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Comment Re:Samsung != Apple (Score 1) 121

Your particular iPhone 3G situation is an admitted Outlier.

It's just one I happened to live through. Screw *ME* once, shame on you... Apple did screw me with that one. It wasn't a hypothetical. It actually happened to me. So it matters more to me than the examples you bring up.

And if you compare that sort of support with the Russian Roulette style of "Updating through Random ROMS" you are advocating for Android, you are either a liar or are delusional.

Yeah, the forums filled with complaints on iOS9 wiping devices didn't happen. And if you close your eyes and update random ROMs, you'l have bad results. Most people find one they like, and stick to regular updates from a popular and well supported line of ROMs.

Comment Re:Wait a day or two before passing judgment (Score 1) 344

A hit and run can be an accident and one person doesn't stay at the scene of the accident. There is nothing to stipulate that all hit and runs are not accidents. There could be reasons outside of the act of driving that the driver wouldn't want to stay around ( for instance, possession of drugs or illegal items, warrants for arrest, problems with citizenship and legal entry in the US e.g. illegal aliens and so on).

The point was that there is no way of knowing it was "still" a hospital when allied forces are claiming they are taking fire from the building. Just like there is no way of knowing that city hall still has all the politicians in it when it's used as a fire base for the invading enemy.

So the docs without borders who put themselves at risk by being on the front lines contacted someone in the military. A Taliban operative could have done the same so it needed to be verified but more importantly, communication is not instantaneous in that process. There is no one person you can call who has a magic button that will stop the bombing of a certain building or area. Whoever they reported it to had to pass it through the chain of command until it eventually was verified and filtered to those taking actions. A half hour seems quite expedient if you think about the logistics involved.

This is why we need our own boots on the ground. Pretending to be someone else air force ends up with the US getting blamed for mistakes and misdeeds that the foreign forces should be accountable for. In all these threads I've seem America bashing and little to no mention of the Afghans who called the air strike in. If BP oil tells a contractor to cut corners and dump chemicals illegally or even use sub standard parts causing an oil spill, we blame BP oil. The US is basically the contractor here.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 200

I don't see how asking for evidence for your claim that "people cosplay hockey" is the NTS fallacy.

Cosplay goes from partial to theatrical production with full makeup. You restricted your side to complete outfits, playing on the fact I randomly mentioned hockey. Other sports, let's say, soccer, use simpler outfits whose fans completely emulate.

But the point you're trying to avoid is this: the delimitation between what is proper adult behavior and what is child behavior is cultural. Sport fans act in every single way exactly like anime, video-game, sci-fi etc. fans, but no one thinks it strange because they're used to seeing it all around. This familiarity is the sole thing that gives any of it the "air" of legitimacy, and that's all there is to it. Objectively, there's no difference except this one, and it's one that's being slowly closed.

Since English Literature has no actual bearing on Pokemon

Actually it does, by means of something that goes beyond it. Pokemon, as almost any work of fiction, including the fairy tales Lewis studied and worked upon (including writing them) and including adult stories, even hard core military fiction, are variations of the same set of narrative elements, that of the monomyth. The teenage boy catching big-eyed cute pseudo-monsters in an all-primary-colors world, or the hardened veteran of a thousand battles watching his companions gruesomely dismembered one by one while struggling to survive in a scenario of nightmares where death is the easy way out and nothing but supreme sacrifices will work, are both the same story. The difference in setting, tone and style are fluff, a matter of taste and preference, and little more.

But you didn't. Instead, you got all defensive.

You asked in an aggressive manner and you got aggressive replies. As for your rephrased and deescalated question, the answer is simple: adults still play Pokemon because for them it's fun to play Pokemon. The same reason anyone does any past time.

Now, would you want a reason for you to play Pokemon? I doubt I'd have any to offer, not even the simple one that you should try it. The reason is that what you wrote make it clear you'd feel so uncomfortable trying a "children's game", so challenged by what others might think if they saw you doing such a thing, that any enjoyment you could discover in the game itself would be overshadowed by that extra layer of negative social expectations, resulting in an almost certain verdict of "it sucks". So, there's no point.

Now, adults who an enjoy "children" things are precisely those who, like Lewis, are able to give the middle finger to that social layer and look at things objectively. For them, the experience of playing for the first time something like a Pokemon game, is one of experiencing that thing, not one of experiencing that thing through the lens and these concepts, those norms, those expectations, these opinions etc. They can allow themselves to enjoy whatever they want enjoy.

Want to have this experience? First thing, learn to not ask yourself anymore whether this or that is something that {list of things you are} "can" enjoy. Managed that? Then I say, go try those games. Then, and only then, you'll be able to say with full knowledge whether it's something worth playing. Note: not "something an adult should be playing", something worth playing.

Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 1) 344

When it is war, possibly yes. When it is a domestic police issue, the answer is maybe but probably no.

You see, the world does not operate in black or white. There are so many shades and colors that one solution does not fit all. If it did, every one would be rich and happy from making all the same correct decisions.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 200

Sports change with age.

Yes. And once you've grown enough, after decades of effort at adulting, you finally reach the ultimate level: a pretty good dominoes player. Not to mention a regular at the local bingo parlor.

Send me multiple links of many people wearing complete...

Yay! Let's play No true Scotsman as the adults we are!

Adults write children's books. That doesn't mean they obsess over them.

And as an adult, I allow myself to obsess over books written by other adults.

You're the second person to quote that to me.

I was the first. As for him not being an arbiter of opinion, actually he is. That isn't an "opinion". That's his expert advice as one of the foremost scholars in the field of English literature.

Now, evidently you may disagree. But then, who am I to prevent someone from being of an opinion mutatis mutandi similar to that of a flat Earth apologist? Have fun within your prejudice-delimited field of "permissible content". In the meantime, we'll continue having fun with literally anything and everything we want.

Comment Re:Amazingly stupid comment (Score 1) 344

Way to completely (deliberately, of course) miss the point. You're (deliberately) confusing tactics and specific weapon use with strategy and motivation.

the war crimes of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq

Oh, please. The Taliban had brutally taken over Afghanistan, and was harboring the group that had just killed thousands of Americans ... and refused to turn them over. Dealing with them was not a "war crime." And, Iraq? The UN authorized the use of force because, among other things, Saddam never even TRIED to honor the agreements he made as he was pushed back from his invasion of Kuwait - he was overthrown because he was continuing to attack the aircraft patrolling the no fly zones set up to prevent him from slaughtering even more ethnic minorities with WMDs, skimming UN aid money to trade in more long range weapons, blocking and lying to weapons inspectors, etc. All of this not only justified, it demanded the action taken - which was blessed by the UN as well as by the US congress. Holding Saddam's regime responsible for his ongoing hostility and cease-fire violations is not a "war crime." HE was the one who continued to commit crimes, and that was stopped.

the illegal war against Libya

You're deliberately pretending you can't tell the difference between "illegal" and "done poorly by an administration that doesn't know how to do such things."

the overthrow of Ukraine's democracy

You're pretending you don't know the difference between Russia and the US. How do you think it's helping you to appear credible when you pretend you're that confused?

the bombing of even more countries that have never been a threat to us

Ah, the ol' hand-waving vagueness tactic. Again, how do you think this helping you to sound credible?

the drone assassins that have killed hundreds of kids

You mean, the Al Qeda and Taliban and ISIS tactics of putting very bad people and their supplies in and around local women and children specifically to make sure that such deaths occur? And if that had been done with a standard F-16, depriving you of your reliance on cartoonish dwelling on the word "drone" ... then you'd have to actually address the substance of the matter instead of invoking the D-word to add some drama you hope will cover for the lack of actual knowledge?

Comment Re:Samsung != Apple (Score 1) 121

The last day to buy a brand-new iPhone 3G from Apple was June 2010. The last iOS update was November 2010. 6-months of support, for those who bought them near the end of the run. Brand new phones, and got about 6 months software support on it.

So what he described did happen. It happened to me, with the iPhone 3G. I didn't realize that the "minor" upgrade from the 3G to the 3GS would make the 3G obsolete and unsupported. At the time, Apple made it sound more like they would be two versions of the same phone, the "S" a minor upgrade of camera and such, not a replacement that would make the 3G worthless. They wanted to sell their last 3G phones. So I picked up one on sale. And got 6 months support, and years of Slashdotters telling me that Apple supports their products for 5 years, and reality isn't real if it contradicts their opinion.

Comment Re:Samsung != Apple (Score 1) 121

The last day to buy a brand-new iPhone 3G from Apple was June 2010. The last iOS update was November 2010. 6-months of support, for those who bought them near the end of the run. Brand new phones, sold as the *only* iPhone available at the time, so I bought the newest, best available, and got about 6 months support on it.

My Samsung got very little support. I didn't get a single version upgrade on it, and there were maybe two bug fix patches.

What does get support is rooting Android and using a generic package. Though that option isn't available for iPhone, so you are left with phones abandoned the moment they aren't sold anymore.

Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 2) 344

Why don't you get real. The hospital is in a territory recently taken over by the Taliban and the air strikes were called in by afghan police who claimed they were taking fire from the building.

Given the history of the Taliban killing people from the west, what indication is there that this was still only a hospital and that these allied people were still alive and free at the time the air strike was called in? You do understand that when an enemy army takes over a city, that city is now behind enemy lines. What you know or thought you knew about it may or may not be even close to correct anymore because it is controlled by the enemy.

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