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Comment Re:Decline of western civilisation (Score 4, Insightful) 609

We are not witnessing the decline of Western Civilisation, what we are seeing is the decline of a once-great Nation that has badly lost its way.
The financial problems of the US (and consequently the rest of the World) were caused by greed and stupidity - banks lending too much money to people who had no realistic prospect of paying off the loans, which in turn became 'toxic' debts.
The US has also got itself into the ridiculous situation of pissing-off half the World and as a result is now commited to spending un-sustainable ammounts of money on the Military.
As for science and science spending (which this thread is supposed to be about), well what do you expect. In a Nation where it seems half the population don't believe in Global Warming and the other half don't believe in Evolution, and science/technology is based on patenting curved corners then profiting from the resultant litigation, what chance does 'real' science stand?

Comment Re:No comments on oolite yet? (Score 2) 173

Sorry, I was too busy playing Oolite to read /. for a while :P
The thing about Oolite is the customisation options...you can make the 'Ooniverse' into pretty much any kind of experience you want to.
And as for the lack of instructions, well you get a reference sheet with the (free, open source) download, and the Wiki is excellent as is the Forum.

Comment Re:I cancelled my Netflix subscription a while ago (Score 3, Informative) 303

The reason Netflix is Linux-unfriendly is because they have locked themselves in to a failed M$ technology (Silverlight) and are too keen to placate the Movie moguls with excessive DRM. And who cares? Not me for one. If they choose to look backwards in terms of the tech and service and ignore a whole chunk of their potential customer base they deserve to die, and don't deserve my hard earned cash.

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