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British Government To Grant Warrantless Trawl of Communications Data

geckipede Re:back to onetime pads and tapped morse it is, th (82 comments)

I am under no lawful obligation to ...

Willful ignorance or believing that you're in the US are not excuses that a UK court will accept. The comment you were replying to pointed you to the exact law that you're trying to deny exists.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Releases Last Linux Version of Flash Player

geckipede Re:OS alternative? (426 comments)

More people should switch to Vimeo, ALL of their videos play fine without Flash.

I disagree. I have a 1GHz machine with 512MB RAM. This machine can play youtube videos just fine using their flash player - smooth and at reasonable resolution. The youtube HTML5 player is a bit worse, stutters a bit, but is generally not awful. Vimeo videos are browser locking slideshows.

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Gov't To Keep Data On Non-Terrorist Citizens For 5 Years

geckipede Re:Pick a name... (186 comments)

Was that an attempt to spell "monsieur" ?

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

geckipede Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (556 comments)

Drug safety and the manufacturing process are not trivial items, and they are certainly a critical part of the process for bringing a drug to market. (Lab processes for making a substance are usually horribly inefficient, wasteful, slow, dangerous... very flawed. I know very well how huge a task it is to find a usable manufacturing method)

... but marketing a drug is a tricky subject. Doctors are in theory supposed to be highly knowledgeable impartial experts who will judge a drug on its merits - experts that the patients can trust to prescribe them the right stuff when needed - but in practice it seems that doctors are just as vulnerable to marketing as everybody else. Bad drugs can easily be promoted to common use above cheaper or safer equivalents, just by paying for lots of adverts.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran War Clock Set At Ten Minutes To Midnight

geckipede Re:That is one hell of a complicated way of saying (315 comments)

And a Muslim run world would be a hell of a lot worse? Want to proof me wrong? Reverse the migration streams.

I don't disagree with the point you're trying to make there, but just take a look at how many people there are trying to get into Saudi Arabia and the UAE to find work. Migrants go where there is money.

more than 2 years ago
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Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson

geckipede Re:50 years ago... (184 comments)

Mao once said that a communist nation would always be able to outmaneuvre a capitalist nation, because capitalism can only ever make moves that profit in the short term.

I think it's fair to guess that in his own mind, he was comparing some utopian ideal of communism vs. a straw man capitalism, but even so, he had a point.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Plans Private Police Force

geckipede Re:WARNING! SOULSKILL POSTED THIS ARTICLE! (252 comments)

As far as I'm aware, they have no legal powers whatsoever above what any other person on the street has. They have a notebook and a radio so that they can call a proper police officer in case of trouble. Other than that, all they do is give off a vague aura of authority by wearing a uniform. (It's a bright red uniform that looks nothing like a police uniform.)

more than 2 years ago
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UK Plans Private Police Force

geckipede Re:WARNING! SOULSKILL POSTED THIS ARTICLE! (252 comments)

I live in the West Midlands of England. We already have private security firms contracted to patrol low crime areas, and that has been in place for a few years now. The plans being discussed in the article are a significant expansion of that, adding yet more police duties to those companies.

I do support the use of private security guards to wander around in places where all that is needed is a biped capable of moving while wearing a uniform. There are many places that don't need police patrols. However, I am very much opposed to going any further than that into real police activities. Investigating crimes is something that only real trained and authorised police officers should be doing. These proposals do include that.

more than 2 years ago
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Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US

geckipede Re:Not another guest worker fraud thread... (433 comments)

Don't call everything a conspiracy without looking for more reasonable explanations first. Middle managers have to manage people, as in interacting with them, supervising them. It's not a job that you can reasonably do remotely. Similarly, top level management have to be trusted. You can't just hand the task over to the lowest bidder. You have to give the job to somebody who has some long term incentive to respect the organisation if you want it done well.

more than 2 years ago
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YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

geckipede Re:ridiculous (730 comments)

No, he's right. Assuming that humans and their descendants don't adjust things, Earth has less than a billion years left as a habitable planet. Less than that for being habitable to life as it exists today.

more than 2 years ago
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Arizona Ponders FCC Decency Standards For the Classroom

geckipede Re:Our repressed media is bad enough (122 comments)

You can already say "Shit" on TV if I recall, this sounds more like a back door attempt to stop proper sex education in favor of abstinence only propaganda.

That was my thought too, but it doesn't seem very targetted. It would make sex education difficult and dangerous to teach, even if you follow the rules, but really all it's doing is inviting angry parents to complain about teachers they don't like.

