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Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 14

Just because Trump attends a Presbyterian church doesn't make him Christian, it makes him a wolf in sheep's clothing. Trump worships only two things: Himself, and the ancient Greek god Plutus.

I hate it when someone who seems to always go against Jesus' teachings claims to be a Christian.

That goes for all the Republicans, with the possible exception of Carson and perhaps Rubio. Actually I have my doubts about almost all politicians. You know what Christ said about lawyers and the rich, which almost all of the Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, and President.

The optimal answer is for politics to avoid setting itself in conflict with faith, and there are reasonable compromises to achieve this.

Agreed. Remember the three in the furnace who were to be burned alive for refusing to follow the law and bow to the idol. I'm not Hindu, but I would be aghast if they passed a law making it mandatory to eat beef every Saturday.

As to the unicode, that's slashdot's fuckup.

Comment Re:Hillary has... been opposed to single payer (Score 1) 25

You are pants are on fire?

IMO any of the three Democrats would be a better President than any of the Republicans, although there are two or three Republicans that might not fuck up America too badly.

Perhaps the conspiracy was cooked up by her supporters? The insurance companies are the major reason health care is so expensive and ineffective here.

I'm disgusted by the Republican candidates' cowardice and heartlessness when it comes to refugees, and the fact that none have served in the military but are all for going to war. Back in the Vietnam war days those sorts were called "chicken hawks", and you'll find few veterans who can stomach them.

Unless you're rich and white you'd be a fool to vote for any of them.

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 329

0.01%? Some quick searching tells me that it costs $225M for a Soyuz launch with a full crew. Are you saying it costs somewhere near $22.5k to fuel up a Soyuz rocket? That's half the cost of fueling up a private jet.

And that's a pretty good comparison to use. If space travel were as affordable as private jet flight, which is far closer to Star Trek than it is to today's reality, it would still be only an amusement for the hyper-rich, unaffordable to the vast majority of earth's populace.

Comment Much todo about zip--ConsoleKit2 is also supported (Score 5, Informative) 704


First, only an idiot would want a monoculture, particularly in the Linux world, so to those saying "just to systemd full bore or go to (someplace else)" the rest of us need to respond with a very loud and resounding: Fuck You.

That said, things aren't nearly as dire as this post implies. Reading from the responses to the bug he himself linked to, I find the following:

> Unless KDE is prepared to make a statement that it depends on systemd

of course not. Powerdevil recently also gained support for ConsoleKit2, see:

Which turns it into a distro problem. Your distribution configured the system in a way that suspend/hibernate is broken. It doesn't come with any of the supported solutions Plasma provides. Which makes it a distro problem. The distro integrates various parts of the software stack. This includes it's the distro's task to ensure that components work together. It failed here by ripping out systemd and replace it with well nothing.

So while I'm sure the systemd zealots would love to see KDE, Gnome3, etc. only work with systemd and drop support for all other distros, this doesn't appear to be happening. In the case of KDE, ConsoleKit2 is supported (and therefor Funtoo, Gentoo, Arch with OpenRC, etc. will continue to work just fine).

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 329

There are only two developments that could lower the energy cost of a space launch significantly: 1: Practical fusion power, and 2: Breaking the laws of physics as we currently know them.

So for the foreseeable future, private space travel will never happen except as an amusement for the hyper-rich, due to the amount of energy required. See also: supersonic passenger flight.

Comment Re:Jar Jar Binks (Score 1) 424

Natalie Portman is an award winning actor and quite good in other movies. Hayden Christensen might be terrible, but you can't come to that conclusion solely on his performance in episodes 2 and 3 because clearly even a really good actor couldn't act well in that situation. The blame has to fall on Lucas. He thought he was inventing a new form of film-making where he could fix everything in post production so he didn't push for good performances. He was wrong.

Nailed it. You should get a +5, Insightful for that.

Comment Re:Tiny minded (Score 1) 285

Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren't nuclear *exchanges,* Japan didn't nuke anyone in return (not that they could).

The close calls happened when the threat of nuclear war was highest. The threat is quite low now, countries aren't staring each other down with their fingers on the triggers anymore.

I think a nuclear exchange in the future is almost impossible, with a one-way use of nuclear weapons being fairly unlikely. Not even NK is crazy enough to use a nuke, they just want to have nukes because it grants them a seat at the big-boy table of international politics. I think the only way a nuke would be used at all in the future is if some suicidal apocalyptic nutbags like ISIS get their hands on one, and I think a nuclear response would be extremely unlikely. The rest of the world would respond (heavily) with conventional weapons, like reasonable adults.

I think the best chance for a nuclear exchange in the forseeable future is if ISIS gets one AND there's an unhinged manchild like Trump in the White House looking for schoolyard retribution.

Comment Re:Before a human walks on Mars... (Score 1) 285

We're nowhere near being capable of having an off-planet colony that could save the species in case of an ELE. With current technology, they'd last about as long as the people on the ISS would without support from Earth, only they'd be years away from home and have nobody on Earth to help them when they land. If the last remaining humans die stranded at sea or in the wilderness of Kazakhstan it's not much help.

Until a fully independent self-sustaining colony is possible, the best bet for humanity surviving an ELE is with bomb shelters, which offer protection against the only disasters that could wipe out all of humanity rather than leaving millions alive. Any disaster that would kill people in bomb shelters would leave Earth uninhabitable anyway, again making an Earth-dependent colony pointless. You'd have a hard time sending more humans into space than the number of unprepared humans that would survive just about any non-planet-destroying ELE you could imagine anyway.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall