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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Skarjak Re:That's what happens (525 comments)

My passport may say "Canada", but the flag in my room is bearing the fleur-de-lys. I don't really care if my opinions "embarrass" you, especially if the offending attitude is my desire for peace.

There was strong opposition to the conscription in my province for both World Wars, and I am proud of that. We are not warmongers. By the way, it was the Russians who did most of the work. When Canadian and American forces landed in Europe, they were battling a heavily weakened enemy. They would have had a much harder time making their landings if the Nazis had had enough troops to protect them. Their foolish attack on Russia is what defeated them. And the Russians were right to counter-attack since, at that point, they were directly concerned.

You're deluded if you think the fight against ISIS will accomplish anything. Have you been living in a cave for the past ten years? Why don't you tell me about the resounding successes that were Western interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lybia?

about a week ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Skarjak Re:That's what happens (525 comments)

The West certainly got involved in Syria. The rebels received funds, aid and weapons from the West. Had we not been involved, the rebels would have been defeated and none of this would have happened. Our actions have repercutions beyond what we can predict.

We have just spent more than a decade in conflict, and for what? We've all heard the definition of insanity. It would be insane to think this will be any different than our previous failed attempts to bring peace to the MIddle East. This isn't about sticking our heads in the sand. This is about refraining from repeteadly bashing our heads against a brick wall.

And we have been told time and time again that they just want us out of there. Why don't we... get out of there? They will not come to our shores if we stop meddling in their affairs, that's just ridiculous. It's hard to motivate people to blow themselves up when there's no imminent threat.

In short, our actions are both futile and dangerous to ourselves.

about a week ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Skarjak Re:That's what happens (525 comments)

Snappy citations are not enough to support us going halfway across the globe to kill people. Had we all been maintaining a policy of non-intervention, ISIS would not exist. Our actions in the Middle East are causing more harm than good. At any rate, we have to think first about our own interests. It's unfortunate that people elsewhere are suffering, but we have proven time and time again that our interventions are both ineffective and costly. There's nothing we can do. Unless you are naive enough to think that "this time, we can end the terrorist threat!".

about a week ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Skarjak That's what happens (525 comments)

That's what happens when you get involved in wars that don't concern you. By joining the fight against ISIS, we've painted ourselves as a target. This war doesn't concern us, and we don't need to have our peace disturbed because of our contribution to it.

about a week ago
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The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)

Skarjak News for nerds (44 comments)

Man, you people are so grumpy. How is that not awesome? And that's certainly more relevant to this site than the lines to buy ice at Burning Man...

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Skarjak Re:An algorithm to end BH posting (341 comments)

As someone above said, maybe they have a finite stock they can bring to these events, and so selling them quickly is not a concern. There could be other justifications. Still, just think about it: they lied to you about regulations stopping them from doing the obvious. Why would they do that? Clearly there must be a purpose behind this lie. I don't think your suggestion will help. Also, I don't really think this content is appropriate for slashdot. This is hardly an "algorithm". I'm pretty sure everyone who read the article immediately understood that bringing the packs of ice to the front would help low wait times.

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Skarjak Re:An algorithm to end BH posting (341 comments)

You have a point. It's funny he made the blog considering how dismissive of him the company was. They don't care about his (extremely obvious) suggestion, why should we? If they're going through the trouble of lying about it, it's because they feel their approach is more profitable.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Skarjak Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

Nonsense. Arch is now harder to configure with systemd. The Arch maintainers do believe in "Keep it Simple", but to them, simplicity is elegance. They adopted systemd because they believe it is the more elegant solution. Ease of use is not their primary concern, obviously, and this is really damn far from an "automagic desktop" distro. The very claim is quite ridiculous honestly.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Skarjak Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (447 comments)

The area where live is very atheist. Most of the religious people are immigrants who kind of stay in their own communities. Of the native citizens who are religious, only the older generation goes to church. Last time I went to a church almost everyone had white hair. I don't think there is any pressure here to hide your atheism, so I doubt that this is what's preventing us from forming little comunities. Chalk that up to the reduction of human interation due to 21st century technology, I guess...

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Skarjak Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

I agree, I'm an atheist but I thought that anti-Christian comment at the end was totally out of place and painted the writer of the article as an intolerant bigot. It was totally out of place in the article and really undermines his point.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Skarjak Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (447 comments)

This is one the things that sucks about being an atheist. Other than the existential dread, of course. I will never really have this feeling of community. I know that I will always be able to count on my close family, but that's where it ends.

I have no belief in god nor any intention to change my mind on the subject, but what you described is pretty appealing.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Skarjak Re:I sure don't fit the profile (447 comments)

That's incredible that you are in such a long-lasting marriage despite only knowing the person for 3 weeks before you got married. Weren't you afraid that you didn't know the person well enough? At that point in time, you're still well in the "butterflies in the stomach" phase.

about two weeks ago
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China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

Skarjak Re:Showing Dracula the cross (109 comments)

I always figured that the only speech that should maybe land you in trouble with the law is speech that incites violence against a certain group. No matter how much anyone might disagree with the statement above, it's certainly not that. It's pretty disappointing to see the state of "freedom of speech" on the planet these days...

about three weeks ago
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Snapchat Says Users Were Victimized By Their Use of Third-Party Apps

Skarjak Re:I'm disappointed ... (90 comments)

If you really want to, we could go one step further and make the analogy even more complete by giving the person every reason to believe that the one claiming the tiger has been removed is wrong. Maybe the tiger's tail is showing and you can hear a roar every once in a while. "Oh don't mind that, I swear the tiger is gone." Then yes, I guess the analogy is even more accurate. :)

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

Skarjak Re:Bluish People (80 comments)

Wow, I'm feeling nostalgia right now. The good old days when running linux was much more of a pain that it is now.

about three weeks ago
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Snapchat Says Users Were Victimized By Their Use of Third-Party Apps

Skarjak Re:I'm disappointed ... (90 comments)

This is where someone jumps in and goes "blah blah blah blah victim blaming! Blah blah blah offensive! Blah blah blah slut shaming!"

Giving advice on how to protect yourself is now seen as victim blaming, so you won't see too much of that. We live in a society where if you jump in the tiger's cage and get eaten, it is considered offensive to say that maybe you shouldn't have jumped in the tiger's cage.

about three weeks ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

Skarjak Re:well duh (228 comments)

Precisely. I am appalled by the number of Americans in this discussion who seem to think this is fine. I can understand doing this to China cause they're pretty brazen about their espionage, but Germany? Added to the leaks about the surveyance of the Chancellor, this clearly shows the profound lack of trust the Americans have in their allies. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

about three weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Skarjak Re:TFA isn't about trolls (728 comments)

You're right, Escape-Meta-Alt-Control-Shift is a pretty decent OS. It's too bad that it lacks a proper text editor. Am I doing this right?

about three weeks ago

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