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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

Wootery Re:I wonder if they honor the right to be forgotte (81 comments)

Privacy is not a basic human need. We used to live in caves and huddle together for warmth. There's no privacy there.

Even if that were true, it wouldn't matter. We evolved for life in small tribes, and now live in huge societies. Group dynamics change as scale increases.

Stop judging everyone and then privacy wouldn't matter.

Indeed. In a perfect world where all people are angels, there would be rather less need for privacy.

1 hour ago
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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

Wootery Re:Contradiction (39 comments)

I might just be rephrasing what WarJolt already said, but: it's not a contradiction.

It's just a lie.

A 'cloud' is a big pile of servers leased out to users. A private cloud therefore should mean a private big pile of servers owned and used exclusively by a particular institution. Of course, that's not what these marketing clowns mean when they say It's your cloud! Generally, they mean... absolutely nothing, by this, as far as I can tell. Maybe VLANs at best. The linked article uses the former (non-)meaning, as far as I can tell.

4 hours ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Wootery Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

A point I forgot: what about deaths on airliners which are not due to crashes? I'm aware that, for instance, some people walk around during turbulence, hit their heads, and die, while the plane itself is easily within its limits. I wonder if rear-facing seats would save anyone from non-crash deaths.

yesterday
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Wootery Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

Also, we're not even talking about your average plane-crash. We're talking about the kind which people survive. In a lot of plane crashes, there are zero survivors.

I doubt backward-facing seats would save anyone from a catastrophic crash, but it might increase the number of survivors in the less catastrophic crashes from which some number of people already survive.

You're right though, of course, that putting yourself through even the slightest discomfort to improve your safety in a commercial airliner makes no rational economic sense whatsoever. Go buy another fire-alarm, or take the bus rather than the taxi; statistically, I'm sure either would do your safety much more benefit than rear-facing airliner seats.

yesterday
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Help a Journalist With An NFC Chip Implant Violate His Own Privacy and Security

Wootery Re:Small Government Mandate (123 comments)

The fake Libertarians in the Republican party may have other ideas, I wouldn't know.

Sure you do. You've heard of the Iraq War, right? The principle of minimal government ceases to apply when it's a cause you happen to like, such as pre-emptive war or corporate subsidies.

yesterday
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Help a Journalist With An NFC Chip Implant Violate His Own Privacy and Security

Wootery Re:Small Government Mandate (123 comments)

No-one is being obtuse. You really did suggest that a libertarian government would ban such devices.

A libertarian state would never permit, much less mandate, such a thing.

Remember?

yesterday
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Wootery Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

You'd probably just feel ill. Comfort is the reason they have forward-facing seats in the first place.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Wootery Re:Chance? (972 comments)

Indeed. Fair counterpoint.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Wootery Re:Chance? (972 comments)

Indeed, they're certainly taking the any differing view is heresy line rather than the let's develop our ideas to fit the facts line.

They've clearly decided their position 'ahead of time' rather than establishing a position after learning the facts, but we shouldn't commit the fallacy fallacy by dismissing all their actual arguments without hearing them out (despite that I'd bet money that their arguments are all utter nonsense).

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Wootery Chance? (972 comments)

challenge evolution and all such theories predicated on chance.

Do they have even the slightest understanding of the theory of evolution? At all?

discussion of how evolutionary theory influenced Adolf Hitler's worldview

Ah, Godwin.

why "the Big Bang is fake,"

And, I'm sure, also why the 6-days explanation is therefore true...

and why "natural selection is NOT evolution.

I wonder exactly how far their concession here goes.

These guys are really making a laughing stock of Christianity.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Wootery Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

There is. It's called a Church.

/snark

(Sorry, non-idiot Christians.)

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Wootery Re:Sounds legit (168 comments)

Ok, I think I get you - you're assuming there'd have to be a second scan after security for it to be worth anything.

I don't share that assumption. You'll get essentially identical info from just looking at the scan-rate of the existing scanner, no?

Depends if you want to measure the number of people left in the queue, the number of people who have passed security, or the rate of progression through the queue.

2 days ago
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EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

Wootery Re:From the UK ... (68 comments)

Nope. He might be very strongly against the UK being part of the EU, but I don't know that he's dumb enough to suggest that literally everything they do it bad.

3 days ago
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EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

Wootery Re:From the UK ... (68 comments)

If anyone was claiming that everything the EU does is wrong, then you'd have a point.

3 days ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

Wootery Re:What they are really looking for is... (163 comments)

Xbox gamers who would like to die a really horrible death trapped in a metal box.

As I understand it, very few have died inside a tank in recent history.

As far as I can see on my quick Googling, the British Army has never lost a Challenger 2 tank, despite being battered in various warzones. Some US Abrams tanks have been lost in Iraq, however. (According to this page at least.)

about a week ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Wootery Re:Sounds legit (168 comments)

I'll ask again:

What 'extra step'? Just have the scanner hook-up to the system.

I was quite clear: there's no obvious need to scan twice.

about a week ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Wootery Re:Sounds legit (168 comments)

What 'extra step'? Just have the scanner hook-up to the system.

It would only measure throughput though, not queue-length, so there is a difference.

about a week ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Wootery Re:Sounds legit (168 comments)

How is this any different than them using your check ins with your boarding pass?

Good question. This whole thing seems over-engineered.

about a week ago

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