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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:wrong way round (669 comments)

Yeah, there's a difference between good ideals and really *stupid* ideals.

Ideally, telling the truth all the time seems like a neat idea. In reality, it's not. Any 6 year old learns that lesson pretty quickly. Shockingly enough, a similar principle is at play in the world of international diplomacy.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

What the hell does any of this have to do with the responsibility or irresponsibility of wikileaks in this *particular* matter? Or do you simply believe that, because some governments abuse secrecy, there can be absolutely, unequivocally, no grounds for secrecy, and that therefore WLs is not, and never will be, responsible for the consequences of their actions?

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:From a Zimbabwean (669 comments)

Did you not RTFA, or are you just choosing to ignore it? Do you really want me to reiterate its core thesis to you, or should we just agree to disagree?

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

Sure, they can fuck up. But they would have to kill millions of people and subvert dozens of democracies to start to match the misery caused by secret dealings by the State Department and the Executive Branch.

And therefore it's fine when WLs is irresponsible?

Come on, be realistic, here. Government secrecy is often a bad thing, and very frequently abused. But how can you possibly argue that's the case, here?

And in case you didn't notice, I'm not saying *everything* WLs has done is bad. I'm specifically saying they fucked up *in this case*. That maybe, just maybe, there are times when making something public is *worse* than keeping it secret.

Unfortunately, many people around here can't seem to comprehend that concept... I can only assume those people haven't seen that deeply philosophical Jim Carrey film, "Liar Liar".

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

They have every right to support and empower a bloodthirsty dictator

LOLFR, wow... fail.

Hint: in general, "bloodthirsty dictators" aren't "[supported]" or "[empowered]" by the people they rule over.

As an aside, while I'm often the first to support some degree of moral relativism, your post is just ridiculous. Values may vary from culture to culture, but some things are absolute... murder and rape are the first that come to mind, but I'm sure (well, I hope) you can come up with a few more.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:From a Zimbabwean (669 comments)

I find your post odd. You points were:

* This is not the first time Mugabe has had Tsvangirai charged with treason
        * The sanctions placed on Zimbabwe are "smart sanctions" against specific members of ZANU (PF) (Mugabe's party) and their personal interests
        * The state media in Zimbabwe consistently blame the country's economic hardships on the sanctions, which is clearly preposterous - but fools a lot of people who have no access to alternative media
        * There is likely to be an election in the next 6 months, and this is mostly a ploy to sabotage it
        * If it wasn't for Wikileaks, something else equally infuriating would undoubtedly have happened anyway (i.e. political turmoil in Zimbabwe is hardly collateral damage of cable gate)

Only the last one is really directly related to WLs actions. But I fail to see how that can be used as an excuse for WLs releasing this information. Is it probable Mugabe and his thugs would've come up with something else? Yeah. But they didn't have to. WL made Mugabe's job incredibly easy.

As such, how does that last point absolve them of responsibility, exactly? And what, exactly, was great about WLs releasing information damaging to the work of reformers in Zimbabwe?

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:wrong way round (669 comments)

I need to explain this? Your position is basically "meh, the people can sort it out for themselves". That's functionally equivalent to "turning a blind eye" to what's going on in Zimbabwe, just phrased a little less favourably (and, frankly, I think a little more honestly).

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:nope, wrong logic on what morality is (669 comments)

Suspicious of what? That I happen to disagree with many here who would blindly excuse all actions by WLs, even when it appears clear their actions have resulted in negative consequences? Suspicious that, *shock*, some people might actually agree with that view? What, you think all people who criticize WLs must be government agents? Please.

Sorry, buddy, if that goes against your precious narrative, but I happen to hold a somewhat more nuanced view of WLs than your average Slashbot. Are they evil? No. Do they have a political agenda? I don't think so. Do I support the concept of government transparency? Of course. Do I believe governments can be completely and totally transparent without negative consequences. *NO*.

But, unfortunately, that kind of position is far too complex. It's far easier to blindly demonize or unquestionably praise WLs. It's a lot harder to actually fucking *think* about these issues for a few minutes.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

Funny how we shift the blame here. And funny how no mention is made of the fact that all the diplomatic cables were redacted by the five newspapers Assange pre-released the cables to. No, it is not Mugabe or the papers who are to blame here, it is that rapist Assange again. The spin and manipulation seem so blatant to me, so orchestrated, that it amazes me how few people seem to notice the man behind the curtain.

So, in your world, Mugabe can't be an ass while wikileaks is simultaneously irresponsible?

Does all your reasoning fall back on false dichotomies, or just this one time?

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:nope, wrong logic on what morality is (669 comments)

do you understand the difference between stupidity and evil?

Huh?

I never said wikileaks was evil. Seriously, go back and re-read what I wrote. I never once made that claim. You simply inferred it, for reasons I'm at a loss to explain.

In fact, I think we agree. I personally think they're simply, well, stupid. Well, okay, not stupid. Naive is probably more fair. But evil? Certainly not.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:nope, wrong logic on what morality is (669 comments)

Blame the transgressors. This shouldn't be some fringe extremist concept.

If two men stand are standing over another, and the first man hands the gun to the second, and the second pulls the trigger, both are to blame.

Wikileaks has handed Mugabe the gun. To claim they are blameless in this is, frankly, ridiculous.

Honestly, the apologists here are amazing. First, the claim is "well, wikileaks hasn't hurt anyone yet". Now we have a black-and-white example of information released by wikileaks resulting in negative consequences, and suddenly it's "well, really it's not their fault, and anyway, information should be free!"

It's insane. Really.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:wrong way round (669 comments)

Regrettably, other countries have the right to exist and to do things their way - meaning, in a way not pleasing to the United States.

Jesus Christ, "not pleasing to the United States"? What the fuck is wrong with you? Mugabe's contemporaries are Stalin, Mao, and Hitler. He's not some poor misunderstood soul that the US is out to get. The man is a butcher and a madman.

Either Mugabe is a rightful head of state and should be respected as such, or we should 'honestly' and openly invade.

So those are the only two options. To acknowledge the dictator, or roll in with the military.

Genius.

You should be running American foreign policy with an attitude like that.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:wrong way round (669 comments)

The original post was *highly* inflammatory. I responded in kind. If you don't like it, you don't have to read what I write.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:nope, wrong logic on what morality is (669 comments)

It's not wikileaks' job to keep things under lock and key.

It's the responsibility of every thinking, breathing adult to act, well... responsibly.

Or, I suppose if you found out the PIN for your friend's bank card, you'd make sure to post it on Facebook for everyone to see?

Further, it is naive of you to think Mugabe needed this information to achieve his aims.

It's moronic of you to believe it hasn't helped. Reality, with it's actual events and consequences, proves you wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:wrong way round (669 comments)

Maybe it should be up to the people to decide. If the country's best hope for democracy was himself willing to lie to his own constituency and essentially sacrifice them for his greater good, maybe he wasn't all that much of a reformer to begin with.

That certainly worked well for the Nazis, the Taliban, countless African dictatorships, Tibet, North Korea... Yes, turning a blind eye, this is a good plan I'm sure.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

He will continue to rule for as long as the people of Zimbabwe do not rise up and thrown the bum out.

And they are far less likely to do that if the only voice of reform is painted as a western puppet and a traitor.

But yeah, you're right, I'm sure wikileaks is completely innocent... they can't *possibly* fuck up.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:nope, wrong logic on what morality is (669 comments)

do we blame the woman and her short dress for her being raped?
do we blame the parents and their inattentiveness for their child being molested?

BadAnalogyGuy? Is that you?

Do we blame the best friend who tells the stalker where their victim is living? Yes.
Do we blame the reporter for telling the mafia where the witness under protection is? Absolutely.

Wikileaks exposed information actively damaging those fighting for reform in Zimbabwe. Only a blind, idiot apologist would try and excuse those actions. Just say it: Wikileaks fucked up. You can do it.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:wrong way round (669 comments)

NO. WRONG.

Wrong how? WikiLeaks leaked private communications between a force for reform in Zimbabwe and western nations. Those communications may have irreparably damaged efforts at reform by giving Mugabe and his thugs material to discredit reformers.

It seems blatantly obvious that the actions of wikileaks are to blame here. Yes, I understand, you want to believe wikileaks is pure as the driven snow and immune from all blame. But guess what? This is a *perfect* example of how *some* politics *does* need to go on behind closed doors, and that *some* amount of secrecy is, in fact, necessary.

it's a shame that no-one criticising wikileaks realises that mugabe is an insane criminal and murderer who will take advantage of *anything*.

I'm sure they're quite aware of that. But how does that excuse wikileaks from handing a gun and some ammunition to said insane criminal?

Seriously, you apologists baffle me. Why can't you just admit that wikileaks, to put it succinctly, fucked up?

it takes wikileaks reporting to expose mugabe by "triggering" him to act out his true (insane) nature, for the world to observe how inappropriate a leader he really is.

Oh, yes yes, no one realized that before... jackass.

This isn't about the world and what they think of Mugabe. This is about Mugabe's actions as a dictator within his nation. The man can now, quite legitimately, demonstrate that those people fighting for reform in Zimbabwe were, in fact, *supportive* of sanctions that have hurt the Zimbabwean people. Are those sanctions ultimately necessary? Sadly, yes. But now those reformers look like tools of the west, and Mugabe can use that to attack the voices of reform as traitors. That helps no one but Mugabe.

In short, you're a naive, apologist twat. Grow up. The world is a lot more complex than it might appear from your mom's basement.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

Abcd1234 Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

Yes, that's certainly worked out well in the past. I'm sure if you look back at history, every time a tyrant was killed, a really nice guy rose up to take his place...

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Makes a Super Memory Breakthrough

Abcd1234 Re:This is just bubble memory again (164 comments)

Huh, I'll be damned, I didn't realize that existed (probably because I've never played with LINQ). I'm also not sure how I feel about it, but it's certainly... interesting. It also seems like a very niche feature, unless I'm missing something (specifically, it appears said feature is primarily used in LINQ as a mechanism for returning rows from a query).

Certainly type inference seems *far* more useful, to me, in the context of generics and lambdas (and certainly *not* limited to just LINQ). But being a (very poor) functional programming guy, that's probably just my own bias showing.

more than 3 years ago

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New Squeak Smalltalk Book Now Available

Abcd1234 Abcd1234 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Abcd1234 (188840) writes "With the recent announcement of the Give 1 Get 1 OLPC program, and the growing popularity of software such as Seaside and Croquet, the arrival of "Squeak By Example", a freely available book covering the popular Squeak dialect of the Smalltalk programming language, seems all the more timely. Within, readers will find a gentle introduction to the language and environment, along with hands-on examples and exercises suitable for novices, teachers and developers alike. With OLPC computers soon to be in the hands of children throughout the world, such a resource could prove valuable to those interested in developing new applications for the platform."
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