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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

aepervius Re:Security at FRA (81 comments)

but I seriously doubt they could do it well and in a cost effective manner at the same time

Which is why the local union in FRA ask that the governement takes again over security control.

7 hours ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

aepervius Armchair denial is not questionning science (668 comments)

If you have data, make a model, and then either make experiment or prediction on model and come with a different result than the actual science, youa re doing science you can PUBLISH and then you are a climate skeptic because you have reason to.

Climate change denier, usually the same people which respond to criticism with "hey science is a religion you can't question it" are usually armchar people havign read a blog or two or have a poltical ground and have no fucking clue about the real state of climate science state.

How many people worldwide can be called climate science skeptic ? AKA : publish article and have data model to back it up ? Not many. I can count them maybe on a hand or two. ALL the rest are denier which throw any excuse up and they are present by many many order of magnitude more than the previous group (including the false criticism "established science cannot be questionned" ... It can, but with a proper data and evidence. Not with bullshit from a sofa).



And this is essentially why your criticism is not warranted. Science is about being constantly questionned by other falsifiable science hypotheses. Not by idiot in a chair repeating some conservative BS they saw somewhere abou solar flare or volcanoe.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

aepervius And yet the last temptation of christ... (575 comments)

And yet the last temptation of christ never had that problem despite reams of threat, and at least ONE REAL theater being burned down with molotov cocktail.

3 days ago
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India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

aepervius nirvana fallacy (56 comments)

Or whatever it is alled : expecting all basic ills to be solved before technological progress is considered. It is impracticable in the modern world and asking for it as you seem to do , shows a distinct problem at understanding how the world work. In practice you do not portion your whole finance to some problem as food or sanitation, otherwise you reach only stagnation. You have to dedicate some to technology advance.

And India is showing you why : they make a lot of progress, and in fact if their rocket is good enough (not many failure) they might get a good size of the satellite launching market, thus bringing in money and being able to concentrate on their other problem better, more so than as if they had instead investing that money in just food or basic sanitation.

3 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

aepervius Many of us in EU already are region locked (158 comments)

Germany, Austria... Some AAA game are not available, and other are censored. Welcome to our world.

4 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

aepervius I am wondering too (575 comments)

I have posted that yesterday : the feedback I read from people having watched the film in preview told that it was horribly bad. Now they have made sure that for the next days or maybe even week they made the film "unforgettable". Maybe I am paranoid but I would bet that it is a PR coup on Sony side.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

aepervius I am cynical (580 comments)

I have the feeling the reason the show was cancelled , was because the pre-release feedback was very negative, that it was a bad film, but with those threat they saw an opportunity, and now they are priming the US market for a massive "buy it to spite terrorrist !" direct to DVD.

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

aepervius Artefact of US politics (426 comments)

The best time of reform, is when you are not fearful of reelection, and you are OK with using unpopular but needed reform. In this case, pretty it is much what's left for Obama. And you know what ? He might get long needed reform on the way (the cuban embargo for the last 50 years is one of the stupidiest political decision of the US, IMNSHO).

Now if somebody could really clean up that other little mess in the cuban isle before 2034-2053 that would be great.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

aepervius wrong (250 comments)

"Sony can't (successfully) sue for whatever else you can dream up, because that would be the government enforcing some law restricting the press from doing their job as the press, a clear violation of the first amendment."

No. Proof : press is bound by copyright law too. Press cannot give the full copy of a book in an article and pretend it is covered by first amendment and freedom of press. Freedom of press is not a get-free-out-of-civil-liabilities card.

Bottom line : the first amendement and freedom of press is about not allowing the government to limit and infringe on press. It is not a "get free" card for all laws whatsoever, including copyright, 3rd party liabilities and so forth. If you spread private confidential or copyrighted document, you will get bitten in the ass , and it will be by civil lawsuit.


In fact remember : free speech mean the government cannot stops your speech. It does not protect you of ANY private consequence for that speech. If that would be the case journalist would never be sued for libel.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

aepervius That is not that clear cut (877 comments)

"Some historians see the Crusades as part of a purely defensive war against Islamic conquest; some see them as part of long-running conflict at the frontiers of Europe; and others see them as confident, aggressive, papal-led expansion attempts by Western Christendom." You can check the source link at encyclopedia or wiki , this is not a consensus. It was probably a mix of all. Plus how many crusade were they over how 2 hundred years ? It was not ONE crusade, it was like 7 or 8. And there is a huge political influx of the byzantine loss of land.

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

aepervius Depends on when (877 comments)

A few decades ago with the IRA and separatist activities in spain, the biggest terrorist threat in europe was "christian" of origin, and in the c ase of Ireland arguably religiously motivated (protestant versus catholic).

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

aepervius Try church music ;) (433 comments)

All the classical , especially Bach, on organs... Now that's heavenly. I went into a lot of cathedral (notre dame in paris, and the one from saitn denis among others) just for the music.

about a week ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

aepervius The issue seems simple (295 comments)

The problem, if I understood it correctly (not a given as I know only the german taxi situation well), is that french taxi have some hoop and loop to go thru (http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/professionnels-entreprises/F21907.xhtml roughly translated says you need a licence, you need to not have been guilty of certain crime, there is some lessons you ened to follow). All costs. But Uber does not follow those restriction, no formation, no licencing, no background check (except the one they say they do... And we all know company cut corner soemtiems and do not do proper checks).

