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Comment: Re:What happens when the government owns everythin (Score 1) 168

by S.O.B. (#48595841) Attached to: Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

You are confusing Airbus with Airbus Defence and Space. Airbus is not involved at all in SpaceX decision.

You are correct, my mistake.

Airbus Group is not a Dutch multinational. It is simply registered in Netherlands for corporate tax-benefits.

Sorry, but regardless of the reason for being registered in the Netherlands it still makes it a Dutch multinational corporation. But I'll compromise and call it a Dutch registered, French headquartered multinational corporation.

Airbus Defence and Space is not a German subsidiary. It consists of independent companies from France, Germany, UK and other EU mignon-states. These companies like to pretend on paper they are unified. France has the largest share of ADS, then Germany, then UK.

Yeah, no. According to ADS's own website those companies were consolidated into ADS as a German based division (i.e. subsidiary) of AG.

And regardless of who owns the shares, government or otherwise, AG is still a publicly traded company that owns ADS.

So I will amend my original post to say that a French politician is complaining that the German division [wikipedia.org] of a Dutch registered, French headquartered multinational corporation [wikipedia.org] is choosing an American launch vehicle instead of one offered by the very same German division of that very same Dutch registered, French headquartered multinational corporation.

Feel better.

Comment: Re:What happens when the government owns everythin (Score 4, Interesting) 168

by S.O.B. (#48590177) Attached to: Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Except that Airbus is not government owned and it's no more subsidized than any other aerospace firm.

It would be more accurate to say that a French politician is complaining that the French subsidiary of a Dutch multinational corporation is choosing an American launch vehicle instead of one offered by the German subsidiary of that very same Dutch multinational corporation.

Comment: Re:In b4 arrests for facilitation of theft (Score 1) 116

by S.O.B. (#48589703) Attached to: IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

distributing stolen property is a crime!

Copyright violation is not theft, you fucking imbecile.

But it is interesting to see the discussions when it is GPL code or the CSS of a favorite site that is being copied and used against the license, then communities that usually say the above often change their tone on the subject.

Ahhh, perspective. Thou art a cruel bitch.

Comment: Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (Score 2) 465

by S.O.B. (#48589273) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

I hate to break the news to you, but these so-called "Millenials" you keep ranting about do not exist. And if they existed, theyd' all be 14 years old.

I hate to break it to you but the group called the "Millennials" are not called that because they were born at the beginning of this millennium but because they were born at the end of the last one. Generally that means from early/mid 1980's to 2000.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Millennial
http://www.livescience.com/38061-millennials-generation-y.html
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/millennial+generation

Comment: Re:I was actually going to add... (Score 3, Interesting) 465

by S.O.B. (#48589237) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

That anythink you're complaining about the Millenials fucking up is directly the responsibility of the Boomers since they didn't not only didn't have time to raise us, but let us be told we couldn't be responsible nor self sufficient until we were adults.

If you really are a Millennial then your parents are likely Gen-Xers so the Baby Boomers had no role in raising you except as grandparents. If you really were raised by a Baby Boomer then you're more likely Gen-X.

While it is possible for some exceptions for people born at one end of a group or the other, Millennials are the children of Gen-X and Gen-X are the children of the Baby Boomers. For example, it is possible for someone at the end of the Baby Boom to have a child but that would be a rare exception that proves the rule.

Comment: Re:Divisions (Score 1) 48

by S.O.B. (#48518709) Attached to: Interviews: Malcolm Gladwell Answers Your Questions

... But when Gladwell pointed out that Canadians aren't so obsessed with the liberal-conservative dichotomy I started to wonder. ... Okay, I see that Canada also has a plurality voting system, so I'm likely full of ... it. Eh, I'll post this anyway. :)

It's not just plurality voting that makes Canada different. There are also three major parties and a couple of minor ones so it gives people (and the media) more places to slot themselves thus avoiding the US vs. THEM mentality.

If there were more choices than the Democrats and the Republicans I'm guessing it would be more like Canada and less like a WWE smackdown.

Diclaimer: I'm a Canadian but an avid observer of American politics.

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