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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Swave An deBwoner Re: Nuke those terrorists (791 comments)

Youtube can be such a waste of time, but:

"Hamas Terrorists Fire Rockets from a Gazan School"

And it was previously two UNRWA schools in which rockets had been found stored, and then returned to their owners by the glorious UNRWA staff. But today it's three:

Ah, but why dwell on the numbers? If you have a cache of rocket bombs, and the school has an empty space next to the kindergarten, what possible harm could there be in storing those rockets in the empty space? It's not like they could blow up or anything.

5 minutes ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Swave An deBwoner Re: Nuke those terrorists (791 comments)

Sort of like the "Crips" versus the "Bloods" gangs in the US, eh?

Those wacky Palestinian terrorists, one never knows which of them will turn up to launch rockets from a schoolyard.

1 hour ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Swave An deBwoner Re: Nuke those terrorists (791 comments)

So you're saying that those rockets were sent flying into Israel by Palestinian rocket hobbyists working within Gaza but not under the direct supervision of Hamas rocket professionals? Sounds dangerous, those folks could get hurt playing around like that.

2 hours ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Swave An deBwoner Re:Don't let the facts get in your way (791 comments)

Ah, yes, "contains a claim" from "an unnamed contact".

And the article ends with the statement, "The file does not make it clear how seriously the government took the claim that Israel also may have aided the hijackers."

My dear fellow, you may claim that your shit tastes like strawberries, and someone may be foolish enough to believe you.

13 hours ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Swave An deBwoner Re: Nuke those terrorists (791 comments)

The table in that article lists 22 rockets, 4 mortar shells in January 2014; 9 rockets in February; 65 rockets, 1 mortar in March; 19 rockets, 5 mortars in April; 4 rockets, 3 mortars in May; 53 rockets, 1 mortar in June; and 2,319 rockets and numerous mortars in July (still counting).

Does your calendar begin in July? If so, that would explain a lot.


Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Swave An deBwoner Re:Don't let the facts get in your way (791 comments)

FACT? You must be joking!

Operation Entebbe was a counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on 4 July 1976.[6] A week earlier, on 27 June, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked, by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells, and flown to Entebbe, the main airport of Uganda. The local government supported the hijackers and dictator Idi Amin personally welcomed them. The hijackers separated the Israelis and Jews from the larger group and forced them into another room.[7][8][9] That afternoon, 47 non-Israeli hostages were released.[7][9][10] The next day, 101 more non-Israeli hostages were allowed to leave on board an Air France aircraft. More than 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers, along with the non-Jewish pilot Captain Bacos, remained as hostages and were threatened with death.[11][12]

The IDF acted on intelligence provided by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. The hijackers threatened to kill the hostages if their prisoner release demands were not met. This threat led to the planning of the rescue operation.[13] These plans included preparation for armed resistance from Ugandan military troops.[14]

And the icing on the cake:

Ugandan reaction

Dora Bloch, a 75-year-old British-born Israeli, had been released by the hijackers due to illness and taken to Mulago Hospital in Kampala. After the raid she was killed by officers of the Ugandan army, as were some of her doctors and nurses, apparently for trying to intervene.[18][nb 2][53] In April 1987, Henry Kyemba, Uganda's Attorney general and Minister of Justice at the time, told the Uganda Human Rights Commission that Bloch had been dragged from her hospital bed and killed by two army officers on Amin's orders.[54] Bloch was shot and her body dumped in the trunk of a car that had Ugandan intelligence services number plates. Her remains were recovered near a sugar plantation 20 miles (32 km) east of Kampala in 1979,[55] after the Ugandan-Tanzanian War ended Amin's rule.[52] Amin also ordered the killing of hundreds of Kenyans living in Uganda in retaliation for Kenya's assistance to Israel in the raid.[56]


VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Swave An deBwoner Provide apprenticeships to highly skilled workers? (224 comments)

Something is a bit off.

If H-1B is for hiring foreign highly skilled worker -- people who have skills that just aren't available in the US workforce -- then how are they "apprentices"?

Isn't an apprentice someone who is learning the trade, not someone who is teaching it to the "master"?

about a week ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Swave An deBwoner Re:I can't ever work for IBM again .. (282 comments)

"Right to work" actually is an anti-union term. It doesn't mean that the worker has a right to a job, it means only that the worker cannot be required to join a union at the job site.

And the terms don't have to be "enforceable" in the legal sense, all they have to do is scare away any subcontractor companies from hiring the pariah. See "chilling effect".

about a week ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Swave An deBwoner Re: Here we go... (454 comments)

Well, if Hamas didn't use hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds as rocket launch sites then there might be less to complain about when Israel bombs their rocket launch sites.

But then Hamas wouldn't have all those photos of dead and injured children to propagandize via the world's newsmedia.

about a week ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Swave An deBwoner Re:What does RIF mean? (282 comments)

"Reduction In Force".

Companies like to use that term instead of "Mass Layoffs". They think it sounds nicer.

about a week ago

Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

Swave An deBwoner Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (92 comments)

Follow the money. Selling taxi medallions is a huge source of revenue and graft.

That is true but the summary refers to Brooklyn and Queens, a.k.a. "outer boroughs" (anything that isn't Manhattan). The outer boroughs now have "Green Taxis" which do not bear medallions, and there are about 15,000 of them so far:

NYC also has "livery" cabs which can be summoned via phone, in contrast to "taxis" which are hailed on the street. Livery cabs don't bear medallions either.

The concerns about Lyft and Uber probably is more about the proper training and licensing of drivers, liability insurance coverage, adherance to laws (like non-discrimination in picking up passengers, and like fair labor practices). Not medallions.

about three weeks ago

Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

Swave An deBwoner Re:Does Amazon develop all apps in the app store? (137 comments)

From what I've read (and I only skimmed this thread so maybe I missed something) they are "going after Amazon" because the "parental controls" that they provide on their product get reset every time there's an update to the device.

Imagine if the root password and all of the access controls on the servers in your machine room got reset each time you ran an update on the OS. You'd be pretty pissed I bet.

about three weeks ago

Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

Swave An deBwoner Re:Haha (235 comments)

I agree with you that a driver must drive in such a way that he (or she) can avoid collisions. However the law apparently doesn't recognize that, at least in many jurisdictions.

Take for example the curious case recently in Canada where the driver of a car stopped on a highway to rescue some baby ducks who had wandered onto it. A motorcyclist with his child on board slammed into the rear of the stopped car and both dad and child died. The driver of the car has been convicted for negligence and faces "life" (2 x 14 years) in prison.

This is tragic for the family of the dead man and child. It is also tragic for the driver of the car though. Clearly she should not have parked on the highway, but the motorcyclist should not have rammed into a stopped vehicle. That car could just as well have broken down on the road and he still would have slammed into it. Drivers have to pay attention and drive carefully. The first step may be to slow down. Speed limits have become too high.

In 1964 an increase in the New York City speed limit was forced upon the city by the New York State Legislature against protest by the NYC Traffic Commssioner Henry Barnes (of the famous "Barnes Dance" protocol). Today Mayor Bill de Blasio is working to lower it back to 25 in most places, and to 20 in higher risk areas.

We need to back off from the mindset that moving motor vehicle traffic as quickly as possible is properly the primary goal of traffic planners. Safety must be moved into first place.

about three weeks ago

Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

Swave An deBwoner Re:Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

If he simply inspected their systems, fixed any holes he knew about, provided no information to the bank about what he had done except a note to say "your system is now more secure" that might be okay.

That assumes that the existing client staff wouldn't have a clue about how to compare the systems baselines before his security changes with the state of the systems after. The diffferences between the two states would contain the "secret".

When someone who formerly dealt with highly classified information in government writes a book, the usual deal is that the book's contents get vetted by ${security_agency} before publication. It's a lot more difficult to do that type of thing if the guy is using that information to secure a client's systems.

So I can understand the concern here.

We (the US) would be better off providing such folks with golden parachutes to avoid having to tell them not to try to profit from what they learned on the job, after they leave.

about a month ago

Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Swave An deBwoner Re:Not in USA (249 comments)

How about iPads and other tablet devices that aren't phones but are likely to hold even more personal data than a phone does?

And how about a ruled and bound notebook that traditionally has held personal data? Maybe if I attach two tin cans and some waxed string to it they'll classify it as a phone and then I won't have to worry that they'll find evidence of on it.

about a month ago

EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

Swave An deBwoner Re:Problem #1: Usage Cap (184 comments)

Can't you disable wifi on their cable modem and connect the modem to your own wifi access point? Or if not, put the modem into a Faraday cage and then connect it to your own access point?

(Yes, I know, outside the limits of ability of "most" of their customers.)

about a month ago

Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

Swave An deBwoner Re:More (150 comments)

Exactly my thinking also. The multimillion dollar legal fees are the driving force and as usual in class actions, the class members get peanuts (not to defame actual peanuts, they are quite nourishing).

Or the plaintiffs' lawyers already received a "pre-settlement bonus" from the defendant companies' petty cash boxes.

Either way, the plaintiffs got screwed.

about a month ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Swave An deBwoner Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

[ Because we all love anecdotal evidence, here's some of mine ]

And when I called Crucial to RMA the 4 brand new memory modules that were producing errors nonstop (when all 4 were installed, but not when only any 2 were installed) under memtest86 while other vendors' memory in the same system ran rock solid, I was told that it is probably a temperature issue and to run the system with a desktop fan blowing over the RAM. A desktop fan, like a Vornado "air circulator" they meant (and I verified), not a computer-mounted 80mm, 120mm, etc., fan. They refused to RMA the memory because I didn't have a desktop fan blowing on it.

Maybe it was just the crazy folks I happened to speak with that day, and the next day, I don't know, but I stopped buying Crucial memory after that and have stuck with Corsair, Kingston, and OCZ without problems.

about a month and a half ago



iPhone and iPad users report severe motion sickness while using iOS 7

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about 10 months ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "I don't know what I can say except to paste a couple of excerpts from the original article at

"It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Other forum users are reporting feelings of illness, eye pain, and dizziness as well.

Another user, nybe, writes, "I had to go home 'sick' from work because of the intense nausea due to using my iPhone with iOS 7.""

Link to Original Source

Two Years Later, David Pogue Discovers Amazon Prime Includes "Free Movies"

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about 2 years ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "In his "State of the Art" column, NY Times columnist David Pogue discovers that Amazon Prime members can use the service to watch some movies for free. This service was announced, when, early in the summer of 2010? The title of his column today is "Potluck for the Eyeballs: A New Streaming-Movie Service""
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NY Times goes paywall

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Swave An deBwoner writes "Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions. It’s an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism to readers around the world and on any platform. The change will primarily affect those who are heavy consumers of the content on our Web site and on mobile applications."
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Report Looks at How China Meddled With Internet

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "Another article on the temporary rerouting of much of the Internet through Chinese IP space, discussed here on /. yesterday:

But today's NY Times article contains a curious statement:

While sensitive data such as e-mails and commercial transactions are generally encrypted before being transmitted, the Chinese government holds a copy of an encryption master key, and there was speculation that China might have used it to break the encryption on some of the misdirected Internet traffic.

What "encryption master key" are they talking about?

TFA can be found here:"

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