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Comment Re:As someone who runs an IT company (Score 4, Insightful) 655

Oh, you mean you prefer employees able to read your mind over those that ask you to clearly verbalize your expectations?

Yes, of course. Once someone has worked for me for six months or so, they should know what my expectations are, and they should be able to extrapolate those expectations when new situations arise. A good employee should have the judgement to know what needs to be done, and the initiative to do it.

Comment Re:Muslims (Score 1) 330

then why did 'ol Tim McV hang out with that wacked out christian identity group?

What group? Do you have a citation? He joined a militia, but I don't believe they had any religious orientation. The other militia members have said that McVeigh was not a popular member, because he wanted to talk about politics, and everyone else wanted to go out in the woods and play with paintball guns.

Tim McVeigh self-identified as an agnostic. He claimed to have no religious affiliation, and no religious group has claimed him as a member. He has stated repeatedly that his motivations were political, not religious. There is no reason to label him a "Christian terrorist".

Comment Re:Since you mentioned Experian (Score 3, Interesting) 390

They can't use FICO because it's owned by a third party (Fair Isaac)

Wrong. They can and do give out FICO numbers. They just don't give it out to you, as an individual, when you pay $7 for your "credit score", because they don't want to pay a fee to Fair Isaac. Instead they give you a number that is just meaningless garbage. 99% of the people paying the $7 think they are are going to get their actual FICO score. I fell for this scam myself.

Comment Re:Muslims (Score 5, Insightful) 330

Westboro Baptist is worse than Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh?

Timothy McVeigh was raised as a Roman Catholic, but later claimed to be agnostic. There is no evidence that there was any religious motivation for his actions.

And don't even try the "they aren't true Christians" nonsense.

You are equating far less than 1% of Christians with 80% or more of Muslims. 90% of Pakistani Muslims think people should be executed for blasphemy. 40% of Pakistani Muslims feel that the 10% who are willing to tolerate blasphemy should also be executed. This is not theoretical. Salmaan Taseer, a Pakistani politician was murdered, not for blasphemy, but merely for advocating the abolition of the death penalty for blasphemy. There was widespread approval of his murder. How many Christians support abortion clinic bombers?

Comment Re:What about elevation? (Score 4, Informative) 35

Isn't most of the land in the Northern Hemisphere?

Yes. But that doesn't explain why the Northern Hemisphere gets more rain even thousands of miles from any significant land mass. The Palmyra Atoll is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about as far from any continent as possible. Yet it still gets significantly more rain than similar islands south of the equator.

Comment Re:Illegal, Not Undocumented. (Score 0) 391

Except for, you know, that part where the Asians, Jews, Irish, Germans, etc. did their paperwork to get in.

So? You are just begging the question. Of course illegals didn't do their paperwork. But that doesn't make illegal immigration wrong, or evil or bad. Most people break the law everyday. How fast did you drive on the way to work this morning? Unlike restrictions on immigration, laws against speeding actually have a rational justification.

Comment Re:Illegal, Not Undocumented. (Score 2, Insightful) 391

It is to obscure the fact that they are in the USA illegally.

Partly. It is also because words have connotations beyond their direct meaning. "Illegal" tends to imply that something is also wrong or immoral. Why else would our wise and noble political leaders make it illegal? But many of us feel that a free society should welcome people that want to come and make a better life for themselves. Immigration (even when illegal) is a positive good, benefiting both America, and the families of the immigrants. The anti-Latino prejudices of today are no different than the anti-Asian, anti-Jew, anti-Irish, and anti-German prejudices of the past. Every wave of immigration has been opposed by racists and people believing in "zero-sum" economics. They have always been wrong in the past, and are almost certainly wrong now.

Comment Re:Duh! (Score 1) 214

You're not sending a good signal when you check your phone for text messages during a conversation either.

That depends on the signal he is trying to send. I have found that if I check my phone frequently when someone is talking to me, then that person is likely to bother me less in the future.

Comment Re:Evil, powerful men have enemies. (Score 1, Informative) 242

female circumcision

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not an Islamic custom. It is an African custom. In the areas where it occurs, it is practiced by both muslims and non-muslims, and was widely practiced before the Islamic era. Most muslims live in Asia, not Africa, and do not practice FGM. The practice is not mentioned in either the Bible or the Koran, nearly all Islamic scholars agree that there is nothing "Islamic" about it, and it is illegal in most Islamic countries.

Comment Re:China and Russia continue to modernize.... (Score 1) 214

the US is in no position to demand anything from China.

We don't have to "demand", we can negotiate instead. Arms reductions benefit everyone. By building up our arsenals were are behaving like we are in a prisoner's dilemma. But the prisoner's dilemma should only apply when the prisoners are separated, and cannot negotiate an agreement to their mutual benefit. We are under no such constraints.

We are using China's buildup to justify our own buildup, and they are then using our buildup to justify theirs. That benefits no one outsite the MICs (which both countries have).

Comment Re:whatcouldpossiblygowrong? (Score 1) 141

Cool as hell, but I'm curious as to, well... why?

Why not? Human knowledge is expanded by trying new stuff.

And has anyone thought this through?

Yes. Worrying about this experiment causing grey goo is about as silly as worrying that someone tinkering with their motorcycle might accidentally cause it to escape and survive in the wild.

On the other hand, I could be wrong.

Comment Re:Evil, powerful men have enemies. (Score 5, Insightful) 242

By attacking America on 9/11, Al Qaeda hoped to lure America into a foolish overreaction that would alienate the West from the Islamic world, weaken America's will, and help spread Al Qaeda's message of extremism and violence. Few people helped them achieve these goals more than Dick Cheney did. So why would they want to kill him?

Comment Re: Of course... (Score 5, Insightful) 419

I think we'd (the Linux community) be a lot farther ahead if they got together and implemented a single solution that solved all the known requirements.

Except that people don't agree on what the requirements are. Your requirements are not the same as mine. Even people that share requirements may not agree on what is the best solution. Your proposal will likely lead to this.

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