* Posts by Turtle

1501 posts • joined 23 Jan 2010

Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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Re: What's the fascination?

"Adolf Hitler did win power in a democratic election,[...] he won by a landslide"

This is false. Just completely. Check the election results and the vote totals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party#Federal_election_results

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July 1932: 13,745,000 votes 37.3% After Hitler was candidate for presidency

November 1932: 11,737,000 votes 33.1%

March 1933: 17,277,180 votes 43.9% During Hitler's term as Chancellor of Germany

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I, personally, see no "landslide".

As for "winning power in a democratic election" that's a debatable statement: he became Chancellor as the result of a coalition of parties none of which had enough seats in the Reichstag to form a government by itself.

(After the 1933 Reichstag fire President Paul von Hindenburg issued the Reichstag Fire Decree which suspended civil liberties and then the Enabling Act was passed and there were no more elections. These two acts were the legislative key, so to speak: Hitler as Chancellor but not with complete power based on these two acts is almost certainly not the same as Hitler in power with the complete power which he did achieve.)

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@ Ian Joyner

"Now the majority of computers are purchased by end users for personal and creative purposes. That is why Apple is on the rise and IBM and Microsoft are in decline."

Unless you have some citations I am just going to assume that this is bullshit. *I* am pretty certain that the vast majority of computers are purchased by business enterprises and governments. And considering that Windows-based computers outsell Macs by about a 9-to-1 margin, I think that you're overstating Microsoft's "decline" by maybe just a wee bit. And of course, one can debate how much of Apple's current success is built on computers proper, as opposed to the sale of iPhones and mp3 players. (And yes, I know that a smart phone is a computer but they are being purchased as glorified phones, not as computers.)

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Dare.

"According to Schilling, the harassment began after he congratulated his daughter Gabby on being accepted to university. Having 112,000 followers, his public tweet spread, and both Schilling and his daughter received replies ranging from sexually suggestive quips to overtly obscene threats."

I am going to assume that Schilling loves his daughter. Because that's a reasonable assumption. Now, bearing that in mind, and knowing that there are legions of people who, when using their computers, comport themselves in a way in which they would never dare behave in real life, but knowing that, then why, exactly, would Schilling want to make his daughter a target for such people?

I am not excusing these people at all; what I don't understand is what it is that Schilling expects by talking about his daughter to vast numbers of people via a medium through which any of those people can reply in any way they want.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: So...what?

"Wasn't this a plotline from space 1999?......let me guess....are they now going to ask for funding to send a probe to Titan, thus keeping their pension pots topped up?"

You are one cynical son of a bitch. Not, however, as cynical as I am....

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Revenge porn kingpin Hunter Moore pleads guilty to basically being a total cyber-scumbag

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@Ogi

"How many relationships did these two tits ruin I wonder? "

I see what you did there!

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Resonate. Go Ahead, Start Resonating. I'll Wait. (Waiting, Waiting...)

"Nicola Sturgeon said: 'It is entirely right that Scotland should have its own distinctive and recognisable Internet domain, in particular one that will resonate internationally, helping to promote Scottish business and culture throughout the world.'"

As an American and an objective observer, does he actually believe that, or does he have some sort of financial interest in appearing to be an idiot?

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Google founders to offload $4 BEEELLION in shares

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Re: Liquidity.

Once they go down the drain, I don't really care.

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Liquidity.

"Brin and Page are worried about their future liquidity"

I'll be glad to help! Because I would *love* to see these two turned into liquid.

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Evolve: A shoot-em-up full of scary monsters and super creeps

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Extreme Case.

Being an inveterate gamer, I like to compare critic reviews with user reviews on both Metacritic and Steam. While not the most severe that I have ever seen, the difference between the critics' opinions and the buyers' opinions for Evolve tends to the extreme.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Or maybe, just maybe...

"Or he has some pervy fantasies"

Or maybe he has access to information that you don't...

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US plots to KILL hackers – with bureaucracy!

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Oh The Humanity!

"US plots to KILL hackers – with bureaucracy!"

That's very humane. Now if it were up to *me*...

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Appropriate

"HSBC has no record of [Falciani] ever escalating any concerns to his line management, or using the whistleblowing hotline that was in place at the time of the [data] theft,"

There was no need to report his concerns to management. He needed to go right to the appropriate legal authorities.

One of the few things the ex-Communist Bloc countries did right, and that we need to do too, was to execute people for large-scale financial crime.

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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From Despair To Glory!

"Blyk – a service which gave you free calls when your mates listened to advertisements..."

