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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

quenda Re:When you are inside the box ... (271 comments)

The word "God" would not have bothered the founding fathers, it's a generic term that in no way claims any particular Religion is right or wrong.

Yes indeed. But you could certainly not say the same for those who modified the pledge in 1954.

The declaration was written by Jefferson, whose religious views deserve their own wikipedia page and are hard to summarise.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

While Jefferson uses the word God, it is far from the same sense used by the conservative Christians of 1954.
Politically, they were the antithesis of Jefferson. Interestingly, the original pledge was written by a Christian socialist, but made no mention of religion.
And I really cannot see Jefferson putting God into any pledge.

yesterday
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

quenda Re:When you are inside the box ... (271 comments)

I've seen some ridiculous comments on /. before, but this really takes the cake.

You may well disagree, but to ridicule the notion is evidence of indoctrination.
Lincoln did many admirable things, but is also chose to pursue a war that makes Vietnam look like a schoolyard fight.
The South was far from innocent, but Lincoln, in the position of strength, could easily have ended hostilities and dictated terms for independence.
He chose to "preserve the union" at any cost, and was ruthless with anyone who opposed the war:

George William Brown, the Mayor of Baltimore, the entire city council, all the police commissioners, a sitting U.S. Congresman and other Maryland politicians were arrested and imprisoned, without warrants, charges, or trials, as Lincoln unilaterally suspended the writ of habeas corpus.[149]

What would you say if Gorbachov had acted similarly with the breakaway republics in the 80s and 90's? A hero for preserving the Soviet Union if it destroyed the infrastructure and decimated their population of the breakaway states?

Anyway, my point is not about Lincoln, but that any criticism of him is still regarded as heresy by mainstream Americans. this is indoctrination.

yesterday
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

quenda Re:Oh yeah, that guy (271 comments)

No shit shirlock.

Hard to take seriously someone who has never heard of Sherlock Holmes. What are you, eight years old?

yesterday
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

quenda Re:When you are inside the box ... (271 comments)

"one Nation under God"

The God bit was only added in 1954, and probably would have horrified the founding fathers.

""indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Thats the scary bit, which sounds a lot like China. A legacy of the civil war. US is the Hotel California - you can never leave. Last time some states disagreed and tried to leave, millions died.
Fortunately the Russians did not treat their former republics that way!
So long as the Americans treat Lincoln as a hero, instead of a mass killer in the company of Stalin and Mao, we know the indoctrination is strong.

yesterday
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

quenda Re:Oh yeah, that guy (271 comments)

Sweden doesn't have to question him in the UK

You miss the point: Of course it is all legal. But Sweden could also easily question him in the UK if that was what they really wanted. (Plenty of precedent.)
Their stated motives makes no sense. Of course the whole thing is purely political. You'd have to be incredibly naive to believe the extradition is about sexual allegations from ex-lovers.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

quenda Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (209 comments)

Actually, it is considered a notoriously difficult language for westerners to learn. I don't think that is hyperbole.

Not just Westerners! Chinese is just as hard for Tanzanians or Indonesians. Chinese an awful language, not just the tones but full of homophones and other pitfalls. The only worse language I know is Cantonese. Maybe Khoisan?

In comparison, Swahili or SE Asian languages are a piece of cake, at least at the beginner level.

yesterday
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

quenda Re:Oh yeah, that guy (271 comments)

I'm still lost on why Sweden, of all places, is more likely to deport Assange to the US than England is.

Why else are they going to such extraordinary lengths to obtain him? There are no charges, and Sweden refuses to question him in the UK.
The UK is spending millions of pounds on a case where even the allegations do not add up to anything that would be a crime in the UK.

If you think Assange has no cause for fear, read this:

In December 2001 Swedish police ... two Egyptians who had been seeking asylum in Sweden. The police took them to Bromma airport in Stockholm, and then stood aside as masked alleged CIA operatives cut their clothes from their bodies, inserted drugged suppositories in their anuses, and dressed them in diapers and overalls, handcuffed and chained them and put them on an executive jet with American registration N379P. They were flown to Egypt, where they were imprisoned, beaten, and tortured

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

yesterday
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

quenda Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

OK, I can see that in mountainous areas one drone can replace many towers to give line of sight.
But the drone still needs to be near overhead, so will not cover a massive area like an Irridium satellite.

And a bunch of mass-produced solar-powered, LOS microwave-link meshed hilltop cells will likely still be easier than one mega-drone.
And safer.

3 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

quenda Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

For 98% of the population, towers as used currently make even more sense.
Ground-based cellular systems can pack close together in cities, and spread out in the suburbs and rural areas.
These drones are stuck at high altitude, so except for remote areas they are wasting bandwidth and battery life on the ground.
Drones might be useful for extra large LTE cells in northern Canada or central Australia. Perhaps replace Iridium.

Must be a slow news for nerds day.

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

quenda Re:gun laws (329 comments)

How do you explain the fact that Japanese-Americans have a lower homicide rate than Japanese in Japan?

