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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Shompol Re:We deserve this guy (496 comments)

Let's auction senators directly to the highest bidder instead. Why bother with the elections?

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Shompol Re:The religion of peace (490 comments)

This is not a pissing contest of "which religion is the best". We (as a society) need to look into what caused the massacre and how to prevent similar events in the future. Here's a short list for you:

Norway in 2011:
Try to detect certain mental disorders early and restrict their access to firearms. Tighten control over who has access to firearms.

Paris last Wednesday, Sydney last month, etc.:
Figure out why perfectly sane and capable muslims have frequent urges to execute random civilians. Find and fix the root of the problem.

While #1 is difficult to accomplish, many jurisdictions try their best to restrict access to firearms.

#2 is easy to fix but political pressures tie our hands under "freedom of religion" umbrella. My personal opinion is that we should be keeping zealot followers of Sharia Law in countries where Sharia is the official law of the land, rendering them harmless. I would also like to see the the enablers of the assassins called to justice. I am sure they had lots of help -- moral, financial and operational to carry out this massacre.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

Shompol Re: Waste of money (341 comments)

Oh, what, there's no politically correct way to say things that are sexist

Challenge accepted:

You probably noticed that there is a difference in physical appearance between men and women. This is probably because men and women carry out different roles in society. Isn't it right to assume that the differences are not limited to physical appearance but also physiological, mental state, goals and interests? Believe it or not, men and women are different.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Shompol Re:France will stand for freedom of speech! (1350 comments)

Russian TV is a giant propaganda machine. They make Fox News look good. Russia takes 3rd place in the world in journalist murder rate, while the first two places are taken by countries torn by ongoing war. Calling Russian TV "free speech" is a good joke. They will like you in Kremlin.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Shompol Re:White House... (1350 comments)

There was a time interval during which White House was hesitant to label it as terrorism, and that in itself is pretty astonishing. Where they contemplating to go with "Freedom Fighters"? "Firearms Incident"?

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Shompol Re:Let's ban all guns! (1350 comments)

A few issues with your observation:

- They don't have handguns so they butchered 1000s of people with a knife, how about you include that in your comparison, not just "deaths from handguns"?

- Ethnic composition of the two countries is not the same. UK is in Europe while US has peoples from all over the world, and trust me it is not the former Europeans who drive murder statistics here. In fact, looking at charts that consider more than ffffffffffwhole two points of data you can observe that US is clearly an outlier:

oh look there is a negative correlation between guns and murders

and US is OUT THERE

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Shompol Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

I remember news that France was in flames multiple times, specifically when mislim youth was burning cars on the streets. Hell, WTC was in flames, had nothing to do with insult of beleifs though.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Shompol Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

Kill Nonbelievers

They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

I am sorry, this reads like a fairy tale, not a call to arms. Compare to these:

Quran 2:193

Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors.

and

Quran 8:39

And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah . And if they cease - then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Shompol Re:Surge pricing london style (190 comments)

They were unwilling to pick you up until surge pricing kicked in. Don't see nothing wrong with that. Waiting for 10 minutes for an Uber car that is 2 minutes away is unfortunately normal too. Until they have taken away ability to track driver you can cancel as soon as you see driver doing something funny. I recently got a warning from Uber that for cancelling after 5 mins I will get charged, despite driver going in circles around my location. Cancel before 5 mins is up :)

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Shompol Re:Detect price gouging (190 comments)

Seriously, taxis is a public transport? Why not stretch limos? Private yachts? Please get back to us when you have a private yacht serving every citizen of your imaginary country.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Shompol Re:Detect price gouging (190 comments)

Why should you get a ride simply because you are rich?

Why should you get X because you have money to pay for X? Because supply of X is limited, while number of your friends who want X is linfinite, and that is why we invented money! If you don't like that, you can go to Soviet Russia, where all prices are fixed and everything is rationed. Only Communist Party members can "get a ride". Not because they are rich but because they have a moral high ground over you. Oh wait, you cannot go to Soviet Russia because it failed? I do believe Cuba and North Korea are still intact. And you you happen to be posting this from either, congrats on having access to internet!

about a month ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Shompol Re:Standard FBI followup (388 comments)

Manning did not sell hardware, he released a video of mass execution of civilians from a helicopter by someone who sounded like a teenager... among other fascinating stuff

about 2 months ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Shompol Re:You have it backwards (388 comments)

This is THE BEST STRATEGY for "keeping foreign powers from getting to the many greedy and gullible people", because now every time the "foreign powers" make their move, the gullible will think twice before selling out.

about 2 months ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Shompol Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (388 comments)

Not to mention China probably already has all the plans through some simple hacking of DOD Windows networks.

about 2 months ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Shompol Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (388 comments)

bait someone into hiring a hit man to kill their wife

While I agree that safeguarding national secrets is not entrapment, your example is. If you are really good at convincing and the person you are stalking is of low intellect/poor mental health -- you will always find some poor shlobs to agree to that -- a crime they would otherwise never commit. That IS entrapment. ...not to mention that some wives had it coming.

about 2 months ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Shompol Re:Standard FBI followup (388 comments)

Both Snowden and Manning disclosed internal affairs of serious government institutions. In both cases the information was secret and in both cases affairs had been unethical. I fail to see why your personal preference so so skewed.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Shompol Final solution (399 comments)

Based on this discussion I gather that the optimal solution is to send midget women without legs.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Shompol Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

there would be a serious web monetization problem

We had the same problem before web for millenia. We did fine. 99% of low grade websites that would dissapear due to lack of ad sales should not have existed in the first place. Anything of value will find means to stay afloat.

about 4 months ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Shompol Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

The whole point is to serve ads ... think television ...

Do not want. Neither television nor web becoming like television.

unless you are willing to pay for content directly.

Find a way to monetise it, post it free, or charge for it. No awesome works of art will be lost if some "content" posters quit to do something useful instead.

about 4 months ago

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