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Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

Peter La Casse Re:This just in (1017 comments)

If he is acquitted, he is not suspected any more. He is vindicated

The details may differ in Sweden, but typically in the West, "not proven guilty" is not the same as "proven innocent". Justice systems that do this are based on the idea that it is better to err and let some guilty people go free in order to decrease the number of innocent people who are wrongly convicted.

He may well be proven innocent, as you rightly point out, but there is a middle ground where suspicion might well remain.

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WikiLeaks 'a Clear and Present Danger,' Says WaPo

Peter La Casse Re:I love it (837 comments)

Killing fewer people than someone else doesn't always make you good.

Correct, but trying (and succeeding) to kill fewer innocent people does make you better than someone who's trying (and succeeding) to kill more innocent people.

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WikiLeaks 'a Clear and Present Danger,' Says WaPo

Peter La Casse Re:Happy Simple Assertion Tuesday, everyone! (837 comments)

I haven't shuffled through all of them, or seen a believable analysis of the whole enchilada. But according to one Guardian article, your simple assertion is probably bullshit.

I heard it on that jingoistic, neocon broadcast network NPR. Specifically, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Monday July 26, with guests Mark Mazzetti (NYT), Nick Davies (Guardian), Richard Haass (some NGO). Mr. Davies and Mr. Mazzetti were among the reporters who reviewed the wikileaks documents before they were published so they have a multi-week head start on the rest of us. link to this episode

Note that the story you link to does not disprove my assertion. Incompetence and bumbling, and even deceit, while indefensible, are not even close to as bad as intentionally killing civilians (at a rate in excess of ten to one) in terror attacks. The Taliban and their supporters are clearly the bad guys in this conflict.

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WikiLeaks 'a Clear and Present Danger,' Says WaPo

Peter La Casse Re:I love it (837 comments)

Exactly who are the innocent people that have died as a result of this leak?

Khalifa Abdullah

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WikiLeaks 'a Clear and Present Danger,' Says WaPo

Peter La Casse Re:I love it (837 comments)

According to the wikileaks documents, the U.S. Military is the good guy in Afghanistan: the Taliban has killed more than 10 times as many civilians, on purpose, while the U.S. Military has bent over backwards to avoid that.

You do believe the wikileaks documents, don't you?

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Climategate and the Need For Greater Scientific Openness

Peter La Casse Re:not cleared (701 comments)

Except the report did not claim anywhere that it was intentional.

The report didn't have to, because nobody disputes that it was intentional; the authors themselves admitted to writing those emails. The question was whether "hiding the decline" was legitimate or misleading. The report concluded that it was misleading.

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Climategate and the Need For Greater Scientific Openness

Peter La Casse not cleared (701 comments)

From the Independent Climate Change E-mails Review Final Report pdf:

On the allegation that the references in a specific e-mail to a "trick" and to "hide the decline" in respect of a 1999 WMO report figure show evidence of intent to paint a misleading picture, we find that, given its subsequent iconic significance (not least the use of a similar figure in the IPCC Third Assessment Report), the figure supplied for the WMO Report was Misleading.

Intentionally supplying misleading figures is scientific misconduct. It may be commonplace, but that's no excuse.

Personally, that doesn't bother me much; science has always been politicized between factions who behave unethically in order to further their own theories. What does bother me is the attempt to pass off the results of incompetent software engineering as valid science.

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Obama Awards Nearly $2 Billion For Solar Power

Peter La Casse Re:Can somebody say (514 comments)

Drunken sailors stop spending when they run out of money.

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Say No To a Government Internet "Kill Switch"

Peter La Casse Re:"cyber 9/11" (433 comments)

Yes, they could wage a DoS attack to stifle the economy and communications, maybe slow some business down, but people will not die. Alleging that type of attack is even remotely similar to what happened on 9/11 is grossly irresponsible.

It is easy (though not pleasant) to imagine how a prolonged disruption of computer-controlled utilities (power, water, heat, transportation) could cause suffering far in excess of 9/11, especially if current trends are extrapolated into the future. Read RISKS.

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Say No To a Government Internet "Kill Switch"

Peter La Casse Re:"cyber 9/11" (433 comments)

WTF does "cyber 9/11" mean?

It means "an attack carried out using the Internet that is as devastating to the US as the attacks on 9/11," duh.

Are terrorists going to fly a plane into internet tubes and clog them?!

Denial of service attacks exist, yes.

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UC Berkeley Asking Incoming Students For DNA

Peter La Casse Re:Both, of course (468 comments)

[liberals] don't think they should legislate what medical procedures women should have

Ask them about clitoridectomy and you'll get a different answer.

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Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

Peter La Casse Re:I presume... (819 comments)

If we don't renew the USA PATRIOT Act, the children will have won!

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Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

Peter La Casse Re:I presume... (819 comments)

Funny how the right wing love to talk about leftists being for overbearing government that controls everything you do, but it's the conservative strongholds that have laws like that.

It's almost as if "right-wing" and "left-wing" are completely meaningless terms.

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Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic

Peter La Casse Re:That's why he's so hated (807 comments)

What Lomborg does is nothing like a rigorous analysis of abatement policies. If it were, it wouldn't be a book with disingenuous footnotes

How do you know that it's a book with disingenuous footnotes? Lomborg's rebuttal to Friel's book seems quite convincing.

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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

Peter La Casse Re:I concur (505 comments)

> 600 lines of code in the main, no functions, no comments

Does that make it function incorrectly? Looking pretty and being correct are orthogonal issues.

If nobody can tell if it's correct, it's worthless. "Looking pretty" is essential to be confident that it is correct.

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Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting

Peter La Casse Re:Why put tabs in code anyway? (390 comments)

Sorry for the late reply.

--tuple = (x,
-- y,
-- z);

Put the x on its own line, like this:

--tuple =(
--- x,
--- y,
--- z);

Now the x, y and z line up.

a_long_named_variable_x =
a_long_expression_that_that_is_similar_to_another_expression_x;

Start the long expression on the line after the variable, indenting one additional level from that which the variable is indented at. If you break up the long expression onto multiple lines, indent them the same as the first line of the long expression, unless you want to add more for clarity of sub-expressions. The resulting paragraph of code will still resemble the similar paragraphs y and z.

Or, keep the long expression on a single line and let the editor's word wrap handle it.

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Routine DNA Tests For Newborns Mean Looming Privacy Problems

Peter La Casse Re:The important part of the article (268 comments)

I mind... The last grovernment that tried to use genetics to modify it's society of illness didn't have the technology, so they just resorted to gassing millions of the "unfit" to protect the chosen.

I don't think that government was the last one. Compulsory sterilization for eugenic reasons occurred more recently than that in the United States, and it wouldn't surprise me to find out that some countries have it today.

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Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting

Peter La Casse Re:Why put tabs in code anyway? (390 comments)

Spaces work better than tabs because the code is always formatted properly.

No, because there is more than one way to properly format code, and different situations require different formatting. I sometimes edit the same code in a 24x80 terminal window and in an IDE maximized on a WUXGA screen. Sometimes the same code is edited by people with different levels of visual acuity.

You cannot have your indent be two and me with 8 and have the code line up properly, especially when lining up complex if or math statements (where you may be using the level of indent to help with showing how the parens or operators nest).

Sure you can. This comment shows how. I'm open to a counterexample though; can you provide an expression that cannot be made to render properly in a variable indentation width environment?

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Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting

Peter La Casse Re:The only way to maintain sanity (390 comments)

On a large enough team over enough time, people who use tabs will start to mix tabs and spaces for alignment. Once that starts happening you'll get code / comments / ascii art diagrams all misaligned when viewed in someone else's editor who doesn't have the same tabwidth. The only reliable way to solve this for everyone is to force tabs-as-spaces (:set expandtab).

The superior solution is to force everyone to use tabs for indenting, and then let people adjust their editors to display whatever tab size they prefer.

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Obama Appointee Sunstein Favors Infiltrating Online Groups

Peter La Casse Re:Why fear terrorists... (689 comments)

The Fairness Doctrine is appropriate for the public airwaves, a shared resource,

No. The Fairness Doctrine is a tool for the government to suppress political views it does not agree with. That's how it was used, and that's why people want to bring it back.

more than 4 years ago

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