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Comment: Re:Slashdot is cheering for,,,, (Score 1) 183

by Imbrondir (#45351427) Attached to: Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix

That situation can also just mean regression to the mean. Nokia had a higher market share then both number 2 and 3 put together before the "burning platform" was sunk in a sea of gasoline. Over time performance in nature generally trends towards the average, which for exceptional players is of course towards the worse.

Comment: Re:Definitely... (Score 1) 719

by Imbrondir (#44298215) Attached to: Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

I am not sure I would give the US too much credit regarding early slavery fights.

Even ignoring examples such as the Chinese emperor of the Qin dynasty abolished slavery 2000 years before Lincoln (granted he was overthrown soon after and abolishment overruled), I would say that the US actually supported slavery before 1865. The British outlawed slavery in 1807, and had completely abolished slavery throughout its vast empire in 1833 and up till then had been strongly encouraging other nations to follow its lead.

Mexico eventually followed suit once they gained their independence from the Spanish in 1821, completely achieving their goal 8 years later. I perceive this to be a key event that eventually lead to wars where Mexico lost around half their original land to the US.

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