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Comment: Re: Let's ban all guns! (Score 1) 1350

by hyades1 (#48816859) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Would I be correct to assume I'm seeing evidence of yet another conservative American somehow managing to raise himself momentarily up from the fetid swamp of willful ignorance and blind, vacuous stupidity that is his home to excrete more evidence of the decline of a once-proud nation onto the public stage?

Dude, you should just post a link to a YouTube video of a dog having a dump and save everybody time.

Comment: Your Tax Dollars At Work (Score 4, Interesting) 129

by hyades1 (#48816775) Attached to: US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

So how many millions of dollars did this "team of U.S. law enforcement agencies" spend in a whole year of fattening themselves up at the taxpayer's expense?

And what did they accomplish? They knocked Silk Road off the net for a few months, and in so doing helped it improve its security for next time. Now it's up and running again, making scads of money for the operators, and thumbing its nose at the U.S.

Oh, well, at least long-suffering taxpayers can happily contemplate about all the boats, cottages and retirement homes they've bought for Norbert the Nark and his Homeland Security buddies.

Comment: Re:Google Censorship (Score 1) 155

It seems I'm saying "Thank You" a lot as a result of my comment. You definitely earned one. And thanks, too, for going the extra mile to provide an excellent example of the way their new, censorship-friendly search works.

As I said, I don't spend a lot of time looking for porn. On the other hand, I don't like some search engine screwing with MY search results because they're intent on sucking up to religious types and parents who can't be bothered to actually parent their kids.

Comment: Google Censorship (Score 3, Interesting) 155

As a resident of Canada, I find that Google has put a search filter in place that I can't get around. Basically, it makes me type in specific words like "breasts" or "naked" if I want to see picture results including such things. I don't spend a lot of time looking for pornography, but I don't want to worry that 10% of the the Ontario Museum's art collection is off limits to me unless I specifically go on a search for boobies.

No doubt this protects Miss Grundy and her fellow church ladies from the sight of the occasional naked breast, but I find it offensive and paternalistic, and as a result, I've cut back quite a lot on my use of Google.

Comment: The Price of Art (Score 2) 97

by hyades1 (#48744651) Attached to: Hubble Takes Amazing New Images of Andromeda, Pillars of Creation

Average out the cost of designing, building and orbiting a newer, better Hubble across all the people in the world who have a few extra bucks and an appreciation of that iconic photo as art...worthwhile for no other reason than for us to stare at it and be profoundly moved.

I wonder how much it would cost each person to "git 'er done".

Comment: Sorry to be Captain Obvious, but... (Score 1) 578

by hyades1 (#48725043) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

I suspect it's far more likely we'll have something close to a "universal translator" that will make it possible to speak with anybody else in the language of their choice in real time. Thus, there won't be nearly as much incentive to learn one particular language in order to communicate in whatever happens to be the lingua franca of the day.

Comment: Re:Hypersonic weapons lead to nuclear war ? (Score 1) 290

by hyades1 (#48711589) Attached to: War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

I'm curious: did anyone ever notice how Iran is a modern, safe country? Or did anyone ever give Chileans credit for ousting the American puppet, who was still facing war crimes charges at the time of his death...a man who looted the Chilean treasury in the time-honoured tradition of dictators everywhere?

Hmmm....food for thought. On second thought, don't think - let's just uncritically parrot what we read somewhere, because it MUST be right.

Comment: Re:Hypersonic weapons lead to nuclear war ? (Score 5, Informative) 290

by hyades1 (#48704641) Attached to: War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

I guess setting up puppet governments in places like Iran and Chile doesn't count, as far as you're concerned? Or failing to do so, such as in the Bay of Pigs fiasco?

I always have to chuckle when I see comments like yours, made by Americans who are so blindingly ignorant of their own history.

Comment: Some work may still be needed (Score 2) 44

by hyades1 (#48561723) Attached to: Monochromatic Light As a Species-selective Insecticide

Apparently several Winnipeg mosquitoes were observed slathering themselves with DEET and lying under the 417 nm to get a little colour on their underbellies.

A researcher who attempted to turn the light off was beaten badly, and is now reporting that several Goliath beetles used in another experiment now appear to be pregnant. Also the cat.

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer