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Comment: Re:Old proverb (Score 1) 375

You are indeed correct. However there had previously been movement within the US to enter the war and there had already been assistance to the UK. It was war on Japan that was declared quickly, then Germany responded because if the alliance with Japan. What was surprising however was that the US focused most of its efforts first on Germany rather than Japan which is what threw me off the facts.

Comment: Re:so? (Score 1) 210

by Darinbob (#46785423) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Why is it a "like"? The article only mentions that as an aside and the rest of the article talks about General Mills having arbitration agreements if you join a social media group. I don't do facebook, but can't you join a social media group without clicking like? You'd have to do this on General Mill's web site since I don't think clicking like on facebook can pop up a "do you accept these terms?" box.

Comment: Re:The power of EULAs only goes so far (Score 3, Insightful) 210

by Darinbob (#46785393) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Although big companies have been making inroads here against the little customer, which is indeed what has been encouraging big companies to add more and more of these ridiculous arbitration agreements. For example the article even mentions the AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion case which said that an arbitration agreement wording could be used to forbid going to arbitration as a class action.

The trouble is that there's a growing movement of anti-legal-system thinking out there, especially on the right wing. They see lawsuits as a problem, and trial lawyers as bad people (but a trial lawyer on your side is a good guy, trial lawyers for other people are the evil ones). Combine this with a pro-corporate attitude, and this means that these sorts of arbitration agreements may have a lot of support in congress.

Comment: Re:Old proverb (Score 1) 375

Even after Japan attacked, the German issue had only little to do with the US, but it was enough to tip the balance since there was always a segment who wanted to go to war with Germany directly instead of just sending economic support. Also the German conflict slowly grew, and it was initially a problem in eastern Europe where Russia appeared to be what was going to slow or stop them. When the conflict grew to France and England then there really started to be popular support in the US for entering the war. Remember at the time that the US had not taken on any sort of world policeman role.

Comment: Re:Old proverb (Score 2) 375

But US can not really do anything. We've got troops still in Afghanistan, the people are sick and tired of over a decade of "pretend nothing is happening" war stance, it's been tremendously expensive and increased the debt to crisis levels. And when we have intervened militarily in the last few decades, especially when being in charge, it's been horribly planned and executed. It's impractical to take on another war, especially a war that is guaranteed to spread to multiple countries.

Like the Yugoslavia break up, this needs to be handled by Europe with America only there as a NATO ally. We don't need to be charging in shouting "We're in charge!"

Comment: Re:Still need Microsoft Office unfortunately (Score 1) 272

by Darinbob (#46782691) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

The "standard" is basically to do whatever the Microsoft product does.

This applies to multiple standards. It's even common for many cheap products to skimp on the standards and only implement a subset that works on Windows even if the standard mandates certain functionality that they leave out.

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