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Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 1) 87

by cavreader (#48429785) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Looking at the big picture the US still leads in anything that really matters. And that is not some type of rah-rah bullshit. The space station has served it's purpose and contrary to popular belief the US has had a reusable X-37 space craft up and running for over 5 years now. The kind of program that makes ASAT weapons old tech while giving the US the ability to take out any satellite they want to. The US space program has put multiple landers on Mars and has had probes traveling through the solar system for many years. And for all the morons crowing about the US debt keep in mind that China only owns about 4% of outstanding US debt in the form of bonds and securities and they cling to it because it's the safest place to stash large sums of cash because the return on investment beats the hell out of internal Chinese investments. And if things become tight the US can just repatriate the cash and assets from the welfare countries in Europe. The new energy marketplace dynamics are about to make the ME and Russia irrelevant to the US energy needs. Let China or any other country that has been freeloading on US protection start paying to protect their oil and gas supplies. Let Europe get down on their knees and give Putin a nice juicy blowjob since they have zero soft or hard power without US support which they have taken for granted and certainly not footed any of the costs for. And finally let the US take the leash off of Israel and let them finish the job they should have been allowed to do back in 1967 or 1973. It's way past time for the US to limit it's international involvement and really start serving their own needs with no apologies and let everyone else fend for themselves. After all when is the last time the world has did anything to help the US in any meaningful manner? Let's see how the world looks after the "empire" tells everyone else to go pound sand and when they need any military services they need to prepay the invoice before any services are rendered. And limit any state sponsored humanitarian concerns and relief efforts to domestic US interests since there certainly has never been any return on investment in that particular area.

Comment: I Tried To Skeptic The Review (Score 3, Insightful) 380

by Bob9113 (#48427137) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

I saw this yesterday and tried, so hard, to be the skeptic poking holes in a feminist's overreaction -- and failed. This thing is just awful. The best I could come up with was, "Well, there are valuable people on software development teams who do design. I value them immensely, because I can't do it."

Well, sure, and maybe they should also put out a book titled, "I can be a game designer." But that's not the title, and (I can tell you from personal experience) women make fine software engineers. Some great, some awful, most somewhere in between -- just like guys. If they want to make a book with a title about Barbie being a software engineer, they should just tell that story.

Comment: Re:damn (Score 1) 118

by cavreader (#48424261) Attached to: No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

I hasn't been modded up because it is total BS. The US wanted total surrender not some half ass surrender which just postpones war until the losing side re-arms. Like today's never ending military conflicts perpetuated by those who decry war only to ensure the wars continue unabated. Today's half ass wars are the result of accepting pseudo surrenders which all but guarantee the wars never ends.

Comment: i get it, dems lost the last election (Score 1) 206

by argStyopa (#48423221) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Eletronic Fence To Protect White House

This is Slashdot, so new we are rewarded with a litany of "look how stupid congress is" stories.

The fact is, the conversation is clearly brainstorming, more of a signal that lateral thinking was welcome, as the secret service clearly hasn't thought if anything effective.

+ - Obama Posts Net Neutrality Petition

Submitted by Bob9113
Bob9113 (14996) writes "President Obama has posted a petition for net neutrality, targeted at the FCC. The page reads: Stand up for net neutrality President Obama is taking a stand to keep the internet open and free. Add your name to tell the FCC you support the President's plan to protect net neutrality."

Comment: Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (Score 1) 409

by argStyopa (#48420685) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

So your logic is that if we can't stop all murders, why bother to try to stop some of them? If you cannot prevent poverty everywhere, there's no point in helping some people out of poverty, even if that subset is arbitrary?

I understand that such a point is usually made from political tendentiousness, but I've never really understood the position logically. Need is infinite, resources aren't; even the most altruistic person in the world prioritizes their targets.

Comment: Dear FCC (Score 1) 103

by Lumpy (#48420255) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

The problem is NOT funding, The problem is that we have people in charge of the schools that are complete MORONS in regard to technology.

Want to really do some good? design a plan. for the technology backbone in every school and force the schools to adhere to it. Part of the plan is REQUIRED spending on maintenance and replacements. Schools try to use crap forever, I know of TWO schools that still has 10 base T switches in place and Freaking HP routers.

Schools need to be forced to upgrade the gear. All networking gear replaced every 5 years no matter what. Until we get competent people in charge at public schools the technology will continue to be a joke.

Even rich school are running with 10+ year old crap. Honestly VGA for the classroom video to a freaking projector that needed a bulb 2 years ago is shameful.

Comment: Seems to be a theme... (Score 1) 307

It is certainly interesting that deciding whether or not to kill some fleshy humans can be demonstrated to be circumscribed by the halting problem; but it's always a bit irksome to see another proof-of-limitiations-of-turing-complete-system that (either by omission, or in more optimistic cases directly) ignores the distinct possibility that humans are no more than turing complete.

Humans certainly are enormously capable at approximate solutions to brutally nasty problems(eg. computational linguistics vs. the average human toddler); but that is very different from a demonstration that, say, humans possess an Oracle, or are some sort of hypercomputational system, rather than simply being enormously good at hard-but-not-theoretically-intractable problems in certain areas.

In this instance it's especially galling because we've only been philosophizing about acceptable losses, 'just war', legitimate causus belli, 'proportionality', and whatnot for about as long as we've been chucking spears at one another. It's a pure commonplace that a mixture of overkill and underkill is an effectively certain outcome when you go to war. It is interesting that, in principle, kill/no-kill is subject to the halting problem; but has anyone (aside from sleazy assholes hyping 'smart' weapons) ever asserted that kill decisions would be anything but imprecise?

Comment: Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (Score 1) 409

by Lumpy (#48418273) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

"You're willing to sit on the sidelines while ISIS engages in a campaign of genocide and ethnic/religious cleansing?"

This has been happening in the Middle East for more than 1000 years. If you think ISIS is something new then you really need to get an education.
Murdering each other is a way of life in the Middle east. Their holy books demand you kill non believers.

Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing...
but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)"

The difference between the factions of Muslims are trivial, yet they murder each other based on this exact passage. ISIS LIVES by this passage and guess what, Thousands upon thousands of groups before them have done the same.

Trying to bring peace to the middle east is as futile as trying to stop the sun from shining.

"Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed." -- Robin, The Boy Wonder