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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

HeckRuler Re:Cut the Russians Off (810 comments)

A nuclear Iran would destabilize the Mideast even further

I think the we've done about as much of that as possible. I mean, hundreds of thousands of dead civilians isn't exactly "stable".

Would a nuclear Iran be destabilizing? I imagine it'd be as destabilizing as a nuclear Israel. They haven't nuked anyone yet, and hopefully never will.

Seriously though, what do you think would happen if Russia gave Iran a handful of nukes? Spell out the scenario. I'm honestly interested in what you think.

yesterday
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

HeckRuler Re:Cut the Russians Off (810 comments)

Now we DON'T INVADE IRAN!

And then they lived happily ever after. Seriously, do you WANT to invade Iran? WTF is wrong with you?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

HeckRuler Re:Here is my (incomplete) list: (373 comments)

Do you want a M.E.R.C.S jamma board?
I gutted an old busted arcade cabinet for a mame machine. The monitor was dead, but the sound fired up, so the board is... probably... ok.
I've got no use for it and it's been cluttering up my basement for a while.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

HeckRuler Well why not (373 comments)

Might as well throw in my own picks:

Final Fantasy VII (Just because it was my first RPG, which dates me)
Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
Metal Gear Solid
Final Fantasy Tactics
Chrono Trigger
Super Mario Brothers (Just for it's legacy)
Zelda
X-COM
Civ (the first, and possibly IV)
Nethack/Slash'EM/DungeonCrawl
Whatever the latest RTS game is: Dune / Warcraft / Starcraft / WC3 / C&C /SC2
Scorched Earth
Exile
Natuk
Dwarf Fortress
Spleunky
Minecraft
Portal
Gish
Tori-Bash
Kerbal
Thief

Wait... Boardgame/tabletop?
D&D
Shadowrun
Paranoia
Chess

2 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

HeckRuler Re:Cut the Russians Off (810 comments)

Yeah, that's right mods, label that as funny.

A quick solution to this problem is for the USA to ship a pallet of nukes to Ukraine. Or even just the fissionable material. Even on the sly.

Ukraine would announce it's a nuclear power again and would detonate a bomb on it's soil between the currently contested cities as a giant "BACK OFF BITCH" to Russia.

Then it's Russia's move.

Sane first world nations don't invade first world nations. It's time to remind people of why.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

HeckRuler Re:For the cops that oppose (601 comments)

I think I've spotted a bad apple. It just takes one to spoil the batch.

Did you see me insult your dad? Did you miss that 'if' statement? Why are you presuming I'm attacking you? I honestly DO want you to ask your father this question and see what his response is. Hey, maybe he DID report them to his boss. In which case that would make him a "genuine good guy". Maybe. But I'm trying to explain to you that that's not what appears to be the common state of affairs and perhaps you could use this insight to try and understand why people view the cops the way they do. But no, you just lash out at me.

Why is that? Are you prone to violent outbursts? Quick to anger? Do you assume that everyone is an opponent and you need to fight back?

Hey, maybe the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

HeckRuler Re:One step further (601 comments)

Pft, if they seriously cross the line they'll arrest you, take your camera, and delete all the contents. Or just lose it all.

The cops in my hometown of Omaha got in trouble when a third-party was recording their actions (being rough with someone in cuffs on the ground) who fled when they approached. They chased him into his home, arrested him, and confiscated his camera, which was then "lost". The only reason they got in any trouble at all is because a 4th party recorded it all from inside a building across the street.

End result? 3 police fired, two of which with felony charges against them. Would any of that have happened without the 4th party's involvement?

"Ordinary" people can't bust into the police's office, forcefully confiscate their cameras, destroy all the evidence, and then have a court rule in their favor when people complain. That's a special power that is reserved to the officers tasked with upholding the law.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

HeckRuler Re:For the cops that oppose (601 comments)

My dad is a retired cop, very honest guy (though maybe I'm a bit biased). Most of the guys on the force were genuine good guys, of course there was 1 or 2 jackass's that would do stupid shit.

Ask him if these jackasses ever did any stupid shit that he observed. Did he arrest them? Did he report them? Did he let it slide? Did he cover it up?

If he answers more towards the later, rather than the former, then he wasn't a "genuine good guy". Everyone I've ever talked to with ties to a police department swears that the majority are good apples, and yet the entire police force seems to look after their own when shit hits the fan.

3 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

HeckRuler One step further (601 comments)

It's a good idea, don't get me wrong. It's about time we used this ubiquitous cheap technology in an obviously beneficial way. It's a good move, and one I support.

But either after this comes about, or as part of the deal, the content of that camera needs to be stored offsite and specifically out of the reach of the police officer. Otherwise we're going to see a lot of data simply go missing at convenient times. To be frank, we can't trust police departments to hold onto evidence that could incriminate themselves.

And any evidence that an officer tampered with their camera in an effort to suppress incriminating evidence should be dealt with exactly as if they had destroyed evidence. Because that's what it is.

3 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

HeckRuler Re:Urgh (523 comments)

Except for bankers. He whipped those fuckers with a switch.

-- John 2:15

3 days ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

HeckRuler Re:So, I'm doing it wrong (243 comments)

They shit in a box and cover it up afterwards. They're more domesticated than dogs.

5 days ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

HeckRuler Re:I am curious... (243 comments)

Some people are better carpenters, better coders, better fencers, or better with words. Some people know how to get others to cheer up, or laugh, or get riled, or get angry.

But we're all equally human, and deserve all the respect that humans are afforded.

In what useful and practical sense of the word is everyone "equal?"

OH, you want "practical"? That's easy: Legal rights.
Equal protection under the law. Equal rights of movement, speech, organization, ownership, blah blah blah. Everyone has the same rights to vote (barring you don't get convicted with a felony). There is most definitely some minor imbalances, but on the whole, the USA is doing pretty good with this one. Personally, the imbalance that irks me the most right now is that James Clapper blatantly lied to congress and hasn't been prosecuted yet. It's a breakdown in the rule of law and shows that the heads of the intelligence community are not our equals. It's a problem.

5 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

HeckRuler Re:Have you hired Americans (441 comments)

the shitbags who think they're degree

Quality!

If I spent as much retraining US workers as I did hiring those skillsets I've filled with H1B's, I'd have fired at least half for not doing a fucking thing after failing to learn in whatever training they wasted money on.

If you spent more time retraining workers.... then you'd fire half of them?

"failing to learn in"?

because I've looked for 10 months for all three of them before giving in an attempting the bullshit to find someone willing to work with the appropriate skillset.

. . . I'm pretty sure that "an" is supposed to be "and". So.... you gave in... and then attempted.... to find someone with the skillset?
Maybe that "an" is superfluous. Maybe you spent 10 months before giving up and accepting you failed to find anyone with the skillset.

Have you considered training yourself in English?

One of the big flaws in corporate America is the idea that a couple day's "training" where they sit you in front of a salesman and some slides will actually impart anything of value. "Job Training" takes years of working with a mentor showing you the ropes the entire way with both of you doing meaningful work. It's not something you get a cert for after a week. At least, you know, for the sort of knowledge work that I'm tasked with. Certs and that sort of training are good for, say, introducing a new tool when nobody in the office has any experience with it.

But hey, let me guess, you need someone to be an expert with a laundry list of niche technologies and you're only going to pay $40K in shitsville, Iowa. Good luck with that.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

HeckRuler Re:Must be an alternate earth. (441 comments)

"What do you think of the immigrants coming and taking your jobs and lowering your salary. My honest response was, "Without the kind of talent the people I'm working with bring to this country, my company wouldn't exist."

Wait.... you understand that "most of the visas" are "trade school hacks", "clearly underskilled", with "false resumes". That most of this program is just to undercut the local employees. You are fully cognizant of this.... and when someone asked you what you thought about that... you ignored the question and how themajority of the system operates, and focused on how well the system worked for your company.

Huh.

As a tangent, why aren't you working for the high-tech joint anymore? Did they replace you with an Indian PHD and force you to move down into the trenches of web-dev? What do you think of that?

about a week ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

HeckRuler Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

awwwww, he's just whistling dixie. Nothin' more to it.

(SARCASM with a dose of historical anecdote)

about a week ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

HeckRuler Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

The two party system is fine, until the parties have the ability to redraw their own districts without any rules as to how those districts should be shaped.

Uhhhhhhhh..... yeah, gerrymandering. That's in effect NOW, for most of the USA.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure Congress is up to the task right now, which is a massive problem since the problem will continue to get worse, which makes it even less likely to happen...

Well that doesn't matter as congress has fuck all to say about how the STATES vote for their representatives and how they draw their districts.

And fuck "limiting", have the districts be drawn by an algorithm. A hard-set rule that determines who the politicians represent. The problem is that the algorithm has to be made while a party is in power, and the algorithm will therefore be made to support said party. This sort of change to the power structure could really only happen during a revolution of some sort. Like if the tea-partiers had made it one of their agendas.

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

HeckRuler Re:Oh really? I thought this was AMERICA! (391 comments)

Well that's the march of progress. The cutting edge of technology eventually filters down into the hands of everybody.

But for this specific concern, the creations of blatantly false information, it's a cat and mouse game. There are technologies out there to identify fakes. Analyzing lighting, mostly, from my brief glances. But it means the thoughtless email "omglookatthisvideoTHANKSOBAMA" spam will dive off into the deep end of the crazy pool. As if they weren't already there. Ultimately, we had a brief window between the point where evidence could be created without the ability to falsify that evidence, and the point where everything had to be taken with a grain of salt. I imagine the future content will be trusted solely based on who presented it. The echo chambers will intensify and trustworthiness will have value.

about a week ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

HeckRuler Re:Reading between the lines. (233 comments)

The poor in Egypt were motherfucking skinny. At least they were in 2008. Maybe you were looking at the shopkeepers or taxi-drivers, or tour guides who spoke English.

Same for Peru. Also went through the Caribbeans, but never really saw the poor there.

Costa Rica is doing just fine. That was a pleasant experience. Nice enough I felt fine just driving around by myself. I'd feel fine accepting them in as another state if it weren't for my OCD demanding there be an even number of states.

Outright famine still happens, but is certainly the exception even in the latter.

I was going to give you shit about saying that first world nations experienced famine, but then I looked up the actual definition of first, second, and third-world nations. I thought it just meant established vs poor-as-shits-ville. Rather, it's a hold-over from the cold war. But sure, if you consider Oman first world, then that's totally legit.

about two weeks ago

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