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Comment: Re:Why are Zorro cards worth anything at all? (Score 1) 176

by drinkypoo (#47507063) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

It also had a slow speed scsi interface that no-one used.

It was a good place to hang a scanner, of course.

I really honestly can't think of any Zorro cards I wish I had still.

If your goal is to play games, the obvious answer is a better disk interface with some non-resetting RAM on it that you could use for a RRAD:. That's a lovely thing to have in your system.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 239

by drinkypoo (#47506943) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Israel has never shown themselves to be ready for peaceful coexistence

That is quite simply untrue. Israel has shown that consistently for decades.

Interrupting food shipments in order to deliberately keep an oppressed populace consistently underfed isn't just the opposite of peaceful, it's illegal.

Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel; it's stated explicitly in their charter.

And Israel has demonstrated that they are dedicated to control of the entire region, through border expansion. Don't really give a shit about propaganda on either side.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 239

by drinkypoo (#47506925) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

No. The stated goals of hamas and other groups is to exterminate jews and wipe israel off the map. a "peace" agreements are just time to plan for those goals.

Yes, and the goal of Israel is to claim the entire region for the Israeli state. Two border expansions and an ongoing campaign of semi-starving the besieged populace next door suggest that this is in fact the case. And there is a sizable group of people who suggest that all Jews who do not feel the same are some sort of traitor, and that anyone who does not support Jewish dominance of the region is not just anti-Zionist, but an anti-Semite, making rational discussion impossible just as surely as invoking Godwin.

Meanwhile, this war is really not between the Jewish people and the Palestinians. The entire conflict has been reframed as a battle in the war between "The West" and Islam, or perhaps simply a shot, fired by the UK when they created the nation of Israel. You will note that the Jewish people already got kicked out of that region once. They laid claim to it, they attempted to take it away from the people who lived there already, they met with some success but were eventually ejected. The history of that region going back as long as we know about has been people killing other people for control of it, and now just look at it. Formerly lush and rich, now it's a bunch of sand and rocks over which people kill one another. It's lost all practical meaning, since it's now not particularly good for supporting human life. Of course, one meaning remains. As long as the people living there are fighting over some shitty sand in the shitty desert, they're not causing problems for anyone else.

This situation was deliberately engineered and now Israel and Palestine are playing precisely the game they were meant to play, for our benefit. Why else do you think the USA pours money into that hole? It's not because the leaders of the USA give a shit about Jews. They're largely the same camp of assholes who presided over WWII and delayed our entry into that conflict for economic reasons. Notably, we were selling Aluminum to Japan so they could make it into Zeroes, and selling fuel to Germany so they could drive across Europe — and yes, these profits were a minuscule drop in the bucket compared to the subsequent benefits of building up our manufacturing systems while our "allies" were bombed.

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Comment: Re: Here we go... (Score 1) 239

by drinkypoo (#47506843) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

The problem there is that Gazans procreate like rabbits. This is why the population density is so high and this is why they don't value human life that much.

You have this entirely backwards, I'm not surprised you didn't log in to associate your name with your abject ignorance. Making people live like animals makes them act like animals. When you force any animal into a space too small and too poorly to support it then it will always behave badly. In this case, it's an instinctive survival mechanism built into all living things. When you kill them, they make more. Forms of life which don't do this tend to be driven to extinction by forms of life which do.

A similar mechanism can be seen at work here in the USA. The education system was compromised, whether simply for profit or intentionally to keep down the plebes. Now we're making more unwanted children. The difference is that we oppress ourselves, we don't need anyone to do it for us.

Comment: Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (Score 1) 176

by drinkypoo (#47506769) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

I didn't suggest that A500 should come with a 68000@14. Designing the A500 as a cost reduced A1000 was a good call.

Right, you suggested that the A2000 should have come with a faster chip and crystal. and I'm saying that barring a compatibility mode (e.g. turbo switch) it would have completely shit upon the Amiga software ecosystem. Software on the A2000 would run on the A500. If that weren't the case, the A500 would have withered and died and then C= would have had no chance whatsoever with their platform because it was the cheap end of the spectrum that made it interesting.

Comment: Re:Limited Imagination (Score 2) 81

by drinkypoo (#47506745) Attached to: UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Of course, almost none of the thousands of other species on Earth look exactly like us,

Exactly? Come back here with those goalposts. Creatures here have eyes above nostrils above mouth for a reason; likewise, they have head above body (at least in some positions) for a reason. The mouth is at one end, the ass at the other. If it were advantageous to have these features somewhere else, they might well. For anything which meets our definition of life, it's reasonable to imagine that they would take on a similar form.

Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 81

by drinkypoo (#47506725) Attached to: UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

And, if we know there's like here, and then confirm there's life elsewhere ... given the size of the universe, you would more or less have to conclude that life is pretty widespread.

Would you? You really wouldn't until you found life far away, unless you found a way to conclusively rule out panspermia.

Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 81

by drinkypoo (#47506675) Attached to: UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

The same as when people say "but why aren't we searching for life which is unlike us", the answer becomes "because we don't know how". There's no basis on which to conclude anything other than "well, we couldn't live there".

The answer is we are. It's called SETI. Whether it's a useful means of carrying out that search is another question.

Comment: Re:Why are Zorro cards worth anything at all? (Score 1) 176

by drinkypoo (#47504233) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Nice try, and I'm sure you can impress a few kids who never experienced the Amiga era, but to me you only look like a fool. You know what was really cool at the time?

Yeah. Having an Emplant board. I've owned several Amigas, and hung out with several other Amiga owners. Blow it out your arse sideways.

Comment: Re:10.10 per hour (Score 1) 752

by drinkypoo (#47502069) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

would you then agree that its important to help folks both with fish _and_ fish poles?

Yes. That is in fact precisely how I feel about it. Teaching 'em how to use the pole is right in there as well. It's woeful what the education system in this country has become. It's awful how entitlement programs are designed to self-perpetuate by cutting off recipients when they just begin to get their shit together. And it's awful how we don't actually permit people to be self-sufficient in this country; grow your own food in your own backyard and you just might get a visit from the cops.

Ranty McRanterson, I know. But seriously, at the rate at which we shit upon the disadvantaged in this country, it's a wonder we ever even hear from them, let alone see or smell them.

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