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Comment Re:It can't. (Score 3, Insightful) 73

Habital planets are so rare and far apart that alien life wouldn't be able to spread across the galaxy. Hell, even earth is so far away from the nearest possibly habitable planet that if we could travel 90% of the speed of light, it would take something like 10,000 years to get there. Much less a population and equipment and supplies enough to start a society.

Actually, we don't know if habitable planets are rare. We are finding a bunch and have barely look at what the universe holds. Now the traveling thing could be a problem, but maybe there are civilization on other planets that don't waste their time and resources killing each other and actually focus on science and space.

Comment WTF happens in N.Dakota to require such weapons? (Score 1) 166

I'm wondering what happens in North Dakota that requires drones with non lethal weapons to fly around? Are they planning on using this on the Native American population? Or maybe the wildlife? Or is it to keep them pesky Canadian rapists who illegally cross our border in check?

Comment Re:When you define anything as "cheating"... (Score 1) 705

Actually, some of us do. For instance, those of us who try to follow Christ also, by definition, try to give at least some consideration to how Jesus defined it:

"27 You have heard that it was said to those of old,[c] 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

(Matt. 5:27-28, NKJV)

The lesson: Big sins usually start off as small ones. Don't lust after other women, don't think about cheating, don't put yourself in the position where you might, don't neglect your marriage to the point where you feel you need to, and chances are pretty good that you won't.

We also try to remember that if God has forgiven us our sins against Him, then we also ought to be willing to forgive those who sin against us. Most marriages can be saved if both partners are willing to save it, and, sometimes, even if one of them is not.

The bible says it's okay for your daughters to get you drunk and have sex with you also.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 705

Actually he didn't. When he was in the US he used the site and now he is back in Saudi Arabia where he doesn't use the site. But he is afraid that what he did in the US will be exposed and will be punished for it in Saudi Arabia.

Then I guess he better move back to the United States or to another country, because his lapse of judgement might get him killed if he stays.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 705

So the message is "shut up and live a lie in your repressive regime"?

Be careful what you wish for. You might have to do it soon.

No, the message is, when you live in an oppressive regime, and you do something that is considered wrong there, you best hide what you do very fucking good. Putting your info on some Dating/Cheating website isn't the smartest move you can make. Mainly when the info can lead the attackers, abusers and whatnot to your door if they found out.

Comment Problem is the NSA and their overreach (Score 1) 98

I see a problem with this because of the NSA and their overreach into our private lives. They are already recording our phone calls, they already have access into the internet. So do we really want to have our computer's mic constantly hearing our conversations? MS records what your mic hears for Cortana's "improvement", what stops them from handing it over to the NSA?

Years ago I'd be considered crazy for this, but now with the NSA being who they the are, can you trust them? Can you trust MS? Can you trust your government. The same government that wants to do away with encryption?

Comment Re:Nothing New Here... (Score 2) 317

Move along, nothing to see here. Microsoft has been trying to get their hooks into everybody just like Google and Facebook. If people don't care about their privacy and allow this kind of data collection in the name of "quality" and "focusing search results and ads.." "blah blah" we'll all become human centipads.

No, don't move on, don't ignore this stuff. Doesn't matter if it's been going on before, it's wrong and is starting to get very bad. We need to be taking a firm stance against this sort of stuff.

I guess maybe you are cool with it because they pay you a fee or something, but I, like other people, are not cool with it.

Comment Re:Reach out and touch base and have a chat (Score 1) 302

Reuters is engaged in a witch hunt that much is clear. The only thing Clinton is guilty of is bad email practice. There has been no smoking gun; nothing that come close to treason or giving away state secrets. Jesus Christ, check every member of Congress and see how they handle email, are they all in compliance.

Comment Re:She deserves to be in prison (Score 1) 302

Even the average person who reads the news knows by now that TS/SCI materials can't legitimately end up in unclassified email systems. The very best she could argue is "I had no idea what it was and deleted it immediately" at which rate she's still guilty of not handing over the machine(s) to the federal government to verify that the data is actually gone.

She needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because the alternative is that we live in a country where contractors and lower level civil servants go to Leavenworth while the elite gets to make cutesy jokes about destruction of evidence in a national security scandal.

