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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Pino Grigio Re:Not just women (541 comments)

I'm talking about a population of individuals on average. It's an overlapping continuum though and you're quite right to point it out.

yesterday
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Pino Grigio Re:Not just women (541 comments)

Ignoring the sexist nature of your comment for a moment

You don't believe that "traits" exist? You don't believe that men and women are different on average in many ways? You believe the idea that the Human genome is capable of creating two different sexes with associated physiological differences, but completely incapable or wiring behavioural changes to go along with them? I have to say that seems spectacularly absurd to me.

Of course men and women are different.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Pino Grigio Re:Death? (541 comments)

The one thing that impresses me most about the female sex is their unending ability to think up new ways to undermine each other. So I think you'll find plenty of women busy trolling other women.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Pino Grigio Re:Slashdot, Stop Spinning the GamerGate Content (541 comments)

The one side is acting like misogynistic twits and stalkers

If that's what you think you probably shouldn't discuss it at all because you clearly haven't got the first fucking clue what it's about.

2 days ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

Pino Grigio Re:Who cares (68 comments)

If you look at Audible website you'll see there are a few dozen books on astronomy and over 100 on "gender theory". I still think astronomy is much more interesting than gender theory.

2 days ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

Pino Grigio Re:it's an electric universe baby (68 comments)

I expect it's instrument error. This is becoming a regular thing: (1) Make measurement, (2) form hypothesis, (3) send to marketing department, (4) great new discovery reported in the media, (5) discover error in calculation/instrument calibration/methodology, (6) secure tenure, (7) retract previously hyped assertion, (8) go to (1).

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Pino Grigio Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (383 comments)

But the statistical comparison is invalid. You're much more likely to die because your plane has exploded than because one of the passengers in your car detonated a bomb. If you're talking about general safety, that's a different thing completely.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Pino Grigio Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (383 comments)

I wasn't talking about optimal ways to prevent people dying, I was talking specifically about aircraft security. That is to say how to stop terrorists from blowing up aircraft. There are a million different ways to die and a million different probabilities at any given time that you will do so. You may survive a car crash, but it's very unlikely you'll survive your plane being blown up at 30,000 feet over the Atlantic. If you multiply the risk by the certainty of death, you will see it in an entirely different light.

3 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Pino Grigio Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (383 comments)

it does little or no good

There must be an optimal level of security for any given threat beyond which additional measures don't lower the probability of it succeeding. You could quantify this for known threats but not for unknown ones (you don't have an appropriate prior). That is why security tends to involve shutting stable doors after horses have bolted. Bomb in luggage? Put luggage in blast-proof containers in the hold and screen it with x-ray equipment. Bomb in your shoe? Take your shoes off, put them onto a tray and pass them through an x-ray camera. Bomb in a cosmetic bottle? Limit the amount of fluids (to a theoretical maximum) and put everything into clear plastic bags so security can see them.

There are probably a hundred people out there right now trying to think up new ways to blow up an aircraft but at least they're being made to think about it. Without security everyone and their mother would be packing C4 into their underpants.

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Pino Grigio Re:F the UK (487 comments)

The US didn't lose a million killed in the First World War.

5 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Pino Grigio Re:Ahhhh.... (487 comments)

Though I agree, the only problem is that things like this have a habit of being extended and changed under Common Law, over time, into something completely different to the original intention of those drafting the bill.

5 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Pino Grigio Re:Ahhhh.... (487 comments)

This new bill only need extend existing law to internet communication. It's already illegal to threaten or stalk someone.

5 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Pino Grigio Re:F the UK (487 comments)

The UK didn't oppose Hitler when it could make a difference

Do yourself a favour. If you own a gun, go and get it, make sure it's loaded, put the barrel into your mouth pointing vaguely towards the back of your head, and pull the trigger.

5 days ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Pino Grigio Re:the user can decide their own use case. Relevan (110 comments)

The reader of the information is in a position to consider the totality of the circumstances and decide what's relevant and not.

What a load of cock you're writing here. Google doesn't discriminate between what is relevant and what isn't. When someone googles you, they only get notable facts not relevant or irrelevant ones. The irrelevant ones ("loves his mum, is good with children and animals, reads widely") isn't there. "used to binge drink in his 20's at the weekend" can be discovered, but "now in his 30's just has a glass of wine with dinner on Saturdays" isn't.

And how often have you known a newspaper or media company go back and revisit a story it got wrong to re-release it with all of the correct information? ALMOST NEVER unless threatened with a law suit and very few people can afford those. Controls on information are sorely needed if only for the simple reason that people change over time but the information available out there about them may not.

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Pino Grigio Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

The Climate Change Act covers the period up to 2050, so 30% assumes we'll need that much by then. That's 85,000 more than we've got at the moment. And they're large turbines. The turbines are usually given something like a 25% "capacity factor". But their actual efficiency is far lower than that so we'd probably need a lot more.

With respect to the amount of space you'd need, I have no idea what you're on about. The London Array, which has around 175 turbines, is spread out over an area of 90 sq km.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Pino Grigio Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

Not just the turbines, also their constant maintenance/replacement and connection to the grid, not to mention the fact that you've covered over an area the size of Scotland to do it. In case you don't know, that's almost a 3rd of the area of the entire country.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Pino Grigio Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

Do you realise that in the UK at least, in order to full implement the unbelievably stupid "Climate Change Act" (cost £1,1000,000,000 approximately), we will have to build around 85,000 new wind turbines, covering an area the size of Scotland?

The economics of wind turbines don't make any sense.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Pino Grigio Re:It does fit? (622 comments)

I think I can distil your paragraph here down to a simple 21 characters: "The Black Swan effect". The basic idea is that the probability might be slim on any given day, but given enough time it's almost guaranteed to happen, so it's better to plan for that eventuality.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Pino Grigio Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

I see your point and I suspect the complexities of internet security, like those of bike locks for the uninitiated, are somewhat perplexing. People need to realise that putting pictures onto the internet is more like sending a postcard than a wax sealed envelope. Of course cloud and social media companies definitely don't want their customers to realise this too soon.

about two weeks ago

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