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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Jane Q. Public Re: Moral Imperialism (306 comments)

Just FYI, the rule against illegal cartoons exists in the USA too. The Supreme Court struck down attempts to use CP laws in this way as being obvious nonsense, so Congress just went ahead and amended the law to make it explicitly illegal as opposed to implicitly illegal.

I do not believe this is true. I was aware of the SCOTUS decision but I've not even heard of this statute. Can you provide a reference?

1 hour ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Jane Q. Public Re:Good riddance. (306 comments)

No, I don't think so. According to Wikipedia, UK child porn laws only ban indecent images of children under 18, where "image" can apparently be a drawing, as well as a photo.

It should probably be pointed out that this is the primary difference between UK and US in this regard.

Some years back -- maybe 6 or 8 years ago, I guessing, I don't really remember -- they U.S. Supreme Court ruled that for something to be "child pornography" it had to be recordings of real children (i.e., picture or video) and it had to be real pornography.

Now, IANAL either, but I believe States can regulate something like that as "obscene" material, but not child pornography. And they would risk the state law getting overturned by SCOTUS again.

1 hour ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Jane Q. Public Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (267 comments)

McDonald's did it's motion efficiency studies decades and decades ago, and hasn't kept up the work.

You can say the same thing about Microsoft. If they were still doing human-interface-efficiency work, they wouldn't have tried to make a "flat" interface. (Or for that matter, copied by so many others.) "Flat" is nothing more than a fad, and a destructive one; it throws away valuable feedback cues.

Anyway, the main point I wanted to make is that Haseltine is wrong about at least one thing. Not in principle, but in practice:

So the total amount of labor is always going to be the same, for a fixed number of ice bags.

This isn't a "wrong" statement, it's just irrelevant. What you have to consider, when you move the lines faster, is not the total amount of labor, but the amount of labor per time.

If the line moves 4 times faster, for 1/4 the time, then you need 4 times the laborers... for 1/4 the time. You don't get to multiply people the same way you can speed.

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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Jane Q. Public Re:Is Google Losing It? (140 comments)

Google isn't modifying their search results.

Yes, they are. According to OP, they'll be putting what THEY deem to be "legitimate" sites at the top. And asking for pay to be listed as "legitimate".

If that isn't "modifying search results" for money, I don't know what is.

Google just found a new way to be evil.

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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Jane Q. Public Re:If you want results from the web (297 comments)

I'm tempted to take your word for it, but I prefer evidence. Who tested this, how, and when?

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Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Jane Q. Public Re:Tax dollars at work. (97 comments)

I find it interesting how the article talks about how the Canadian government owns the IP yet you discuss the US and its rules.

I am tempted to write WHOOSH! here, but I will politely refrain from meaning it seriously. For now.

I did not make a mistake. I was purposefully bringing attention to that difference between those governments.

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Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Jane Q. Public Re:Tax dollars at work. (97 comments)

It's the wrong strain, though. Also I'm not sure why the US government would own a Canadian patent.

In reply to this and the other person above:

That was my whole point. The U.S. government can't hold patents, under most circumstances, by U.S. law. Which is, apparently, very different from Canada.

But I know of no law that says it can't hold patents in other countries. I am very skeptical of the ethics of it, though.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Jane Q. Public Re:If you want results from the web (297 comments)

He turned off Spotlight suggestions for Spotlight, not Spotlight suggestions in Safari.

I see. What you said was similar enough to TFA that a brief reading made me think you were saying the same things.

So I stand corrected.

Still, this one should be tested. Does it send a string when Spotlight Suggestions are turned off in Safari as well? We won't know until somebody tries it.

Also, the s_vi issue is very troubling.

yesterday
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Jane Q. Public Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (386 comments)

No, actually every version of the article I've seen bends over backwards to end off by saying "correlation does not equal causation".

Well then, you must not have read the one linked in OP, because it doesn't. And in fact the HEADLINES in both OP

Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

and TFA

Drinking pop daily can shorten your life: Study

directly claim that this correlation IS causation.

