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Comment: The court is right (Score 3, Insightful) 427

by mnooning (#46345401) Attached to: YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices
With the current wording GEMA looks like the bad guy. What if it read "Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because Youtube will not come to agreement with GEMA."? Then youtube would look like the bad guy. "... lack of a licensing agreement between YouTube and GEMA ..." would be neutral.

Comment: Re:Imagine a world... (Score 1) 348

by mnooning (#45866491) Attached to: U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

The ensuing decades I mentioned came after the war of 1812, not during. Part of what both you and ebno-10db above are saying is true nonetheless, but only during the years around 1812.

As far as might is concerned, in the 1776 war only 1/3 of our population was for the war and the British still could not win. By 1812 almost all Americans would stand together as one, and America was much more populous as well as prosperous. It would have been impossible for the British to take us on in a land war.

I remember from history class that the British were worried because our merchant vessels seemed to be present no matter what port their ships visited. They knew we were growing in pretty much every way one could think of. I believe my analogy with the China of today fits as far as xenophobia - fear of the unknown - is concerned.

Comment: Re:Imagine a world... (Score 1) 348

by mnooning (#45865309) Attached to: U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts
Yes indeed.

After the war of 1812 it became clear to Britian that the US was becoming a major force. Over the ensuing decades Britian spent a lot of effort to contain us militarily. We did not care because we had no external designs. China is in our old position. We are in Britians. Let us act on our hopes, not our fears. On the other hand, China already seems to be trying to take control of vast sea and island areas. Ouch.

Comment: Re:Two things: (Score 1) 465

by mnooning (#45552355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Yes, internal candidate, but external, too. I have seen it at least 4 times. In the case of my company the people were were from India, China or Italy. One took roughly 6 months to come up to speed, so forget about the "best and brightest" of other lands.

At one large company an IT person with a laundry list of requirements was requested by the legal department. I called the supposed requester and asked what on earth the legal department would want with a software engineer with such a long, detailed list of requirements, or any IT person for that matter, no matter what the requirements. He told me that he just does what the HR department tells him to do. Wow. He made no attempt to hide what was going on. Good for him. The guy who eventually filled the slot was from India and had already been in the company for two months. The requirements were tailored for him. No one else, foreign or domestic, could possibly fill such a set of requirements.

+ - Insourcing of Honduran laborers

Submitted by mnooning
mnooning (759721) writes "At least ten Hondurans were outside of my Pittsburgh PA home today digging ditches for Verizon. They were digging up in preparation for laying down FiOS lines. There were two American supervisors. I attempted to speak with two of the Hondurans but they could not English. They recognized "where are you from" and told me Honduras.

It is apparently cheaper for Verizon to ship in foreign laborers than to pay US laborers."

Comment: Re:Build it! (Score 1) 312

by mnooning (#43062367) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

That was my solution, too. Multiple monitors are a real productivity booster. I have one 21", one 24" and one 27" monitor - from years past - connected to two cheap video cards. If you do not play games you do not not tax your video cards very much. Both of the larger monitors are turned sideways so I can see longer code listings at a glance, and especially see how the if-else clauses line up.

Do *not* put the top of the monitors at eye height. That was great advice in the days of 16 inch monitors.

I made the height of each monitor such that looking straight into a monitor would have my eyes 1/3 the distance from the top. The eyes normally can look up slightly without neck strain. The head can tilt down well without strain.

If you don't want to build a special platform, just buy the right thickness of paper reams and/or wood, as suggested elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Before commenting, please remember... (Score 1) 389

by mnooning (#43009101) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers
More from the link:

Hitler often used religious speech and symbolism to promote Nazism to those that he feared would be disposed to act against him.[107][108] He also called upon religion as a pretext in diplomacies.

Further down:

He feared the political power that the churches had, and did not want to openly antagonize that political base until he had securely gained control of the country.

In other words, he was not stupid about his beliefs. It would have been a PR nightmare to let the public know of his real beliefs. The historians on the link that say that Hitler "probably" was not an atheist quote mainly his public writings and speeches. I do know from separate sources that Hitler did believe in astrology - which is very much non-Christian - at least at one time, so there may have been times where he flirted with belief in a god.

In any case, labeling your party the National Socialist Party and pushing for government control of industries is not right-of-center, it is far left of center. Touting the millions dead as caused by Christians instead of socialists is a wicked distortion as well.

Comment: Re:Before commenting, please remember... (Score 3, Informative) 389

by mnooning (#43006521) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

The misinformation is staggering.

Hitler was an avowed atheist. He went to Christian functions as a child, which most Christian parents have their children do.

From Many historians say that Hitler had a general covert plan, which some say existed even before the Nazis' rise to power, to destroy Christianity within the Reich, which was to be accomplished through control and subversion of the churches and to be completed after the war.

Further down on the same page:

Eighty per cent of the Catholic clergy and five bishops of Warthegau were sent to concentration camps in 1939; 108 of them are regarded as blessed martyrs (that means they were killed).

Mussolini, too, was an avowed atheist. See

The millions you write of were all atheist killings, yet you ascribe them to Christians? I cry at such distortions of history.

Comment: Re:Leftist as in Hitler? (Score 1) 389

by mnooning (#43005685) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

Neither Jesus nor the apostles were about forcibly compelling people to give. Getting the government to take from some people to give to other people is legalized thievery.

As I alluded to before, this article was not posted because of Islamic versus anything else issues. It was posted to frame the militant Islamists as right wing. I read once that this sort of thing goes on all over the place. I just never ran into it myself. This is incredible!

Comment: Re:Leftist as in Hitler? (Score 0) 389

by mnooning (#43003443) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

Your choice word for me, a complete stranger to you, shows hatred.

Your history, like your language, is distorted. The word NAZI means "National Socialist German Workers' Party". See the word "Socialist"? They were decidedly far left.

You brought in Jesus and the Bible to this conversation, and claimed Jesus was a socialist. I suspect your posts are really about promoting socialism.

For the record, the only thing recorded about Jesus and economics was the Parable of the Talents, in Matthew 25, verses 20 and 21. I will simply paste from

The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five.* He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ 21d His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’

Comment: Re:Before commenting, please remember... (Score 3, Informative) 389

by mnooning (#43002677) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers
If you mean the Spanish Inqusition, then yes, nearly 2500 people were killed, according to

That is a proverbial drop in a buck of water compared to those killed by Islamists in Iraq alone, per year, for years, and recently.

If you mean the various crusades over the years, there were 15,000 to 25,000 men on both sides, over decades, according to the link below. Again, a drop in the bucket.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold