Science By Democracy Doesn't Work
... only scientifically challenged (read: morons) would vote on whether scientific results are true. Why don't they let SCIENTISTS vote on the issue? Oh, right, because 97% of the scientists stating the climate change is true would overrule the 3% that say it isn't ...
To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam
Given the fact that France has had one of the most extensive data retension programs since 2006 and were still unable to prevent the terrorist attack should give a clue to politicians and police ...
I believe the contrary is true: By relying on being able to prevent attacks through data retention (which by definition will create floods of data hard or impossible to interpret) and expecting to catch anybody before the fact, police have obviously reduced their work on surveillance of suspects as well as regular police work ... All three terrorists (much like the 9/11 ones) were on watch lists and known, yet they were able to buy guns and plan this whole ordeal. Good job, politicians! Fund the police instead of keeping tabs on all of your country's inhabitants and cutting in to their private lifes ...
Even if you had 100% surveillance of ALL the people, including the contents of ALL the communication, any person just slightly intelligent and versed in computers will be able to hide their communication from the state. Also, who ever called for checking every single letter mailed through the postal service? Or listening in to every person-to-person talk? Just because technology makes listening in on people possibly doesn't mean it should be done, or would be helpful to prevent crimes ...
HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home
actually, in this case, it's smaller on the inside as there is so much less there to fill the inside ...
US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks
After all, hardly any computers comes with floppy drives anymore ... so unauthorized access is almost completely prevented, better than any software encryption ... :)
Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Netflix is obligated to do this to maintain its licensing agreements with the Media Mafia.
Yeah, I understand that. What I don't understand is why the big media conglomerates put such baffling restrictions into their licenses in the first place.
Easy. Because the Media Mafia extorts as much money out of their victims as they can. For some countries, license prices are a lot lower than for others ... not exactly comparable, but look at the price per click/view that Google/Youtube pays for US access to e.g. music videos, and look at what Germany's representatives would like to have for accesses ... IIRC it was well beyond 10x the amount ... and more than Google actually makes from advertisement ... which leads to a whole lot of media on youtube not being viewable in Germany ... the big problem is that the value of money isn't proportional to the currency exchange rates ... and this is more than obvious for digital goods...
Btw, it's not only limited to the availability as such - some features are just not available ... e.g., try to find original US soundtracks on streaming Amazon media in Germany - while they have a pretty decent library, only a small percentage is available with the original soundtrack. While I assume not too many people actually want the English track, it SHOULDN'T cost more to make it available, as for sure all of the movies and series available are also available in the US and UK, so they must have that part. Anyway, as German translations very often suck (at least if you can speak English natively), I'm not going to pay for a service that doesn't provide me with what I want or need ...
But, as one poster said - back to Torrents ... if you can't get enough of my money fairly, forget about getting any ...
Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
At least they decided to put them where they really belong ... in Germany, it appears as if a large amount of mobile speed checks (and in part, permanent also) are done at places which guarantee for a good income - revenue from most tickets (unless the drivers are so much over that it's something like a felony, requiring prosecution through the state) goes to the communities/cities, and is usually a calculated part of the yearly budget. Often, they are placed in school zones for a short time, before moving them off to places like two-lane out/inbound streets or ones that have an illogically low speed limit that doesn't really belong there ... especially if the places have a low accident rate to begin with.
Of course, being caught is still the main fault of the driver, not the speed camera.
Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone
Seriously ... ?!
Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
I believe what you are trying to do is move science into the same uncertainty as faith is, as you can't do it the other way around.
Anyway, sciences work completely differently ...
Faith takes an assumption, and even without proof and even under objective contradiction, sticks with the assumption, arguing away contradiction (which doesn't go away by that)
Science takes an assumption and researches whether the assumption is correct. If there are valid contradiction, the assumption is either dropped or corrected, then repeats from the beginning, until proof is found that the assumption is correct. But even then, new findings may raise new contradictions, at which real scientist will not hesitate to start the whole cycle again.
I reckon the latter is a whole lot more sensible ...
Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
... for one, the question should also include whether religions are even suited for modern life and scientific advances. Religions mostly still operate on century and millennia old superstition and mysticism, and most (albeit shrinking number of) people will still gladly accept everything thanks to childhood teaching when everything is unquestionably accepted from parents and authority figures.
