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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Sabriel Re:Citation needed (339 comments)

Genesis 9:11, "I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." ("New International Version").

Technically, God's got plenty of loophole territory in that statement, but with the bible it's also the spirit (pun not intended) of things that counts - and a promise to never send another great flood would be contradicted by any (scientific prediction of) massive sea level rise and subsequent flooding of large portions of the Earth's human-habitable land.

2 days ago

Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Sabriel Re:Useful Idiot (391 comments)

A safer, and more intellectually sound, option would be to become an anonymous whistleblower, like Deep Throat / Mark Felt. You don't get the notoriety, but then you also don't become Vladimir Putin's sock puppet when it becomes convenient.

Safer? Mark Felt was repeatedly under suspicion and investigation as the source, and he was just leaking that the White House was illegally spying, breaking and entering, etcetera. Snowden lifted the lid on the Spook House - including the kind of people who believe that illegal acts of kidnapping and torture somehow become perfectly acceptable when written up as "extraordinary rendition" and "enhanced interrogation".

It's a bit like the difference in magnitude between informing on a gang lord and informing on the Mob.

2 days ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Sabriel Re:I'll give you six amendments: (1580 comments)

Mostly like, but:

"2: Similar to Article 9 of the Mexican Constitution: Only US citizens can influence the politics of the nation."

Hmm, define "influence"? For example, Mexico's Article 2 forbids slavery. Would I, as an Australian citizen, be allowed to argue on American-hosted Slashdot that Americans should change the 13th Amendment to do the same? Would I be allowed to add my name to an American-hosted petition on that subject? Or would I subsequently have to worry about being arrested should I ever step foot on American soil?

3 days ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Sabriel Re:Militia, then vs now (1580 comments)

I wish folks would stop using Australia as an example. In the context of (dis)arming civilians, we Australians are a completely different culture. There was no big war with the natives (the British Empire pretty much rolled over them), there was no revolutionary war of independence, there was no civil war, and there was no second amendment. America's populace has always had far more firepower than Australia's ever did.

So it's very easy to claim comparatively huge percentage increases when the raw numbers are comparatively small. Basically, anyone who uses Australian crime statistics to push for arming or disarming Americans has drunk someone's kool-aid.

3 days ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Sabriel Re:Militia, then vs now (1580 comments)

Compare that to Australia, where the government confiscated all the guns to keep people safe, and violent home invasions skyrocketed.

As an Australian, one aware of the actual statistics, I feel eminently qualified to say: "That's bullshit, mate."

TLDR: using Australia as a reason for arming or disarming America is bad and you should feel bad. :)

Look, I truly get that unilaterally compelling the disarmament of the law-abiding proportion of a heavily-armed, high-density, disaffected population with a long history of armed violence is a Really Bad Idea, but when it comes to using Australia as a comparison point? You've been fed propaganda that exploits statistical shenanigans and popular ignorance of a distant country's cultural differences. Unlike the native Americans, the natives here lacked the technology, organisation and numbers to be much more than a speed bump in the British Empire's history of conquest, and we also never had a revolutionary war nor followed it with a civil war, so our nation was never armed on a level remotely approaching yours even prior to the confiscation. Our horse was still nudging the barn doors open, while yours is already up in the far paddock with a belly full of long grass and an eye on the short fence.


3 days ago

Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

Sabriel Re:Proletarian revolution the only solution (128 comments)

Because that worked oh-so-well for the USSR. Oh, wait, no it didn't.

The trouble with practical communism is that the Marxists never did figure out how to accomplish step 2:

1. Establish socialist state monopoly by arranging violent overthrow of capitalist state monopoly.
2. The heavily armed sociopaths used to achieve step 1 now hand over power to the proletariat.
3. Transition to stateless communism with world peace via post-scarcity technology.

World peace is cool, but step 2 is bloody tricky. Nobody's succeeded so far. Here's a method I wish would be tried instead:

1. Keep capitalist economy. Peacefully arrange a basic stipend for all citizens, with just enough purchasing power to meet the Physiological and Safety requirements described by Maslow's hierarchy of needs, then phase out copyrights and patents (since you just removed their reason for existing) along with a bunch of other obsolete subsidies and handouts.
2. Participate like everyone else in the capitalist economy to develop post-scarcity technologies.
3. Enjoy the quiet transition to world peace, you earned it without being an idiot.

3 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Sabriel Re:WTF?? (791 comments)

Thankyou for the correction (sigh, I should know by now not to expect slashdot summaries to get such "minor" details correct).

_However_ (now that I've read the article and followup articles including court quotes) that means it would be the principal and the other school officials involved who would be risking destruction and obstruction charges, and the officer still isn't blameless either. I mean, if I'm reading the articles correctly, this appears to be how it went down:

police: "oh hi I've been informed there was a potential felony wiretapping"
school: "I ordered the kid to delete it"
police: "you ordered destruction of evidence of a felony?"
school: "uh... but hey the kid was upsetting us by recording the bullying we were ignoring"
police: "oh that's alright then, I'll charge him with disorderly conduct"
prosecution: "sounds legit"
judge: "sounds legit"

Seriously, again, WTF?

