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Comment: Re:Looks like the second stage ruptured (Score 2) 316 316

So? The bad people are everywhere, every goddamn "race" has them in probably exactly equal numbers because "races", just like borders, are imaginary. In Lousiana an entire parish has been refusing to marry anyone for months now, because they don't want LGBT weddings. The only reason they aren't burning people (any more: see ) is because of the pacifying effect of the US's relative affluence (which in turn only due to the recent conquest of this land's natural resources). It's Christians in Africa who are executing men for being gay. There is no more violence in Muslim countries than you could predict by looking at their economies (which we shape with our imperialistic might) and noting the statistical correlation between poverty and violence.

Comment: Re:no ones really winning. (Score 2) 194 194

seersucker clad golfbag toting used car salesman marketing drone

I'm stealing this.
This was before my time, but I'm pretty sure that television nose-dived when pay-per-view came along. The television market was devised as radio + pictures, a one-way ticket as far as content. Computer networks were devised as tiers of peers, and once it's on my box, it's not yours. Pay-per-view functions, but it's fundamentally illogical. The content providers have to go through DRM acrobatics to sustain it at all. Premium channels overall make little sense. But online content is starving. Why can't we just pay artists, journalists, and FOSS programmers decent amounts of money? It's because of the seersucker clad golfbag toting used car salesman marketing drones, because some people are aggressive about making lots of money despite lacking skills that are actually useful, and I let them walk on me sometimes.

Comment: Re: Corrected headline (Score 1) 305 305

I really really don't think this is true.
"...smelting, soldering, annealing, electroplating, sintering, alloying, low-wax casting, and many other metallurgical techniques independent of any Old World influences", ..., zero, ... incredibly accurate calendars (and not just in Mesoamerica), many of the commonest vegetables at the market, lots of useful animal breeds in general, not just rubber but vulcanized balls, sandals, balloons, rubber syringes, bigger cities than Europe, canals, lots of agriculture...
Western European belief systems, by and large, gave the okay on all sorts of conquest (for god and salvation), whereas native American mythos by and large speak of a relationship with nature. That's not to say that there wasnt plenty of millitant behavior in the pre-Columbus Americas. But it looks like overall, the natives of North and South America were more interested in making lots of food and medicine than making bigger weapons and ships.

Comment: Re:The Declaration of Causes of Seceding States (Score 1) 305 305

Note: as a technical note, free persons who commit criminal acts *could* in fact be made slaves today through court action, since you may deny someone their liberty through due process of law. We just don't use this particular loophole within our justice system.

Comment: Re: Yeah, right (Score 1) 108 108

As far as life goes, there is a significant biome below the Earth's crust. If you were underground, you wouldn't notice anything other than low gravity and a strong Coriolis effect.

I dunno, I think that all surface water would be gone pretty quickly, and without water I don't think that life would exist even deep in the earth for more than ~300 years (given what I remember about aquifers).

Comment: Re:No dignity in witchcraft (Score 1) 668 668

let's create a whole range of "official" placebos. The "red one", the "blue version", the "green style" and so on. With fine print on label : "This is not a medicine. It is distilled water void of any active content with no effect other than potential - but not guaranteed - placebo effect

The green one always fixes my neuralgia. They say nothing in it does anything, but I think it's the green dye.

Comment: Re:Police prefer it if citizens are easy to kill (Score 1) 609 609

Yesterday I had to saw off a Kryptonite U-lock. I tried to start it with a regular 24 tpi hacksaw blade, stopped, licked my thumb, and rubbed it. Not a scratch.
The moral is, if you want good armoring, plates of silicon carbide are the way to go.

Comment: there's already a good link (Score 1) 1067 1067

I hate to say it, because I love Being Right On the Internet, but there's already a great explanation of all this malarkey* on the glorious Youtube
and the problem of 0/0 = anything doesn't go away just because a progam finds it in an array operation. It's meaningful.

* here' I'm using malarkey in the proper mathematicly rigorous way

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