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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

AC-x Re:"CipherShed" (244 comments)

personally I'd rather go for Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface over Small Form Factor 8470

To be fair they do just go for "SAS" rather than "SASCSI"

yesterday
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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

AC-x Re:lynx! (40 comments)

Why do you miss it? It's not gone anywhere -> sudo apt-get install lynx

5 days ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

AC-x Re:Tough as steel? (132 comments)

Is it the same one who would win if you ran a "typical automobile" into a transport truck or a dump truck?

about a week ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

The Syrian civil war is a political conflict sparked by a violent crackdown on anti-Assad protests in 2011 you dolt. Some of the rebel fighters are literally backed by the US government. Does that mean the US government supports Islamic extremists? Maybe you're confusing it with ISIS, an Iraqi group which was at the time of your poll (May 2013) a largely unknown bit player?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

According to that link the poll shows three quarters of Dutch Muslims support other Dutch Muslims joining rebels fighting Assad, the very same rebels that the west was so desperate to help.

Claiming three quarters of Muslims support extremism based on that is an outright lie.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

That's how many soldiers ISIS has, where did they get money for weapons, outside support. Where are they getting rations, outside support. Where are they getting vehicles, outside support.

Wrong, the vast majority of their finances and equipment comes from money and kit captured in Iraq and Syria. source

n mid-2014, Iraqi intelligence extracted information from an ISIS operative which revealed that the organization had assets worth US$2 billion,[164] making it the richest jihadist group in the world.[165] About three quarters of this sum is said to be represented by assets seized after the group captured Mosul in June 2014; this includes possibly up to US$429 million looted from Mosul's central bank, along with additional millions and a large quantity of gold bullion stolen from a number of other banks in Mosul.

The most common weapons used against US and other Coalition forces during the Iraq insurgency were those taken from Saddam Hussein's weapon stockpiles around the country, these included AKM variant assault rifles, PK machine guns and RPG-7s.[184] ISIS has been able to strengthen its military capability by capturing large quantities and varieties of weaponry during the Syrian Civil War and Post-US Iraq insurgency.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

It's called the "Islamic golden age" because those advances were done by Muslims in a state ruled by Islamic law. While obviously that doesn't prove that Islam created those advances (I never claimed it did) it does run counter to hairyfeet's dodgy quote (can't find deGrasse saying that anywhere) which claims Islam stopped Arabian progress, when most of that progress happened under Islam.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

"Islamists" were in power in Egypt for over a year, which pyramids were turned into mosques? What known treasures were looted? When was the Sphinx defaced?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

According to one version of his biography,[18] al-Haytham, confident about the practical application of his mathematical knowledge, assumed he could regulate the floods of the Nile. Having been ordered to do so by Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the sixth ruler of the Fatimid caliphate, he quickly realised its impossibility. Fearing for his life, he feigned madness[1][19] and was placed under house arrest.

There's a similar story about Galileo, and it's used as an example of how overbearing the Catholic Church was at the time. But nooo, in this case, it's an example of how "golden" Islam is. Makes sense!

The Catholic Church's opposition to Galileo was because his theories contradicted the Church's teachings.

What's religious about what happened to al-Haytham? He claimed he could divert the Nile, he was ordered to do so by the ruler, realised he couldn't do it after all so pretended to be mad and got thrown in jail. What's Islam got to do with that? You think any 11th century European king would have been more lenient?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

And how are these Islamists going to destroy a monument which is, in essence, a 6 million ton pile of stone? A 6 million ton pile of stone guarded by a military force...

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

a recent poll suggested that three quarters of muslims approve of what muslims extremists are doing.

What poll?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

First of all those 23,700 homicides were carried out by around 15,800 people. Scaled up to the size of ISIS (100,000) that makes the equivalent of 150,000 murders in one year.

Secondly where are the annual ISIS figures in that link? The figures quoted by Wikipedia are the combined total, over several years of the conflict, of deaths caused by ISIS, other rebel groups (that the west was so desperate to support) and pro-government forces.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

There wasn't a lot of tourism (or respect for monuments by anyone) in 1356, only the most hard-line extremist would want to get rid of the cash-cows that are the pyramids today.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

According to Wikipedia ISIS has around 100,000 people fighting for it. The world's Muslim population is around 1.6 billion. Therefore ISIS contains 0.006% of the world's Muslims fighting for it.

Interestingly that's around the same percentage of the US population (0.006%) who were convicted of murder in 1994 (source), so is Islam really any more broken than, for example, 1994 America?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:a shame but... (246 comments)

The pyramids being made by slave labour is something of a myth. There's not much evidence available for early pyramids, but there's plenty of evidence that later pyramids were made by skilled craftsmen and not slaves.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

That's just a single quote from one extremist, and unlike in Afghanistan he that doesn't have any power in Egypt. Even the ultraconservative Salafist political party only wanted the statues covered, not destroyed.

Suggesting that normal Egyptian Muslims are calling for the destruction of the pyramids is extremely dishonest; It's a bit like linking to a Westboro Baptist protest and claiming "American Christians are calling for the repression of homosexuals".

about two weeks ago

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Famous Judge calls U.S. patent system "dysfunctional"

AC-x AC-x writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AC-x (735297) writes "Famous U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner calls patent system "dysfunctional", wants to have the trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents dismissed with prejudice because "it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement".

His involvement and his anti-patent blog posts could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that is regarded as spiralling out of control."

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