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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

joelholdsworth "Fireworks Show" still to come (201 comments)

Note that this is not yet Greenwald's "Fireworks show" - his promised grand finale was delayed from 4th July. From what I've gleaned, there will be a big-bang scoop naming specific names of US citizens - major public and political figures - who were wiretapped by the NSA. USG has claimed there will be some harm done, so the story has been delayed while the journalist team investigate.

Stay tuned. I can't wait.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

joelholdsworth Various options (172 comments)

Take a look at the sigrok project. We have rather a lot of experience with low cost lab gear.

For a long time the best option for a standalone scope has been the Das Oszi scopes, sold under the brand names Hantek, Protek and Voltcraft. As a bonus, a guy name tinhead has reverse engineered the schematics. Hopefully we'll have it supported in sigrok very soon.

There's also the SmartScope for ~$180.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

joelholdsworth Silver lining? (202 comments)

It seems to me that an EME module would be much easier to crack than a full browser plugin. In which case I predict that the secret keys will be disclosed rather soon.

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

What science defines that an 1-year old is a person, but a zygote is not? Please. Link me a paper.

I'm a science enthusiast, but far too many science enthusiasts here try and make science speak on issues that it doesn't speak. Science is totally silent - it's work unrelated to these philosophical questions. The question of what make a person is purely philosophical. So if you try and make Science speak on questions of justice, personhood, ethics, it will respond with silence, silence, silence. The only way to respond to these questions is with a philosophical worldview, such as your philosophy of "Materialism", but don't conflate this philosophy together with scientific research - they are not the same thing.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

Frankly, I don't understand how people can feel so sure that they are right when it comes to making life and death decisions concerning other people.

Quite so. It's sheer recklessness not to err on the side of caution here.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

I'm not american, so I don't know much about the constitution.

And I fully support all people's rights. But what do you do when rights come into conflict? People are required give up many rights to serve their duting protect infants every day. Why is it any different for those unborn?

My argument about asking the child is obviously figurative - though you don't seem to understand. My point is who gave people like us to decide these people's fates. I argue that noone has the right to take a life whoever they may be. Any attempt to justify doing so ignores the rights and interests of the infant.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

On what basis do you make that distinction between baby and foetus?

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

Well techically, I introduced a second factor that had thus-far been ignored (what is equitable for the infant), and argued (rhetorically) out that this factor takes moral greater priority than the one offerd by GP.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

I havn't been any more or less logical than arth1 has. He just has a world-view, a philosophy, the name of which is "Materialism" - you may heard the term. It's the view that all is matter and matter is all (pluse energy, space, time etc.)

A lot of people here have that worldview. Some worldviews are consistent. Some are inconsistent. You can tell the inconsistent ones because they lead you to absurd conclusions: such as a human life only has life if it's self aware, therefore it's justified to kill 1-hour old infants.

The question then is do you have the thoughtfulness to challenge the received wisdom? And say to yourself - "if this is my philosophy and this is where it has lead me, could it be that my philosophy doesn't have all the answers". But it takes a degree of intellectual humility to challenge one's self this way.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

Why? Explain how such a computer is any more special that it's components. Other than that it would be an intrigueing device. But at the end of the day, why does it have any special significance?

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

Well it's more expedient not to concern one's self with these things either way. It's kind-of a downer on the whole thing. It's not as if the child can complain.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

If people are decide to kill infants this is simply wrong

The circumstances of the child's concept really don't have anything to do with it.

Also there seem to be quite a hatred of right wing people among American Slashdotters. They may well be arseholes, but that doesn't relieve of your duty to protect vulnerable infants.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

Sure it's hard. Life IS hard. This isn't Disney.

But one thing I can wrap my head around: Ask the child whether it would be happy to have it's chance of life taken from it. Or ask them if they'd at least like a say in what their fate be.

Ask that question - ask yourself that question; and you can see that the issue really isn't all complex.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

I happen to think that newborns are less sentient than the animals in the breakfast I just had and less deserving of protection from society.

I'm amazed by your willingness to take your worldview to it's logical conclusion. Most people try and having it both ways - and don't see themselves doing so.

