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Comment: How about giving Tibet back to the Tibetans? (Score 5, Insightful) 84

by gtall (#48001549) Attached to: China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

Hey Chinese leaders, want to make your manhood look bigger? Give Tibet its freedom back. Renounce your insane claims to all of the S. China Sea, and stop threatening Taiwan. Until that happens, no amount of space funnies is going to make men out of you.

Comment: Re:"stashes its cash" (Score 1) 363

by gtall (#47992973) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

No one is arguing that. What the right wing argues is that the rich people are investing their money and not stuffing it in their mattress. So the theory is that if you whack them, they won't invest as much. I have yet to see a real analysis that proves or disproves this. Personally, I'm doubtful the effect of their investment with untaxed dollars amounts to all that much if you subtract out the investment government would make with those same dollars and if you subtract the amount rich people invest outside the U.S. And yes, investing in Grandma via Social Security is an investment. If it means she doesn't have to come and live with you so you have more money to spend which improves the economy. That said, generations of politicians have made promises with future tax money that America cannot possibly keep.

Comment: Re:"stashes its cash" (Score 1) 363

by gtall (#47992907) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Yes, but it sounds like if MS could bring all their cash home, the jobs they'd like to create would go to H1Bs. So what is precisely the difference except that H1Bs must spend some of their dough to live in America.

Big American companies seem to want it both ways. Be protected by American laws, bring foreign-earned cash back to America to hire foreign H1Bs.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 5, Interesting) 475

by gtall (#47974309) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Yeah, but they need Allah to back them up so they don't all dissolve into Western-style guilt trips and require Vitamin P to live with the inner demons they've created or themselves. It is sort of the Flip in Flip Wilson, i.e., Allah made me do it.

This Allah, he's a funny guy, never says squat, can only communicate through angels and then via dreams. Doesn't bestow riches or anything on this dirtball planet. Yet legions are running around claiming anything they do is because Allah wills it. Allah at this point is indistinguishable from Satan.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 474

by gtall (#47946865) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Hehehehe...never watch CSPAN and Congress, have you? The President cannot arbitrarily close bases, it requires an act of Congress usually as part of the Defense Authorization Bill. The reason is that it involves finances. And then there are Congressional egos, money spent in home districts, etc. There are a lot of ancillary issues. The entire BRAC process was developed just to put some sort of reason into base closings. The Pentagon goes through a Base Realignment and Closure about every 5 years in a bid to keep the bases aligned with with national defense policy.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 5, Funny) 223

by gtall (#47943943) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Those kind of people have never been owned by a cat. A brain the size of walnut generates the capacity to play, sulking when ownee admonishes it, buttering up the ownee for treats, etc. And then there is the room and board issue, it turns out most cats have a degree in financial services.

Comment: Re:Still not easy (Score 1) 36

by gtall (#47943911) Attached to: The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

I think it depends on the resources available. If, say, some rogue scientists in, to pick a nice orderly with a long proud tradition of human rights, say Pakistan, were to synthesize a bioweapon...or a chem weapon, I could see them turning it over to the Taliban for disposal. This is what scares the hell out of the Pentagon and the Indian defence establishment but with respect to nuclear material. So the article might be right in that there is no threat to Johnny Ahmed producing a bio weapon, Dr. Johnny Ahmed working for a Pakistan uni might do so.

Comment: Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (Score 2) 545

by gtall (#47925271) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

OSX is not free. It is built into the price of a Mac. And it should be. Linux is free, and it shows it. The lack of integration among the UI parts of Linux is enough to turn punters off. Windows is also not free, yet they still cannot seem to get a UI that doesn't drive you into pointless clicking and clacking. Mostly, it is because they don't have a clear vision for what the interface should be or what it should do or how it relates to the underlying system. It's a bolt on.

I've used all three. I prefer OSX, although I've not tried the umpteen Linux UIs, who has? But I also have some understanding of Unix and Linux under the covers so I can manipulate them usually to get what I need. Windows....well, I never took the time to learn it under the covers, but life is short and it is still Windows, the interface is just too horrid to use day in and day out.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.