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Comment Re:Self Defense (Score 1) 190

We lack the will to do the necessary evil things that must be done to win. If William Tecumseh Sherman were fighting in Afghanistan the Taliban would be done. He crushed the core Southern States in the Civil War by war to the bone. He looted, raped and burned a path through Georgia that still over 150 years later is remembered. That level of destruction or more is what is required to subjugate a population. I remember a tale about a Roman officer back in antiquity that had a problem with supply convoys getting wiped out. He finally got fed up and went through every village along the route and took all the able bodied men he could find prisoner. He had sharpened stakes embedded along the roadway and every so many paces he had a prisoner disemboweled upon these stakes to die lingering deaths. They were left there until they rotted away. The convoy attacks ceased. I am glad we don't do such things today but I'm sure if it ever got to the point where the US were about to be destroyed we'd do that and worse if necessary.

Comment Re:Truth be told... (Score 1) 174

I once paid 12,000 dollars in cash for a car. The guy wanted 15,500 but I kept counting 100's until he folded at 12G's. Nowadays they'd take it away and make me prove I got it legally. I wish George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and all those guys could see what these fuckers are doing nowadays. They'd spit on 'em before they slid hard cold steel through their guts.

Comment Re:New black markets (Score 1) 174

Well of course it will bring crime. All those who don't conform are criminals. If US code were strictly enforced the entire population would be criminalized. There are laws against everything and laws that require you to do things and most people don't even know about them. I'd like to see all the victimless crime laws gone. Who cares if you don't wear your seatbelt, it's just another hundred dollars in the city kitty. All kinds of stupid ass laws meant to micro-manage our daily lives.

Comment Inevitable (Score 1) 190

War is all about winning at virtually all cost. In today's world that will increasingly mean autonomous weaponry. Aircraft in particular have passed the ability of a human pilot to control. The biggest limiting factor in warplane development is the pilot.

Comment Re:No such thing (Score 4, Interesting) 356

I think most people are okay with ads. The shit that assaults your computer isn't advertising. I've been using adblock for a while now. So long that when I recently did a fresh install of Linux on an old laptop I picked up I forgot to set up adblock on Firefox. I was stunned at how aggressive ads are now. Unbelievable.

Comment Subservient? (Score 5, Insightful) 513

The damn thing better be subservient. It's my phone and I can abuse it if I want to. Honestly I can't see myself propositioning my phone but the first time the thing comes back at me with a put down it's not long for this world. As an aside I remember a guy that came into my shop TDY and he had just gotten a new iPhone with Siri when all that started at Apple. One of our guys asked it where the nearest whorehouse was as a joke and it brought up a list of escort services. We all laughed but 3 of the guys came in the next week with new iPhones. An accurate answer to any question should be the standard.

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