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Comment: They nailed it 500 years ago (Score 1) 94

by DNS-and-BIND (#47446677) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators
"[Chess] is certainly a pleasing and ingenious amusement, but it seems to have one defect, which is that it is possible to have too much knowledge of it, so that whoever would excel in the game must give a great deal of time to it, as I believe, and as much study as if he would learn some noble science or perform well anything of importance; and yet in the end, for all his pains, he only knows how to play a game. Thus, I think a very unusual thing happens in this, namely that mediocrity is more to be praised than excellence."
-- Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier, 1528, Book II para. 31, Singleton translation

Comment: Re:Snowden's Patriotism is Gaining Acceptance (Score 1) 192

by DNS-and-BIND (#47445041) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure
It has been my experience that those exact same people are very quick to label anything but their own thinking jingoism. They can't even accept there might be such a thing as patriotism, and if it did exist it surely wouldn't apply to America, the nation that is worse than Nazi Germany. How do you have an argument with people who believe that borders shouldn't exist?

Comment: Re:Chicken or egg? (Score 4, Insightful) 205

by DNS-and-BIND (#47442251) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

Education is funded by property taxes, not sales tax. In Austin, people are being priced out of their homes because they voted for every social program out there, and now the taxes are too damn high.

"I'm at the breaking point," said Gretchin Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8500 this year.

"It's not because I don't like paying taxes," said Gardner, who attended both meetings [of "irate homeowners"]. "I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can't afford to live here anymore."
-- Austin American-Statesman

Comment: Re:bars, restaurants, dry cleaners, art galleries (Score -1, Troll) 205

by DNS-and-BIND (#47442223) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education
There is no culture in rural areas. There is no learning. For the active mind, it is a fate worse than death. Intelligent people want to be around other intelligent people. Who wants to live in the country with a bunch of bigots who dismiss any ideas they don't agree with?

Comment: Re:Well ... (Score 1) 83

No, the heavy hand of government would have shut the private company down.

I will never understand people who like big government. What is your freaking deal? Do you hope to get in and control the rest of us? It ain't gonna happen, you're not an elite, otherwise you won't be wasting your time posting on Slashdot. The boot is going to stomp on your face just like everyone else's.

Comment: Racist science (Score -1, Troll) 153

by DNS-and-BIND (#47440993) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics
This article is precisely why we need to NOT worship science as the end-all, be-all of solutions to our problems. Science will happily lead us down the primrose path of racism. Something for the science-worshippers among us to contemplate. Again and again we see Slashdot users angrily condemning competing belief systems and saying science is the one true way of thinking. It's not, and this is precisely why.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 1) 275

by DNS-and-BIND (#47436711) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls
Just to add, Joseph McCarthy was right - there really were communists in the State Department. They would have overthrown the US government if they had had the chance. I know this sounds looney but it's absolutely true, and after the NSA revelations then loonies don't look so looney any more, eh?

Comment: Re:because: Republicans (Score 1) 81

Funny, here I was thinking that Republicans and Democrats were two sides of the same coin. Now, they're uniquely and blameably wrong? I swear, this is exactly the same "we have always been at war with Eurasia" doublethink that Orwell wrote about. One day, the first idea. The next day, the other - with no acknowledgement of the other idea ever having been uttered.

I thought it was idiotic when I read 1984 way back when, but here it is, live and right in front of my face.

Comment: Re:Hope their hull is bulletproof. (Score 1) 79

by DNS-and-BIND (#47429411) Attached to: SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

Do you REALLY think they just drew the name Brownsville out of a hat? And then decided to locate there? WTF? You're talking about it like it's some kind of voluntary choice. Please tell me you're not that stupid.

Look at a map of America. Brownsville is at the southern tip. Being as far south as possible as advantageous for putting satellites into orbit. Why do you think Cape Canaveral is located where it is?

Comment: Re:It's geopolitics, not just simple spy flap (Score 1) 215

Ah, OK, so it's not their fault, then. Whew! I thought they might actually have to take responsibility for their actions, but now I see nothing negative can ever be their fault. It's like some sort of mental state that defends itself in the face of contradictory information because the alternative is too horrifying to contemplate...what's that called again? Oh, right, cognitive dissonance.

"No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it." -- C. Schulz