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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

dunkelfalke Re:Neville Chamberlin was not available for commen (213 comments)

They would never have stepped in earlier because they were happy with Hitler being a staunch anticommunist.

This is also why WW2 went on for so long - the allied waited out for Nazi Germany and USSR to destroy each other and only opened the Western front when it was clear that USSR would stay

8 hours ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

dunkelfalke Re:IMO.... (184 comments)

It gets even funnier. That "~ski" ending of the family names is actually Polish, not Russian. Pole-ish, get it?

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

dunkelfalke Re:I speak Ukrainian (142 comments)

No, it cannot be said.
Certainly not about English, because it would mean that a majority of English speaking population would usually talk mostly using words from a closely related language - that would be what, Frisian? - with English accent and grammar.

That might maybe happen in Scotland, where English and Scots might intermix in this way, but this kind of speaking is far from majority.

It certainly is not the way here in Germany, people won't, for example, speak Dutch using German grammar and accent. They either speak Niederdeutsch or standard German. They might speak more or less in a dialect, but a dialect is not a language, Ukrainian is certainly not just a Russian dialect, they are several grammatical differences like the vocative case which Russian lost half a century ago.

It doesn't work for Russian at all, Russians don't usually mix their language with other closely related languages. Only when they try to learn that closely related language as a foreign language this might happen.

It can come out this way in former Yugoslavia, because the language there is mostly a dialect continuum and the languages are really only separated for political reasons - with the exception of Slovenian (which lies between South and West Slavic languages, that is between, say, Slovak, and Croatian) and Macedonian (which is closer to Bulgarian).

Slavic languages are a hobby of mine so I do know a lot about them and can speak several.

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

dunkelfalke Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

Am I?

Economic theories are not falsifiable, economic theories assume a human model (homo oeconomicus) that has nothing in common with real humans. Economists don't use scientific methods for experiments. Either you can't see it because you are an economist and was brainwashed to believe that economics is a science or you are misguided by applied mathematics used by them.

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

dunkelfalke Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

Windows 7, Cyberlink PowerDVD 13.

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

dunkelfalke Re:Interesting, but ... (142 comments)

The English say yes, the French oui, the Germans ja, the Spanish si, the Russians da, the Japanese hai, the Portugese sim, the Polish tak... is there a value to this?

In fact there is. Because the apparently simple concepts you have listed are not quite the same. Polish "tak" comes, in fact, from the same protoslavic word that means "so (it is)" which exists in every Slavic language in the same or nearly the same form (tak, tako, taka), so a Croat or a Russian or a Czech would understand it as a kind of a confirmation, but other Slavic languages use a different word for a simple affirmation. Czech and Slovak use "ano", which comes, I think, from the protoslavic "that one" and all the rest uses a form of "da", which comes from a protoslavic word meaning something like "in order to". Matter of fact, ancient Czech and Polish had "da" as well, it just fell out of use.

You can already see, I love Slavic languages.

Japanese "hai" doesn't necessarily mean "yes". It often means "I hear you" or "I understand what you are saying".

3 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

dunkelfalke Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

Well, a lot of experts took classes about economics. And still these experts fail to predict economic downturns and after that fail to do anything substantial about them.
Economics is a science about the same way astrology is a science. It uses math, sure, but at its core there is just a set of beliefs.

3 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

dunkelfalke Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

Just yesterday I've tried to watch a Pink Floyd "The Endless River" bluray I've bought the other day on my PC - I don't have a TV or a stand alone bluray player. I was not able to get it to work thanks to the bloody DRM.
This crap encourages pirating instead of buying.

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

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

Very much so. I work for a company that employs people that came from 20 different countries. Not a single one of them speaks Spanish.

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

dunkelfalke Re:I speak Ukrainian (142 comments)

Many people say that they speak Ukrainian. Most of them speak either an ugly mongrel of Russian vocabulary with Ukrainian grammar and pronunciation or an ugly mongrel of Polish vocabulary with Ukrainian grammar and pronunciation.

