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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

vakuona Re:Hegel strikes again? (582 comments)

Actually, there are safe solutions. Geologically secure sites where we can stored nuclear waste and not worry about it getting into ground water or leaking into the environment exist. It is well within our capability to safely dispose of nuclear waste. The only problem is political, and the irrational fear of anything nuclear.

4 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

vakuona Re:Pussies!! (579 comments)

Sony Pictures is an American company that happens to be owned by a Japanese conglomerate. Sony bought out an American company.

Put it this way, no one considers Chrysler an Italian company. Neither is Sony Pictures.

2 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

vakuona Re: First amendment? (249 comments)

I can just about agree that there are some distasteful things in the email exchanges, but the bit about Jennifer Lawrence being paid less than Christian Bale or Bradley Cooper is not such a big deal to me. Having watched the movie, it was rather obvious that the main protagonists in the movie were Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale's character. Jennifer Lawrence had a comparably smaller part in the movie. She was still getting paid a damn lot for it though.

4 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

vakuona Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Where in my post do I suggest that being criminally liable is the same as being malicious? I didn't even talk about criminal liability in my post.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

vakuona Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Then they must be retards. Anyone with more than a few brain cells knows not to go about defacing areas of historic importance.

They intended to deface the site. They did it very deliberately. It was malicious.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

vakuona Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

I don't know what your definition of malicious is, but I really doubt that BP intended to do harm. Heck, if they knew it would definitely cause harm, then they would be rather stupid, because it is quite obvious they would be forced to pay rather substantial remedies.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

vakuona Re:As a Market Lover (107 comments)

Investments are risky. There are no "sure" bets.

Therefore, some people will always horde (or save) rather than invest because they are that risk averse. So inflation might encourage them to either invest or spend, because their money loses value if they put it in the attic.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

vakuona Re:It doesn't seem friendly (488 comments)

I'll bite.

Not every feature needs to be added to a piece of software.

I can see scenarios in which a user checks that box, and regrets it later when the browser opens too many tabs without giving them the option to confirm this. And the corresponding feature that would then need to be implemented (to force the browser to ask the user for confirmation) would have serious discoverability issues.

I imagine most people do not open too many browser tabs simultaneously most of the time, and while the feature might seem genuinely useful, there are some downsides that would force the addition of more code to address, which adds to complexity of the codebase.

However, if you came up with some UI that solved this elegantly, implemented it and submitted a patch, I can imagine them giving the issue serious consideration.

about three weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

vakuona Non-renewables are still the biggest source (235 comments)

The math is clear

7.8 + 5.6 + 1.4 is greater than 10.8.

And before you go all nitpicky on me, I have combined all non-renewables (nuclear, coal, gas), in the same way as the original submission combined hydro, solar and wind, all of which have less in common than the non-renewables, which are all thermal power plants, and thus have a lot more in common.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

vakuona Re:Has the trend away from blunt force led to this (1128 comments)

Now that you put it that way, I would add that it makes sense why US police seem to opt for lethal force. When you have a gun, you can be reckless. In the same way that George Zimmerman felt able to stalk a kid who was much bigger than him. He had a gun, so he could take more risks with himself. Except that when cops (or Zimmerman) take risks with themselves, they are also taking risks with the lives of the people they are confronting. And that is the really unacceptable bit.

In the UK (and many other countries), the police do not have guns, therefore they have to take rather more care in dealing with potentially dangerous situations. People dying in police confrontations is incredibly rare in the UK, in part because the police do not believe they are outmatching their targets. Therefore, they will avoid escalating any situation until they know they can absolutely control it.

Whenever a policeman (or woman) resorts to firing his gun, especially against an unarmed person, then they have lost control, and many times, it is their fault that they have lost that control.

about three weeks ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

vakuona Re:Sounds reasonable (243 comments)

So what if there is an investigation. Someone leaked highly sensitive documents. Of course there was going to be an investigation. Doesn't prove that they definitely wanted to extradite him. At worst, Assange is like a spy, and the US generally doesn't go after foreign spies either.

Assange influenced an American man to provide documents, and that is the person the US went after. Of course if Assange steps into the US, he might find himself in a bit of bother, but it is highly doubtful they will go after him.

about a month ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

vakuona Re:Sounds reasonable (243 comments)

The US has not made any charges against him, and they have not requested his extradition from any country. It would be silly for Sweden to promise this. If anything, it would only encourage the US to actually test such a promise, even if they had no intention to do so.

Secondly, Sweden is bound by the terms of any treaty it signed with the US. They don't get to cherry pick who they will decide to extradite and who they will not. It is not even a political decision - a court will decide whether to extradite him or not based on the agreed rules/laws on extradition. If Assange was in Sweden, and he met the criteria for extradition, then he would be extradited.

And what exactly is Assange bargaining with here? Usually, a deal to avoid prosecution is made when you have something to bargain with. If Assange wants to bargain, he needs to offer something of value to Sweden. Now if he has some yet-to-be-leaked documents, Sweden might be willing to make a deal.

The man is simply using the extradition as a smokescreen. He is right up there with Polanski in my opinion - a fugitive from justice.

about a month ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

vakuona Re:Genius. (287 comments)

It is fraud if you create a web page purely to deceive Walmart into giving you a discount on a product you had no intention of selling for the price.

It is deeply dishonest, and there is no other excuse for that behaviour.

about a month ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

vakuona Re:Dumping (75 comments)

It could be predatory pricing, or dumping, if you sell below marginal cost, i.e. the cost of producing each additional car (or chip). However, even then, it can be tricky, as companies can sell below marginal cost as they expect marginal costs to fall as production is bedded in.

about a month ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

vakuona Re:BUT DECEPTIVE. (137 comments)

Then you should demand a refund from Google!

about a month ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

vakuona Re:Abusing the bug tracker (550 comments)

Debian have many good sides. It also suffers from fractions...

It could be worse. They could be irrational.

about a month ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

vakuona Re:510kph is airliner speed? (419 comments)

I would add that (1) airports are usually some distance outside any major city and (2) You are usually required to have cleared security about 30 minutes before the flight on domestic flights.

I live in the UK, and even though we do not have "proper" high speed rail, train journey times to London are quite competitive with flying. The quickest train from London to Edinburgh is 4 hours, and I can literally get on the train one minute before it leaves the station. If you wanted to get from central Edinburgh to central London, you usually need at least 3 hours to do so by train. This maglev train would be faster than flying no doubt.

about a month ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

vakuona Re:Don't mess with the geek's toys (114 comments)

Branding is for people who might not know, so the fact that people who know EITHER or the system would not be confused by it is as irrelevant as is the fact that Usain Bolt won the last two 100m Olympic gold medals.

If you know both projects, then the brand doesn't matter.

And in any case, why don't they try call it BMW or Mercedes Benz while they are at it, and see how far they get. Those companies are in completely different industries right? That wouldn't cause any issues at all right?

about a month ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

vakuona Re:False sense of success? (112 comments)

Way to miss the point. I was talking about how success is more than just putting the product in the hands of the early adopters.

The iPhone is a success because people use it and love it, they sing its praises and influence others to buy it.

Amazon surely wants more and better success than simply getting a small number of people to play with the device and then to put it in a drawer. They want people to buy and consume media on it, which is their play after all. If people don't do that, then they won't consider Fire Phone a success. And I don't think they will be considering it a success any time soon.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

vakuona Re:False sense of success? (112 comments)

If the people who bought iPhones put them in a drawer, then Apple wouldn't be the insanely profitable company it is right now.

If people don't use their Fire Phones, then other people don't discover them and don't buy them.

about a month and a half ago

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