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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:Why math? (559 comments)

Because ISIS doesn't give half a shit more about the Koran than the average politician over here does about the Bible. It's a tool to keep them in power and keep the sheep following them.

Why do you think people in the Middle East would be different from people in other parts of the world?

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:Actually against Islam (559 comments)

Isis is violating a fair lot of Islam rules. Not just now.

Just like so many radical groups they use religion as a tool to justify their actions. It's hardly a new idea.

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:Of course they do (559 comments)

Because when people learn critical thinking skills, they automatically dismiss ignorant hate-centered dogmas.

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:I've never understood this... (559 comments)

Any religion is afraid of science.

Religion is about faith.
Science is about doubt.

It's fairly easy to see why one is anathema of the other.

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:A new dark ages! (559 comments)

I can well see Muhammad and Jesus looking down on the whole mess and going "Dude, if I had known what they turn it into..." "Yeah, yeah, me neither".

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:terrorist math (559 comments)

About 3000/1000.

And some shrapnel.

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:How ironic... (559 comments)

Oh I'm fairly sure, if they thought they'd get away with it they'd cram the crap down your throat with fire and brimstone. It's not like the history of religion has been too peaceful.

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:My hope... (559 comments)

Quite the opposite, I'd expect them to turn green with envy.

The cynic in me would say that's the real reason they hate the Islamist fundies: Envy.

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:Sounds familiar (559 comments)

Yeah, but for a different imaginary friend. For some odd reason that's important for them.

3 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Opportunist Re:Some of that sounds awfully familiar (559 comments)

So I wasn't the only one thinking "replace Allah with God and you should have quite a bit of support with some domestic lunatics"?

3 hours ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Opportunist Re:You mean... (233 comments)

So THAT's all the gunk around my router. Silly me, I thought it's dust.

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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Opportunist Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (285 comments)

So where is the line where it is ok to break the law for law enforcement? What crime do they have to prosecute so they can ignore any and all rights you have?

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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

Opportunist Re:How long 'til mirrors are considered weapons? (177 comments)

Well, it costs multiple thousands for the laser, so I guess after the first use you know for sure which ones your enemy will field.

yesterday
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Opportunist Re:It's getting hotter still! (592 comments)

It would seem that we have reached an agreement. If you need me, I'll be in the Midwest.

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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

Opportunist Re:Of course. (46 comments)

Oh personally I think collisions between people who don't look where they're walking and run into each other are highly necessary. Some people need to feel that they're acting stupidly.

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Opportunist Re:It's getting hotter still! (592 comments)

I'm done fighting, arguing and whatnot. I offer to you what I offered everyone so far: I move inland, you move to the coast. If you're right, you get a wonderful piece of seaside real estate. If I am right, I get to shoot you if you try to escape drowning.

Deal?

2 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Opportunist Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (285 comments)

That's pretty much what would happen in most countries in Europe. I am not aware of a "poisoned well" provision in our laws over here. If there's evidence against you and it's neither fabricated ("planted") nor required an incentive from law enforcement so you commit the crime (agent provocateur), it's a-ok to use it against you.

What keeps police in check is that they essentially have a job for life once they're in, they get a LOAD of job perks (official ones and "less official ones") and breaking the law to get evidence is almost certainly the end of that rather comfy job, and even if you don't get locked up (with all the nice guys that you got in there first...), what's left for you is some sort of mall cop crap job.

Seems to work really well.

2 days ago

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "You might remember how Bush was attacked by a reporter with his shoes. Now, some people wondered why. Some wondered how he got through security with his assassination devices. Some wondered whether his bodyguards were having a field trip day and how this was possible.

Others wondered "what shoes are those". And they found out. It was the Ducati Model 271, now redubbed the Bush-Shoe. And sales are skyrocketing. The Turkish company making them can't keep up with the demand. Who said that a personal visit of a politician couldn't be beneficial for the economy in the country?

How to interpret this is maybe up for debate. Personally, I think some people took "voting with your feet" and showing their political view with them to a new level."

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Stupidfilter: The end of Trolling on /.?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "What would /. be without "FRIST POST!", In Soviet Russia memes and a confirmation of netcraft? Well, if Stupidfilter becomes what it claims to be soon, we might find out. The makers of this OSS claim that they can (soon) filter out stupidity, ignorance and trolling from boards, making the life of moderators and administrators worldwide a lot easier. Currently it relies mostly on the amount of CAPS in a text, the mix of letters and some statistics. Soon it shall become able to sense typos and grammatical errors, which shall hopefully increase the chance to catch dumb postings. Of course, the implications are that non-native speakers (like me) might get caught in the filter due to a (possibly) higher rate of misspelled words and a (likely) smaller vocabulary. And of course it can be used as a "content filter", to keep out unwanted opinions. So whether this technology will bring us less trolling or less freedom to discuss (or whether it brings us anything at all), only time will tell."
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When Amazon sells Audiophile cables...

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "...comments go berserk. Now, I certainly don't want to decide whether audio equipment that costs 10k is worth it, or at least improves sound quality in any way. I even don't want to judge whether cables that only transmit digital data can have a positive impact. Personally, I don't see why a "better 1 or 0" makes better sound.

But what I know is that when Amazon sells such a gem, people go berserk with comments. Some even found Jesus in their BBQ sauce.

The first Audiophile vs. Anti-Audiophile war on Amazon. Truely a good laugh.

(to be honest, I just submit the story hoping to find out whether it's possible to create a /. effect on Amazon...)"
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Large Hadron Collider - The doomsday device?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "We're all going to die! The LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the big underground donut in Genf that shoots little particles onto each other, is going to create a black hole that is going to swallow us all alive!

Or so Mr. Walter Wagner claims on his homepage. He demands in no uncertain terms that this project is to be put on hold until the dangers can be assessed, after all we only have one Earth, and no backups to restore from.

A bit of insight from people who know more about those things would be interesting. Can energy that could possibly heat a cup of coffee create a tempest in the teapot? And more important, what motivates people to prophesy doom? I mean, when you're wrong, you're ridiculed, when you're right, you're dead... how do you win?"

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Amazon delists music after battle with MI

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "It all started with Amazon buying music cheaply abroad and selling it expensively in the EU. Now, the music industry did not like that of course, deemed those imports "illegal" and sent a cease and desist letter. Amazon decided to bend to the MIs will. And do more than that. They not only delisted the CDs required, they pulled almost everything from Sony and Warner (and a few topsellers of Universal and EMI) from their range of products. In the meantime, after a quick talk, it seems the problem has been resolved. For now. Neither side really considers it settled, it just seems both agree that such a battle should not be fought right now, in the week before the big spending event. Though one has to wonder: Who is actually in the stronger position when they canot find an agreement?"
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