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Comment: What else is driving this (Score 1) 58

by AxeTheMax (#49452587) Attached to: After EFF Effort, Infamous "Podcasting Patent" Invalidated
I'm amazed that the USPTO is allowing patents to such ridiculously obvious notions, and that they take huge amounts of money to even challenge. What, apart from greed and lawyers, is keeping this system alive? Is it the possibility of control it gives big players over small ones?

Comment: Re:Wait... what? (Score 0, Troll) 228

by AxeTheMax (#49337425) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament
One of the 'good actors' was the first to develop and has been the only one to ever use nuclear weapons. Despite there being no military reason for it other than to demonstrate a more efficient method of killing civilians than anything that had been developed before. You're talking poppycock, either because you chose to be deluded in favour of one side, or because you're stupid and swallowed all the propaganda you've been fed.

Comment: Pigeons could be drones (Score 1) 92

by AxeTheMax (#48038415) Attached to: China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons
Whether this story is true or not, one thing is certain, the next time there is a land battle between two technologically advanced armies, they will shoot every bird out of the sky in case it is an enemy drone. A major land war could be another significant extinction event for wildlife. Rats and cockroaches will survive of course.

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.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.