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Comment: Re:1984 (Score 1) 1238

by phantasmagoric (#32245460) Attached to: Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History
Just because it has absurd in the title doesn't make it support your statement... Reductio ad absurdum is method of proof where you assume the opposite of what you are trying to prove and shows that it leads to a logical contradiction, such as both A and not A. Hyperbole in arguments makes them absurd, but not in the logical reductio sense.

Comment: Re:Did you even watch the footage? (Score 1) 973

by phantasmagoric (#31770246) Attached to: How Did Wikileaks Do It?
Watch the 38 minute video, the 17 minute video plays down the existence of the RPG. Look at 18:56 and 32:33 Wikileaks is glad to use propaganda. From the times article:

"The site is not shy about its intent to shape media coverage, and Mr. Assange (the founder) said he considered himself both a journalist and an advocate; should he be forced to choose one, he would choose advocate.

Comment: Re:Did you even watch the footage? (Score 3, Informative) 973

by phantasmagoric (#31770210) Attached to: How Did Wikileaks Do It?
Watch the full video 38 min not 17 min! It shows a lot more than the propaganda that wikileaks wants you to hear. From the times article

"The site is not shy about its intent to shape media coverage, and Mr. Assange (the founder) said he considered himself both a journalist and an advocate; should he be forced to choose one, he would choose advocate.

First of all, you hear the soldiers on the ground talk about finding a live RPG shell, along with AK-47s at the site. Second, the helicopter was not 1km away, there were two copters, which explains why the sound of firing doesn't always match up with the flashes on the ground from the bullets. Thirdly, it was not an ambulance, it was basically a taxi. Who he was helping is up for debate. And finally, most importantly, the US military had been under fire early that day; the helicopter was providing support to the ground troops

Comment: Re:Bound Electrons. (Score 5, Interesting) 390

by phantasmagoric (#31476396) Attached to: I prefer my (non-technical) books to be ...
Mistreating, yes. Used, no.

My decrepit copy of Huck Finn is in an extremely sorry state from being read and loaned many times, and I would never ever give it up for a new copy. Being well worn gives a book character, in addition to showing that its story is timeless and exemplary no matter how often it is read.

Comment: Re:Yup... (Score 1) 451

by phantasmagoric (#31226512) Attached to: Windows 7 Memory Usage Critic Outed As Fraud
I, personally, had vista the January it came out, with no problems except for a hibernate bug. This minor annoyance was fixed in a service pack a few months later. I am completely happy with it I think some people's experience with vista wasn't as good as mine, but thats how it goes. This story just illustrates that people like this guy exacerbated vista's bad rep to the point where everyone expected a bad experience.

Comment: Re:If a student was dressing in front of their lap (Score 1) 941

by phantasmagoric (#31191734) Attached to: PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams
Mod up. Its funny how everyone here complains about the stupidity of child porn laws. Then, when there is a chance to nail someone with child porn charges, whose actions had nothing to with child porn, everyone wants them to be crucified as pedophiles.

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