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Comment Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 0) 204

They stood by and watched their CEO get ousted because of a donation to a cause that the majority supported.

It is weird how so many anti-freedom people like yourself are so quick to claim majority support for what Eich did. Sure, a slim majority were anti-gay marriage back when he tried to enshrine his religious dogma into law. But the overwhelming majority did not support "the cause" enough to spend money on it. By his own actions he revealed himself to be an extremist.

Furthermore, the whole idea that being part of a majority somehow excuses a person from judgment and consequences of their actions is itself morally bankrupt. The civil rights movement was a struggle against majority opinion too.

BTW, the freedom to restrict another person's freedom is freedom in name alone.

Comment Re:Reflective cockpit windows (Score 2) 445

> For which wavelength?


99.9% of these cases involve the cheapo frequency doubled greenies. All the other colors are significantly more expensive for the power levels that are dangerous to pilots and are thus both exponentially more rare and much more likely to be owned by people who know better than to do stupid shit with them.

There is no theoretically perfect solution, but there is a practical solution.

Comment Re:Better information wouldn't help (Score 1) 212

From what I remember, the Romney campaign ignored their own polls that said they were losing.

That's pretty much the last time that will ever happen again. Nate Silver's nearly perfect prediction of nearly all 50 states was a major wake-up call to the people who didn't believe in basic stats.

More than Obama, the nerds won last presidential election and its a permanent win.

Comment American Teenager Droned (Score 4, Informative) 202

The story of al-Awalaki's 16 year old son doesn't get enough coverage. Presumably, he's one of the 4 americans that have been (officially) killed by drone strikes.

Obama's campaign staff said that the boy should've "had a more responsible father."

Comment Re:Slashdot will hate me for saying this. (Score 2, Interesting) 202

The world is much more terrifying than you realize.

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like "honor", "code", "loyalty". We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "thank you", and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!


Comment Re:I'm not covinced by Dyson (Score 1) 125

And don't someone come up with the BS about everyone will sit around in blissful nirvana writing poetry or music or coding or go kayaking all day. It ain't going to happen.

And don't someone come up with the BS about it ain't going to happen without even bothering to state a reason.

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