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Comment Re:Does it know if I've been bad or good? (Score 4, Insightful) 185

If you do all your internet activity through tor, and don't subscribe to cable TV, and find non-identifiable ways to obtain your video entertainment [...]

Then you're one of those unemployable privacy-obsessed nutjobs. You've probably got heaps to hide, and NSA suspicion algorithms mark you as suspicious.

Thanks for playing!

Comment Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 848

Lend-lease was important, but in the critical 1942-43 period its impact was relatively small from what I've read. Certainly the vast majority of arms used on the eastern front were manufactured by the USSR.The USSR consistently out-produced Germany in all categories.

Your statement that "[The USA] took over the bulk of the military responsibilities of European allies" is WAY off the mark, that was always the USSR. While lend-lease may even have tipped the balance, it didn't add up to making the US contribution the majority effort in Europe. While I know this isn't strictly speaking your point in your response, check out the deaths per front in this http://commons.wikimedia.org/w... - it makes clear the overwhelming importance of the eastern front,

One bloodthirsty dictator beating another (slightly more) bloodthirsty dictator isn't quite as good a story as "America, World Police", but it's closer to the mark.

Overall in WW2 the USA did shoulder a huge responsibility of course, but a good portion of that went to the pacific.

Comment Re:Fanbois (Score 2) 91

Having done this twice, I can say that it's trickier than you'd think if you want to do anything but a long string of text. The tools for publishing ebooks are in the stone-age, and files still require a lot of manual tweaking (first time out I gave up on automated tools and wrote the entire thing by hand to the spec). Then you have the various rules of distributers and their buggy validators, which means the process can be very time-consuming.

Comment Re:How is that stranger? (Score 4, Insightful) 136

Define "profound". You make it sound like men and women's minds start from completely different places and end up converging on similarity, but that's absurd. Men and women differ statistically over populations, but individuals might fall pretty much anywhere in the spectrums of things that differ. There's no way I would be confident of identifying the gender of an individual in this sort of scenario. Statistically, I'm sure I could do a lot better than chance, but each one is pretty uncertain.

Comment Re:"Smart" aren't (Score 1) 399

If you cant grok why people want pocket computers with GPS, network connectivity, cameras, and phones built in, then you are a complete moron who doesn't understand technology or people.

Maybe they aren't for you, fine. But not being able to "grok" such an obvious thing? That's approaching brain-damage.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2, Interesting) 148

But what are they going to change that will make the effort worth it? When I look at the variety of desktops, the majority (perhaps all) of them seem to be tinkering with the same basic concept. It would be much more interesting if this splitting was leading to a drastically different desktop concepts, but it's not.

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