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Comment Re:Not nutso (Score 1) 832

I can't speak for "the rest of the world" but as an American expat living in New Zealand, I can say that 100% of the people I have spoken with about the American political system are stunned that more Americans don't seem to realize what a cartoonish, dangerous joke it has become. No one is laughing, per se; there's mostly a great deal of concern mixed with a bit of contempt. This is just my experience as the "go-to" American in my circle of friends/colleagues/etc.
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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Answer: (Score 1) 295

No, and it shouldn't be possible. Using an alias online is just smart practice, but something's got to be done about the rampaging herds of Internet Fuckwads (greater or lesser). How appropriate would it be for past online shithattery to come back and bite the shithatterists. "I see here you've got an MBA, Mr. Douchesuit, but can you explain why you had an AOL account for 8 years, and what led you to choose the handle T!ts0rG+FO?"

Comment I've done this (Score 2) 249

I shipped a computer, some hard drives and a couple of lcd monitors from Thailand to New Zealand by ship. I packed it in original packaging when possible, and the computer (DAW) was in a rackmount chassis in a metal studio case. Padded it with a couple of blankets. Everything was fine, except the motherboard died about a week after arrival. Could have been the shipping, could have been the arbitrariness of life. It was a couple of years old at that time.

Comment Re:Uh....May Fools Day? (Score 5, Insightful) 213

Wizards of the Coast and parent company Hasbro really shat the bed with 4e, and WOTC have pretty much admitted they've alienated just about every demographic in their fanbase. The grognards were put off by the MMO styling, the simulationists hated the dissociated mechanics, the math trolls...well, they'll never be happy. The icing on the cake was the red box (it's 4.5e, but it's not). Basically they had to go back to the drawing board because Paizo, makers of Pathfinder RPG, have been eating WOTC's lunch for the past year or so. Plus, I mean, who doesn't like a slutty cash grab?

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