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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Harlequin80 Charged /= Guilty (214 comments)

I know nothing about the particular case that they are referring to. But the fact that it wasn't widely reported is actually a good thing. Being charged is not the same as being convicted. There are too many cases of people being tried in the media and having their lives destroyed when they actually haven't done anything wrong.

Given people are so fucking stupid they will attack paediatricians thinking they are paedophiles just sums up the wider mobs inability to effectively deal with the information.

8 hours ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Harlequin80 Re:X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (277 comments)

This here is one of the biggest reasons I like to watch Japanese stuff. Their concept for how shows are made is different. There you pitch an idea and it is booked for the duration of that idea. You need 13 episodes you get 13 episodes. You need 24 you get 24.

It has some side effects in that generally the pacing at somepoint is poor. Either too fast or too slow. But you never ever get that situation of a show you are watching being cancelled mid way through.

13 hours ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

Harlequin80 Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

We lose far more than we collect from the taxes on them.

As far as the government is concerned banning outright tobacco and alcohol would make huge sense. In fact they did try it. The problem for the government is a much larger percentage of the population is happy with people smoking and drinking then there is people happy with them taking heroin. As a result heroin can be banned where as alcohol and tobacco not so much.

In Tasmania, the little island off the bottom of Australia, the state government is currently considering banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone born in 2000 or later as a permanent measure.

3 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Harlequin80 Yes (162 comments)

Any situation where you don't have the details of what is inside the object but you want them.

Take a step away from the "teleportation" aspect and put the sender and receiver right next to each other. One disassembles the item while the other recreates it. At the end of the process you have the replacement item to stick back into where ever you took it from AND a scan of all the layers inside allowing you to produce more should you so desire.

3 days ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

Harlequin80 Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

You get no disagreement from me with regards to your theory or the fact that those drugs are being used in large quantities or that I am paying for it now.

The only question I have, and it is an impossible one to answer, is would the economic losses of legalised heroin be higher or lower than the economic losses caused by heroin when it is illegal.

Would legalising it increase its usage? If yes, would that increased usage cause economic damage and would that damage exceed that currently being suffered while it is illegal?

I simply don't know the answers to these questions. But I feel that we have gone a little off track here. You obviously acknowledge that heroin usage does come with costs and I started out by pointing out to blue trane that there were costs to its use. And then to Mullen that those costs were not restricted to enforcement costs.

As an anecdote I once interviewed a senior manager for a role to work on a major project overseeing the construction and maintenance of a large desalination plant. His salary would have been in the mid $200k range. Between meeting with me and meeting with my boss, the CEO, he went into our toilets and shot up. It turned him into a drooling zombie during the next stage of the process. He was in his mid 40s and up until that stage had led a very productive successful life. That decision and that drug destroyed his career. The only upside was he didn't have a family that would have suffered as well.

Obviously in this case he still obtained the drug illegally so there would be no change there. But the level of dependence he obviously felt, to have to shoot up between interviews terrifies me. It is one of the big reasons I lean against legalising it, I'm not convinced that people can control themselves once they start.

4 days ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

Harlequin80 Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

Nalaxone will prevent ODs in a lot of cases and counter act the immediate effects of opiates. However it does not prevent the long term damage.

I am also aware of taxes that attempt to pass the cost of an activity to the people involved. The problem with them is often the tax required is too high so you have the effect of either subsidising it from general tax revenue OR pushing the cost of something so high you are effectively criminalising it via price and people move to finding illicit sources. You see this in the current cost of cigarettes.

As for the rights. I agree. I am advocating that peoples rights are curtailed in a society. In the same way that I am not allowed to have my stereo playing at 1000db at 2am on a Saturday night. Or to burn off my garbage in a bonfire in the back yard. Or to drive my motorcyle at 200kph. Or any one of a million other laws and by-laws that make our society function.

You may feel that legalising heroin would have a net benefit on society, I may believe that legalising heroin would be a net penalty on society. These are obviously differences in opinion but the fundamentals of having an individuals rights curtailed for the benefit of society as a greater whole is already there and I'm sure that there are many many cases where you agree with curtailing an individuals rights.

I am also aware of the concept of if a government has the power to ban all the things I don't like then it will also have the power to ban the things I do.

As an aside I live in Australia which has a universal health-care system and a universal welfare system. It is not as socialist as say a northern european country but compared to the US you would find it very left wing. If you are ill you are looked after to the best of our ability irrespective of whether you can afford to pay for the care or not. Many of the arguments around rights and what people can and cannot do in the US are settled questions here. Abortion and gun control being the two most obvious ones.

