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Comment Re:Private companies don't do exploration of front (Score 1) 346

So if the government pays a private firm to execute some action, it suddenly isn't government action anymore. That is more or less your thesis, stripped from its verbiage. Yeah, I'm going to come right out and say you're an idiot, a real libertard. I'm not going to argue, like arguing with flat-earthers and Young Earth creationists, you are too stupid to waste good arguments on.

Comment Re:Private companies don't do exploration of front (Score 1) 346

You have the causal relationship all wrong: Columbus deliberately sought out the support of Fernando and Isabella, without their support he would have no product to sell to his investors; one part of the deal was that he would gain authority over whatever resources he could claim in name of the crown.

And the Internet was developed by State action. To claim it was a private venture before Al Gore took the initiative to bring it to the market is historical revisionism of the highest sort. Anyone claiming that is a libertard indeed.

Comment Re:Private companies don't do exploration of front (Score 1) 346

Columbus could well have found the balance of the funding from other private investors

But he didn't

This reminds me of libertards like roman_mir who continue to insist that without DARPA and the NSF, private parties might have built the Internet. The point is, when the time came, they didn't. Counterfactuals are nice and all, but we only have one history, and that says you're wrong.

Comment Re:Scale and Flotsam (Score 2) 175

While I agree that Tauriel was a Romantic Plot Tumor, I can live with that; she adds a few minutes to the movie at worst.

No, the worst offenders were those long, drawn-out set pieces, like the chase scenes such as the one through the Goblin Kingdom in the first movie, or that muddled mess at the end of the third movie. That's just Jackson being self-indulgent, cutting that crap would have brought the movies down to two, and some judicious editing might have brought the whole down to only one movie.

Comment Re:Not very ethical (Score 1, Informative) 367

Actually, I don't ever buy AAA titles on release, and I never pay attention to early reviews. This problem has been known in the game industry for years, and has cost one reviewer his job, but 'gamers' are, curiously, relatively silent about it; some minor grumbling as on this thread is it. And yet for imagined faux-pas by women they bring out the torches and pitchforks.

In short, I was being sarcastic about GamerGate's professed motivation.

Comment Re:Humanity has fought for millions of years (Score 1) 135

So you would prefer a humanity where it is the norm to hack each other with swords to the point of serious injury and even death. Well I have news for you sunshine: there's a lot of people out there who are of a slightly less Hobbesian bent.

And modded +5 Insightful no less. By the same sort of Internet Tough Guys probably.

Comment Re:What I really want to know: (Score 1) 735

I really enjoy Heavy Metal at concert levels. Yet I don't think there's a single Slashdotter who would disagree with my neighbours if they called in the police were I to play it that loud at home.

So in short, yes, you're selfish, you're harming your neighbours, and the world would be a better place were you wrap that truck around a tree.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.