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Comment Re:Interesting, but probably irrelevant (Score 1) 88

It's not about possession, it's about who's in control of the "make a copy" process.

So if I first ask my girlfriend to make me a mix CD, then I become party to her copyright infringement, but if she just does it of her own accord I'm fine?

Yes. It's called induced infringement - where you induce another to infringe on your behalf.
The rest of your questions have the same answer.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 876

The Soviets invaded Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania before WWII. Considering their economic and military problems, this wasn't a record of peace. They took advantage of WWII to impose what they called Communism on several other countries. I think you can compare what went on in those countries with what went on in US-dominated countries. US-dominated countries were often treated well, sometimes very poorly, but it doesn't seem to compare with what the Soviets did to Poland, East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. The Soviets were at least as ruthless as the US in dealing with Third World countries.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 876

Roosevelt was slowly pushing the US into war with Germany, and was also (from 1940 on) trying to build up the US Armed Forces to be ready to fight a large war.

In September 1941, we were de facto at war with Germany in the Atlantic. We didn't do very well in this period, but we were fighting the U-boats (not sinking any, mind you, but we tried). We were unsuccessfully trying to avoid a war against Japan.

The entry of the US had some immediate bad effects for the Allies, as the desire to build up US forces for later use cut down on what we were sending to the countries actually fighting. The USAAF conducted its first European bombing raid in July 1942, using US-built bombers borrowed from the Brits. The US Army didn't get into action until November 1942 in North Africa, where it found a considerable number of shortcomings. In 1944, the US was waging war on multiple fronts, with extremely effective air power, and supplying other Allies with plenty of stuff, but the first year or so of US participation was awfully rough.

I'm not sure how things would have gone with US entry earlier. Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister for the first nine or ten months of the war, preferred to keep the US out if possible. He was succeeded by Churchill, who wanted the US in badly, completely failing to recognize that the US was not out to save the British Empire. US preparations started in earnest after the fall of France, and ten months earlier preparation would have helped to some extent.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 876

Compared to, say Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt, Hitler was a reasonably good strategist. His problem was that his generals didn't agree with him about what sort of war it was. The generals, as a group, thought that the best thing to do was to try for some sort of 1918-style peace terms - harsh, but livable. Hitler thought that losing would be the end of the German race.

Therefore, Hitler saw his generals as planning to slowly lose the war that must be won, while the generals saw Hitler as doing increasingly risky and wasteful things in pursuit of an unattainable victory. Since Hitler's generals weren't doing what he saw as necessary, he fired lots of them and started micromanaging the others.

In actual fact, they were both wrong. Germany was overrun and the government destroyed, but the German people were mostly treated sort of OK, at least in the Western occupation zones.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 876

More to the point, Spain was a neutral in WWII, not an ally. (Franco had allowed Germany to recruit a division to serve on the Eastern Front. Franco figured he was against the Soviet Union, wanted to look sympathetic with Fascists, and thought sending the hard-core fascists to die in the East solved some of his problems also.) Spain wasn't screwed over by WWII, but by the Spanish Civil War just before it.

Comment Re:Do you have any idea how douchey your sig is? (Score 1) 205

There is publicly available evidence that Russia was behind it. It's not nearly conclusive evidence. There is a plausible motive for messing in US elections. So, are you stupid enough to dismiss the possibility? Or stupid enough to trust the Russians not to make changes in what they leak?

Comment Re:climate change deniers (you!) (Score 1) 363

When was it last 1000 ppm, and how much has the Sun warmed up since then? On a geological time scale, the Sun is getting hotter, and in less than a billion years it will boil off all Earth's water (unless somebody does something about it, which could involve something developed quite soon in geological time).

Comment Re:Seems unlikely (Score 1) 363

It's a tragedy of the commons. No matter whether I work hard to reduce my CO2 emissions or don't give a crap, global warming is going to happen the same to within any conceivable measurement. One ppm of CO2 is something over seven billion tons, and burning an extra hundred pounds a day isn't going to make a difference. If three hundred million of my best friends conserve along with me, there will be a noticeable difference.

Humans don't do well at cooperating in circumstances like this, and government intervention is normally necessary.

Comment Re:Taking CO2 out?? (Score 1) 363

There isn't enough acreage to lay solar farms to meet our energy needs without affecting the ecosystem... and lets not forget about how bird kills will affect the bird population if we put wind farms everywhere.

I think you'll find that other energy sources have environmental effects as well. The ones you list are minor compared to what coal power does.

Comment Re:I hear Hillary participated in this study (Score 1) 183

Name someone who was negligent with classified material and wound up in prison. Just try. I couldn't find one. Neither could anyone who tried to give me an example. Deliberately putting classified information where it shouldn't be is frequently prosecuted at the felony level. Negligently doing so is not prosecuted, but temporary or indefinite loss of security clearance is a real possibility.

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