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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

I thought we were talking about Israel, not about Hamas.

2 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

You really need to do a more in depth study of wars throughout history.. The Napoleonic Wars were fought by marching around, confiscating supplies from the civilian population (so that the civilians in areas the armies marched through often subsequently starved). There may have been a short period between Napoleon and WWI where the wars fought in Europe were purely between armies, but that would be the exception in history and those were wars between governments, not between peoples.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Do you really believe that if Israel allowed Hamas to acquire all of the weapons they would like to obtain (and without Israel's interdiction could obtain) and allowed them to position those weapons within easy striking distance of Israel that they would not become a threat? You appear to be saying that Israel should wait until Hamas is powerful enough to pose a realistic threat before they defend themselves against Hamas. Why should Israel allow Hamas to become an actual threat to their existence? Especially considering that Hamas already does all the damage to Israel, in particular Israeli civilians, that it is capable of, and the evidence suggests that if Israel allows Hamas to become more capable, Hamas will use that increased capability to do greater damage.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Stop the blocade of Gaza.

In other words, allow those bent on the destruction of Israel to acquire weapons with which to attack Israel and freely move them to locations where they can be used to attack Israel. Before this latest outbreak of violence, Israel had been convinced to ease the restrictions on importing cement into Gaza because of "shortages" of cement for building there. It turns out that the reason there was a shortage of cement in Gaza was because Hamas was using most of it to build tunnels into Israel with the intention of launching surprise attacks into areas of Israel that did not have defenses. In the tunnels, which ended near several Israeli civilian communities, they found weapons, ropes, blindfolds and knockout drugs. So, you are saying that Israel should allow Hamas a free hand to import those goods they need in order to attack Israel.
Israel has tried to move toward what you are proposing. They have offered to negotiate a Palestinian state. However, those representing the Palestinians have always stated that they would start negotiating when Israel concedes to all of their demands (in other words, concede to all of our current demands as a starting point to negotiate towards satisfying whatever demands we think up later).

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Are you claiming that Hamas does not seek the destruction of Israel? Are you claiming that Israel should be content to be attacked by those seeking its destruction just because those doing so do not, yet, have sufficient power to succeed? It seems to me that you are saying that Israel should allow the Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank to acquire military power until they are sufficiently powerful to conceivably accomplish their goal of destroying Israel. Only then would you be OK with Israel defending itself, once it may be too late to actually do so.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

So, what alternative does Israel have? I know, they could lift the economic blockade of Gaza and the West Bank. That way Hamas and Fatah (which began life as the Palestinian Liberation Army) can more freely import weapons to attack Israel.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

No group representing the Palestinian Arabs has ever entered into good faith negotiations with Israel. As to being economically strangled, just exactly what is Israel supposed to do about territories whose people elect officials who are part of one of two organizations which have, as part of their documents of organization, a statement declaring that their goal is the destruction of the nation of Israel?
Israel's economic blockade of Gaza and the West Bank did not precede the Arabs hostility to Israel, it is a reaction to that hostility. Over the last year or so, Israel has increased the amount of cement that they allowed to be imported into Gaza because of complaints about shortages of cement necessary for building. It turns out that the reason there was a shortage of cement is that Hamas was using the cement to build tunnels into Israel in order to launch a surprise attack.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

The Allies waged unrelenting war against the civilian population of Germany. What do you think the firebombing of Dresden was? Or for that matter the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Please name the war that was won solely by defeating the military opponent?

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

I am saying that when one fights a war, one should fight to win in as short a time as possible. The only way to win a war is convince the civilian population of the other side that any price they might have to pay is better than for the war to continue.
You make two mistakes. The first is that you believe that Israel killing civilians will not stop Hamas. At some point, if Israel makes things horrific enough for the civilians after a Hamas attack, the civilians will stop supporting Hamas and instead report them to the IDF. Second, you seem to believe that Israel targets civilians, they do not. Israel targets military targets, which have been intentionally placed so as to maximize civilian casualties when Israel inevitably destroys them.
If you want to understand what I am talking about, read about what the French did after WWII in the parts of Germany which they occupied. The Nazis did not stop fighting with the fall of Berlin. They attempted to continue fighting a war of terror against the Allies. The Allies were ruthless in how they dealt with civilian populations among which they found the Nazis who continued to fight.

it appears that you do not care if those casualties that you wish to inflict are against valid military targets or against civilians. Is that correct?