Oh the depths of human depravity!

"...failed in 2009."

Yet the majesty of the human spirit ultimately triumphs!

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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What I Would Like To Say.

"we’ve got an aeroplane this weekend"

How I would love to be able to say this myself...

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Sharing.

"The number of food producers going bust has increased dramatically as supermarkets squeeze producers in the quest for greater profit, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens*. 'The supermarkets are going through the bloodiest price war in nearly two decades and are using food producers as the cannon fodder,' said Duncan Swift, a partner at the firm. It’s easy to see the battle as one of price, something described as a race to the bottom as supermarkets cut, undercut and cut once more."

I have something of a philosophico-semantical objection to the italicized passage because, according to the situation as described here, the supermarkets don't seem to be striving for "greater profits", they seem to be cutting prices *and* profits as much as the goal of "staying in business" will permit. That's what makes it a "race to the bottom" isn't it? It's not as though they are *shifting* the burden of lower sales prices to the producers as it is sharing the pain of lower revenue to the greatest degree with those producers.

*Note please that the statement from Moore Stephens is not a direct quote; it seems to be the story-writer's characterization.

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Accused Silk Road boss's lawyer insists he was just a fall guy

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@gnasher729 Re: Sir

Good post. Most people seem to equate "not guilty" with 'innocent".

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Thriving As Ever.

"'The internet is not what it seems,' Forbes reports Dratel as saying. 'The internet permits, and thrives on, to some extent, deception and misdirection.'"

So much so, in fact, that you'd think that it'd been designed by defense lawyers.

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

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A Fool And His Privacy.

"Durak" means "fool" (noun, as in "a fool and his money") in Russian. So that's appropriate and conforms to all truth-in-advertising laws.

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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

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Oh well, if "written proof" will suffice..

If "written proof" will do, they'll give you all the "written proof" you could ever want, all day long. Yes they will!

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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@Mage

Noscript already has many of the larger parasites whitelisted. You might want to look at Noscript's Options->Whitelist tab and see who's already there courtesy of the devs (and, no doubt, large payments to those devs from the entities on the default list.)

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@DanDanDan

"Amazon, Google, etc. have really quite modest adverts and provide a means of income for the content generators in the world."

False. Those ads provide a means of income for content aggregators and for pirates; the income provided will pay for a box of crayons and some looseleaf paper - not a lot of content, in other words, and what can be financed by such income is usually rather basic if not actually primitive.

The future seems to be like YouTube: an Endless Ocean Of Dilettantes And Amateurs.

Enjoy.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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What I do not understand..

I don't understand why, having demanded money to take down the pictures, he's not been charged with extortion.

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Don't Forget...

"Don't forget, some people thought it was amazing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, married to a Chinese woman, had learned Mandarin and held a Q&A with Chinese students."

Don't forget that some commenters on this forum opined that Zuckerberg's mandarin was scarcely intelligible.

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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@PJI Re: Funny People.

What we do here is no excuse for you. And that's even making the obviously incorrect assumption that you have any idea about anything in the US, because you don't. But you just keep getting your understanding of the US from people who have political reasons to distort the facts, so that when things like this happen, you can be easily distracted.

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@Wommit Re: Funny People. (With Greetings to Max Weber)

I disagree with your post for a reason but it's for a semi-technical reason: I do not subscribe to the same definition of "rationality" as you think you do - but actually don't.

To me, "rationality" is a consonance of means and ends. Means that can achieve the desired ends are rational; means that can't are irrational. In fact you recognize this in your post as you are fully aware that your health bureaucrats are able to formulate ends and devise means to achieve them (in this case, the end is saving money and the means are financial inducements to kill elderly patients).

That you or I do not approve of the ends being achieved does not mean that they are acting irrationally - as long as the means that they have chosen to achieve their ends can be reasonably be expected to achieve those ends then their behavior is "rational".

And that does seem to be the case.

My idea is that people are almost always rational and if someone's behavior seems "irrational" (in the technical sense in which I have explained) then the most likely explanation is that you don't understand or approve of the ends that they are trying to achieve. (Obviously human stupidity needs to be accounted for but again, "stupidity" is "stupidity" and different from "irrationality". People do make mistakes, after all. Sometimes it seems that "making mistakes" is mostly what they. But that's not news, now is it?)

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Funny People.

You people are funny. First you pay hospitals to kill elderly patients by giving them bounties for putting those patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway. Now you have decided that patients who desire any degree of privacy deserve to get cancer.

