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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Talderas Re: Simple answer... (360 comments)

Despite being called a boner, the penis has no bones or joints.

3 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Talderas Re:Home of the brave? (572 comments)

Some people love to use all-capital acronyms when they're not necessary or even inappropriate. GOP works for Republicans because it's the Grand Old Party while it's the Guardians o Peace. GoP would be the appropriate acronym, or possibly GP although that one would be an overload, which is fine since the contexts are sufficiently separate as to not cause confusion. As you so clearly demonstrated, GOP is an overload that may not be clear in the proper context.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Talderas Re:There is a difference. (572 comments)

If you're not so lucky, the last thing you hear before your death is Seth Rogen laughing...

Just kill me.

yesterday
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Talderas Re:Tits (443 comments)

That was from the episode Out of Their Minds from Season 2. John was in Aeryn's body.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Talderas Re:Tits (443 comments)

"Oh, come on, man! I'm... They're here. They're right here. They've been here for a couple of arns, and I just had to... "
"You are mentally damaged. "
"I'm a guy. A guy. Guys dream about this sort of thing. "
"I'll tell you one thing Crichton, if I find you've been dreaming anything else to my body I'll break your legs, even if they are mine."

2 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Talderas Re:Surrender to SpaceX, France (166 comments)

And your point is what, precisely? Stalingrad was responsible for over a million soldier deaths between the Axis and Soviets and yet that battle ended up being nothing more than a dick waving contest between Stalin and Hitler. The real strategic importance of that city was no where close to the material and manpower Germany ended up dedicating to trying to take it. Look all across Germany's eastern front and you'll find similar strategic blunders which in almost every case was due to some order from Hitler. many of these blunders were directly responsible for significant losses of German forces. Would the Soviets have beaten the Germans without those blunders? Maybe or maybe not but the allies would have been able to easily reach Berlin before the Soviets were even close to it.

Also, that 20,000,000 people dying in the USSR was only 13 million soldiers at best and 9 million soldiers at worst. The remainder of the figure was civilian deaths or deaths that could be attributable to war crimes.

3 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Talderas Re: What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

Well, how many Americans fought the Japanese in Manchuria?
How many Americans fought in Yugoslavia?

In Yugoslavia there were probably around something less than 10 Americans engaged in operations against Fascist forces. However, if you're referencing traditional forces engagement and conflict in Yugoslavia could not reasonably happen without first securing Italy, Greece, or Germany. Maintaining supply lines would have been exceedingly difficult.

Large enough. USSR has started bombing Berlin two weeks after it entered WW2. Two years earlier than the Americans that were - as 20 years earlier - quite late to the party. You didn't know that?

Large enough? The Soviet Union was responsible for 6,700 tons of bombs being dropped against Germany throughout the war. That was 3.1% of Soviet bombing missions and accounted for 0.2% of all bombs dropped against Germany. All told that means the Soviets dropped roughly 220,000 tons of bombs. The Soviets focused most of their bombing on countries like Romania and Finland to try to force those Axis satellite natiosn into surrender. The Soviet never really had production geared to producing long range strategic bombers so their ability to contribute in such a fashion was exceedingly limited.

Comparatively the US dropped 40,000 tons on Berlin in January of 1945 and in one month bombing the capital of Germany with nearly 6x as much ordinance as the Soviety employed throughout the war. The figures I was able to find for the US and UK show 1,463,423 tons for the US and 1,307,117 tons for the UK. I'm not sure if that was against German targets or of that was for the entire war in Europe thus including targeting other belligerants besides Germany.

By no metric can you consider the Soviet bombing effort against Germany "large enough" when compared against the US or UK contribution. What they did do was a token effort and the effort directed elsewhere was politically motivated to secure bargaining chips against the US and UK by securing the surrender of other nations before the US or UK could get involved.

