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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...

5 days 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 1 month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Terran Computational Calendar Introduces Minimonths, Year Bases, and Datemods

Hypotensive Re:Ethiopian Calendar (209 comments)

This is basically what the ancient Germanic peoples had as well, at least as recently as the Anglo-Saxons. Tolkien used it as the basis for his Elvish calendar.

12 months of 30 days each, 2 extra days for midwinter (Yule) and three or four extra days at midsummer (Litha).

about 2 months ago
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Google Releases VirusTotal Uploader For OS X

Hypotensive Re:what a name! (37 comments)

Indeed. "This is a virus that totally uploads all your stuff to Google."

about a month ago
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BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

Hypotensive Beautiful? (165 comments)

I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to this beholder it looks like something that would drive property values down, not up.

about 3 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Hypotensive Re:Requirements (121 comments)

SSH for text editing is an ugly hack to work around the fact that we still can't do file sharing well.

Many of the files I edit via SSH are configuration files in /etc, or relatively large generated files (output files). For the first case I would not want to share /etc with other hosts. For the second I would not want to have to transfer a large amount of data between hosts when it is unnecessary (and probably slow) to do so. For clarification, I could use a pager to view the second case files since I will not typically modify them, but the syntax highlighting is useful in that case.

about 3 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Hypotensive Requirements (121 comments)

I wonder whose requirements this targets.

My own requirements are:

  • split second loading, saving, editing and searching of large text files
  • can log into any host via SSH and just use it
  • (nice to have) syntax highlighting and smart indenting

Therefore: vi or vim. Virtually no other editor even comes close with respect to point 2.

about 3 months ago

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