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Comment Re:Games vs. Movies (Score 1) 91

Have you ever watched someone play Minecraft?

Yes. Some people stage passable comedy and drama that way, making fun of movies and what not.

For the same reasons I don't get "e-sports" by the way. Playing a shooter is fun. But why the fuck would I want to watch someone do it?

I feel the same way about football.

Comment Willfully ignorant about the facts (Score 1) 113

Google did not decide to remove anything.

It was ordered by a court, a weary giant of flesh and steel, to remove from its index all articles that anyone wants removed.

The articles themselves are not removed. That would be impossible. This is the internet.

The articles in question can no longer be found with Google. They can still be found with Bing, Duck Duck Go, Baidu, or your own toy web-crawler. This is the internet.

Is it poor judgement by Google to obey the law?

Or is it poor judgement by the people to publish things they don't want to be public?
Or to draw attention to the things they don't want you to know about?

Comment Re:Hope! (Score 2) 522

We should also keep in mind that Linux itself, as a monolithic kernel, defies the concept.

It does not. Not only is the Linux kernel itself customizable at compile time to fit the needs of globally distributed supercomputers as well as wrist watches.
In Debian you have the choice between Linux kernels, a FreeBSD kernel, and the Hurd. (Unless your software requires systemd.)

Is it really so far out of line to define systemd's one job as interfacing with every service provider in the OS?

No, and if that was all systemd was doing, there wouldn't be a problem.

Comment Re:Hide the Knowledge (Score 1) 118

it's probably more important to give accurate information so people who might try it don't in advertently poison themselves

the way it's presented in Breaking Bad you'd go right down the wrong path

Basically the producers of the show want people to poison themselves when they try something illegal. Technically it is not captial punishment.

Comment Re:Starship Diversity? (Score 1) 392

Generation ships docking in space is an interesting concept.

Before ships couple their docking ports and become as one, they should first make sure that the other ship is trustworthy, it's intentions sincere, their expectations compatible. They should spend some time communicating to get to know each other before physical contact. There is also the magnetic potential to consider.

Once engaged, there will certainly be a lot of transfers between the ships: data, crew, atmosphere, maybe even liquids, but there is also the potential of communicable diseases spreading from ship to ship, that one crew or the other might not have built an immunity to yet.

Comment Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 2) 291

The U.S. didn't benefit from the Iraq vote (most of the oil contracts went to non-US companies).

Saddam Hussein wanted to trade the oil in Euros. With the new government, Iraq's oil is still traded in Dollars. In which country the oil is traded is immaterial; it is exported mostly to the USA anyway.

I think the U.S. was wrong to invade without UN approval

In fact, it was a war crime, violating article 2.4 of the UN charta, and public international law.

Russia did benefit from the Crimea vote - they annexed a huge amount of territory.

And Crimea's debt, which they now must help pay off. At least in the short term, the annexation of Crimea was a loss for Russia.

If Russian had simply stood by the sidelines

Their naval base in Sewastopol made it impossible for them not to be involved in some way.

demanding secession from Ukraine

The Autonomous Crimean Republic had existed since 1921. It was put under Ukrainian governance in 1954. When the Ukraine seceded from Russia in 1992, Crimea became an autonomous republic again, albeit as part of the Ukraine.

the results are indistinguishable from if they invaded and held a rigged election.

Crimea invited international observers to the elections because of these concerns. There is no evidence of vote rigging.

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