Anyway, religious leaders (which may or may not "coincide" with political leadership as well) will find a way to lie around contradictions between scientific facts and religious texts. Anything to continue their hold on people's minds, souls and money ... even if 100% exact proof against religious beliefs were presented, people will still cling to their faith and will try to argue why the proof is wrong. Look e.g. at evolution of species ... e.g. the Bible doesn't say species evolve, still people believe in creation by God. It's a choose and pick situation, where some passages of scriptures will be taken literally, while others are chosen not to be ...
Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View
After all, Windows is so old school ...
Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned
What, wasn't their faith in god strong enough? It works wonders for children without vaccinations...
In some cases, even religious people will trust science ... (though not enough if other persons are affected)
German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying
Of course, supposedly no hard evidence or witnesses.
The general attorney is part of the ministry of justice ... Merkel and other leading politicians have made it clear they do not see any reason to prosecute the U.S. for the privacy invasion the NSA has committed ... now, the general attorney decides there's not enough evidence. Go figure.
All lying bastards ... too bad the general public does not understand (or care) what most politicians are doing ...
German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up
Unless some A**hole posts private pictures after a break-up (or even during a relationship - most likely causing a break-up) - how is anybody going to prove somebody still has any pictures, or from the other side, prove that they deleted compromising pictures?
How long will it be until legislators, courts, etc. arrive in the 21st century? Or the late 20th, for that matter ... that would already be an improvement ...
Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny
... Put Death Sentence Under New Scrutiny
There, I fixed it.
It is appalling that a supposedly progressive, modern society needs a revenge-based law.
Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)
... if Adobe had started following the suite of App-Developers in the mobile arena ... requiring in-app purchases to use features ... ;)
Ultimately, customers are at fault - they shouldn't have renewed any services with Adobe that require the online connection ... but companies will keep on abusing customers as long as they keep buying their products ...
Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
Hm ... I don't think is about handwriting, but SPELLING and punctuation ... which is still needed on the computer, too ...
Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
After the alteration of the writing rules several years ago (adapting spelling and punctuation rules to the stupidity of the people), I reckon this is just the inevitable next step ... going back several centuries to pre-Duden-times, the results should be clear - uncertainty when reading a text as to what the writer actually meant in some cases, and the helpless anger of people that still follow the rules and figuratively hurt when reading wrong spellings (like they're/their/there in English) ...
Why is it so hard to either teach children correctly, or fail them if they don't learn? Of course, with the trends like "no kid left behind" or contra-productive financing decisions (reducing financing for schools that have too few kid finish successfully) seem to favor this ...
Of course, kid failing in school have multiple reasons ... while sometimes teachers may be at least part of the problem, a most likely larger problem is the home of the kids ... parents that don't care about their children, and/or because they themselves are schooled below average.
Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
... look like it's time to put a Prime Directive into effect ... only observe them, protected by a cloaking shield ... do not make contact until they have developed warp drive ...
Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'
When providing scientific proof of God, the show should be over quickly ...
Sure, you can prove that certain events have happened in one way or another (e.g. great flood, Sodom & Gomorrah, ...), saying those are acts of God is more to the point of man of the day being unable to distinguish natural phenomena from said acts ... just as nowadays' technical advances would be seen by a 19th century person ...
Also, seeing what havoc religion creates on the grand scale (not talking about the personal level - rather what is caused by the conflicts between people of different faith), earth might be better off without it ...
As for the personal level - speaking of the relation between the individual and the church and/or state - at least some religions seem to be focused in keeping people at bay ... succumbing to authority, letting them do with you more less how they desire, and not doing much about it ... plus, states more or less enforces that image ... even in countries that say they've separated church and state, the ties are still there ...
Don't get me wrong - there's a lot of good things being done by religious people. But that's just that: the PEOPLE are the ones doing the good things!
Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban
... maybe he should have called his company "Edison" ... maybe that way, he'd be facing less problems ...
(check out the history of Edison and Tesla ... Edison was in part responsible for Tesla's failure in the end, even though Tesla had far more impressive inventions ... though many falsely aren't attributed to him ...)
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