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New Russian Fighter Not Up To Western Standards

captain_sweatpants Re:Hrm... (354 comments)

+1 insightful

about 9 months ago
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How To Lose $172,222 a Second For 45 Minutes

captain_sweatpants Re:This is what I like best about /. (327 comments)

Maybe they will donate it to children with cancer?

instant +5 Funny

Apparently it's actually insightful, which adds weight to my hypothesis that people are idiots.

1 year,45 minutes
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New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

captain_sweatpants Re:quite a few browsers? (246 comments)

That's 1% of w3schools.com viewers which isn't representative of the wider internet. It basically says that web developers don't use ie which is pretty obvious and also kind of useless (and misleading).

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re:Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

Reductio ad absurdum. Substitute a relatively normal well adjusted teenage girl for a mental patient being held against their will. Guns don't kill people: Angry people with guns kill people, Crazy people with guns kill people, Scared people with guns kill people, Ignorant people with guns kill people, etc, etc.

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re:Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

Insulting you isn't making an emotional argument. The argument was completely separate. You're trying to make a technical argument where 1 ~= 3 without any regard to what those numbers represent. Which is absolutely wrong. If the error is +/- 10 then fine 1 and 3 are the same. If the error is 0.001 (which is what we are actually talking about here) then they are not the same at all. Also, if we were talking about some subjective thing like "satisfaction with job" then 1 vs 3 may not be a big deal. When talking about thousands of deaths, a factor of 3 is significant. Please by all means point out where my argument is wrong.

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re:Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

Guns are a major cause of premature death. Cars, which also cause a lot of premature death, have extremely strict regulations that get stricter all the time. A lot of money is spent making them safer. Guns just continue to kill lots of people, because that is what they are for.

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re:Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

The purpose of a car is to get a person from point A to B. Death due to misuse is an unfortunate side affect. The purpose of a gun is to kill (normally humans). Not causing death is misuse. Big difference. The fact guns are sometimes used for other things isn't really relevant. A car can be a weapon too. That's not it's primary purpose. Thinking that guns and death have some coincidental relationship is absolute stupidity.

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re:Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

So... you are comparing 3000 dead people to 3000 grains of sand. Fair comparison. For an illogical gun toting moron. We're not talking about orders of magnitude of dead people. We're talking about 3 times as many dead people. Only a psychopath would argue that's not significant.

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re: Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

Russia has some of the strictest gun laws on earth

Wrong. http://www.youtube.com/fpsrussia Countries with strict gun laws don't allow random civilians to compile military arsenals. Perhaps all the gun murdering has something to do with the fact that both countries manufacture insane amounts of guns.

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re:Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

Do you think that a person with a gun is more likely to shoot someone than a person without a gun? Hint: a person without a gun can't actually shoot anyone!

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

captain_sweatpants Re:Make metal ilegal too... (551 comments)

1.3 to 4.8 IN 100,000 are virtually the same number.

No they aren't. 4.8 is approximately 3 times as many dead people. If you compare a random selection of yearly figures from small populations, you could say it's roughly the same. But if you're comparing annual sets of millions, and one is always 3 times the other, it's not the same number at all. Which means you're wrong.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin's Success With Investors Alienates Earliest Adopters

captain_sweatpants Re: Think of the planet! (158 comments)

actually in civilised countries it's made of plastic :)

about a year ago
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Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

captain_sweatpants Re:Fiat Currency (692 comments)

You're assuming the rate of population growth exceeds the rate of gold growth (mining). That may or may not be a sound assumption. Also economic output is not linear with population growth.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Petition To Make Unlocking Phones Legal Passes 100,000 Signatures

captain_sweatpants Re:Option 3 (317 comments)

I normally agree with most of your posts but this one is completely without substance. His suggestion seems reasonable to me. On what grounds do you disagree?

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo Will Ignore IE 10's "Do Not Track"

captain_sweatpants Re:Shocking (360 comments)

actually... yes. DNT - default and DNT - user choice is a valid distinction. Still the whole thing is stupid because it relies on third parties "doing the right thing" which is foolish. Just build and use browsers/plugins that actively disrupt the tracking process - then you don't need to trust anyone (well except the author of the browser/plugin). I think this approach is also superior to enacting laws - outlawing something that can be solved with good design is a sub-optimal solution.

about 2 years ago
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Yahoo Will Ignore IE 10's "Do Not Track"

captain_sweatpants Re:Shocking (360 comments)

I kind of agree with you that in principle it would be better to default to privacy - only this approach makes tracking completely impossible, because who is going to enable tracking? Answer - Noone - which mean none of the interested parties will want to conform to it.

With the default set the other way the companies can keep tracking people and keep their profits whilst simultaneously claming the high ground. The people who want privacy can enable the setting and the ignorant/apathetic can continue with the status quo. If you want a voluntary system this is the only possible way it could work. The only alternative is to outlaw tracking, which is fine, but that still doesn't guarantee you won't be tracked.

about 2 years ago
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Yahoo Will Ignore IE 10's "Do Not Track"

captain_sweatpants Re:Shocking (360 comments)

You seem to have neglected to read this bit, so I'll repeat it for you

They didn't follow the standard, again

Anyway it's a pointless standard so the argument is moot. A voluntary standard that gets in the way of profits is a standard that will never be followed.

about 2 years ago
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In Australia, Google Pays Just $74k Tax On Claimed Revenues of $200 Million

captain_sweatpants Re:Taxes suck. (345 comments)

For one thing it keeps the money in our country, moron.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Rules APIs, Programming Languages Not Copyrightable

captain_sweatpants Re:Let's design a programming language... (215 comments)

Well I like weird, so I see that a positive and I've always thought most of the characters are the antithesis of cliche! The female leads are a bit weak admittedly and it loses something when they get too much screen time. It almost lost me too at the beginning of season 3 I think, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The interplay between Walt and Jessie is the heart of the show and the way they become enemies as much as friends parallels nicely with all the other underworld relationships they develop. I like that is has season-wide story arcs. It's not just a bunch of episodes, it's like a novel in 12 parts. And each season gets better and better. Plus as a fellow beaten down nerd Walter White is my hero :)

more than 2 years ago

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ISP slays Hollywood in landmark piracy case

captain_sweatpants captain_sweatpants writes  |  more than 3 years ago

captain_sweatpants (1997280) writes "The giants of the film industry have lost their appeal in a lawsuit against ISP iiNet in a landmark judgment handed down in the Australian Federal Court today.

The suit against iiNet was filed in November 2008 by a group of the biggest Hollywood studios including Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and Disney, as well as the Seven Network.

The film studios had sued iiNet arguing that, by not acting to prevent illegal file sharing on its network, it was essentially "authorising" the activity. Justice Arthur Robert Emmett disagreed. The group representing the studios is expected to appeal to the High Court.

iiNet chief executive, Michael Malone, said the case had so far cost his company $6.5 million. "All this legal action hasn't stopped one customer from [illegally] downloading in Australia," Mr Malone said said outside court this afternoon.

“We urge the Australian film industry to address the growing demand for studio content to be delivered in a timely and cost effective manner to consumers and we remain eager to work with them to make this material available legitimately," he said in a statement."

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