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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TangoMargarine Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (716 comments)

Pretty sure they do not want them to starve to death bad PR and enough of the old folks remember how nasty that is. But hunger is a good motivator to break a defiant population.

Unless if they can blame the starvation on the Israelis, which they eminently can. PR victory!

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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TangoMargarine Re:Radicalization (716 comments)

Whatever. Fact is, this situation is...

Wow, that's got to me one of the most arrogant and dismissive posts I've ever seen on Slashdot. "Sorry, but I know better about your homeland than you do."

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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TangoMargarine Re:Radicalization (716 comments)

Hamas won the election with only 44.45% of the popular vote, with about 25% of the eligible population abstaining (Palestinian legislative election, 2006 [wikipedia.org]). You're blaming all Palestinians for a choice made by less than half of the voters, which is hardly fair.

No, we're blaming it on 69.45% of the population because that further 25% you mentioned either didn't care enough or was too intimidated to vote.

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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TangoMargarine Re:Radicalization (716 comments)

Shooting rockets that kill 2 or 3 people...over and over and over...for years...with no sign of stopping.

But yes, Israel should just be patient and sit out what seems to be a neverending ~war.

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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TangoMargarine Re:Radicalization (716 comments)

There are people in the Middle East Israel hasn't already pissed off?

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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

TangoMargarine Re:What about my right to search? (183 comments)

And quite frankly speaking, for the cases this law is intended for (let's ignore all the examples that don't support my point), the right of an individual to not have their life ruined by, say, completely made-up allegations of child abuse and rape quite clearly trumps your right of finding information I've decided I don't like.

You rephrasing the problem to cast the best light on your viewpoint does not eliminate all the people in this very comments section who are arguing the exact opposite viewpoint; ergo it is not "quite clear" at all.

It's trying to fix a social problem with a technological solution instead of a social one. Maybe people need to learn the definition of ACCUSED vs. CONVICTED. And for a lot of cases, stop and examine why cheating on your wife suddenly makes you incapable of exercising judgment in any other possible area of your life.

Also if you're a frequent Slashdot reader, you should know damn well that "what this law is intended for" and "what they use it for" are hardly ever the same. This is not new news.

2 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

TangoMargarine Re:The memory hole isn't possible (183 comments)

Or you can post on Slashdot about how everyone are sheeple and offer no constructive dialog otherwise.

2 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

TangoMargarine Re:Correct yet misleading (183 comments)

Those looking for damning information should therefore look for news that the person in question was CONVICTED of X, not CHARGED WITH X.

Or we can just be incompetent twats and force Google to do our homework for us. Obviously that's the better choice.

I wait hopefully for the Pirate Bay-type website that will inevitably pop up where you can find lists of all the blocked terms.

*acquitted

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:maybe (499 comments)

I thought we were talking about how supposedly every war throughout human history has involved rampant civilian slaughter.

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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TangoMargarine Re:1 or 1 million (264 comments)

Or option 3, your analogy sucked.

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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TangoMargarine Re:1 or 1 million (264 comments)

What exactly is keeping you from enacting your plan exactly as advertised? I'm genuinely curious.

Maybe you'd need some special kind of strip club zoning or something? Because it's legal for people to take their clothes off there, for money even. And I guess there's some requirement for that kind of thing to not be visible from the street, so you'd have to cover the windows, too.

That you might enact the changes and immediately lose most of your revenue is beside the point. If city hall gave you the necessary permits 'n whatnot, it would be your prerogative as a business owner.

To address your original argument, the legality of contracts has been a field for a very long time so apparently somebody somewhere is watching the system and wants it the way it is. Phone companies can put all the shit they want up on the screen in fine print. Not calling them on it is implied consent on the part of the regulatory agencies.

So I guess my point is that when you said, "I can't just put up anything I want and have it be legal," yes...yes you can, if you're a telecom company and nobody calls you on it. That's the pragmatic truth.

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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TangoMargarine Re:1 or 1 million (264 comments)

Maybe it would be less confusing if you didn't reply to people you agree with with, "No, ..."

