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Comment: Re:Port it away from Java... (Score 1) 56 56

Don't know what is wrong with your system. I also have a beefy rig, i7, GTX 980, 16GB RAM, and I get consistent 60 FPS running Minecraft, except for the slight lagging when there is world loading going on of course.
The graphics card is not even trying hard, staying in the 50Â's at about 30-40% capacity, and I'm also running 20 mods.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 2) 357 357

Basically significant segments of the Iranian government and a good number of the population (not necessarily a majority, but enough to have influence) have anti-Americanism as their raison d'Ãtre

Correct, but as you mention yourself, the arab countries have the same problem. Perhaps not so much with the leaders, but I would guess that a majority of the population, likely more than in Iran, are Anti-American.

The Saudi government has been pretty good friends with the USA

I can't shake the feeling that behind closed doors, most arab leaders are also very condescending of the US and mainly regard it as a source of military technology and aid dollars. For example, Pakistan, a country which is perhaps 80% anti-american and whose secret service plays a game of duplicity, sometimes helping the US and sometimes collaborating with the Taliban and Al-Quaida, nevertheless receives US military aid... hard to follow that logic.

Sometimes I think these countries keep the instabilities and insurgencies running on purpose, to keep the American dollars flowing.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 797 797

We have long since passed the point where the major actors are just too big and powerful to risk war with eachother,

Not only that. Globalization has many downsides, but one undoubtedly good thing about it is that most economies today are so interconnected and dependant of one another, that conflict between two developed nations would be extremely disruptive and harmful to both.
Russia and Europe, or the US and China, while rivals in some respects, thanks to globalization, direct, large-scale conflict is unthinkable.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 5, Insightful) 357 357

I've also always wondered why the U.S. put all its money on the Arab countries instead of Iran. Iran at least has basic level of Democracy with presidential elections. Irans youth is, in general, more progressive and open minded that in most other islamic countries.
The U.S. big ally and arch-enemy of Iran, Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is a practically an absolutist monarchy practicing extremely conservative interpretation of Sharia law. It's also interesting to point out that many high-profile terrorists, such as Osama bin Ladin, were Saudi Arabians. I wouldn't be surprised if elements in Saudi Arabia's government secretly support or at the very least condone IS in Syria and Iraq. They seem pretty single-minded about supporting Sunni Islam against everything Shia.

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 325 325

Is an official Taxi more expensive than Uber? Certainly. But a Taxi driver is a job that can sustain a family. Uber on the other hand strives to turn all of that segment into cheap dayjob/sidejob territory, while reaping the main benefits for itself.
That's starting to become a staple of our "new society" - everything cheaper, faster, less regulated... except it also destroys regular jobs and makes the lives of the professionals involved less secure and less predictable.

Not all regulations are bad regulations and not all "progress" is good progress. For me, companies like "Uber" are a form of new ultra-capitalism that is perhaps convenient for consumers, but destructive on a social level, and above all benefiting the "mega corp" involved.

Comment: Re:This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 1) 328 328

Changing the user search is bad, but not nearly as bad as installing a crappy browser addon that hijacks your search.
I think the former is a bothersome, but tolerable advertising practice (all advertising is bothersome in a way). The latter should be a criminal offence.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350