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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. -Matthew 26:52

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

I didn't object to that statement for being nonfactual so much as coming off as very sloppy research and implying a general carelessness for the topic that I'm sure all those involved would find incredibly offensive. The rest of your points sound pretty reasonable so I'll assume you probably didn't mean it that way.

There's obviously more than enough blame to go around, unfortunately.

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

There are still groups whose sworn goal is the total destruction of Israel and yet people complain about Israel stealing houses. I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.

You conveniently ignored the part where I said I really doubt Israel's goal is genocide.

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

Israel's ethnic cleansing is absolutely a genocide. They want to eliminate the Palestinians as a national group

Beg pardon? Ethnicity and nationality are two very different things. You can't call it ethnic cleansing if it isn't targeting an ethnicity. Google calls genocide "the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation." So ethnic cleansing and national cleansing are both subsets of genocide (then you get into fun terminology twists like "religious vs. ethnic Jews"). For them to be the same thing requires that all the inhabitants of the country are the same ethnicity, and no significant populations of that ethnicity exist outside the country either.

Labeling it "genocide" supposes that the motivation of Israeli killing Palestinians is to wipe out the Palestinians as a group (can you have an "accidental genocide?"). I would think that their goal is instead to keep them suppressed so as to minimize their ability to hurt them (Israel), NOT to wipe them out. Although of course you will probably find hardliners in the population that think they *should* just wipe them all out.

Sorry about the pedantic hair-splitting, but this argument looks like it's swiftly degenerated into name-calling and moderation swing, so I'm trying to bring a little objective definition to the discussion.

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

Ah crap, replied to wrong comment.

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

Because Jews and Christians in all those other Muslim countries totally aren't second-class citizens. Nope.

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

The other choice that they "don't have" is not trying to wipe Israel off the map.

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

It has also probably killed more civilians than Hamas as its more powerful.

Wow, that's not wildly unsubstantiated or anything. Citation very much needed. Which side is the one that won't stop lobbing rockets over the border?

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

Are Palestinian Arabs a distinct ethnic group from those living a few miles away in e.g. Jordan? If not, calling it "genocide" seems about as accurate as the entire concept of racial superiority.

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

TangoMargarine Re:Here we go... (378 comments)

I have a hard time attacking the immigrants when they had to defend themselves from an Arab invasion literally THE DAY the Mandate expired. Nobody will accuse the Middle East of being tactful.

Since then, actions on both sides have been more and more regrettable.

12 hours ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

TangoMargarine Re:Can't you read man? I didn't post there... apk (235 comments)

Oh. Missed the subject line that you didn't duplicate anywhere in the post. I don't change the subject 99% of the time on my posts so it's a blind spot.

I'm not going to deny that assembly CAN be faster, but my bullshit detector goes off whenever I hear somebody advocating using hand-tuned assembly as a general practice.

Have you heard of MenuetOS? I suppose the argument could be made that after 14 years, they have a leg up on HURD and ReactOS.

13 hours ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

TangoMargarine Re:None - they prove my point (& perpenso's) (235 comments)

You could have replaced that entire comment with a single sentence just telling me your username. If I wanted to turn my brain to mush reading pages and pages and pages of fiddly assembly bits, I'd just read the link.

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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

TangoMargarine Re:...The hell? (285 comments)

Only a certain strata, I think. There are a lot of trolls who are welcome to stay here.

yesterday
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

TangoMargarine Re:Excellent: My kind of guy... apk (235 comments)

Which one of the posters in that link are we supposed to assume is you? I didn't see any APK's.

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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

TangoMargarine Re:THE L9NUX (164 comments)

It's funny how every time we see an article like this, it eventually comes out in the comments that, as per standard Slashdot fare, the summary was a lie and you have to give the infection several permissions to get it to work. That's been the conclusion of literally every Linux infection article I've seen here for years (although admittedly I don't read every day), with the exception of Heartbleed I suppose.

yesterday
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

TangoMargarine Re:Derp (164 comments)

Pseudo.

Not to be confused with sudo

yesterday
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

TangoMargarine Re:...The hell? (285 comments)

You think that's bad, look at the Pipedot comment counts.

Soylent has its own problems, to be sure. Some of us just think that said different problems are not as bad as Slashdot's.

And, y'know, Soylent isn't owned by a media company trying to convert the site to cash.

yesterday
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

TangoMargarine Re:if you've voted R or D... (202 comments)

On the other hand, having a monarch that in theory has the ability to veto any bill Parliament passes, but said privilege is in a Schroedinger state because they haven't exercised it since 1708 strikes me as a bit weird.

Is the U.K. a monarchy or a republic? Seems debatable.

(assuming since you said "bloody" you're from the UK)

yesterday

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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  |  more than 3 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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