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Comment: Re:Overreach as a bug, not a feature (Score 2) 248

There's a slight difference in that Google maintains physical offices and possibly datacenters in Canada. They only need to pay heed to countries in which they physically exist. Of course, Google could shut down physical operations in any country that dares try to legislate against it in a global fashion, but this has certain risks. You have to keep datacenters somewhere, after all, and preferably close to your customers.

Comment: Re:GPS give time (Score 1) 279

by lexarius (#41894631) Attached to: New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles
You give weapons to the rebels because you don't want to send your own people to help and/or come back in boxes. Drones could be used for certain tasks, but defending a location is best done by giving the defenders something to defend themselves with. You don't know when or if the weapons will be needed, but you know where you want them to be used, and you don't want them to be used years down the line or sold after the fighting is over.

Comment: Re:Gods with pitchforks. (Score 1) 179

by lexarius (#41838029) Attached to: Physicist Explains Cthulhu's "Non-Euclidean Geometry"
I'm not talking about drawing square circles or making rocks so heavy even they can't lift them. I'm talking more in the realm of violating relativity, thermodynamics, etc. In my mind, omnipotence is the ability to cause the universe to transition into a state that, while perfectly valid and non-contradictory under the laws of that universe, could not have been reached via any application of said laws from the previous state.

Comment: Re:Gods with pitchforks. (Score 5, Interesting) 179

by lexarius (#41837253) Attached to: Physicist Explains Cthulhu's "Non-Euclidean Geometry"
Keep in mind that most gods are not assumed to be omnipotent, except in a few monotheistic religions. Non-omnipotence implies that they have to obey the basic rules of whatever reality they inhabit, or at least some of them. A non-omnipotent god probably can't do instant teleportation through space. Maybe they can convert themselves into light and travel at light speed, but as far as we know you need to warp space to do better than that. Perhaps they can warp space with willpower alone, but that might be tiring over vast distances. It isn't unusual for a god to be portrayed as using a chariot or steed, so why not a ship? If it's easier for the god to build a warp drive and take a relaxing boat trip across the cosmos, why not? Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.

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