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Comment Re:I hate to be THAT GUY... (Score 1) 155

Plenty of fair points but in regards to this one

Watney is hit by debris and whisked away. An astronaut asks how long he could survive if his suit was breached (or something like that). A) That question would not be asked, they would know...

This is a very standard movie technique used to inform the viewer. Sure, an astronaut would most likely already know that but the point of is to convey the information to the viewer while keeping the story going rather then creating a scene specifically to convey this little bit of info. If this technique bothers you... well you're just going to be bothered by modern cinema.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 362

Right, the Left is the problem.

We have murder rates and mass shootings far beyond that of any other Western nation. The Left (and many moderates to give due credit) say "maybe we should do more to reign back these problems" and suggest a variety of possible solutions. Meanwhile the NRA backing portion of the Right suggests flooding even more and more powerfull guns onto the market in the hopes that even more guns will reverse the trend of gun violence in this country.

Comment Re:Teens shouldn't have access to guns... (Score 1) 362

That's not a terribly strong comparison because

A) Teenagers use their parents cars at far greater rates then they use their guns so gross number comparisons are irrelevant
B) Cars are tools whose intended purpose is to move people about. Guns, aside from hunting rifles, are tools designed first and foremost for killing people. Sure, cars can and do kill people but so can just about anything. Guns are singled out because they dont have any other use and they do it so much better then anything else.

Comment Re: I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

Well they live in third world countries, it's to be expected. Only when the West gained afluence for the masses did it ditch the sort of extremism you see in the rest of the world and it doesnt matter what religion they are. Just look up what was happening in CAR last year with Christian militias getting doped up out of their heads and literally hacking up muslim villagers with machetes.

Raising them selves out of this status is doubly hard for the Middle East (and Africa too) because they lack the common ethnic bonds that European countries obtained through hundreds of years of war and slaughter. Having your boarders drawn for colonial convenience rather then along ethnic lines is a real drag.

In the context of the arrest of this kid, we have a nerdy suburban kid with a clock getting arrested. It's not much of a stretch of the imagination that there could have been other issues such as his ethnicity playing a part in his arrest. In other words, suburban nerdy kid with a clock doesnt seem like a good reason to call the cops.

Comment Re: I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

The norm for the world of this era was "slaughter the other". In the Muslim world the norm was "oppress the other a bit but otherwse leave them be". Sure you can point to examples of Muslims treating non-muslims poorly if you rate them by the standards of today. If you rate them by the standards of history then Muslims come out amazingly tolerant.

Comment Re:Sad to see them give-up on so much... (Score 1) 230

Of course both Microsoft and Sony did not have major network problems outside the norm during their latest console launchings. Did you not read the article and just assumed "launch problems" meant "network problems"? In fact, one of the actuall, sited launch problems was the fact that the Xbox one cost more due to extra hardware being forced on customers. Guess what your idea would do?

So, again, your "solution" does not do much to solve any problems

(I'll just ignore your condescending and rambling second paragraph where you just put words in my mouth)

Comment Re:Sad to see them give-up on so much... (Score 1) 230

You're idea is terrible on top of terrible. You, yourself, point out the very onbvious problem of people hacking the games stored. Add onto that the fact that every system ever has launched with only a few quality games with the rest as garbage. I mean really, almost all of a console's quality content comes out after launch. How could this ever be a solution to anything?

Comment Re:this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 1) 130

You're being condescending by standing on high as an enlightened soul and personalising your responces to the individual (which is why you're getting hostile responces). Whose to say what choices i make in this context? I certainly havent stated how i personally behave. What i'm advocating for though is policy that deals with human nature as it is, not as we'd like it to be. It doesnt take much of a look at history to tell you that if you base policy on the way people "should be" rather then how they really are you're pretty much doomed to failure.

Basically, I'm siting human history to support my claim and you're name calling

Comment Re:this has nothing to dow ith the tech industry (Score 1) 130

Petty and weak retort (not to mention condescending). His point is spot on. Your solution to humanity's problems seems to be we all have to become saints. Hasnt that been the goal of almost every major religion since civization began? Don't get me wrong, it's a noble ideal but humanity has made zero progress on this over the course of its history. What little "progress" you can point to is a function of wealth, take that away and we regress. History is full of examples of this.

Working within the bounds of our limitations is infinitly more practicle then waiting for some sort of progress. Your solution seems to me like giving up physical infastructure to support our economies since someday science will let us transcend our bodies and live us pure energy.

Comment Re:That was before the tea party (Score 1) 495

I dont think that's all that silly of an assumption for comparing Western nations. They lead pretty similiar lifestyles.

Also, I specifically chose the metric i chose because while a country's unemployment rate is easy to find it's terrible for comparisons between countries. The ratio i chose was still easy to find data on as it has recently become a fashionable measurement amoung economists for doing exactly what i was doing. Was it the very best option i could have chosen to support my claim? Probably not but it was easy to find data for a ton of countries all at once and it is accurate enough to make my claim with. I'm not interested in sorting through a bunch of economic data on a couple dozen countries to bolster my arguement in an internet forum.

Basically, what i chose was good enough for the context.

As for the rest, as i'm sure you saw in the follow up comment, I poorly assumed that because it was an older article that the only person who would be replying was the person i had replied to earlier. My mistake and ignore all the non applicable junk i said.

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol