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Comment Re:Islam beats christianity. (Score 1) 286

That's bullshit. I've seen it for myself: Christian soup kitchens require desperate, hungry people to sit for an hour for a sermon before they're allowed to have any food. Giving away something with strings attached, even if they're not actually financial, is not "giving from the bottom of your heart".

Comment Re:Most of the alternatives he describes... (Score 1) 131

>does not seem to require to the latest internet fad app in order to work.

Telegraph was good enough for my grandfather, and it's good enough for me.

OK, so it takes a while to read these articles, and the bandwith is even lower than an 1149 connection, but . . .


p.s. My grandfather delivered Herbert Hoover's telegram offering him the party nomination. My father has Mrs. Hoover's thank you note to him . . .

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 559

Whoops, sorry. I should have said they're sick of the English.

Also, won't Scots always be "Brits", no matter what? Scotland will always be part of both "Great Britain" (an island) and "the British Isles" (the group of islands which includes GB). Or is "Brit" in this context a demonym only for a citizen of the UK?

Naming in the British Isles is really, really confusing. (For example, is "Ireland" a country, or an island? It's both! And they're not the same, because the statement "Northern Ireland is part of Ireland" is simultaneously true and false.)

Comment Re:Most of the alternatives he describes... (Score 2) 131

As I pointed out before, stuff like this just won't work. It doesn't matter how good it is technically, you can't get entrenched incumbents (like Apple that you mention) to adopt it, and without a critical mass, it fails. One company won't adopt it because they can't get vendor lock-in, another because they can't easily make money on it somehow, etc. For instance, why would the carriers want to adopt this, when they're making huge profits off of SMS messages now?

The only way stuff like this gets adopted is if it's forced on them somehow, and they really don't have a choice. Either some hugely powerful government forces them to adopt it, or it gets so much grassroots adoption that it becomes a de-facto standard. See web standards for the latter (everyone hated IE6 so much that they adopted Firefox/Chrome in such large numbers that web devs were forced to follow actual standards, and MS was then forced to follow suit. And this largely happened because of Chrome, which was made by Google, whose incentive was inserting spyware into the browser).

At this point, I really don't see what could force the big email providers (namely Google and MS) to adopt a new standard. It also doesn't help that so many businesses use Outlook, and frequently not the very latest version, so upgrading to a new standard isn't as easy as just hitting F5 on your browser as it is with a webmail system, though a fallback to SMTP would alleviate that, plus if enough large businesses really liked what Email2.0 had to offer (built-in encryption, etc.), they might willingly adopt new email clients just to get those features, though that's pretty hard to believe considering how stuck they've been on Outlook/Exchange for so many years, but if MS supported it quickly that would probably lead to quick overall adoption. But I don't see that happening because MS has a *long* history of hating open standards unless they can "embrace and extend" them to get vendor lock-in.

Comment Re:Scottish independence (Score 1) 559

The country called Ireland is independent. You are referring to Northern Ireland, which is a contituent part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

But the country Ireland is not entirely independent, it's a constituent part of the island Ireland, which is composed of two countries, Ireland (the country), and Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), the former being a country and not an island, though it's located on an island by the same name. Furthermore, Ireland (the country), while independent of the UK (which includes Northern Ireland (the country), is a constituent part of the EU, which will very soon not include the UK, nor the entirety of Ireland (the island).

I feel like a character in a Monty Python movie....

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 558

WTF?!? Russia is small!?!? It's the largest country in the world by far!

Sure, if you're looking at it from the childish perspective that acres of dirt (and snow) make up "a country." That's not what matters. Population, economic power, international trade, energy self-sufficiency, the ability to defend borders, and so on ... those are the things that make up a country, and contribute to how you measure whether or not one is large or small. Previously, the Russians made themselves (temporarily, in a short-lived illusion) "larger" by being willing to slaughter (or allow to die) untold millions of people and take over other countries as they built the creaky Soviet empire. They are now a "small" country in the scheme of things, which is why Putin is once again pushing into other territories.

Comment Re:Scottish independence (Score 1) 559

Would it still be "Great" Britain if it was just England and Wales?

Your question makes zero sense actually.

"Great Britain" is not a country. It's an island. It has 3 countries on it, England, Wales, and Scotland. It will always be "Great Britain", regardless of any political divisions, unless 1) it sinks into the ocean, 2) some wacky geological process causes it to merge with continental Europe (not likely, the English Channel is actually rather shallow and used to be dry land not that long ago), or 3) people for some reason simply stop calling it "Great Britain" and call it by some other name.

The name of the country you're thinking of is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Really a rather ridiculous name IMO. It's usually shortened to "United Kingdom". If Scotland leaves, I don't really see why they'd be forced to change the name; it doesn't specify that the UK occupies the entirety of GB, just that it's largely located there, which won't change with Scexit. However, if Northern Ireland also decides to leave this sinking ship, then they really will be forced to change the long-form version of their name. But it'll still be called "UK" for short, even though the union only composes two countries (England and Wales), plus some other territories (Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, etc.).

What'd be really interesting is if Wales also decided to secede. It's unlikely of course, since the graphs I saw showed very strong support for Brexit in Wales, but suppose they all changed their minds and managed to secede. Then there really wouldn't be anything that could properly called "The United Kingdom", since a union of one political entity really doesn't make sense. I suppose they could hang onto it out of nostalgia, or try to argue that the various Shires are united, or that the presence of territories like Isle of Man still make it a "union", but it's pretty weak, but they can call themselves whatever they like. But at that point it'd make more logical sense to just call themselves "England".

Comment Re:Incoming (Score 1) 276

You did in fact say "drones". It was the very first few words of your post - "If you use drones/"

What I said was "drones/robots/self-driving cars or some combination" - clearly indicating any and all. Not "drones" per se.

But even military drones can't cope with all (or even most) weather.

Today's tech is not the end game by any means. So using today's capabilities to make claims about tomorrow's likely circumstance needs to extend the progress curve before it can be taken seriously. IOW, the fact that a military drone can't cope with some weather at this time is in no way an indication that the same type of drone won't be able to in the near future (and the progress being made in LDNLS systems is a very strong indication they probably will.) Same for everything else. What it boils down to: Yes, today there still are lots of delivery jobs. But in a not-too-distant tomorrow, there won't be. Same for many other sectors.

Prepare or be blindsided. It's just that simple.

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