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No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

Ian Alexander Re:Does that include Women Porn? (390 comments)

Is this even a thing? People jerking it in coffee shops? I've been using the Internet in public spaces all around the world for many years now and I've never ever seen it. If you don't have Internet access that's one thing but it would seem to me that if I was in that situation and I was that desperate I'd use a public access point to _download_ porn but not view it in the goddamn coffee shop. Obviously, the world is a large place and people do all sorts of strange things, but I'm hard-pressed to believe that this is actually common enough of a problem anywhere that there needs to be a response by ISP's or government or cafe owners or whatever to stop these dedicated cadres of cafe wankers from leaving unsanitary stains in coffeeshops across the country.

about a year ago
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What If Manning Had Leaked To the New York Times?

Ian Alexander Ironic NYT is Ironic (348 comments)

It's funny to me that the NYT posted this at all, because they're engaging in a counterfactual about what could have happened if they had done their fucking jobs.

Bradley Manning tried to get in touch with a number of traditional media outlets, the NYT included, before giving up on traditional outlets and just dumping the files to Wikileaks. He discussed this, and many other things, in a statement he read at his pre-trial hearing. The Times tries to blame their failure on Bradley, but the ball was in their court and they chose not to follow up on it.

about a year ago
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What If Manning Had Leaked To the New York Times?

Ian Alexander Re:Why he didn't submit to the NY Times (348 comments)

The funny thing is, he actually tried to go to them first. He tried the traditional media outlets and when none of them could be bothered to give him the time of day, he dumped the files to Wikileaks. He called the NYT before he went to Wikileaks, but they never called him back.

It's all in a statement he read out at his last pre-trial hearing: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/01/bradley-manning-wikileaks-statement-full-text

about a year ago
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How Close Is Iran, Really, To Nuclear Weapons

Ian Alexander Re:The 'talk' (299 comments)

This ignores the fact that Iran was a key U.S. ally under the Shah and when the Islamic Revolution happened the United States immediately did an about-face and has been extremely hostile to Iran ever since. We supported the Axis of Evil Dictator Saddam Hussein (oops, that was more than 20 years ago, I'm not supposed to mention it because it never ever happened) against Iran in the Iran-Iraq war because we wanted Khomeini out.

Come on, has everybody already forgotten that we invaded Iraq because of "bulletproof evidence" that Saddam had an advanced WMD program? And then that justification for invading sort of just... fell off to the wayside when we occupied the country and picked apart the guts of his regime, and it turned out there weren't any WMD's, and the intelligence turned out to be fake?

The United States wants regime change, they're just putting pressure on Iran. The Islamic Republic came into power on a wave of anti-Western (well, more like anti-Western-imperialism) sentiment and has distinguished itself to its people by not bowing to Western pressure, even under sanction. It is entirely plausible that they're committed to pursuing nuclear energy in the face of American pressure simply because they don't want to be seen to buckle to American demands.

about a year ago
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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

Ian Alexander Re:Mod summary off-topic. (450 comments)

No, that's not saying that we (Americans) are inherently bad study subjects. It's saying that we are in many ways unique and not necessarily a good representative sample of the human population overall.

We are a good sample if you want to study Americans though.

about a year ago
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Who Should Manage the Nuclear Weapons Complex, Civilians Or Military?

Ian Alexander Re:Frying pan or fire? (183 comments)

Good, soldiers that follow orders make for good soldiers. What the rest of us are wondering is if we can trust the people giving you orders.

about a year ago
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KDE Software Compilation 4.10 RC1 Released

Ian Alexander Re:Dupe? (59 comments)

That's not decimal numbering (where 4.10 would be a more precise expression of 4.1), it's literally 4 dot 10, where the ten represents the minor version number of KDE 4. Took me some time to get used to it, but other projects do this, too. The Linux kernel in particular does this.

about a year ago
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Automation Is Making Unions Irrelevant

Ian Alexander Re:The rich, the robots, the rest of us (510 comments)

Robots are notoriously bad consumers. Either way, capitalism is on the way out for something else. The question is -- who is going to benefit from the new state of affairs?

about a year ago
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Tor Network Used To Command Skynet Botnet

Ian Alexander Re:Yeah, and? (105 comments)

"Anything between the exit node and destination is sent in the clear and likely they've made some mistake that'll allow it to be blockable."