One of the biggest differences you notice when going to the US from Australia is the disenfranchisement of so much of the population. The obvious poverty and the feeling that they see no way out is actually quite shocking. You can wander around any Australian city at night and feel safe and while there are homeless people the numbers are small (Brisbane has a homeless population of 50, in a city of 2 million). http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au...

So perhaps that helps explain where I am coming from when I sit in favour of restricting an individuals rights to something like heroin. I believe that it would be a significant net cost to society to legalise it and the only way for it to not be a net cost would be for society to abandon those who become victims of it. Something I am not willing to advocate.

Sorry for a ridiculously long rambling post.

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Harlequin80 Re:"Many Bars" (322 comments)

Really? God even my local PUB employees a photographer to take pictures on a regular basis. They have a whole section on their webpage where you can see all the action photos from the last friday night...

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Harlequin80 Re:Don't boil the ocean, target specific markets (322 comments)

Except it SUCKED for this. The screen was rubbish and it wasn't an overlay. Google glass would have taken off if you actually felt like it was useful for anything. It simply didn't feel like it was. I spent hours playing with one on a couple of occasions and I just came away from it saying meh.

Full eye overlay, ie transparent screen. That is what it needed. Then you could have the camera recognise the parts. You are holding part #464521 check gap with feeler guage 2

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Harlequin80 Re:Less creepiness (322 comments)

It is because you are looking at why people are wearing the glasses vs not. People get lasic because it means they don't HAVE to wear glasses anymore and the lasic does the same job as the glasses. People in that situation see the glasses as a penalty. It is a bit like a wheelchair, you wouldn't use one unless you had to.

The google glass on the other hand was meant to come with benefits that out weighed the penalties of wearing them. In exactly the same way that sunglasses come with benefits that outweigh the costs of wearing them. They cut the brightness and they can make you look cooler (YMMV). The reason so few people did wear the google glass though is because they quite simply sucked and didn't do very much for anyone.

If the glasses were a true hud rather than a crappy little screen people would have used them. God if you could give me something the size of a bluetooth headset with a connected contact lens that gave a true overlay I would be seriously tempted to use that all the time.

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Harlequin80 Re:Size (322 comments)

Because for me all the useful things pretty much revolve around image processing. I want it to translate for me, I want it to recognise text and give me access to extra information. I want "augmented reality" where it overlays things over what I am seeing. All of which require a camera.

The LAST thing I will find it useful for is an extra screen for my phone.

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Harlequin80 Re:Observations from being a glass explorer. (322 comments)

I will also add.

Clunky interface. I found the way of interacting with the glasses more difficult then I expected. The screen was also a big disapointment for me. Not sure what I was expecting but an opaque little black rectangle wasn't what I wanted. The lag and the delay when you used it was also a killer.

The biggest thing was that I couldn't come up with a usage case that was worth wearing them for so I never wore them out.

For me I would want a full eye transparent overlay. I would love to be able to pick up a Japanese menu and have it overlay the english over it. Or have a GPS map overlayed over the road I was seeing. The recording stuff, couldn't care less about.

Other useful things would be, range finder, facial recognition, text recognition that gave you links to more information that sort of thing.

4 days ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

Harlequin80 Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

This simply isn't true. Enforcement costs and prosecution costs are definitely there, but the medical costs of heroin are not solely created by the fact that it is criminalised, though I will acknowledge that some of them are.

Long term exposure to heroin use can cause things like intense depression, impaired cognitive function, damage to the heart, lungs and liver. It can also cause the failure of control of semi-autonomous muscles so people have trouble urinating and the like. All of these create ongoing medical costs that are nothing to do with enforcement.

I agree that if heroin was legal then it could be dispensed and given clean needles. In Australia we have needle exchange programs in order to prevent the transmission of things like aids and other blood borne diseases. These are a no questions asked service, and they are also done explicitly with no cameras or other ID recording equipment.

As for the civil rights argument that has been made, that somehow being prevented from being a heroin user is an attack on your civil rights, what about the rights of the people around you to not be negatively impacted by your decisions? Do I not have a civil right to be able to go about my life without it being negatively impacted by you?

4 days ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

Harlequin80 Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

You have forgotten the financial costs on society. If you have a society with any kind of social system, welfare, social healthcare or similar heroin cost society are large amount of money. It was why it was banned in the first place. Currently the US estimates that it spends $5 Billion on health care costs associated with heroin use. In addition it is estimated that heroin costs about $11 billion in lost productivity.