So don't try to tell me it doesn't happen, when we have two examples right here in our faces where it did.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Jane Q. Public Re:If you want results from the web (297 comments)

Actually you don't SEEM to have read it, since TFA says even with Spotlight suggestions disabled, it still sends the data to Apple.

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Jane Q. Public Re: I don't follow (358 comments)

You haven't actually seen the screen yet have you.

I don't have to. I can do the math.

I don't dispute that they're beautiful displays. I was only questioning their practicality.

What's certainly true is it will be far better than the setup you describe as having at the moment. You just don't realise it.

No, it's not "certainly true" at all. I must have a certain amount of screen real-estate for my work, not extra pixel density, to get my work done. Beyond a certain reasonable limit, pixel density does nothing for me at all.

In fact, a 27" monitor, at ANY pixel density, would represent at least a 60% reduction in my usable screen space.

So don't be too quick to judge. It may be perfect for some people, but for work it's not very practical. At least if you do the kind of work I do. It would indeed be a gross waste of money.

BUT... I agree that it depends on what you want or need. There are people who may not feel that way.

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Jane Q. Public Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (312 comments)

Interesting but beside the point I was making. It wasn't about what VMWare can do, it was about how well the OS supports it and vice versa.

Those are interesting links, but they just reinforce the point I was making: in VMWare, on OS X, there is a simple one-click option to set up a Bootcamp partition as a virtual machine.

Unlike the examples at those links, it does not require technical knowledge or a lot of configuration. AND, Apple's own VMWare bootcamp drivers assure that you get (approximately) the same operation from your peripherals in your OS and your VM.

So yeah: Apple is still doing it better. These don't refute the point, they're examples.

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Jane Q. Public Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (312 comments)

Because you complained about modding like a twat, modbomb on the way to as many posts of yours as I can, once I get me one of them piles of 15 I get regularly.

I mentioned a problem with inappropriate modding. I did not "complain about modding like a twat".

Slashdot members are supposed to be responsible adults. That includes modding appropriately, not just marking down because "I Disagree" or because you don't like somebody's personality.

If you modbomb me, it will only reflect on yourself. Sometimes it really is too bad that modders aren't listed when they mod.

yesterday
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Jane Q. Public Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (386 comments)

I didn't see an actual link to the study anywhere, but TFA at least appears to assume correlation = causation. I am very skeptical.

People who consume lots of soda are also (at least in my experience) prone to other bad dietary habits as well. So the causative factor could easily be something else.

They said they compared against (but did not say they specifically corrected for) "age, race, income and education level", but there are a great many other factors that could be involved.

For just one example: if you drink one or more sodas a day, I'd be willing to bet you are also likely to eat more fast-food hamburgers.

yesterday
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Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

Jane Q. Public Re:Geoff Fox is the man (33 comments)

Oops. I'll correct myself. Those weren't comets, just meteorites.

Brain fart, as the saying goes.

yesterday
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Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

Jane Q. Public Re:Geoff Fox is the man (33 comments)

Well, I only have one issue with TFA and it's nitpicking a bit, but true nevertheless. It's this sentence:

That's 10 times closer than any comet on record has ever come to Earth.

No, it's not. We have on record (relatively small) comets actually striking Earth, which is about as close as it gets.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

Jane Q. Public Re:nearlyfreespeech.net (113 comments)

It looks very interesting, but it appears to be an old system. It only directly supports a few dynamic languages via CGI. If you're doing anything else it's unsupported and you're SOL.

Too bad, because otherwise it looks very attractive.

yesterday
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Jane Q. Public Re: I don't follow (358 comments)

5K screens

... which are a ridiculous extravagance.

Apple's current 5k screens are way too small. A 27" display properly goes at the opposite side of your desk, but it only takes about half that distance for pixels at this density to be, practically speaking, invisible.

A 5k screen should be at least 32", and even that is pressing it. I'd say 36".

