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New Russian Weapon Hides In Shipping Container

Nathrael Re:This is nothing. Think of the Syrians. (618 comments)

a mist of VX at a moderate altitude over an Israeli city might as well be.

I'd say it'd be even worse than a nuclear bomb. Weaponized VX can, if the wind direction is right, can theoretically "cleanse" a small country of any advanced life forms without those pesky side effects such as irradiation preventing a later conquest. Sure, nukes are great bunker busters and their symbolic effect is not to be understated - but if you want to go for true mass destruction, nerve gas is much more effective.

more than 4 years ago
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The Sopranos Meet H-1B In New Jersey

Nathrael Re:Abuse of Restaurant Workers (324 comments)

You should stop worrying about other peoples plights so much, you'll live longer.

I hope you are aware that it were the people who *did* care are also the ones responsible for your right to actually spout that garbage of yours.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Quickly Revises "Sexting" Ad For Kin Phone

Nathrael Re:LOLwut? (298 comments)

[...] political correctness [...] not followed in Europe

You haven't been to Europe recently, have you? There may be quite a few things that aren't so great about the US, but it still is one of the few western countries that actually has free speech (and no silly hate speech laws restricting it) and has better things to spend money on than gendering the stickers in subway trains asking you to give your seat to mothers with small children (oh, apologies: *fathers* with small children) or handing out government prices to people who waste their time in a similar fashion.

more than 4 years ago
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Could Terrorists Get Hold of a Nuclear Bomb?

Nathrael Re:Yes of course, eventually (2 comments)

Thank you very much for pointing me at this most interesting story about David Hahn; reading it was time I've spent well :) .

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"

Nathrael Re:Sounds like a plan (222 comments)

A Clockwork Orange (and similar works of fiction) differ from the aforementioned rape simulation in that it's point is a completely different one. The point of Clockwork Orange is of a sociological (or political, if you wish so) nature; the point of a pedophile tentacle rape comic is to satisfy the sick desires of those who get a hard-on over it.

Also, your post got modded troll because certain people here are idiots >.> .

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"

Nathrael Re:Sounds like a plan (222 comments)

But these are mentally ill, and even if they can somehow control their illness, I still find it rather dangerous or, at least, irresponsible to reward them for living out their illness. A cure would certainly be better - but the first step in curing someone's mind is by making them realize the wrongness of their believes. Curing a disease is much better than suppressing it, for both it's sufferer and his fellow humans.

more than 4 years ago
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Ireland May Be Next To Censor the Internet

Nathrael Re:Not a major problem! (155 comments)

Well - your country's ruling party is called Fianna Fail for a reason :P .

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"

Nathrael Re:Sounds like a plan (222 comments)

Everybody views porn or has viewed porn before, so nobody can condemn you for it without being a hypocrite themselves.

Perhaps, but there's a little difference between being attracted to a hot woman having consensual sex and being attracted to pre-legal kids getting raped, isn't there?

more than 4 years ago
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Activision Countersues Modern Warfare 2 Execs

Nathrael Re:Awesome! (120 comments)

Call of Jury: Modern Lawfare :P

more than 4 years ago
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Spamming a Judge Is Contempt of Court

Nathrael Re:Awesome! (280 comments)

If spam can be "easily remedied with technology" then why hasn't it been eradicated already?

Because there still are quite a lot of people out there using less-than-well protected E-Mail services/software?

more than 4 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

Nathrael Re:The fun is in the simplicity (322 comments)

When you're playing competitively, the moment you have a significant skill imbalance the fun disappears.

Not necessarily. In fact, in many online games, I quite enjoy playing against "the pros" every once in a while. Sure, I may get blown to pieces, but by carefully watching how my enemy manages to outskill me, I learn, and that's easily one of the most important aspects of competitive gaming.

more than 4 years ago
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What Chernobyl Looks Like In 2010

Nathrael Re:Largest Nuclear Disaster? (413 comments)

In any case, both cities are off limits to non-Muslims, so it's not like any innocent people would be killed.

I'm not exactly someone with a positive conception of Islam, but to say all Muslims are guilty of the acts committed by a few is as much as a fallacy as calling all Christians responsible for the acts of the Branch Davidians, the Lord's Resistance Army or various Irish terrorist groups.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Gives the US Government Access To Gmail

Nathrael Re:If not China, why US? (445 comments)

Perhaps it's because the US isn't bent on bent on eliminating every kind of internal resistance? You know, US operatives might be employing morally questionable methods every now and then, and there may be accounts of US soldiers breaking the law - but their intent is still to fight terrorism, not to smash peaceful, democratic dissent.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Nathrael Re:Video (1671 comments)

A better solution, given that they did have ground assets in the area at the time (as evidenced by the arrival of a group of IFVs shortly after the engagement) would have been to let the ground forces intercept the van. They have the option of stopping it without killing the people inside.

Remember though, this incident occurred 3 years ago - back then, intercepting the van might not have been possible without seriously endangering the lives of allied troops or civilian. I generally agree with you, but if trying to deal with it peacefully places more lives at risk than those of the presumed insurgents, finishing the job might be a better idea.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Nathrael Re:1 American life 100 non-Americans (1671 comments)

And remote drone stuff is basically video games turned real - you are not in the shit so it doesn't affect you *nearly* as much.

On the other hand, UAVs also have their benefits. You know you won't die if your drone gets shot down, so you can take a risk and identify your targets instead of engaging everything that looks hostile just to make sure they won't engage you first.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Nathrael Re:Video (1671 comments)

Then they were wrong - but then again, what can you expect from conscript training.

The types of .50 BMG fired by anti-materiel rifles tend to be outlawed by the St. Petersburg Declaration, which restricts the use of incendiary and explosive ammunition below a certain size against human targets. Your country might have signed it, but the US hasn't, so for them, it's perfectly legal to use their M82s against human targets.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Nathrael Re:Video (1671 comments)

And there was no excuse for blowing away the minivan trying to carry off the wounded survivor.

Yes, there was. "Better safe than sorry" - once recovered, the guy would likely have been fighting US troops once again. This isn't a regular war where professional soldiers are fighting each other; this is a group of terrorists and insurgents targeting lawful combatants as well as civilians with everything they've got, at every opportunity.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Nathrael Re:Video (1671 comments)

There are also maximum calibers on guns allowed to fire on human targets, above which the gun is classified supposed to be fired at vehicles and equipment.

Wrong.

The controversy over certain types of anti-materiel rounds occurs due to the fact that some of them contain explosive and incendiary components, which are outlawed under the St. Petersburg Declaration (which deals with explosive and incendiary ammunition - and which the US did not sign). It's perfectly legit to fire ammunition of any size at human targets.

more than 4 years ago

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Advanced Tactical Laser C-130H Test Successful

Nathrael Nathrael writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nathrael writes "According to an article on Businessweek.com, the testing of Boeing's C-130H air-to-ground laser was a success:

Boeing says it successfully completed its first ground test of a weapons system aboard a C-130H designed as an Advanced Tactical Laser aircraft.

The Boeing Co. says last week's test at Kirtland Air Force Base was a key milestone.

Officials say the aircraft fired a high-energy chemical laser through its beam control system, which guided the beam to a ground target. The laser passes through a rotating turret on the aircraft's belly.

Boeing Missile Defense Systems vice president and general manager Scott Fancher says firing the laser through the control system demonstrates the functioning of the entire system.

Boeing intends to fire the laser in-flight at ground targets later this year after additional tests.

Now let's start those jokes about frickin laser beams attached to somebody's head."
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