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Comment: Re:What's it going to take? (Score 1) 118

Well, the 10 commandments aren't that far away from "universal", timeless principles and rules as well. Don't lie. Don't steal. Don't kill. Somehow I don't think that will ever go out of fashion in a civilized world. There are a few dated ones, and that's actually where the constitution and most other "normal" (as compared to divine) laws have a huge advantage: They can be adapted to reality.

The problem is that the ones that could adapt them are too adept at circumventing them, and they sure as HELL won't do anything to plug the loopholes they themselves are abusing.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 407

Actually, to be blunt, it is less "truly" fascist and resembles closer the German Nazism, complete with the ideal of the superiority of the own race, its right to rule over the lands it claims to "always have been" part of their "home land", the need for "Lebensraum", which has to be taken from others, preferably a group of people you can use as a scapegoat for all the ill that befalls your country and its people, a full blown paranoia over the (perceived or real) threat its neighbors present that can best be countered by preemptive strikes, along with pushing the "enemy people" in the own country in sub-prime areas ... I don't want to say ghettos, we're not getting THAT far just yet, but when you look around between Israel and Palestine, you can't help but ponder the parallels to what happened to the Native Americans when the White Man needed more space and what space was left for the Natives, i.e. mostly desert and crap nobody wants. And so on.

Personally, I consider it incredibly sad that of all the people on the planet, of all the countries and governments on this planet... Hell, if there was ONE people, one government, one country that should KNOW for a fact that the whole crap doesn't work out and that it can only lead to destruction...

Comment: Each server is worth $189 or less. (Score 1) 193

by Animats (#47544815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

If you want more servers like that, Wierd Stuff Warehouse in Sunnyvale, CA, has the same HP series G Xeon servers for $189. (2 3GHz quad-core Xeons per server! Hard drives are extra, but cheap.) Wierd Stuff has huge supplies of previous-generation data center equipment.

It's amazing how cheap computer hardware is now.

Comment: Space travel isn't feasible. (Score 2, Interesting) 90

by Animats (#47544719) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Reality check: space travel with chemical fuels just barely works. It takes huge rockets to launch dinky payloads, and that hasn't improved in 45 years. Satellites and probes are useful. Man in space has just been a boondoggle.

If fusion ever works, this may change, but with chemical rockets, it's not getting much better.

Comment: Re:What about my right to search? (Score 1) 164

So ... we need a search engine where the search results are not crippled by EU "right to be forgotten" legislation and US "no right to get your content" DMCA. Hmm. Where the heck could we find a really free search engine.

How about baidu? I mean, I at least as long as I don't plan to search for Tiananmen Square or Tibet it should give me more accurate results...

Comment: Re:The memory hole isn't possible (Score 1) 164

If you mean that it will take another generation 'til people don't believe readily what they read simply 'cause someone wrote it, then I agree.

But until people realize that 99% of what they read on the internet is bullshit, we should maybe find a way to keep people from having their lives ruined by slander.

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller