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Comment: Re:A final admission of defeat? (Score 1) 334

Considering Republicans fought him at every turn - what did you expect.

So those 2 years where he had a Democratic majority on Congress and refused to try and pass anything never happened? He could have passed Obamacare or his immigration reforms then, but he didn't because he was more worried about protecting fellow Democrats coming up for election.

Comment: Re:Most transparent Admn ever.... (Score 2) 334

Working with people = compromise. The government has too many people that refuse to give the other side absolutely anything because they think it makes themselves appear weak or not a true Republican/Democrat

Fixed that for you. Refusing to budge on any point isn't compromise, and holding the daily operation of the government and the financial stability of the economy hostage isn't negotiation-it's just plain old blackmail.

Comment: Re:Transparency in Government is good! (Score 1) 334

The question is, did you learn your lesson? Will you stop supporting the one party Republocrat system next election?

I voted for the Libertarian candidate last presidential election. Lot of good that did. I think he won maybe 13% of my county, and 1% of my state? The time where parties could just pop up or split off established parties and win passed a good century ago, and the "us vs them" mentality has been so cultured over the past 2 decades that no mainstream politician dares stray too far from the party line lest their career come to an abrupt end because their voter base will turn on them.

Comment: Re:Cody, just stop. (Score 1) 449

by Nidi62 (#49240227) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

Wow. People like you just creep me out. I have no need or want for a tool that is only meant to kill something.

Guns aren't meant to kill. They are designed to fire a small metal ball at whatever it is pointed at. It could be a paper or metal target, or it could be something alive. But it is the person holding the gun that decides whether or not it kills. Hammers are designed to apply a large amount of force onto a small area. That area could be the head of a nail, or the head of a person. Either way it is just doing its job, just like guns.

Comment: Re:Where is the abuse? (Score 3, Insightful) 163

by Nidi62 (#49224263) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

They identified a suspect based on evidence and eliminated him using evidence.

How is that abuse?

Because they used one piece of "evidence" (very tenuous at best) and just cast out a wide net to suspect someone from half the country away. It's the same as if a witness of a crime in New York said the suspect was 6'2" and blond so the police start interviewing 6'2" blond people living in Utah. Partial DNA matches should not be enough to get a warrant for someone who lives 1700 miles from where the crime occurred, especially if there is no other corroborating evidence.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 5, Insightful) 331

by Nidi62 (#49182223) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Starship troopers is a fantastic movie.

You just have to acknowledge that it's a parody piece that (rightly) shits all over the source material for the war worshiping jingoistic crap that it is. :)

Did we read the same book? I took out of it that war is horrible, leaving the lucky ones dead and the unlucky ones in broken bodies and scarred souls, but still a necessary evil to allow the people back home to live peaceful, happy lives. It also implies that drafts are bad and the only soldiers should be volunteers who willingly measure the rewards vs the risk of dying/getting injured, realizing that their sacrifice benefits the whole. Remember that the general feeling of the cap troopers was that they would be happy if the war was over tomorrow and no one was ever forced into a capsule if they did not want to go, and they weren't even punished for doing so besides getting discharged.

Comment: Re:No, the film is *bad* satire. (Score 0) 331

by Nidi62 (#49182081) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

In "Starship Troopers" the book, a trainee asks why they are learning to throw knives when they have nukes. The instructor stops the drill, and points out that you don't housetrain a puppy by decapitating it. The military is supposed to used controlled force to achieve policy objectives, not wanton destruction. He tells the recruit who to talk to if he still doesn't understand.

In the movie, the instructor throws a knife through the recruit's hand, and says, "Hard to push a button now, eh?"

I get that the movie is satire. I even get that there's a lot in the book that can be fairly satirized. The problem is, the movie is lazy, unfair, incompetent satire.

That's why I said you had to basically overlook all the criticism that either omits things from lines or takes them out of context. If you do that then it is a decent movie. If they re-did the movie from the standpoint of "why you fight" and "violence as a specific means to an end instead of mindless killing" it could be a very poignant movie. Especially considering the current climate in the US with the recent withdrawals from Iraq/Afghanistan and as evidenced by the success of American Sniper. It would be like the 1st half of Full Metal Jacket plus Platoon without most of the anti-war stuff(going from not sure why you are fighting to realizing the why doesn't even matter in the first places, you fight for survival and your buddies), in space.

Comment: Re:Just Starship Troopers? (Score 1) 331

by Nidi62 (#49181919) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
I never understood the whole anti-religion thing of the 3rd movie. Made no sense since in the book every unit had their own chaplain who could be from any ordained sect of any religion and had to counsel someone from any religion. And they turned the powered suits into giant walkers. Horrible.

Comment: Re:One of my all time favourite reads (Score 0) 331

by Nidi62 (#49181855) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I just hope they don't butcher it the way they did with Starship Troopers. That one completely missed the point of the novel. It was as if the screen writers hadn't even read the book.

The movie was decent-ish as long as you ignore the obvious jabs against propaganda and the militart-industrial complex (and the thinly veiled Nazi/SS-inspired uniforms). Although who would select fully automatic weapons without any sights as a standard-issue weapon is beyond me (and why even wear the armor if it won't even stop your own general issue weapon at several hundred yards?). But I do wish that someone would take it and actually make a movie closer to the book with powered armor and all that. Could actually make for an excellent movie if done right, and we all know Hollywood loves making reboots/redoing movies.

Comment: Re:FOE is in favor: Yeah, right! (Score 3, Funny) 197

by Nidi62 (#49166523) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

How difficult can it actually be to filter out the fish from the inrushing water?

Pretty difficult, I imagine. In no time at all, your filter will be completely clogged with all kinds of marine life and junk.

The obvious solution is to just install a filter over it, to keep the first filter from getting clogged.

Comment: Re:seriously (Score 1) 247

Why are there so many studies about a non-existent problem ? If you want to model a disease, why not a deadly flu ?

People don't pay attention to scenarios involving plain old flu. Zombies are essentially a placeholder for all types of disasters. Responses to zombie outbreaks include quarantine, crowd control, logistics, evacuations, communication with media and the population, areas blocked off due to a natural disaster(flood, earthquake, etc) modeled as "infected area", etc. For people, a zombie "bug out bag" containing water/food/medicine is good to use if you lose power or have to evacuate to a shelter during storms/disasters, and planning routes to avoid heavily trafficked areas are helpful if given an order to evacuate as well. Zombies are just a generic disaster that cover pretty much every facet of any kind of disaster response.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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