People ODing is also not a black and white situation. You take too big a dose and collapse, do we leave you to lie there till you die? Or do we take steps to save your life? Ambulances, doctors, nurses, treatment etc. Or lets say you have died. Then what? Do we leave your body there to rot, how do we deal with your assets? Your debts?

It may come as a surprise but when you live in a group your action effect the others in the group. That means your actions have a cost to the people around you. In some instances society as a whole decides the cost of an individual activity is too great for the group to accept and that activity is banned. If you as an individual do not like that you, as the individual, have to leave that group.

4 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Harlequin80 Re:Very nice indeed (196 comments)

Yeah westpac.

5 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Harlequin80 Re:Very nice indeed (196 comments)

Sublayer is right - Westpac....

5 days ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

Harlequin80 Re:Buy your kids a chemistry set... (88 comments)

As someone with a 18 month old and a 4.5 year old then yeah absolutely the 4+ year old could have a chemistry set and you could do something else. Though unfortunately her preference is to colour in my little ponys.

As for the 18 month old. Lets see, could I realistically leave her alone for any length of time? If I was to put her in a playpen, with nothing too small, and prevented older sister giving her anything I could probably leave her and she will just scream, but I could ignore that right? Or she could be let out, want all of big sisters toys (most of which are prime choking hazards), want to climb on the sofa but face plant in the attempt, try to eat the cats tail, open and close cupboard doors really really hard. Yep I can give her a chemistry set and go play games!

5 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Harlequin80 Re:Very nice indeed (196 comments)

My bank is even worse. They REQUIRE a 6 character password, and the input method is clicking on the virtual keyboard on the screen. So no special characters no capitalisation.

Then they force that password into the mobile app where you type it on a normal keyboard. I hate it. The only good security aspect they have is you can request (note not standard) an RSA token that you have to enter the code for whenever you want to make a transfer.

5 days ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

Harlequin80 Re:Hang on WTF? (190 comments)

Your car analogy is miles off.

The employer provides you with the car. The training on how to drive the car. The insurance for if something happens while in the car. They have others make sure there is a road for you to travel down. They make sure the car is filled with fuel as you need it. They define the destination and they provide the maps (some maps are better than others). Then on top of that they pay you to drive the car. When you get to the destination and it turns out to be way better than expected you turn around and say "Hey I agreed to drive the car for $65,000 per year but now I want more. More MOre MORE. $8 Million! I WANT MORE CAUSE I DROVE HERE!!!!"

Inventions are rare. Corporations invest in an uncountable number of inventions that go absolutely nowhere. In those situations you dont hear "Well Mr Employee, the work we have been working on has turned out to be a massive dead end. As a result we need you to sell your house to put towards the costs. Thanks."

5 days ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

Harlequin80 Re:Hang on WTF? (190 comments)

And he was free to leave. In fact he did leave.

As for being the source of the innovation, there is no question that he is a brilliant scientist. But there are lots of brilliant scientists. If another had been given the same job as him there is nothing to say they wouldn't have been the one to have come up with blue leds.

In the end he signed an agreement to trade his time and expertise for a set figure, his salary. After the agreement, because his particular work was more successful than expected, he wants a bigger share.

If you leave your company I assume that you know you don't get to take all the intellectual property you have been working on with you. Whether you are a scientist building blue leds, a programmer writing a phone app, or a sales monkey with a list of clients. That IP belongs to your employer.

5 days ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

Harlequin80 Re:Hang on WTF? (190 comments)

Exactly - the split when you sign on for the job. He signed on for a job, collected a salary, did his job. Congrats he built something cool.

You don't get to renegotiate afterwards. Your incentive to do stuff at work is your salary. If you are writing code for a living you will create new things ever day to solve the problem you encounter. That is inventing. If you are a researcher then you are paid to invent stuff. You signed on for the job. I don't hear anyone saying that a researcher should have to cover a percentage of the losses if their research doesn't work out.

5 days ago

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Samsung stops sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia

Harlequin80 Harlequin80 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Harlequin80 (1671040) writes "This morning Samsung has agreed to suspend sales of Galaxy tabs in Australia due to Apple's patent lawsuit.

Samsung will also provide Apple three samples of a new Australian version of Galaxy at least seven days before it plans to start distributing it so Apple can review it.

If Apple's claim is not upheld then Apple has agreed to pay damages to Samsung though the amounts are unknown.

It seems that US patents are now going to cause problems here in Australia. Sigh"

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