd even be in the business of doing that is simply wrong as explained. I qualified in 1996 as it happens.

more than 2 years ago
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How Litigation Only Spurred On P2P File Sharing

EEDAm Re:All in a bucket (140 comments)

I see what you mean about knowledge and control; it's poor english suggesting the *rules* of knowledge and control were coded out. Anyway, offering direct criticism of an article based on reasons (which you are free to disagree with) doesn't make you a troll, it makes you critical. The point is that while there was growth in file sharing, it argued that the approach to litigation directly led to that *growth* in file sharing. I found no argument in the article that showed that one led to the other and it is the very title of the article which stakes itself out as having established causation. I didn't see any evidence that linked the *growth* of file sharing to litigation approach. Who's to say it wouldn't have happened anyway?

more than 2 years ago
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How Litigation Only Spurred On P2P File Sharing

EEDAm All in a bucket (140 comments)

The article reads like an undergraduate who wants to write a shit-kicking thesis and is really oooh excited about things but has entirely failed to do anything more than throw a few disjointed ideas in a bucket. It is peppered with lines that sound good but don't stand up to a couple of seconds examination: " So once the Napster litigation made P2P programmers aware of the rules about knowledge and control, they simply coded Napster's successors to eliminate them." I mean WHAT? Programmers coded out rules of "knowledge and control"???? No, the rules of law on knowledge and control exist independently in jurisprudence. How do you "code out" something that's entirely outwith software? Nonsense.

The author states "I would argue pre-P2P era law was based on a number of "physical world" assumptions." She goes to state that that makes sense because, well, it was pre-P2P. When you start any sentence with "I would argue that" (which is bad enough as it goes) and then point out in the next sentence that it's bleeding obvious, then it rather tends to underline you haven't made a point at all. Which is more than a small problem when you then go to make four non-points on the back of that about "the physical world" where, again, one sees no connection to the principal "argument" that litigation apparently "spurred on" file sharing. Ideas in a bucket.

And at the heart of it, the article offers no causative argument that litigation spurred on file sharing. At best it observes that file sharing increased in the era after litigation but it falls down entirely in showing any causation rather than correlation. There are other daft arguments about the Supreme Court making laws: it doesn't, de Tocqueville et al were rather insistent it couldn't; rather its interpretation of law clarifies the law already in place, which show the author is floundering on the subject matter.

So a number of ideas that sound like they were excitedly discussed in an undergraduate bar (and not at a terribly good college) and aren't worked through or even put into a single coherent narrative and which argues causation but offers no evidence of it.

Weak.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Large-Scale DIY Outdoor Cooling of Cairo's Tahrir Square?

EEDAm You're kidding (259 comments)

You have got to be kidding me. You seriously thing anyone on Slashdot has anything to teach the people of Egypt anything about how to stay cool in the heat, in a civilisation that has been running countless generations of agrarian workers out in the fields on the Nile delta for ten / twelve hour days for oooohh, over ('scuse me) FIVE THOUSAND (ahem) years and the millions of city dwellers who also make their livelihoods substantially outdoors? Either this is an epic troll or epically short of self-awareness.

more than 2 years ago
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EC Tests Show Windows Vista Is Above Average — At Blocking Content

EEDAm OS for webfiltering? (101 comments)

Hang on, so a superseded, widely meh-rated / derided OS, is the key to web-filtering? As the saying goes, might as well buy a jumbo jet for the peanuts...

more than 3 years ago
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BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show

EEDAm Sowat? (116 comments)

He didn't turn round to the camera, he was facing the camera ready to deliver his lines on a live link. And so a meteor appears behind him with his back turned. So frigging what? There's no miss and no mistake, just a bloke looking the other way as he must to do his job. And the clouds are clearly visible in the video as well. Non-article in extremis.

more than 3 years ago
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New Zealand Government Opens UFO Files

EEDAm Re:UFOs? Misidentification more like. (100 comments)

The term's not stupid; it's the usage of UFO = OMGZ ALIENZ!!!11 that's the problem as you point out but their stupidity doesn't make the term stupid. Unidenfied flying object - I rather like it's functional efficiency.

more than 3 years ago
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Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code

EEDAm Re:what the fuck? (402 comments)

Fucking *never* had much to do with platonic relationships...

more than 3 years ago
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Graphic Novelist Calls For Better Game Violence

EEDAm Slight undermined (465 comments)

FTFA - a footnote; "*I have no doubt that there are many games available that come closer to achieving a realistic setting than what I describe. I don't care. I'm making sweeping generalizations here. It's what I do." . So the whole-big-thing-point of TFA is arguing that there should be games which are more realistic, then the author acknowledges that actually well gosh you know, there are, but their existence is not relevant because he's only interested in sweeping generalisations. Errr....yep....ok....with you....right....I'm sure there is a finely honed point here somewhere...yep....