3 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Talderas Re:Surrender to SpaceX, France (166 comments)

That's some nice revisionism you have going on there. The real defeater of Nazi Germany was Nazi Germany herself. There are many significant strategic and tactical blunders that were made by Germany which enabled the Soviets and others to capitalize. Not the least of which is the numerous never retreat or surrender orders that resulted in armies ending up encircled and lost order which were typically opposed by most of the German command structure. Writing off what amounts to basically 16-20 divisions of men (160,000-200,000) is nothing to sneeze at. Even more damning is that slightly better supply or just a 4th German division to compliment the Afrikacorps would have turned likely turned N.Africa into an Axis victory which is not something to be triffled with. That would have permitted a reallocation of supply, material, and manpower to other fronts being able to fortify the coast of France as well as reinforce the eastern front and Morocco to repel Torch.

3 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Talderas Re:Surrender to SpaceX, France (166 comments)

I did it as Germany in Hearts of Iron 3. It wasn't as bad as it sounds.

3 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Talderas Mississippi Is Doing Something Right? (1039 comments)

I cannot hide my incredulity over the fact that Mississippi is one of one only two states that do not permit religious or philosophical exemptions. The other is West Virginia.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Talderas Re:Poor enunciation (243 comments)

People are terrible at enunciation in their normal speech and that's the reason why enunciation is terrible in songs. It has nothing to do with singing properly.

The most flagrant offender of enunciation is "chewing" where you have a hard T followed by the word "you". The common result is a chew such as "I want you" becoming "I wan chew". It's sloppy and lazy.

I say this as someone who has had the pleasure of performing solos in front of a live audience where you don't get the luxury of redos for that CD recording.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Talderas Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

We've mapped the humane genome but we are nowhere close to understanding what all the individual genes are responsible for. There have been studies that have looked at the genetic differences between individuals and only about 85% of those genetic differences can be ascribed to the individual. The remaining 15% are genetic differences that are consistent among a population but vary between populations. We do know that at least some of those 15% of differences are going to be the physical traits that are indicators for how we socially describe race. What we don't know is how those 15% impact intelligence. They could be a direct impact on the floor or ceiling of intelligence or they might have a more nuanced impact by being genes that encourage behaviors that are counter-productive to building intelligence. They may impact nothing. However we don't know and I would agree that to say that these genes have no impact when we don't know what they do is a foolish statement to make.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Talderas Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

There are genetic differences in humans that can be attributed to populations rather than individuals. A valid question to ask is are these differences solely appearance type traits or do they impact other aspects.

about a week ago
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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

Talderas Re:What is it? (80 comments)

"FIFO for packets" is another way you can describe net neutrality.The base philosophy is a good idea but 100% dumb networks are a terrible idea.

about two weeks ago
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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

Talderas Re:What is it? (80 comments)

Throttle and congestion are two different ways to achieve the same result. Only one of those would be in violation of net neutrality.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Talderas Re:Federal law has an effect, too (413 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the legislation only enacted against states that had a history of racism? This is one of the reasons why Indiana can get away with requiring voter ID when voting but southern states get slapped on the wrist and told they can't.

about three weeks ago
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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

Talderas Re:end-user == subscriber? (76 comments)

There's two flavors of net neutrality. There's the dumb network flavor in which networking devices receive and forward packets in a FIFO manner. Then there's the smart network flavor in which networking devices receive and forward packets based on what grouping and type they fall under so that QoS can be preserved for latency sensitive applications. The Internet, in the US, is mostly operating under a combination of both dumb and smart networks at this time and lot of the issues that people "claim" are violating the principles of net neutrality are not. There's been some minor filtering going on related to protocols that are known to be frequently used for illegal purposes but the majority of issues at this time are related to bandwidth which has nothing to do with net neutrality.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Talderas Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

Money is fungible but a budget is a budget. Unless NASA is given specific legal directives to pursue this research they are electing to pursue this manned research instead of opting to pursue unmanned research.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Talderas Re:We'll build our own station (236 comments)

France better get started on taking Quebec then.

about a month ago

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