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Comment Re: so, open season on American civilians now? (Score 1) 66

Modulating your response is rarely helpful. With the bully, once you've given up on avoidance, the authorities, and reasoning, snack them hard. Or you continue to get abused.

In war, conventional war, you would if course focus on combatants, overwhelming force, quick resolution if possible.

In unconventional war, where combatants mix with civilians and disguise their identity, you have no such luxury. Starving them off their weapons sounds good until they start making them in kitchens. Starving them literally means starving their civilian shields.

Fortunately ISIL is becoming a well organized state-like entity. We could starve it's revenue, oil for instance, and see how many of its fighters flee. But our president is reluctant to do so. And given time, Iran may get access to enough funds to bankroll ISIL and deny that option.

So many people who find gains to deny the option of warfare in this modern world, while our enemies do not. Are they hopeful or oblivious?

Comment It killed the wall wart cash cows. (Score 1) 183

Every cell phone manufacturer would make a new charger with a new connector totally incompatible with one another. Some manufacturer will change the charger between lines of their own product. (Nokia was a little more friendly than others in this respect). You forget to pack a charger you can't borrow one easily. You lose one, they come dunning for $19.99 + shipping and handling. What a mess!

Finally Android put a stop to it. Now on the android side almost all the chargers are ubiquitous micro USB. Most wearables and bluetooth headphones... almost all don't pack a wallwart any more. They just give a USB adapter to serve as charger.

I understand Apple still sees their users as captive market to be exploited using non standard cables, connectors etc each costing 20$

Comment Re: so, open season on American civilians now? (Score 1) 66

You are at war with people who are at war with you.

Did the school bully ever ask you if you wanted to be bullied? Did the drunk in the bar ever ask if you'd like to be beaten up, please sir?

Seriously, if a group picks you as their enemy, it doesn't matter of they are a nation-state.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 18

What really bothers me is it should only take a few lines of code to replace garbage characters that slashdot shows with an ascii code for that character.

The worst is that it looks fine in preview, but the garbage comes out on the post. It's like they're deliberately trying to run off users.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 18

It wouldn't matter to me if they were Hindu, Jewish, or atheist. What bugs me is when someone doesn't practice what they preach. But religion should play no part in politics, except that hypocrisy is a no-go for me.

Take gay marriage, for example. Government should have no part whatever in marriage. I should not need a license to get married, and why is it all right to discriminate against single people? Why should a married couple earning $50k pay less than a war widow with a child earning the same amount?

If government had no hand in marriage, the "gay marriage" issue would have never come up.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 18

Just because Trump attends a Presbyterian church doesn't make him Christian, it makes him a wolf in sheep's clothing. Trump worships only two things: Himself, and the ancient Greek god Plutus.

I hate it when someone who seems to always go against Jesus' teachings claims to be a Christian.

That goes for all the Republicans, with the possible exception of Carson and perhaps Rubio. Actually I have my doubts about almost all politicians. You know what Christ said about lawyers and the rich, which almost all of the Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, and President.

The optimal answer is for politics to avoid setting itself in conflict with faith, and there are reasonable compromises to achieve this.

Agreed. Remember the three in the furnace who were to be burned alive for refusing to follow the law and bow to the idol. I'm not Hindu, but I would be aghast if they passed a law making it mandatory to eat beef every Saturday.

As to the unicode, that's slashdot's fuckup.

Comment Re:Hillary has... been opposed to single payer (Score 1) 28

You are pants are on fire?

IMO any of the three Democrats would be a better President than any of the Republicans, although there are two or three Republicans that might not fuck up America too badly.

Perhaps the conspiracy was cooked up by her supporters? The insurance companies are the major reason health care is so expensive and ineffective here.

I'm disgusted by the Republican candidates' cowardice and heartlessness when it comes to refugees, and the fact that none have served in the military but are all for going to war. Back in the Vietnam war days those sorts were called "chicken hawks", and you'll find few veterans who can stomach them.

Unless you're rich and white you'd be a fool to vote for any of them.

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