Nothing came of that, nothing will come of this.

Comment Both Parties delete emails. (Score 1) 302

Even if your a loyal Democrat, this is not good. Keeping highly sensitive documents on personal servers when your a top government official is just wrong. No matter if there is a smoking gun or not. Just the fact this goes against all protocol setup and defined to protect information is very troubling. It shows Mrs. Clinton totally disregarded protocol simply for her own benefit and possibly for a convenient way of controlling history and her legacy in case she messed up.
This goes far beyond a Richard Nixon moment and I cannot believe how many people still thinks she is the best the Democrat's have for President??
In my mind, she is just what America doesn't need in the White house. Another politician who makes up her own rules and disobey's government policy. Really?
We want more of that in government? Hey, if your a Democrat do what you will next year at election time. But if Hillary Clinton is a choice. Do the right thing and don't vote that disgraceful piece of work into office. She has no place in public office of any kind.

Weird, you should say this, because the republicans have been guilty of the same thing in the past and yet nothing came of it.

So while everyone is getting on Clinton's ass, this isn't the first time this is happen and I'm guessing she'll get away with it also. Republicans, Democrats, both kinds of politicians that are cheating lying scum. At least we know there is one candidate out there who's had a record of doing what he says and doing what is right.

Comment Re:These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 386

No, you pirate because you want something for nothing. That's the start, and the end of it. If it really were about the DRM you'd buy the software, then pirate a DRM free version. You don't do that, because you're a hypocritical bottom feeder.

You can call me a bottom feeder. I don't mind. I refuse to support the various copyright cartels though. They are a problem and I will not give them money continue. They don't like pirating and I don't like them, so I have no problem pirating their works. Just like they are walking on the public domain, I am walking on them.

Just because something is against the law, doesn't make the law just or right.

For example, I live in Washington State. I have been smoking weed most my life, since the 80's. Recently it's become legal. So what does that make me? Scum of the earth because I choose to use an illegal drug for years before it became legal, or was it me ignoring unjust laws because they weren't made to help people, but to put money in the pockets of only a few people?

No law says companies have to make profit, but the various copyright cartels think they deserve to make profit on everything they make, and if they don't, they blame it on pirating and try to use the laws to make even more money (in damages) on people who might have downloaded the movie for free.

I will always stand up against unjust laws. It's my duty as an American Citizen. And the copyright laws are unjust, because they unfairly keep money in the hands of the few while forcing more laws on the many to make sure they pay for it.

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 386

Like it or not, you pretty much have to use some version of windows. Whether it's at work or because of some windows-only software, there's really no way to avoid windows.

please tell us all what indispensible apps run on windows that have no equivalents on any other operating system


You might not thing they are indispensable, but they are. I am a PC gamer and enjoy playing computer games. Enjoy playing MMORPG's, enjoy many different games. Has Linux done what it's can for gaming? No. Very slowly recently peeps are trying to do something, but much like most of Linux, you got too many people trying to go different directions, and of course, we have the drivers issue.

PC Gamers have to use Windows to game. You want Linux to be mainstream? Then not only do you need to make 1 Desktop UI that people like, you also need to make sure people can game on Linux. While there has been some direction in that area, it's a small gesture and not enough to get anyone to switch.

If Linux wants to be the OS, then it needs to be a better gaming OS then windows. Then you'll find users wanting to switch.

Comment I don't agree. (Score 4, Interesting) 119

Gamers like their genres, the problem is there might be one great game and then a bunch of crappy clones. So it seems like they stick to one game, when the fact is, there isn't that many good games.

Every time something becomes big, you get a dozen wanna-be games flooding the market, trying to make money off the popularity of the popular game. Crappy stuff usually. What we need is developers to be given the time they need to make games good and have their points, instead of quickly shoving it out the door at a certain set date. 40 years into the gaming industry and they still make the same mistakes they should of learned better from before.

Currently I've been playing Everquest 1 on one of it's time locked progression server. Why? Because it's fun and I'm having a great time playing it with my friends. 20 year old MMORPG is better to me then most of the current ones.

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.