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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

u38cg Re:What this basically means... (723 comments)

Yeah, because the threat of death is a big motivator for honest people to get involved in something.

yesterday
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

u38cg Re:u can rite any way u want (428 comments)

This explains why people who spoke Old Enlgish could not communcate with each other.*

*Oh, apparently they could. Er.

3 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

u38cg Re:a fact not mentioned: women kill more men, too (383 comments)

Feminists tend not to make a fuss about homeless men because homeless men don't do a lot of oppressing. But more seriously, the issues you are talking about are entirely down to a patriarchical society and expecting men to behave and exist in a certain way in order to be culturally accepted. Get rid of that and maybe men might be better off as well.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

u38cg Re:rape is *the* lowest category of violent crime (383 comments)

Once you start adjusting for exposure, women tend to be far worse off. They are not gang members or drug dealers and clearup rates are higher because it's usually their boyfriends/husbands that kill them.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

u38cg Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

How is not receiving something you weren't receiving before "suffering"?

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

u38cg Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

OMG the poor menz who are better paid and 82% of CS graduates might not be quite as privilieged as they are now if this initiative succeeds. Seriously, tiny violin time people. Stop making excuses for your nasty, unpleasant industry. Just stop.

about a week ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

u38cg Re:Now try this with an old Martin Guitar. (469 comments)

Pre 1970(ish) D28s were built with Brazilian rosewood back and sides which makes a hell of a difference. Modern reclaimed BRW is not of the same standard.

That said, personally I'll take a Collings over a 20s/30s Martin, but that's just me.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

u38cg Re:Just (469 comments)

You mean like we've been doing pretty much since the invention of measuring equipment?

about two weeks ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

u38cg Re:Solved problem (162 comments)

If someone claims to be Napoleon, rational debate will not make him any less certain that he is a short and somewhat acquisitive European emperor.

about two weeks ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

u38cg Re:A better question: (162 comments)

Mods, this isn't trolling, it's a sensible question, one that I'd love to know the answer to.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

u38cg Re:End the Accounting tricks (342 comments)

I would like to sell you this contract to buy my share in three days. Price: that of one unit of stock.

Also, most of the solutions here forget that you can sell stock anywhere, including under the shade of a buttonwood tree. Make the exchanges illiquid and people will just fuck off elsewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

u38cg Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

No, I don't think that is a reasonable expectation. Reasonable expectation is that of a dispassionate, rational person.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

u38cg Re:Air-gapped systems? (244 comments)

I would be curious to know the proportion of nominally airgapped machines that in fact have storage devices, etc, inserted and removed regularly. The cynic in me says, quite high.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

u38cg Re:Should void warranty (208 comments)

Yah, and I hope you told your insurer that you're dicking around with your car's electronics, because if not good luck getting coverage when you do kill someone.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

u38cg Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

Actually, constructing an argument at common law that the unwritten contract includes the photographer only doing what the subject might reasonably expect at the time it was taken would not be difficult or beyond the wit of the courts. As far as I know no-one's gone down this route yet.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

u38cg Re:That money could pay for a lot of tracking syst (233 comments)

Insurance never covers your whole costs - its an extremely important principle that insurance should never make the insured event as desirable as it not happening. Besides, crashes are not good for your passenger numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

u38cg Re:Tracking` (233 comments)

One question for ya. Are the people paying for SAR the same people who'd be paying for the trackers? Oh. Thought not.

about two weeks ago

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"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

u38cg writes "Usman Asif's quote summarises the position for public photographers today. Arts student Sebastian Przygodzki was today fined in a Scottish court for photographing a woman being sick outside a bar, after being charged with breach of the peace. This was despite Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell's Early Day Motion earlier this year, which gathered 240 signatures from across the House. Bruce Schneier blogged earlier this year on the "War on Photography", the tendency among authority to try to restrict public photography. It's been an issue for a long time; here's an article from 2005 which treads the same ground. And lastly, for the benefit of Sebastian and his fellow snappers, here are some handy guides to the law for the United States, the UK, and Australia (in PDF)."
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Harry Potter Lexicon infringes copyright.

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

u38cg (607297) writes "In a frankly bizarre ruling, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon, an encyclopaedic reference to the Potter universe, would infringe on J.K. Rowling's copyrights to the Harry Potter books."
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u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

u38cg writes "A team of US and British scientists have created a 'meta-material' that successfully cloaked a small copper cylinder from passing microwaves. Not quite Star Trek, just yet, but says David Smith of Duke University: 'It shows what can be done with artificial materials. It gives us some insight that we can design something that we wouldn't have been able to do with any existing material'.

The Duke University press release has a link to a YouTube video detailing the process."

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