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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

fremsley471 Re:The law comes to Deadwood. (481 comments)

My worry is that this is laying the foundations for criminalising the obfuscation of your online identity. "You used encryption? You must be a Twitter troll trying to avoid detection".

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

fremsley471 Re:see a dictionary (481 comments)

"...where entire debates have been erased on Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's watches"

Let me think, what's more likely? The established parliamentary record compromised or your memory being fallible? Tricky one for Ockham's Razor.

Although I'd be seriously interested if you have some proof.

2 days ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

fremsley471 Re:John Cabot? (276 comments)

Not offended, just curious at the use of a quote for one term. Apologies if it came across that I was affronted in any way.

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

fremsley471 Re:John Cabot? (276 comments)

Thanks for the correction- but why is Spaniard in quotations? It's not derogatory or euphemistic. It's the name for people from Spain!

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

fremsley471 John Cabot? (276 comments)

If the journey were reversed, Columbus would have discovered the Azores. The first exploration by Europeans [who recorded their discovery] of continental North America in 1497 was led by John Cabot. He was always thought of as the discoverer of America until the early C19th (why would a bunch of British immigrants credit a Spaniard?).

Then came the War of 1814, burning of the White House, etc. and a wave of anti-British sentiment. Suddenly, the US's founding father became good ol' Christopher.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

fremsley471 Over-eager Press Office (391 comments)

The London Metropolitan Police Press Office released this statement. When challenged by a lawyer, they could only point vaguely to anti-terror laws and say things like "Do you want people to watch it". So it's PR people, probably with no legal training, who are making up laws on the hoof (and with no apparent correction from their superiors).

Fuller story here (free reg required):
http://blogs.ft.com/david-alle...?

about a month ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

fremsley471 Re:Tech used? (293 comments)

They are using a vary basic form of technology called bullshit. 100%, unrefined. It's impossible to do what they say from 'satellite images'. If they had a large fleet of low-flying aircraft with extraordinarily sensitive magnetometers, it may just be possible. From orbit? Complete and utter bollocks.

about 6 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Re: So? (166 comments)

Sigh. Roughly 40 free to air channels, not including shopping, subscription or timeshifted, on UK TV. Nine BBC channels, variable quality (fair to excellent), but easily superior to any other main English-speaking nation in the world, and I've been to them all for periods > a month (plenty of time to absorb the shock).

That and the ad-free radio (bliss) on seven excellent channels [pop, easy-listening, classical, news/drama/factual, talk/sport, music, repeats of drama from over 60 years of archives] plus local radio. Costs less than a pint of beer a week.

Please don't listen to right-wingers in the UK that hate the BBC. In my personal experience, the BBC and NHS are the two things people here wouldn't want to see altered.

about 6 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Re:Why is this a surprise? (166 comments)

It wasn't 'banned' as the AC hysterically claimed, it was rejected. Follow the link a sentence or two further, it was picked up by ITV, as stated.

Banning means stopping it being broadcast. They couldn't and didn't do this. The next sentence in your link explains why they didn't pay money to the US for a children's programme, as they were quite happily making British pre-school television, without the letter Zee.

about 6 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Vulgarity rather than political (166 comments)

tBBT is quite rude in places. A repeated episode I saw last week had Penny suggesting that she was picked up by a guy in a bar, who then picked up another girl and they went off to have a threesome. Or Sheldon worrying Leonard about Penny being hypnotised by a male friend to 'make her think she's a chicken pecking seed' (moving his head back and forward). If you listen carefully, there are a lot of pretty close-to-the-knuckle lines like this.

I have no problems with this, but am surprised it's so regularly repeated in the daytime here in the UK. Maybe it's because they don't swear? Perhaps that says a lot about the real concerns of censors.

about 6 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Re:Why is this a surprise? (166 comments)

Sesame Street was never on the BBC. It was always on ITV. Therefore this is a lie.

about 6 months ago
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What Happens To All the Universe's Hydrogen?

fremsley471 Lithium and beryllium (109 comments)

10E-10 levels of lithium and 10E-14 levels of beryllium are usually overlooked in discussions of Big Bang nucleosynthesis. But even minute proportions of Everything still results in rather large amounts of Something.

about 6 months ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

fremsley471 Re:Obamacare exists because... (288 comments)

In the Bronx it was not uncommon for people to call an ambulance when they had a cold and wanted to see a doctor to get some cough medicine prescribed

Could you define "not uncommon" please? Daily? Monthly? She saw this herself, or 'heard about it'? And the ambulance crews just waved them onboard, like wide-eyed innocents who could be duped that way? Yeah, ok. Did your wife enquire further, or just write it off as the feckless poor?

In San Jose, she sees tons of drunks and drug users... after a while the doctors have to prescribe something just to get the person out of the way so that patients with real needs can be seen.

In San Jose, they need to have their alcohol and drug addiction services massively improved. Addicts should know that they will be referred to specialists. Why isn't your wife tackling this, rather than just handing out the pills?

Also virtually nobody in the USA chooses between a $90 doctor's visit and feeding their family.

I'm guessing your circle of family and friends includes a wide number > 21 yrs old on minimum wage? Thanks for the perspective on what someone in the top 1% thinks of the bottom 10%.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

fremsley471 Re:Snowden never had integrity (396 comments)

To anyone who ever says that Snowden told the terrorists about bugging. The 2010 film Four Lions has a scene with the terrorist plotters using a spoof on Disney's "Club Penguin", making it the only safe method to chat to each other (it's a black comedy). Interception was so widely known, it was a joke (see Bin Laden's lack of house-hold comms).

The people who didn't suspect that electronic comms were all thoroughly bugged were the other 99.999999% of the population. They thought the 'goodies' were targeting the 'baddies'.

about 6 months ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

fremsley471 Re:Translation (193 comments)

It means one less security issue (stolen/compromised laptops) to worry about.

The AC has it. It's all about data security, or at least that's certainly the thing that would have prised Windows from the hands of the managers. The costs/hassle of not worrying about losing sensitive data knocks all the other savings into a cocked hat.

about 7 months ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

fremsley471 Re:All that is left (193 comments)

Although you'd think it was an everyday meme, a quick Google shows it's not used on Slashdot that often. I'm pretty sure it was in vogue at one point a decade or so ago, when every car/computer related story seemed to have it. But not now.

So be nice! Or are you a flummoxed MS employee in London who's watching his horses being taken to the knacker's yard?

about 7 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

fremsley471 Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

Yes please, I will have it with milk before I lay my head down for unclouded dreams of delight.

95% of all food/environment-related health research misses the elephant in the room; the hard to quantify effects of personal stress. This study shows that stress, by variation to routine, kills people. My remarks were there to illustrate that sleep cycles driven by routine are unnatural because we make them so.

It's always galling when the media focus on rich, busy people, on how stressful their lives are, It's the poor bastards at the bottom who are most stressed and have the worst health outcomes. Any research that draws attention to this is to be welcomed.

about 7 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

fremsley471 Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

I pretty much can fall asleep when I like, within boundaries. Normally it's off to bed at 2300, awake at 0700. But I can go to bed tonight at 2100, knowing I'll fall asleep in no more than 30 minutes and my body will wake me up at 0530.

But then except for a trains and planes, I haven't used an alarm clock in over 5 years.

about 7 months ago

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