[UPDATE: The Senior Administrator for the London International School of Performing Arts informed me that Keanu Reeves made no appearance there, assuming that's the correct school. We're waiting on WB for more info.]
[UPDATE 2: Keanu's rep and the studio confirmed that this is entirely fabricated. The only somewhat true part is about the future Robin Hood script, which we knew about already, but it didn't cost anywhere near as much as $5 million]
Most nuclear powers don't brainwash their people and shut out the entire outside world to maintain an iron grip on the populace.
Most nuclear powers don't keep on the brink of war at all times and use threats to extract aid.
Hm. both of these sound like America actually. Brainwashing the populace with biased media, and threatening the populace with the idea of terrorism in order to stay in war (and then extract money).
Except it would make sense for us to "destroy" ours before we enforce our own hypocritical policies.
If it was simply something we "did" in the past, then it's one thing, but our foreign policy requires us to basically tell everyone else what to do because somehow we're better then them.
i c what you did thar.
Instead of responding to the positive things I said about google and negative things I said about microsoft, which clearly stated why I appreciate google over microsoft, you decided to call me ignorant.
I respect your urge to change the culture of slashdot, and encourage people to become more open minded, but insulting them is a terrible way to do it. If you decide to actually respond to what I said, I'd welcome that. As it is all I can do is shake my head and wonder what you're doing here.
Honestly, I think that my post wasn't so much "google fanboism" as much as "good software fanboism" Which I'm not embarrassed to be a part of. Any company (even if it's microsoft) that promotes good software, I'm willing to "be a part of" where "being a part of" simply means participating in their products.
When Microsoft makes a product, and prices it low enough or hands it out for free, then I'll buy it. As it stands, they won't. Everything they either price too high (Office) or don't put enough work into it (Vista). So I won't back Microsoft.
And this is amplified by Google's stance on Open Source (in comparison to Microsoft), which as you can imagine is a reasonably persuasive stance in this crowd.
The only good argument I've heard against google is people being worried about all their data being off site: ie, it's available to someone else, and possibly unavailable to you.
In summary: Have you even used Google Chrome? It's amazing!
If you tell a computer to synthesize 10000 compounds using X, Y, z and 1 one of them will kil everyone in the building and you dont EXPLICITLY tell it to not synthesize it. What do you think will happen?
Except, wouldn't you agree that the same thing could be done by simply maneuvering a robotic arm to drop someone down a large shaft?
In order for a computer to decide that humanity is worth killing, and for it to go out of it's way to kill us it would have to be programmed that way, or very complicated.
Failed Physicist did point out though, that if we basically simulate the whole brain, then we may "create" malicious intent accidentally. So I'd buy that.
A computer without COBOL and Fortran is like a piece of chocolate cake without ketchup and mustard.