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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

tehcyder Re:Ahhhh.... (482 comments)

Except this isn't about protecting people's hurt feelings, it's about punishing people who make criminal threats.

I know libertarians would say we should wait until the threat is carried out and someone is actually raped and killed, but in the real world most of us would prefer to stop it happening in the first place.

Your right to free speech does not include the right to (seriously) threaten me without recourse.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

tehcyder Re:Ahhhh.... (482 comments)

How many times has an American citizen ever been extradited to the Uk to face criminal charges?

I would imagine the answer is zero, but am happy to be corrected.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

tehcyder Re:F the UK (482 comments)

Holding people responsible for making threats of death and rape is indeed an infringement on free speech, in the same way that locking someone in prison for murder is an infringement of their right to liberty.

Freedom of speech has never meant freedom from its consequences, and the fact that it's on the internet is entirely irrelevant.

2 days ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

tehcyder Re:WWII proably didn't help much either (323 comments)

And yet the funny / ironic thing is the Werner von Braun orchestrated a surrender of his team to the US instead of the rapidly advancing Russian forces due to religious reasons... he would prefer the German rocket scientists fall into the hands of Christians instead of atheists.

The ensuing space race / cold war could have turned out much differently.

I'd love to have seen the intellectual acrobatics he went through to reconcile his "Christianity" with being a Nazi mass murderer.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

tehcyder Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

I've been asked to put books and magazines in the seat pocket in front of me, and remove headphones. Maybe I don't fly on such lackadaisical airlines as you do.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

tehcyder Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

This is a classic example of "mission creep". The decision to ban electronic devices originally had nothing to do with making people pay attention to flight attendants. Yet that is now being used as an excuse to keep the ban. The only reason for the ban was RF interference. That is no longer a problem with modern devices, so the ban should end.

I thought it was more to do with not having loose items in the cabin, which seems entirely sensible. In the event of an emergency, you really don't want laptops, iPads and the like being flung around.

about a week ago
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First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

tehcyder Re:The Russian space program was amazing (122 comments)

I don't think he was an enthusiastic/ideological Nazi. He was just unfortunate to have been enmeshed in the German industrial hierarchy when he was recruited to work on their missile program.

Yeah, him and every other German. There were , of course, only ever a few TRUE Nazis (Hitler, Goebbels, a handful of others, definitely not anyone's grandfather).

Everyone else just joined for the cool uniforms and healthy camping, and had absolutely no idea what was going on with all that "rounding up the Jews" and "invading Poland" stuff.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

tehcyder Re:But that was not the same! (622 comments)

How much money did Brokeback Mountain make? Over $80 million.

How much of that was guys willing to buy tickets for a gay cowboy movie, just to see Anne Hathaway's boobs?

That movie being her first topless role certainly lifted its box office revenue.

Jennifer Lawrence now doesn't have that option for some future 'gay football player' movie.

Who's Anne Hathaway?

Er, I mean, of course that's why I saw the film three times. Obviously.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

tehcyder Re:But that was not the same! (622 comments)

On slashdot, privacy only applies to the ability to anonymously download child porn, or buy illeggal drugs.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

tehcyder Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

My advice to my son or daughter would be the same regarding photos of semen all over their faces: if you don't want people to see those photos, don't take those photos. Do not allow those photos to be taken. Do not allow them to exist.

So, in other words, you accept that there is no such thing as privacy?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (975 comments)

Well, hopefully he'll also collect his $1M from Randi for his magic power source then. Or he's feeding it added power on the sly, one of those.

So you're saying there's a 50% chance it's true?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Seriously Timothy? (975 comments)

It is still in the realm of magic.

Yes, but magic in the David Blaine sense, not the Harry Potter one.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Facts? (975 comments)

If I understand correctly, the devices produces energy without radioactive waste. That should be enough to drive huge interest, even if we do not understand how it happens.

No, you don't understand correctly.

The device is CLAIMED to produce energy without radioactive waste.

I can claim to have discovered the secret of immortality or time travel, but you'd only believe me if I gave you very, very strong proof indeed.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Careers damaged (975 comments)

To associate your reputation and name with cold fusion would be roughly equal to associating it with paranormal studies. So even if you have a pet theory that you have in a bottom drawer that perfectly meshes with what this guy is doing would you dare take the risk and back this guy?

The problem with "paranormal studies" is that so-called paranormal practitiioners are always incapable of reproducing their tricks in controlled conditions. You would only have to achieve one unambiguous, reproducible result to get a lot of people taking you more seriously. Same with cold fusion.

If you just "back" him with no evidence, then it serves you right when the illusion is revealed, the medium's wires and mirrors shown in the light of day.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:So what does Rossi want? (975 comments)

Has anyone ever asked the guy what he wants? Does he want a lot of money? Does he want fame? He's already got notoriety. Accolades? The guy has to want something.

There's the outside possibility that he's deluded rather than a scammer, that is, he actually believes in his "invention" and is unconsciously fiddling it so that it works, and he will be seen as the new Messiah.

He's certainly not acting like a serious scientist or inventor.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Hoax (975 comments)

This may sound paranoid but if anyone actually did make such a device that works, his best bet would be to sound like a crackpot at first till he generates enough publicity that when it comes to light, there is enough to see it that it can't be hidden.

Or he could, you know, produce an independently verifiable working production model

Then release the details for free on the web, and become the most famous human being on the planet.

I seriously doubt he'd then die starving and alone in a ditch.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Hoax (975 comments)

This, a thousand times over. Having a "free energy" machine, if it existed, would be like owning a machine that printed money.

A "free energy" machine and "cold fusion" are two different things.

"Free energy" and "very, very cheap energy" are indeed two different things, in the way that "infinite wealth" is not the same thing as "being a multi-trillionaire".

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:There is no invention (975 comments)

I've pitched investors on a variety of ideas. Investors would absolutely NOT throw money at someone claiming to have a cold fusion device. They would laugh in his face and show him the door (and rightfully so). Bringing in independent experts (under an NDA) is quite a logical first step before asking for money.

No, GP put in the caveat that due diligence would need to be done before any money throwing began. This would clearly involve proof that the device actually worked.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Hoax (975 comments)

Something doesn't have to be buildable at home to be a useful technology.

I don't need to build a silicon chip production plant in my garden shed if I can buy chips for fifty quid.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tehcyder Re:Hoax (975 comments)

That's why power production should be nationalised. (Yes, I'm from the UK, not the US).

It makes no sense for it to be a source of profit generation. This would be especially true if this thing actually worked and electricity became ridiculously cheap and plentiful, as presumably the power companies could only make a profit by creating some form of illegal cartel and over-charging.

If local communities wanted to make and distribute their own power as opposed to using the almost free National Grid, that should be up to them, it doesn't seem like a case where choice would have a great deal of meaning.

about a week ago

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