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Comment Re:Slant much? (Score 2) 92

Pakistan, a Muslim country much poorer and more unstable than Iran, has had nukes since 1999. That was the country hosting Osama bin Ladin before his (alleged) death, I might add.

The only nuclear power in the Middle East has been and is Israel, a country than is not party to the NPT and still refuses to acknowledge its arsenal publicly. We have no official alliance with Israel and they have never shed blood alongside Americans in any war that I have heard of.

Bibi has babbling on about Iran becoming a nuclear power since 1992 and it hasn't happened. Why the fuck should anyone listen to him, especially when he's so damn grating anyway? Even if he suddenly was right, who is he do deny others a capability he claims for himself?

Our good ally Saudi Arabia beheads more people than ISIS (they call it "crucifixion") and their laws around human rights and religion are 180 degree away from what the US claims to be the right way to do things.

1979 was a long time ago, before many of us (myself included) were ever born. Let's get over it already.

Comment Re:Your laws ignore my rights (Score 1) 390

I've noticed that Slashdotters like to wax eloquent about so-called freedoms that align with their own interests, and whine like babies about consequences of the Internet and globalization that oppose their interests.

Talk about stating the obvious! Why would you expect otherwise? Thanks for your perfectly objective "view from nowhere", WEIRDo.

Comment Re:How about the rest of the world? (Score 1) 184

I mean, hell, it was the very first link that came up in my google search. You do know how to use google, right? Right?

The much more terrifying thought is that these other posters did search Google and posted accordingly. Don't ignore the power of search bubbles and individualized results.

Not everyone is interested in being part of the "reality-based community". :P


Apple's 16GB IPhone 6S Is a Serious Strategic Mistake 324

HughPickens.com writes: Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox that Apple's recent announcement of an entry level iPhone 6S is a serious strategic mistake because it contains just 16GB of storage — an amount that was arguably too low even a couple of years back. According to Yglesias, the user experience of an under-equipped iPhone can be quite bad, and the iPhone 6S comes with features — like the ability to shoot ultra-HD video — that are going to fill up a 16GB phone in the blink of an eye. "It's not too hard to figure out what Apple is up to here," writes Yglesias. "Leaving the entry-level unit at 16GB of storage rather than 32GB drives higher profit margins in two ways. One, it reduces the cost of manufacturing the $649 phone, which increases profit margins on sales of the lowest-end model. Second, and arguably more important, it pushes a lot of people who might be happy with a 32GB phone to shell out $749 for the 64GB model."

But this raises the question of what purpose is served by Apple amassing more money anyhow. Apple pays out large (and growing) sums of cash to existing shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks, but its enormous cash stockpile keeps remorselessly marching up toward $200 billion. "Killing the 16GB phone and replacing it with a 32GB model at the low end would obtain things money can't buy — satisfied customers, positive press coverage, goodwill, a reputation for true commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated focus on the long term. A company in Apple's enviable position ought to be pushing the envelop forward on what's considered an acceptable baseline for outfitting a modern digital device, not squeezing extra pennies out of customers for no real reason."

Comment Re: Congratulations, dev. nations. West.. not so m (Score 1) 93

The Periodic Table of Elements has "ever" been the same since the Big Bang.

Our current understanding is that only hydrogen, helium, and lithium atoms would have been created in the moments after the Big Bang. All the heavier elements didn't appear until the first generation of "metal poor" stars created them during their life-cycles.

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.