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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:The US and UK need to stay out of this (848 comments)

But they fled to Russia... 814,000 of them so far... something is wrong with your calculations. Wouldn't they flee to Kiev or further into EU if they wanted to be in EU?

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:lulz (848 comments)

Could the answer be, that he does not want to invade Ukraine? If you look at it that way, he has done everything humanly possible to avoid invading Ukraine and still safe face and be seen at home as protecting Russians and Russia's interests. But the US and the Ukraine government are making it absolutely impossible for him, no ceasefire, just sending in more and more troops, killing civilians, aiming for total unconditional victory as the only possibility. That gives Putin no way out. There is absolutely nothing he can do to come out of this without looking like a big loser. So if this is going to continue, eventually he will have no other option than to invade Donbas. I just think it is very bad policy to try to corner the Russians. They are extremely dangerous when cornered.

I'd like you to understand, I am not on the Russian side, my own country was invaded and occupied by them and I don't have any reason to like them doing it to someone else, I am just trying to explain how it looks from their side.

Ukraine is absolutely nothing to want to deal with. If Ukraine joins EU, we will have a new Black Friday and the world economy would go in tail spin. If Russia took them, it would bankrupt the country just as well. It is 50 million of impoverished people with almost no industry, limited natural resources and the only thing going for them is their agriculture, which is bad news for EU. EU has quotas on agricultural production and has a huge oversupply of food. It is the hottest political issue in EU just after the federalization attempts. Ukraine is the size and population of Greece, Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria combined and their economy is worse off than either of those countries four poorest EU countries. Nobody in their sound mind wants Ukraine.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:lulz (848 comments)

No it is not. There was a coup and the government that came out of coup invited foreign governments to help in military operations to quell unrest caused by the coup. That is just as bad as what the Russian's are doing. It is in fact exactly that same and the only difference is the way the press is reporting on it. If Ukraine was a democratically leaning country, the Russians paid for and organized a coup and then send their army to help the coup appointed government to quell the ensuing unrest, we would be all up in arms about it. The press would have a field day.

You have to look at the situation with neutral eyes. I condemn what both sides are doing in Ukraine equally, because both sides are doing something completely unethical.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:Mod parent down for lying (848 comments)

Yes, but you claim that what he says is outright lie. I don't see it that way, so ... you disagree with him on what is true. That is called disagreement. There is no -1: disagree. You don't understand the mod system at all. We have it to have interesting comments, even though they can present radically different point of view. If all comments say the same, the discussion will be dull. If you mod down all comments with one view, even though it might not turn out to be correct, you never have a discussion about why it is not correct. You are an intellectually small person and we have a mod system exactly for people like you to mod down posts like your where you call for modding down someone who disagrees with you.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:lulz (848 comments)

Yeah, you can dismiss everything one way or another. Same as I could find a way to dismiss the other side of the story. The point is that when you want to look at what is actually happening, you have to do three things: 1) Give it some time for all the facts to show up. 2) Listen to all sides 3) Apply some filters based on reputation, previous misinformation, what is actually physically possible, what makes sense for someone to do, if it brings him any benefit if he does it, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:lulz (848 comments)

Sorry to bust your bubble, but there wouldn't be any more reaction than there is right now.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:lulz (848 comments)

Ukrainian High Command? You mean Andriy Lysenko actually said something that turned out to be true? Just recently he claimed that: "Russian troops are transported by the Aid Convoy", "Russia plans to shoot the Aid Convoy and blame Ukraine", "Russia dismantled Ukrainian factories and stole the equipment to bring it back in the Aid Convoy trucks". He has claimed to destroy several of Russian incursions into Ukraine and claimed that separatists shot at vehicles with refugees traveling under white flag that was traveling 40 km away from the nearest separatist artillery position.

I mean that is just one week. I could look for statements made by Rasmussen, but while much more believable, there are similar pearls, that are easy to pick up. Same for Putin and official Russian sources. They all lie.

None of them are truthful. They either outright lie, or they at least try to confuse the topic and push their own agenda. Sometimes you have to give those statements time and then not forget they were made by the time the lies actually come out.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:lulz (848 comments)

There are also Ukrainian troops in Russia. In far bigger numbers as well. Last time there were 400 soldiers who strayed to Russia, now there is a report of about 1000 soldiers encircled by the separatists that might be seeking refuge in Russia after being abandoned by their commanders. It is not as simple as some news outlets let you believe. Most of the headlines are sensationalist anyway, that's how you sell newspaper. There is also 300 US active military "advisors" embedded with the Ukrainian military, helping with tactics, logistics and strategy. But I don't see you being upset over that.

I am mostly upset that nobody is talking, they could have had a week long cease fire couple months ago to at least talk through what each side wants, but Ukraine pushes for a complete victory in the east. Maybe that is a good strategy, maybe not, but US is the only one benefiting right now. Ukraine, EU and Russia are all losers in this conflict. And I am also upset with the rhetoric of people that drive us into a military conflict with Russia. It is almost as if everyone forgot the 2000 nuclear warheads aimed at pretty much the entire world. But let's say they won't use them. Won't they maybe sell them? Or sell the technology to make them? What is their incentive not to?

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:Mod parent down for lying (848 comments)

You don't mod people you disagree with.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:Remember the Sochi Olympics (848 comments)

Yeah, I remember, you shouldn't have made fun of the Olympics, Sochi and Putin so much during that time, he's hurt now. You joke, he jokes. You know how it is? His newest joke is to send Russian soldiers to vacation in Mariupol :)

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

aralin Re:lulz (848 comments)

It is interesting that everybody just repeats this. The source of the "confirmation" is Ella Polyakova, which is a chairman of organization Soldier's Mothers and opposition politician. She has an advisory role on human rights. This is a person with an axe to grind at the very least. It is hard to take her as some official spokesman of the Russian government and definitely not someone in-the-know about the situation. All the articles make her seem like some member of Putin's inner circle of advisors.

The amount of disinformation that is coming from Russia, but also Ukraine and the NATO command is vast and it is very hard to sift through it to get to the truth. Very likely Russian troops are somehow involved in the conflict, but trust me that if Russia started an invasion of Ukraine, they could take Kiev the next day. So Occam's razor applied, this is not an invasion.

about three weeks ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

aralin Re:ICREACH? (207 comments)

And why do they do that? Because they feel safe. They feel the safety of the first amendment. "If there was something truly wrong, someone would violate the constitution and we would know..." But as long as we have freedom of speech and no fraud in the voting process, we are fine. That is the lullaby. The fact that both candidates are picked by the same guys and they agree on 90% of the important stuff and just argue about fluff, the fact that press is actually controlled by the same people who pick the candidates for elections, those are things that are hidden. They are hard to understand, people who point them out look like lunatics, because they are not featured in any of the mainstream press and when they are, there is some talking head trashing their reputation to pieces. These things are hard to understand, but "fair elections", "democracy", "freedom of speech", those are simple concepts, easy to explain. We are the good guys after all, right? And that's why the first amendment is actually a population control tool.

about three weeks ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

aralin Re:ICREACH? (207 comments)

I lived through it in a socialist state on the other side of the iron curtain, so don't tell me I don't understand it. I've experienced "Chilling Effect" or "auto-censorship" as we used to call it first hand.

But I am telling you that this is not going to happen here, because the government is making extra sure that it doesn't. First amendment violations are simply sacrosanct, because the first amendment is the best tool of population control. There is an extremely powerful lullaby in effect: "We still have free press and if something really bad happened, the government would first have to stomp on the free press. As long as that is there, we are safe."

What I am telling you is that a total population control can be reached without affecting the free speech in any way whatsoever, which is so much worse than any chilling effect.

about three weeks ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

aralin Re:ICREACH? (207 comments)

No, it won't. The US govt. figured out something that the Russians still didn't. Talk is cheap, actions are rare. You can let them talk and talk and talk, you just make up some excuse to arrest or harass the few who act. There won't be so many so you can usually hide it under drug arrests or something else innocent looking. With enough laws on the books, everyone is guilty of something and since you know what everyone is doing, you can arrest pretty much anyone for a legitimate on the books crime. And if you cannot arrest them, maybe their family or friends did something illegal. You can blackmail, bargain, ... That is the power of NSA.

about three weeks ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

aralin Re:Told ya... (207 comments)

True that, I remember the stores at that time and they were pretty much empty... :)

about three weeks ago
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What's After Big Data?

aralin Re:Hopefully a return to real science (87 comments)

The way mind comes from input to knowledge is first through "analysis of data", then sorting the data through search for "analogy" and in the end "synthesis" of the sorted data based on new hypothesis to verify correctness of understanding. I'd call those Map / Reduce / Produce. Many people are forgetting the last part, the verification. That turns the whole process into experimentation and results in new hypothesis or true understanding.

