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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Hypotensive Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (198 comments)

Max-level caster? You get a ninth level spell per day. Use it carefully.

Plus your Intelligence or Wisdom modifier.

about a week ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Hypotensive Re:Not changed much (294 comments)

If you go back 30 years you'd probably have had to write the language you were going to use and an interpreter or compiler for it. You would absolutely have had to know about the database design, although the database would have been made up of byzantine interrelated b-trees rather than intuitive SQL tables. You'd have had to write everything from scratch for each task rather than leveraging huge libraries for everything. Things are many times easier these days yet you still find articles like this that bemoan how complicated everything is.

about two weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

Hypotensive Comparison inherently bad (409 comments)

The paper does not distinguish between solar PV, solar thermal, and solar water heating, which are all completely different technologies with completely different scales of efficiency.

It does not distinguish between wind turbines sited on land and wind turbines sited at sea, despite the fact that the latter cost approximately 10 times more than the former to build and maintain.

Overall because of this conflation the results it comes up with are inherently flawed. Please try again.

about two weeks ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

Hypotensive Re:Not a private police force. (133 comments)

it's not private, not under the control of the companies in the CoL

The police authority for the City of London Police is the Common Council of the City, which is the Corporation of the City of London. According to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 there is no elected commissioner replacing that police authority.

In the rest of the UK police authorities were phased out in 2012 and replaced by Police and Crime Commissioners, however there were two police forces that were exempt from this, the Met (whose PCC is the Mayor of London) and the City of London Police whose authority remains with the Corporation.

It answers to the Corporation. You are right that UK taxes pay for it but it is far from being a publicly accountable police force.

about three weeks ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

Hypotensive Re:What a stupid fucking summary (133 comments)

It is an ordinary government district

It is anything but ordinary. I invite you to watch Secret City.

about three weeks ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

Hypotensive Re:Not a private police force. (133 comments)

The Corporation of the City of London is a government entity (the government of the City of London) but it is not democratically elected (aldermen are "elected" in a closed system by companies not individuals and the Corporation can decide to revoke any such appointment for whatever reason it feels like). So effectively it is a private members' only club with its own police force.

about three weeks ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Hypotensive Re:Huh (166 comments)

Unfortunately you do also need control subjects. Unless you compel people to do it (maybe at random, like jury service, or on other criteria, like conscription) you will always find exploitation.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Hypotensive Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (667 comments)

Ukraine's own military might have done it

This seems somewhat improbable considering that their enemy, the separatists, don't have any aircraft.

It's the same situation as you had in Syria where chemical weapons were being deployed by helicopter in barrels. Was it the rebels or the government? Well, considering that the rebels don't have any helicopters...

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Hypotensive Re:Shared space (579 comments)

Having pedestrians wandering around on main arteries is not a good idea at the best of times. This is what pedestrian subways are for.

about 2 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Hypotensive Shared space (579 comments)

A better solution might be to remove the signals altogether. Several European towns have tried shared-space experiments where there are no signals or markings and the pedestrians and vehicle drivers have to actually watch out for each other. In all such experiments so far, traffic fatalities have dropped significantly.

about 2 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Hypotensive Re:Victimless crimes are not felonies (135 comments)

Because their lobbyists spend a lot of money on fluffing politicians. Cash for questions never went away, they're just more careful now.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Hypotensive Re:A minority view? (649 comments)

It's not a matter of evolution being true or not. Evolution is simply the scientific theory that explains the phenomena best, so far. There probably isn't any such thing as a universal truth, but it doesn't matter to science.

Creationism not only doesn't explain the phenomena best (since it fails Occam's Razor) but it doesn't follow scientific method and therefore is not a scientific theory. Therefore it cannot be taught as science, QED.

Also, there are lots of religious people that don't believe God created life, even Christians for whom the creation myth is a metaphor.

about 2 months ago
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Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

Hypotensive "Google" not outside UK (104 comments)

However the Google pages that get returned by all UK ISPs are in the UK, because those ISPs use DNS hijacking to return their own servers' IP addresses (with a nice Google skin) whenever UK citizens ask for Google, and those servers are in the UK.

As to why they do it, something to do with complying with UK censorship legislation.

about 2 months ago
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Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

Hypotensive Re:Security issues (111 comments)

My point would have been made a lot more succinctly if Slashdot's Unicode handling weren't completely hosed.

about 3 months ago
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Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

Hypotensive Security issues (111 comments)

Since browsers now all support IRIs, this is likely going to be a big problem when someone registers something like gоv.uk or pоlice.uk (note that 2nd letter in each case is not 'o' but CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER O: U+043E) and starts sending out "official" directives.

about 3 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Hypotensive Re:Oi. The stupid. It hurts... (216 comments)

The killing people with a car touches a nerve.

In the UK you can just run over a pedestrian and kill them and it's treated much more leniently than armed robbery even if you killed nobody.

Now you'll get life imprisonment for hacking GreedCo's computer and showing that they paid the CEO more in a day than all the lowest ranked employees put together earned in a year.

Actual humans? Meh. But some fat cat's profits? They must be protected at all costs.

about 3 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

Hypotensive Re:Dear UK (240 comments)

In fact arguably setting up such a secret court is actually a larger attack on our nation than any conceivable act of terrorism.

about 3 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

Hypotensive Re:Any *good* recommendations? (475 comments)

Since with loopback you can make any file into a virtual block device, there's no reason you can't use LUKS/cryptsetup with files.

about 3 months ago

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