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Comment: Re:Aiming and targeting? (Score 1) 630

by AxeTheMax (#46706939) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
They'll target them the same way the USAF targeted the Vietcong with B52 bombers. Fire them in the general direction of the other side, and hope some hit their targets. Doesn't really matter if they hit lots of civilians instead, there's a well established formula to get away with it - have some evidence (or even just claims) that in the right conditions it might catch some combatants.

Comment: Re: Great Firewall of China is bad enough ... (Score 1) 270

by AxeTheMax (#46043781) Attached to: Great Firewall of UK Blocks Game Patch Because of Substring Matches
Yes. The Ordinary Man Party in Delhi just came to power and promptly tried to do what the ordinary man in a mob does. In this case try to get the police to carry out an illegal raid based on Ordinary Man prejudices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25855490 )

Comment: Fibre etc.? (Score 5, Interesting) 543

by AxeTheMax (#46043747) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
From the article

I poop a lot less

That should be something to worry about. What I've read doesn't say much about fibre, but our digestive systems have developed not only to deal with directly useful food to absorb, but also to process such 'indigestibles', and to deal with all the variation we get in a normal diet. Without this work there is every likelihood that long term harm to the guts will result. We already know that this happens to factory farmed animals fed on processed food rather than their normal diet.

Comment: Re:Speaking of advocates (Score 1) 406

by AxeTheMax (#45611675) Attached to: Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

. He wants to judge each discovery as "good" or "bad", then reward or punish the engineers, scientists, and the craftsmen for whatever results.

Sad as it is, I prefer the world we have, in which men and woman exercise free will.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpCASVFyQoE

Engineers do not 'discover', that is done by scientists, in the true sense and some other groups of thinkers. Engineers are one of the classes of people who use a known technology to a predictable outcome (others are the craftsmen that you refer to, among others). Engineers design, in the way a house builder may design a brick structure. As such they should be held accountable for the ethical consequences of what they do. Like everyone else should be. You exercise free will, you are also free to suffer the consequences. You seem to want free will without the consequences.

Comment: Re:These are the spasms before the end of empire (Score 1) 264

by AxeTheMax (#45505905) Attached to: NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

As a Russian citizen I doubt. You know, the strength of US Dollar is based on the fact that it's the only currency exchangeable to petroleum, and every country that uses any other currency for this purpose becomes democratic. (Saddam sold oil for Euros, and his country became democratic, Lybia sold oil for Euros and became democratic too, Iran sold oil for gold and will surely become democratic immediately after Syria). And I fear that China will become democratic too.

While this made an interesting point (of course only partially true), I think the post was intended to be funny. And it is!

Comment: Re:USA citizens safe, not care rest of world?? (Score 3, Insightful) 202

by AxeTheMax (#44790801) Attached to: Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?
Yes, Americans who think they value their liberty have a tendency to forget that their liberty depends also on the liberty of others. Starting with the slaves who their founding fathers conveniently forgot, now it is terrorists, criminals, citizens of 'enemy' countries, and finally all non citizens. As has been seen recently, spying on non-citizens gives the means to spy on citizens. What Americans have really is not liberty but power, and the Golden Rule (reciprocity) is inessential when you have power.
The Internet

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever 506

Posted by timothy
from the wish-I'd-known-this-15-years-ago dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Ryan Vogt writes in the Mercury News that Shakespeare described death as 'the undiscovere'd country, from whose bourn no traveller returns.' Did you know there is a the miraculous way to resuscitate tabs sent to the 'undiscovere'd country,' a sort of Ctrl-Z for the entire Internet, that means 'no more called-out cusswords, no more wishing the back button had you covered when, aiming to click on a tab, you accidentally hit the little X on the tab's starboard.' For Macs: Command [plus] shift [plus] t reopens the last tab. For PCs: Ctrl [plus] Shift [plus] T. 'Try it right now. Close this tab and bring it back. I dare ya.' Melia Robinson's trick [described for Chrome] works in Firefox and Internet Explorer, too, so clumsy mousing won't send the the E*Trade tab you mistakenly closed all cued up to sell those 10,000 shares of stock or your long political post on your uncle's Facebook page on a one-way trip to the undiscovere'd country in those browsers, either." No guarantees on the stock trading.

Comment: Who else are they bugging (Score 1) 427

by AxeTheMax (#44670661) Attached to: NSA Cracked Into Encrypted UN Video Conferences
What about bugging the White House? I mean, anyone can get to be president (in theory of course, in practice it is any multimillionaire with lots of friends in the US establishment). You've got to check on them, or else how can they be trusted? And what about all those that know the president or is related to the president, you've got to check on what they are saying ... and so on.

Comment: Re:"Shock and awe" force implies scaredy-cat polic (Score 1) 835

So helping a country declare independence is imperialistic?

Was that the way the Phillipines or Cuba were 'helped' that you're referring to? One of the characteristics of any successful imperial state is that its own propaganda is more effective that others, especially on its own citizens.

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