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Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 692

by evilviper (#47782569) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

The most terrifying moment in history was Nagasaki, because they already knew what happened in Hiroshima.

Early nuclear weapons aren't modern fusion bombs. More Japanese were killed by conventional bombs and napalm.

And more than that, they simply didn't know how many we had... Which is actually a GOOD THING, because we spent the only two that were available, and the threat of us dropping lots more of them (which we didn't have) ended the war.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 692

by evilviper (#47782527) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

The proper response to this is to strengthen military forces in new NATO member states surrounding Russia,

Ukraine trying to get NATO and EU membership was a major issue causing this crisis in the first place. At the first sign of other neighboring countries expressing an interest in NATO membership, expect another invasion force, BEFORE US forces have a chance to ever get on the ground.

I think we're better off with the Afghanistan model... Give Ukraine a ton of man-portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, and pay them a few dollars for every multi-million dollar Russian tank they destroy. Just think of it as faster sanctions...

Comment: Re: Putin: "Your move, West" (Score 1) 692

by evilviper (#47782501) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

History says that if you just let them take one or two countries they will stop and all will be well.

There are a huge number of examples in history, where expansion does stop after one or two objectives.

The Spanish-American war, and the Mexican-American war are examples of expansion that didn't ever go any further.

Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 692

by evilviper (#47782437) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

While people may have been all pissy about Bush, unilateral wars, and Team America World Police, the fact of the matter is that it was better than the alternative.

Bush was the one who ruined the good relations with Russia, the one who destroyed the economy that made it possible to pay for his wars, and the one who made the US public extremely weary of more war, or giving the president power to make such decisions. Even now, it's the divided congress with intractable Republicans that makes it a questionable proposition if the president could even get authorization to go to war.

Obama never had any red lines for Ukraine. It's utterly ridiculous to pretend that Bush or any other American president in history would ever have been willing to risk going to war with Russia over Ukraine. Not Regan at the height of the Cold War... Nobody. Ukraine is not West Berlin.

+ - Australian consumer watchdog takes Valve to court->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a government funded watchdog organisation, is taking Valve to court. The court action relates to Valve's Steam distribution service. According to ACCC allegations, Valve misled Australian consumers about their rights under Australian law by saying that customers were not entitled to refunds for games under any circumstances."
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Comment: Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (Score 1) 124

by DigiShaman (#47782073) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

That's not a bug, that's a feature. It's called the three "branches of government" for a reason. Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Obama needs to work with Congress, not rule like a dictator by side-stepping the other two branches and creating "tzars" (38 so far, 33 under Bush).

+ - Why women have no time for Wikipedia 2

Submitted by Andreas Kolbe
Andreas Kolbe (2591067) writes "Wikipedia is well known to have a very large gender imbalance, with survey-based estimates of women contributors ranging from 8.5% to around 16%. This is a more extreme gender imbalance than even that of Reddit, the most male-dominated major social media platform, and it has a palpable effect on Wikipedia content. Moreover, Wikipedia editor survey data indicate that only 1 in 50 respondents is a mother – a good proportion of female contributors are in fact minors, with women in their twenties less likely to contribute to Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation efforts to address this "gender gap" have so far remained fruitless. Wikipedia’s demographic pattern stands in marked contrast to female-dominated social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest, where women aged 18 to 34 are particularly strongly represented. It indicates that it isn’t lack of time or family commitments that keep women from contributing to Wikipedia – women simply find other sites more attractive. Wikipedia’s user interface and its culture of anonymity may be among the factors leading women to spend their online time elsewhere."

Comment: Re:Blah (Score 1) 150

by jafac (#47781517) Attached to: Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

No - this is exactly what happened with Television.

We had 3 broadcast channels which were ad-supported.

then we had the option to purchase around 20 channels.

Then, all of those channels which we PAID for with cable, became ad-infes.... ad-supported. And you had to pay EXTRA for more ad-free channels.
Then many of those extra channels also became ad-infested.

Then we got the internet, and the option to pay for ad-free TV. Then motherfucking HULU comes along, and rams ads down your throat for content you paid for.

They don't "get" it: people want a way to escape the fucking ads.

Comment: Re:Change for Change's Sake (Score 1) 251

by toddestan (#47781509) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

If they now think that transparency is a bad idea, then why didn't they catch this in trials before launching Windows Vista?

I wouldn't say transparency is bad, it's just a fad that's has run its course. Though if you ask me, Microsoft is pushing Metro as the future and is purposely trying to make desktop mode look dated on purpose.

I've got a bad feeling about this.

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