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Comment Re:Its a neat bit of tech (Score 2) 82 82

Oh, but I know you are.

And saying that any language is unlikely to spread beyond its native region is stupid as well. No lingua franca stays forever. Chinese used to be the trade language in the whole Southeast Asian region and it might very well become that again in the next 100 years - even now people in Europe are encouraged to learn Mandarin because China is where the money is. Russian is still a trade language in countries bordering Russia and German used to be the language of science not very long ago, so quite a lot of scientific terms in English are of German origin (say hello to Bremsstrahlung), French is the international postal language. A lingua franca can easily change within a human lifespan.

Comment Re:Its a neat bit of tech (Score 3, Informative) 82 82

*facepalm* the stupid is strong in this one.

Hindi and Mandarin aren't even in the same language family. They are as different as two languages can ever be.

There are more than enough Russian speakers in the west. I, for one, speak Russian as a second language. Same goes for Spanish and Arabic, by the way, so you are definitely talking out of your arse. Your provincialism is really showing, except that even in your own country 13% of the population speaks Spanish.

And this "exposing them to modern western culture" is laughable.

Comment Re:RS232 and XModem/YModem/ZModem/Kermit (Score 1) 614 614

Hm, even my pretty buggy implementation of YModem in C# can transfer files over a USB converter in 115200 with only an occasional block resend that barely slows down the transmission and besides one can just use a PC and a PCIe RS232 card (have a Sunix SER6437A in my PC at work), they aren't nearly as quirky as USB to serial converters.

Comment Re:Uhmmmm (Score 1) 614 614

There was a local investment firm that had an AMAG access control system running on a Win98 box that hadn't been powered down since 2008 because they didn't think it would come back up. No way to get data off as it had no network connection, no USB ports, the floppy drive was dead and the CD drive was read-only. It finally failed last year and they had to rebuild the whole environment from scratch, to the tune of $30,000.

What about a modem on a RS232 port? Hyperterminal was bundled with Windows 98 if I remember correctly.

Comment Re:$805M budget (Score 1) 226 226

You of all people call others uneducated and not realising how stupid they are? Oh the irony - many people, me included, have pointed out the utter wrongness in your answers often enough. Being that dense is quite an achievement.

Merkins like you invent yourself an enemy and then go bomb them because your culture is generally very violent, not because of some noble reasons. And don't shift the blame to others. In the past 50 years USA has started more wars than anyone else by a huge margin and also has killed more people than anyone else. But apparently for the likes of you brown people don't count even though, for example, you have killed more Iraqis, than Saddam Hussein has. Congratulations, you are worse than a bloody dictator.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 1) 155 155

No, history clearly shows it was the Progressives and their fellow-travelers in the US.

Progressives like Henry Ford?

IBM did business with Germany along with others, but "funded Hitler" as in supplying him with large amounts of cash donations as you imply? Fantasy.

That only shows your lack of historical knowledge. Hitler was funded by Thyssen, Borsig, Krupp and several other German industrialists yearning for "good old times". There was also support from abroad, like donations from Vickers-Armstrong (UK) and Comitee des Forges (France).

I am German, I know our history very well and all of this is even highschool-level stuff that doesn't go very deep. If you do go deeper, it gets far worse.

The SPD and KPD were socialist and communist political parties respectively, from the former Wiemar Republic.

Weimar, not Wiemar. Why do you Americans have such a large problem with the "ei" diphthong?
And of course they were progressives. A progressive is someone who wants to change things for the better. All socialists are progressive. Ther opposite are reactionaries, who want to either keep the status quo or revert to what they consider "good old times".

They had nothing to do with the US Progressive movement. Unless you're saying US Progressives are actually socialists and communists, which does have more than a grain of truth to it.

Some US progressives are indeed socialists or communists. Never heard of CPUSA? Your Democratic party are kinda sorta social democrats of a very tame variety.

That *I* have no idea of!? You spout other people's history-rewriting talking points without any citations and without thinking for yourself.

No idea indeed. Now go and educate yourself first before you call others childish.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 1) 155 155

It was the reactionaries like you who cheered for the Nazis and it was the big business who funded Hitler because of his anticommunist platform. And the first thing Hitler did after he rose to power, was to arrest all progressives (SPD and KPD members).

You should stay with playing guitar and not talking about things you apparently have no idea of.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder