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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Corwyn_123 Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

What you write is complete and utter bullshit and you clearly know nothing factual about the history of the region. The fact is that there was never more than 8% Jew in the land we call Palestine/Israel today, until the Jews decided to create a racist Jew only state in that land in the late 1800's. All of the troubles stem from this. Trying to create a Jew only state on land that was inhabited by fewer than 8% Jews.

Don't believe it? Well tell it to your Jewish friends - they might need to change history to suit your ridiculous viewpoint!

I didn't say Jews, I never mentioned any religious groups, I even stated it's not about religion, if you read my comment. It's about the political groups.

"Who's right? Who's wrong? I don't know, but history is quite an eye opener." It is easy to answer this question! The Jews are wrong and Hamas is right. Hamas has the right to resist the occupation and annexation of their land, and their exclusion from living on it as equals under the law, using violence. That is their right. Israel does not have the right to claim self-defence when it acts to defend the existence of Israel wherever Israel is defined as a Jew only state built on the land of the refugees to whom it refuses the right to return to live as equals under the law on the land. When Israel accepts the right of return of the refugees to live in the land as equals under the law, then Israel can claim that it is a legitimate state and has the right the defend itself.

You obviously don't know history, and you obviously want to make and keep this a religious issue. The fact that you side with those willing to kill themselves in the process of killing others, in an attempt to be served by virgins, shows it clearly.

Look, you are obviously a bit doughy, so here is a simple analogy for your tiny brain to process: I break into your house and start raping your wife. You try to defend her by attacking me with your puny body. I turn around and snap your head off of your body. The police come to arrest me. I tell them that I was acting in self-defence - because you attacked me. The "Community", which consists of people under my control and in my pay, agree with me and I am accordingly rewarded for heroically managing to defend myself against your attack by being allowed into your 18 year old daughters bedroom for some more "fun"! That is the best analogy of the Israel/Palestine conflict which has ever been written.

And here we finally see where intelligence comes in, insults and examples of propaganda. Go read your history, not the Quran or the Bible, and learn to show a little respect to others if you wish to have a proper debate with them, those who have to lower themselves to slinging insults aren't worth the time or effort.

about 5 months ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Corwyn_123 Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

Gaza started as only a city. It's history is long and colorful, and smattered with conquests by many other civilizations, including Egypt, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, the Asyrians, Great Britain, and many others, the list goes on, spanning about 4000 years. It wasn't until the 20th century that Gaza was officially given to the Palestinians as anything more than a mere conquered (many times over), city, and it wasn't until 1948, that a Palestinian government, was officially recognized by the world at large as anything but a band of nomadic tribes, wandering around the Middle East.

Until 1948, Palestine was a part of Israel, within it's borders, even though modern times didn't recognize Israel as it's own political entity, history shows Israel something larger than a mere city for more than 5000 years. Yes, it has also changed hands over the centuries, but by and far, it's been governed by the same people far longer than Gaza was by the Palestinians.

It was 20th century politics and the UN that finally enacted a Palestine, and it was the UN that gave more than just a city to the Palestinians. The Palestinians have been fighting a war to take over more than what's theirs for far longer than any can remember, and they've been in another country's/state's land wandering around homeless until the 20th century.

This is not about religion, or religious ideologies, it's about politics, and empire building. The Israeli's have had control of that land for far longer than any one civilization, it's part of their territory, they were forced to give it up by the UN, who really have no true authority to give an other's real estate away. The Palestinian government, and by that governance, the people, have been aggressors against the government and people who, historically, have controlled that territory longer than anyone else in history.

Who's right? Who's wrong? I don't know, but history is quite an eye opener.

about 5 months ago
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Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

Corwyn_123 Re:The right to read. (72 comments)

No, not true. Back in the day (20th century), writers sold their work to the publishing house for a fee, and that's all they got for it, the publisher was now the owner and made the royalties. Then, it came that the writers didn't like this arrangement and changed it, demanding a fee (smaller than before), and royalties for each first time sold book (retail). After that, they got no additional royalties, the book buyer could read the book any number of times, loan it to friends, donate it to libraries or other charities, or, at least with paperback books, rip off the front cover and resell them, without paying royalty fees to the publishers/authors.

Now, in the 21st century, the rights to everything have gone from the buyer to the creator/seller, you never really own anything, you just rent it/pay a license fee to use it. Once you're done with something, a house, a car, a book, a record, tape, or CD (oops mp3's), you aren't permitted to sell them, or if you are, through only authorized houses/websites, you have to pay the original creator/author/producer Royalty fees, so they can continue to make money on something years or decades after it was first written, published and sold for the first time.

I thought, at least in US copyright law, there was a provision for first sale, which states (paraphrased), the creator/seller receives royalties for the first sale of a work, and nothing thereafter.

What has come of our world? What's come of our countries, with PAC and other such Trade agreements between countries, they're trying to align all copyright, patents, and trademarks, so it's the same all over the world. We are moving into a world that the original story of this thread, will come true. It's up to us the people, to do something about it, before it's too late. But, that'll never happen, because people are too pacified by the system, too apathetic, and too cowed, to believe they have the ability to do anything.

Welcome to the future, we've created it, now we have to live in it. It was foretold, and we did nothing about it when we heard the prophecies, our children and our children's children will be the inheritors of our creation (maybe we can make some royalties from them).

about 6 months ago
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Washington Post: Assange 'Unlikely To Be Prosecuted In US'

Corwyn_123 Re: Hahahaha! (236 comments)

Innocent until proven guilty went out the window years ago.

1 year,25 days
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

Corwyn_123 Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

The main point was the line is hard to draw when it comes to protecting people. Again, what temperature "should" coffee be served at? What about people who want it hotter so its still hot when they drink it a few minutes later (say stop on the way to work)?

Much like the magnets, what might be safe to some isn't safe for others....

The main point is, people need to be responsible for themselves, it's not up to others to protect them, if they are old enough to be considered adults. It's up to a parent to protect their children, not up to someone else, unless the child is in an other's care for a time, such as at school, day care, camp.

The point is, that it's a person's OWN responsibility to protect themselves and their own family's. It's not a company's responsibility to worry about how someone eats or drinks what they serve.

When is a person expected to check if food or drink is too hot. When do people take personal responsibility for their own safety and actions, and stop blaming others for their own carelessness?

When is it a person's responsibility that a product that they bought is unsafe for children in their care?

When do we take back what is ours to begin with, our ability to make decisions on how to raise and care for our own children?

about a year ago
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

Corwyn_123 Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

I also have 2 sets, all accounted for. I have 3 grandchildren in the house regularly, youngest 3 years old, oldest 12. All of my Buckyballs are accounted for as well.

I agree, it's all about personal responsibility, being a responsible parent and grandparent. Taking the time to make sure those under your care are safe, happy and secure.

It's so sad that society no longer expects people to take personal responsibility, for parents to be held responsible for their children, and for grandparents to be mindful of their grandchildren when in their care. The government has gotten too much into our lives and our business and taken our ability to and our desire to care for our children and our children's children.

Isn't it time to take back what is ours, our lives, our responsibilities, and our ability to raise our own children, in whatever manner we see fit, without someone else telling us how?

about a year ago
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Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

Corwyn_123 Re:own vs rent (380 comments)

To each their own.

But state your experiences, your facts to support your opinion, and don't make it sound like an attack.

about 2 years ago
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Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

Corwyn_123 own vs rent (380 comments)

I used to have my domain hosted on a hosting site's VPS, It cost me monthly, but I also had far less control over my domain, e-mail, and anti-spam. I was also restricted on services I could run on my own domain.

I took an old computer, installed linux, moved my dns pointer home, now I have full control of the server and domain. If I need to deal with a hack, I can. I have complete control of how in coming spam is handled, and I can run any services I want, game services, chat, web apps, and no one else can dictate what I can do on my server.

It's saved me hunreds of dollars over the years. When I replace my desktop computer, the old desktop is recycled to be a server upgrade, since my desktop is always a better machine than my server.

I've been in IT for over 30 years, and this has taught me a lot. I've been able to turn the skills and knowledge I've gained to my job as well.

In the end, it's been a win win all the way around.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

Corwyn_123 Find what works best for you (415 comments)

It doesn't matter what you get, but use what makes it easiest for you to sit and read, for however long you wish to read.

I have a tablet, and don't see the need to spend more money on an e-book reader, when my tablet works just fine for this purpose, as well as running other apps and accessing internet resources.

I also read slow, and used to find it a chore, until I found books that I enjoyed reading, and now I continue to find books that I enjoy, and prefer e-books over hard print.

