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Comment: Of course it isn't over (Score 1) 389

by tsotha (#49151627) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling
The FCC has been shut down by the courts twice already over this kind bureaucratic overreach. Doesn't matter whether or not net neutrality is a good idea - the bureaucracy was never given the authority to impose it by Congress. This will never survive the court challenge.

Comment: Re:You sunk my battleship (Score 1) 439

by tsotha (#49072257) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

Japan was doomed by the decision to go to war against the United States.

Japan was pushed into it by the US. By that time oil was critical for conducting a sustained campaign, and we had orchestrated an embargo in July that cut them off from 88% of their oil supplies. Roosevelt had the US in the war already, if not officially - between the embargoes in the east and US destroyer attacks on German submarines our full participation was inevitable. That being the case, Japan felt it would be better to strike first. I probably would have done the same.

While clearly unable to hold off the full might of the US economy as it was brought to bear, the Japanese government felt it might be able to convince the US people actually carrying on an all-out campaign at the same time we were at war with Germany would be too expensive, and a settlement could be negotiated. Germany was supposed to be their ace in the hole, soaking up enough war materials to enable Japan to survive.

World War II broke a pattern that had held for a century. Wars weren't fought to the death - you fought until the winner was clear and then you negotiated a peace. I suspect the people in power believed the worst case would involve surrendering Manchuria and French Indochina, something they would have to do anyway as a result of the oil embargo.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem (Score 1) 216

by tsotha (#49071951) Attached to: Valve Censoring Torrent References In Steam Chat
This is the dumbest, self-serving crap I've read in a long time. You are not entitled to other peoples' work, and Congress is not obligated to set copyright terms at lengths you find convenient. They absolutely have the constitutional authority to keep extending copyright, and if you don't like it you need to get involved in the politics. Breaking the law is bad enough, but expecting Valve to help you when it's not in their interest to do so is just dumb.

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