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Comment How much do they vary? (Score 4, Informative) 226

You make an assertion that there are "dramatic" changes in the text, but is that true?

Here is an example of analysis of the Great Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea scroll find. It dates to 200 B.C., only 500 years after Isaiah wrote the original and over one thousand years older than the previously used manuscript (used in the King James Version of the Bible).

Is that a "dramatic" change the closer you get?

Comment Re:Totally. (Score 1) 121

I assumed they must be Chinese. Who else could claim ownership of the US "our country"?

Wait, so you don't consider it to be your country? Maybe that is why your country is so screwed up if you do not think of yourself as having "ownership" of it. You think the problems are for someone else to solve.

Comment Just saying (Score 4, Interesting) 133

I have yet to meet a file "sharer" who thought there was *any* perceived risk. Not audio, not video, not programs...

Seriously. Not one. Since the first digital days. That's anecdotal, but it's a whole lot of anecdotes, as in every adult and teen I've met in the last 40 years.

And speaking as a software developer that decided not to copy protect, threaten or prosecute, but did implement anonymous active copy / IP reporting over the net so I knew what was going on in terms of interest and activity, there have been hundreds of times the number of non-purchased copies of my various software products in use as compared to the number that were purchased during the sales lifetimes of those products.

There's no fear out there. I'm not sure there should be, either. Because the threat level is basically zero. And perhaps it should be, ethically speaking. Legally... well, the law is often wrong.

Comment Free doctor? lol (Score 1) 239

lol. Free doctor, eh?

Someone's been feeding you a line of propaganda.

You get incarcerated, if you're *lucky*, you'll see a doctor after a few months, and even then, probably only if someone beats you within an inch of your life.

The free medical care? Mostly myth, and absolute bottom feeder quality if you do get any. Too little, too late if it's serious.
The free food? Trust me, you don't want to eat it. Any of it.
The free room / roof? Sure. Complete with free beatings, rape, and deaf/blind guards. And an hour a day in the yard. Pick your power group.
The free education? Awful. You can't use it anyway, you're a felon. Start figuring out who and how to rob, because that's the only decent-paying job you can get hired for now.

Jails and prison in the US are hellholes, the inevitable fruit of the popular retribution-centric mindset combined with scare-the-populace political maneuvering. You approve, okay, that's your call but don't try to sell those places as poverty relief. There's no relief to be found. Of any kind.

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