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Comment Re:Finding the needle (Score 0) 78

I hope the governments of Australia and especially the UK take note.

The government of the UK is so primitive they don't even have a written constitution limiting their power. They still have a sovereign monarch, for god's sake. The monarch is head of state and commander in chief. The limitations on the power of the monarch consist nothing more than gentlemen's agreements and ordinary laws and procedural rules which could be changed at any time.

Calling it a "constitutional monarchy" is an absurd lie, since there is no constitution.

Comment Re: Disposable screens for disposable products? (Score 1) 192

Dog-cow is the idiot. Math challenged. An OLED bit that is off has literally zero luminance. The same way a 60 watt light bulb with zero current flowing through it has zero luminance. The ratio of an on bit to an off bit is then literally infinite. Infinite in the true mathematical sense.

You can't get that in an LCD due to basic physical reality. Physically realizable LCDs can never block that backlight 100.0%.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 5, Informative) 583

By the way, Russia has a long history of violating the airspace of other nations.

Ha. The USA made a wholesale business of such violations against the USSR with virtually no retaliation in kind. This little-known secret campaign began in 1946. There were losses, killed and imprisoned, kept secret. B-29s and Lockheed P2Vs were used; later C-130s and B-66s. By the 1950s, B-47 bombers were being repeatedly sent on deep penetration reconnaissance missions. Then came the U-2s. Francis Gary Powers' ill-fated spy flight was far from the only such.

All told more than 40 US aircraft invading Soviet aircraft were shot down. Question: can you identify a single Soviet or Russian aircraft which was ever shot down over US territory? As far as I know they have never violated it; certainly not systematically and purposefully.

Incidents of Russian aircraft probing the US which are drummed up as provocative are no more than Russians exercising their perfect right to range in international airspace "near" (gasp) to US territory.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 4, Insightful) 583

Turkey doesn't like ISIS

Bullshit. The western friendly Turkey as reformed by Ataturk is long gone. Erdogan's Turkey of today is being lurched back in the medeival Islamist totalitarian direction, and mark well that he was popularly elected. Turkey now sees everything through Moslem colored glasses. It has no problem with ISIS at all.

You are right that Turkey hates Kurds with a vengeance.

Comment Re:Fork (Score 1) 351

Heck, the whole program should have been re-written in modern-style C++ 10 years ago.

There WAS no modern C++ until 2011. If you don't believe that, just consider that the (only) official smart pointer was the hideous monstrosity of std::auto_ptr until std::shared_ptr, std::unique_ptr, and std::weak_ptr supplanted it in c++11. OK, you could have used boost:shared_ptr 10 years ago, which is what I did, but you can't assume that all projects would be allowed to do so.

Comment Re:Looking for a good one is hard (Score 2) 352

If you could articulate WHY you demand that it not be part of a DE, it would be helpful.

Meanwhile, Wikipedia is your friend. "LXTerminal is the standard terminal emulator of LXDE. The terminal is a desktop-independent VTE-based terminal emulator for LXDE without any unnecessary dependency. "

LXTerminal 0.2.0 dependencies: Vte-0.28.2. PERIOD.

Appears to me that there is no rational reason to discount it. You don't have to load LXDE to get LXTerminal.

Comment Re:Dear COMCAST (Score 1) 622

The same week you inform me that I need to pay $10 if I exceed 250GB of data, I will be canceling my account with you and switching to FIOS.

OK, then FIOS adopts caps. Where ya gonna go then? Huh? Huh?

BTW, you're in goddam select territory for having a choice between Comcast and FIOS in the firs place. Hardly anybody I know has that choice.

Comment Re:How is this different from the US GOP? (Score 3, Funny) 351

How is Netanyahu aligning closely with only the right wing of the Republican Party? Serious question.

He isn't. The President of the US, the country which in fairly recent history has been Israel's only real ally, has gone in the tank with a raging insane theocracy, Israel's (and the US's) sworn, naked, and unabashed enemy, and one of the most evil hotbeds of hate in the world. In so doing he has closely allied himself with the goal of the destruction of Israel (and the US). The only part the right wing of the Republican Party has with this is that they are the only ones expressing shock, disgust, and horror at this literal insanity, though they haven't done so with much intensity or dedication.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer