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Comment: Re:Annex? (Score 2) 312

by Uberbah (#46744723) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Yeah...American Exceptionalists. It takes some serious chutzpah/willful ignorance to accuse Russia of violating Ukraine's sovereignty while ignoring the long term efforts of the west to subvert Ukraine's democracy and install a sufficiently capitalist regime, all of which predated any moves from Putin.

U.S. officials met with the junta before they seized power, are on tape picking Ukraine's leaders, and braged about spending $5 billion to give the country "the future it deserves" - in front of banners for Chevron and Exxon - and immediately pledging a billion dollars to support the junta before the next set of elections. And of course there's the Fox News Bush-kept-us-save-from-terrorists style brazenness to pretend an illegal coup less than six months before the next set of elections has legitimacy, but ignore the fact that the people of Crimea - including the Tartars - overwhelmingly voted to join Russia.

Now, this is the point where the American Excpetionalist starts projecting with cries of "propaganda", without bothering to find counterexamples of Putin spending $5 billion of Russian taxpayer money to subvert a pro-west democracy.

Comment: Re:Russia wants a lot of things. (Score 1) 312

by Uberbah (#46744649) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Like Bush's Mars announcement followed by cuts?

I know it's Slashdot, but you could at least read the full post before responding.

You first. Parent said:

As opposed to the U.S. manned space program, which consists of making plans to get back to the stuff they were doing in the 1980s, which come to nothing.

The U.S. did not have a mission to Mars program in the 1980's. I know it's Slashdot, but you could at least read the post before trying to scold someone for not reading it.

Comment: Re:Simple math (Score 1) 245

by Uberbah (#46741457) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Quite simply to have a halfway decent gaming rig you are plunking down a minimum of $1200 with many doing a multiple of that.

Wut? Do you also complain about how Apple's operating system still has cooperative multitasking and no support for three button mice? Your post was doing great till it got to that...somewhat...dated...talking point. PC gamers no more need to spend that much money than a console gamer needs to spend $1500 on a TV and another $500 on a sound system. Especially since game engines have been dumbed down for PC/console releases.

Comment: Re:Simple math (Score 1) 245

by Uberbah (#46741371) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Do you count the cost of the £500 TV in your lounge when you count the cost of your PS4?

Consistency. If console gamers get to write off most of the cost of doing business "because they already have a TV", then PC gamers get to do the same thing. Reused case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, power supply, motherboard, hard drive....

Comment: Re:Not puzzling at all ... (Score 1) 266

by Uberbah (#46741025) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Apple got burnt in the 1990s by being a few weeks away from shuttering their doors.

Urban Legend. Apple had 2 billion in liquid assets at the time and weren't close to "shuttering their doors". Even if they hadn't managed a turn around when they did, they had enough customers, real estate and patents to hang around into the 00's at least.

Comment: Re:Steve Jobs' culture (Score 4, Insightful) 266

by Uberbah (#46740915) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

But still, somehow, you know and it makes him even better in your eyes. Interesting that.

And just why do you find that interesting? If making himself look better was Jobs's game plan, he would have been public with the donations. What I will find interesting is how much of a dent this makes in the Jobs-never-gave-money-to-charity talking point. Sort of like how you could dig up the Apple -> XEROX stock receipts and it wouldn't make a dent in the "Apple stole from PARC" talking point.

Comment: Re:They already "gave back" (Score 1) 266

by Uberbah (#46740849) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

They do not deprive the countries of money. They deprive the governments. This is a _good thing_ as governments are notoriously more inefficient than private companies since they don't have any incentive for saving and investing, but to spend and buy votes for the next election.

Like how socialized medicine provides better care at a third of the cost of a system based on profits and insurance?

Comment: Re:More like society becoming less bigoted effect. (Score 1) 1109

by Uberbah (#46720929) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

No bigot admits to being a bigot. Ask any of them throughout human history, and they'll all say it's because of xyz reasons, all perfectly reasonable and rational, that they want to treat Group X as less than human.

I'm a Catholic

If you become a Catholic with a time machine, go back and talk to the various people that have murdered and tortured and massacred Catholics for being Catholic. It's not because they hate you, it's because you're a heretic according their religious beliefs.

It's all the same cowardly, bigoted bullshit.

But I will not vote for gay marriage licensing because my religion tells me homosexual acts are wrong. Not homosexuals.

Ah yes, because that would be immoral. A Good Christian Marriage can be between a man and his mother, a man and his sister, a rapist and his victim, a soldier and the surviving daughter of the family he's just wiped out, a king and hundreds of live-in whores, etc. But homosexual sex is wrong! Wrong I tell you! Wrong like eating pigs, shellfish, planting different crops side-by-side, working on the Sabbath, etc etc. Why you hacks try to keep using arguments that were shredded 5 and 14 years ago is beyond me.

Now, are you still in De Nile, or are you gonna go for the tired Christianist copout of "but but the New Testament wipes away all of my Old Testament sins, but you gays are still bound by the parts of Leviticus we decide still apply!"

Comment: Re:More like society becoming less bigoted effect. (Score 1) 1109

by Uberbah (#46711941) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

But it's completely possible to not hate gays and yet not think gay marriage is a thing that exists.

Racists were huffing the same bullshit when they were pushing anti-miscegenation laws, using the exact same reasoning as homophobes with different victims. No, we don't hate black people! We just don't think interracial marriage is a thing that exists!

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