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Comment Re:As a Russian (Score 1) 548


As a Pole I can say that our two countries had a difficult history. Some of it good some of it bad. Russians killed many Poles, many Russians were killed by Poles. But on the whole I would say that both our peoples are very close (if not for the stereotypes). And that's the point of MW2. It's very antiwar in my opinion. Of course it makes war out to be cool and fun, with gadgets, new weapons, special effects high speed chases. If you stop for a moment and look past the graphics and the action you see the dead bodies lying in the streets, the burns, the wounds, the property damage. In MW2 everyone is guilty, every nation portrayed has done something questionable in the name of a "grander" cause. But also members of those nations have done some good things. The game shows us that behind monolithic nations stand people, people that make decisions, take actions. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. There's no clear cut difference that Russians are bad and Americans are good or vice versa. MW2's main antagonist is American after all (at least in my opinion).
I have to agree that the US Ranger parts are overly positive and idealistic in nature.

Comment Re:Not following (Score 1) 548

the snowmobiles/speedboats tipped you off? :-)
for me it was the f15s zipping by two helicopters at arms length or in the same level being airlifted from a 2x2 hole in the roof with metal rods waiting to split you in half... cod never's been a realistic game. if you want (semi)realism play operation flashpoint or something. cod is an action movie and it's great if played like that... way worse than the first modern warfare though. playing it I get the feeling that I've done this all before, ohh so many times. nothing to see here move along.

Comment Re:Linux will never be ready for some people (Score 3, Insightful) 1365

I think that Linux is more than ready for the desktop but as you say people don't know that it exists. Over the weekend I reformatted my semi-corporate laptop (lenovo thinkpad r61) from Vista Business to Ubuntu 9.04. And I've been totally surprised how well the whole process went. All of the hardware worked OOTB. Today I've been even more surprised when I brought the machine to work. I connected the network cable. Fired up Evolution and connected to the Exchange server. When I wanted to print something Ubuntu had found all of the available printers on the network and let me choose which one I wanted to use. Everything has been flawless the whole way. Not to mention that it's blazing fast compared to Vista. I can even run a Windows XP environment in Virutalbox without any significant slowdown (4GB RAM) so if I need to sync my iphone apps on it I can do that too. But people don't know that the possibility exists, or even if they know the headaches caused by Windows aren't big enough to warrant a change, or a couple other excuses to just stay with what they know.
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Submission + - Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb' (

mikesd81 writes: "CBS has an article that states a Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

Apparently, Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called "Gay Bomb." Edward Hammond, of Berkeley's Sunshine Project, had used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the proposal from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio.

As part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons, the proposal suggested, "One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior."

The Air Force wanted 7.5 million dollars to develop this weapon, nicknamed The Gay Bomb. The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another," Hammond said after reviewing the documents. "The notion was that a chemical that would probably be pleasant in the human body in low quantities could be identified, and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soldiers would become gay," explained Hammond. The DOD says the idea was quickly dismissed, however Hammond said the government records he obtained suggest the military gave the plan much stronger consideration than it has acknowledged. "In fact," he says, "the Pentagon has used it repeatedly and subsequently in an effort to promote non-lethal weapons, and in fact they submitted it to the highest scientific review body in the country for them to consider.""

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