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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

JustNiz Re:Nature of tort reform (395 comments)

>> The drug machine is caused by government prohibition.

Agreed.

>> No innocent people would be hurt if the government stayed out of these personal decisions.

Strongly disagreed. I think you're assuming that people live as islands. Others (family, friends etc) actually do get hurt and face real burdens when people they already care about get hooked on hard drugs.

I for one don't want to live in a society where drugs/drug users are even more pervasive than they already are. I'm not at all sure that legalizing all drugs would be the end to the societal drug problems as most drug users conveniently claim it would be.

11 hours ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

JustNiz Re:Nature of tort reform (395 comments)

Its not circular reasoning at all. I am not disagreeing that if the law was different then my point would be different. I also agree that it is not appropriate for the government to be legislating "morality". i.e. We should not be persecuted for doing WTF we want with our own bodies, as long as it doesnt hurt anyone else.

However given that US drug law and therefore situation apparently aren't about to change anytime soon, I stand by what I said:
Buying drugs IS keeping an evil drug machine going that DOES hurt innocent people.

11 hours ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

JustNiz Re:Nature of tort reform (395 comments)

>> truly-victimless crime (personally using drugs without any intent to distribute, for example),

Thats a very naive viewpoint. Just by buying the drugs you're funding the entire drug machine so keeping it rolling, including the bits that hurt innocent people.

yesterday
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

JustNiz Re:Farce (362 comments)

You're right I don't think Iran is a real threat, but I think that if ISIS/ISIL/IS ever somehow got their hands on a nuke, or even just some enriched uranium they would soon try to use it on the west at least as a dirty bomb. ...and meanwhile Putin is trying to move Russia back to the Cold War era politics too.

Consequently IMHO its probably good to keep a deterrent around at least for now, not that the UK ones represent much on a global scale.

yesterday
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

JustNiz Re:U.S. Trident missile. (362 comments)

>> US missiles are PAL-locked;

No, the US went with NTSC.

yesterday
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

JustNiz Re:So... what does that mean? (392 comments)

>> Well, that must then mean that schools abroad are better than schools in the US

I am a Brit now living in the US, and have a young son. Honestly my own (fairly average) school education in England makes that provided to him by public schools in the US look _very_ poor and low quality by comparison.

I'm sure you made your comment with some degree of self-evident sarcasm intended, but based on what I have seen first-hand I'd be very surprised if there actually isn't a lot of truth in it, especially in comparison to many EU countries.

yesterday
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

JustNiz What was your thinking? (427 comments)

Why did you think adding the "friend" keyword to C++ was a good idea?

Do you still think it is good?

2 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

JustNiz Re:What is the ideal size of an Object? (427 comments)

The smallest possible to effectively and elegantly implement its class, and to also remain reable and supportable.

2 days ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

JustNiz The software is clearly very basic (74 comments)

>> In particular, the algorithm points out that Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton's Barber Shop painted in 1950 is remarkably similar to Frederic Bazille's Studio 9 Rue de la Condamine painted 80 years before.

Not at all. Apart from both being of (different sized) rooms painted from an approximately similar angle, there really is nothing else that is the same about the two paintings. It would appear that the computer is keying only off of very large features such as a general observation that a large lightsource of a simliar size and location is in both (but in one painting its half a window which is really a secondary subject, and in the other, a doorway to a room with a light in that is the primary subject). If the computer can only make decisions based on such broad generalisations, it really is pretty much useless.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

JustNiz People aren't open-minded enough for this to work (381 comments)

That idea won't be effective at all. All that this will do is become another forum for sanitized mediocre groupthink.

The problem is that on most public websites, someone genuinely posting a polite, well-reasoned yet strongly contrary viewpoint will often still get marked as flamebait or trolling just because there are apparently a surprisingly high percentage of closed-minded people that just can't abide even the existence of any viewpoint that is much different from theirs, or the social norm.

You don't even need to leave this site to find plenty of great examples of that effect in action.

If you give those people even more power, they would just delete everything that doesn't fit their wold view, so the only thing left on the website would quickly become just all the uncontroversial politically correct unintelligent mush.

4 days ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

JustNiz Whats wrong with (383 comments)

a finger ring (or better yet an implant) with a unique RFID chip in it.
If the chip is not in close proximity to the computer keyboard, the compuiter immediately lockscreens.

An API to read the unique code of the user's chip would be avaiable to online apps too, so websites can use the same system to authenticate.

For extra security, the ring/implant could also continuously detect the wearer's presence and life, possibly with biometrics as simple as confirming the users pulse. If the signal is disrupted the implant can assume it is no longer secure until its reauthenticated.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

JustNiz Re:Flexibility, security, privacy (337 comments)

>> Apple wants lockin,

So does Microsoft. Look at their history, they on purpose ignore any existing standards and make their own incompatible versions of everything (that in most cases are also significantly functionally worse). They are doing that exactly to be able to create and control a walled garden. But you really can't blame Microsoft (or Apple) for finding ways to continue to rip people off as long as there are maroons that will continue to buy their products.

The ones to blame are the persistent Microsoft customers (I'm looking at you, IT depeartment heads) that prefer to keep cluelessly paying through the nose for shit products, even though there is nearly always a more functional, more useful, easier to use, more standard, more open and often even free alternative.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

JustNiz Re:Not so stupid, just not ready yet. (406 comments)

>> or when people just don't see the value in buying one.

In all cases where people don't spend their money the way the government wants, legislation gets very quickly enacted to make sure that all the stuff that people would actually prefer to buy becomes either taxed to death or just outright illegal. Groups like MADD are probably already planning and fundraising to push such legislation through with as much money as it takes.

Of course the gov. will find a way to claim its all about saving lives or any other excuse to avoid admitting its actually all about making more money/votes from special interest groups at the cost of all of our freedoms of choice.

Once the self-driving legislation is in place, they will then quickly focus on making it illegal for humans to drive at all, and also illegal for all new cars to even have controls that make it possible to manually drive them.

about two weeks ago
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Think you can drive better than an autonomous car? You're wrong.

JustNiz Another bullshit headline (3 comments)

>> No, You Can't Drive Better Than An Autonomous Car

Sensationalist bullshit headline. Yes, right now actually you can and do.
Even the article itself later admits computers are not better than humans today, (but claims very, very soon).

about two weeks ago
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How Bomb Gaza Remained on Google Play Store Undetected For a Week

JustNiz leads to inappropriate content... (2 comments)

You may feel that this content is inappropriate but please dont presume that you speak for me, or that your PeeCee point of view is somehow self-evidently right for everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

JustNiz Emacs (402 comments)

Emacs is a great operating system, it just needs a good text editor.

about three weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

JustNiz Re:The real test... (402 comments)

Wow you're not a very good academic if you are seriously trying to suggest a strong correlation between your income and the editor you prefer.

about three weeks ago

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