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Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 288

I don't think that's a general statement you can make. It is true in English, much to the chagrin of English teachers everywhere, but there are absolutely languages where there is a body empowered to decide what the correct grammar is. I believe, France is rather notoriously defensive of it's académie française. That's not to say that everyone, especially in speech, does what they say but that there actually is a correct way to do things.

Its not up to governments or institutions, thats the whole problem. Its up to the community of native speakers. How they use the language is the language.

Comment Re:Nope, I'll use he, she, they, there, their etc. (Score 1) 288

"Everyone needs to be sure to tighten __their___ safety belt before approaching the cliff."

And that would be what most people would actually produce.

The trap that stylebooks had evidently fallen into is to assume that the rules of grammar in English are as they are written in textbooks.

This is incorrect; the rules of grammar in any language are what native speakers produce. If a native speaker produces it and, on introspection, insists that it is correct then it is, by definition, correct.

Comment Re:Reminds me of a conversation with a colleague (Score 1) 277

People from Western countries have absolutely no idea that someone from a tribal culture that has had democracy somehow foisted on them simply cannot vote for someone who is not from their tribe. ...

So like democrats and republicans basically

A democrat who voted Hillary is more likely to vote for Trump, if he ever comes up for re-election, than someone from a tribal area of, eg Africa or Pakistan, is to vote for someone from outside their tribe. If it ever came out that they'd voted outside of tribal lines it'd ruin their lives, possibly get them killed.

Its not similar at all. Republican/Democrat are not subcultures. In fact, to the outside observer the USA often appears to have a single party state with two factions who make a big theatrical fuss about how 'different' they are.

Comment Re:Fakes (Score 1) 277

Yes and no.

I saw a counterfied iPad on my last trip to Thailand, but as I "knew" all model types of iPads, I recognized imediatly that it is not an iPad. (It was an Android tablet with Apple Logo etc. on it, made from plastics ... but looked quite convincing on the first glance, but the formfactors etc. were all wrong).

I saw some dead giveaways, Sansmug phones...

Comment Re:Reminds me of a conversation with a colleague (Score 1) 277

You are totally correct.

People from Western countries have absolutely no idea that someone from a tribal culture that has had democracy somehow foisted on them simply cannot vote for someone who is not from their tribe. Given a choice between candidate A from their tribe and candidate B from some other tribe they will ALWAYS vote for candidate A, they effectively have no freedom to choose candidate B because it goes against everything they believe. Policies of the candidates don't even come close to being considered.

To the Westerner this just seems absurd so they think that democracy is just ideal for everyone on the planet, they seldom have any clue how other people operate. Mind you this goes both ways, the tribals probably assume that democrats and republicans are just like themselves.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 118

Can you actually still do anything, or have all useful features been removed?

I was going to ask which features had been removed this iteration! Restricting users options seems to be an ongoing trend with the Gnome.

Comment Re:Much cheaper than the iPhone (Score 4, Funny) 104

It amazes me that the iPad is so damn expensive in the first place, given what it is.

That they bolt on about 50% profit for the phone model is chickenfeed in comparison.

Honestly, I bought a GBP 5 Android tablet the other day. Technically it beat most of the iPad Mini specs that are its closest rival. Sure, you can argue "screen resolution" but why would you on such a tiny device to start with?

Don't knock it, its probably more powerful than the Mac Pro by now.

Comment Re:Does DuckDuckGo have something similar? (Score 1) 429

Palestinian holocaust?
  Even the fiercest of the Palestinian nationalists do not pretend there is/was Palestinian holocaust nor genocide (I mean, obviously you could find a crazy nut somewhere, that's not what we are talking about here)...
All massacres or war crime does not equal genocide!

Put it this way.

I've known Israelis who claim that there is no such thing as a Palestinian; they are really just Arabs. Palestinians who live in Israel are not allowed to refer to themselves as 'Palestinians', they are 'Israeli Arabs'.

Israel is trying to deny the very existence of an entire people, isn't that a very subtle form of genocide? What if Hitler had declared that Jews don't exist and that any Jew living in Germany had to be referred to as a 'German Semite'? Would that have been ok?

Comment Re:Big problems come in small packages... (Score 1) 318

Fortunately, they've already figured out a cheaper replacement. The future is lasers! ... Lots of them, probably.

Watch Star Wars again, the original movie.

Those Imperials didn't bother shooting that 'empty' escape pod? Why? Because shooting lasers costs MONEY!!!111 They'd probably have been fired for wasting all that power shooting an empty escape pod :P

Comment Re:Potential Damages? (Score 1) 318

In Generation Kill there was a scene where some marines were dressed down for shooting a technical with a TOW. I think the cost/benefit of munitions and targets of opportunity was one of the reasons that cannons got put back on ground strike aircraft.

Then theres Star Wars (the original movie) where they don't bother shooting that 'empty' escape pod.

Comment Re:Potential Damages? (Score 1) 318

But you probably complain about lack of money for the arts or education. Nice going. Waste money we don't have.

I don't think that people NOT doing this is going to result in the US government spending more money on arts and education... The money is STILL going to the military-industrial complex.

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