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Campaign Decides UK Christmas Music Charts

EEDAm Re:Warning: Revisionists History (362 comments)

I really don't know what your point is. You could sit around in your little home-town basking in your anti-establishment glow by *not* signing a record-contract? Yeah right, there was a whole load of talent that was missed out on by the world with people who took stances like that. I worked in the music industry for years and was involved with seven indie and dance bands that got label deals. The number of bands who truly were truly happy to do local promotion and didn't want a deal? You can could count them on the fingers of no fingers. My point, obviously, was that to get heard round the world you needed a label (NB not major, just a label which involved some fucking cool indie labels out there - where does 'crossing-over' come into it?). Whereas now you can self-promote via the internet, which you couldn't then. That's really it, end of. Oh, and Jane's Addiction shifted well over 5 million albums worldwide and were on Warners so I think they "crossed-over" just fine.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Campaign Decides UK Christmas Music Charts

EEDAm Re:Not the same label (362 comments)

When Killing In The Name Of came out in 1992 there was, of course, no iTunes or any interwebsnet distribution channel. You had to have a label for your record to be heard, which at that time was Epic. As guitarist Tom Morello said "Epic agreed to everything we asked -- and they've followed through.... We never saw a conflict as long as we maintained creative control." Like Jane's Addiction four or so years before, the material was so strong that the bidding war between labels was that fierce that the band were able to lay down their own terms. Very few bands even of strongest principles against mass commercialisation were able to avoid a major label at that time. Even Chuck D allowed himself to be talked into Public Enemy being on a major label for several albums. Its only the democratisation of digital downloads, internet publicity and all that that has made it possible to bust that old model. A lot has changed in 17 years.

more than 4 years ago
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The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

EEDAm Re:people use PHP? (752 comments)

No you didn't!

more than 4 years ago
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What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

EEDAm Re:Expect what you are paid (325 comments)

It is for IT people but it's not really relevant here. He's going in for an internship in the middle of a huge recession so he's gonna make $8 an hour. Fairly meh but so what - there are plenty of people doing 'internships' for free just to get the xp. When you're an intern - be bright, enthusiastic and don't mind mucking in menial tasks ALL THE TIME. The attitude of the intern is a huge consideration of how we see our interns and whether we feel like having them back in full time employ. Everyone will be bright(ish) but you have no practical xp to trade yet so attitude and approach count for an awful lot. It may sound trite but if I had one piece of advice to any intern and anyone in their first 5, hell for the *rest* of their careers, it would be this.

more than 4 years ago
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Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

EEDAm Re:Several Reasons (666 comments)

Your mercs are a lot better / more expensive than the protection officers being employed on Basque tuna boats. "The same sources said that it is necessary to have 4 security guards aboard every tuna boat, a move which will involve a cost of 3,000 euros per day per ship." Alternatively maybe your boat has 140,000 / 7 / 750 = 26 armed guards on it. In which case, I'm coming with you :) http://www.eitb.com/news/international/detail/276810/750-euros-per-day-per-person-to-help-tuna-boats/

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Has First Collisions After Years of Waiting

EEDAm Re:Obligatory (324 comments)

This is particle physics... lots of people enjoyed reading all about the joke but only 12 people in the world actually understand it...

more than 4 years ago

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UK's biggest newspaper on the tin-foil hat...

EEDAm EEDAm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EEDAm (808004) writes "The Sun, the UK's biggest selling and most read newspaper has recently been reporting on a spate of UFO sightings in Wales. Now, in a stunning update, the home of quality journalism reports that Michael Menkin, a US aircraft worker, has been advising the terrified populace to use a 'thought screen' to prevent alien abduction. Excitingly, Mr Melkin has advanced the technology from the frankly old hat tin-foil favourite to a new material called 'Velostat'. At least if they take the advice of Mr Melkin, the good people of Wales can sleep soundly, if a littly awkwardly, on their pillows tonight..."

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