I'm just thankful you don't set the rules. At least most people still understand that infanticide is evil, and that it's society's duty to protect children - though it seems you're too wrapped up in your theories to understand these simple things.

If you really live what you say you believe, then you're a monster!

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

I'm not an american, therefore I don't care about US politics. I'm not right wing - I'm a socialist. Republicanism has nothing to do with it.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

It's a red herring. Almost all baby terminations are done purely for convenience.

Just because something happens, doesn't mean it should be legal, especially when it's morrally repugnant.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

The magical thinking is that there is a given point that suddenly and magically makes someone a person.

At one point it might be similar to an apple. I have no qualms about killing apples or apple trees.

So SO stupid.

Do you not see? In your world-view there isn't a difference between an apple, an apple tree, a zygote or an adult human. They are all just patterns of matter. But then you're trying to reach out and say there's something more to a born human than an unborn human - which is wholly arbitrary.

(Plainly this philosphy of yours is contradictory because you DO believe there is something inherantly valuable about a human life, because you have a notion of rights - but anyway).

You can't have it both ways. You want to say the adult's life is special (though they're just matter, so really not any more special than an apple), but the unborn child is not special because it's just matter.

Oh except that you say the adult is self aware.

What about when you've been anaethsetised? or drunk? or concussed? Do you have a right to life then? How about when you were 1-hour old - were you self aware then? You suppose so, but for myself I don't remember being aware of anything. What justification can you offer to give rights-to-life to any of these different examples person but deprive it from the unborn child?

What about a concious adult? You say they're self aware. How do you know? Maybe it's all an illusion - like the turing test. And anyway, who appointed you the one to define this arbitrary litmus test of whether a person has rights to life or not?

Perhaps the fairest way to resolve this would be to allow the baby to gain conciousness in the same way that an anaethsetised person would gain conciousness, then give them a chance to choose for themselves whether they would like to live or not. I certainly am glad I was given that chance, and I suspect you are glad that you were also.

Certainly no-one has the right to deprive a person of such a choice, in the present or in the future.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

GP was talking about a person, and so am I. That's why we call them "unborn child", and "baby in the womb". Noone can discard a human life without being a murderer. Therefore to justify themselves - just like in any genocide, those in favour of killing unborn babies, have to label abortion as not killing, and the baby as not human.

What a stupid argument.

Let me ask you a question. Why are you not guilty of magical thinking when you put a living human adult in a different category to a zygote or a dishwasher? Why do you afford adult human cell collections moral rights that you don't afford zygotes or dishwashers. I'll tell you why: It's because your concience tells you that human life is special and must be preserved, and that murder is an outrageous crime, and yet you mock those who believe likewise for unborn children.

Stupid stupid stupid.

Word play. Redefining "person" to suit your own ends. All for a little convenience in your life. Toss the baby in the trash- who cares anyway.

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

joelholdsworth Re:His concern is touching (272 comments)

It's so nice to see a Republican actually care about someone who does not reside in a uterus, provided they have a valid US passport.

And you don't care about people in the uterus? If not, then why not?

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft to dump .Net for HTML5/JavaScript?

joelholdsworth joelholdsworth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joelholdsworth (1095165) writes "Microsoft seem to be set on adopting HTML5 and JavaScript as its main application development tools for Windows 8 — is this the end of .NET?" "Microsoft developers feel left in the dark and very angry at the way they are being treated. You only have to browse the Microsoft forums to discover how strong the feeling is: forum post 1, forum post 2 and an open letter."
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GNOME to drop support for BSD, Solaris, Unix?

joelholdsworth joelholdsworth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joelholdsworth (1095165) writes "Joey Sneddon writes: "Take this one with a pinch of hearty pinch of salt for now, but, in a post to the GNOME Developer Mailing List, Jon McCann – a tour de force in the GNOME world and pioneer of GNOME Shell itself – has urged that GNOME not only become an OS, but forgo keeping support for other non-Linux operating systems such as BSD, Solaris and Unix in the process.""
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