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Comment: Re:Short sighted (Score 3, Informative) 228

by meerling (#48596357) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware
From the history books I've seen, many written by non-americans, it was pretty clearly stated that if the USA hadn't finally gotten into the war in Europe, Germany would have pretty much steamrolled what was left of western Europe, then turned full forces including it's Luftwaffe on Russia (actually USSR) and overwhelmed them outside of winter. Instead they got beaten back and their forces continually depleted by the Allied forces on the Western Front, leaving the Eastern front vulnerable and less capable, loosing even their initial advances when the lack of supplies and brutal winter devastated their forces.
Things "might" have gone smoother with the American forces in Europe, but they were also engaged in the Pacific conflict at the same time, and needed the shifting of forces from the ending of the European conflict to bring a conclusion to the Pacific conflict. Of course there are the nukes, but those only ended it quicker and with far less bloodshed than would have happened otherwise, even with the most optimistic forecasts. It just goes to show that fighting a war on multiple fronts is never a good idea.

Comment: Re:the mysterious "us" (Score 1) 178

by meerling (#48569695) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings
The renters. Do you really think the owners aren't going to pass the costs to the renters?
Also, I have to wonder how many of those buildings will cost almost or more to do these retrofits than they are worth.
You have to wonder if it's going to be cheaper to tear it down and build something new.

Comment: Re:Hike insurance premiums (Score 1) 85

by meerling (#48545457) Attached to: North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack
That history isn't so recent, and Sony hasn't bothered to implement any security that can't be broken by a rhesus monkey with SADD (simian attention deficit disorder ) before, so why expect them to change now?
(Disclaimer - Sony has a rather well deserved lousy reputation in this area for their past actions here, so I'm not likely to give them the benefit of the doubt for much of anything.)

Comment: Re: When we give money to the schools ... (Score 5, Insightful) 229

by meerling (#48513001) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents
You aren't really paying for other peoples kids to get an education, you're paying back for yours.
Besides, would you rather have other peoples kids in school learning enough so they might qualify for a job, or running around the neighborhood finding "alternate means of obtaining funds"?

Comment: Re:Knee-jerk... (Score 1) 256

by meerling (#48501795) Attached to: UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas
Though it may be illegal due to signing an international agreement that bans various "inappropriate" things by governments, and one of the things on the list degradation or humiliation.

I don't know if the UK is a signatory or not, and even if they were, if that country even gives a damn about following their own laws & agreements or not. (It sure seems like the USA doesn't.)

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