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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Gavagai80 Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

Where's the American blockade of Mexican ports? Where are the American settlements in Mexico? Where's the regular American annexation of more Mexican land? Where's the regular American army incursions? Is America refusing to allow Mexico to declare independence and become a country, instead keeping it as an occupied territory? Are American politicians calling Mexico "the greater United States" and claiming a god-given right to take annex it completely as soon as we figure out how to get rid of the people there?

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Gavagai80 Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

Executing your opponents gives you the cooperation of the population, but certainly not their support. If you could conduct a legitimate opinion poll in IS territory, I'm sure the approval rating would be single digit.

3 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Gavagai80 Re:More importantly (389 comments)

For fancy muscle cars, this may be true -- the gas versions cost a lot to maintain. For regular people cheap cars, there aren't that many costs. Saving the $30 a year I spend on an oil change will take centuries to pay for a battery replacement.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Gavagai80 Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

Pol Pot outlawed education, and lasted long enough to kill a large fraction of the population. Self-defeat is very slow and bloody.

3 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Gavagai80 Re:It's getting hotter still! (617 comments)

Hint: Al Gore is not a scientist. If you're serious about learning things, you look at the actual climate science instead of politicians whose job is to dumb things down and make them sound dire enough to motivate the public.

5 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Gavagai80 Re:Some thoughts (617 comments)

Sea ice would ever-so-slightly raise sea levels, since ice takes more space than equivalent water.

5 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Gavagai80 Re:Money (249 comments)

For an unsustainable model, it sure has worked well for a very long time. You should let the millions of people using Libre Office, Firefox and Linux for year after year know that it's not working.

about a week ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Gavagai80 Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

Radicalization is caused by war. It's no coincidence that the Taliban resulted from decades of chaos in Afghanistan, or that ISIS resulted from years of chaos in Syria and Iraq. If you stop starting the wars, you stop creating the terrorists and no longer have to fight them.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Gavagai80 Re:Property rights (215 comments)

I bet you wanted to sue Apollo astronauts for trespassing because was the moon was clearly above your house.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Gavagai80 Re:And individual is not going to own a Google car (289 comments)

Although, in the real world, the vast majority of cars do nothing for most of the day. They sit in parking places and garages. Many don't move for days or weeks.

about three weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Gavagai80 Re:Not so sure (369 comments)

No, there's no evidence of having weapons of mass destruction. There's evidence of talking about wanting weapons of mass destruction, which should not come as any surprise to anyone. An actual conspiracy would involve evidence of possession, but this is simply a useful spin on facts.

about three weeks ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Gavagai80 Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

If you're a company selling phones or making firefox os, the number of phones is probably more interesting than the number of people.

about three weeks ago
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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

Gavagai80 Re:Any other ties to Microsoft? (39 comments)

There are rumors of a polaroid capturing him using a Windows PC in 1992.

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Gavagai80 Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

The constitution says the executive branch executes laws passed by the legislative branch. If congress couldn't give the president powers to apply laws, you might as well not have a government.

about three weeks ago
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Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

Gavagai80 Re:Reasonably, how long would a solar eclipse last (66 comments)

I hear there's a planet called Earth that has 12 hours of darkness every day at the equator, and months of it at the poles! Clearly uninhabitable.

about three weeks ago
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Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

Gavagai80 Re:Lies (66 comments)

Nobody said you have to go to an inner moon. Radiation levels on Titan, for example, are fine.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Gavagai80 Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (506 comments)

Even with perfect driverless cars, you still have situations where driver control is very useful. For example, if I'm driving to a hiking trail that doesn't have an address or a parking lot, there's no way a computer is going to be able to pick out the most convenient+safe place to park in the dirt on the side of the road.

about a month ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Gavagai80 Re:[Citation Needed] (158 comments)

No, it actually says the USA does none of those things. Those are Xes next to those, not the check marks it has for violations.

about a month ago

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