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Comment Re:It's coming. Watch for it.. (Score 1) 86 86

The "rights" of mass and momentum endowed by the Creator are absolutely inalienable (inviolable by man) as far as we know.

So when I get in my 18-wheeler and plow through your car, it's cool. I have more mass and momentum, right?

Or are you gonna suddenly get whiny about how I should be more careful?

Comment Re:Smashing idea (Score 1) 69 69

In a no-holds-barred fight, they have a HUGE bullseye painted on them, and will be easy to take out.

Easy being a relative term.

Keep in mind that in World War II, the Japanese had lots of bases on little tiny islands. And it took hundreds of thousands of Marines to take them away. The US then took advantage of these islands to support attacks on other islands and, eventually, the Japanese mainland.

So, yeah, having islands out that far with fighter planes and such on them isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Comment Does not follow (Score 1) 154 154

Premiums will necessarily drop? What planet do you live on where prices go DOWN? With the great exception of the computer industry, prices are almost always sticky to the upside. Seriously insurance companies would not be so foolish as to price themselves out of the market.

Comment Re:awkward! (Score 1) 177 177

"The kernel devs and Linus have probably contributed significantly more to the world than you have"

I keep people fed and develop new technologies to ensure people can remain fed. They do nothing nearly as important. The world could exist quite well without people like them. Not much of a world would exist without people like me.

Try again when you're not so ignorantly assumptive.

Comment Re:The Onion had it right (Score -1, Flamebait) 94 94

You seem to be ignoring how people in Africa do STUPID things that spread ebola, that a person in a first world country would never do. Eating bats as bush meat, fondling the dead, not respecting quarantine....Africa has huge problems because too many Africans are STUPID

Comment Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense. (Score 0) 163 163

If I see a coin come up heads nine out of ten times, I'm expecting it to come up heads on the eleventh toss.

You exactly demonstrated the problem with common sense reasoning. People assume that because they have what feels like to them (and may actually be) extensive experience with something they automatically understand it. But most people who haven't been trained in mathematics have plenty of misconceptions about what mathematicians call the "Bernoulli Process" (coin flipping).

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks