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Comment Re:Ignoring consequences, common sense, and more. (Score 1) 323

no court or tribunal is going to accept your definition if it has the impact that it will.

I agree. My definition is that everyone should agree on a definition, or not use the word. The politicians want to use a charged word for something other than its real meaning. The courts want to use it for various reasons that differ based on their jurisdiction. No one wants to use the word in a clear manner, and thus the word has no meaning. If it doesn't accurately describe a concept, it isn't language. I'm just asking that it be used clearly or not at all, and just about anyone using the word "war" doesn't want clarity.

Sorry, but that's all that matters for considerations of "collective punishment" which is the topic we're all talking about in this article.

That's nice. Talk about that all you like. But I never commented on it, and have no opinion on it. I was commenting on War. It's relevant to the discussion at hand because actions are legal or not depending on how people thousands of miles away define a word. But I'm certainly not restricted to only using the word in that context.

If you want to imagine that war means something else in other contexts, feel free, but don't waste people's time having them chase down rabbit holes only to find out that the whole argument has been pointlessly off-topic.

I've been clear about it. Saying something is ok in war or not in war, and not ok at other times, or vice versa depends explicitly on the definition of war. And so I'm questioning the definition of war and the usage thereof. That you seem to disagree with me, but can't come up with anything other than "because they said so" for it. I've never been good with that explanation. If politicians want to use the "war" word, then they should be held to the tightest standards regarding it. They declared a war, and when people examine their actions in relation to it and find it's a direct violation of the rules of war, their response is that it's a war, and they deserve protections, but not their enemies, who aren't playing by the rules. Interestingly, that isn't a new complaint, but has been used for the past 30+ years for wars all over the world.

Comment Re:Shoot, there goes my Irish Coffee. Is Decafe ok (Score 1) 398

I guess I'm a dinosaur like that.

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good w...ill torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C.S. Lewis

Comment Re:BS: "tip of the iceberg" (Score 3, Informative) 549

The advantage is on the typical user side. As a Mac user over two architecture transitions, I've really appreciated just being able to pull down a single executable from a site and have it "just work". Disk space is cheap and my tolerance for pointless frustration decreases steadily with age. A distribution mechanism like fat binaries makes it so the user really has to go out of their way to get it wrong.

Comment Re:Wait, what does Con Kolivas have to do with thi (Score 1, Troll) 549

Tell me how an Apple developer can run a server allowing the client to select the program and it'll download and install the correct version, like Debian repositories. That problem has already been solved, and the solution is better (it also gives you plenty of other features).

Oh, and closed-source companies can have their own repositories too. Example:

Comment Re:Wait, what does Con Kolivas have to do with thi (Score 1) 549

There are places this would be very useful to have. Anytime we're distributing binaries to users, hosting binaries on a network file share, or carrying portable media, it's a big pain in the butt to maintain completely separate architecture trees. In some cases it wastes a lot of space too if there's significant data files along with the executables, because we generally wind up replicating that in each arch install tree.

I've definitely appreciated OS X's universal binaries in the past, it's a shame to lose an opportunity for having that on Linux. Guess I'm not going to see bundled, versioned libraries like OS X Frameworks anytime either, sigh.

Comment Petty fiefdoms and not invented here... (Score 2, Interesting) 549

Petty fiefdoms and not invented here syndrome will continue to torpedo any chance for a decent Linux on the desktop. Until Linux has a single binary and a universal installation strategy they will continue to be mostly harmless and largely irrelevant to the desktop market at large.

Comment Re:Have you tried MathType? (Score 1) 823

I second mathtype. It is VERY similar to Microsoft equation editor, but the interface is much smoother. The menues are intuitive and expandable. Best of all, mousing over any symbol displays the shortcut keys in the status bar, so once you find the symbol you need, you can add it quickly. You only need the mouse if you don't already know the shortcut keys. My hands don't come off the keyboard when I use it. copy-paste works very well, and you can even save any size of hilighted section to their own menubar location and add shortcut keys to them.

Comment Re:Tactics and pudge pudge Christopher G. Nandor (Score 1) 31

I was just thinking about what you wrote... "But we have no history in this country of any event where white people were in danger, but nobody else was. White people have never been singled out." I know what you mean.

Still, my dad (rest his soul, and let us not speak ill of the dead) happened to be in LA (not Watts, but nearby) when the Watts riots started (in 1968?), and he went right out and bought himself a handgun. Now, I concede that other people were in danger in the Watts riots as well, but I suppose some white people in Watts were seeking protection from some of their black neighbors or staying in the bathtub, just as (I imagine) some blacks have sought help from some of their white neighbors when the KKK was on the march.

Comment Re:Bad astronomy (Score 3, Informative) 177

Wait, meteors that hit the ground are cold to the touch? That doesn't make sense - they enter the atmosphere, and as we know objects entering the atmosphere travel so fast that they get hot...real hot that our space ships need to have heat shields to keep the folks inside from getting burnt to a crisp...which makes it not cold to the touch. So when the rock hits the ground why would it become cold all of a sudden? Maybe if it sat around in cold climate for a while but after touch-down it should be very hot.

There is a difference between a space vehicle, which is as light as possible and hollow, and a meteor which is solid rock (or, much more rarely, metal). The heat shield is thin and light (comparatively speaking) but keeps everything inside quite cool despite a very lengthy heating period (due to the shallow re-entry angle of manned vehicles, and most unmanned ones, which cannot stand severe deceleration forces).

A meteor (one meter across or less) typically enters at a steep angle, decelerates rapidly (in several seconds) at a few hundred Gs, and becomes a rock falling under the influence of gravity through the lower atmosphere same as any other rock of similar size dropped from a high-altitude airplane.

For those several seconds a very small part of the rock gets very hot indeed - a thin layer vaporizes, and a thin layer melts. But it is physically impossible for the bulk of the rock to get significantly heated in the few seconds of re-entry, conduction is far too slow. During the longer part of its descent (when it is simply falling through the air for a few tens of seconds), there is enough time for the thin molten surface layer to get cooled down to near normal temperatures by the cold airflow. Then when it hits the ground within a minute or two there is enough time for the icy cold interior to cool down the surface to frigid temperatures.

The special effect of burning a pyrotechnic in the crater was perfect to take in the ignorant, but is laughable to anyone knowing something about meteors.

Comment Re:Good grief.. (Score 1) 942

I'm not sure feeding your dog all the leftovers from your meals counts as zero waste when you consider the other crazy options like cooking portions you can actually eat or eating leftovers every now and then. Yea, often the leftovers won't add up to a full meal but you can have one night towards the end of the week where you have a buffet style of leftover options.

Granted you'll probably still have some waste, but if you have enough leftovers to regularly feed a large dog properly your definitely cooking incorrect portions.

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