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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

Xenkar Re:Gee, isn't Iron Dome supposed to be worthless? (184 comments)

Perhaps they are looking to learn from Israel's mistakes. "Okay, this doesn't work effectively so we now know what not to waste our time on."

I just wish my government (the United States of America) would spend the aid money we send to Israel each year on securing our southern border from invaders rather than shooting down bottle rockets from Gaza Strip and the West Bank 5% of the time.

about 3 months ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Xenkar Re:Good for them. (165 comments)

I tried to look up some cases of Palestinians destroying factories but I couldn't find any in the Google search results. It consisted mostly of Israelis destroying Palestinian factories and farms, or a Palestinian concrete factory that recycled rubble from bombed out structures from Israeli raids. Please enlighten me with some links.

I took a look at the statistics a while back and Israelis are more likely to die from an automotive accident on their Israeli-only highways that web throughout the West Bank than from any Palestinian attack.

I've looked at the structures that Palestinians like to construct. Thick walls, preferably earthbound if possible. Now while one might think that this is a horrible crime, it is the only way to build a structure that doesn't require air conditioning in the region. Air conditioners typically require electricity and it isn't like the Palestinians can count on Israelis to not bomb out their infrastructure.

"Hmm, they bulldozed my house for the fifth time. Perhaps I should build something that's a bit more costly for them to destroy this time." Unfortunately they don't realize that the Israeli military is subsidized by the American and German tax payers and thus won't stop the Israelis from just using a bunker buster missile without second thought. They just need to say it was a weapons factory or a terrorist's bunker and all is forgiven.

If I had driven one of my neighbors to do all of that, I'd deeply reflect on my own actions and wonder if building my house right in his front yard and then bulldozing his down was the best course of action.

about 6 months ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Xenkar Re:Good for them. (165 comments)

I think it might be because at the start of every peace negotiation, Israel announces a new illegal settlement project in the West Bank.

Gaza and the West Bank are basically open air prisons. Do the prisons in the US make prisoners a better fit for society, or merely drive them further into anti-social lifestyles?

Every new building in the West Bank needs almost impossible to get Israeli approval. Those who dare to build houses without approval get there structured knocked down by armored bulldozers.

Gaza has a hard time getting raw materials shipped in to build buildings. Any farming they do will probably be destroyed by Israeli armed forces.

Now let me ask you, if someone urinated on your face and you weren't into that, would you be grateful for them to do it, or will it piss you off? Asking him to stop just makes him aim it closer to your eyes. His buddies come up and beat the shit out of you if you dare strike back. They then join in the urination party. This is the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.

about 6 months ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

Xenkar Re:Good for them. (165 comments)

Look up the Samson option. Israel plans on nuking every major European city they can if Israel falls. They are holding us hostage and forcing us to support their government.

An ideal that is good shouldn't require the threat of annihilation just to get others to go along with it.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Xenkar Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

1. Sodomy was unlawful. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness. At the rate things are going it'll soon be legal for perverts to groom children for sexual relationships in two decades.
2. The point is that we don't have freedom of association anymore. All standards of decency must be undermined as a sacrifice for the Progressive god(dess?)

Progressives believe that by somehow destroying every pillar of society that somehow we'll achieve some sort of utopia. I'm just hoping I can find a place to flee to before they do.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Xenkar Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

So, how long until we're required to bake wedding cakes for old pedophiles and their 8 year old brides/grooms? You do know that age doesn't matter with true love, right?

There are already attempts to normalize pedophilia. This is the slippery slope that those who protested against allowing miscegenation warned us about.

What's wrong with miscegenation? Children of such unions are left without a solid racial identity. They are genetic islands so they have a hard time finding a match for transplant organs and bone marrow transplants. Even brothers and sisters can have too much genetic differences to be sources for a donation.

So why do us bigots want to put our foot down now? It is easier to stop an object when it has less momentum. We don't want to have to host man/male pony gay weddings in our reception halls. We don't want to have to host man/female pony weddings either. Now I'm not saying that people can't have their man/pony weddings anywhere, just that we're not forced to play along with this farce.

about 8 months ago
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Skunk Works Reveals Proposed SR-71 Successor: the Hypersonic SR-72

Xenkar Re:More Overpriced Toys For the Overgrown Kids... (216 comments)

The poor tend to then breed and create more poor to be fed, which makes the problem worse. If we just fed the poor instead of doing other things we'll never explore the galaxy or fix our bridges. I know it really pulls on your heart strings but sometimes you can't fix the problems in the world with simple gestures such as feeding all of the poor.

about a year ago
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The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

Xenkar I'm not surprised. (289 comments)

I certainly wouldn't take a job that would force me to flee to another country for asylum if my conscience makes me become a whistle blower.

about a year ago
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Fighting Zombies? Chevrolet Reveals New "Black Ops" Concept Truck

Xenkar Re:Why do people want to survive the end of the wo (220 comments)

All lifeforms are genetically programmed to ensure the survival of their DNA. Typically it takes parasites in the nervous system to turn off this programming.

In their minds, most of their competition dies out and the Earth is left to their offspring. The offspring will be able to flourish with the knowledge they pass on.

If anything, I have to say there is something wrong with people who don't want to survive. What kind of chemicals or parasites have invaded their brains to turn off their genetic programming?

1 year,22 days
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Fracked Shale Could Sequester Carbon Dioxide

Xenkar Re:interesting (235 comments)

I remember reading that a majority of the energy used in the USA is for concrete production. Switching to locally sourced geopolymers will reduce the amount of power we need and drop us from the top per-capita energy consumer to one of the most "green" nations in the world.

It is definitely better than messing around with mercury-filled bulbs and pumping CO2 into the ground.

So the way environmentalists will go with this is to say no.

about a year ago
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Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?

Xenkar I'm not sorry. (452 comments)

I value my safety over the feelings of others. Label it however you want, it is better than ending up dead, brain dead, maimed for life, or having my eye sockets reconstructed with titanium plates.

about a year ago
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VOIP Provider Viber Attacked By Syrian Electronic Army

Xenkar Re:probably true (33 comments)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/08/1043424/-10-Things-Obama-Has-Done-To-Strengthen-Israel

With the amount of gratitude you show the United States, I'm amazed that we spend so much money on Israel. We could be using that money to fix our infrastructure, upgrade to a nationwide fibre internet, and perhaps switch to single payer healthcare.

We don't want to attack Iran just because Netanyahu brought out a Wiley E Coyote diagram at the UN. I'm sorry if that offends you. Israel has been crying wolf about Iran for decades.

The problem with crying wolf is that eventually people start ignoring you. Hell, I've been the victim of it even though I never cried wolf. I was bleeding badly after getting a nasty cut in the woods and I had to haul myself to safety as a child because adults thought I was just a kid playing around by screaming "HELP!"

about a year ago
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

Xenkar Sometimes I wonder.. (484 comments)

Wouldn't it make more sense for Zuckerberg to lobby the US government to restrict the amount of H1B visas going to overseas outsourcing firms? Because if they just raise the limit these overseas outsourcing firms will just gobble up more H1B visas and Zuck and company won't be better off for it.

about a year and a half ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

Xenkar Re:SeaQuest (400 comments)

If I remember correctly, it was the pilot episode where the captain was riding his motorcycle to the docks. The machine popped out of the side of the road, scanned the motorcycle, and immediately deducted the fine from his social security.

about a year and a half ago
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IE11 To Support WebGL

Xenkar I wonder (111 comments)

Will I have to upgrade to Windows Blue for this Internet Explorer 11, or will Windows 8 be enough? Somehow I suspect it won't be the latter.

about a year and a half ago
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Gauging the Dangers of Surveillance

Xenkar I think lists are an even bigger problem (111 comments)

The government has shown that they are willing to use lists against people. During WW2, US citizens of Japanese and German descent were taken into internment camps using data from the Census.

Another recent debacle was when a gun owner's list got published in a major newspaper. People had their houses robbed and more firearms entered the hands of criminals.

These lists also cost money to maintain. We're pissing away billions each year on these lists which could instead go towards infrastructure maintenance which is actually vital for our nation's security.

about a year and a half ago
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Stricter COPPA Laws Coming In July

Xenkar Re:How about... (134 comments)

Apparently it isn't harder than telling your congressmen that there is a think of the children problem to be solved. It is an easy target with which they can act like they are doing something while not actually doing anything productive.

If we took just a portion of the money spent on feel good, do nothing "think of the children" initiatives, we could probably have a nationwide roll out of gigabit fibre. Will my proposal do anything for the children? Quite possibly since there is that digital divide where some children are stuck on horrible dialup connections while others have cable or DSL, but I don't really care about that. It'll allow us to have online delivery of video games and other media in a reasonable time frame. It'll probably do wonders for our economy.

Unfortunately it isn't feel good, do nothing legislation so such an initiative will not succeed.

about a year and a half ago
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NVIDIA CEO Unveils Volta Graphics, Tegra Roadmap, GRID VCA Virtualized Rendering

Xenkar Re:Huh? (57 comments)

From what I read, they'll be moving the DRAM from the circuit board and putting it on top of the GPU. This will probably mean that fewer layers will be required on the circuit board which lowers the cost of manufacturing. It will probably also mean a better watt to performance ratio.

So yes, this is a good thing. I just wish we could return to the days when a video card was solely powered by the slot it is placed in.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

Xenkar Not if you want to win votes in the farming states (419 comments)

Corn ethanol is and probably always will be a handout to the farming states. It takes more oil to grow the corn for ethanol than we save from blending ethanol into our engines.

The rest of us are screwed over by this. It would be better for the economy and the environment to just calculate out how much profit the farmers are getting and just hand out yearly checks for that amount. But that would be socialism and we can't have any of that.

about a year and a half ago
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Japan Launches Two New Spy Satellites

Xenkar Re:Talking about "cult of personality" ... (76 comments)

Often people don't have an intelligent rebuttal to say so they fall back on ad hominems.

"How long have you been in the KKK?"
"Go back to Stormfront!"
"Go back to screwing your sister, redneck!"

It is an attempt to silence dissent. Unfortunately it works far too often.

If this doesn't work they'll resort to screaming over you and forum sliding, typically with mindless drivel.

about a year and a half ago

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