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Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 3, Insightful) 624

by MrNaz (#46766273) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

In many European countries, citizens' rights are upheld, they are not treated like cattle for the crime of wanting to travel through an airport, they are not taxed to breaking point to fun pointless wars that enrich a tiny, politically connected clique, they have access to free education and healthcare and they have faster access to the internet.

You can argue about definitions of "aristocracy" and who is or is not in de facto control until you're blue in the face. However, the outcomes speak for themselves.

Comment: Re:fixing the parent posting (Score 1) 303

by MrNaz (#46746773) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

I don't think they'd need to game it that much. They'd need a random dispersion of a large number of holes on that square to achieve the result, and I don't think that getting close to that ideal would be difficult given a large number of discharges at the target using fine shot shells. The law of large numbers would be in their favour.

Comment: Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (Score 3, Interesting) 672

by MrNaz (#46740411) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

For many years, Gnome was the most popular desktop environment. Many of the people who got into Linux on the desktop moved into a Gnome environment. It provided a familiar UI with standard metaphors. While the Linux desktop has moved on for better or worse, the fact remains that it was Gnome that provided the soft landing for many when they jumped ship.

Pay some respect to those who went before and the work they did.

Comment: Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (Score 1, Insightful) 672

by MrNaz (#46740281) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

The open source movement owes much to the Gnome foundation. Yes, they have alienated their core support base, and perhaps this situation is a result of those cows coming home to roost. Nonetheless, a gutted or even dead Gnome foundation hurts the whole community, if only because it highlights the fragility of open source focused organizations as going concerns.

(Yes, yes I know it's supposed to be chickens.)

Comment: Condy's words still fuel conspiracy theories (Score 1) 313

by kbahey (#46731071) Attached to: Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Back in 2008 when Israel attacked Israel because of foolish Hezbollah misadventures, Condoleezza famously said:

What we're seeing here is, in a sense, the growingâ"the birth pangs of a new Middle East, and whatever we do, we have to be certain that we're pushing forward to the new Middle East, not going back to the old Middle East.

Here is the source.

To this day, the words "New Middle East" is believed by a vast majority over there as a USA conspiracy against Arabs/Muslims. When the 2011 revolution broke out, the first explanation by many was : "It is the USA conspiring against Mubarak, Egypt, Arabs, ...etc."

Now both sides of the political divide in Egypt (pro-Military, pro-Muslim-Brotherhood) point to the other party as an accomplice or agent for that conspiracy.

It is so powerful and pervasive .. no thanks to that ideologue of a Condy ...

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