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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

mpe Re:yet if we did it (397 comments)

Except in most jurisdictions police have immunity from prosecution for crimes they commit while on duty. That's how they can kick the door to a house down, gun everyone down, then shrug their shoulders and say "oops, we misread the address on the warrant." and walk away free of any responsibility for just having murdered an entire family.

With it working rather differently if the family sucessfully defend themselves against the "burglars".

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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:A willingness to fight (569 comments)

Man? Have you ever dated?? Women are the single most argumentative, must be right, cant change their minds, NEEDS AN APOLOGY EVEN WHEN PROVEN WRONG group out their.

Even if this were true it's a non sequitur. Wikipedia "edit wars" are not (hetero) dates.
Apart from both involving people they don't have much in common at all.

3 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (569 comments)

That's not the argument that was made. It's not "worse" that some fields are dominated by women, but it is fact. The argument is that a concerted push to end sexism *just for women* is itself sexist. The motivation of these programs to end sexism is called into question since they are sexist themselves.

As well as unlikely to be effective. Mandating discrimination to end discrimination is something only a politician could have come up with. It's even possible for such programs to end up being to the disadvantage of those they are supposedly intended to "help".

3 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:why the focus on gender balance? (569 comments)

Wikipedia is all about (1) information about the world, and (2) a neutral perspective on that information.

You are unlikely to get a "neutral perspective" anyway. Especially not with something which has any "political" dimension.
Someone who does not know a topic may not realise that they could be getting something which is very one sided.

3 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mpe Re:why the focus on gender balance? (569 comments)

Why must everything be gender balanced? Why not let women do what they want instead of trying to force them in to places that aren't necessarily their thing?

It would also be kind of ironic if the efforts to "gender balance" were partially responsible for the "problem" too.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mpe Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1223 comments)

I'm just still trying to keep up.
Is this week...
a) "women are as tough as men and can do anything men can do, and need no special favors because those deprecate her strength" or


Possibly even more interesting would be WHO is advocating these positions. Of course in politics it's perfectly possible for there to be "doublethink".

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mpe Re:Just proves the point (1223 comments)

It only proves her point if you are intellectually lazy enough to believe that her only detractors are trolls. There are plenty of rational reasons to critisize here. Have people already forgotten about her receiving 180000$, then publishing videos made with footage almost 100% taken from other youtubers, without any attribution?

Since the "trolls" will tend to draw attention away from the failings of the "research" the question of "cui bono" needs to be addressed.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mpe Re:Just proves the point (1223 comments)

The sad thing is that a lot of serious trolls aren't 13 year olds. They're 40 year olds, with kids and wives who you think would have some brains, but sadly still seem to get off on just being miserable pricks.

Unless they are identified nobody can know who they are.
They may not always be who they are assumed to be. There have even been cases of "auto trolling"...

4 days ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

mpe Re:My guess (129 comments)

That person then found one quickly and installed it, without checking what it actually filters (although filtering companies do make that tough).

It also appears to be fairly common for such companies to not be exactly honest about their filtering criteria either. Especially when it comes to anything "political".

about two weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

mpe Re:lots of good points, but what about... (463 comments)

Industry math? 700k downloads does not equal 700k movie tickets or DVD purchases or rentals. Some significant portion of that number would never have bought the movie, whether available for download or not. Regardless of your views on criminal/violent punishment for non-violent IP crimes (I disagree on that level personally), basing any punishment on a false metric is the worst kind of injustice.

There there is also the third catagory those people who would have bought the DVD only because of the seeing the download. This is the number that could meaningfully be compared with "lost sales". Even if "were never a potential customer" covers the vast majority of downloaders.

about two weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

mpe Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (458 comments)

If this paper were to turn out to be correct, current climate models are useless and will need to be completely reworked. Well, maybe not completely. Some more than others. But it would contradict some of the fundamental assumptions of most of those models.

We already know that these models useless at predicting. Which rather implies that ALL of them have at least one fundermentally wrong assumption.
How many truely independent models exist anyway?

about two weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

mpe Re:Wait (458 comments)

Since 2000 there's been an unusual number of La Nina years.

We don't have enough observations to ever begin to know what is "usual" in the first place.

Under normal circumstances, this should have produced a noticeably cool period, similar to the 1940s and 1890s. Instead the decade was still the warmest on record.

Even the longest records we have may well be a few orders of magnitude too short to be of much use here. That's before even considering issues of accuracy, when can even apply to records being currently collected.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

mpe Re:They have invoked Streisand. (391 comments)

I also wonder will they prosecute any of the newspapers that showed images from the video? I don't know of any news channels that broadcast the clip, but there might be one of those somewhere too.

Of course just telling people about the video means that it's possible to go looking for it.
Probably be of far more use to strip anyone who wants to join a foreign military/paramilitary of their citizenship. After they leave, of course.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

mpe Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

The Exxon Valdez spill killed (from my quick search) an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 birds, about what this would kill in 10 years or so at mid-20k birds killed per year. So, build 10 of these plants (or larger with even more roasting capacity) and you have the equivalent (in bird deaths) of an Exxon Valdez oil spill each year. A wise sage once said "It's not easy being green."

The Exxon Valdez is something which should not have happened at all. Whereas this is a consequence of "normal operation".

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

mpe Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (579 comments)

Also.... shitty Lync server checks for user agent like websites used to in the '90 and not all SIP clients know how to lie tot the server that they are Lync and not Pidgin, Empathy etc.

There still appears to be plenty of webservers trying to interpret user agent strings. Which, ironically, can cause issues with the latest versions of MSIE.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

mpe Re:LibreOffice/OpenOffice still kind of suck (579 comments)

People don't want to learn any more than the bare necessity to do their job. If LibreOffice is quite capable of doing what they want, but the menu/button layout is slightly different or some techniques are different between it and MS Office, they'll be less inclined to learn and stick with what they've always known. Which is fine, except that people aren't honest about this being the reason.

But somehow changes between different versions of MS Office don't get this kind of response.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

mpe Re:Change "Microsoft" too? (426 comments)

I vote they change Winders to Mundungus Fletcher, from the Harry Potter books. He's a thief and has the handy nickname of Dung.

Why not go the whole hog and call it "Tommy Riddle"?

about two weeks ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

mpe Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

Reactors are even more critical than aircraft. If a commercial airliner goes down, 300 people die. If a reactor blows up, you've got Chernobyl.

Comparing Chernobyl to MH17 or Fukushima to JAL123 dosn't really support that conclusion though.

about two weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

mpe Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Finally, everyone remember radio? Radio was invented way before it was it actually became reality. Why? Because everyone had patents on different parts of the radio and they didn't want to collaborate. I hear it wasn't until around WWI that the government stepped in to be able to use it for the military.

IIRC something similar happened with aviation.
It goes back rather further than that. Patents had a big influence on the first road vehicles at the beginning of the 19th century.

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

mpe Re:The problem is false negative (383 comments)

Notice that most of these weren't fingerprint scanners or retinal scanners-- they were stuff like gait monitors, or even more bizarre stuff, like listening to your heartbeat. So, if you twist your ankle--or even buy a new pair of shoes-- you're out of luck.

Other clothing changes could affect gait. As could anything else you are carrying both in pockets or in your hands.

Taking pseudoephedrine for a cold? Ooops, your heartrate is different. You're locked out.

Plenty of other things can affect your heart rate, no drugs required.

about three weeks ago

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