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Comment: Japanese Cars versus rearmament (Score 3, Insightful) 307

by Culture20 (#47971183) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

As a former Cold Warrior (both launch officer side and staff analytical mathematician side), I now appreciate the bitterness I saw in former WW2 warriors when they would see a Japanese car.

Grumbling at a Japanese car because "We beat the Japs, now you won't buy American cars!" isn't quite the same as "I manned a US nuclear silo during the Cold War, and now the USA is refreshing the nuclear weapons stockpile". Maybe "we beat the Ruskies, and now you order brides via mail from Russia!" or "I manned a US Flying Fortress during WWII and now the USA is refreshing the Air Force with new bombers" might be closer to the two expressed sentiments. One is "I've been trained to hate a particular enemy", the other is "War. War never changes."

Comment: Re:But your honor... (Score 2) 184

by Culture20 (#47958401) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook
It does. And the annoying thing about the "Other" folder (which collects messages sent from non-friends) is that Facebook neither notifies you via email nor by the little red "new message" icon. You have to explicitly open up the Other folder to see if a non-friend might have sent you anything. Want to have a conversation with a friend of a friend (invite them to bachelor[ette] party, et al) without "friending" them? Good luck!

And now because of this judge, everyone must check their FB Other folder regularly or be subject to summary judgment for failure to appear in court. (I am not a lawyer)

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 330

by Culture20 (#47909125) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

And so a whole new generation of gamers will learn the pain and heartache of a loved name from their childhood getting ruined by a poorly-thought-out corporate-developed sequel.

At least Star Control 3 wasn't a poorly thought out corporate developed sequel. The melee was so well thought out that there was an A.I. override built in and advertised in the manual to make the A.I. ships act suicidal. That takes planning.

Comment: Re: Reliability is key. (Score 1) 599

by Culture20 (#47905775) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

And this is good thing. The second amendment doesn't specify how much it costs to bear the arms. Only that you're allowed to. So yeah don't ban guns, just increase the cost of possessing them so that only those really really really into guns will go for it.

If we are going to do that, pay for your constitutional rights, how about about $1,000 per year to vote?

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Unfortunately, it will cost $100,000,000 per year to practice the free speech of publishing the newsletter, so it may never exist.

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