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  • Sep 24th, 2021 @ 12:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Nothing but nukes, and by that time, we would be all screwed."


    In the west we're fairly casual about fait accompli - if land changed hands a few centuries ago it's usually considered more constructive by almost everyone around to just move forward from there rather than revisit old wounds.

    Although I'm sure there are several native americans, basques, sámi, etc who'd beg to differ with that view it's a fact that throughout the west in modern times it's no longer fashionable to use "ancestral land" as the excuse for warfare.

    This is - emphatically - not the case for China which will retrieve lost territories of huaxia at any cost, as soon as they are able.

    What really bugs me here is that residents of HK must have known this better than any westerner. Once the timetable for the handover was clear, that was the time to leave. Since they didn't, a whole generation of university students today are in the unenviable position of their parents having decided to let them grow up in a territory they must have known would turn into part of the chinese autocracy around the time those children became adults.

    I can certainly understand why those students are furious today. They were raised to western freedoms but now, almost overnight, that all changed.

  • Sep 24th, 2021 @ 12:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Starlink has never been marketed as such

    "However, that's wrong when facts are actually specifically on one side."

    Yeah they're on the side where they point to this being a "solution" which does not scale, isn't sustainable, is incredibly harmful to the environment and mainly seems to serve as a way for Musk to get the money to fine-tune the capabilities of SpaceX for his hotly desired space land grab.

    Musk has done some great things in pushing the envelope of imagination and will remain the historical father of the EV industry of scale. But Starlink is a dead end and not the industry we need in a time when the primary focus of every nation should be to reduce emissions in the hopes of not dumping our children into a future consisting of resource wars and mass migrations.

  • Sep 24th, 2021 @ 12:21am


    "Since it doesn’t line up exactly, is just a silhouette, and is a generic female silhouette that you’d expect from a comic..."

    Which has always been enough to drag copywrong cases to court in the past.

    "...I’d think it’s more likely it’s just similar and not a ripoff personally."

    Maybe, but similar enough by accident or deliberate action has never mattered where Imaginary Property Law is concerned.

    From my own perspective...normally I always like to invoke Hanlon's Razor. Never ascribe to malice what is adequately explained by incompetence. But this is Sony. A company which has kept on being casually malicious and openly contemptuous of other people's property ever since they invented the precursor of DRM and installed it on the sly on the computers of their customers way back when - the infamous rootkit scandal.

    Given their avaricious focus on IP I'm guessing the only debate they had around whether they stole someone else's art was a risk-threat assessment among the legal team over how likely it would be they could just bury the lawsuit of some peon.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 6:51am


    "But in regards to the Texas law: I don’t believe violence is the solution to that particular problem…yet."

    I hate to have to say this, Stephen, and this is written in some affect but...You know how I can tell you aren't a woman, bro? 🤬

    Let me know if you'd be as sanguine about that particular problem if it happened to refer to, say...homosexuality or masturbation? I seem to recall you being rather vocal an advocate about LGBTQ-rights in the past.

    Because even as a straight, middle-aged white male dead center in privilege paradise I for one can see there's an ample case to be made for violent self-defense in Texas where the ownership of a womb has now become fairly conditional. Because we both know that if that shit flies, it won't stay at that.

    "...after I got in a lot of trouble for that, I swore not to be that kind of violent shithead again."

    To your credit. However, as much as it pains me to have to say it, Gandhi is lucky to have lived in India and South Africa at a time where it was still possible to shame the authorities into caving. The republicans, religious fanatics, bigots, misogynists and racists behind that law won't quit, can't be shamed away, and can't be convinced to back down - and neither can their base. Because by now they know full well that they can intimidate and bully whoever they like however they like and liberals will stand to the side blowing hot air and polemics.

    You've got 30% of the citizenry inured to being the bully which never gets sanctioned. The stalker and abuser always walking away with a smug laugh and a "Fuck You!". The cheering crowd howling in glee over every disgraceful step closer to abolishing a woman's right over her own body. There's no schoolyard monitor to take the bad guy away, no teacher to call on, and no police able or willing to protect a citizenry from the excesses of power-drunk bigots who've found a way to circumvent even the most basic of constitutional protections. It's all up to people like you - and against those people turning the other cheek only means letting yourself in for another beating.

    There have been a lot of Niedermöller moments in american politics lately and every damn time I wonder if this is fuckin' finally the time liberals will rise and put a physical end to the alt-right expectation that they can always take it one step further. And it never happens. The alt-right keeps pushing because they know they aren't going to get beatdowns or ostracized en másse by society as a whole. At most they get tossed out of a few bars and banned from FB. And have the leisure to mount a large campaign against even that token resistance by the saner majority.

    Make no mistake, Stephen. Jan 6 was a beginning, not an end. A beer hall coup is just the point where the levee gives way. Texas painstakingly making a woman a second class citizen no longer fully owning her own body, a beginning, not an end.

    More words won't help. Either sane people start running these misfits out of town in tar and feathers en masse now...or the time will come when simply bullying those assholes right back won't be enough. Because they'll keep pushing. All the time. As Trump showed they only have to get lucky once to leapfrog ahead. Liberals can't afford to slack even for a single minute in their persistent method of passive resistance.

    Europe is, bluntly put, less free in the US when it comes to personal freedom. Yet what I keep seeing is horrible shit our more regulated society prevents happening in places like Germany, Sweden, or Norway.

    I nag a lot lately about Popper's Paradox of Tolerance. The US has become the textbook example.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 3:21am

    Re: 'In the field of companies named Facebook only one dominates

    "I was assured that no company could possibly challenge the tech giants..."

    You need to read the quiet part out loud. TikTok isn't an american company, yet it challenges american Big Tech. So, uh, it doesn't count because foreign business isn't real business - it's more of a greasy un-american conmanship operation about to be revealed as deeply monopolistic and unfair by pending antitrust investigation. Or as part of foreign intelligence and thus a risk to national security.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 3:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You are strawmaning.

    "All corporations only care about money."

    True enough but the issue today is that they try to do away with most of the reasons people give them that money.

    "The customer is King" used to be what major retail lived by. "Great service, instantly" another dead concept. "Lifetime warranty" is still a thing for a very very narrow range of products.

    People have grown used to not using their wallet for voting power - or the market they're in has so few competitors the choice is to settle for Least Bad or go without.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 3:09am

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    "Y'all keep forgetting I'm immortal and been watching humanity slipping back towards the cesspool they were born out of."


    I watched you lot crawl out of that slimy patch and grow legs and already then I thought no good would come of it.

    And sho' nuff, politicians were more honest about fundraising back in the 17th century but that was mainly because the audience was a lot more accepting of stuff people have lately come to realize really ain't that acceptable.
    Like fundraising while promising a slave-buyers subsidy, getting rid of colored people hanging around good neighborhoods, tossing the jews an' chinks outta town. Having all the homeless tossed into debtor's jail or conscripted. That sorta stuff.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 2:26am

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    "The ironic twist is that you're writing it out of St. Petersburg, Florida."

    Well, no, tavarisch. I write out of Stockholm, Sweden, which is well-known not to be a pig-dog sycophant servant nation of either Great rodina or bourgoisie imperialist amerika. 🤭

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 2:20am

    Re: Re: HK and good outcomes

    "China's history is basically warlords. kings, emperors, etc, with the CCP just the latest in a long line of totalitarians."

    And, arguably, for most of that time, the most generally enlightened nation in the world. The west keeps trying to view China as a USSR-style soviet wannabe communist oligarchy or a North Korea-style dictatorship driven by ideology.

    China is neither. Their system of government is as pragmatic as a knife fight and more cynical than Machiavelli. It operates under a very few absolute demands;
    90-95% of the citizenry must be happy, well-fed, prosperous and educated.
    Huaxia must be maintained.
    The government must be completely unopposed.
    Everything else is optional.

    This makes China both simple and hard to deal with. Simple because you know exactly how they'll react to any situation which impacts any of the absolutes. Hard because there is no compromise on those.

    Thus if the residents of HK start questioning Beijing, a crackdown cometh and no diplomacy short of shelling Beijing will make China back down on that.
    If The Uyghyrs claim they're Turks rather than Chinese then a crackdown cometh along with "re-education" camps and no diplomacy short of shelling Beijing will make China back down on that.
    If the Tibetans claim their religion trumps the edicts of Beijing then a crackdown cometh and no diplomacy short of shelling Beijing will make China back down on that.
    If Taiwan claims they are the "real" china then a crackdown cometh the very minute the US no longer has battleships in the strait of Formosa.

    And China doesn't forget, unlike western countries. Their current prosperity stems from a plan they started working hard at in the bloody 50's, of becoming the world's manufacturing centre.

    HK was always going to be a very short-lived aberration because unless you conquer the damn nation as a whole and establish a new dynasty no foreigner is going to own a piece of mainland China. No matter the cost.

    Hence why the UK and the US do very little here. China has no limits on what they're willing to do to reabsorb HK. The UK and the US do.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 2:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Immense wealth for now

    "It sounds like you lack appreciation for basic science."

    No, not really. I hold, however, that trying to artificially inseminate women with ape sperm and trying to impregnate female chimpanzees with human sperm is no more "science" than Mengele trying to make people more "aryan" by injecting blue dye into their iris.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:53am

    Re: Re:

    "(but not if one has even a casual understanding of China history since Qin Shi Huangdi)"


    China has used this same exact playbook for thousands of years. When a civil movement arises to gather influence undermining the emperor, Beijing responds by sending troops and magistrates.

    Also, calling them "communist" is like calling Stalin a "humanitarian". Their system of government is and has always been a thoroughly capitalist feudal oligarchy with a symbolic figurehead ascribed ultimate power.

    A "communist" regime wouldn't have two stars in their flag dedicated to "patriotic landowners" and "good capitalists". Nor would it be able to become a marketplace rivaling that of the US. Just sayin' that people might want to stop listening to the chinese when they call themselves a communist nation. Socialist, sure, because the state subsidizes a great many services there. Communist? Not so much and never will be.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:43am

    Re: Re:

    "Like its refreshing to see someone so willing to out their White supremacy and that the abortion law isn't about life, its about punishing non-whites."

    Right? Very refreshing, after oh so very many neo-nazis keep proving they didn't have the spunk of the old guard in 1933, hemming and hawing and whining about how "they weren't racist, but...".

    I'll give the AC this; A malicious bigot he may be but at least he has the courage to own up to the shit he's spewing. Not too common among the "saviors of racial purity" in the US these days.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:39am


    "It just has to agree with their Nazi worldview first."

    Much like saying that any pig is capable of astonishing long as it gets wings first.

    I consider myself fairly well learned about the nazi world view and it's pretty telling that said dystopian fairy tale falls pretty flat from the first word. To date I have found only one nazi assertion factual reality didn't immediately contradict; "The SS-uniforms are stylish as hell". That's basically it.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:36am


    "To be fair, people here give me their time and attention on a regular basis, so… 👀"

    Yeah, but Stephen, I hate to break it to you're not exactly a troll. A bit too enamored in principles the founders might have done better to not make absolute, but not a troll.

    I'm almost completely certain this will once again be demonstrated by you not responding to my comment with a tearing rant about anti-americanist commie pinko <ethnic slur> <gender identity slur> propaganda posed only by <gender slur> and <religious slur>.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:31am

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    "Yeah,no,I'm just like Nazi Trump with my 6 million jewish grandchildren."

    Not really. More like one of the mouthbreathing knucklewalkers Ernst Röhm used to tell -in very simple words - to go off and scream racist one-liners at people.

    You bringing up a small sect of ultra-orthodox fanatics as representative of a religion and culture is the same argument I could use to demonstrate that every american is a sub-80 IQ inbred moron because I once saw a documentary about clannish burghs in the ass-end of Pennsylvania.

    So tell me. I heard american christians like to feed their children potassium-laced kool-aid. I'm sure I read about the good reverend Jim Jones and his merry congregation. How come the christians get a pass for their fanatics but you crack down on the poor jews for the same?

    Oh, wait, I know the answer. Because you don't give two shits about factual reality when it conflicts with your assertion that jew man bad, right?

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "It's obvious you have."

    Not really. A lot of Mein Kampf is just Hitler incoherently trying to formulate arguments around why he hates certain people.

    It's almost obvious that anyone sharing the inclinations of Mr. Shicklgruber will come to the exact same conclusion and grasp for the exact same arguments.

    Much like his speeches, the rhetoric is designed to cater to everyone who is governed primarily by bigotry.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "In a state of nature,if a woman gets pregnant,it's tough luck."

    In a "state of nature" surgery, medication, electricity, computers, and the concept of law does not exist. I hereby cordially invite you to put your money where your mouth is and toddle off to join the nearest amish community.

    Or you can shut your hypocritical alt-right piehole right up until you start being self-aware that your real argument is that you feel compelled to own another person's womb.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:08am

    Re: Re: Re: What's next?

    "Even with all the evidence around me, as an aging white centrist liberal, I can’t bring myself to accept that we have to fight back."

    You probably think that was sarcasm. I hold that it's the genuine mindset of the 70% of the US population not stark raving mad.

    "If we resort to the logic of beasts, then we lose."

    I keep saying that this is what will bring the downfall of the last vestiges of civilization in the US - because that argument of yours is what liberals there actually believe.
    I keep harping about Karl Popper's Paradox of Tolerance because what I see in the US is exactly that; a nation where the tolerant keep trying to tolerate the intolerant, as a result of which bigots and racists are taking over simply because unlike the peaceful sheep the person who hates the other is highly motivated to seek office and power.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 1:02am

    Re: Re: The "i" stands for "idiot"

    "I buy an iphone because a security update never required 10 hours researching which custom firmware to install for my specific phone build and which is going to brick my phone."

    ...or you can go with the OEM Android version or get yourself a pixel and never worrying about any of that anymore than an iPhone owner does. At half the price and with by far more actual ownership of the phone.

    If you want to run comparison between Apple and an android running a custom OS then you need to make it a jailbroken Apple running custom jobs as well. For any of the major android OEM's your professed issues simply don't exist. HTC. Moto. Samsung. Xiaomi...plenty of phone manufacturers out there whose support is on par with that of apple - arguably better since IF you screw up your phone tinkering with shit you can get it fixed anywhere, at cheaper cost.

  • Sep 23rd, 2021 @ 12:57am

    Re: The "i" stands for "idiot"

    "What moron would buy an Apple product anyway."

    The Luser. The average John and Jane Does to whom changing a tire, filling the tank, switching the battery, installing programs, switching hard drives and taking backups...or in any other form, shape or way having options at all is such a chore the lure of technology which locks the user out of any decision other than That One Button compels them to overspend on the device Gates envisioned catering to the people that BOFH held in such raging contempt.

    Apple is the brand aimed at children who never want to learn the most basic functions around the tech they use in daily life, designed by a man so disillusioned with humanity he felt the only way to supply them a product they liked was to make it one where every decision about its use was made by professionals rather than the unwashed masses.

    It's expensive! It is shiny! It has ONE Button! The people at Apple will make EVERY decision about your personal data! You don't need to do Anything more than press That One Button!
    And you can brag that your phone cost more than your car! And more to fix as well! What's not to like!? 🤪

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