If you'll Read The Fine Article, you'll notice that this particular botnet is using Tor hidden services to obscure the location of the command server; they're not routing botnet traffic through Tor to a command server on the clearnet; that would be silly, as you just pointed out.

about a year ago
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Facebook Says EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Would Harm Privacy

Ian Alexander Re:Privacy has nothing to do with it (277 comments)

Facebook is currently suspected of building shadow profiles of people who have never registered for Facebook... so it may be that you don't have to give them your information for them to get ahold of it.

about a year ago
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Multi-Server Microkernel OS Genode 12.11 Can Build Itself

Ian Alexander Re:nerd parlor game proposal (102 comments)

Research has shown that people tend to just look at the beginning and end of a word and its approximate length to guess what the whole word actually is. In which case both Geode and Genocide are plausible misreads.

about a year ago
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Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

Ian Alexander Re:If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve nev (623 comments)

Therefore the statement is patently false, and absurd.

I'm glad you latched on to the most important part of the meme (the GP was just parroting a meme which has been making the rounds lately), which was the problematic formulation, and not the message it was trying to convey.

about a year ago
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With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

Ian Alexander Re:Field Sobriety Test (608 comments)

Of course, I'm sure the stoner brigade can produce a plethora of studies claiming that weed is a fucking miracle cure-all with no downsides whatsoever, written by the same kind of biased researchers that produce studies showing that burning shit-tons of coal is great for the environment.

Yeah, because the same "stoner brigade" you just derided for being lazy fucks are also a well-heeled special interest lobby like the coal industry.

while I never was a full-time stoner myself, I did smoke enough to know that I sure as shit wouldn't have felt comfortable driving on it (or doing anything else that required concentration).

Of course, no stoner I've ever talked to claims that everyone can drive at any level of high-ness, but rather derides the idea that you can set a uniform standard like you can for BAC. Pot doesn't work the way alcohol does; it influences brain activity in much more subtle ways, and it effects everyone a little bit differently. Most importantly, it doesn't impair your ability to judge if you're capable of driving.

about a year ago
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With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

Ian Alexander Re:Field Sobriety Test (608 comments)

In Washington, the legal limit for THC while driving under the new law is 5 ng/mL. That's in specifically blood concentration. So unless this test can tell blood concentration it isn't going to work here.

about a year ago
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With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

Ian Alexander Re:Easy (608 comments)

For simple possession, unless you get busted by federal agents there is no way you're going to end up facing federal possession charges. Quit scaremongering.

about a year ago
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Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

Ian Alexander Re:If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve nev (623 comments)

This has been addressed elsewhere, but I'll bring it up, because that meme, while well-intentioned and does convey something important, is problematic in how it's been formulated.

October was the 332nd consecutive month (27 years, 8 months IIRC) with an above-average global average temperature. Local extremes exist, of course, within each global average. So while it is true to say that those of us under 27 have never experienced a month with a global average temperature colder than average, it is not true to say that we personally have never experienced a month which was colder than average.

about a year ago
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GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

Ian Alexander And that will also mark (378 comments)

my permanent move away from GNOME. I am learning to like XFCE!

about a year and a half ago
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Poll-Based System Predicts U.S. Election Results For President, Senate

Ian Alexander Re:Interesting Algorithm (519 comments)

Yeah, but Obama's no FDR, that's for damn sure.

about a year and a half ago
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Browser Wars Redux: This Time It's the Apps

Ian Alexander Re:Only Safari?? (170 comments)

RTFS, they're talking about getting it onto an iOS device.

more than 2 years ago

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