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Comment: How many in a humanity? (Score 1) 325

by Jonner (#46281315) Attached to: N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

I have no doubt that the North Korean government is repressive, murderous and generally not nice guys. However, whenever someone uses the phrase "crime against humanity," I wonder exactly how many humans are in a humanity. Do the Russian and Chinese governments manage to come in just under the limit, while North Korea goes over? That seems extremely unlikely, given the relative populations of those countries. Maybe it's defined by a fraction: a government can repress up to half of its citizens and just be seen as somewhat evil, but 51% becomes a crime against humanity?

Comment: Re:License? (Score 1) 50

by Jonner (#46096979) Attached to: How Role-Playing Games Arrived In Japan With Black Onyx

"Rogers went on to license Tetris to Nintendo, though, so he did just fine." That's the most interesting part of the story - how the best video game product of communism got sidelined into the capitalist computer paradigm.

That's a very odd way to put it. Most of us would never have heard of Tetris if it hadn't been "sidelined." It's not as if the Soviets were exporting copies of Tetris all over the world to support the global struggle against oppressive capitalism. Also, the use of the word "best" implies there was some competition. Can you name any other "video game product of communism?"

Comment: Re:Pardon (Score 1) 822

by Jonner (#46088183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

I partly agree. I think he should be charged, convicted, then pardoned. Snowden should be charged and convicted because what he did should not be generally legal. He should be pardoned because he broke the law out of necessity, doing a great service to every citizen. I think the trial would be very informative. We would learn things like why the "official channels" Snowden didn't use wouldn't have produced the necessary result.

Comment: Re:Forgetting OpenOffice.org (Score 1) 223

by Jonner (#46034903) Attached to: James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

Yes, Oracle probably hasn't been as bad a Microsoft with regard to changing things that don't need to be changed. From what I understand, most of the frustration which resulted in LibreOffice forking from OpenOffice was because people didn't think Sun and then Oracle allowed contributions at a sufficient rate.

Comment: Re:Nothing new in essence (Score 1) 317

by Jonner (#45893961) Attached to: Are New Technologies Undermining the Laws of War?

Newer technology applied by one side in a conflict have cause important victories before throughout history.
The ability to totally outclass an adversary is from a military point of view desirable.

I did skim the linked article, one issue is that of proportionality, but still, those who win do not really care.

That's exactly why the idea of rules for war has always been a bit silly. At most, they should be thought of as suggestions.

Comment: Re:Read the definition of corn... (Score 1) 341

by Jonner (#45564327) Attached to: Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

Gan: Corn is defined as a small hard grain/seed

Wheat is corn
Rice is corn
Rye is Corn
Millet is Corn

Maize is also corn

The term Corn used in supermarkets is actually slang....

If you are going to be a vocab critic then at least get the vocab right!

Though "corn" has meant any kind of grain for most its history, it has now come to mean "maize" in America. This has been standard usage and not just slang for well over 100 years. If someone says "corn" in the US, it never means "wheat," "rye," "barley," "rice," or "millet." In an international context, it is most clear to use "maize," but to call "maize" "corn" in America is no less correct than to call a fluffy wheat bun leavened with baking soda a "biscuit."

Comment: Re:maize?? (Score 1) 341

by Jonner (#45564267) Attached to: Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

See also the Scandinavian languages, where "korn" means "grain(s)", and "mais" is yellow and comes on cobs. (Wheat is "hvete".)

I hate to burst your bubble, but the word for the plant in question, whether spelled "maize," "mais," or "maiz," comes from Spanish, which originally borrowed it from the language of the Caribbean Taíno people. All European languages got some form of that word via Spanish. The words "corn," "korn," and "grain" are related and much older in European tradition. Also, maize comes several colors, including white and purple.

Comment: Re: maize?? (Score 1) 341

by Jonner (#45564035) Attached to: Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

I call your "research" into question since you seem to have come to several conclusions which are completely incorrect. You are correct that two Kelloggs experimented with grains including wheat before trying maize. You are incorrect when you say that "corn flakes" were ever made of anything but maize. In America, "corn" never means wheat or any grain other than maize. The original flakes of wheat were called "granose."

You are also incorrect when you say that it was a non-Kellogg who added sugar. In fact, corn flakes were originally marketed by Will Keith Kellogg's Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company and contained added sugar from the beginning.

Will's brother John Harvey Kellogg, who was not part of the business, was not in favor of adding sugar. John's objection to adding sugar had little to do with modern ideas. He thought spicy or sweet foods would increase sexual urges.

Comment: Re:Bipartisanship (Score 1) 494

by Jonner (#45531585) Attached to: Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

When both parties work together toward a common goal, we can put a man on the moon.

When both parties work against each other, and try to stop each other every step of the way purely for their own political agenda, we can't even launch a damn website.

Don't forget that the common goal was not something lofty like scientific discovery, but to beat the commies. So, it may have not been a partisan issue in the US, but it was a political agenda.

Comment: Manioc is nothing like a sweet potato (Score 1) 157

by Jonner (#45530869) Attached to: Beer Drinking Networks In Amazon Tribe Help Explain Altruism

Anyone who's eaten manioc (also known as cassava) and sweet potatoes knows that they're plants with starchy tubers and that's where the similiarities end. Not knowing the difference could be deadly since much cassava is of the "bitter" variety and must be carefully prepared to remove dangerous levels of cyanide.

Comment: Re:Anti-science? See, now you have proof! (Score 2) 316

by Jonner (#45159849) Attached to: How Science Goes Wrong

Aaaand this is exactly the kind of thing that young-earth creationists and climate change deniers will jump on to show that science (and scientists) can't be trusted.

People who've made up their minds about something often jump on things they think support their position. If you'd read the article, you'd know that's one of the human tendencies that often leads leading to bad science. Science is a process and set of tools for avoiding such human mistakes but since it's humans implementing it, it's a constant struggle.

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