So, as I said, regardless of what you put your money towards, find what works for you, and don't take other's opinions, what works for one person, might not be best for another. Make your own choice.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA Protests 'Poisoned the Well,' Says Congressional Staffer

Corwyn_123 Address the real problem (330 comments)

SOPA isn't the problem, it's just a symptom of a larger issue, copyright law, the DMCA to be specific.This whole thing came to a head when the DMCA was passed, and now it's just getting worse, like a festering wound. but if it weren't for the DMCA, SOPA wouldn't have stood a chance on it's own or it's own merits.

Yes, copyrights have been around for a long time, and yes, they've been used in the past as a way to control and in some cases, monopolize, but with the coming of the DMCA, it's taken a whole new turn, and who wrote and pushed for the DMCA, the RIAA and the MPAA and all of their cronies. They lobby congress to handle an issue that's not congress' to handle, this is an issue that should have been left to the copyright owners to deal with through proper legal channels in the first place, or to change their business models so it wouldn't be an issue to begin with. The recording industry has to learn to change with the times, instead of living in the past, but they are incapable, unwilling, and/or too greedy to change.

Along with the overturning of Citizens United, and the passing of DMCA, the playing field has changed in favor of large corporations, like the recording companies and motion picture industry, and the publishers, who can now use the courts as their personal hitmen to go after alleged copyright infringes, with no proof. They can send take down notices on material they don't even own, and have it removed from sites like YouTube, which ends up making the real owner have to work that much harder to have their own material out there, because they didn't go through the recording or motion picture industries to do so. People like photographers who self publish their works on their own websites now have to deal with people stealing their work, and then get blindsided by those very thieves, and accused of stealing their own works, all because the DMCA made it possible.

If people really want to fix the situation, some changes need to be made:
1: Overturn the DMCA, it's bad law and only works in the favor of deep pocket corporations.
2: Overturn the ruling in Citizens United, and put corporations back where they belong, and have them stop meddling in politics.
3: Find a way to get our Congressmen and women to start working for us, the people, again, like it's supposed to be. Let corporations work their things out themselves, and stop using congress and the courts as their personal tools and WMD's.
4: And for the sake of everyone's sanity, the people need to start taking an interest in government, learn how it works, learn the issues, read the proposed bills, and take a stand on issues they don't agree with. Write their congressmen when they want their voices to be heard on issues, make public statements in a clear and concise manner, so others who wish to, can add their voices to that cause.

What was done to stop SOPA was a good example of people making their voices heard and sticking with the same issue, and in that case it worked. It won't always work, especially if 'The People' don't stand up for what's right, and get the government doing what it's supposed to do, work for the people.

Occupy Wall Street had a good idea, but it got out of hand, it wasn't well organized, and too many others, with their own agendas, tried to take it over. Their are ways to do things, and ways not to, this was an example of how not to do something. Once you get something started, keep it going in a positive direction, and don't get sidetracked, don't let others use your cause for their cause, unless they are the same, otherwise, all it'll do is water down your voice and cause, and people will not respect or wish to side with you.

And finally, contact your congressmen and women, and get them to make changes for the better, change the way the courts are used as hitmen for special interests. The government works for us, 'The People', not for the corporations. The corporations are supposed to be non-entities, they are not "people", so why are they allowed to act like "people"?

Stand together for change and for the future, be a part of the solution and not sheep or lemmings. Don't be a part of the problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

Corwyn_123 Go after her (667 comments)

Personally, I would have stood my ground and let the legal system work for me in this.

You were in the right, to protect what's yours, and she used character assassination, and intimidation to get you to do what was in HER best interests, and no one else's. There are laws regarding such things, and what she did appears to be against most of them (think MAFIA tactics).

Stay strong, stand your ground, and make her pay for the wrong she's done.

more than 2 years ago
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After US v. Jones, FBI Turns Off 3,000 GPS Tracking Devices

Corwyn_123 Re:Mine now! (189 comments)

I'd like to see those statistics.

more than 2 years ago
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After US v. Jones, FBI Turns Off 3,000 GPS Tracking Devices

Corwyn_123 Re:Mine now! (189 comments)

Use of this also requires an Amateur Radio License from the FCC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio

Unfortunately it' a dying hobby, with all the cellphones out there, no one sees the need for radio communications anymore. One thing people have forgotten though, in a disaster situation, cellular communications either get bogged down, where you can't use it effectively, or it's completely out (depending on the disaster).

Radio communications will always be there, and Amateur Radio operators become the first line in communications, since the primary thing they do is communicate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio_emergency_communications

But regardless, this all still requires an Amateur Radio license from the FCC, or from whatever appropriate government agency in your particular country of citizenship.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Offers Alternative To OpenID

Corwyn_123 Re:What, me worry? (105 comments)

What you need to understand, no security is absolutely perfect. There is no such thing, unless you disconnect the computer from all outside sources and influences, and allow no access to the computer, what that breaks down to is, unplug the computer, disconnect it from the internet, and lock it in a vault. And even that's not 100% secure.

Bottom Line:

Locks only keep honest people honest.

more than 2 years ago
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How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?

Corwyn_123 Contract work (523 comments)

If you feel you have the qualifications, try to get a contract job through a contract agency.

I'd also recommend, when looking at the jobs requirements, do what you can to meet as many qualifications as possible, that includes getting certificates that they require, like A+, etc.

Once you get one contract, even a short term one, you can put that on your resume and go from there to find others later on down the road.

about 3 years ago
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How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?

Corwyn_123 Red Hat VS CentOS (666 comments)

OK, here's the bottom line:

1) Red Hat includes support, and guaranteed updates, and you can be sure it will be continually updated in a timely manner.
2) You can call Red Hat for assistance
3) You also get content that is not included in any free distro, the Red Hat Value Added content

1) CentOS gives you a remastered version of Red Hat EL which is potentially 2 to 3 versions behind Red Hat.
2) You get the support you pay for, ie: Being told to RTFM before you're entitled to any assistance from the community. Help that's limited to what users of CentOS can give, because the developers won't waste their time helping you, even though it's Community ENTerprise OS, they really only put the distro together for themselves and don't really care about the community.
3) You can't be sure that the updates are up to date. In most cases, the updates you get are lagged significantly behind the Red Hat release, that it could leave a known security hole in your network, in a business environment this is dangerous.

Don't get me wrong, I love FOSS, and I infact use CentOS on my home server, but I also know that I have to rely on myself and those I personally know, when I need to fix something that I'm struggling with.

In a business environment, I would insist on only using a distro that has the backing and support of a company/organization that is capable and willing to support it, like Red Hat is, without saying RTFM before I'll help you. With Red Hat, you are paying for that support, and they step up to the plate to give you what you're paying for, regardless of how elementary or advanced your knowledge level is regarding the product, or the complexity level of the issue you're calling in about.

In other words, you get what you pay for, but in a business environment, you should consider if it's worth it to pay for support or get little to none.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked

Corwyn_123 Re:Why does encryption never work? (208 comments)

The thing about encryption is, it's the timeliness of data.

Anyone relying on encryption to store any data for any long periods of time are confused. Any encryption system, no matter how complex, can he defeated, given time, resources, and perhaps some skulduggery.

Look at WWII and the German Enigma machine. It was no more than a computer, and very hard to crack, in fact, it couldn't be cracked on the basis of the encrypted information itself. But it did it's job, messages were secure for the length of time that they needed to be, and even if it was decrypted after the fact, it didn't matter. It took the Allied forces stealing an Enigma device and code book to actually crack Enigma encrypted messages.

The same goes for anything, it's timeliness of information. If you encrypt something long term, and someone gets ahold of it, and they want it bad enough, and have the resources at their disposal, they will in time, get at that information.

Bottom line is 2 fold actually, timeliness of information and the fact that locks only keep honest people honest.

more than 3 years ago
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Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

Corwyn_123 Re:Still wondering... (490 comments)

Are you really saying that Bitcoin (or Paypal or Linden Dollars for that matter) would be more valuable to you if someone threatened you into using it? You would pay extra for someone to threaten you with violence?

Lindens are different than Bitcoins only in the fact that they are centrally controlled, and therefore their value is relatively stable. I can sell 10000 lindens for approx $35 USD today, and tomorrow I'll still sell 10000 lindens for approx $35 USD. Hoarding Linden dollars will not increase their value, and dumping them into the economy will not decrease their value.

Bitcoins value goes up like a commodity, with effects of hoarding contributing to their value. They have no real intrinsic value due to usefulness, just the desire to have them or willingness to accept them in lieu of USD or any other government backed currency. In this regard, absent the potential usefulness, they are more like gold, where their value goes up by people holding onto them as long as there are people out there that desire them.

more than 3 years ago

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