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Comment Re:Me fail English? Thats unpossible! (Score 1) 223

It's more akin to a typo than ignorance.

This definitely depends. The other day I saw a truck with artwork on the rear windshield of its cab. It read "If You Ain't First Your Last", and true to the message, the driver took great pains to be the first to arrive at each red light. It's less likely to be a typo when you pay money to render six words and display them, essentially, on your person, and more likely to be due to either ignorance or a lack of pride. I see similar things all the time.

Comment Re:Yes, population control makes sense (Score 1) 403

In other words the problems in Africa have everything to do with too weak governments or with no government at all (think Somalia). A thug running a diamond business, monopolizing a country's institutions is not 'government', it's a thug running a diamond business who managed to kill or control all other thugs and thus managed to monopolize. Dictatorship is the ultimate end game of free-for-all archeo-capitalism: the big fish has eaten all the small fish.

In other words the problems in Africa have everything to do with the wrong kinds of governments or with several competing governments, all of them the wrong kinds (think Somalia). Dictatorships and warlords are governments. Though you may be very fond of certain governments, the word still applies to the ones which don't meet your personal moral standards of righteousness or legitimacy. It's a neutral term.
Also, cults are religions.

Comment Re:No, Poland (Score 1) 37

If I click "Random Article" a few times, it'll soon come up with a village in Poland - a lot more often than France.

That's because the "Random Article" link generates and tries random strings of characters until it creates one that matches an existing article. Polish villages are overrepresented because Poles use random strings of characters as place names.

Comment Re:Well then, who does create jobs? (Score 1) 730

They have the option to opt out of society, for example by moving to Somalia. What they can't do is reap the benefits of living in a modern, civilised, industrial society without paying for it, which seems to be what most Libertarians want to do, any more than I can enjoy the benefits of a new laptop without paying for it.

I'll help you with your laptop analogy.

Purchasing the laptop is mandatory, and you are required to purchase a specific model of laptop based on where you were born and where your parents were born. In Somalia you can choose from several manufacturers, but their products all suck. However, in Somalia you can choose not to buy a laptop at all but only if you start your own laptop manufacturer. Libertarians don't want a laptop at all.

But anyway, I would like to know why the libertarians, and not you, are expected to leave their homeland for Somalia? I personally think you both have as much right to be here.

Comment Re:I think it's kinda silly (Score 1) 1002

Could you write serious code without any reference material at all?

By "serious", do you mean the actual definition this time, or do you mean "only the kind of code that I write" again?

If your references were jammed onto your programming screen, how might that affect your productivity?

It would probably have a negative effect, but I use a serious window manager which does more than just jam things onto screens.

Comment Re:Forget cost, it's focus control (Score 1) 394

I think it depends on visual references within your field of view, rather than which direction you're looking. I live ~150 miles from a pretty tall mountain, and it's comparable to the moon based on the amount of sky it takes up. It doesn't look too impressive when seen unobstructed on the horizon, but if you see it behind trees or buildings, it looks huge.

Comment Re:Light makes a huge difference... to some people (Score 1) 144

Interesting. I live in South-Central Alaska - also not nearly as far north as this town but we perhaps have a climate somewhat similar to yours. By far, the worst time of year for us is spring (or "breakup", as it's called here). Usually in mid-April the temperature starts to routinely climb above freezing during the day, and the snow starts to melt. It takes about a month until all of the snow is gone, and during that time we're cut off from both the warm-weather and the cold-weather outdoor activities. Furthermore, the pristine, white, reflective snow we enjoyed all winter turns brown and muddy as cars and pedestrians kick up dirty melt-off from the roads and ground. And to top it all off, everyone is by then more-than-ready for summer's warm weather after six months of darkness, cold, and snow, so breakup seems to drag on forever. It's very frustrating.
Autumn isn't so bad here, other than being our rainy season. Most folks are excited about the coming winter and carry on the summer lifestyle until the snow falls.

Comment Re:DST? Which century are we living in? (Score 1) 487

I live in a place without DST -- basically it means in the summer, we get extra long days so it's light until late into July (almost 30 days without night around the solstice). DST wouldn't be much more than a nuisance, because our days get an hour longer every 10 days anyway.
It wouldn't change the fact that in the winter it's dark when you get up and leave for work and dark by the time you leave for home after work. In winter there's a good 4.5 month period where you don't get to see much daylight -- as short as about 5h30m daylight. DST would actually make this worse, because this week the days start after you get to work and are less than 8h long.
I lied. This place does have DST, and I can't fathom why.

Comment Re: How does (Score 1) 1088

then by what definition could the troops possibly be said to be in harm's way 'on my behalf'?

The United States practices conscription. Assuming you meet the gender, age, and fitness requirements, if there weren't enough professional soldiers, there's a chance they'd send you instead. Because they are there in your place, it would not be a stretch to say that they are there on your behalf.

Comment Re:Angle for /.ers: (Score 1) 512

Wow. I don't know much about airplanes either, but that's no reason to just make shit up. It makes you sound like an idiot.
First of all, this is the aircraft used, a very common bush aircraft built in 1957. You might be familiar with their little brother, the Beaver, another hugely successful bush plane.
Second, 1957 (or for that matter, 1953) is not old for an airplane. Planes are actually maintained. Imagine if you bought a car in 1957, and every time you drove it, you performed a pre-drive checklist and immediately replaced any essential components which were out of tolerance. Also imagine that you performed major overhauls to upgrade entire systems in order to keep the car up to date with modern automotive technology and safety. People do this with aircraft because they're expensive and part failures are easily dangerous. There is nothing antique about a 50-year-old bush plane.
Third, Bristol Bay is not exactly known for its severe weather, especially this time of year. Do you have a citation for this storm?
There was nothing stupid and pointless about this. Shit just happens sometimes.

Comment Re:I used to have trouble falling asleep (Score 1) 259

I believe you. On Sunday nights, the first sober night after a few nights of binge drinking, I'm usually unable to sleep. Instead of sleeping, I get stuck at hypnagogia, and I stay there until morning. It's hard to say if I fall asleep with my waking mind still on or if I stay awake with my dreaming mind turned on. Rest-wise, it's not a great way to spend a night, but it's absolutely worth it. I'd love to be able to do it at will.

I totally understand the split consciousness aspect of it, but because I'm in bed, I can devote my full attention to what my dream half is thinking and imagining. It ranges between thoughts and somewhat-vivid dreamlike experiences (and that's actually a continuous spectrum). It's always nonsense, but it's so original and astoundingly in-depth. There's also the novelty of having conscious thoughts that don't come from "me". It's really quite an experience to be thinking "How the fuck am I coming up with this stuff?" while the other thought-voice continues concurrently! Like having two cores and being the sane one.

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