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Comment Re:I guess the propaganda is working. (Score 1) 425

Is laying the accusation of "anti-Iranian" making the same mistake as laying accusations of "anti-American"? Are the people and government of Iran inseparable, and impossible to critique the latter without offending the former? Would all the criticism of US political/economic/foreign policy in Slashdot threads about US scientific achievements also be Anti-American in your eyes (boy that would be a LOT of anti-Americanism for one site)? For your rationale to be consistent, they must be anti-American, but I suspect you would go by a different standard in those cases.

Comment Re:it's the children that suffer (Score 5, Insightful) 206

China is a bit behind, but it isn't in the 1850's. Child labor (defined as employment of people under 16 years of age) is illegal, and there exists compulsory education for children (as best as can be implemented in practice, of course), the same as any modern country* I'm quite certain that Apple and the Chinese government are on the same page with regard to their moral/legal stance on child labor. What bugs me is that there's no mention of the local government taking charge on the issue, and that Apple is tasked with doing what the government should be doing.

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Comment Re:And you expected something else...? (Score 1) 514

I know this is terribly unfair, but should we not hold Progressives to a higher standard of conduct in terms of intelligent decisions and rational thought in the same way we hold the United States to a higher standard of conduct in terms of freedom and human rights? After all, no one brings up how bad Iran is when others speak of America's deficiencies in those areas. What you claim to be is how you are judged, right?

Comment Re:Who paid for the development (Score 1) 356

This actually reminds me of the debate over publishing tax-payer funded research. One side says America's competitors/adversaries would be given a leg up, so the results of publicly funded research should be kept secret, the other side says the fruits of research should not be excluded from those who provided the funding no matter who else might use it.

I wonder if we can be consistent in both cases.

Comment Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (Score 2) 564

Firstly, stop assuming that everyone who is against Islam is supportive of Christianity. Secondly, it's pathetic that among nerds and supposed intellectuals a quip about the Bible can successfully derail a discussion about Islam, when we know for certain that a quip about the Quran rightfully could NOT do the same to a discussion about Christianity.

Lastly, the fact that Muslims are the victims du jour in the geopolitical world does not mean Islam itself should be put upon a pedestal or given special treatment in the social world. Too many of my fellow liberal atheists, in their enthusiasm to accommodate the downtrodden, go too far to make excuses for things they'd normally never accept.

Comment Re:Survey Suggests (Score 1) 186

I can imagine if they started with questions about piracy habits first, that people would likely try to cover their asses later on when they got to asking about purchasing habits. Took a glance at the PDF and saw only 4 or 5 of the survey questions, but they didn't mention how, or in what order, they were asked.

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