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Comment Re:The above is informative ? (Score 1) 546

The Ukraine.

But that's a bit like "Hitler was a Vegetarian." I actually agree with your position in that I would say it's safe to say the Muslim World is currently in a last ditch fight for relevancy before modern society completely moderates its last grasp on political power (just as Catholicism destabilized much of Europe to maintain control).

But when nearly half the world is Muslim of course most of the conflicts are going to involve Muslims.

Comment Re:America has been put in a bad position. (Score 2) 546

The problem is that Americans think their problems are a result of immigration. The issue is nothing more than a convenient political scapegoat that populists are all but desperate to eat up as it appears to legitimize their xenophobia and present a simple, or at least theoretically attainable, goal. A goal which is a solution for nothing, but a goal none-the-less. When folks have socially unacceptable attitudes, they are easily led to believe they are part of the "real talk" truth - as if they are somehow inherently mature or realist. It's the same reason why nutjobs fell into the 9/11 truther bullshit. It's nothing but a dog and pony show for the middle class so that they don't tune into the real problems America faces.

Comment Re:I like it. It's Subversive. (Score 1) 86

You might argue that a user doesn't want Google as the default search engine from the start - but if they're buying an Android device, at least they know the default search engine is Google - and they can change it.

You might argue that users neither care nor know that Chrome is a google product nor care nor know which search engine they are using.

Every system these days seems to be funded by the default search option. That's why Chrome came into existence in the first place, to change the default search provider.

Comment Re:Suckers (Score 1) 59

That's a neat trick there were you chose the most expensive installation. A few posts here have already said it only cost them 200$ (presumably the "no-complications" price.) 200$ one-time + 45$ a month is a drop in the bucket for AirBnB houses than regularly make 4k+ a month. Explain to me how that's not worth it on the whim alone. And that's 45$ on somebody who probably favored renting your place because of the charger if it's being used. If nobody bites, 200$. That's peanuts.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 4, Insightful) 1034

Arguably though the Academy Awards also suffer from what the Puppies accuse the Hugos of being: rewarding unenjoyable pandering (just of a different variety). I'm a huge film nerd who will enjoy watching abstract art films and I can barely stand sitting through a lot of the Academy Award nominations. There's no good solution. If you hand over awards to critics you often end up with dry "important" works of art. If you hand it over to the consumers you get McDonalds works of art. If you hand it over to the creators you get a lot of self indulgent crap. And without fail the winners are pretty arbitrary especially since it's on an annual basis. If you happen to have a lot of crap in one year, above average crap will win. If you have a year of amazing groundbreaking work then every nomination could be better than the last decade of winners.

It's tough to find any one process which nominates work that is: Important, Innovative and Entertaining.

In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.

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