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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Kirth Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (455 comments)

None. When science hasn't fully resolved a question based on the evidence, none of the competing theories should be used as a basis for public policy.

Bogus. Science is not about "fully resolving" but about "models that work". Yes you could back the "wrong" scientifc theory when making policy, but in most cases they will differ only in corner cases. And even better, you can choose a response that addresses the problem, no matter which theory is correct. Even if global warming today was mainly caused by volcanoes, would it make sense to pump out even more CO2?

However, if there's a debate like there is in the US with climate change, with opinions 180 degrees the opposite, you can be sure that one side is only spouting complete bollocks and propaganda. Especially when you notice that one side has most of the scientists on its side, and the other mostly politicians.

4 days ago

Google Researcher Publishes Unpatched Windows 8.1 Security Vulnerability

Kirth Re:Ha ha ha (129 comments)

> It's arrogant as hell for Google to decide that 90 days is long enough, thank you.

Totally ridiculous. I've witnessed the "responsible disclosure" discussions a few years back, and even then, 4 weeks was considered generous. I'd say it's totally egotist of you to expect google to keep even quiet for more than 30 days.

I'd given them two weeks and gone out with it. And there's some researchers with a lot more clout than me, who would have given them exactly ZERO days: http://www.securityfocus.com/a...

about three weeks ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Kirth Re:You're Doing It Wrong (567 comments)

You're totally right. Anyone having its browser not in 1:1.666 ratio (golden ratio, you know) is doing it wrong. How stupid must you be to use the browser in full size?

about a month and a half ago

Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Kirth [citation needed] (155 comments)

Some guy at the NATO says that. Without any proof or even evidence. Is this an attempt to discredit anti-fracking movements? Or Russia?

about a month and a half ago

US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

Kirth Re:How about this one? (62 comments)

The would better start to recognize peoples right to free speech.
Which includes the right of not being pestered by the government (as in: put under surveillance) for it.

about 2 months ago

Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Kirth Re:It all comes down to the OGL (203 comments)

... which is a trademark license anyway.

There is no copyright possible on game mechanics, so you can pretty much write your own completely D&D compatible game, with the rules taken straight from D&D (but rephrased, of course, because the actual phrases are copyrighted). As long as you don't advertise this with trademarked terms, you're fine, you don't need the OGL.

But anyway. Who in his right mind would want to use this complicated mess as a base for his own game, when there is a system from 1978 that is much, much more elegant, named BRP? http://basicroleplaying.org/

about 5 months ago

Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

Kirth DRAGONFLY (86 comments)

NSA operations are spelt with capitals.

Oh, you mean western countries including the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland are currently the victims of an ongoing cyberespionage campaign, launched by somebody apart from the NSA as well?

about 7 months ago

The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Kirth Secret services exacerbating the problem (205 comments)

Of course, if some morons decide instead of to fix problems to try to exploit them -- and to create a market for them, the problem sure is to grow even more.

"Yes, this car may be tipping over very easily, but we might need this to assassinate some foreign dignitaries, so we don't hell the manufacturer".

about 7 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Kirth What McMillen Gets Wrong about Amazon & Hachet (270 comments)

Amazon wants Hachette to pay premium so it's own customers can get books from Hachette.

That is exactly what missing net-neutrality looks like.

about 7 months ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Kirth Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Sadly, most crime statistics don't differ between "hand gun" and "rifle" or somesuch. Because that would change the statistics extremely, with "hand gun" ownership being rather low in most countries other than the US, even those which otherwise have a very high gun proliferation.

If you're counting in the "technically government owned firearms", my country (Switzerland) is probably number two, but these are mostly rifles, and most other privately held firearms also are rifles. Depending on the type of rifle, you can get them without any permit. But you usually can't get more modern than single-shot muzzle-loading hand guns without a specific license. And you need another license for carrying them.

Also, the statistics probably lack murder-by-police ("We mistook his cellphone for a gun"), and I'm pretty sure the US is very high up in that department as well..

about 7 months ago

Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Kirth Imprison the whole GCHQ for life? (216 comments)

Obviously, GCHQ has done the most damage to "computer infrastructure" since the Morris worm, and funneled data about British citizens out of the country, into the hands of possible malign foreign actors.

The whole GCHQ should be arrested for treason.

about 8 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

Kirth Re:The Roman Empire? (348 comments)

Yes of course, this new Obama Bush, same as the old George W. Bush. (both of them far worse than the even older George H. W. Bush).

about 8 months ago

Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

Kirth Not really a good sign (86 comments)

(Error code: ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap)

Yes, I turned off all weak ciphers in my browser. Including most 128bit ones.

about 8 months ago

DOJ Requests More Power To Hack Remote Computers

Kirth DOJ wants the right to falsify and taint evidence? (76 comments)

"hacking computers", or "placing trojans" and other such things primarily do one thing: They make evidence useless. Because you can't prove anymore that you did not plant it, that you didn't change anything and that you did not open a backdoor for a third party.

How stupid can you get? And why haven't the forensic specialists of the DOJ told them what their request really would mean?

I've got some other great ideas in the same vein:
- Drop cleanliness regulations for DNA testing labs
- Don't require physical evidence be sealed. And leave doors to it unlocked, so everyone can go and tamper some.

I can understand a secret service that wants to do these things, but a law enforcement agency really, really can't allow it. Much less propose it.

about 8 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

Kirth Re:sigh (627 comments)

You're a shill, and the points you make a total distraction. And incidentally, the same as rgbatdukes, so I expect you to be some astroturfers.

It's very simple: Pumping energy into a system makes it warmer, yes, but not everywhere, and not every time, but only in the average. So counting up outliers (coldest, warmest, whatever) does mean squat.

What pumping energy into a system does in the first place is raising entropy.

And this means, you get _hotter_ AND _colder_ climate, more rainfall AND less rainfall. In short, climate gets more extreme.

The best way to see this, well, you've already experienced it, it comes with names like Katrina and Sandy...

about 9 months ago

Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

Kirth Re:Sure, I guess I agree (261 comments)

Wrong side of history == people that do not agree with the Obama administration.

That's also a frequent definition of "racist".

Mod parent troll down.

This Obama Bush is just the same as that W. Bush. Only Obama looks and talks better.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Kirth Re:Linux developer arrogance (589 comments)

"because no windows developers have 'this kind of hardware anymore'.

The reality is, Linux supports much more older hardware than windows does. Because drivers are vendor-produced, they don't tend to upgrade them when new versions are out (and their product isn't on sale any more). So you end up with tons of scanners, drives, printers, and what have you, which can't be made to work on newer windows versions. Which run just fine on even the newest linux versions.

about 9 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

Kirth Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

Nope. Cut&Paste on Chrome/Chromium is totally broken on X11. Has been since forever, and they won't fix it. They think cleaning the paste-buffer on the mouse whenever you open a new tab is a good idea.

about 9 months ago


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