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Comment: It wasn't about Pluto (Score 4, Informative) 190

by Sperbels (#49155581) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet
Don't make it sound so sinister. The vote wasn't to demote Pluto. It was a vote to settle on the criteria an astronomical body must meet in order to be a planet. This was necessary because we've found more Pluto like bodies, and chances are we'll find more in the decades to follow.

Comment: Re:War is Hell. (Score 2) 224

by Sperbels (#49114501) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Tribesmen and various empires have been fighting over that area for centuries. If we left the place alone, it would be just as unstable.

The same could be said for every square inch of the earth yet we've managed to create very large and powerful countries. The oil wealth in the Middle East may be just the thing that one or two nations need to overcome the other factions and create a large stable influential nation rivaling the US, or China.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 3, Insightful) 220

by Sperbels (#49077301) Attached to: Obama Says He's 'A Strong Believer In Strong Encryption'

not saying I trust republicans, either. I trust them even less. but my faith in democrats is at zero and so I'd prefer we scrub the whole R and D party system

You're lack of faith is disturbing. Now all we need is another Sandy Hook to get the Democrats attacking the 2nd amendment and Republicans attacking abortion and that'll scare you and everyone else back into a two party frenzy.

Comment: Re: No (Score 1) 291

by Sperbels (#49057049) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?
Most people don't need to write code at all. What are these simple scenarios that are awfully handy? I could see some business oriented folks maybe needing a little VBA or something...but most people will never write anything even if they were taught a language is school. And then, chances are the language they learned is now obsolete.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)