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Comment Re:Saudia Arabia = Saddam Loyalists = ISIS/ISIL (Score 1) 411

We made a serious error in arresting the de-Ba'athification of post-invasion Iraq. We simultaneously protected the worst offenders of the previous regime, while engendering serious mistrust in the Shia majority that drove them into Iran's arms. It's an object lesson in the rule that if you aren't going to finish the job, don't start it.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 4, Interesting) 411

Nooo... I once was driving through Plano, Texas, turning right when I should have turned left. My local friend told me to stop and put on my left blinker. When I did so, the other four lanes of cars stopped and waved me through. Craziest damn thing I ever saw. I have never met anyone nicer than a Texan.

Comment Re:Wouldn't this lead to Natural Selection? (Score 5, Insightful) 164

This is probably not going to be a popular opinion here, but I have a low view of developers who spend an hour writing code they could have copied off the internet in 5 minutes. Yes, there is no replacement for discernment. You shouldn't Ctrl+V code you don't understand. But to not even try Googling it indicates, to me, someone who is more interested in padding their hours than getting shit done. The solution, once arrived at, is probably not novel or better than what's out there, anyway.

Comment Re:Sorry OP (Score 1) 211

Bad example. Star Citizen is actually delivering, and has daily progress updates. IMHO, it's exactly how a multi-million $ Kickstarter should be run. Contrast that with a $500,000 video game I backed with much more modest deliverable expectations: not an update in over a year. I'm pretty sure I'm out that money, but I understood that going it. Of the 11+ projects I have backed, it was the only one that turned into a turd. Then again, I try to be careful about what I back.

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