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Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 0) 323

by Talderas (#49348781) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

All you get is overweight, butch lesbians in flannel shirts, sweatpants and Birkenstocks!

What man wouldn't want to behold the power of his dick turning a lesbian straight, or at least bisexual?

And if that turns you on, they'll switch over to information kiosks narrated by an asexual monotone computer.

I'm sure someone is turned on by that.

And if that turns you on, well, I don't know what they'll do.

Gelatinous cubes. Because that's basically acid... on your dick. Who wants that?

Comment: Re:How fucking tasteless (Score 2) 339

by Talderas (#49336217) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

Hiroshima was anything *but* a military base. It was one of the least militarized cities in Japan, which is why it had been so little touched by conventional bombings.

One quarter of the casualties from the direct bombing were soldiers. The city served as the headquarters for second general army, the 59th army, and two divisions. Aside from the aforementioned 20,000 military casualties, the bomb also beheaded each of those commands. The city population was approximately 345,000 and there were 40,000 soldiers stationed within the city for a total of 385,000. The bomb killed 20.7% of the people inside the city, 17% of the civilian population, and 50% of the military population.

Another militarily significant feature of Hiroshima that is often overlooked is its status as a transportation hub. Destroying facilities in Hiroshima would greatly impede Japan's ability to move soldiers and material around the mainland. This is one of the things we learned very quickly from the bombing campaign against Germany. Going after transportation targets was a very good way to take down the enemy's ability to produce war material as well as move troops around to defend against offensives and the USAAF general in charge of the atomic bombing was Carl Spaatz who was a huge supporter of transportation bombing who was transferred to the Pacific Theater after the war in Germany was concluded.

Say what you will about the other criteria for target selection, Hiroshima had plenty of military strategic benefits to bombing and it's rivers made it unsuitable for LeMay's firebombing,

Comment: Re:I see it's not just Obamabots who revise histor (Score 1) 314

by Talderas (#49326183) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

I don't see the double think but maybe you do because you misunderstand where they like government to have power. When I talk with conservatives they like to have government authority and power invested at the state and local levels rather than the federal government. So it is odd to me to suggest that they should have supported Romneycare at the federal level for two major reasons. The first is that Romneycare was passed by a Democrat state legislature and signed into law by a Republican governor and the second is that something done in another state should be done at the federal level and thus forced upon them which is a bit contradictory to their general support for more power at state and local levels and less at the federal level.

Comment: Re:Too Big to Nail (Score 1) 121

by Talderas (#49322991) Attached to: FTC's Internal Memo On Google Teaches Companies a Terrible Lesson

Its pretty reasonable to suggest that justice is not being done at all here - despite what could easily be plain anti-competitive practices. That no-one will take it to court to test it means there is no justice for anyone, an allegation hanging over Google and whatever bad practices they perpetrate continue.

This is, perhaps surprisingly, not an entirely bad situation. The FTC isn't going after Google but it is known they aren't going to after Google for this behavior because of the expense and Google's size. The good that comes from it is that there may be other companies that were considering this practice and now they know what the FTC was going to do and why they didn't do it. They're probably not nearly as wealthy or large as Google and would be an easier target for the FTC to go after.

This is obviously not as good an outcome as going after Google and winning the case but it is also probably a better outcome than going after Google and losing the case.

Comment: Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 1) 335

well, perhaps due to the constant internet people are more aware - and as a result of that she is getting more BUSINESS which she equates to more suicide attempts and just randomly chooses smartphones as the "thing" that causes them.

The issue isn't that constant Internet makes people more aware. The issue is that constant Internet means people are more prone to be constantly subjected to the factors which are the source of stress which are common causes of adolescent suicide. Previously to the ubiquity of smartphones a bullied individual was safe and free from the bully when not in the bully's presence. The bullied is safe. The bullied can let his or her guard down. Smartphones change this dynamic. Now the bully can bully remotely and can bully multiple people simultaneously. The anonymity of the Internet makes it easier and even worse it can make it easier for those that would not normally bully to engage in bullying behaviors because of the anonymity. All of these can lead to a dogpile where the stress from bullying online is worse than the stress from physical bullying but the worst part is that the safehaven for the bullied has been lost because the bullied is still "connected" and accessible to the bully.

That is why you need to make sure your children have hobbies that aren't online that they enjoy and want to do. If there's any sort of stress caused by people then it gives them the very useful safe haven to withdraw to in order to get away from the stress.

Comment: Re:Price of politicizing science (Score 1) 416

by Talderas (#49275185) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

Presidential appointees are "required" to hand in a resignation letter to a new incoming President. At that point the President can choose to accept or reject a resignation based on whatever criteria the President wants. Such a custom ensures that appointees are purged for ideology.

Comment: Re: Price of politicizing science (Score 1) 416

by Talderas (#49275165) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

The Pendleton Act only really applies to "firing" civil service employees and for the hiring of employees through the OPM. Presidential appointees only qualify under the first part since they don't go through the OPM for hiring. There are two "mandatory" customs that make the Pendleton Act all but meaningless for presidential appointees. The first is that individuals in appointed positions are "required" to submit resignations to the new incoming President. The Pendleton Act does not prevent people from resigning so it provides a neat and clean way for a new President to purge the previous President's appointees without crossing the act. The second custom is that a President, or more likely one of his aides, can ask one of the current appointees to submit a resignation. If you're in the same party as the President, or one of his appointments, you will typically not refuse to do so and even people who aren't in the President's party are still usually going to submit a resignation.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.