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Comment Quality over Quantity (Score 2) 110

Sadly I think the quality of discussion on Slashdot regarding the intelligence community and abuse of government power has been steadily declining since the original Snowden revelations two and a half years ago. I'm not sure why that is, but the impression I get is that many of us both inside and outside the North American information technology community are just sitting and watching/waiting for 1984.

Comment Re: Obama's space policy (Score 1) 93

Mate, I think you miss the point of exploration. I for one hope they find the money to fund this effort sooner rather than later, I've not yet seen a man set foot on the moon in my lifetime (born in 1990) and be it the Russians or the Chinese I don't particularly care. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

Comment Re:Well d'oh! (Score 1) 109

The sarin/taurin rockets, mustard shells - they're real. And horrifying. But 'WMD' ? I know many chemical weapons fall under the 'wmd' umbrella but without a sophisticated delivery system like modern ballistic missiles they don't represent such a threat. I'm sure you yourself can attest that the gas was stored with, and intended to be used with, very rudimentary rocket systems featuring limited ranges. Those rockets and deadly gas cache's would never be used as a casus belli to justify an invasion, and yet...that's what happened. Kind of. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that you're both right, from a certain point of view. There weren't really WMD in Iraq the likes of what Colin Powell dreampt up in his worst anthrax-laden nightmares - but there were chemical weapons all the same, and they are technically classified as WMD even if Saddam lacked the capabilities to fully deploy them.

Comment Goodluck Kim (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Soon he'll be off to the USA, to disappear within the US federal justice system on trumped up charges of breaking the law in a country he's never set foot inside of. A warning to the wise, just like it was with the British Empire, break our laws and we will find you no matter where on the globe you reside. USA Law is universal apparently.

Comment Generational succession (Score 0) 12

Here I sit, holding my Zune HD. Featuring the first tegra chip amongst other innovations. First consumer tech device with an OLED display, and the prototype software for the Windows Phone 7 & 8 OS. I didn't think the platform would get this far. Pity the software went nowhere, windows phone seems horrible. Tegra seems great!

Comment Re:Obsession (Score 1) 154

Personally I believe the government funded search efforts are less than altruistic. This first occurred to me as I was standing in a park in Perth one night high on LSD when a massive Lockheed AP-3C Orion flew overhead at low altitude. I recognized the craft immediately though I'd never seen one in person, a truly massive american behemoth.

That experience, compounded by news in the local papers that a Chinese destroyer had joined our own Australian naval vessels off shore to assist in the search cemented in my mind that the search for MH370 was really just pretence; an excuse for regional governments in the southern hemisphere to conduct wargames. The amount of fuel alone consumed in the search thus far is astronomically uneconomical, it makes no sense to me otherwise.

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