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

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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@moiety

"NoScript" is exactly what came to mind as I was reading the article. If it doesn't support it then I can't even consider it.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: The Picture

Interesting photograph. I see that they took a random derelict right off of skid row and had him give the presentation. Why they couldn't be bothered to shave and dress him in nice clothes is a bit of a mystery, though. I guess they would have had to give him *two* bottles of Thunderbird in order to have him consent to that kind of treatment, instead of the one bottle that their corporate budget allowed.

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Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

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@ratfox

I accidentally downvoted you; I meant to give you an upvote. (It's *very* early in the morning here.) Sorry.

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Sex, androids and violence in Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Same Old Same Old.

"But Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a gruesome, grotesque noir story of a dismal future, where half of the world is considered disposable by the other half."

So pretty much the same as today. That *is* pretty dismal.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: "I've never heard of this sort of nonsense before"

"I've never heard of this sort of nonsense before"

I have. If memory serves, an early version of 12 Tone Systems' Cakewalk music/audio production software would, after finishing an installation, delete C:\Temp and all files in it - which was not a problem except if there was no C:\Temp folder, in which case it would delete C:\. And that *was* a problem...

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EU-turn: Greenpeace pressure WON'T mean axing of Chief Scientist

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Too much.

"Greenpeace and other lobbyists complained the job "concentrates too much influence in one person when that person does not adhere to our anti-science agenda.'”

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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How?

"Theory of Finance scribe and Nobel laureate Eugene Fama's answer – that economic theory insists it is impossible to predict such things – tends not to convince all that many."

Makes you wonder how he got that Nobel. Kinda like Obama got it, I guess...

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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@Daniel B.

"Yet no one judges all Catholics, or Christians based on these nasty people.'

I'm sorry but you're full of shit. There are any number of atheists (including on this site) that will take any behavior by or belief of any Christian or group of Christians and use it to smear all Christians.

It takes effort not to see that.

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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Not one of them.

There are people who might care about Anonymous' opinions; I am not one of them.

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Latest NORKS Linux and Android distros leak

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Pidgin English.

"He detailed the dirt-cheap Red Star Linux system which contained a modified version of the Firefox browser dubbed Naenara and an Apple-like Mail client renamed Carrier Pigeon."

"Carrier Pigeon"? Shouldn't that be "Stool Pigeon"?

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Dread Pirate Roberts suspect's defence holed below the waterline

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"(recovered from his laptop)"

"the allegation Ulbricht solicited murders is based not only on extensive records of communications between him and others (recovered from his laptop), but also transaction records between DPR and Silk Road user 'redandwhite'."

There are many circumstances in which a person would be wise to plea-bargain; but with the charges this guy is facing, even a plea-bargain is likely to get him decades in prison. (Although there have been people who have accepted 25 year, non-parole-eligible sentences for the sake of avoiding even worse outcomes at trial.)

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Ten Minutes.

"There are very many complaints and issues I have encountered when dealing with the creative types that are my user-base, but never have they complained that one storage system sounds better than another storage system."

I have been told - I never encountered it myself, possibly because I never worked with world-famous producers and engineers - but I have been told that one of the more important pieces of esoteric knowledge in the possession of such people was that, after booting the computer you needed to wait ten minutes because it sounded better after the RAM had a chance to warm up.

And I vaguely recall something about green magic markers on cds...

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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@as2003

"Even if the attacks did originate from North Korea, no one is discussing whether it was the work of a bunch of script kiddies or a state-sponsored group."

You think that the whole fucking world is just like your home town, don't you? Let me give you the clue that you so badly lack: North Korea is not like anywhere that you or anyone else on this site lives.

How could you not know this?

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Whew, US cellcos... Better find a new revenue stream, QUICK

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@Mark 85

"Monopolies live in their own world where they expect customers to pay whatever they want to charge. Seems that they have forgot about how a customer sees it."

I have seen the opinion that that's not really classical monopoly behavior, which would consist of keeping prices low in order to discourage competitors from entering the market, so making it a source of low but steady and reliable profits for the incumbent. Duopoly has different dynamics. As would captive markets in which the availability or dearth of substitutes is key. And then there is the inherent threat of government regulation, along with barriers to entry and imperfect competition. But these are all different things.

The situation might be somewhat more complex than you realize.

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US tech titan CSC slapped with $190m penalty

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Fines This Large...

Any actions meriting a fine this large needs to have prison sentences to go along with it. Both for the responsible executives (for obvious reasons) and the board of directors (for, at the very least, negligence - a directorship is not or rather should not be free money to the the cronies of the managing execs and major stockholders.)

