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Comment Re:Well.... (Score 2, Informative) 140

There are residents in the Chernobyl exclusion zone who have lived there largely undisturbed and unhurt since right after the accident.

In the 'exclusion zone': yes. Close to the original site: no.

Reactor #2 at the Chernobyl power plant continued operations from the day of the accident with reactor #4 until 1991. Reactor #1 operated until 1996. Reactor #3 operated until 2000. The people operating those reactors weren't just working in the "exclusion zone", nor even NEAR the site. They were ON the site. And no harm came to them.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 153

$32 Billion is a lot, even for a company the size of Apple.

Apple dwarfs SoftBank. In the Forbes Global 2000 list, SoftBank is #69, with total assets of $179 billion, a market value of $67 billion, and an annual profit of $4.3 billion. ARM holdings will cost SoftBank 7.4 years of profits.

Apple is #8, with total assets of $293 billion, a market value of $586 billion, and an annual profit of $54 billion. I don't see any other company on that list coming anywhere near Apple's annual profits. #1, ICBC, is only $44 billion. Acquiring ARM Holdings would only cost Apple 0.6 years of profits.

It would have made a lot of sense for Apple to make the acquisition. By far the greatest part of Apple's profits come from products built around ARM chips: iPhones and iPads, plus, of lesser value, iPods, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs. Macs don't even come close. Apple makes its own ARM chips and is phasing out those bought from Samsung. What would make more sense than eliminating licensing fees for those chips?

Comment Re:Or the easy route (Score 1) 406

I'm still trying to figure out what kind of "test" he's going to give Muslims to see whether or not they believe in Sharia law.

Just make them eat a bacon cheeseburger.

You're going to trap a lot of Christians and Jews with that.

Leviticus 11:7
And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

Comment Re:What is the MightyMartian plan? (Score 3, Insightful) 406

there's nothing in the Qu'ran as far as violence, misogyny and plain old fashioned wickedness

Are you high, or just ignorant? How about:
    "kill them wherever you find them"
    "fighting is prescribed for you"
    "soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers"
    "those who believe fight in the cause of allah"
    "and be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy"
    "and fight them until there is no more fitna and religion is all for allah"
    "Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands"

and on, and on, and on.

Comment Re:So what is YOUR plan? (Score 1) 406

Don't fall for the tired old "witch hunt" narrative. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows there is NO SUCH THING as a "witch". Trying to root out communist subversives in the US in the 1950s, on the other hand, was operating against real enemies in a target rich environment.

Absolutely agreed that visiting a web site as felony is a concept that is way beyond crazy. Sadly, there is precedent. Bumping into a single FAKE image that is not even "child porn", but merely a cartoon that suggests it, for example - bumping into that while web surfing constitutes a felony because you are now in "possession" (in your browser cache) of what has been defined by idiots to be "child porn".

Comment Re: So what is YOUR plan? (Score 1, Informative) 406

ISIS' goal with the attacks in the West is to provoke reactions against moderate Muslims in the West, causing radicalization

Ah yes, the hoary "moderate muslim" theory. There aren't any "moderate muslims". Never were, never will be. The koran and the "teachings" of the child molester mohammed are works of evil and hate. If you don't subscribe to the evil and hate, you're not a muslim at all. You might be paying it lip service, and following through the prayer exhibitory bullshit, but you're faking it.

Earth to pussies: treading on tiptoe because you're all afraid and quaking in your boots that "they might get mad" is not a winning strategy. I have more respect for christian dogma - turning the other cheek not from fear, but from inner strength and resoluteness.

Comment Re:My illusions have been shattered (Score 2) 282

smart-sounding accents

Not everybody in the UK enunciates in Received Pronunciation like a BBC announcer. Nothing sounds any dumber than a Cockney accent, gov'ner. Midlands is pretty crazy too. Cornwall accent can be falling-down funny. If you're a devotee of Doc Martin, you just love the sound of it. Scottish English is truly to be savored; very difficult to comprehend though.

It isn't just the UK and USA that are separated by a common language. The UK is itself separated into fragments by a common language. Before you even get to Welsh and Scots.

Comment Re:This Is An Outrage! (Score 1) 199

And by "private company," I mean, of course, "public company."

Those terms don't have any real meaning. Google is a publicly TRADED company, but it is not publicly MANAGED or publicly OWNED. And whether it was publicly or privately traded, it would be governmentally REGULATED (although the regulations would differ somewhat between publicly and privately traded).

Comment Re:Well we all know what Muslims are like (Score 1) 96

It ain't just islam, though islam is just about the worst. What do you think of as one of the most mellow religions? Buddhism perhaps?

December 24, 2014: "A bar manager from New Zealand and two Burmese nationals are spending Christmas Day in Burma’s notorious Insein prison and will go on trial Friday, charged with insulting the Buddhist religion." The New Zealander was facing FOUR YEARS imprisonment. He was actually sentenced on March 17, 2015 to 2-1/2 years. One of the other two was sentenced to 2 years at HARD LABOR for insulting buddhism.

And it isn't limited to just religion.

December 15, 2015: "A Thai Man Faces Nearly 40 Years in Jail for Insulting the King’s Dog". And it turns out that lèse majesté prosecutions are pursued in ... wait for it ... the Netherlands as well as Thailand.

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