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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

shilly Re:Add another one... (778 comments)

They do both, though!

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

shilly Re:Child Autonomy (778 comments)

Well, what also matters is how much one cares about the number of people harmed in the process of growing up (both physically and psychologically). It might be that actually children given lots of freedom are hurt no more often than children who aren't, or it might not. And it might be that a society considers those harms to be a price worth paying.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

shilly Re:Add another one... (778 comments)

That is a very strange comment. Scandinavian countries are famously nanny-ish! They are the foremost exponents of positive liberal-minded interventions. Love it, hate it, but don't ignore it.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

shilly Re:The Dangers of the World (778 comments)

Of course distance matters! My kids are friends with the kids next door. Walking home from there is a different proposition from walking home from my son's best friend, which would involve crossing a major highway and is over a mile away.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

shilly Re: Let's ban all guns! (1350 comments)

I'm sure you and Charlton are having a lovely time together, but if you could just lift your head up from his lap a moment, and put your hands on the keyboard instead of his nether regions, you could the search for the UK's murder statistics. If you did that, you would learn (I know, you wouldn't really, as learning require openness to data, but bear with my figure of speech anyway) that fewer than 700 UK citizens were murdered last year, which rather gives the lie to your excitable little notion that we are being butchered in our thousands.
The British population is about 60m, so about a fifth of the U.S. population. But the U.S. has about 14,000 murders annually. Now, maths may not be your strong point, but let me give you a hint: that's slightly more than five times the UK murder number. In fact, would you know it, it's actually more than twenty times the UK murder number.

Ok, you can carry on fondling now. Enjoy!

about two weeks ago
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Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

shilly Re:The hard part is yet to come (84 comments)

From a medical perspective, you're talking out of your backside. We are quite aware of the harms caused by existing antibiotics. Generally, they are significantly outweighed by the benefits of not dying from infections.

about two weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

shilly Odd choices of Heinlein stories to make into movie (254 comments)

Starship Troopers was always controversial for its martial philosophy, and All You Zombies is wacky. Why not pick one of his more straightforward books?

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

shilly Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

Not true. Nollywood is pretty big. Bigger than the US by volume of films produced.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

shilly Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

That is a truly terrible analogy, because most movie theatres will not allow you to consume food and drink you've bought elsewhere on the premises.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

shilly Jeezus, percentage share cannot indicate a collaps (328 comments)

Nerval apparently doesn't understand the difference between relative and absolute, or they'd know it's possible to shrink as a percentage while growing in absolute terms. This isn't what's happening here, but iPad sales are certainly not collapsing, and iPads are really quite an important component of the market
  http://www.statista.com/statis...

about a month ago
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How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

shilly Presumably passenger journeys, not people (48 comments)

As others have said, 3.6bn people can't be travelling. I guess they must be counting individual, substantial journeys, but they don't say, which is a bit rubbish. I noticed that this number was unsourced, which also seemed a bit rubbish.

about 2 months ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

shilly Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

Mod parent up for this sentence alone: 'Climate change isn't the end of the world, but it is the end of "life as we know it".'

That is the point, exactly.

about 3 months ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

shilly Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

"People keep saying "the science is settled!", but when has that ever been a mantra in the scientific world before?"

Erm, all the time, actually. The whole point of science is to be able to know something about the world, and act on that knowledge. We know enough about semiconductors to build computers, for example. There's plenty we don't know about semiconductors, but we know enough to act.

The notion that all scientific knowledge is merely conjecture, based on the facts as we know them but continuously open to being disproven, and therefore not a basis for action, is rhetoric gone wrong. The openness of a piece of scientific knowlege to being disproven is not an on/off binary state. If you were to discover some facts that appeared to show that semiconductors don't in fact work the way we thought they did, and have this completely different mechanism of action, we would question whether the facts were real, and if they did ineluctably lead to that conclusion, etc etc. We'd question even harder if you told us that the facts appear to show that computers can't work at all.

about 3 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

shilly Re:Good for them (558 comments)

There may have been Oxford grads, but there was also the estimable Ross Anderson from cl.cam.ac.uk and his team.

about 3 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

shilly Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

That's because you've got a system that optimises only for speed, with security a very poor second. The aim of more modern systems has been to optimise for both speed and security. Chip-and-PIN is quite fast, and is widely used in Europe eg for grocery shopping. But contactless pay is taking over in the UK for low value purchases in high volume shops such as lunchtime eateries and, now, the Tube. Worker bees and commuters value the speed, but also want decent security.

about 3 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

shilly Re:Lol... (296 comments)

And? Is there a problem with that, morally? If so, can you please articulate it?

about 3 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

shilly Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

A "girly" UI? What, are you eight and stuck in a playground where that's actually a cutting insult? Grow up.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

shilly Re:Yo Semite (355 comments)

With that finely honed wit, I think it's fair to say that the Catskills would never have come calling for you...

about 3 months ago

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Apple's European partners for iPhone

shilly shilly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shilly (142940) writes "The Grauniad is reporting that Apple in on the verge of choosing its European partners. It looks like O2 / Telefonica for the UK and Spain, T-Mobile for Germany, and Orange / France Telecome for the French. Retailers apparently lost out to the operators in their bid for direct sales."

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