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Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 260

by just_another_sean (#48027365) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Some like you

WTF? Assume much?

I wasn't expressing my own work habits, simply my observation of others. My preference is to type my commands on a black screen with green text.

And besides, why? Because your "vast" experience with desktop says so? Back up your statements with some usability facts because "I'm an expert and I say so" doesn't mean much to the /. crowd.

Nice job at inserting some superfluous, puerile humor though.

Comment: Re:Water Molecules (Score 2) 173

by just_another_sean (#47996633) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

Not disagreeing at all but on the other hand don't comets pick up water as it encounters it throughout their life? Is it possible a comet is older than the sun but much of the H2O on it was picked much more recently than when it was born?

But again, no it does not surprise me that water molecules that still exist today possibly formed before the sun...

Comment: Re:The pot calling the kettle black (Score 3, Informative) 260

by just_another_sean (#47982251) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming

With Stephen Harper in charge the Canadian government doesn't look much different than the US's these days.

He is as bad as any leader we've ever had when it comes to science in general.


Comment: Re:My only question... (Score 4, Interesting) 475

by just_another_sean (#47973497) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Well sure and I had no real issue with Bush Sr. going into Iraq at the invitation of neighboring Arab countries. We went in with a clear objective and when that was complete we withdrew, told Saddam what he had to do to keep us from coming back and left with the approval of the international community. And whatever anyone's feeling on Saddam was he was the recognized sovereign leader of his country, not a terrorist leader announcing the creation of a new state in other countries' territory. He was an evil man and I was not sorry to see him go but my and others' emotions toward the man are not legal justifications for war.

The second time around the initiative was predicated on lies and innuendo about terrorism and Bush's "bring Democracy to the desert" was obviously not well defined or planned, thus the situation we have now. Both democrats and republicans have plenty of blame to share when it comes to F'ing up in the ME but I stand by my statement that what Obama doing now is not really comparable to what Bush Jr. did then.

Comment: Re:Aggression in practice, right? (Score 2) 475

by just_another_sean (#47973163) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

This BBC article may help. There are a number of theories regarding international law and the legality of the U.S. led actions in Syria. Defense of neighboring states (Iraq, Jordan, etc.) and humanitarian aid being the two that make the most sense (IMHO).

the Syrian government has lost all control over the parts of Syria held by IS.

Indeed, until very recently, it has made no attempt to dislodge it, leaving this task instead to the armed opposition groups. Damascus is manifestly unable or unwilling to discharge its obligation to prevent IS operations against Iraq from its own soil. Syria cannot impose the costs of its inaction or incapacity in relation to IS on neighbouring Iraq.

Hence, under the doctrine of self-defence, the zone of operations of the campaign to defeat IS in Iraq can be extended to cover portions of Syria beyond the control of the Syrian government.


Finally, it would be possible to base a claim for action on the activities of IS in Syria itself.

The Syrian government is under the obligation to secure its population from crimes against humanity committed on its territory. Clearly, it is unable to do so, having lost control over areas occupied by IS.


Comment: Re:My only question... (Score 1, Insightful) 475

by just_another_sean (#47973011) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

So invading a sovereign nation based on lies to the American people (and the world) is the same as bombing a terrorist group that's killed thousands of people, many whom are innocent bystanders, and invaded several sovereign nations is the same thing?

I'm not 100% convinced that our involvement in this at the moment is the right thing to do but I'm also convinced that Obama's reluctant return to the ME is in no way the same as Bush's eager "time to finish what Daddy started" invasion of Iraq.

Comment: Re:Old dudes (Score 1) 231

by just_another_sean (#47833449) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Yeah, as mentioned in my post the poll is vague but this being /. and inferring from the answers it seemed to me to be related to computer technology. I did mention power tools after all.

But hey, you seem to revel in being somewhat of a sarcastic asshole so glad I could provide you with this opportunity.

Comment: Old dudes (Score 1) 231

by just_another_sean (#47829515) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

What about us old dudes who grew up when technology in general was too expensive or inaccessible to mere mortals? I guess if we start including power tools as technology than, sure, I had opportunity but was a pretty good kid.

But if I read the poll as I think I should I think accessing computers/systems that I wasn't supposed to access. The closest thing I had to a computer until I was 20 something was an Atari 2600 and it didn't come with a modem!

Comment: Re:That explains a lot (Score 2) 169

by just_another_sean (#47828985) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

Screenfulls of BS just confuse people.

It's not just BS to everyone though. And even without understanding what it was telling me by googling the stop codes I've been able to fix things based on good search results, especially for very common problems like driver errors. As another poster mentioned it's sometimes possible and a hundred times easier to search for a stop code and get a fix for a problem than it is to fire up WinDBG.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.