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New Best Way To Nuke a Short-Notice Asteroid

stoofa Love the way... (311 comments)

...his name is the sound his plan would make.

Bong Wie!

about a year ago

Do Nations Have the Right To Kill Enemy Hackers?

stoofa High risk of mistakes being made (482 comments)

There are enough fatal errors made when soldiers and armed police kill innocent people carrying brooms, and the like, that are mistaken for firearms. With all the spoofing techniques available, how certain could they be that a strike was based on stringent enough intelligence?

about a year and a half ago

Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

stoofa Re:No crime? (652 comments)

I don't entirely disagree with that, but it's sad to see yet another complete misinterpretation of Orwell's message. A lot of people have a notion in their head that the society in 1984 was one where the government controlled all its citizens completely.

I can only assume that these people have either not read it properly or not read it all and just retain the supposed headline of the book in their head.

The evil beauty of Ingsoc's regime was that they did not need to bother with 90% of the population. 'The Proles' could be left alone to do whatever they wanted, completely unmonitored. As long as they were plied with beer and porn then they might bitch about the government down the pub, but they will never do anything more about it.

This leaves Ingsoc a far more manageable dangerous 10% of the country who are the thinkers. 1984 wasn't pure domination or pure distraction. It was a cleverly targeted mix of both. But I will agree that of the two, the distraction is the more dangerous weapon. I would argue that Orwell held that same view.

In the book, Winston clearly says that the key to defeating Ingsoc is getting the Proles to rise up. But at the same time they are having to battle the disinformation and bar on free thinking (For them only). Fighting on two fronts under those conditions is almost impossible.

But we can keep it simple if it's easier: We are at war with distraction. We have always been at war with distraction.

about 2 years ago

Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

stoofa Re:No crime? (652 comments)

"There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." (from Orwell's 1984)

about 2 years ago

US Congress Rules Huawei a 'Security Threat'

stoofa I wonder how many Republicans... (186 comments)

...will misread that as 'Hawaii' and immediately call into question all Hawaiian birth certificates?

about 2 years ago

Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed

stoofa Gummi Cows? (432 comments)

Muddy and fresian
they don't commit treason
along with the secret of always saying 'moo.'
Horned animals, bovine
they live in the sunshine
standing around on the grass that they chew

Gummi Cows!
grazing in the fields, but not the house
greater milk production than a mouse
they are the Gummi Cows.

about 2 years ago

NASA To Future Lunar Explorers: Don't Mess With Our Moon Stuff

stoofa Re:Or what? (346 comments)

I completely agree. When people settled North America, Africa, or South America did they say, "oh you know what those are scared lands we will not disturb them." I say tough titty! If you want them, go get them yourselves, otherwise its fair game!

Never has a typo been so insightful.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Blocks 3d-Party Browsers In Windows RT, Says Mozilla Counsel

stoofa Re:3d-Party (329 comments)

It says they're blocking 3D party browsers. So my reading of that is that as long as you actuallly join in, you can still attend 3D parties. But if you're just there to mosey round the edge and watch from the side then Microsoft won't let you in. That's only my reading of it though. This is as vague and tricky as the EU Cookie law.

more than 2 years ago

Jeff Bezos To Retrieve Apollo 11 Rocket Engines

stoofa Re:After retrieving the Apollo 11 rocket engines.. (107 comments)

Hey, I'm going to make a troll comment that mentions jocks, but how will I sneakily cover my intentions? I know... I'll call myself 'JockTroll.' Now watch me reel those suckers in... oh shit, that won't work.

more than 2 years ago

Findings Cast Doubt On Moon Origins

stoofa Re:Where is it ? (my keys) (233 comments)

That's because you look for your keys with sight. 'Fartest' solar systems are detected with smell.

more than 2 years ago

You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

stoofa Re:Non-sense! (756 comments)

You don't believe in fingers? I guess that's what happens from watching Myth Busters with a ton of narcotics flowing through your veins. "Hey, I always knew there was no such thing as fingers," you told the giant purple amradillo while waving a blurry hand in front of your own knees.

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Artist Admits Faking Viral 'Human Bird Wing' Video

stoofa It was fake? Really? (125 comments)

A distinct lack of fertilizer, Mr. Holmes.

more than 2 years ago

Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

stoofa Re:This is why (144 comments)

Sounds fairy snuff to me.

more than 2 years ago

Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

stoofa Re:This is why (144 comments)

Maybe he has so many drugs in his system that he's developed a paranoid fear of gnomes and heard rumours they were gathering on the equator.

more than 2 years ago

Meet The Man Who Designed a Tablet Computer 15 Years Before the iPad

stoofa Re:GRiDPad (374 comments)

Etch a Sketch. 1950s. That was prior art on many levels. Not that you could write PRIOR ART on it. It would be more like RBIQB_ABT.

more than 2 years ago

US Military Working On 'Optionally-Manned' Bomber

stoofa About time too (278 comments)

It's good to see the US military finally getting over their prejudice against soldiers who are 'Optionally men.'

more than 2 years ago

UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money

stoofa Re:Highway lights??? (348 comments)

Having been driving on a UK motorway illuminated at night when all the lights have failed through a fault, it can be quite surprising and scary, as your eyes have grown accustomed to the brightness and so it suddenly looks very dark. Then again, on a dark isolated road where your eyes grow used to the dark, even dipped lights can seem blinding (especially halogens).

So I think it should be a case of all or nothing. Either all lights on or all lights off (even headlights), in the latter case, everyone could just wind down their windows and play very loud music.

more than 2 years ago

What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

stoofa Re:Ironic? (756 comments)

I see what you strawberried there. Good horse.

more than 2 years ago


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