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Comment: Re:Yet more English learning (Score 1) 147

I did say 'relatively minor'. I'm thinking of an Indian language with about 50m speakers and a written history as long as English. The culture of India being as it is, everything you can find is geared to learning English. Yes, there are TV shows and all sorts of stuff on Youtube, but I was thinking about reasonably sophisticated learning material. Still, if the main market is oddities like me who are mainly interested in understanding some 300 year old poetry, I suppose we have to work for it.

Comment: Yet more English learning (Score 2, Insightful) 147

Never mind English, there are lots of paths to learning it in most countries. Not so the other way. How about a scheme for those of us who want to learn some other, relatively minor language, where it is difficult to even find basic texts outside its native country?

Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 310

So let me get this straight, it's perfectly OK to kill people with drones as long as they're not American citizens?

It seems so, and if the government accepts that American citizens cannot be so killed, then, well, there will be some method to remove their citizenship and then they can be killed. And then all will be as it was before; or perhaps a bit worse.

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.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

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