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Wants To Scrap Anti-Piracy OPEN Act

geckipede Re:*Stomps foot* (268 comments)

We didn't evolve from modern apes, but at some point going back, one of those common ancestor populations would have been things you could call apes.

more than 2 years ago
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Mitt Romney, Robotics, and the Uncanny Valley

geckipede Re:The US is f*cked, presidentially (501 comments)

There's also the first filter of wanting the position in the first place. Not just believing that they could do a good job, but wanting to be the one governing a country that is in many ways ungovernable. Power always has its attraction, but at the moment the US president seems to have only the purpose of taking the blame.

more than 2 years ago
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The Challenges of Building a Mars Base

geckipede Re:Find precious metals on Mars (228 comments)

You're being careful to say that you know it's possible to put people on mars, but you seem to be arguing that it's fundamentally impossible for them to stay there for the long terms. You seem to be suggesting that faster than light magic is more likely than us figuring out how to manufacture greenhouses on mars. Do you really believe that closed cycle life support is so massively difficult a task that finding new physics and building the starship enterprise is a better hope?

Yes, mars sucks if you have to go out on it without protection, and yes setting up a self sustaining colony would be difficult, dangerous and very expensive. I'm not suggesting that we do it all right this instant. But everything that is necessary for human life could be manufactured on mars, and the tools to maintain that capability could be built there too. The more manufacturing centres you set up, and the more diversity there is among them, the more robust it becomes - tools existing to repair or rebuild other tools, exactly the same way we maintain stuff over here on earth. I am well aware that it would represent a really vast quantity of machinery to achieve all this, but I still think it can be done.

Again, I'm not saying we do this anytime soon! In the short term we do need to figure out how to live on just one planet, but over the course of a century or more it makes sense to start work on a permanant human settlement somewhere off earth.

more than 2 years ago
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The Challenges of Building a Mars Base

geckipede Re:Find precious metals on Mars (228 comments)

You do realise that there are some planets in our own solar system, right? The summary mentions them.. Colonies around other stars can wait for a long time, since we only need those to protect against really really huge disasters like supernovae or the sun going out. Those aren't going to happen for a VERY long time, so we can ignore other stars for now. What we need is self sustaining colonies off Earth, but near enough to be able to interact with Earth, hear Earth's messages, learn Earth's lessons. The threat we're guarding against is that of having a vast number of people stuck in a single biosphere, all complex unpredictable people, occasionally inventing new and dangerous things. A few decades ago, nuclear war seemed like the manifestation of that. We got past that hurdle with civilisation intact. How many more inventions like that will there be? How many times can we pass the test?

more than 2 years ago
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Satellite Spots China's First Aircraft Carrier

geckipede Re:Backed by (449 comments)

If the daily mail ran a headline claiming that two times three equalled six, I'd double check on my fingers before believing them.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER

geckipede Re:seems like a really bad idea (398 comments)

the UK police have never even resorted to using water cannons outside of Northern Ireland

False.

This was a quite prominent issue during the London riots earlier this year. Even with arson and city-wide looting, and with the vehicles available, water cannons weren't used. The political effect of breaking a precedent and using water cannons in mainland england for the first time was considered too great, even when the alternative was to let parts of Croydon burn.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER

geckipede Re:seems like a really bad idea (398 comments)

Blinding laser weapons are specifically mentioned in the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons annex of the Geneva Conventions.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocol_on_Blinding_Laser_Weapons

And yes, it does make a specific distinction between temporary and permanant blindness, so this thing is almost certainly legal as far as this particular protocol goes.

I should point out though, that the UK police have never even resorted to using water cannons outside of Northern Ireland, and use of riot equipment is a very serious political issue here. Breaking out the doom rays on a crowd of protestors is not going to happen lightly, and if it did happen, it would not be brushed off or ignored afterwards.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Rover 'Curiosity' Set For Saturday Launch

geckipede Re:Is this thing on? (64 comments)

Atmospheric pressure at surface level on Mars is about 1% of Earth's pressure at surface. There's not much to hear. It's not going to be totally silent, but sound will be extremely quiet and distorted.

about 3 years ago
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Commercial Space: Spirit of Apollo Or Spirit of Solyndra?

geckipede Re:SpaceX rocks! (157 comments)

SpaceX have had only a single successful commercial flight, and even then that was somebody being willing to take a risk on putting their payload onboard a testing flight. I'm happy to be hopeful, and I see no reason why they can't in time develop into a company with a record for reliability, but it's premature to say that they deliver stuff that works.

about 3 years ago

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