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Comment Re:Now these guys have some balls (Score 2) 663 663

People get to talk tough now, including Cheney's latest comments, but when a similar incident happened early in the Bush/Cheney administration, we did nothing of the sort. A Navy EP-3E made an emergency landing on Hainan island, and the crew was detained for approximately 10 days. During that time the Chinese had sole access to the plane and the avionics.

The US issued a Letter of Two Sorries, in which the US government stated "We are very sorry the entering of China's airspace and the landing did not have verbal clearance..."

Diplomatically, probably the right way to resolve the crisis, but lets not act like all other presidents would have sent in Seal Team Six.

Comment Re:A better idea (Score 1) 562 562

>Frankly, humans themselves are a *lot* more likely to make Earth uninhabitable and a lot faster than a million years.

Which, if you think about it, suggests that maybe we shouldn't head off into space until we figure out how keep ourselves from making planets uninhabitable.

Comment Re:Cool, but... (Score 4, Funny) 107 107

Well, now that Microsoft has done somebody will try to copy them by driving around Rome in a car that takes pictures of everything around it. Oh wait, http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g=colosseo,+roma&ie=UTF8&layer=c&cbll=41.891293,12.49059&panoid=haogKvGCLWGZlNYPmGLLPA&cbp=11,130.48,,0,-7.13&ll=41.891294,12.490585&spn=0.002588,0.009645&t=h&z=17

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