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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Kupfernigk Re:Donglegate? Really? (759 comments)

And the fact that this was moderated +5 Insightful shows why the industry has such a long way to go - men overreact and get defended, women overreact and get a tirade of abuse. (This is entirely outside the issue of whether any of the events in this story were appropriate).

I am close to giving up on Slashdot because it seems more and more filled with the rants of angry right-wing men. Is this because Rupert Murdoch's organs are now paywalled? Or is the United States slowly turning into Saudi Arabia, only without burkhas?

1 year,28 days
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Kupfernigk It's worth noting that Richard actions... (759 comments)

...constitute libel in the UK.

Citation definitely needed.

This is a pointless comment because (a) this was not in the UK, (b) English and Welsh Law jurisdiction does not extend to the United States, and (c) English and Welsh libel law is not normative for the United States. So why make the observation?

1 year,28 days
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Possible Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

Kupfernigk Re:Finally (164 comments)

It seems that, just as when Russia was fighting in Afghanistan, the US is supporting the guys who include the Islamic fundamentalists against the people who believe in a more or less secular State. Assad may be unpleasant, but like Saddam he is trying to keep the lid on Shiite/Sunni warring.

If the US arms the rebels, they will be supplying equipment to units of the Taliban who will, as sure as day, subsequently use them against the West. It is hard not to be cynical and think this is all about arms dealers staying in business.

about a year ago
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Chinese Government Suspected of Unleashing Astroturfers Against Apple

Kupfernigk Re:Not necessarily astroturfing (194 comments)

This reminds me of the system for translating Pravda:

Fraternal discussions - nobody got hurt
Friendly discussions - we're still at the talking phase
Frank and friendly discussions - we told you to stop doing that, now stop doing it.
Frank discussions - the tanks are rolling.

about a year ago
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Chinese Government Suspected of Unleashing Astroturfers Against Apple

Kupfernigk Well of course... (194 comments)

They have no experience of another system of government and most people are conservative. It's just like Americans being fearful of "socialised" medicine - unless they've spent enough time in Europe to get to know another system.

about a year ago
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Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

Kupfernigk Re:What about Blackberry? (239 comments)

Didn't you get the memo? They've been written off almost as often as Apple has. Anyway, their new gesture based UI built on QNX isn't intuitive like the iOS that users have been learning for several years.

about a year ago
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Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

Kupfernigk Re:Discovery and limitations (205 comments)

For 'people' read the bonkers Dionysius Lardner, a 19th century equivalent of a climate change denier.

about a year ago
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Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

Kupfernigk Re:Discovery and limitations (205 comments)

In fact the human race as presently constituted is dependent on two pieces of technology: sharp edges and fire. Without those we are not going anywhere. With them we still nearly went extinct in the mesolithic ice age.

But also, as a self certified mystic, you do seem to write a lot of unverifiable tosh.

about a year ago
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Harvard Secretly Searched Deans' Email

Kupfernigk Re:There was no unauthorized access. (113 comments)

I don't think you understand how the moderation system is supposed to work. There is no 'disagree' moderation. And your opinion, Anonymous Coward, is no better than mine. (however, I would submit, having seen collegiality in action fighting an attempt to corporatise an academic institution, that you are wrong.)

about a year ago
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Harvard Secretly Searched Deans' Email

Kupfernigk Re:There was no unauthorized access. (113 comments)

I note I was down-nodded for an honest statement of opinion. It looks like a lot of people on /. approve of Big Brother. But you miss the point. Corporatism is giving rights to corporations that supersede what we in Europe call human rights. The existence of corporations does not imply corporatism if individual rights are protected.

As an example, the Netherlands has an army but is not militaristic. North Korea has an army, and it is.

about a year ago
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SXSW: How Mobile Devices Are Changing Africa

Kupfernigk Re:Example? (65 comments)

Unique barcodes. Either the counterfeiter will duplicate an existing one - identified as dupe - or uses an invalid one -identified as invalid.

about a year ago
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Harvard Secretly Searched Deans' Email

Kupfernigk Re:There was no unauthorized access. (113 comments)

The point is whether, given the supposedly Enlightenment ideals of the Western idea of a university, they should have done. If they are just a corporation that educates people for money, that is one thing. If they are a university set up to stand for the possibility of a better society, that is another. Personally I prefer universities when they fight corporatism, not when they support it.

about a year ago
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Harvard Secretly Searched Deans' Email

Kupfernigk "HP's Playbook" (113 comments)

