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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Grishnakh Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (280 comments)

Now, on to the fight: America is explicitly NOT a democracy.

Yes, it is. You even say so yourself:

America is a democratic Republic.

"Democracy" in modern parlance == "democratic republic". When the word "democracy" is used in regular conversation, NO ONE is talking about Athenian-style direct democracy, unless they explicitly say so. It's only pedants like you who even think of this.

It was formed that way EXPLICITLY to prevent mob rule.

Democratic republics exist for several reasons. One is because no one citizen can possibly be competent at voting on every single issue that faces a large and populous nation, nor can every citizen be expected to invest that much time into the governing process. So we "outsource" most of the work of governing to politicians called "representatives", and elect them to represent us and do our bidding. The rules you talk about do exist to make sure there's a longer feedback loop, so people's short-term reactionary tendencies don't make a mess of things, and so that there's a rule of law: people have to follow laws, until the laws are changed.

The Constitution and Bill of rights spell out what America is supposed to be. If there is a true need for the Republic to change the rules it is built upon, then there are mechanisms in place to do that... but THEY HAVE NOT BEEN USED.

Yes, they have. The Constitution has been amended dozens of times since it was written, and countless Supreme Court cases have further changed laws. And if you have some kind of problem with a court effectively legislating and deciding law, then you have a problem with English Common Law, which this country was explicitly founded upon.

Why? We can argue about that forever. Regardless, the basic rules from which all other rules rest upon, have not been changed. That means a police state is incompatible with American law; both in the letter and spirit of the law.

Completely incorrect. If case law and legislation (at all levels of government) have resulted in a police state, then a police state is indeed compatible with American law, by very definition.

It's sad how poorly educated in basic Civics most Americans are these days.

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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Grishnakh Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (280 comments)

Don't be stupid. Anyone who's an American Citizen is by definition an American, whether you like it or not, and whether you agree with them (and their idiotic ideas) or not. They certainly are "welcome" in America, they're Citizens and they were born here. Whether something is against the "spirit" of the founding laws is open to debate, and quite frankly, totally irrelevant since, as a representative democracy, this country (and any other with the same form of government) is supposed to reflect the will of the citizenry. If the citizens are a bunch of fools who vote for police-state laws, then that's what they're supposed to have. You're obviously the one here who opposes democracy and wishes to have an authoritarian government, because any government which does not reflect the will of the voters can only be authoritarian.

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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Grishnakh Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (170 comments)

The several times I used Uber, it was great too. They picked me up in luxury cars (Mercedes, BMWs) and had much nicer cars than the towncar services I tried. They used GPS and took me by the most direct route, while the towncar service took weird back roads that took a lot longer. The towncars were also older and in poor shape, whereas the Uber cars were rather new and clean.

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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Grishnakh Re:Now if only... (186 comments)

Exactly. A decent bicycle is faster (Segways top out at 12mph), much cheaper, not hard to fix, and if I need to go up some stairs or over other terrain, it's not hard to just pick it up and carry it. How much do Segways weigh?

2 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Grishnakh Re:Quoted from TFA (192 comments)

You're not too bright, are you? Congress has ultimate authority over NASA, and over everything in the entire government. They control funding for everything, and write laws to that effect.

If your boss at your company tells you to do something wasteful and unethical, then you either do it or find a new job.

2 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Grishnakh Re:Let me be the first to say... (142 comments)

It is terribly inconsistent, true, however it's also extremely adaptable, which is why it has a much larger vocabulary than any other language. Basically, English is the Borg of languages.

Spanish is crappy because it has a ridiculously low information density compared to just about every other language. It's horribly verbose and has too many syllables to say the simplest things.

2 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Grishnakh Re: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wr (142 comments)

Mexico and other Latin American countries are not exactly highly industrialized. If you want to get something made, you either go to Germany or Japan (if it's really high-dollar and needs extreme precision) or you go to China (if it's cheaper and you need huge volumes). Latin America is where you go if you just need some agricultural produce.

2 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Grishnakh Re: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wr (142 comments)

So basically, if you want to talk to educated people who actually make things work in the world, don't waste your time learning Spanish.

2 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Grishnakh Re:Let me be the first to say... (142 comments)

My understanding is that Portuguese is much closer to Latin than Spanish (Castilian) is. (Also, Galician is very close to Portuguese.) Basically, Spanish is a crappy derivative of Latin.

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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Grishnakh Re:Why does this need a sequel? (294 comments)

If Deckard is a replicant, then Roy's final act of saving Deckard, and his beautiful value of life speech means nothing.

I don't how this is, unless you think the replicants are less than human (which the movie, as you point out, is showing us is not true).

