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Comment Re: Fake (Score 2) 184

As you said, for the "Moon Landing Was A Hoax" theory to be true, NASA and the US Government would have had to silence thousands of people who worked on the project, the Russians who were our bitter enemies and who we were trying to one-up for putting a man in orbit, and thousands of amateurs listening in. Also, this silencing and cover-up would have to be both: 1) So iron-clad perfect that it eluded the detection of thousands of people over the decades and 2) So full of holes that a guy sitting in his basement looking at a video on his computer monitor could spot the forgery. Meanwhile, the conspiracy itself would need to be both so effective that they could keep all of these thousands of people who "knew the truth" silent for all of these years (through everything that the world has gone through in the past 40+ years) and so incompetent that they can't stop hoaxers from blurting out "the truth" all over the place.

This is the standard plot-hole of nearly all conspiracy theories: The conspirators need to be both highly effective and totally bumbling at the same time.

Comment Re: Wow, the UK is even more screwed up than the U (Score 1) 238

"While I thoroughly agree with your post - your choice of a 'good' third choice was terrible."

I don't see how this can realistically be blamed on Churchill, it was an inherited problem, and Britain was in the midst of war with barely enough resources to feed it's own population. What exactly could he have even done by that point? India was already defacto out of British rule by that point anyway because it was a condition of India's support for Britain in the war, hence why a mere 4 years later they were able to transition to full independence.

Do I think Churchill was perfect? No, his government after all was responsible for the treatment of Turing and Turing's resultant death. But Churchill did a lot of incredibly good things as well, the European Court of Human Rights being an obvious example, but his efforts post-war were what led directly, and indirectly to things like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, the EU and so on and so forth - institutions he either led creation of, or created the environment in which such institutions could be created have created decades of European stability, and given justice to and protected the human rights of millions.

If you judge him by the standards of the time he was far and away about the most progressive leader going. Of course, standards at the time were pretty poor sure, but it's still a night and day choice between Churchill, Stalin and Hitler - declaring him one of the worst leaders in history is rather over the top hyperbole, you're effectively basing that on making him guilty of inaction in not pulling a magic trick to resolve a problem he did not cause and could not realistically resolve, and ignoring the fact that the ideas he had and institutions he created are what have led to the stability and success of the modern Western world. This is something that is all too well being eroded as modern leaders regularly declare things like human rights as bad, or try and shout down the international criminal court because it dares to try and tackle war criminals and so forth. Churchill sought to create structures and institutions that would prevent or minimise the likelihood of the atrocities of World War II ever coming to the fore on that scale again, and to bring justice when they do happen. As much as modern world leaders are now fighting back against that, he has to date, been completely successful, and so if you do blame those 3 million Indian deaths on him you must also credit him with the 100s of millions of lives he's saved both in helping to push an end to the war, and with the prevention of further instability preventing further wars and war crimes since. You cannot simply pick some indirect problem and blame it on him without also accepting the other indirect good things.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 450

I should have clarified. We cancelled cable TV. Unfortunately, we're stuck with cable for Internet access. Our only other options are DSL (slow and Verizon's looking to ditch it ASAP), mobile (which we use for on-the-go browsing, but isn't good for streaming a household's worth of video), and satellite (slow and expensive with low caps).

Our cable company (Time Warner Cable) hasn't pulled the "Internet Alone costs more than Internet+TV" garbage, but I know that other cable companies (*cough*Comcast*cough*) have. It's all part of their dirty tricks to keep people subscribed to cable TV so they can claim higher subscriber numbers and fend off questions about cord cutting taking off.

Comment Re:Compared to 430 computerized shots in the origi (Score 1) 300

Story should always be the primary focus, but lets not forget that CGI can help if done right.

Not to switch away from the big screen to the small screen, but take a look at either Game of Thrones or The Expanse.

Both definitely have their share of CGI scenes, and when they DO go CGI, they go heavy, but in both cases, even if the CGI scenes are sometimes meant to "ooo" and "ahhhh" the audience, they are also in service of the story ... not the other way around.

