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Comment I think we just need to get burned. (Score 4, Insightful) 332

Let's be honest here. The rate and methods by which we are consuming resources from environment is akin to a clueless child playing around the stove. Sometimes we need to get burned by the stove to learn not to touch it again. And the drought in California is natures way of telling us our hand is currently roasting on said stove.

Comment Re:(sniffs cautiously) (Score 1) 185

Right. Well, I guess my closed-source education has ruined my career as now I can only make ends meet by supporting cash strapped corporations locked into their closed-source software. Not. Computer literacy is computer literacy. It doesn't matter whether you used C# or Java to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of programming. A good, motivated individual will learn the platform regardless of its origins. It's people like you who make open source altneratives so hard to swallow for the enterprise.

Comment Re:Chilling (Score 1) 170

Or do we rather just turn war from an adrenaline fest to a cold, calculated application of force

Yes, let's gamify war. That's just what need in the military.

You don't see that from a B-52 or an A-10, either. All you see is smoke and fire.

It's a lot easier for a drone pilot to push a button that would likely kill people thousands of miles away. You've overlooked the entire point of my response, which was to highlight the fact that drones are making it a lot easier for pilots and the military to brush aside civilian causalities, which is currently hovering at 400-800 according to Wikipedia.

A tip goes out about a possible Al-Qaeda target somewhere in Pakistan, and a few days/weeks later, a village is reduced to rubble. The U.S. can wash its hands clean of the incident and no Americans were harmed during the operation, which is the *most* important part, right?

Meanwhile, some kid who has witnessed all this is just loving the democracy and freedom that the U.S. raining down on his village. I'm sure he'll grow up to love the United States and perhaps even become a productive member of society because of it.


Comment Chilling (Score 1) 170

For the pilot of the drone, it's just a matter of pushing a red button on a dreary Monday morning. What we don't see is the brother, mother, husband, or son whose flesh was blown to bits by the drone. Bombing someone with a high tech manned aircraft is one thing, but the moment we abstract ourselves further and further from the hell that is war, we become the very monsters we're supposedly out to stop. I predict the drone strikes, the occupation in Iraq, and all other activities in the middle east we've been undertaking are only going to bite us back in another tragic incident like 9/11. Remember 9/11? We forgot 9/11 the day we let ourselves got lulled into two wars. We're breeding a new generation of terrorists who are growing up to fear and hate the drones, controlled by none other than the United States of America.

Comment Re:Mass mailings are stupid (Score 1) 248

Some work requires you to read the emails. There are times where I jumped into a conversation because I had something to offer to the discussion, all because I happened to be caught in some distribution list. Why do I care? I get paid for my 9-5 job regardless of how many emails I read within that time period.

Comment Re:Romney endorsement (Score 1) 108

Get educated, dude. Many of the founding fathers had already successfully abolished slavery in their states, and were working to do so in all the colonies as soon as they peacefully could.

I'm sorry, but what? Depending on who's on your "founding fathers" list, many of them not only supported slavery but owned several, sometimes ranging in the hundreds, of slaves. I'm not going to question your upbringing or education, but whitewashing a somewhat embarrassing side of history is ridiculous. Call for what it is.

Comment Good initiative, bad implementation (Score 1) 34

HTML is best learned through trial and error. I never really understood the concept of the CSS or HTML until I began visualize a web page as just a stack of transparency paper that is moved around by CSS. Learning the tags alone won't do any good. You have to interact with the elements produced by the tags to really understand how HTML works.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania