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Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 61

Well, let's all bow down the moral arbiters of justice then. I'm sure that they'll be right on top of removing speech they disagree with.

This is precisely what the spammers warned us about when the exact same Bayesian techniques were applied to get rid of spam. But you didn't listen to their plight, and now here we are having abusive trolls content removed before too. Where will the carnage end?

Comment Everything round is a "planet" now. (Score 1) 136

Here's the new proposal:

"A planet is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and that has sufficient self-gravitation to assume a spheroidal shape adequately described by a triaxial ellipsoid regardless of its orbital parameters."

If that's a little too jargony for you, their 'layman's version' is simply: "Round objects in space that are smaller than stars."

I don't know about this. By this really simplistic definition, not only are most moons now "planets", but so are a lot of asteroids and comets (of all sizes). Untold thousands of objects in our solar system will now become "planets". There's also no real clear dividing line on shape. What's the objective definition of "a spheroidal shape"? Even the Earth is far from perfectly round, so where's the line on jagged asterorids?

Under this definition, if I throw a marble out of the ISS, it will magically become a planet. Every loose ball bearing in orbit today is now a planet too.

Anyone who thinks this will return Pluto to its former special status, well, it does quite the opposite.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 914

Anyone watching the end sequence of that video who goes on to describe it as anti-semitic either does not understand human emotion or is deliberately lying.

Its using an anti-Semitic message to make a point. I understand that fine. But its also a video where a smiling person merrily displays message promoting genocide while the host laughs his ass off. If that doesn't make you the least bit uncomfortable, I'm a little worried about you. And ironically, the "joke" appears to be "look, nobody's doing anything to stop me from saying these horrible things". So when someone comes along and in fact does a wee bit of that, I don't see where he's got a lot of valid ground to get mad about it. Its precisely what he was asking for in the first place.

As far as the WSJ misrepresenting something, that's hardly new for them.

Comment Re:wonder why asian elephant? (Score 2) 162

That's very interesting. Among other things, it implies that Mammoths and Asian elephants are closer related to each other than either is to African elephants (but not by much).

Another way of putting this is that its probably more accurate to consider Mammoths as just another species of Elephant.

There used to (in historic times) be another relatively small North African Elephant species (Hannibal used them in his war with Rome), that is also now extinct. There were quite recently lots of island-based pygmy elephants and pygmy mammoths too. If you could bring back a Mammoth, those might be equally recoverable.

Comment Re:Where? (Score 1) 62

Issues with this:

I don't live in Europe, Russia, China, or anywhere else on the planet.

I don't need it unlocked (which is usually more expensive here), because the phones I buy are cheap, and thus no real hardship to replace on the rare occasions I decide to jump ship (perhaps 3 times in the last 10 years).

It is already easy to move to a different carrier and take my number with me. Cell networks don't "own" numbers here anymore. Haven't for a long time.There are enough of us that my family actually has 2 plans (with different carriers) and we've switched carriers several times with at least 3 different numbers that I'm aware of..

I don't use my "phone" for talking, for the most part, but as a mobile internet device. It is now the exact midpoint of the month, and I'm (personally, not counting anyone else on the plan) at 2.4GB of data usage. I have multiple teenage girls on my plan too. Some bare-bones setup with 3GB a month would not be sufficient. If it was, I suspect they'd be available, but it isn't.

All of this has exactly 0 to do with my point about the availability of that manufacturer's devices for purchase in the US (again, they are not). If you feel personal ire toward a US cell carrier, that's certainly your prerogative. But kindly direct it in appropriate threads.

Comment Re:Where? (Score 0) 62

Why do you continue to be ripped off by your carrier?

That's quite a leap. But you seem to be in good company pole vaulting over there, so perhaps I should explain why this is relevant...

You see, in the US different carriers tend to have semi-incompatible phone networks. Therefore, I can't just go buy any cellphone and expect it to work optimally with my carrier. For instance, if I want an S7, I need to go buy the version of the S7 that is customized to work on my carrier's network.

Does that mean I need to buy it from my carrier directly? Of course not. I believe I bought my last cellphone off of Amazon. But it does mean my carrier's "phone store" web page is a good place to go when I want to present a nice central list of "the different types of phones that work on their network" for the purposes of discussion.

I assure you it is also the case that if we were talking about cars, and I illustrated a point with Toyota's web page for a Corolla, that doesn't mean I go buy brand new Corollas directly from Toyota all the time either.

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 250

Oh, get serious. The whole "superdelegate" apparatus exists only to thwart the will of the voters.

This is in fact 100% true. The theory behind it is that "the voters" in a primary could easily be people who just became Democrats this week (or in some states aren't even Democrats at all), don't give a crap about the party, or even want to actively sabotage it. Remember that primaries are the parties picking their standard-bearer, not the USA at large picking theirs. Superdelegates are elected officials (Governors, Senators, etc.) with at least some proven investment in the party itself. In recent history they almost never vote contrary to the wishes of their own constituents when those are clear, but they are there as an "in case of emergency, break glass" set of votes to salvage the party. If the Republicans hadn't got rid of most of theirs, we likely wouldn't have the "President Putin/Banner" circus we are enjoying today.

That being said, if the Democrats don't like having them, and would prefer to just let whoever shows up on election/caucus day decide with no possible check whatsoever, that's entirely their prerogative. There have been some changes already to reduce their influence, and more seem likely.

Comment Where? (Score 0) 62

I'm guessing these sales are happening almost entirely in China? There's no Huawei phone even listed as an option on my carrier's website. As a consumer, sales maketshare really doesn't mean a whole lot to me until they are selling phones in my market.

I can kinda see why they wouldn't bother though. While I think its really important that Samsung has good viable competition in Android devices, I don't think I'd be entirely comfortable buying myself a consumer communications device from a company with deep ties to the Chinese Army.

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