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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

You're right, respect and canonization are different...I was just being smart ass. And maybe you're misunderstanding me. I don't disrespect people for joining the military. But I'm not going to give someone automatic respect for joining the army. I'll give them more respect for their deeds, but not for their intentions (at least not much more) because I know most kids join the military not because of an intention to die for their nation, but for their future careers or just to make a living after high school.

4 days ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

Well, I registered for the Selective Service when I turned 18. I agreed--up front--to go into harms way as needed. I also pledged allegiance to the country every day for years as a child in America's public schools. I think I meet your dubious criteria for canonization.

4 days ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

Most people joining the military do so to "defend the US", just like all the TV commercials claim their job will be. Just like most police officers join the force to defend the public.

Bullshit. Most people join the military and/or become cops to earn money.

Regardless, intentions don't make you a hero, actions do. If a politician sends you into another country to support a coup to oust some leader who's hostile to American business interests...you're not a hero...you're a mercenary.

4 days ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

The point is still valid. You're arguing that because one puts himself in the position (by joining the military) where he can be easily forced to fight, that makes him a hero. That right there pretty much belittles those people who actually have participated in combat. No, I'm sorry...joining the military doesn't automatically give you a cape.

4 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Sperbels Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

I suspect you don't make it very far in politics if you don't toe the party line.

4 days ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Sperbels Re:Something's gotta give (811 comments)

I'm wondering at what point are the consumers going to rebel against all of this.

I already have. I refuse to fly with any major airlines. I'd rather take a small plane or drive.

about a week ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Sperbels Re:Have to jump through a lot of hoops (145 comments)

I've canceled service with them twice in various moves. Even though I requested they send me a box, I never received it.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Sperbels Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

Question should be rephrased: Does learning to code outweigh learning to code _better_?

A degree does not make one code better. Experience makes them code better. A degree and experience is even better (I'm not sure about this one because I've known experienced degree holders who still write awful code).

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Sperbels Re:No more fiction writing in the US (441 comments)

In about 1991, I gave a presentation on how to build a pipe bomb to my speech class. Everyone laughed, and I didn't get in trouble. If I did that today.... hooo boy... they'd lock me up for months. In retrospect, it probably wasn't such a good idea (even before Columbine). But 17 year old me was clueless.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Sperbels Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

Wow. They laid it on pretty thick. "He went be several aliases." That's kind of a sinister spin on publishing a few novels under different pseudonyms.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Sperbels Re:Uh (127 comments)

Yes. I'm confused too.

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

Sperbels Re:Hidden Files section? (369 comments)

Funny, I keep more porn in the same spot.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Sperbels Re:alien planets (89 comments)

That still doesn't explain why they would think planets were uncommon. We didn't know of any extra solar planets because we didn't have instruments that could find them...and we knew they were inadequate. Just because we were incapable of seeing them, that's no reason to believe they were uncommon. What we can infer from the known laws of physics suggests that all you need is gravity and matter and you're going to get clumps of matter orbiting other clumps matter orbiting other clumps of matter until you get stars and planets and moons and galaxies.

about three weeks ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Sperbels Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

Well thanks for that. But this was 25 years ago...hence the C-64. Like you, I developed self confidence too.

about three weeks ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

Sperbels Re:Occam's razor. (85 comments)

How about an overabundance of black holes?

about three weeks ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Sperbels Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

Same. My lack of self confidence is what caused me to spent all my time with my c-64 instead of people.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Sperbels Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

Few people care if you have datamine the hell out of a bunch of different private databases to determine someone's identity. But if you can google your name and find every discussion you ever had on the internet, then people care. I don't want a bunch of old discussions haunting me for the rest of my life. Nobody does.

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Sperbels Re:Niggers (can we change this title yet?) (359 comments)

People who don't believe in Ebola are removed from the gene pool.

Won't do any good. Producing more stupid people is relatively easy. You simply don't educate them.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Sperbels Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

And less open discussion.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Sperbels Re:thanks, dad, for sucking all the joy out of WAR (419 comments)

Young males already romanticize war. Video games/movies/novels frequently encourage that. Just because they're fictional, doesn't mean they don't affect people's opinions.

about a month ago

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