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Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

miletus Re:Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Water (273 comments)

By "improve the lives of their fellow man", I assume you mean increase the wealth of shareholders in the corporation that sells the water, and let the tax payers foot the bill for whatever long-term problem arises from the techniques used, like we've done with every other natural resource out there.

1 year,10 days
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Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

miletus Re:Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Water (273 comments)

Wait, so the cause of flooding is lack of dams? Changes in rainfall patterns and cutting down trees has nothing to do with it? Forest fires are caused by lack of timbering, not misuse of fire suppression that builds up fuel? Who knew?

1 year,10 days
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Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops

miletus Re:It's the future (182 comments)

So in your reality, there were no civilians in Pyongyang and Hanoi? Or World War 2 ended in the 1970s?

about a year ago
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Guardian Ignores MI5 Warnings, Vows To 'Publish More Snowden Leaks'

miletus Re:Liars, liars, pants on fire (301 comments)

So they were doing something like what AIPAC does today, with widespread support from both political parties?

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

miletus Re:Nice (719 comments)

The Black Book of Communism is propaganda. Which is not to say terrible things didn't happen in the USSR, but it's worth noting there are more people in prison in the US today that there were in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. I think it's also worth noting there is no "Black Book of Capitalism"; if there were, it would put the USSR's crimes to shame.

The early industrialization of Britain and what became the USA would not have been possible without genocidal colonialism and slavery. Famine and mass drug addiction were tools of the British Empire which made modern capitalism possible.

about a year and a half ago
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Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

miletus Re:NOT capitalism (315 comments)

By your standard, capitalism has never existed then, because governments have always interfered in labor markets to make capitalism work. The English state forced peasants off their land and to the point of starvation to make them work in factories, and conquered India to crush local cotton manufacturing make markets for its cotton mills, forced China to allow imports of opium, etc. Early American capitalism required slavery to produce the raw materials for export and English cotton mills that were the foundation for northern industry and banking, as well as constant western land grabs through the state's military to be viable. Tell me when capitalism has ever prospered without a strong state to do its dirty work?

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

miletus Re:Long term? (599 comments)

You say "Also, the claim that waste from coal plants is as dangerous as that from nuclear plants is simply ridiculous."

Now, there are some client scientists who argue that pumping massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere could lead to environmental catastrophe (such as an anoxic event) which could lead to our extinction, along with pretty much every other oxygen breathing species.

I have no idea how realistic or likely that is, but I don't see any meaningful slowdown of CO2 emissions on a global scale, so we're likely to find out. It would be ironic if a dozen or so Chernobyl-scale disasters turn out to be nothing compared the long-term impact of fossil fuel waste.

about a year and a half ago
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Canonical and China Announce Ubuntu Collaboration

miletus Re:Linux is now terrorism! (171 comments)

There is a big difference between belonings and means of production. Under capitalism, very few people own means of production (factories, businesses, etc.) and those who are concentrated in large corporations. And if you think of your computer as a tiny means of production, look how much ownership is slowly being taking away by being locked into platforms and walled gardens. If you have a Chromebook, who owns your data? You or Google?

about a year and a half ago
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The Accidental Betrayal of Aaron Swartz

miletus Re:When talking to a prosecutor in the US. (409 comments)

It is a crime to lie to a Federal Agent, which is why you say nothing to them. In her case her lawyer said something inaccurate (IIRC) which resulted in the charges. The lesson is clear: don't say anything to feds, ever.

While lying in court is also a crime, it's pretty hard to make a perjury charge stick to vague "I don't remembers", unlike making specific statements to a fed, which can be found to contain small inaccuracies leading to prosecution and prison time.

about 2 years ago
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Japan Plans to Restart Most of Their Nuclear Reactors

miletus Re:Fukushima and regulatory failure? (255 comments)

Perhaps regulatory capture would have required that the last line of defense against a meltdown, the backup diesel generators, should not have been in the basement of a plant located in a tsunami zone?

about 2 years ago
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What Will The Expanding World of ChromeOS Mean For Windows?

miletus Re:The Year of the Linux Desktop arrives? (263 comments)

I bought the $199 Acer chromebook, and threw Chrubuntu on it. It runs quite well, even Skype works haflway decently on it, and in a pinch I can do real work on it.

about 2 years ago
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Perl Turns 25

miletus Re:Why perl? (263 comments)

How much of readability is the fault of the language vs the developer? Cut-n-paste coding is the bane of any language.

