Re: Conseqentialism is not necessarily a poor approach.
I think the problem comes when they don't have an idea of what consequences they want
No - I think the problem is that people who think that the end justifies the means don't fully understand how their actions wil play out.
The Dalai Lama has said that he opposes violent resistance to Chinese occupation of Tibet because EVEN IF IT WAS SUCCESSFUL the end result would not be good. I don't think he fully understands how this would happen either - but I don't think he needs to. This is a basic moral principle that seems to exist in most religious systems (eg in Christianity - see Romans 3: 7-9) or if you don't like religion it is justified by the fact that most long term successful human systems have it somewhere - so in some sense it is proven to work.
Youre wrong. Its all called Electromagnetic Radiation. The 'Micro' refers SOLELY to the wavelength. It is in no way a 'Subset' - They are exactly the same thing in different frequency ranges.
The microwave band is a subset of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The set of electromagnetic waves runs from 0 frequency to infinity.
According to Wikipedia "Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimeter; with frequencies between 300 MHz (100 cm) and 300 GHz (0.1 cm). "
The word subset can perfectly well be applied here - I don't know what you are complaining about.
One could argue that the best solution would be for search to be like the BBC - an arms length government operation.
Most in the UK would agree that the BBC structure has produced an ideal compromise between the twin evils of government interference and corporate self interest.
Unfortunately the creation of the BBC was something of an accident of history that is almost impossible to re-create deliberately.
Of course it would mean that each country would have its own search engine - but what is wrong with that? At present I am frequently annoyed by US pollution of search results when I am looking for something local.
Re: Re: Not just FIXED but absolutely essential: Do You Really Want Corporations Deciding Search Results? Solely? Without any regulation?
Actually he had a good point - then he spoiled it by trying to claim some kind of relationship between Techdirt and Google.
Actually there is a problem with corporations determining search results when they reach the size of Google/Microsoft. At that point they start to use monopolist tactice to maintain their status. Before Google there was a reasonable market in search. Then Google arrived and took over (by doing a better job). AltaVista, Yahoo etc were more or less wiped out. Subsequent competition has come from Microsoft - who have spoiled their case by trying to leverage their own monopoly in other areas- and from other smaller players who so far have failed to make a real impression.
The truth is that free market competition works well when there are a number of relatively equal competitors but fails when one gets big enough to use its size as a weapon. In reality most companies spend a lot of effort trying to become what they often profess to hate - a monopolist.
So let's prioritize. 580,000 Americans die of cancer, let's fix that. Huge reearch money already going into that so it's already covered as far as humanly possible.
30,000 Americans die from automotive accidents, let's fix that.
Banning automobiles would destroy the US economy - and probably increase the cancer deaths. Short of that - measures are already in place to try and reduce road deaths.
Then we can worry about the 8000 gun related deaths
Stupid fallacy. The gun deaths can be fixed relatively easily - as places that don't have massive gun ownership (most of the rest of the "first" world) have amply demonstrated. The existence of other problems is no reason not to fix the one in front of you - or were you just being sarcastic?
ALSO, my earlier post about Locating hackers.. HOW??
hey didn't locate him as a result of his hacking activities. He had been quite open about joining ISIS and they located him (along with other senior ISIS people) by old fashioned intelligence gathering.
Well - drones are a newer technology - which is why techdirt is interested.
However it seems that this was neither - it was a regular bombing attack from a manned a/c.
I thought there was a restriction on cruise missiles going over countries..without declaring war..
ISIS has declared war on the US.
Otherwise it seems that these attacks have the tacit approval of the Syrian government - which is also bombing ISIS. The US is desperate not to be seen to be helping Assad but Assad is quite happy for the US to help him.
It establishes an interesting precedent -- the US leadership believes that hacking is either an act of war that justifies a military strike, or that a drone strike is not an act of war at all.
A wonderful point - apart from two things.
1) Hussain wasn't attacked for hacking - he was attacked because he was part of a self declared state that has declared war on the US. If you were a radio operator on the Bismarck you weren't targeted for being a radio operator - you were targeted for being on the Bismarck.
the special forces guys I've known ... If they go into a building and determine its filled with nuns and orphans, they can make an intelligent decision and, for example, not execute the orphans
Ah - so US special forces are the Pirates of Penzance!
Frederic Well, then, it is my duty, as a pirate, to tell you that you are too tender-hearted. For instance, you make a point of never attacking a weaker party than yourselves, and when you attack a stronger party you invariably get thrashed. Pirate King There is some truth in that. Frederic Then, again, you make a point of never molesting an orphan! Samuel Of course: we are orphans ourselves, and know what it is. Frederic Yes, but it has got about, and what is the consequence? Every one we capture says he's an orphan. The last three ships we took proved to be manned entirely by orphans, and so we had to let them go. One would think that Great Britain's mercantile navy was recruited solely from her orphan asylums — which we know is not the case.