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Comment The first rule of PR war is be a hypocrite (Score 2) 466

The first rule of PR warfare is accuse your enemy of whatever it is you are doing. If you're being greedy, accuse the other people of being greedy. If you're spending taxpayer money needlessly, accuse your political opponents of wasting tax dollars and then imply they're going to raise taxes. If you're committing a war of aggression, accuse the other side of being the aggressive instigators. If you burned down the Reichstag, say your opponents burned down the Reichstag.

The public, who wants a reason not to care, will take both of you saying the same thing, and will side with whoever it is they want to side with. They like believing the world is a just place, so they'll assume you're both assholes and ignore it.

Sadly, the reverse tactic does not work, we cannot accuse AT&T of only wanting what is fair.

Comment Re:Flight recorder (Score 1) 491

Has there ever been a plane crash where the government WASN'T widely criticized? Not to say the Malaysian government doesn't deserve blame, I don't know, just that they were going to be criticized no matter what. The airline too. I've heard the Chinese government is also somehow taking some criticism. I believe other countries were also criticized for not committing more to the search effort sooner.

I think everyone would like to find the plane as soon as possible to move on. I doubt Malaysia thinks that saying "Oh yeah, it's probably over here" is going to pacify many people until they actually find the plane.

Comment Re:No confirmation (Score 4, Informative) 194

It sounds like this is actually sort of the confirmation.

Last year, another telescope in Antarctica — the South Pole Telescope (SPT) — became the first observatory to detect a B-mode polarization in the CMB (see Nature http://doi.org/rwt; 2013). That signal, however, was over angular scales of less than one degree (about twice the apparent size of the Moon in the sky), and was attributed to how galaxies in the foreground curve the space through which the CMB travels (D. Hanson et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 141301; 2013). But the signal from primordial gravitational waves is expected to peak at angular scales between one and five degrees...

Furthermore, data taken with a newer, more sensitive polarization experiment, the Keck array, which the team finished installing at the South Pole in 2012 and will continue operating for two more years, showed the same characteristics. “To see this same signal emerge from two other, different telescopes was for us very convincing,” says Kovac.

Nature

So it's not just one experiment, there are multiple other readings that support it, though I guess a complete experiment duplication is not yet complete. That nature article mentions that the SPT is a competitor to BICEP2, which published the findings, and they were literally a few meters away at the south pole. So I'd assume that SPT and maybe some other competitor is most of the way to confirming the findings, enough that they were confident in publishing.

That said, I'm totally not a physicist. It just sounds like this isn't a single experiment.

Comment Re:Rent-seeking? (Score 1) 150

I'm extremely liberal, but "attain the vote" is going a bit far. We don't let corporations vote. We say they have the right to free speech, which seems odd, but why would a group of people collectively lose their individual rights to free speech?

Conflating campaign contributions with free speech is also a little odd, but 1: supporting a political leader you like with money to continue talking does seem like a freedom people should have and 2: money always buys influence in politics. I'm convinced that a prohibition on donations to political campaigns would work much like many other prohibitions: it will affect only "decent" people wanting to support politics they agree with and will do nothing to stop the "crooks" who would bribe elected officials.

But yeah, I agree that it's weird we think of people with power organized calling themselves "government" as dangerous while people with power organized calling themselves "corporation" as completely harmless.

Comment Re:Damn straight. (Score 1) 195

I think you're mixing up the symptom with the disease. The company changed before the online one was put out. It came out in 2002 a year after 10. Look at the dates on the "key people" of square, the people who had been there for a long time when the series was in it's prime all left at the same time. I've heard it attributed to the utter and complete failure of the terrible movie. After losing so much money and having to merge with Enix, the powers that be decided the artsy types who had created the series needed to go, to be replaced with people who would follow the money and not take chances. The result was inevitable: games that were mediocre in terms of not only content but also profit. To shareholders, that's preferable.

For (much) more information, you can probably google these things and find forum posts on the subject which go into excruciating detail. I'm almost glad final fantasy died when it did, I feel like there would be a lot more guys my age living alone in their parents basements. Not sure the economy can handle that.

Comment Re:Never gonna happen (Score 1) 704

Based on... what exactly? The fact that it hasn't been done yet?

Cancer is never gonna be cured. Damaged DNA gonna get damaged. Invasive cells gonna invade. etc.

If you're suggesting there's no way to solve the problem, then you're severely lacking in imagination. Or you just don't care, which is totally fine, but don't suggest there's no way to prevent it.

Comment Re:Ugh, free speech again? (Score 1) 119

I'd argue that the government is a "whole different animal" about as much as mules are a whole different animal from horses. The same arguments against government censorship hold true for corporate censorship. An idea should survive or die based on it's merits, not because someone with power dislikes it and wants it to die. That's true no matter if the power is in the form of an army, the police, another branch of the government, or if it's in the form of corporate lawsuits, products, lobbying, bribery, etc. If you're preventing me from saying a particular thing in something as broad as the internet, you're a tyrrant in at least one important way, whether you're a politician or a corporation.

Obviously the first amendment doesn't protect foreign citizens, nor does it apply to private corporations, sure. Which might be why Bennet doesn't appear to have mentioned it?

Comment Re:Savvy (Score 1) 292

Well, "Lead" and "technically savvy" doesn't mean "doing the actual building." We're quite good giving money to china for building stuff. That SORTA fits the bill. What better way to complete the transition from the US being the superpower to China being the superpower than to build a base on the moon? We'll go into debt to them having them build it, then we'll give them the United States with the serfs, in order to pay off the debt. Meanwhile all the billionaires will take up residence in the moonbase.

...I think I just thought up the prequel to "Elysium."

Comment Re:Want to write a kernel ? (Score 1) 392

I agree that microbiologists and zoologists are not interchangeable, but am skeptical about your second point. If a company needs to hire someone to work on bacteria A, and only a few people work on bacteria A, they can probably settle for people who work on other bacteria. They'll have to if they can't hire someone who has years of experience with bacteria A.

Comment Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (Score 4, Insightful) 202

1. Knowing something is possible is better than not knowing
2. We can't mitigate it? Turn in your nerd card right this instant
3. Who is panicking?
4. You'd rather this get submitted to some non-nerd website? I agree that seeing grandmothers starting to wear tinfoil hats to avoid solar flare problems might be really really funny, but this is exactly the type of submission for slashdot and vice versa.
5. I find your sig ironic in this context.

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