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Comment Re: Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 2) 381

And yet I doubt you could cite a single incidence of the US applying US law in other countries using the US court system as you have claimed.

You aren't familiar with the US's war on Internet poker?

Comment Re:They Never thought he had a bomb... (Score 1) 361

Like Dawkins? Too bad he backpedaled after the inevitable media backlash:

But Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and noted writer, scholar and contrarian, found something in Ahmed's story to take issue with -- the use of the word "invention" to describe Mohamed's work. Dawkins went so far as to suggest that describing his clock as such was "fraud" and a "hoax."

    Disassembling & reassembling is great. But you shouldn't then claim it was your "invention".

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

        If the reassembled components did something more than the original clock, that's creative. If not, it looks like hoax

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

Dawkins faced intense backlash for his remarks and repeatedly noted that he believes the teen's arrest was wrong.

        Yes, I completely agree with that. He should most certainly NOT have been arrested, handcuffed etc.

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

        I'm not putting down the child. I'm putting down myself & the rest of us for being fooled. And the police for arresting him for nothing.

        -- Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015

He later apologized and retweeted the President's White House invitation.

Comment Re:How much for the Diversity Initiative? (Score 1) 115

It doesn't say that at all. For a start it's not even comparing the same things. $300M for diversity is a one-off cost, $300M from R&D is a repeating cost year on year.

How do you know the diversity initiative isn't year to year? I haven't seen it stated either way. Don't you find it just a little bit suspect that $300 million was cut from one area while $300 million was announced for another initiative?

Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 5, Informative) 265

Danmell Ndonye, 18, who had accused five men of gang rape, admitted the truth only when prosecutors confronted her after learning of a cellphone video that captured the whole sordid episode and showed she had willingly participated, officials said.

She created her outlandish tale when her boyfriend, a Hofstra student whoâ(TM)s been dating her since the semester began a few weeks ago, demanded to know where she had disappeared after a wild frat party early Sunday.

On advice from his lawyer, Banks had pleaded no contest to raping his childhood friend on campus 10 years ago, reports the Associated Press. He served five years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, and then spent the next five years on parole.

To his surprise, Banks received a Facebook friend request from Gibson after he got out of prison. During their first meet-up, Gibson confessed that she faked the rape accusation and expressed a desire to help him. It was music to Banks' ears -- except for the fact that she didn't want to face prosecutors with the truth for fear she would have to return settlement money her mother had won from the school.

Comment Re:Backup camera (Score 1) 417

Yes, the backup camera is amazingly useful in a lot of scenarios. Probably the best new car tech since they added blinker lights to the mirrors.

What I'd find even more useful would be cameras on the front sides so that I could see around corners blocked by bushes or whatever. I have having to blindly stick my front out to do that.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

There are, however, good reasons for bureaucracy in government. If government officials can just do whatever they think makes sense, without any accountability to the people, you end up with North Korea. Efficient, but at a cost.

Using North Korea as an anti-bureaucratic example is bizarre. It's the ultimate bureaucracy. It's just that they are accountable to government higher-ups and ultimately a dictator that can have you killed on a whim.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1, Informative) 1044

The reason several categories ended up with no award is because the nominations made by the Puppies were shit. They forced the good ones out because they wanted to make sure that a white male won by excluding all other options.

Some of the people they nominated declined to be part of an identity politics culture war, so they withdrew. One of those who withdrew was even given an award by RR Martin at his "losers" party -- Annie Bellet, who is a woman. Damn those MRAs, nominating women writers! And this is all from the Wired article, which is heavily biased against "Puppies" -- or the "MRA" boogeymen you like to invoke who think only white males should write science fiction... or maybe they just think garbage isn't award worthy just because it features an identity politics trope.

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