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Comment: "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Score 1) 61

by Archtech (#47974587) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Preferably in the uncut edition published at Mrs Heinlein's behest after RAH's death. After all, it was deliberately written as an attempt to offend as many moral beliefs as possible - and, I think, succeeds brilliantly in that. It's also clever, entertaining, thought-provoking, and very funny indeed (in parts). Recommended for anyone too young to have caught it yet.

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 282

by Archtech (#47972447) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

It's also quite something to reflect that Hitler did a far better job fixing his country's economy between 1933 and 1939 than Roosevelt did. Things are seldom what they seem.

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 282

by Archtech (#47972431) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

"Hitler would have pushed the button just before he pulled the trigger".

As would Obama, Dubya, Clinton, GHW, all the way back to Kennedy. (Maybe Eisenhower wouldn't have). If his plans for global conquest had failed utterly, the USA was a shambles from coast to coast, and Russian soldiers were approaching a couple of blocks away intending to give him what Qadafi got before he died.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 1) 284

by Archtech (#47943985) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Isn't it simply a question of what your house is made of? I have seen houses in the USA that seem to be built almost wholly from wood; no problem there. My house has external brick walls, but the internal walls are breezeblock, presumably with some steel reinforcement. Result: wireless works OK vertically (through the light wooden ceilings and floors) but often not at all horizontally or diagonally. I'm sitting here participating in this thread with wireless, but I have purchased a good (Diavolo) powerline networking system so I can always plug in wired Ethernet through the nearest mains socket.

Comment: Re:What about other devices? (Score 1) 421

by Archtech (#47893587) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

"Then she doesn't need a PC, she needs an iPad or a Surface RT".

Good luck buying one of those with a 24-inch screen, so she can see her pictures in full glorious detail. And read her messages in 24-point, because her eyes aren't so good any more.

But at least it'll fit in her purse. (And probably stay there, when she forgets about it).

Comment: Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (Score 1) 538

by Archtech (#47881251) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

"So to answer your question, US culture is, simply put, not communist dictatorship culture, it's something that's objectively better for most people..."

That sounds rather like a description of the American political system, not culture. What do you think is the difference?

Comment: Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (Score 1) 538

by Archtech (#47881241) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

"Where are you from again? I'm sure I can point out how inbred you are".

What difference does it make where I am from? (Seriously). And how would it advance our discourse if you were to point out how "inbred" I am? That sounds like a straightforward ad hominem, which should be ignored.

As it happens, my simple question was exactly what it looks like: a simple question. Someone mentioned US culture, and I inquired what that is. I honestly would like to know. Some replies on this thread have suggested answers, but I don't think any so far are framed in a very serious way.

Another way of looking at my simple question is as something like a Rorschach test. It's quite revealing, and even somewhat amusing, to see the responses it brings forth.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security".

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