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Comment Re:Going to Russia for safety from the US. (Score 1) 536

Not exactly. The Russians are arming a mass murdering dicatator, the Americans are arming the allies of al-Qaeda. The responsible thing would be to do neither.

Neither action is responsible, but one is less foolish, at least from the perspective of national self-interest. The one virtue most (yes, not all, but most) mass murdering dictators have is that they tend to leave people on the other side of the planet alone.

Comment Re:Going to Russia for safety from the US. (Score 1) 536

The different spin each side give the same story is interesting and you can bet the truth is maybe there somewhere in the middle.

What a remarkably foolish thing to believe. Listening to two different liars does not get you closer to the truth. The odds that the truth is somewhere on a line between their lies are extremely remote. Both points and all points in-between are probably far away from anything resembling truth. If someone tells you a man is a plucked chicken, and other says a man is a garden slug, constructing a chimera from them to try to create a real man doesn't get you something any more man-like.

Comment Re:He is not entering Russia. (Score 1) 536

To be fair, those of us still calling him a hero aren't in fear of our lives. We simply have zero change of being published or heard in any major media. We don't have death squads in the US because we don't need them. Our methods of censorship are so effective, we have nothing to fear from the dissidents. We happy to let them live and be ignored.

Comment Re:He is not entering Russia. (Score 2) 536

You are deluded if you think Russia vs United States, Russia is the 'good guys'. In fact, I don't consider the US to be 'good guys'...

There are no "good guys". Well, actually, there are "good guys", but none of them get elected, or manage to climb to power in places where they use other means of gaining power.

Comment Re:farms in Iowa (Score 1) 103

Expect more of this. When the nature of an industry means it doesn't really depend on local geography, resources, or much in the way of population, so you can really locate it anywhere you can get power and a data trunk... suddenly some otherwise undistinguished location in the middle of nowhere becomes a perfect location.

Comment Re:And what will power it? (Score 1) 103

We have to use up all the fossil fuels before the alternatives become sufficiently economically viable. In the end, they will all be used up, right? So sooner is better than later.

That would be true if they didn't have other important non-fuel uses, and if using them has no environmental impact. Alas, neither of these things are true.

Whatever fossil fuels we don't use, China and India will use.

Not if better alternatives become more widespread. I don't know about India, but the Chinese are starting to scream about environmental issues loud enough that even a totalitarian government can't ignore it.

Comment Re:Why ?? (Score 1) 103

I always wonder why M$ refers to their business centers as a "Campus"...

campus [noun]
...
5. a large, usually suburban, landscaped business or industrial site.

I'm going to venture a guess that when they refer to one of their business centers as a "campus", it's because it is large, possibly suburban, and landscaped.

Comment Re:Tax Incentives (Score 1) 103

It's a symbiotic relationship. If it works out as expected everybody in Iowa benefits.

That's always the propaganda. Sometimes it's even true. The occasional jackpot gives the politicians cover for continuing to engage in crony capitalism without outraging the public too much. I wouldn't even mind that if the payoff occurred more consistently (cf. my previous message about no longer caring if people do the right thing for the wrong reasons, as long as they do the right thing). As it stands, though, crony capitalism seems to cost more than it nets...

Comment Re:Facts about Iowa (Score 1) 103

of course, their "gayest" city, Iowa City, has a single gay bar not much bigger than a minivan. conclusion: Iowa's gay marriage law was a tourist attraction trial balloon.

I've given up on hoping people will do the right thing for the right reasons. I'm now content when people do the right thing, regardless.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 532

No. You're imagining things.

I used to imagine that whining so well that when we closed down the computer lab in school, I'd known when someone left a monitor on when they turned their computer off, and walk right to the monitor that was still on and turn it off, too, just by following the imagined sound. Since being able to hear 15khz is apparently an imagined ability, I was apparently using my psychic powers instead to find the monitor that was still on. Now doubt this is a much more believable explanation.

Comment Re:You miss the POINT! It's not about speed! (Score 1) 378

Spoken like a true brainwashed robot, parroting your propaganda. Meanwhile, real people capable of thinking for themselves understand the concept of using different tools in different situations, and know that sometimes it's better to be centralized, and sometimes better to be decentralized. Both bits of software are made for people trying to solve similar problems, but with different nuances.

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