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Comment Re:Iron Curtain (Score 1) 320

My wife tries to have my son watch all these Soviet-era Russian cartoons. I honestly can't think of anything more namby pamby and insipid as those children's animation, with dreadful production values. There's a reason nobody voluntarily watches that stuff anymore - and it has nothing to do with not being "given a chance".

Comment Re:Bloggers in the USA are totally anonymous. Righ (Score 1) 167

As I understand it the law, your identity will be public information once you have 3000 hits in a day. In the USA, the NSA might know who all the bloggers, but keeps it private. I imagine that from now on, any blogger in Russia criticizing the government or deviating from the narrative presented by the state-owned media might face consequences.

Comment Re:cause and/or those responsible (Score 1) 667

Yes, I am sure most everyone here does know about Iran Air 655. The Wikipedia page on MH 17 links to a list of commercial passenger planes shot down, that include the USS Vincennes incident. However, we are discussing Wikipedia edits made for the Malaysian Air flight made by a national government. Has the US Government been involved in making edits to that page to shift blame from itself and disseminate false information, or are you just engaging in whataboutism?

Comment Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 5, Insightful) 667

It's pretty easy to determine if the Russian government is sharing knowledge as a primary source or knowingly disseminating false information. The edits implicate the government and military of Kiev, replacing statements that implicate the rebels as well as Moscow. So if the Russian side was in fact the truth, you would expect rebels and Moscow bending over backwards to assist with the investigation, and if the Russian side was a Big Lie, you would expect rebels and Moscow doing every to impede the investigation. It seems pretty clear the extent of assistance the investigation is getting.

Comment Re:Repeatable as Fuck (Score 1) 209

Or for that matter, what "perfectly adapted" even means. Almost every aspect of physiology I can think of has hard limits and has trade-offs to considered. "Perfect vision" is simply not achievable - not enough photons, number of light detecting cells in an eye, diffraction, etc.

Comment Re: Bah (Score 1) 209

Great book, but might be hard to find. There hasn't even been a copy available on Amazon for at least a year, and on eBay it goes for $120. There was a film version on the Discovery Channel about a year ago, so you might be able to see it on Youtube or somewhere, though I don't think it does much with the narrative and "notes" which were another great feature.

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