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OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

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Re: Am I the only one childish enough

One could not think of a better way to ridicule Google Glass than that photo.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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@Fatman Re: Sony manglement

That's all good as far as it goes but how much would it have cost to encrypt the passwords, for example, as opposed to storing them (and all the other information) in plaintext?

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@Shannon Jacobs Re:"criminally-culpable negligence"

"Seriously, you need to look at your EULA to see what happened to that concept. "

Do you actually believe that all the clauses of a EULA (or any other agreement, such as an employment contract) are legally-enforceable simply by virtue of the end-user having agreed to it? If you do, you are profoundly mistaken.

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Summing Up.

"Even after such major breaches, the company was still storing critical information in plain text and without proper encryption, and Sony management made a business decision not to invest in proper security mechanisms, despite repeated warnings from IT staff, the suit claims."

The situation is probably best summed up by the words "criminally-culpable negligence"...

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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@imanidiot

If the upshot of the global warming panic-mongering turns out to be the rehabilitation of nuclear power, it will have been a very good thing overall.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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@asdf

"Noble stand but unless it directly benefits Wall St. financially (actually does but they won't see it) its not going to get passed."

They see it perfectly well. You have maybe missed the various articles on this site about cloud service providers complaining that the Snowden leaks have damaged their business? Or that various countries are passing laws that their citizens' data must be stored in country and not abroad?

Did you miss that stuff?

And considering that this is Ron Wyden, a Google hireling, be sure that his essay and remarks were cleared with Google before being made public. Irrespective of what you think about what he is saying, the *reason* he is saying it, is that it will benefit Google.

"Bets here in the next six months poor Ron Wyden is going to find himself in some type of an embarrassing scandal?"

I will take any odds that nothing of the sort will happen. Unless you want to give me some real life examples...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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@Codysydney

"I'd watch it for the gay elf orgy. Unless my friend at work was lying."

If I were you, I wouldn't be quite so sure that he's actually your "friend".

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@big_D

"The LoTR trilogy was very good cinema"

I rate these the most tedious movies I've ever seen. And I loved the books - well, I loved them when I first read them long long ago, in a universe... Oops, sorry. Whether I'd like the books if I were to read them now is a good question. And, although I liked the book very much, it would never even occur to me to see "The Hobbit" or any of its constituent parts.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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@Trevor_Pott - Questions And Statements, Valid And Otherwise

Look at my original question: "I wonder how sure they are that the sediments could only have been formed by liquid water and not some other liquid."

Now let's look at your post. First you state "there are plenty of geochemical signatures that - to our current knowledge at least - can only occur with Mars having had a thicker atmosphere." And then - just a few words later - you state "This means that we no longer need to prove that it occurred; there is so much evidence that it did we can simply take it for granted.

So in the span of a few short words you've managed to go from the correct idea that scientific theories are provisional and subject to change (in consequence of the acquisition of better data, different interpretations of the data or of the pre-existing theories on which the theory under discussion is built, or simply in consequence of someone having newer and maybe better ideas), to the completely erroneous idea that science has arrived at something which you seem to think is very, very close to an incontrovertible truth.

That you think that we have arrived at a state where we are able to reveal the ultimate truth in this matter is laughable; I would be very surprised if any scientist actually involved in these matters would take the same view.

What you seem to be unaware of, is that a theory built on a series of high-probability statements becomes a lower-probability theory the more higher-probability statements it includes. Here: calculate the probability of a theory being correct if it is based on FIVE statements each with a 90% probability of being correct. Hint: the probability of five statements, each having a 90% probability of being true, all being true is a somewhat underwhelming 59%.

By the way, that's one of the reasons why astrophysicists, astrobiologists, xenobiologists, and their ilk, want more scientific space missions: because the certitude that you have is something that they don't have. You seem to think that "our current knowledge" has enabled us to arrive at The Truth.

To sum up: your vacuous post and pompous disquisition on how science operates (in your limited understanding) really don't answer the question of "how sure they are that the sediments could only have been formed by liquid water and not some other liquid" Some essentially empty babble about "geochemical signatures" and "evidence stacking up" is empty handwaving. And although the earth might indeed be "one hell of a lab" it is not "one hell of a lab" for absolutely whatever needs to be found out - and it might not all that effective for finding out the natural history of Mars. It's possible that extrapolating from the earth to Mars might actually mislead us. This is what needs to be actually be discovered, not merely surmised.

Furthermore, asking how sure scientists really are of their theories is not - as you seem to think - some form of lese majesty against science. What is actually is, is a very valid question.

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