Also, Roy had no way of knowing whether Deckard was a replicant or not. Roy was obviously operating on the assumption that Deckard was a normal human.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Grishnakh Re:Check your math. (872 comments)

No, the Nazi leadership were big believers in Germanic paganism and the occult actually.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Grishnakh Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (280 comments)

at this point we should be storming the Pentagon / White House / Senate en masse to demand and take real freedom. There is no terrorist threat that actually warrants this level of intrusion, our own police seem to be better at killing defenceless citizens than terrorists anyway over the last year.

The problem is that most Americans are perfectly happy with the police acting this way. Yes, there's a minority of Americans who are outraged, but most of them thing it's just fine. Just look at the online comments any time one of these incidents happens; most Americans think the victim got what he deserved.

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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Grishnakh Re: Don't worry guys... (872 comments)

If you don't live in the Middle East, then it's not so much of a problem for you.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Grishnakh Re:Check your math. (872 comments)

Conservative Christians do indeed suck, but I can't think of any serious terrorist or even violent activity by Christians in a very long time, except for a couple cases of some lone wacko shooting an abortion doctor. Muslims, however, are infamous for organizing to do violent deeds. Advocating for various laws (which aren't very successful BTW, gay marriage is becoming more and more accepted in America now and is becoming legal all over; these days I think most ultraconservatives are more worried about illegal immigration, gun control, and various other issues than about gay marriage) is not similar to carrying out violent, terroristic acts.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Grishnakh Re:Don't worry guys... (872 comments)

Hey, I'm not a big fan of Judaism, but working to free your people from slavery does not make you a "warlord". Also, I don't remember anything in Exodus about Moses or his people resorting to violence; the story just has them fleeing the Egyptian army, and the Egyptians being swallowed by the Red Sea after they tried to follow the Jews through it. Of course, this story also claims the Red Sea was parted somehow so they could walk across, so it's highly questionable just how accurate this story is....

Also, I'm not sure how you give credit to Constantine for founding Christianity; I thought that honor went to Jesus, or perhaps Paul or even Peter.

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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Grishnakh Re:Why do I care what Harrison Ford thinks? (294 comments)

Well yes, at the rate we're going now, we're probably never going to have rotating space stations. Instead, we're going to destroy ourselves before we figure out how to make those.

4 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Grishnakh Re: Why does this need a sequel? (294 comments)

She picks up a gun and shoots him in the head while he isn't paying attention. Anyone can do that.

4 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Grishnakh Re: Why does this need a sequel? (294 comments)

That doesn't prove anything. Rachel is the "latest and greatest", but how does she do in fights? We don't know, because she never gets in a fight in the movie, or does anything at all where her physical abilities are tested.

It's entirely possible that Deckard (and maybe Rachel too) is a different version which was designed to have human-like abilities, so that he would pass more easily as human; it's also likely they have a longer lifespan as a result: Tyrell told Roy that he was a "candle that burns twice as bright", meaning basically their greater physical abilities came at a cost: a short lifespan.

5 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Grishnakh Re:Best Script Ever? (294 comments)

You've got to be kidding. Last Crusade was a pretty good movie, definitely much better than Temple of Doom. Crystal Skull was, by most accounts, indeed crap.

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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Grishnakh Re:Why do I care what Harrison Ford thinks? (294 comments)

There's other problems with the idea of a sequel: the original was made in the early 1980s, and the visual style while still great does show some aging, especially if you look at the vehicles, which look basically like souped-up 80s cars. Modern cars have far more curves and complex surfaces thanks to modern technology (look at the headlights in particular). Finally, the beginning of the movie explicitly states it takes place in 2017 (IIRC), which is only a couple years away, and obviously the present doesn't look that much like BR, not yet at least. Like a lot of sci-fi, it was overly optimistic with the dates, and they should have added 50 years or so to the dates. The same goes for 2001: A Space Odyssey, which should have been named 2100 instead. We don't have antigravity tech yet (pictured in BR with the flying cars), and are unlikely to get it anytime soon since our understanding of physics doesn't allow it.

5 days ago

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Engineering enrollments plummeting in Michigan

Grishnakh Grishnakh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Grishnakh (216268) writes "A lead story in Auto Electronics decries a 13% drop in engineering student enrollments over the past 7 years, and predicts trouble for the engineering profession in the USA in coming years due to many factors, including retirement of Boomers, less interest by foreign nationals in staying in the U.S., and increased international competition. One very interesting quote by a Dean of Engineering: "We need engineers with innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities. We need engineers who have the confidence and passion to lead global multicultural teams." I don't know about others, but when I started college and chose engineering as a major, if "leading global teams" were pitched as a major job task, I probably would have chosen a different profession."

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