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Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 480

"Such restrictions weren't particularly burdensome either, since Germans never had enjoyed free speech rights before. The post-WWII restrictions by the allies were still liberal by historical German standards."

No, the reason the Nazis rose to power was precisely because the Germans after World War I had enough free speech to allow clowns like Hitler to convince the public they could save the republic from ruin. Hitler was a democratically elected leader.

Comment Re:Dangling participle error in title (Score 4, Insightful) 194

You beat me to it. Actually it's dangling participle twice over, as "HBO's content" is also not "a cable channel". So maybe I'd rewrite it as:

"As HBO is a cable channel, the FCC has little to no jurisdiction over its content."

Of course, if you have jurisdiction over a cable channel then you also have jurisdiction over its sensationalized content.

Comment Re:Odd (Score 2) 132

LOL. I do find Ruby's position surprise. It outranks Python and all three C-derived languages! Where do they teach this stuff? Certainly not in school, where C rules. (I can understand the lowly position of HTML, which while probably the most popular computer language ever is too basic to be worth a Github.)

Comment Re:Uninstall would be nice (Score 2) 80

Rooting is an ugly, ugly hack. What we need is a way to configure the install (or whatever you call the ROM update, etc) so that ONLY wanted apps are installed, kind of like the way the way some Linux distros allow you to do a minimal install then let you add the packages ("apps" in smartphone-speak) you want.

A custom ROM like Cyanogenmod allows that to some extent. I have a tablet without any of the closed-source Google apps installed (some Google "frameworks" software are present however).

Comment Re:Not just Windows 10 (Score 3, Interesting) 392

"But from all the media reports, it looks like Windows 10 is turning into a conspiracy theorists bukake dream."

Damn it. Now I had to look up the word in Wiki: "The word bukkake is often used in Japanese to describe pouring out water with sufficient momentum to cause splashing or spilling. Indeed, bukkake is used in Japan to describe a type of dish where hot broth is poured over noodles, as in bukkake udon and bukkake soba."

Comment Unfair comparison (Score 1) 87

..."the Japanese are concentrating on but one thing at a time and will eventually surpass Musk and Space-X in all areas"...

The first rocket in the H2 series flew almost a year before the Falcon 9 v1.0's initial launch and had the benefit of a larger budget, decades more of development (factoring in the first-hand technological expertise gained from earlier rocket models like the H1), and, as a government-initiated project, a much bigger license to fail. Moreover the Falcon 9 also had to satisfy the demands of at least three different markets, NASA and the military besides the usual commercial launch customers.

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