I'm currently running 2 WUXGA monitors, giving me 3840 x 1200, at the far side of my desk. This is about the ideal placement, and while the pixels aren't quite invisible, they are small enough (for me) as makes no difference.

A 5k screen at 27" is, in my opinion, a huge waste of money.

yesterday

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Global Warming Researchers Trapped In Antarctic Ice

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about 10 months ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "Christ Turney, a climate researcher at University of New South Wales, and some other researchers chartered a ship to go to Antarctica to further their Anthropogenic Global Warming ("climate change") research.

The expedition, consisting of 74 researchers and crew, radioed for help on Christmas day, stating that they are trapped in the ice.

A chinese ice breaker called "Snow Dragon" came within a few miles of the stuck ship but had to turn back. The researchers and crew are now hoping that the ice breaker Aurora Australis, out of Australia, will be able to reach them."
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Airport Announcement Threatens Arrest For TSA Jokes

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  1 year,7 days

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "In this YouTube video posted just 2 days ago, the PA system in the Houston airport tells passengers that "... inappropriate remarks OR JOKES concerning security may result in your arrest".

Even under GWB, this would have been unthinkable. And the timing is — for lack of a better way to put it — very interesting."
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Slashdot Drastically Throttles Submission Frequency

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "Remember when you could submit a comment in one thread, then submit a comment in another thread after 1 minute?

Slashdot has now limited your submissions to once every 5 minutes.

I don't know about you, but there have been rare occasions in which I found even 1 minute to be stifling. 5 minutes is ridiculous. Sometimes it's possible to browse through 3 whole new topics in less than 5 minutes."
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Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court To Not Hear Jammie Thomas Case

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "The Jammie Thomas-Rasset case has been in the news for years now. As of the last court ruling, she has been ordered to pay $222,000 for sharing 24 songs. Her attorney argues that you can buy the same songs on iTunes for $24, and imposing a penalty of almost 10,000 times as much is "excessive and oppressive". The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court to not review the case. Is this another example of this administration pandering to the copyright tro... I mean corporations, rather than The People they are supposed to represent?"

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The Best Dennis Ritchie Quote

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about 3 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "

"Dennis Ritchie (1941-2011). His pointer has been cast to void *; his process has terminated with exit code 0."

Thus spake James Grimmelmann (@grimmelm), on Twitter"

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MIT Prof. Says Power From Water is Near.

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "At the Aspen Environmental Forum yesterday, MIT Professor Daniel Nocera claimed that MIT research has found a more efficient way to hydrolyze water at room temperature with the use of cobalt and potassium phosphate, and that tomorrow's home will get its power from feul cells charged with hydrogen from plain water and a bank of inexpensive solar cells. If true, this is a major breakthrough in energy distribution and could solve many of our global energy needs."
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Apologies!

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "I admit that I was a bit less than diplomatic; frankly I did not think I would get your attention, and it really was the kind of error that can cause bad feelings.

I will do better next time."
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Hey, Editors!

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "Hey! Re: my article that you just posted, "FTC Warns Against Deceptive DRM"... webcasts are NOT available, and you should have checked before you changed the article to say that they were. Live streaming webcasts were available when the talks were going on, but they don't work now.

So now, you are going to get lots of readers trying to download webcasts, and blaming me when they can't. Thanks a shitload."
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FTC says "We'll 'come calling' about deceptive

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "At the FTC's Seattle conference on DRM, FTC Director Engle started off by referencing the Sony rootkit debacle, and said that companies are going to have to get serious about disclosing DRM that may affect the usability of products. She also said that the fine print in a EULA is not good enough, and "If your advertising giveth and your EULA taketh away, don't be surprised if the FTC comes calling."
The conference was webcast live from the FTC website."
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Scotty's Final Mission

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "According to a recent article at Ars Technica, the ashes of James Doohan, who played "Scotty" in the original Star Trek series and several movies, were aboard the SpaceX III launch yesterday and were lost when the launch vehicle failed.

A fitting epitaph might be: "The engines are not meeting specification, Captain! She kinna hold out much longer!""

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