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Comment Re:More US warmongering (Score 1) 755

Seriously.
What was the strategic advantage of Assad using chemical weapons. None:
This whole thing stinks of a false flag attack.
Prove first it wasn't Turkey / al Nusra / White Helmets and their criminal co-conspirators ..... House of Saud, Israel, Qatar, Jordan and their friends hanging out in the undergrowth within the UK, France and the US.

Comment Re:More US warmongering (Score 1) 755

Prove It. The first chemical attack in this war was by the terrorists, not the Syrian Army.

The Tomahawk strike was a direct and clear violation of:
i) US national law (Trump never got Congress to authorize this attack)
ii) International law (Trump is now a criminal guilty of the crime of ‘aggression’)
iii) The UN Charter

In other words, Trump is now a war criminal and the USA a rogue state (again). The same applies to the US military. After all, the US went to great pains to establish that 'just following orders' is no defence.

Comment Design (Score 0) 37

I see in the distant future, we will eventually reverse engineer the genetic 'object code', to create the source code (I think ID is much more likely than random beneficial mutation); and I wouldn't be surprised if it looks similar to object orientated techniques we currently use.
Imagine having the source code to life, where you can tinker at a keyboard and 'print out' new DNA. The implications are both scary (eg the ability to create super bugs, or eliminate certain classes of people), to being able to cure genetic disease, to even immortality.

Comment TreeStyleTabs (Score 1) 266

Yep. Every time I see a post about Chrome and Tabs, I point out that Firefox is my daily driver because of the TreeStyleTabs plug in.
Chrome used to have vertical tabs, but some engineer took it out because he thought no one used it (because is was in some hard to find config setting... duh)

I usually have 40-50 tabs open at once, and there is no way I will do that on a browser not supporting vertical tabs.

Comment Re:Where is the Federal Criminal Probe on the CIA? (Score 1) 236

Haven't you worked out the purpose of the CIA yet?
The CIA isn't for a peon like you, although you get a surprising side benefit. The CIA is the private spy agency for very big business; mainly oil and drugs. The side benefit for Americans is getting to live a lifestyle beyond your means because the petro/narco dollar allows for great purchasing power around the world.
That said, I would still much rather the evil of the CIA than the KGB, NKVD, ISIS etal.

Comment Crazy Displays (Score 1) 111

Wow, this is nuts.
10 Years ago, I was working at 1920 x 1200 ... then because of hollywood most of us were forced to 1920 x 1080 and even more absurdly, mum and dad users were working at 1366x768 !!! For 10 years I waited and waited for the PC industry to bring out large hi res monitors... but again, it wasn't until the consumer 4k movement started, that PC manufactures started bringing out what I can only say is the absolute glory of 4k big monitors for programming.
but why oh why would you want 4k on 5.5" screen , when dell and HP are still foisting sucky pixelated monitors on PC's. This phone is 564ppi when the eye can only resolve 300ppi. What a waste of pixels.

Comment Re:Shocking!!!! (Score 1) 192

Cultures differ. I find the European mindset of desiring the state to provide for their needs to be immature. Maturity, in my opinion, requires a realization that no one has a right to another person's labor....no matter how much they claim to "need" it.

I get that: and I look down on people at the outer suburban shopping centre who are mooching off my labour.
But. we already have plenty of overproduction of the basics of life, with tons of automation coming that will displace lower skilled jobs. So were are heading for a more socialist society whether we like it or not, and the USA is behind the 8ball on this paradigm shift.

Comment Re:Shocking!!!! (Score 1) 192

It has always surprised me how little protection a US worker gets. Like your health care system; it sucks compared to the rest of the modern world (unless you are rich)

There seems to be this culture in the US of : There is nothing stopping you from becoming rich and powerful; and if you don't work hard enough, then you don't deserve anything.

Its like a society that got stuck at the selfish adolescent stage if independence, rather than moving to the mature state of interdependence. (ie like the EU, Canada, Australia, NZ), where society realises it need to provide basic health and employment protection services for those that aren't as smart, healthy or motivated as others.

Comment The Commons (Score 3, Insightful) 120

Let's say that I do get tortured and abused, and someone gets pictures of it and puts them online, say in liveleak, or even in some "well respected" news site. Who is responsible for torturing me? The one who did it? Or the jerks who hosted the pics?

They are both responsible, provided no party is a common carrier.

I read a very interesting article recently on the law of the commons. It essentially said that knowing someones real identity in a public commons, makes for polite (read socially acceptable) behaviour. This is why facebook is generally very polite; but anonymous blog comments can be abusive.

The issue is, we have a great tussle between our valid fear of governments, and even private businesses, abusing their knowledge of you; and our need as a society to protect those that cannot protect themselves by revealing the identity of those that abuse. This is not only children, but the elderly, and those with physical and mental impairments.

There is currently no answer to this problem as the two requirements will always oppose each other.

Comment Re:The point (Score 1) 532

Australia has socialised health care, just like every other modern western country EXCEPT for the USA; which has always puzzled me.
Poor people don't have private insurance and tend to smoke more, thus the burden for their health care falls on the public system.

I don't know anyone in our social group who smokes. Of our workplace of 50, none of the engineers/programmers/management smoke. About 3 of our production staff smoke. Its actually terrific living in an almost smoke free country.!

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