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Comment: Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 815 815

Except for some officers, virtually none of the Confederate soldiers who lost their live in battle were slave owners. The struggle was really about the right to secede, even though the political class who created the CSA had certain motives involving slavery.

It's no the fault of the flag that the asshole who committed the heinous crime in Charleston wrapped himself in it. Would you feel different about the star-spangled banner if he used it instead of the confederate flag?

Comment: Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 815 815

It's interesting that your excellent and informative post lingers with a score of 1, while the ignorant drivel you replied to sits at a fat score 5 (Informative).

It just shows how little the present-day public knows about their own history and, arguably, the most important event that happened in US since the Revolutionary War.

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 2) 395 395

And you think the Sept 11 attacks are completely unrelated to (at least of of) those two wars you keep mentioning.

Your comments spread across this thread are quite reasonable but here you fail both logic and common sense. Sept 11 attacks preceded the two wars often mentioned here and, unless you've been living under a rock in the past 14 years, you should know that the I war had nothing to do with Sept 11 while the A war was mostly a knee-jerk reaction to said attacks. Both shameful mis-uses of the US military resources and complete failures by any metric.

Comment: Re:It's not surprising (Score 1) 129 129

Unless you wanted to settle for a lower performance display, you could not find a Plasma TV from Panasonic (the Cadillac of all TVs) without "smart" features. Even today, almost two years since they stopped making them, these TVs run circles around the current crop of LCD-based ones. Therefore, no, the "smart" features were not optional...

+ - Resistance to antibiotics found in isolated Amazonian tribe->

sciencehabit writes: When scientists first made contact with an isolated village of Yanomami hunter-gatherers in the remote mountains of the Amazon jungle of Venezuela in 2009, they marveled at the chance to study the health of people who had never been exposed to Western medicine or diets. But much to their surprise, these Yanomami’s gut bacteria have already evolved a diverse array of antibiotic-resistance genes, according to a new study, even though these mountain people had never ingested antibiotics or animals raised with drugs. The find suggests that microbes have long evolved the capability to fight toxins, including antibiotics, and that preventing drug resistance may be harder than scientists thought.
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+ - The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket->

mr crypto writes: Data providers would probably prefer you not know that most smart phones contain an FM chip that lets you listen to broadcasts for free: "But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off." The National Association of Broadcasters, National Public Radio, and American Public Media — have launched a lobbying campaign to get those radios switched on.
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At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.