LK

- as a wild guess, discriminatory immigration (no criminal record allowed, higher education an advantage)
- one is the overwhelmingly dominant culture while the other a tiny minority, so any comparison is pointless.
- both are very low, and US data not accurate enough to know if that is true anyway. Your data is based on rough estimates with a large error range.
- you are attempting a distraction that has nothing to do with my post. I do not even offer an explanation for the data I observed, except to agree that homogenous societies tend to have less crime, more cohesion. - which may be only a small part of the answer.

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

quenda Re:gun laws (329 comments)

Homogenous societies in general tend to have less violence regardless of the race of the people involved. I think that's the point that was being made.

Thats certainly a factor. Japan obviously is very homogenous, as are many of the nations with low violent crime.

  However there are notable exceptions: Singapore has large disadvantaged minorities, is highly urbanised, yet still has an exceptionally low murder rate. It doesn't hurt that guns are almost non-existent there.

Same applies to Bahrain and Kuwait (racially diverse, very low murder rates). So much for middle-eastern stereotypes.
New Guinea is racially homogenous with a very high murder rate - but culturally diverse with 800-odd languages.

(BTW, I look at murder rate partly because the figures are much more reliable in comparing countries. Methodologies, reporting rates etc vary more for other crimes.)

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

quenda Re:gun laws (329 comments)

Japans draconian gun laws are not the reason for its low violent crime rate. They have a very low murder rate generally, and don't need such heavy penalties.

The US however does have a serious violent crime problem.
But not all the US: places such as New England, Iowa, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Utah all have homicide rates not so much worse than Europe and Australia.
( Restricting handguns could well reduce the gap.)
What do all these states have in common? Similar racial mix. There is only one state with both a large racial minority and a low murder rate: Hawaii.
Importantly, the white-only homicide rate in the US overall is still much higher than the total homicide rate in the above states, so the cause is not simple.
People in those states have a lower murder rate regardless of race.

You cannot possibly understand the US murder rate without looking at race and guns. The left do not want to talk about race, and the right don't want to talk about guns, so we're screwed.

4 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

quenda Re:Scarier still.... (366 comments)

Of course, a measure can often be deconstructed into several independent factors; "intelligence" seems to fit this.

But intelligence factors are highly correlated, not at all independent.

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

about a week ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

quenda Re:Value (158 comments)

This "sled" looks exactly like an old-fashioned chassis, as used in trucks and the VW beetle.
So the roof of the Tesla is not structural: Does this mean we can expect to see home-modified "convertible" Tesla-Ss in future, as we did for the Beetle?

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

quenda Re:Only happens... (366 comments)

Voting either Republican or Democrat is a sign of either ignorance, or a lack of personal ethics.

I thought it was a consequence of the stupid first-past-the-post voting system used in the US.

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

quenda Re:Scarier still.... (366 comments)

get the idea that the tests are somehow measuring "intelligence,"

But IQ tests do measure intelligence, and do it well. It cannot be perfect, because there is no one simple definition.
IQ does not measure education or general knowledge, which your "ignorant public" may equate with intelligence, but a more scientific version of it.
Intelligence can be far more accurately measured than other aspects of mind/personality - bravery, resilience, charisma, introversion ...
Intelligence traits (that you might define) not directly measured by IQ tests are likely to be highly correlated.

Many people do not like the idea of innate aptitudes, but wishing it false does not make it so.

Well, maybe people shouldn't be writing inaccurate headlines. Are people not allowed to criticize those?

Yes, the headline is bollocks. Welcome to slashdot :)

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

quenda Re:Scarier still.... (366 comments)

Babies that show a faster, stronger fear response to scary images are more likely to be republicans as adults by a pretty substantial margin.

That is misleading. What happens is the conservatives show a different response to scary images. Which is better depends on the environment. It may be that conservatives are more prone to over-reacting to threats while liberals are more likely to ignore or downplay real threats.

And conservative does not mean Republican. e.g. black Americans tend to be conservative but overwhelmingly vote Democrat.

about two weeks ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

quenda Re:Scarier still.... (366 comments)

We have yet to define intelligence in any objective way

Thats not how science works. What you do is find something you can measure, an aspect of intelligence rather than a perfect definition.
The bit you can measure is called IQ. If the measure is reliable and makes successful predictions, then it is scientifically valid.

IQ tests are strong predictors of many things, such as school success and job performance.
This does not depend on anybody defining what general intelligence means.

we'll be able to test if someone is a genius?

No, but it may tell if they are smart enough to RTF Summary.

about two weeks ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

quenda Re: Missing option (219 comments)

food, air and water weigh a crapload, and don't get you very much other than keeping some of you "instruments" functional.

Thats not the big problem. The hard part is getting the humans home again. Sending robots on a one-way trip is not such a big PR problem.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

quenda Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

That award has pretty much 0 to do with real achievement. It is a political power play. Up until Obama got the peace prize I though otherwise.

Really? You didn't notice anything odd about Henry Kissinger getting the Peace Prize for Vietnam?
Or Arafat etc for bringing peace to Palestine?

about two weeks ago

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