No, that is not correct. That would actually be the position of Hamas. For that matter, Hamas only mildly prefers that the civilian casualties be Israeli civilians. They are just as willing for the civilian casualties to be Arabs living in territories they nominally govern. Hamas actively promotes civilian casualties among the Arab population, as long as they can blame it on the Israelis. They will even inflict those casualties if they believe that Israel will get the blame.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Read up on Sherman's March to the Sea or about German and Japanese casualties during WWII. From the standpoint of fighting a war for survival, which the state of Israel is doing (read the stated goals of Hamas and other Arab organizations which are waging wars of terror against Israel), Israel has inflicted insufficient casualties on the Palestinian Arabs. For that matter, why should Israel be condemned just because they do everything they can to protect their civilians, while their opponents do everything they can to maximize casualties among their own civilians? Hamas, and other Arab groups fighting against Israel, intentionally take actions so as to maximize the deaths of civilians, and particularly children. They store the missiles they fire at Israeli civilians in schools and hospitals. They use civilians, including children, as human shields while firing on Israeli soldiers. It is Hamas that is responsible for the death toll of civilians in Palestine.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Since both the Arabs in Iraq and the Arabs in Palestine are seeking to establish the "Caliphate" I believe that the term "compatriot" is applicable.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Have you noticed what their neighbors are doing to their citizens? I would rather be a non-Jewish citizen of Israel than a citizen of the neighboring countries.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Well. except for the fact that nobody is paying much attention to Syria AND the Syrian government is slaughtering more Arabs than the Israeli government.

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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Attila Dimedici Re: Well, the GSA could start firing the contracto (124 comments)

You ask a very good question, and it is a very good one. If the contractor screwed up, he should get fired. However, the failure to fire the private contractor is not a problem with privatization, but with government. As an example, the VA administrators who went beyond screwing up to active misconduct not only did not get fired, they received bonuses...and their bosses initially attempted to claim that those bonuses could not be withdrawn.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Well, the death toll for two days in Syria during those same two week was 700, would you care to guess how that will scale over the rest of the year? My guess is that it will be significantly higher than the death toll in Palestine over the same period.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Attila Dimedici Re:maybe (502 comments)

Umm, have you paid attention to what the people in charge on the Palestinian side of this have done, and are doing? You know, things like killing people for being homosexual? Such that Arabs who have homosexual desires often seek, and receive, asylum in Israel. Or perhaps you have not noticed that their compatriots is Iraq have mandated female genital mutilation in at least one city which they control? Perhaps you have not noticed that the Syrian government has killed more Arabs this year than Israel has, by a wide margin?

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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Attila Dimedici Re: Well, the GSA could start firing the contracto (124 comments)

No, the assumption is that when the private operator screws up he will get fired and replaced. This is unlike someone protected by the Civil Service Act, who is next to impossible to fire. The template of most in the privatization crowd (excepting those who are really just pushing to move that money to their cronies) is that the private operator will have greater incentive to avoid screwing up in order to avoid getting fired, while the "civil servant" has no such fear. Whether or not that template is accurate is another question entirely.
Apparently you are unaware of this basic economic principle which those who push privatization take as a basic assumption.

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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Attila Dimedici Re:What? (200 comments)

Well, actually, yes. Oh, they don't word it that way and they do not tell you to switch ISPs. They do however tell you to contact your ISP if you want to access the website. I forget the exact wording because a month after telling me that my complaint against ESPN's practice was completely unwarranted since they did not pay for ESPN360 access, my ISP proudly informed me that I could now access a website I had no interest in because they had agreed to pay ESPN's extortion.

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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Attila Dimedici Re:What? (200 comments)

You need to work on your reading comprehension. I said ESPN360, which is a website. If you can access this website, your ISP is paying ESPN a fee. If your ISP is not paying ESPN that fee (which is based upon their total number of Internet subscribers), you cannot access that webpage.

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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Attila Dimedici Re:What? (200 comments)

Umm, ESPN ALREADY charges the ISPs in order for any of their customers to access EXPN360. ESPN360 is "free" to the consumer, but you can only access it if your ISP pays ESPN a fee for each and every subscriber to your ISP's service.

