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Comment: Re:We're turning into wimps (Score 4, Insightful) 189

by MightyMartian (#48629407) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

North Korea really hasn't even proven it has a missile that reliably reach Japan. The country is a total basket case run by a violent, completely detached dynasty. It represents a significant regional threat, but if it were to ever do anything truly belligerent, China would yank support and the regime would collapse.

That, to my mind, is the chief threat of North Korea, that when the Kims finally do lose grip, the regime's collapse will be violent for North Koreans and their neighbors.

Comment: Re:What are they going to do? (Score 2) 189

by MightyMartian (#48629359) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Indeed. Of all the groups that make threats against the West, NK seems the one least likely to have the ability or desire to actually attack a Western target. I cannot imagine the fires of hell that would reign down on North Korea should it be demonstrated to be behind mass murders in the United States.

It boggles my mind that anyone seriously believes North Korea is going to start mounting attacks on North American theaters should they screen this film.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 57

by MightyMartian (#48628143) Attached to: NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets

Except that in-situ is an English word. It's origins are Latin, but then again, so is a vast amount of the English vocabulary.

We have these things called dictionaries. Rather than demonstrating intense stupidity, inform yourself first.

Oh right, this is /., where ignorance is a matter of pride.

Comment: Re:Should Allah be translated to God? (Score 1) 873

by MightyMartian (#48621661) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

This isn't about etymology. It's irrelevant how God and Allah were derived. What's relevant is how they're used today.

You will find as much consistency in the Islamic world as in the Christian or Jewish worlds. If you look at the Monotheistic Abrahamic faiths, it is the Christian sects that, by and large, are the most deviated from the Old Testament norms; in particular as far as the Trinity goes. The Jewish and Muslim view of God is far closer to a pure monotheism.

Louis in German is Louis, obviously.

It's Ludwig, not Louis. Both names have their origins in Old Franconian; in which the name was Chlodowig. They are equivalent, but with various pronunciation changes over the last 1500 or so years. You see, a funny thing happens to words, they evolve in pronunciation and in meaning.

But the word "allah" is merely the Arabic word for "god", and etymologically is related to similar words in other Semitic languages, including the Hebrew "el". If you're an Arabic Christian, you will use the word "allah" for the same reason. For goodness sakes, mate, the Aramaic word for God is "elah".

Comment: Re:Shocking! (Score 2) 175

by MightyMartian (#48586721) Attached to: Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Actually what I find most awful about CSI shows is the notion that police investigations are akin to unbeatable magical formulas. If investigators zero in on a suspect, almost inevitably that suspect is guilty, and found to be so by incredible technologies used by beautiful people in sci-fi like laboratories. Even in slightly more realistic portrayals of criminal investigations, like the original Law And Order, seldom is the accused actually innocent, but rather he or she manages to elude justice through some combination of sloppy police work and prosecutorial errors.

But even worse than all those cop and CSI dramas to my mind are the police investigation news magazines like 48 hours, where the police zero in on a suspect, arrest him, and the prosecutors successfully see the accused right through conviction. They usually pay lip service to the notion of the presumption of innocence by allowing the inevitably evil convict to assert "I'm innocent!", though with a weary and bemused postscript by the narrator indicating that justice was done, the cops always get their man, and the DA is godlike in his or her ability to convince a jury of guilt.

Comment: Re:Shocking! (Score 5, Informative) 175

by MightyMartian (#48586187) Attached to: Hollywood's Secret War With Google

I think you're confusing the actors and directors with the studios. Those groups have very often been very liberal, but the studio heads care only about money, and they will cozy up with anyone they think has it, and attack anyone who dares threaten it. If real fascists took over the United States tomorrow, Hollywood would quite happily begin producing films supporting that ideology. Essentially, the heads of the big studios are soulless accountants and lawyers.

Comment: Re:Riiiiight. (Score 1) 232

by MightyMartian (#48585815) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

If quality was the primary determinant in operating system choice, we'd be running OS/2 version 9 right now. Sometimes OSs have momentum, and vxWorks has a helluva lot of developers.

I'm not bashing QNX, but the fact is that the Blackberry faithful seem to have some sort of idea that QNX is some sort of dominant RTOS that dwarfs all others. It feeds into their bizarre religious need to have everyone believe that BB is going to make a comeback any day now.

Comment: Re:What, what? Something's wrong here. (Score 3, Funny) 65

by MightyMartian (#48585791) Attached to: Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

By now you must know the denizens of /. are leading lights in fields as diverse as biology, geology, climatology, economics and physics. It's a goddamned wonder that half the posters here don't have Nobel prizes in their back pockets.

And yet, generous souls that they are, they still have time to complain about Ruby on Rails. We truly live in an age of giants!