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Comment Re:One Down (Score 1) 321

Some religions are strictly non-violent, but not perfect and have still harmed their followers, and families ...

Some Atheists are violent, just as some people are violent ... and remember most 'Communists' are/were Socialist republics and the atheist dogma was anti-religion mostly because then the only religion was the state, and the leader was the leader of a cult ....(Stalin, Mao ...)

Most/All religions say that killing is wrong, but almost all of the allow killing of certain people in the right circumstances ....

Comment Re:who thinks about their smoke detector? (Score 1) 177

A smoke detector has one job, it needs to do this flawlessly, so smoke detectors are very very simple and are designed to have a near zero failure rate ... ...adding anything to the basic device will make it more complex and more likely to fail ... a cloud based smoke detector is all very well until your house is on fire ...

Comment Re:Time to homeschool! (Score 1) 745

Homeschooling assumes you have enough education to teach your kids, or enough money to pay for someone else to do so, and enough time or money to spend the time to do this, and that you actually already care and actively participate in your child's education

All of this means that these statistics probably do not apply to you ...

Comment Re:Funny thing about that is . . . (Score 1) 745

Would that be TCP/IP (invented by Americans in the USA more than 40 years ago)
      or the Web invented in Switzerland 20 years ago by a Brit ....?

The USA was innovative but that was in the past and most of the innovation is now imported ...

I think you will find that many of the inventions over the last 20 years that you think are American, were invented by others, by privileged Americans who bypassed the poor state run system, or by naturalised Americans who did not have to suffer the education system at all ...

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 745

You cite a series of international companies that are based in the USA, who employ many people in many countries and where the innovation is driven by people across the world ...

You refer to technologies that were invented in the USA (and other countries) mostly more than 30 years ago, and much of the recent innovation has been international

What have people in the USA actually invented themselves recently ....?

Comment Re:Future!? (Score 1) 148

They have attempted to use a single interface on small mobile phones, tablets, Home PC's, General business workstations, Servers, High end workstations, etc .etc .. and failed because it is most likely impossible to make a single interface that will comfortably accommodate all these environments

What they have ended up with is an interface that will only satisfy some of the customers on some of these devices ... and so will shrink their market share not grow it as they hoped

Comment Re:Most "shutdowns" are completely unnecessary (Score 2) 565

So in the USA if the government cannot agree a budget they just stop ...?

In the UK the defeat of a supply bill (one that concerns the spending of money) automatically requires the resignation of the government or dissolution of Parliament, much like a non-confidence vote, since a government that cannot spend money is hamstrung. i.e Since the Government cannot agree on what to spend money they leave it to the will of the people ....

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