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Poll shows that 75% prefer printer books to ebooks

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  1 year,9 days

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "In a new Rasmussen poll, 75% of American adults would rather read a book in traditional print format than in an ebook format. Only 15% prefer the ebook format (the other 10% are undecided). The latter is a drop from the 23% that preferred the ebook format in Rasmussen's 2011 poll. In addition, more say they buy their books from a brick and mortar store that say they buy books online (35% from brick and mortar, 27% online). I suspect that the 27% who buy online buy more books, but these results are interesting and suggest that the brick and mortar bookstore is not necessarily doomed."
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Ask Slashdot: What is the Best Email Encryption Gateway for a Small Business?

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "I am in the process of implementing a Email Encryption Gateway for my company. I checked with my various contacts in the industry and came away with Voltage as the best solution. However, as I have been working with them to implement a solution, I have been sadly disappointed by their lack of professionalism. Every time I think I am one question away from being ready to pull the trigger, I discover something that my contact with them had not mentioned before that has to be ironed out by the various stakeholders on my end. So, my question for Slashdot Users is this, what is your experience with implementing an Email Encryption Gateway for your company and who what solution would you recommend?"
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Reports of Mis-registered Votes In Early Voting

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "There have been several reports of voting machines changing for Mitt Romney to votes for Obama in several states that have Early Voting, Ohio, North Carolina, Kansas. So far, I have not seen any reports of voting machines doing the opposite. Is this just user error? Or happenstance? Or is this the case of someone fiddling with the calibration of the voting machines to favor their preferred candidate? If it is just random error, why are all the reports just showing votes being changed in one direction?
I am not ready to declare that this is voter fraud, but these are the types of stories that people need to pay attention to if voter fraud is to be stopped."

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It's a Small Galaxy After All

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Word has just come out that Disney is buying LucasFilm for just over $4 billion and that it intends to make new Star Wars movies, ultimately a new one every two to three years.

I will let that news sink in for those of you hearing this for the first time.

Okay, I’m just thinking out loud here.

My first reaction was horror. I joked on twitter about “Herbie the Love Bug as R2D2 and “Lord Vader, we have received reports that the Apple Dumpling Gang is on the ice planet Hoth.”

But then I thought, “Who cares?” it’s not like Disney could do more to sully the franchise than Lucas already has. I mean, so what if Justin Timberlake plays Luke Skywalker and Johnny Depp plays C3P0? And what’s the big deal if Jar-Jar Binks gets his own sitcom on ABC?"

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Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court is going to be hearing a case this fall that could overturn the "first-sale" doctrine for goods not manufactured in the U.S.. The back story (which I think has been discussed on slashdot before) is that a Thai student at Cornell discovered that textbooks were sold significantly cheaper in Thailand than in the U.S.. So, he set up a business where his family bought textbooks in Thailand, shipped them to him in the U.S., where he sold them on Ebay. John Wiley and Sons sued him for copyright infringement. A lower court ruled in favor of the publisher."
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Department of Justice Defends Warrantless GPS Tracking

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The U.S. government told a federal appeals court Thursday that it still has the right to place Global Positioning System tracking devices on cars without obtaining a search warrant—despite a January Supreme Court ruling that the warrantless installation of such a device violated the Constitution. Another article on the subject points out that despite claiming that a warrant is not necessary the Justice Department has instructed agents and prosecutors to obtain one going forward. Is the Justice Department correct that since the Supreme Court did not explicitly say that this particular usage of GPS tracking without a warrant was unconstitutional they have leeway to do so? Or should the Justice Department be staying away from constitutional gray areas in order to be sure that they are not violating it?"
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House Appropriators want to limit public availability of pending bills

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The House Appropriations Committee is considering a draft report that would forbid the Library of Congress to allow bulk downloads of bills pending before Congress. The Library of Congress currently has an online database called THOMAS (for Thomas Jefferson) that allows people to look up bills pending before Congress. The problem is that THOMAS is somewhat clunky and it is difficult to extract data from it. This draft report would forbid the Library of Congress from modernizing THOMAS until a task force reports back. I am sorry that I cannot write a better summary of these articles, but I think this is an important issue about improving the ability of people to understand what Congress is doing. I am pretty sure that the majority of people on slashdot agree that being able to better understand how the various bills being considered by Congress interact would be good for this country."
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Study Says That Beer Makes Men Smarter

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Researchers at the University of Chicago say that men are better at solving brain teasers when they have had a couple of beers than when they are stone-cold sober. They discovered that at .07 blood alcohol level men were better problem solvers than when they were sober. Additionally, they found that men were better at solving problems in groups of three rather than in groups of two.
How many of you already knew this?"

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Court Ruling Opens Phones to Warrantless Searches

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This article is rather alarmist about the way this ruling opens the door for warrantless searches of cellphones. However, the police in this case only went so far as to determine the phone numbers of the cellphones. They then used that information to obtain a warrant for the call histories of those phones. This does not seem overly intrusive to me and the judge in his ruling seems to me to say that deeper searches of the phone without a warrant would be inappropriate (although he does not draw a clear line as to what qualifies as a deeper search)."
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A Honda Civic Lesson

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "Eric Peters makes the case that hybrids have been over-hyped. His argument is that in order to sell people on hybrid cars, automakers have emphasized the energy efficiency of hybrids in ideal conditions and failed to tell people that in most ordinary driving conditions they will not come close to meeting the numbers given. He refers to a recent case where an individual has chosen to forego membership in a class action law suit and has instead chosen to go to small claims court. He suggests that there is a significant chance that she will win there and that this will open up all of the manufacturers of hybrid vehicles to similar lawsuits.
The article was on a rather partisan website so I am curious as to what factors he has chosen to overemphasize to make his case? Or what factors he has chosen to ignore to the same end? I know that slashdot has a large contingent of hybrid and EV supporters who are well educated on the subject (as well as a large contingent of those who are not so well educated)."

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World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This story talks about the discovery of the first known hybrid between two shark species. The article itself is an interesting hybrid of junk science views of both Global Warming and evolution. It implies that the sharks are planning ahead by "evolving" through interbreeding with another species of shark in order to deal with the changes brought on by global warming. More importantly, it completely ignores the question of whether they will be more capable of being equiped with lasers than either of the parent species"
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A World Without Schoolteachers

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "I came across a an article this morning that suggests that the Nook and the Kindle have changed things in such a way that schools are becoming obsolete. His premise is that the ideal way to teach children is by a tutor. Schools arose because those who were not well enough off to afford tutors pooled their resources to hire a tutor (teacher) for all of their children. Schools further developed because they offered the opportunity for society to indoctrinate children in the values society considered important. Until today, the indoctrination has become more important than the education.
The author's premise is that the Nook and the Kindle have allowed large amounts of written material on many different subjects to become accessible enough that parents can tutor their children at a price that just about everyone can afford."

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Google's Privacy Problem

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "In this article, Daniel Gellenter talks about the various ways that Google uses to keep track of your location. He discusses an new Android app, Lattitude, that installs as part of a system update and how Google lets you know about it with an email that many people will overlook as spam. He then talks about how difficult it is to disable this app. He further talks about the other ways that Google tracks the location of Android users."
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Ask Slashdot: What do Slashdotters think of Herman

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "What do slashdotters think of Herman Cain's candidacy for President since he is arguably one of us (he has a Masters Degree in Computer Science)? This would quite possibly make him the first Presidential candidate with an understanding of technical issues. I wonder, does anyone know what his position is on patent reforn?"
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Tilburg professor faked data in at least 30 academ

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "A professor at Tilburg has been caught using fake data in over 30 scientific papers. His latest paper claimed that eating meat made people anto-social and selfish. Other academics were skeptical of his findings and raised doubts about his research. Upon investigation it was discovered that he had invented the data he used in many of his papers and there is question as to whether or not he used faked data in all of his papers. This is why so many people have trouble taking social and behavioral sciences seriously as science"
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Story claims that Slashdot is dying

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This article says that slashdot is among once popular sites that are dead or dying. It lists 8 sites that it says are dead or dying. Certainly, Myspace is dead and some of the others are dying, but is slashdot? Is it just a matter of time until slashdot is no more? Is that why CmdTaco is leaving?"
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Massachusetts plans to keep track of where your c

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 3 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Massachusetts wants to establish a database with the information gathered by license plate scanners installed in police cars. The scanners will scan license plates of every car the police car passes and transmit that information (along with the location) to a database that will be made available to various government agencies. The data wil be kept indefinitely."
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