That would seem to be the new HP tablet that looks like a BlackBerry PlayBook but with a worse display and camera. What has that got to do with Harvard seeming to have forgotten the difference between a university and a corporation?

about a year ago
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North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike

Kupfernigk Dune is fictional (727 comments)

Why would I go to a right-wing, pro-Fascist science fiction novel full of grand guignol guff for advice on military policy?

about a year ago
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Conflicted Judges Are Classier With English Accents

Kupfernigk Re:so you can't get a job after retirement? (74 comments)

This is hardly his highest profile ever case. Perhaps for the geek community, but for him it's small change.

about a year ago
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Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

Kupfernigk But what is the loss rate? (497 comments)

Your figures are meaningless in context without knowing how many were lost, and what the operational cost was per tonne of ordnance.

In WW2, after the Battle of Britain the most successful British aircraft was probably the twin-engined Mosquito, an early stealth fighter/bomber. I was taught at school by the former wing commander of a Mosquito wing, and he told us that flying Mosquitos was considered a real privilege because you expected to survive the War. Mosquitos could fly to Germany, pathfind for heavy bombers, do a little precision bombing themselves and be back in time for breakfast, even if someone put a shell in an engine while over the target. Single engined fighters and 4 engined bombers had far higher loss rates.

The significant point is the kind of opposition you could expect. Bombing Third World countries is a bit different from bombing First World countries.

about a year ago
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Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

Kupfernigk Cynical... (497 comments)

Oh that's cynical. Meanwhile in the UK, the Labour Party has just announced that if it wins the next election it will replace the Trident nuclear submarines, which has absolutely no connection whatsoever to the Labour votes from the Scottish shipyards, and sabotaging the campaign for Scottish independence. $40 billion for a useless piece of kit that cannot influence any foreseeable wars, but keeps the Scots onside. Perhaps that's it: it's called a strategic deterrent because it strategically deters the Scots from becoming independent and losing the work.

about a year ago
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Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

Kupfernigk Re:Easy to say (497 comments)

Analysts usually don't have to fly combat missions.

about a year ago
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Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

Kupfernigk Worked in WW2 (497 comments)

Had the Spitfire not been a newer design that the German equivalent, this post might be in German (well, actually it wouldn't because my father would have gone to a concentration camp, but you know what I mean).

about a year ago
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New Bill Would Require Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Attorneys

Kupfernigk Bad acronyms (196 comments)

Unfortunately I make it the Saving HIgh-Tech INnovators From EgregIous Legal Disputes, or SHIT IN FEILD Bill. Spelling error apart, this is indeed likely to be as successful as trying to persuade bears not to poo in the woods.

about a year ago

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UK Director of Public Prosecutions defines criminal posts

Kupfernigk Kupfernigk writes  |  about a year ago

Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Following some high profile cases in which the Crown Prosecution Services initiated prosecutions for offensive tweets or posts that resulted in convictions quashed on appeal, the DPP has issued guidelines on what are criminal, and what are merely offensive or annoying, posts."
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Pual Chambers tweet conviction overturned by Appeal Court

Kupfernigk Kupfernigk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Pauil Chambers was the man who was convicted (in England) of a terrorist offense based on a tweet threatening to "Blow up" Robin Hood Airport because they couldn't get snow cleared. Despite the fact that it was obviously a (feeble) joke, the Crown Prosecution Service actually went ahead with a prosecution and were able to convince a junior judge sitting with magistrates. The senior judges, including the Lord Chief Justice, said

"We have concluded that, on an objective assessment, the decision of the Crown Court that this 'tweet' constituted or included a message of a menacing character was not open to it. On this basis, the appeal against conviction must be allowed." In effect, they have said that the original decision was not made objectively, which can be considered a severe slap for the Crown Prosecutor."

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European commissioner calls for Open Web

Kupfernigk Kupfernigk writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Last Thursday at the WWW2012 conference in Lyon, Neelie Kroes called for an end to onerous DRM, which she described as "Digital handcuffs", displaying a pair of real handcuffs sent to her by Richard Stallman. She also called for the prevention of Internet blocking and said that regulations were being considered to prevent the export of Internet control tools to oppressive regimes."
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Ricoh joins Linux foundation

Kupfernigk Kupfernigk writes  |  about 4 years ago

Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Up till now Ricoh printers have not had bad support for Linux, but it is nice to see that they are now expressing a definite commitment. Ricoh seems to be making more of a push into the home/small business market with their gel-based printers, and knowing that they are supporting Linux as a matter of policy makes them a safe choice for Linux desktop users, along with HP and Samsung."
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