That said all french taxi driver can go and take a dump for all I care. As soon as they announced blocking other innocent third party they lost *any* support from me they could have had.


A much better solution would have been to NOT work and massively go protest by foot before the assemblé or something. But hurting others innocent third parties ? A big No.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

aepervius I never understood the warmth argument (433 comments)

To me , those "warmth" argument are really about psychological bias. Sound warmth is one of those term which are never really defined properly and means everything and nothing. The only really objective measure is amount of noise , and fidelity compared to the original signals. I have never met an analogue system (even a high range one) which objectively reproduced the sound as good as a digital HD one could. Not to mention you better replay your LP in vacuum , because no matter how careful you will to clean it, you will get snaps, pop cracks, dust, flutter, variation speed, etc...

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

aepervius So the mod proposed to auto click sound good (190 comments)

There was this new add - on reported a day or two ago which auto clicked on ads. If really the advertising industry is losing money on that.... Maybe I'll look again into adding that addon on all PC I install FF onto (with the rest of the gang, nos script, no flash, ad block)...

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

aepervius Indeed. Witches. (772 comments)

People advocating torture always forget how many "witches" were hanged (or killed using other way) after they confessed all sort of satanic rituals and demonic concourse.

Sure nowadays the torture is less likely to leave physical traces in america, beside that torture is maoral and unethical, the lessons has long been known that torture is useless in getting informaztion out of people. Heck they might as well have asked the guatabnamo prisonner if they were witches and gotten positive answers.


But in the end for American, now their security is WORST than it was before. because 1) for decades they wilkl be known as hypocrite torturing people and putting them in prison forver without due process 2) they won't be able to pretend to have any moral ground whatsoever if somebody else torture an american to get "information".

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

aepervius You see it wrong (192 comments)

"I'm fairly certain that they didn't actually light the cig for me, nor did they put it in my mouth or anything else."

But they did. They paid and sponsored programs to show smoking happy people, you couple in love, or "heroes" all lighting cigarettes. Never sponsored a program showing you a 50-70 guy dying horribly of cancer. They influenced the culture to to make people smoke more and more, all the while knowing they were sending death sentences down the line. WITHOUT that cultural influence,a dvertising, and glorification in the media of the cigarettes until recentely, I can wager that you would not have lighted a cigarette. In fact now that smoking stopped being cool, cigarette smoking in high school has dropped like a stone in the last 40-50 years. 50% of youth smoked by the end of high school post war (50ies), nowadays it is less than 20%.

Your smoking was not your decision alone, but also a product of a culture of praising smoking in media.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

aepervius no it is not (280 comments)

"The era in which one group of people will be able to control the commercial activities of third parties is coming to a close."

That worked with napster or anything fully digital, but will not work with service or good provided in the real world. Once the government steps ion and say "you are not allowed" they can simply catch you at the payment , or make a take down on your server on non compliance. And as such service multiply take down will simply be quicker. And frankly as a customer there ARE some law i want respected, no matter what you young guys think of them. The law for example enforcing some taxi standard by the government is among those I applaud (in my country there is no artificial limit on the amount of who may be a taxi, there is only requirement on driver license, insurance requirement, and checks on metering system by the government metering entity, so that you cannot make your system add the money "quicker").

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

aepervius Read a map (699 comments)

Firstly the distance was almost half to Paris (lower if you count the army basis in the Ruhr), making it very easy to crush anything or send reinforcement, bombing, and the german had a very good air and tank superiority (even if they still used a lot of horse caried stuff lilke everybody) etc... Secondely the climate , the countryside, is much harsher toward the east than toward the west. There was a running joke that the best german soldier killer of the russian army was named "colonel winter". Winter on the other hand is way survivable with the quasi oceanic climate north of France. Finally the capital with 15-20% of the french was already at the mercy of an attack, with practically nothing to stop german. That made the french position untenable no matter what resistance you could offer. Russian position was more tenable because they could play with the time and meat grind people.

Secondly do you find it really good to send human to the meat grinder like the russian did ? Personally I think people like you which think sending millions of people to the meat grinder is a valid tactic disgusts me. It is neither courageous to send people to their death that way, nor is it cowardice to admit defeat when your position cannot be maintained. Hey anonymous coward, WW1 missed you !

I am ready to bet you would not be in the first wanting to be grinded in such a way, but I am also betting your FAT ASS is nice and comfy in your parents basement typing your usual "surrender joke", far away from any risk of war.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

aepervius yeah nothing *roll eyes* (461 comments)

Apart for maintaining thousand of miles of cables no matter remote or even no matter the weather, and making sure they have overgeneration for when people with solar suddenly have a longer period of "cloud" or bad weather. See nothing at all.

about two weeks ago

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