Big Data is really good at the Analysis and Analogy part of the process, but less so with the Hypothesis and Synthesis part. Still at the amounts of data we have it gives you the tools to do thinking and understanding at much larger scale.

about three weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

aralin Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

It is always some asshole who does not even remotely comprehend the state of the poor in US that spouts this type of nonsense.

Providing shelter, food, education and healthcare to everyone is in the best interest of the society and leads to economic and social stability. There are many countries that do that mainly in Scandinavia and they are on top by almost any index measurable. On the other hand, try to visit Detroit for a great example of downward spiral of destruction.

about a month ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

aralin Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

Or you make "I shot the bastard because he was a greedy prick who would screw his mother for $5" an acceptable excuse to tell the judge and jury.

about a month ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

aralin Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

You are completely misunderstanding the difference between the taxes, which are decided on by the society and prices, which are decided by the market.

Capitalism has nothing to do with the actual percentages of different taxes that we vote into laws. The poor and middle class are hit by taxes the most proportionately to their means. We cannot expect one group of people to pay 50% of their income in various taxes and fees and another group to pay 15% or less. Our tax system is completely broken and that has very little to do with capitalism, socialism or whatever.

Also, capitalism was great, when the basic resources, like shelter, food, education, healthcare and protection were in shorter supply than the demand. But we live now in society where covering the basic needs of everyone would cost less than 50% of the GDP. A system which leaves some citizens unable to afford to cover their basic needs is not necessary anymore. And since keeping someone without shelter, food, healthcare or education is a choice of the society and not a necessity as it used to be, one can easily argue that such choice is amoral.

about a month ago

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Does Steve Jobs listen to Podcasts?

aralin aralin writes  |  about 7 years ago

aralin writes "Steve Jobs isn't exactly known for going easy on products he finds difficult to use. He has called iPhone the best iPod ever and others agree. But I find it the worst iPod yet for listening to Podcasts. The problems are plenty, you cannot see the full title of episode before or after selecting it, you cannot see the show notes at all, which would be very useful for the links in them could be instantly looked up. Many popular podcasts like IT Conversations or PodTech use variable Author and Album field for names of their guests and subsections. That clutters the Author and Album lists, prevents you to find your music easily and polutes the Cover Flow view as well. Not to mention it takes me 15 seconds to pause a podcast when someone interrupts me. This all leads me to a question: Do you think that Steve Jobs listens to podcasts on his iPhone?"
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AT&T iPhone Family Plan Rip Off

aralin aralin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aralin (107264) writes "All AT&T Family Plans list price for first two lines, with additional line for $9.99. Except for iPhone family plans(click Family), where obviously family starts with one person. I do understand the additional data charge of $20 for each phone. But the $9.99 charge for a second phone is quite unprecedented. You can hear Cali Lewis from GeekBrief rave about it and threaten to return her iPhones, until she just accepted the rip off the next day, like many of us. Yes, there is a fine print somewhere, but the way the family plan is presented is at the very least deceptive and sleazy. Par for the course with AT&T."
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aralin aralin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aralin writes "We all heard the stories of entrepreneurs being denied funding from VC firms for fear that Google will come and eat their lunch. Google enjoys the public image of an agile giant. But does it still hold true? What does the Slashdot crowd think?

Google has been lately very unresponsive to user feedback. Even bugs reported by many different users are not even answered in weeks, much less fixed. New features in many products appear once in a blue moon and are well tested. Case in point being Blogger, just to single out one really rotten apple. So when existing products are neglected in this manner, what is the chance Google will be able to enter new markets and really take a bite of your lunch? Is anybody still afraid? Google will be 10 years old soon, so are they turning into yet another large and slow corporation?"

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