As one of America's whitest white boys, (I've gotten a sunburn, through a t-shirt, during a thunderstorm,) I have to say anything that lowers the presence of the Death Star in the sky is alright by me.
Now Linux users can experience all the heartache and frustration that goes with Steam! Mysteriously vanishing content, random lock-outs, and a customer service strategy apparently developed by EA. I can't wait! [/snark]
On some levels, Steam is a wonderful idea, quick access to varied content, a centrally located distribution/launch point, and exposure to odder and more esoteric media are all benefits of Steam. Except when something goes wrong, which based on my experience is a fairly regular occurrence. That game you've owned for years that suddenly won't launch because Steam gets stuck in verification mode? Send them an email, and you'll probably hear back in about a month or so, and then with a request for more information.
Of course, it must have been nice not to have to respond to a modern level of time precision:
Prehistoric Nomad's Wife (PNW): "Where have you been?"
Prehistoric Nomad: (PN): "What are you talking about?"
PNW: "You said you'd be back by now! You're late!"
PN: "What are you talking about? I said I'd be back later. It's barely now. If anything, I'm early!"
Of course, since people haven't changed, Prehistoric Nomad ended up sleeping outside the tent anyway for the crime of winning an argument.
Tell me another one. That was the funniest thing I've heard all week.
The problem is Betty White has never set up a government, Communist or otherwise
With such an abysmal track record (batting
Or are you trying to argue: "I have a cunning plan. It cannot possibly fail for the 20th time!"
Wrong question. It should be, How can I make this plane unflyable without having to compromise the armored cockpit door? Seems to me that tearing a large hole in the fuselage should do the trick nicely, bonus points if you do it over the wing, (you know, where airliners carry their fuel?)
Long gone are the days when we worried about "This plane is going to Cuba." or "Release our brothers you are holding or we will start killing passengers." Given that most of the plots that we've been made privy to involve some variant of sneaking an explosive on to the plane, (The Shoe Bomber, The Fruit-of-Kaboom Guy, the Great Toner Cartridge Debacle,) worrying about someone trying to smuggle a grenade onto a plane seems like a prudent thing to do.
Don't get me wrong, I've watched too many of the TSA's little stunts to be entirely comfortable with any plan they come up with, but when they say something that actually makes sense, maybe it's worth taking notice of.
After all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Replying to both topic and parent.
For the parent, Yes, it is quite possible to use weapons that produce enough heat without going nuke. We (the US) had them 20 years ago, and I have no reason to suspect the technology has gotten any worse in the intervening decades. (For the record, open flame works even better.)
To the child. The "human shield" option is not available in this case. You need full protective gear to handle or even be around these things. LD50 is so low that even slight seepage is enough to kill. Had Syria gone the "human shield" route, we'd be hearing about the further deaths by now.
We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.