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Comment: Re:Or could it be (Score 1) 458

by whoisjoe (#32331036) Attached to: Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You

This comment shows a lack of understanding of Gandhi's accomplishments. Had he acted alone, he would surely have been run over by a train and long forgotten. And the British were *very* violent--ask anyone who was at Amritsar.

Gandhi succeeded because he knew why the British were there, and inspired millions to help make it more difficult to stay than it was worth.

If you get enough people to lie before a train, one of two things will happen-- (1) the sheer number of bodies will physically stop the train, or (2) the engineer will be unable to stomach plowing through so many people.

Wars are not necessarily won by decimating your opponent, but by eliminating your opponent's taste for war.

Comment: Bill's Title = True Intent of Bill??? (Score 2, Insightful) 248

by whoisjoe (#28934215) Attached to: Network Neutrality Back In Congress For 3rd Time

I'm confused. The bill is called Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009, but having read the bill, it looks like it would actually do the OP says it will. I was beginning to think that there was a rule that a bill's title has to be antithetical to its true intent (e.g., the PATRIOT Act and Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act)

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+ - Microsoft tries to strong-arm Florida senators

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lisah writes "Microsoft apparently took issue with a bill on the floor of the Florida senate and sent three lobbyists to persuade Senators to change its wording before it is signed. As chair of the House Committee on Audit & Performance, Rep. Ed Homan saw an opportunity to save taxpayers some money by exploring open source solutions as the state prepares to upgrade the computers and software at the Department of Health. He inserted some language to that effect into bill 1974 before it got to its first committee approval, but Microsoft started pressuring senators almost immediately to have it removed. From the article, '...within 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like.""

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