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Can the US Stop the Illegal Export of Its Technology?

susano_otter Re:but... (351 comments)

Isn't it more than a bit arrogant and unrealistic to think the US is the only country with these technologies?
I mean, I know many Americans like to believe the US invented absolutely everything and are ahead of everyone else technologically, but in fact they really didn't and aren't.

I think you'll find that technologies commonly found outside the U.S. don't see a lot of demand for smugglers to sneak them out of the U.S. illegally.

about 6 years ago
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Malaysian Blogger On Trial For Sedition

susano_otter Re:Works for me (183 comments)

Dissent and sedition are two separate things.

Sedition aims to disrupt the public peace. Most societies, I imagine are quite capable of surviving disruption of the public peace, but that doesn't mean all--or even any--such disruptions should be permitted.

But of course the specifics will vary from society to society. What may be good-naturedly tolerated as peaceful dissent in one society may be quite rightly suppressed as an unacceptable threat to the public peace in another society.

And of course none of this (while covered quite clearly in my original post) has anything at all to do with my point.

more than 6 years ago
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Malaysian Blogger On Trial For Sedition

susano_otter Works for me (183 comments)

While I can't speak to the specifics of this particular government, or this particular implementation of the policy, I don't see any reason why sedition on a blog should be treated any differently from sedition on a streetcorner or a radio program or a billboard or a secret revolutionary committee meeting (for some definition of "sedition"; and obviously your mileage will vary based on local customs, values, and priorities).

more than 6 years ago
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NASA Shuttle Replacement's Problems Are Worsening

susano_otter Meh. (344 comments)

You should see the contortions Grumman had to go through, to get the Lunar Module under the mission weight budget, well into the Apollo Program.

I figure the only thing that's changed between now and then is the Internet makes it much easier for the lay public to form entirely the wrong impression about highly complex and technical works-in-progress.

more than 6 years ago

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10 Green Heresies: Wired rethinks "green"

susano_otter susano_otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

susano_otter (123650) writes "Wired magazine rethinks some of environmentalism's more popular memes. Among their "10 Green Heresies": Live in cities. Organics are not the answer. Farm the forests. "Winning the war on global warming requires slaughtering some of environmentalism's sacred cows," claims the article. "We can afford to ignore neither the carbon-free electricity supplied by nuclear energy nor the transformational potential of genetic engineering." Every day we learn more about the complex and chaotic global climate system. One of the constant lessons is that we still know very little. Meanwhile, our technological advancement proceeds apace. Is it time to reconsider some of our basic assumptions about solving the problems we face? Or are these sacred cows a protected species?"

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