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Comment: Re:Can we get rid of the US Congress so easily? (Score 5, Insightful) 227

by estarriol (#29943206) Attached to: Blogger Humiliates Town Councillors Into Resigning

The cameras in people's homes are a UK Gov plan that the councils have no choice but to follow - blame the cabinet for that cracking idea

There is always an alternative choice, though it may not be the most pleasant of things to think about. Us American's kicked your government to the curb over a few tax disputes (and a few other issues). Placing cameras in private citizens' homes seem to me like a much bigger issue.

You guys could at least throw a few riots or something. And no, angry postings on slashdot do not count. By excusing this sort of behaviour all you are doing is shifting blame from your government to yourself.

Three big flaws in your argument here even at a casual glance:-

1) The proto-Americans had the advantage of an ocean between them and the people they were rebelling against, and the advantage of being on home territory against an enemy who had generally never even been to the rebels' continent. The situation would have been radically different if the American rebels were living in Clapham.

2) It's not "Us Americans" who rebelled at all - you personally had nothing at all to do with it - so it's rather precious of you to advocate that others risk their lives to do something that I suspect you have never done yourself.

3) The modern USA is exactly the sort of imperialist superpower that England was back then.

Overall, the pretense that modern Americans are some kind of ninja rebel outfit who would overthrow their government at the first sign of totalitarianism isn't helping anyone, especially when you sit in your comfy chair behind your (no doubt very rebellious) warrior keyboard and advocate that others risk their lives.

Comment: Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 107

by estarriol (#29076585) Attached to: Sony To Convert Online Bookstore To Open Format
Yes... and this is hardly the first time recently that Sony have erred on the side of openness. The PS3 uses a standard laptop hard drive (even replaceable by the user without breaking warranty), standard USB keyboards and gamepads, standard USB mass storage driver, standard bluetooth for headsets and even (at least on the original models) had card reader slots for a wide range of standard memory cards. It's the most open interconnected console ever.

Compare it to the Micro$oft XBox 360 and it's practically the posterboy of openness.

Sony did a bad bad thing for a long time, but they are *really* cleaning their act up now. Time for them to get some positive karma for it, eh?

Comment: Re:Propaganda reached a new low (Score 1) 1297

by estarriol (#27515791) Attached to: South Park Creators Given Signed Photo of Saddam Hussein
You seem to be suggesting that the actions of people in the same country of the poster's grandparents (not even necessarily any direct relation) before he/she was born remove their right to hold a decent moral or ethical opinion or admonish others for their lack of decency.

I guess all citizens of the USA will have to shut the fuck up for about 100 years if you're going to take that attitude, based on the shameful and morally bankrupt actions of George W Bush and his supporters.

Or you could stop being ridiculous, stop making Ad Hominem attacks, and discuss the actual point that the gp was making, which had the advantages of being reasonable, infomative, insightful and well-expressed.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 261

by estarriol (#26648367) Attached to: Family Dog Cloned, Thanks To Dolly Patents
"I've never understood why it's acceptable to make jokes about, say, killing my cat, as though it's so funny. I'm sure that most people that have met people that don't like cats/dogs know what I'm talking about. If I were to joke about killing their children, I imagine they wouldn't be as amused."

It's easy to extend this logic as a prime argument for vegetarianism. I don't expect I'd get many laughs out of asking meat-eaters whether they'd eat human children, although in context this is an entirely reasonable question. This is why I avoid discussions as to why I became a vegetarian.

Comment: Re:Woah (Score 1) 488

by estarriol (#26639715) Attached to: KDE 4.2 Is Released
2 things:-

"Everybody knew. You knew. I knew. We all knew."

1) You're exaggerating. KDE is (supposed/trying to) reach a bigger audience than just a bunch of hardcore techies. Therefore the front page of, slashdot, tech forums are irrelevant - it's like releasing a new car for open sale and noting on the manufacturer's website and in car enthusiast magazines that it misses many features you've come to expect from this range and is really for pro drivers only. That's fine for those guys, but the average punter is screwed.

Which brings me to my second point:-

2) The big problem - why the hell was 4.1 in Kubuntu 8.10? This was the real horrific wallbanger and everyone involved in that decision should be ashamed. Kubuntu is far too high-profile and average-joe (or, again is trying to be) to be running experimental tech. This is what really damaged KDE IMO.

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