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General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

SlovakWakko Re:Nitpicking... (90 comments)

A correlational relationship is a specific one where correlation exists, but causality is missing/unproven. If there is both causality and correlation (and you're right about the former requiring the latter) then it's a causal relationship.
Of course then there are also casual relationships, which are much better than the previous two types... :)

about 3 months ago
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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

SlovakWakko You've got it wrong (171 comments)

It's "I for one welcome our commissioner-overlords and their total detachment from reality" :) I have lived in the pre-1989 Eastern Bloc and I can spot a centralistic, ineffectual project intended to just shuffle money from the taxpayers to the Brussels bureaucracy and its friends in the industry.

about 3 months ago
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Why Lavabit Shut Down

SlovakWakko Re:Substitute "China" or "Soviet Russia" (304 comments)

Well d'oh! Secret court, man - what more do you need to see there's something rotten in the land of freedom? And even though it has been proven how evil this thing is - for example by the 2013 top-secret order for an all-metadata feed from VBNS to NSA - it still exists! The way you've allowed all kinds of extreme measures to be implemented out of fear of terrorists really reminds me of something in our history here in the EU. Just replace terrorists with jews and communists... but don't worry, you are bound to learn the lesson too, sooner or later, and in the course of the learning process also obtain some well-tended memorials which will help you never to forget it. You may think that I am exaggerating - well, our grandparents also thought so ;)

about 4 months ago
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Why Lavabit Shut Down

SlovakWakko Re:Why not leave? (304 comments)

I can imagine operating Lavabit-type of service in some European country. EU's grip on the internet is much weaker than that of the NSA, and recent efforts towards strengthening online privacy give me the reason to believe that it would be difficult to actually shut down such a service. Provisions for obtaining private data through a court order exist also in the EU so there is a legal way for the government to go after criminals who would use it, and with the recent revelations of how thoroughly has the EU been penetrated by NSA (literally as well as figuratively), spinning it as moving from the no-longer-free USA to the still-free EU would also help to protect the service - should anyone try to lay a heavy hand on the service, I think that it would quickly escalate into a discussion in the European Parliament and a lot of scathing titles in big newspapers. Other indications - for example how big are current EU research grant calls in ICT on online privacy, security and trust - also make me believe that Lavabit could work here. So don't hesitate, come here and be free again, guys ;) Also, I don't think that the MU case is pertinent here, as it happened in a US colony.

about 4 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

SlovakWakko Stop being such a bully... (238 comments)

...and start respecting other states' sovereignty. I mean for real, not just with words. Maybe then the number of attacks will start dropping...

about 4 months ago
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The UK's Internet Porn Filter and Fighting Censorship Creep

SlovakWakko Good Old British Humour (234 comments)

I just can't think about this and NOT imagine Linda and Mr.Bean's discussion on this topic... :D

about 8 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

SlovakWakko What problem? You've got to be kidding, Mr. Heyden (316 comments)

How about the problem of the US effectively putting themselves on the other side of the barricade, opposite to the rest of the free world and most of their closest allies?

about 9 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

SlovakWakko Re:As an American (248 comments)

"Why are you not rioting then?" - several riots were attempted to be formed, but the NSA learned about them through their surveillance programs, and blew up the areas in question with drones, declaring them terrorist attacks. They then used their control over the internet to squash all news about it.

Who would mod this "funny"?? It should be "insightful".

about 9 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

SlovakWakko Re:As an American (248 comments)

Strangely enough, I don't see anything like that happening in any other country, either, yet your governments are all doing the same thing as ours.

No they aren't - we make sure that our elected officials are neither so smart, nor so well funded, as yours are.

about 9 months ago
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Mathematicians Team Up To Close the Prime Gap

SlovakWakko The 600 gap: Good news, everybody! (194 comments)

Good news, everybody! It's been now proven, that there's an infinite number of one-hundred-times sexier primes, so there's enough for all of you lonely geeks :)

You've got to find them, though...

about 10 months ago
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MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

SlovakWakko Great idea (250 comments)

The sooner you show kids that others get music and movies for free, the better.

This reminds me of a list of banned sites (usually porn) we had at my university. It was a veeeery popular list and a great introduction to internet porn... :)

about 10 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

SlovakWakko This is a bad idea (752 comments)

Don't mess with the equilibrium. Less criminals means less need for cops means more unemplyed cops who usually go into organized crime means more criminals means you need to hire more cops means less crime means... - OMG, it's just a way to get the whole population into organized crime!

about 10 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

SlovakWakko Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

(I mean all of them, not one side)

Thanks for being politically correct. We wouldn't want to label politicians "good" and "bad" :)

about 10 months ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

SlovakWakko This is crazy! But thanks anyway... (658 comments)

Here in the EU we often envy the enormous economical advantage you residents of the U.S.A. get from having to pay only half (roughly) of what we pay for the same amount of gas. Better mobility means better economy. And now you're about to be taxed for MOVING around? Wow... a couple more things like this or the NSA+FISA fiasco, and the unemplyment figures here will look very different :)

about a year ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

SlovakWakko Hey, this is a good thing! (548 comments)

A bunch of major semi-monopolies just voluntarily abandoned a cash-rich piece of their market and left it to smaller alternative distributors. I think this should be applauded. I won't believe even for a second that in the long term (6+ months) the authors of the targeted works will just starve and die, or that their readers will turn to something which Amazon&co. believe they should read. Just look at tpb - it's been hunted for 7+ years, and it's still here. And since the targeted books are not even illegal, there's no chance they will actually get killed. The whole market will just move to different distributors, strengthening the global e-book market in the long term. This time around, human stupidity is actually doing some good to the cause of liberty and free speech, since after today even politically oblivious housewives will have some pretty strong opinions about it :)

about a year ago
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UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too

SlovakWakko There's something very wrong... (348 comments)

...with lawmakers who equal child abuse with unlicensed use of intellectual property. Kudoz to Google for spending serious effort on the first one, and not diverting it to the second one.

about a year ago
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Final Mars One Numbers Are In, Over 200,000 People Applied

SlovakWakko Re:Can't we just send them all? (176 comments)

Respect, man! I really hope the project will be a success, if for nothing else then for not giving another argument to those with no imagination, who consider funding space exploration just a waste of resources.

1 year,8 days
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Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

SlovakWakko What's this doing here? (381 comments)

While tragic if true, in the light of the blatant manipulation of public opinion by mainstream news agencies (paid for by various intelligence services) in recent years I don't believe ANYTHING regarding Asia+Africa that I see in our (western) media, or any other media for that matter. Also, as we have all (hopefully) learned by now, this kind of havoc is for the locals - here it's Egyptians - to solve, and for us it acts only as a distraction from our problems, like all the lying by our governments, price-fixing of commodities by big investment banks, paranoid-level spying by just about everybody with $5 to spare, pervasive corruption and outright stealing in the EU (and US isn't any better by now). I'm so angry just seeing this mind-game playing, adrenaline pumping piece of ... news here on /....

about a year ago
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NASA Appoints New Chief Scientist

SlovakWakko Having a chief scientist is great! (66 comments)

I am a scientist and I find the idea of calling our boss "chief" hilarious. Maybe I should try calling his boss "master chief" (and hope he doesn't know Halo...)

about a year ago

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Central Europe countries continue to oppose ACTA

SlovakWakko SlovakWakko writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SlovakWakko (1025878) writes "After Poland suspended its national ratification of ACTA on Friday, Czech Republic and Slovakia follow today (Czech or Slovak language needed). Both countries cite worries about personal rights violations, and Slovakia's secretary of economy calls for a public debate before he even considers starting the process of ratification."
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