As a perl programmer, I sometimes ask, what can python or ruby do that perl can't?

MVC web framework like Rails or Django? Catalyst, Mojolicious, etc. PSGI has taken a lot of pain out of deployment of apps.

Good, modern object system? Moose.

GUI stuff? There's Wx and Qt interfaces.

OK, embedding C looks much easier in python, but I've never needed that.

If all the CPAN stuff would just work with other languages, I'd be more willing to switch. Javascript seems to be where all the web stuff is heading anyway.

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

miletus Re:Quoting Bob Dylan here - (2987 comments)

In the 80s when I was in high school, before anyone outside of a few universities had heard of the internet, I could go into a place called a "gun store" and buy any one of a number of 9mm handguns (including early Glocks), and even 30 round magazines. There were places called "newsstands" that sold magazines (the non-bullet holding ones) that described these items in great detail. Good times.

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

miletus Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

Lots of cops like to brag that they never had to shoot anyone in their years on the police force. The point being guns can server as a deterrent to violence. So unless you want to have police absolutely everywhere (which is where we are heading anyway as a society), maybe the deterrent factor is a valid, rational consideration?

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

miletus Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

Lots of times, just letting a potential assailant or intruder see that you have a gun makes them leave, no killing needed. When you need a gun, you *really* need one.

about 2 years ago
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White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

miletus Re:CAFE Kills (1184 comments)

Across the street from my house, a lady pulled out of her driveway in her little Audi, passed out behind the wheel, and after driving about 150 yards, slammed into a little birch tree about 5 inches in diameter. The tree was mostly unhurt; the engine compartment was wrapped around the trunk like a pair of pliers around a wire. Tree 1, car 0. The idiot driver broke an ankle

more than 2 years ago
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Why WikiLeaks Is Worth Defending

miletus Re:childish swine (257 comments)

I guess I missed the part where the US has annexed sovereign states by force, or systematically imprisoned, impressed into forced labor, and murdered millions of people based solely on their ethnicity.

That was during the 18th and 19th century (you know, the Indians, slavery, annexation of Hawaii, etc.) so it's understandable why you missed it.

As far as world domination goes, the US has far surpassed the Germans, and even the British -- that's why there are hundreds of military bases all over the world, and why there's one set of rules for countries in the imperial fold (e.g. Israel's nukes) and those outside (e.g. Iran's legal nuclear program).

True, the U.S. empire is "softer" than the German one -- it doesn't need mass extermination camps, it merely needs to imprison over 2 million of its own citizens, and apply surveillance over the rest, in order to keep the lid on things. That plus mass narcotization of its population via consumerism, entertainment and actual pharmaceuticals has proven a more effective form of centralization of power than the crude 20th century models.

more than 2 years ago
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The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

miletus Re:change of perspective (525 comments)

this state of affairs is exactly was Capitalism was meant to bring about, a day when we all have much more leisure time because automation and division of labour has made long hours of back-breaking subsistence working obsolete.

This seems wrong at many levels. "Capitalism was meant" suggests capitalism was designed or created with a purpose, rather than being the evolution of one mode of exploitation (serfdom) into another (slavery). Furthermore, historians of the late medieval period show that peasants where self-sufficient in food and had more leisure time than early factory workers, who were forced off the land (e.g. Enclosure Acts) and hence food self-sufficiency to work 12-14 hour days. It was the labor movement that fought for shorter work days; and even if we nominally have an 8 hour day today, modern capitalists always find a way to squeeze more out of you (e.g. work from home).

a new model (a post recession model) which acknowledges that there is no viable reason for people to need to be working 40+ hours a week

Yes, that would be socialism, not the dreary factory-centric model in which the corporation is replaced by the state, but where free associations of people produce to fulfill needs and wants without the rusted-out fetters of money to dictate everything.

it's actually the victory of the Capitalist model being unable to see it's own success clear enough to embrace it yet.

I'd suggest you look at some of the early advocates of capitalism, particularly in the Scottish enlightenment, who were quite explicit that forcing peasants into starvation was the most efficient way to boost labor discipline. Here's a link to get you started

more than 2 years ago

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