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Comment: Re:Wacky thinking (Score 3, Insightful) 430

It matters not whether you follow Christian beliefs or not during your time on this earth, but when you shed your mortal coil and find yourself in the Pit you will wail in disbelief ... but by that time, it will be too late.

AKA: "I don't care about people, but I'm forced to be ethical because otherwise I'll be in the pit." That's an inspiring ethical approach you've got there.

Comment: Re:"The Justin Bieber of chess" ?! (Score 4, Insightful) 449

by James_Duncan8181 (#46072121) Attached to: 23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds
Sure, although it's worth noting that Bieber is more of a heartthrob that sings. That's not to knock his singing per se, but he's no grand master and certainly wouldn't be globally #1 rated. Just like Hilton, his main skill is being very charismatic in an attention economy and he primarily supplies eyeballs.

Carlsen plays the best chess in the world and happens to be attractive. That's the difference.

Comment: Re:Set course for accountability... (Score 1) 372

by James_Duncan8181 (#44863423) Attached to: NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

It's not about not having a nice office. Making people unhappy and unproductive is stupid.

My issue is that it's designed for the ego of the person in the main chair at the cost of practicality. You can't, for instance, see what people are doing behind you or easily go to their desk. Nor can you look your workers in the eye without leaving the chair, and it's a massive screen in a data gathering operation that is the opposite of something that needs quick command decisions. If it was on a warship I'd think it was poorly placed for crew communication. Since it's in an admin office it's a remarkably classless piece of manhood compensation for the boss that actually makes the office work less well.

I'd be embarrassed to be the person who had commissioned that, and not because I believe in hair shirts for public officials.

Comment: Re:Set course for accountability... (Score 5, Insightful) 372

by James_Duncan8181 (#44858807) Attached to: NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

Let the NSA geek feel like he's Captain Picard. You know you would too if given the chance.

I can say with complete assurance that I wouldn't be spending other people's money on such an embarrassingly obvious teenage power fantasy. It belittles the man rather than imbuing him with authority.

Comment: Re:He needs to grow up (Score 1) 406

"my posts are always polite, no swearing, no threats, no personal attacks" "most people are brainwashed cretins who can't think for themselves" "for the cretins who can't think, words on a computer screen are too much for them to bear, so they have to BAN people for making them think."

One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong...

Comment: Re:Yeah, right! (Score 2) 404

In his final days Ernst Röhm made a speech seriously underlining the 'socialist' aspect of it within the movement. And if you ever read in detail, it becomes impossible to extract socialism from its involvement. Wether it was nationalisation, class war, the power of state over individual, - the party was born from the German workers party, the list is long.

In his final days [before being assassinated on Hitler's orders for reasons of political disagreement during the Night of the Long Knives] Ernst Röhm made a speech seriously underlining the 'socialist' aspect of it within the movement. Put like that it sounds less like the party was left wing, no matter what the Northern branches wished.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.