Don't know about Pennsylvania, but in my state the school, police, prosecution and judge would all be guilty of the felony of "attempting to pervert justice".

3 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Sabriel Re:WTF?? (791 comments)

WTF? Bullying _is_ against the law. You repeatedly intimidate and threaten me, causing me to fear for my safety? That's "assault". You trip me, making me drop my lunchbox? That's "battery". And so on. Just because you're a child and in a sane system you would be required to undergo counselling rather than also be facing fines/prison as adults might, or because in the farcical bizarro world of many schools that you get away with it, doesn't make what you're doing even remotely lawful.

That officer who, instead of conducting a proper investigation into a potential serial harassment/assault/battery case, told the victim to delete the recording or be charged with felony wiretapping? That officer should be hauled up to explain why he shouldn't be charged with "destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice under colour of authority", which are federal crimes. And if it was done under orders from above? Add "conspiracy under colour of authority".

But, of course, that's in a sane and rational justice system that actually contains justice, rather than the authoritarian sociopathic farce that is far too common.

(note: exact wording of charges may/will differ depending on your jurisdiction / country of residence)

4 days ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Sabriel Re:Quite some time back..... (586 comments)

Okay, they found correlation. The question is, did they find causation?

To paraphrase rationalwiki.org, the fact that there's a strong and persistent correlation between shoe size and reading ability does not mean large feet cause good reading skills.

5 days ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Sabriel Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (856 comments)

"And you know this how?"

I know this because we've built infrastructure of that scale before, and we had less knowledge and resources with which to do it.

If however you were referring to the sociopolitical problems inherent to accomplishing a common-sense goal on a national or international scale, note that all I was talking about was the technological/economic feasibility.

about a week ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Sabriel Re:more pseudo science (856 comments)

If that's what it _actually_ said, as opposed to being pretzeled by some biased pseudo-scientist into the appearance of saying something it doesn't? Sure.

And as to your sig, I seem to recall Jesus predicting that Peter would lie rather than face the truth.

about a week ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Sabriel Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (856 comments)

Because embracing anthropic climate change involves drastic controls on emissions, manufacturing, and energy generation (specifically coal) as well as being an excuse to raise a variety of taxes on an already strained economy.

The crazy thing is, if we weren't spending trillions on the force projection necessary to secure our unsustainable fossil based energy infrastructure, we could easily use that wealth to build a sustainable solar/nuclear-based infrastructure - no drastic controls or raised taxes required.

I don't believe there isn't a way to manage a peaceful transition. We went to the moon because we had the will to do it. We could do the same with our energy infrastructure.

about a week ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Sabriel Re:Good choice (313 comments)


about a week ago

Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

Sabriel Re:"It's Not a Tumor" - Oh Wait, It Is (301 comments)

I'm surprised you didn't notice the word "external" in the sentence you partially quoted, or that the sentence continued with "(internal are an ever constant threat, and you put in good safeguards to prevent against that)."

about two weeks ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Sabriel Re:Mirror image (641 comments)

.... Where do you live that your city has a population of 75+ million people?

about two weeks ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Sabriel Re:Abolition of Slavery.. (509 comments)

That actually happened. Slavery was protected, not abolished, as it was reserved to the government. Read the exception clause in the 13th amendment, examine the commercialisation of the prison industry, and consider that the United States now has a higher incarceration rate than Russia and China combined.


about two weeks ago

Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

Sabriel Re:Hang Him High (230 comments)

The affect of Snowden's leaks is a weaker and disunited West.

It's effect, and please stop shooting the messengers.

about two weeks ago



Google fined for someone else's graffiti

Sabriel Sabriel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sabriel (134364) writes "Google's appeal against a 2008 defamatory anonymous posting on Orkut has been denied in Brazil, and Google fined $US8500 ($9100) for the crime of being vandalised. In the words of the judge, Alvimar de Avila, "By making space available on virtual networking sites, in which users can post any type of message without any checks beforehand, with offensive and injurious content, and, in many cases, of unknown origin, [Google] assumes the risk of causing damage [to other people],".

I'd submit a more blunt opinion of this farce, but it might be considered offensive and injurious content... I wonder if he's related to the judge in Italy?"

Link to Original Source

South Australia outlaws anonymous political speech

Sabriel Sabriel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sabriel (134364) writes "If you're online in South Australia and want to comment about the upcoming state election, be prepared to hand over your real name and postcode first — because this month it becomes illegal to do so anonymously (even under a pseudonym). Media organisations must keep your details on file for six months and face "fines of $5000 if they do not hand over this information to the Electoral Commissioner". This abomination was passed with the support of both major parties (Labour and Liberal), and to quote its sponsor, Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, "There is no impinging on freedom of speech, people are free to say what they wish as themselves, not as somebody else." Apparently incapable of targetting a few imposters without resorting to "nuke it from orbit" legislative tactics, it seems he's forgotten that protecting anonymity is important to the democratic process; hopefully both major parties will get a reminder come the polls on March 20."


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