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Comment: Re:do you want exodus? (Score 1) 145

by Nidi62 (#49119123) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

3. I love short three month gigs. After all I earn in three month more than I need for 15 month of living.

You must be living very frugally. Never got out of the spending habits formed during the grad student days, I suppose.

That's about the only way to save money these days. (Note: not a programmer/developer) I recently changed positions in my company that was literally (and I mean that in the actual sense and not "figuratively") a 60% increase. Haven't changed my spending habits at all, other than eating out a bit more. Went from breaking even each month to actually being able to save some AND I can actually pay off some of my student loans.

Comment: Re:This is a joke right? (Score 1) 318

Non-expanding bullets injure more often than kill. A wounded soldier can be recovered and get medical attention. A wounded deer may run off and die slowly in a lot of pain. By the way it is legal in some places to hunt some animals with non expanding bullets.

DEER Rifles using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition.


Notice that deer hunting has the mushrooming ammunition restriction but the other category does not. That is because deer take more energy to kill.

The others are also predators and nuisance animals. We use .22lr and .22mag on groundhogs on my grandfather's property because he raises horses.

Comment: Re:The banned weapons (Score 1) 318

"In 1868, the Great Powers agreed under the Saint Petersburg Declaration to ban exploding bullets, which by spreading metal fragments inside a victim’s body could cause more suffering than the regular kind. "

Enjoy :)

And ever since, until the advent of full metal jacket rounds, soldiers were carving Xs into the soft lead tips of their rounds so that the heads would fragment inside the body. Memoirs and other personal accounts from every side in both WWI and WWII recount both doing this to their own ammunition and being on the receiving end of "dum dums". When people are trying to kill you the only rule that matters is survival.

Comment: Re:War is Hell. (Score 2) 224

by Nidi62 (#49114507) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

And those men like Robert E. Lee weren't traitors

He served in the United States Army, before the war, as a Commissioned Officer, which by definition means he swore an oath to preserve and protect the United States. If you're worried about your State one day needing to leave the Union then you probably shouldn't be swearing oaths to preserve the Union.

The only difference between them is that most in the South say themselves not just as Americans, but ultimately as Virginians, Georgians, Mississippians, etc.

Parse this part of the 14th Amendment:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

You do realize the 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution AFTER the Civil War, in 1868, right? And that ratifying it was one of the conditions imposed on the Southern states during reconstruction. So there was nothing in the Constitution that prohibited what they did. Also, but 1898 Congress generally removed disabilities incurred due to the 14th Amendment by those involved in the Confederacy. Lee's citizenship was also restored retroactively to June 13 1865, but that didn't happen until 1975. Davis got his restored in 1978. So no, they are not traitors.

Comment: Re:War is Hell. (Score 1) 224

by Nidi62 (#49114111) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

There is no equation between the "clean hands" of the North and South on this particular issue. Nor is there on the issue of treason, since many of the most prominent leaders of the South (including their God, Robert E. Lee) swore oaths to the United States that they later broke. It's not a simple matter of someone fighting for home, these people specifically swore oaths to the United States. As far as I'm concerned the lot of them are traitors and the South got off easy for its crimes against the Union and Humanity.

What about those thousands of Irish and German immigrants the North essentially impressed right of the boats into the Union army? And those men like Robert E. Lee weren't traitors, they loved and fought for their homes just as much as the men from the North did. The only difference between them is that most in the South say themselves not just as Americans, but ultimately as Virginians, Georgians, Mississippians, etc. A traitor is someone who betrays their home. These men didn't betray their home; they just had a different idea of what their home was. If anyone was a traitor is was Booth, since when he killed Lincoln he not only assassinated the President, he killed the best friend the South had in the North after the war.

Comment: Re:I don't care how righteous your goal is... (Score 4, Insightful) 224

by Nidi62 (#49113683) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

For those who don't know, it is quite common (even standard procedure) in military operations to allow a certain quota of "collateral damage". In other words, governments not only "OK" the killing of innocents -- they expect and plan for it.

You expect it and plan for it so that you can minimize it. Battles themselves if not whole wars, are fought over resources (whether they be towns/land/populations, gold/oil/lumber/diamonds, or even simply political capital in the case of wars-"our economy sucks and people are mad at our political party, let's invade someone!"-like the Faulklands War) and there are usually civilians found in these areas. It is not immoral to expect and plan for civilian deaths. Immorality occurs when you do nothing to mitigate those potential deaths, or even worse intentionally seek them out. Detonating a bomb in a crowded marketplace is immoral. Using precision ammunition to target a bunker underneath an apartment building or mortars/rockets in a school instead of carpet bombing them so you don't destroy surrounding buildings is not. Often, those who hide behind civilians benefit more from the deaths of those civilians than they would protecting them and will even go out of their way to ensure greater civilian casualties.

Comment: Re:Why not in the US? (Score 1) 82

by Nidi62 (#49111903) Attached to: Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

Look -- I'm here in Europe, so from a selfish standpoint that's fine and dandy. But why the hell not in the US? Somehow I smell shenanigan.

So they can "sell" the usage of these data centers to other divisions of Apple, thereby funneling profits to Ireland resulting in reduced taxes.

Comment: Re:What does the military think it is doing? (Score 3, Informative) 68

by Nidi62 (#49081835) Attached to: Government, Military and Private Sector Fighting Over Next-Gen Cyber-Warriors

Buying their services as consultants, or as civilian employees of DoD agencies, sure; cut them a check and they'll show right up; but some of these plans actually seem to involve enlisted geeks wearing hilariously incongruous camo in front of banks of monitors and 'cyber warrior'-ing. How is selling that going to work?

Civilians, even DoD civilians, are held to different standards than enlisted men and officers. Soldiers are held to the UMCJ and can be controlled much tighter. Just compare the treatment of Manning and Snowden. Plus you have to pay a civilian or contractor a lot more than you can a PFC or specialist. And if you relax physical requirements for these guys, weel then what about your mechanics or clerks or cooks? Morale issues can easily rise up from that.

Comment: Re:Voluntary participation? (Score 1) 168

by Nidi62 (#49037903) Attached to: NoFlyZone.org Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free

His shotgun also spreads pellets throughout the sky with no idea where they might land -- might be OK if he lives in a rural area, but it's going to cause more problems than it solves in any populated area.

Bird shot falling from 100 ft would feel like heavy rain or maybe light hail at most. And I do live in a more spread out suburban area.

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