The simple fact is that way too often a director gets his mind around an action/fight/chase/whatever that will wow the audience, and tries to deliver a bunch of these instead of a good story. Summer blockbusters have usually been especially egregious of forgetting this.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-11-defining-features-of-the-summer-blockbuster/

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 450

Cable news channels do provide news. The problem is that they feel the need to fill up 24 hours with "breaking news coverage" and wind up with 20+ hours of filler (speculation, talking heads, etc) and 3-4 hours of actual news (on a good day). I get the same news content minus the filler from various sources on the Internet in much less time.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 450

News I can get from other sources - either OTA or from the Internet. I don't need 24 hours of "in-depth" news coverage of an event when 20 of those hours are talking heads speculating about things to fill the time.

As for sports, we really don't care about that. Certainly not enough to pay $70+ a month for it.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 4, Interesting) 450

When we cancelled our cable, they wanted to raise what I was paying from $87 (for cable TV + Internet) to $137. I would be getting nothing extra in return. No faster speeds. No additional channels or features. It was just a $50 price hike for the sake of hiking prices. When I asked about the $99 promotional prices they were advertising, I was told those were for new subscribers, not people who had been with them for about 15 years. When I questioned why the price was so high, I was told that it was actually a "$150 value" so I was really getting a "great deal."

We canceled cable and now we're paying $35 for Internet plus $10 a month for Hulu. (We were already subscribed to Netflix and Amazon Prime pre-cord-cutting and would have kept those either way so those really didn't factor in.) After factoring in buying more DVDs and VOD content (from Amazon or Google), I figure that we were saving around $70 a month. After a year of cutting cable, our former cable company announced the usual round of large price hikes so we're saving even more now.

Comment Re: A brief history of Slashdot tr0lling (Score 1) 302

... and here I am without mod point.

Nice addition (and +1 for showing value in an AC post).

I would add that sometimes the IN SOVIET RUSSIA posts (along with some of the other meme trolls) were actually used in a clever or silly way that did invoke a bit of laughter and humor, but there were often few and far between.

Comment Re:Another day, another idiot (Score 1) 406

Judaism doesn't seek out converts

We actually actively discourage converts. Potential converts must first be turned away three times. If after the third time, they come back again, we know they're serious. Then, they can begin a long journey of study before they can finally convert. Even the conversion, for men at least, can turn back potential converts. While women get it easy (dipping themselves in a ritual pool), men need to get a circumcision. And no saying "it was already done when I was a baby." Some blood needs to be drawn. If you're willing to go through all that, they you're definitely serious about converting and not just looking to switch religions based on some impulse that will change a few weeks later.

Comment Re:Intelligent (Score 2) 406

From what I've heard, Trump immediately regretted his choice, tried to get out of it, but then realized that he couldn't. When Trump and Pence walked out to make the announcement, they played the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want." That's an odd choice of music for announcing someone that was high up on your VP list.

Comment Re:So what is YOUR plan? (Score 2) 406

Many, if not most, of the communists "rooted out" in the 1950's were political opponents of Joseph McCarthy. He read from an empty list and ruined people's lives by branding them "Communist." The same will happen here if we let it and people won't speak up for fear of being brought before the new House Un-American Activities Committee under suspicion of being pro-ISIS.

And as far as visiting an ISIS website being a felony, take a look at this URL: http://tinyurl.com/j49fjhw.

Without clicking it, does that go to a legitimate news story, a video of kittens playing, an ISIS propaganda website complete with beheading videos, or a discussion forum? There's no way to tell. Someone could easily click that link thinking they are going to a funny video and end up on a pro-ISIS website. Then, if/when the authorities kick down their door, they'll discover pro-ISIS materials in the person's browser cache. (That link goes to this Slashdot story. Or does it? Try clicking it to find out!)

Then there's the possibility of computer infection. What if you're infected with a virus/worm/trojan and it downloads pro-ISIS materials onto your computer without you knowing. Are you to blame? Can you be sent to jail and/or fined for this?

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