I wish that if they use that kind of a mixed language, they'd use Czech words instead of Polish ones - they are far less ugly and closer in phonetics.

3 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

dunkelfalke Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (114 comments)

Lack of agricultural knowledge. There's a reason it's a waste-land.

Yes, and agricultural mismanagement is one of the reasons. Desert reforestation is important.

What utter stupidity. There are damned practical reasons that cities grow up where they do, and positing crap like "more equable distribution of the population" denies those realities.

You forget one important thing - perhaps you live in a country that was settled not too long ago - there were practical reasons that cities grew up where they did many centuries ago. These reasons might not be valid nowadays. In fact, that more equable distribution of the population over the country is what has happened in Germany during the late 20th century.

3 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

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

How many Soviets fought in the Pacific campaigns, such as Okinawa, Tarawa, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima?

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

Did any Soviet armies fight in Africa, the Middle East, or Italy?

You mean the battles that were barely a blip on the radar compared to what happened on the Eastern front? But yes, matter of fact, USSR and UK invaded Iran together.

How big was their strategic bombing campaign against Germany?

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?

Did you know that 30-40% of the heavy tanks helping to defend Moscow at the Battle of Moscow in 1941 were Lend Lease material?

Which was paid for in gold and for decades after the war. That was just business, nothing more.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

dunkelfalke Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

Crusades are easy, that would be a response to 100 years of Muslim rape, slaughter, and forced conversion in Spain.

Eh, never knew that Novgorod was muslim and in Spain. Or Prague, for that matter. Maybe Latvia? No?

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

dunkelfalke Re: Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

Bullshit. The pope has started crusades on the (christian) Czechs for five bloody times.

4 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

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

Not 100% American either, the Soviets have destroyed the Kwantung army in Manchuria.
So basically the Russians did most of the work in WW2, the Americans took most of the credit.

5 days ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

dunkelfalke Re:macro assembler (641 comments)

This is Lake Wobegon talking. You can't even comprehend written text correctly and you think yourself a mighty software developer? You are a monkey just like everyone else.

It is not about compiling. The errors that can be caught at compile time are almost always uninteresting typos. If you try to eliminate these, you just sacrifice the code readability because people will name their variables i and j instead of making them speak for themselves. But all kinds of shitty code will still compile just fine but fail in a billion of different ways in runtime.

It doesn't matter whether it is programming, flying an airplane or operating a nuclear power plant. Humans make errors. The less opportunities you give to a human to make errors, the better the results.

about a week ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

dunkelfalke Re:macro assembler (641 comments)

I wish C would do that. What happens in real life is that some miscalculated pointer just silently overwrites memory with random values causing irregular crashes that cease to happen when some printfs are added because the pointer suddenly overwrites memory elsewhere. Finding and squashing this kind of bugs in a huge project is a bitch. And all that because C programmers like to take shortcuts and otherwise cut corners because they think themselves real men. This is how it works, your description is more like wishful thinking. And this is also the reason for 90% of security holes out there. Macho programming languages are the wrong approach here, as are fully manual controls in a nuclear reactor or a modern airplane. The more monkey-proof, the better.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

dunkelfalke Re:macro assembler (641 comments)

That is one possibility. The other is that it helps you to a shitload of bad habits which are then very difficult to get rid of while a proper language strictly enforces good practises.

Thus your example with the bootcamp is a wrong one. Learning C fist is like learning with the weekend militia wackos. You grab a gun and hope you won't shoot yourself in the foot. While higher level languages are more like a regular army. There are rules and rules and rules.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

dunkelfalke Re:you want change? (368 comments)

the son of perhaps the most powerful and well connected man on the earth

This is a quite biased look at history. 90 years ago USA wasn't nearly as important. It only changed after WW2 when it emerged as the only developed country with an intact infrastructure.

But it could be an even better example of what you were thinking about. Britain used to be a superpower. Nowadays not so much.

about two weeks ago

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