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Protect IP Act May Be Amended

hat_eater Re:To elaborate on the summary... (179 comments)

Quote from the Leahy press release: "As I prepare a managersâ(TM) amendment to be considered during the floor debate, I will therefore propose that the positive and negative effects of this provision be studied before implemented, so that we can focus on the other important provisions in this bill, which are essential to protecting American intellectual property online, and the American jobs that are tied to intellectual property. I regret that law enforcement will not have this remedy available to it when websites operating overseas are stealing American property" Does anyone have any doubts which way will they decide? This is nothing more than a diversionary maneuver.

more than 2 years ago
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Vaccine Developed Against Ebola

hat_eater Re:Thank goodness (100 comments)

Science moves forward by heaps and mounds!

about 3 years ago
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The Quest For an EV Fast-Charge Standard

hat_eater Liquid batteries (248 comments)

Anyone remembers the Cambridge Crude? I wonder if they'll have a working solution (heh) in 2013.

more than 3 years ago
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Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth

hat_eater Re:Junk science as usual (289 comments)

Argh. ...But this doesn't preclude using them for that.
That's more like what I wanted to say.

more than 3 years ago
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Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth

hat_eater Junk science as usual (289 comments)

Neither reason nor the brain evolved "to let people reach beyond mere perception and reflex in the search for truth" quoting TFA.

more than 3 years ago
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Bubble Bursting On the MMO Market?

hat_eater A definite maybe (162 comments)

What a disappointment. It's little more than a fluff piece promoting Rift.

more than 3 years ago
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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

hat_eater Re:Sometimes not at all. (233 comments)

Getting bogged down by the needs of children is easy. Nearly inevitable. Getting the benefits of having kids... far less so. That might go a long way towards explaining the results.
Remember that this is the average - there are people who are happier since they spawned offspring (me). And yet I don't know if it would show in the questionnaire. Many aspects of our life suffered because we don't have the time and/or energy to pursue a lot of things that used to give us joy. To the extent we were accustomed to at least. OTOH, there are moments when I very intensely feel that it is well worth it. Does a drawing of a big red heart that hangs on the fridge increase my marital satisfaction? My financial status? My mental well-being?
I don't think one can rate happiness using a questionnaire. Not if the subjects consistently tell you that you got something wrong.
Or perhaps one can, for a certain definition of happiness.

more than 3 years ago
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In Censorship Move, Iran Plans Its Own Internet

hat_eater Re:Let Them Go. Just... Let Them Go... (206 comments)

How about: work to bring about a change?
On a sunny Sunday in the 1980s I was sitting on a park bench pretending to read a sf novel. Actually I was counting people coming into the election office. After an hour I went home and I assume someone else took over. I called a friend and mentioned a number in the conversation. The data was relayed further, and together with other bits of information collected from other inconspicuous looking young people it gave the underground opposition proof it needed to verify that the turnout was way lower than the government claimed. And to spread the word around the country and the world.
I was just a little pebble in the way of an avalanche. I didn't overthrow the regime.
But together, we did.
We wouldn't have had a chance to do it had we left the country, although many of those who emigrated contributed to the work in other ways.

more than 3 years ago
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In Censorship Move, Iran Plans Its Own Internet

hat_eater Re:Let Them Go. Just... Let Them Go... (206 comments)

Are you seriously suggesting that everyone who doesn't like the way his country is ran should just leave?
Just sever the ties that link them to the homeland - to the relatives, the job, the environment they grew up in - the culture, language, the graves of ancestors - leave behind the old friends and old enemies, take their family and memories and become... who?
A fugitive? Unwelcome guest? Jobless, homeless, at the mercy of international organizations, with unclear prospects and still a family to care for.
Of course there are those who managed to build a new life after leaving their country. After a time, most emigrees adapt. But at what cost? How many nights sleepless from worry, how many insults thrown at them and their children, how many degrading job interviews where your exotic medical diploma is worth less than a local plumber's certificate?
And that's after one manages to flee the country, not a simple task in itself.
You have no idea what you are talking about.

more than 3 years ago
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Human Brain Places Limit On Twitter Friends

hat_eater Re:Rather obvious? (176 comments)

I live in one of the EU countries. I'm 41 and I owned 7 cars. I drive since legal age, although initially not out of any real necessity, just because I could and I love to drive. Two of my cars were brand new when I purchased them. One was a mistake.
I'm curious about the methodology of the study that gave rise to this factoid. If there was any.

more than 3 years ago
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Poland's Prime Minister Goes For Open Government

hat_eater Re:I'm just joking... (80 comments)

Homophobic much? Yeah, I'm joking too.

more than 3 years ago
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Poland's Prime Minister Goes For Open Government

hat_eater Re:Bullshit (80 comments)

Could you provide examples? I'm not saying it's impossible to enact a law that's unconstitutional - if the parlamentary majority and the president are for it, the Constitutional Tribunal will have to overthrow it and it can take time - but you make it sound like it was the norm, not an exception. While 214 cases in 25 years may seem like a lot, bear in mind that most of them concerns rather mundane subjects.

more than 3 years ago
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Poland's Prime Minister Goes For Open Government

hat_eater Re:Bullshit (80 comments)

Color me interested. Where in our constitution do I find the tools to amend it as I please?
Granted, there is a number of anachronisms from the bad old times that restrict free speech for no good reason (and I believe the American constitution has it right when it comes to good reasons to restrict the free speech), but any changes to the constitution require quite a wide consensus behind them.
The open government legislation is of course a step in a right direction as it establishes an important general principle and a legal base to build on, but concerning its particulars, I'd rather wait and see than to pass judgment one way or the other before anything has been written into law.

more than 3 years ago
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Richard Branson Announces Virgin Oceanic Submarine

hat_eater Re:37,000 feet deep? (122 comments)

OMFG someone has been plunging my house into the abyss while I slept! Every night through my ENTIRE LIFE!!1!

more than 3 years ago
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Gamer Banned From Dragon Age II Over Forum Post

hat_eater Childish overreaction AND an injustice (469 comments)

I work for a games magazine that also happens to have a website and a forum on it. People (our readers, mostly) post nasty comments there all the time. Would it be OK for us to delay or suspend the subscription of our magazine to folks who are a bit too rude towards us in the forums?
By the standards some of the commenters here seem to espouse, it would.

more than 3 years ago
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13 Countries On US "Priority Watch List" For Copyright Piracy

hat_eater You forgot Poland! (277 comments)

This list unfairly tarnishes Poland's reputation - by omission. Seriously, folks in my office are current with all the series from US cable tv's. We demand recognition!

more than 3 years ago
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How Gaming Can Save the World

hat_eater Re:I think the point is... (85 comments)

Here's an excerpt from McGonigall's book that covers exactly how games are like hard work that we love.

more than 3 years ago
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Does the Moon Have Military Value?

hat_eater Re:One more - No more mutually assured destruction (332 comments)

Burrowing the base 100 feet under the surface should protect it from the meteor strikes. Burrowing it 1000 feet under the surface isn't much more difficult.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

hat_eater Re:Horrible. (2254 comments)

Low-contrast text??? Where? I can't see any! :)

more than 3 years ago

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Jaron Lanier is wrong again, now about WikiLeaks

hat_eater hat_eater writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hat_eater (1376623) writes "In an article published in The Atlantic, Jaron Lanier considers Assange a hacker, tells us what WikiLeaks wants, namely total transparency, everywhere, all the time and teaches us that systems that use binary representation tend to peg completely one way or another, so it's easier to be either completely anonymous on the web or utterly revealed than to find a spot in between."
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