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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

king neckbeard Re:Insurance rates (237 comments)

Is it? It's probably more competitive than the ISP market, but it seems like there are mostly just a few consolidated companies that handle most everything.

2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

king neckbeard Re:I don't see it.... (179 comments)

It's almost as if the UI is changing on different platforms in accordance with current popular design trends...

2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

king neckbeard Not Steve Jobs (179 comments)

Jobs might have picked up the posture on account of being a buddhist. I associate "sitting cross-legged on the floor" with the band Chicago from their song "25 or 6 to 4."

2 days ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

king neckbeard Re:Motive? (355 comments)

Unfortunately for the Vatican, humans are humans, and fighting biology is not all that effective. The Vatican provided a great theoretical solution that doesn't play out that well in reality as practical advice.

2 days ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

king neckbeard Re:Laws vary by country. (226 comments)

The claim of copyright is not disputed. What is disputed is whether or not the actions are disputed. That they typically source the material doesn't mean that they are infringing. It's a common courtesy, standard practice for those kinds of organizations, and an extra step to cover their ass. Also, a decent portion of the time, the source is something ultimately owned by the same company, in which case they would want to advertise and also reinforce the notion of those ridiculous copyright claims.

5 days ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

king neckbeard Re:Laws vary by country. (226 comments)

I think in regards to music sampling, it's more an issue of an incompetent/corrupt judge than what a proper reading of the law and case law would return. Bridgeport is a troll with someone dubious claims to the copyrights they sued over. At the very least, they obtained the rights by confusing George Clinton.

5 days ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

king neckbeard Re:Laws vary by country. (226 comments)

Bridgeport is a weird precedent to be using, especially outside of the context of music sampling. Since the UK has at least semi-functional news programmes, I highly doubt that this would apply here.

5 days ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

king neckbeard Re:EU right to alter history (113 comments)

No, I'm the kind of person who thinks that something like this is nigh impossible to run a system like this in a way that isn't a net harm, and that other mechanisms for dealing with these kinds of problems will have greater success. I'm not saying that it'll completely solve the issue, but that it will get better results. Sitting on your hands and wishing would also return better results.

about a week ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

king neckbeard Re:Wrongfully accused (113 comments)

No, the update would be at the top, altered to have the later knowledge with a note at the bottom, or printed in the next update. You know, the kind of thing respectable newspapers already have as standard practice for a century or two.

about a week ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

king neckbeard Re:Wont matter (158 comments)

I assume this is merely a pretense for searching anybody at will, just like the dogs this is replacing.

about a week ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

king neckbeard Re:Wrong problem to focus on (158 comments)

Why do you think that unskilled labor is a net loss? America was largely built on the cheap labor of immigrants who eventually became part of the culture.

about a week ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

king neckbeard Re:EU right to alter history (113 comments)

It's either going to be a rare or common occurrence. If it's rare, then it's not really any worse than not hiring you because you prefer a different sports team or whatever stupid reason they have. If it's common, then it would be something happening enough to get some decent data.

about a week ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

king neckbeard Re:Wrongfully accused (113 comments)

If someone is wrongfully accused, then the most appropriate solution would be to publish an update stating such to the original article. If you want to require THAT, I have far less qualms with it than hiding the results.

And when you have idiotic laws like our sex offender laws where you pee in public you are on the list and everyone who sees your name there thinks you had sex with some little kid.

Then perhaps we should fix the idiotic laws instead of creating more idiotic laws.

about a week ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

king neckbeard Re:EU right to alter history (113 comments)

Or, we could solve the problem at the root instead of using soft censorship and claiming it's not censorship because the information is still there, just really hard to see. We have better documentation of our lives than previous generations. That means that we have more dirty laundry that can be found. How about we just become more tolerant people and call out people who are not being tolerant people instead of trying to fight the realities of the spread of information . If someone doesn't get a job because they stole a candy bar 10 years ago, organize a boycott of that company for being such petty dicks.

Also, the practice of brand management is exactly the kind of thing we should scared of. Blackwater does awful shit, and changes their name every couple of years so we don't point to the same evil bastards again and again.

about a week ago
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Patents That Kill

king neckbeard Re:will not stop repeating the obvious (239 comments)

If you could reliably keep something secret indefinitely while practicing it, you'd be a fool to seek a patent on it. I wish people would quit repeating the ridiculous myth that patents somehow reduce trade secrets in any beneficial way.

about a week ago
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Patents That Kill

king neckbeard Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (239 comments)

Life based copyright is totally stupid. It is far less reliable for all parties involved. If we are going to have copyright, it should just be X years. That way the same amount of protection is given for a work that is written in high school as a work that is written on a deathbed.

Also, you can't 'punish' authors in this context since they are not inherently owed anything at all. The problem would be that it disproportionately rewards certain authors.

about a week ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

king neckbeard Re:why? (537 comments)

I think one of the biggest issues with eugenics is that most of those that have gone down that path have been stuck in the idea of seeking perfection, when the ideal is actually diversity. Humans are in charge of this rock uncontested because we have different people doing different jobs. Likewise, in the case of disease or changing environments, there are big advantages to diversity. Again, we are one of very few species that can live on every continent on the planet. The lack of diversity is also a big concern in regards to our food supply.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

king neckbeard Re:Are You Kidding? (537 comments)

In modern terms, race would effectively be a haplogroup, or sub- or superset thereof.

about two weeks ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

king neckbeard Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

I would say that 'being human' is about adapting to your situation. That can be overcoming your disadvantages by sheer force, but it can also be finding a different path to where your disadvantages don't matter, or are even an advantage. There is no reason that we should all be striving towards having the same skillset, though.

about two weeks ago

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