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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re: Send in the drones! (616 comments)

Germany sure is better off today than it was in the 1930.

I can only envy them for losing the war...

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re: Send in the drones! (616 comments)

Erh... I prefer politicians that are at least nominally accountable and I can get rid of without killing them.

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re: Send in the drones! (616 comments)

It's more proof that human is first concerned with saving his sorry little ass, ideology be damned.

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Send in the drones! (616 comments)

Erh... nope. Maybe the most terrifying moment in American history.

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Send in the drones! (616 comments)

Europe != Ukraine.

As heartless as it may sound, but nobody gives a shit about the Ukraine. If they're gone, so be it. It's a completely different ballgame with Europe where not only a LOT of corporations have their HQs but also need the population as consumers.

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Send in the drones! (616 comments)

Well... ok, I can't say anything about the food... but else...

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Send in the drones! (616 comments)

...which was the reply to putting up rockets in Turkey. And you gotta admit, it worked, Kennedy instantly withdrew the missile stations in Turkey after he felt how it is to have the dagger at your throat.

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Ukrainians are a modern civilized people ... (616 comments)

You took them? And even if, should I trust you?

The first victim of every war is truth. Usually it's slain and buried even before the war starts.

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Obama's Propaganda (616 comments)

/. can by some margin not become a mouthpiece for anything but what the people commenting on it want. Yes, you can tack a propaganda story to the front page. But be prepared to have it shred to pieces before long.

And since people (at least the people I know&care about) read /. for the comments rather than the stories itself, any kind of astroturfing or propaganda usually backfires VERY badly VERY quickly.

8 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:The US and UK need to stay out of this (616 comments)

The problem is, another part wanted to join Russia. When you look at their economy, that makes a damn lot of sense. The eastern Ukraine is fully dependent on Russia, if Russia nailed the border shut ... well, let's say Detroit would look like everyone's fully employed.

9 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Cut the Russians Off (616 comments)

No go.

Europe is quite dependent on Russian gas and oil. You'll be hard pressed to convince Europe that it should do without. And now take a wild guess where more of that money is located...

9 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Did not invade The Ukraine (616 comments)

Huh? Wait, we can...

Germany? Austria? Turkey? Saddle up and regain your empire from last century, the sale has begun!

9 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Opportunist Re:Send in the drones! (616 comments)

I don't know how Russia, you know, the big one, reacts if the US decided to support (and possibly occup... I mean liberate) a country right at its border.

I mean, how'd you feel if Russia took over Mexico?

I'd be quite careful how to react to that. Putin doesn't have as much leeway to do what he pleases as it seems. Russia likes big, strong, tough men at the top. Men who give in have a pretty hard time to remain in power.

9 hours ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Opportunist Don't feed the trolls (959 comments)

Yes, even don't send them death threats.

10 hours ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Opportunist Re: Her work (959 comments)

I'm not insulted either. Mostly because, like you, I'm male.

That's not the gender she insulted...

10 hours ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Opportunist Re:seriously? (247 comments)

By the time the police comes around there's nothing to be found anymore... *sniffle*

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  |  about 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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