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Comment: Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 190

by Stargoat (#47936497) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

I am pleased that Scotland has the opportunity to vote for independence, but believe it would be a stupid decision. The UK is a large, important country in Europe. They have the ability to influence world decisions with an infrastructure built up across two world wars and the cold war. Should Scotland spin off, the Scots themselves will lose world influence.

Comment: Re:Interesting what he chose not to answer (Score 1) 102

by Stargoat (#47928681) Attached to: Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

I find this show difficult to watch, because it seems to mock the people and groups I grew up with. I have since married and become a bit more "normal", giving up my D&D and video game habits. I do not like seeing my friends (and my self) mocked. I do not believe I have ever met people as lovely, self-effacing and generous as those called geeks.

Those would have been valuable questions to ask.

Comment: Re:Good luck. Nice knowing you. (Score 2) 78

by Stargoat (#47861723) Attached to: Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

I'm not so sure about this. I could see an argument being made where the cell phone carrier blocked the service, and not the PRC government. Yes, the carrier was told to do so by the government (or CCP, which are not necessarily exactly the same thing). But, according to the PRC constitution, they are not allowed to censor needlessly. Rather than have the government lose face, the carrier is found to have needlessly censored.

I do not believe that this would cause any changes down the road, but this case in particular could be interesting.

Comment: Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (Score 1, Informative) 226

So because Suarez is in the UK, when speaking in his native tongue, he uses a word that sounds like nigger, he is automatically a racist? This word negrito, btw, a word Suarez's grandmother still calls him.

So much for the most cosmopolitan league in the world. It's no wonder that all the best players are leaving for Spain. I never thought the country of Wilberforce would be so racist in the 21st century as to make the USA look tolerant in comparison.

Comment: Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (Score -1, Flamebait) 226

The Premier League / FA is a bunch of racists. The hitjob they did on Luis Suarez for the use of his non-offensive word negrito (ie blackie, a South American equivalent of calling someone Red) smacks of the worst of Jim Crow. England should and eventually will be ashamed of this.

The Premier League / FA should also be ashamed that they allow so much corrupt Russian money to go flowing into Chelsea. That football club was bought and paid for by the blood of the Russian people. They have allowed Abramovich, the good buddy of dictator Putin, to run riot with stolen money.

Comment: Re:Money pit (Score 4, Informative) 322

by Stargoat (#47623835) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

I think you might want to review your history. The first French attempt under La Société internationale du Canal interocéanique almost brought France to its knees. It also was in large part responsible for a disturbing wave of antisemitism that swept France, as Jews were blamed for so much of the corruption.

A Nicaragua canal would in many ways be better than a Panama canal. Although the distance is quite a bit longer, there would be less of a need for locks than are used on the Panama canal.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by Stargoat (#47581441) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

It has not occurred to you that the hate directed towards Israel is a natural result of the actions the Israeli government has taken over the years? The wholesale slaughter, indeed genocide, of the Palestinian people? The high seas piracy they commit frequently with without consequence? The assassinations, the hit jobs, theft of land, war crimes, etc etc.

Don't create your anti-free speech stance entirely on your pro-Israel anti-Islam bigoted belief.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by Stargoat (#47577277) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Words have an impact.

In the case of bullying it has led to multiple deaths. In the case of terrorist advocacy, it has led to repeated violent/racist protests that has led to countless people getting hurt and in some cases dying. No one should have the right to advocate violence against all members of an ethnic group. Just look at what's happening in France.

What you are proposing abridges freedom of speech. If a person decides to jump off a bridge because someone called them fat, too bad. We should have learned as a society that restrictions on actions do not make us safer unless those particular necessarily lead directly to harm of others. Advocating violence against an ethnic group, while reprehensible, should be protected speech. Shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater necessarily leads directly to the harm of others, so restrictions are acceptable.

What invariably ends up happening is government takes too much control. Just look at what's happening in England (to Tottenham's Yid Army or the ridiculously racist hit job the FA did on Luis Suarez for using the perfectly acceptable by South American standards word negrito). If you give government power, they will abuse it. Every time. The question should be: is the abuse worth it? In this case, definitely not.

Comment: Re:The only good thing (Score 1) 511

Someone who deliberately cuts off their own legs with a chainsaw don't get sympathy. So why should addicts?

I imagine someone who would do that on purpose must be suffering from some serious mental problem, or must have been blackmailed or under some kind of duress. Certainly they do deserve sympathy and help.

I imagine - hey, free chainsaw!

Comment: And... (Score 2, Insightful) 296

And how much time was lost from (1) employees needing to learn a new system, (2) reintegrating email onto a new client platform, and (3) finding a new way to conduct patching. (Microsoft, for all their deficiencies, is better than its competitors at keeping patches up-to-date. I'm looking at you, Apple.)

I'm not saying that the move may not be correct in terms of dollars and sense, but please answer these questions before blowing sunshine up my ass.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- Karl, as he stepped behind the computer to reboot it, during a FAT

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