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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TangoMargarine Re:1 or 1 million (264 comments)

If they don't want to abide by your crazy rules but still want to eat there, you can always deny them service/ask them to leave your property.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:maybe (499 comments)

The difference is that one specifically targets civilian infrastructure for destruction while the other only incidentally targets civilians, and not even the infrastructure at all. Saying the two are the same is gross misrepresentation.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:War that cannot be settled (499 comments)

I'm kind of curious why splitting it in half is unworkable. Both sides want the fertile land, or what? So divide the fertile land in half already.

If you look at my recent posting history from last Friday you'd see more of how I see the conversation but if I post it again I'm sure I'll get in another lengthy shouting match :-/

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:The Muslim world cares so much for the Palestin (499 comments)

The context of that Titus quote is:

10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”[c] 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

From my reading, it sounds like those being talked about are Christians who are paying too much attention to what the Jews say, not the Jews themselves. You might recall that most all the books of the New Testament after Acts were letters written to certain congregations telling them to "hold firm in the faith" and advising them what their stumbling blocks were.

And then the Revelation passage is about those who falsely claim to be Jews, not True Scotsmen^WJews.

Not that I'm saying anything about current politics (in this post) but Jesus' attitude towards nonbelievers was usually one of pity and desire to convert. He did complain about obstinate ("stiff-necked") people, too, though.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:anti-Semitic or antisemitic? (499 comments)

That distinction sounds about as useful as colored vs. people of color i.e. not at all. Because what we really need for thorny issues nobody agrees on already is making the terminology difference a matter of mispunctuation.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:maybe (499 comments)

I don't see how your two paragraphs are reconcilable. I assume that if they gave back the settlements, the Palestinian minority that is already launching rocket attacks would promptly do so from the regained territory.

I guess in this context, the whole question is how much the guys with the rockets are acting on behalf of the Palestinian authority, and however much either of those things exist. Can you justify invading a country if a minority of their population is attacking you without their authorization? A lot of people would say no. Israel currently says yes.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:maybe (499 comments)

Old-style wars i.e. European wars prior to WWI. Most of the Napoleonic Wars were pretty much won by marching around their armies until one side was in a better position and the other surrendered.

I think you meant "name the war since the advent of 'modern'/total war."

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

TangoMargarine Re:maybe (499 comments)

I am saying that when one fights a war, one should fight to win in as short a time as possible. The only way to win a war is convince the civilian population of the other side that any price they might have to pay is better than for the war to continue.

You are arguing in favor of terrorism.

The other way, the valid way, is to defeat the military opponent.

Well I suppose we *would* call it Total War but that usually means "destroy their ability to make war" and more or less all of the Palestinian's shit has already been destroyed but they continue to fight anyway.

2 days ago

Submissions

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Machining A TI-89 Aluminum

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TangoMargarine (1617195) writes "Sometimes, expensive calculators hit the floor. It’s happened to almost anyone with a graphing calculator from TI or HP. Sadly, they don’t always bounce. After this happened to [Howard C.], an Industrial Engineering student from U. of Iowa, he decided to spend $50 on milling his own replacement case out of aluminum rather than trashing the device over a broken battery compartment."
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"Zero Day"

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  about 4 years ago

Wikipedia has this to say about "zero day exploits": A zero-day (or zero-hour or day zero) attack or threat is a computer threat that tries to exploit computer application vulnerabilities that are unknown to others or undisclosed to the software developer. Zero-day exploits (actual code that can use a security hole to carry out an attack) are used or shared by attackers before the software developer knows about the vulnerability.

I wish every exploit could just be called an exploit (sans "zero day" in front of everything) unless it's specifically 1) a vulnerability the company has chosen not to fix, or 2) a vulnerability some guy somewhere knew about but hadn't used in order to keep it valuable. It's like if we were to start calling Microsoft Office "Microsoft Office for Windows" incessantly. It's assumed, unless you're specifically on a Mac or running it in WINE or something.

I'm pretty sure. Amiright?

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Ha, You're A Horrible Person!

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What is up with the term Homophobia? It's an alarmist umbrella term for anyone who disapproves of homosexuals for any reason, while in every other use, the suffix "phobia" only describes an irrational fear. From Wikipedia:

Phobia: "an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people"
Homophobia: "a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and people identified or perceived as being homosexual. Definitions[1][2][3] of the term refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and (irrational) fear"

I disapprove of homosexuality, but I don't have an irrational fear of it. So I would probably be labeled homophobic.

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