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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

c6gunner Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

Were the people who fought for the creation of the state Israel terrorists?

Yes and no, depending on which ones you're referring to.

Were the people who fought for the creation of the USA terrorists?

Yes and no, depending on which ones you're referring to. Mostly no.

Were the people who fought for the independence of Ireland in the early 20th century terrorists?

Yes and no, depending on which ones you're referring to. Mostly no.

Are the Palestinians who fight against past and future Israeli injustice and encroachment on their land terrorists?

Haven't met any of those, not convinced they exist. If they do, they're not terrorists, just fucking stupid. The ones lobbing rockets into Israel while treading on the faces of their own people, though? Yep.

Was the Saudi national who argued that the US military bases in his country were a form of occupation, and who founded an organisation to fight against this, was he a terrorist?

Yep.

I presume Saudi Arabia falls under your definition of `true nation state'.

Either you're making a suggestion which shows that you don't understand what "unaffiliated with a nation state" means, or this part just makes no sense whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

c6gunner Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

We haven't really stopped any such attacks; we've brought attention to attempts which were never going to succeed, but that's it.

Oh, sure. All the attacks which get stopped are "ones which were never going to succeed", and all the ones which succeed are ones which "clearly show the incompetence and futility of the security apparatus", amirite? Nice rhetoric bro; wee bit lacking on the intellectual integrity front.

If an open theater of war comes in earnest, we will have Americans who can remember government prattling and a single attack, versus Arabs who can remember friends and family dying in bombings of coffee shops by Americans across decades.

This is just uneducated white-guilt garbage. Yes, it's Americans who are walking into Arab coffee shops and detonating themselves. Sure it is. It's the small fraction of Arabs killed by Americans which other Arabs will remember; not the much larger fraction killed by the factions within their own borders. Ignore the Iraqis and Kurds all crying for help within a couple years of the US leaving; it's not because they need saving from the same people we've been fighting all along, but rather because those poor bastards must have been so terrorized by the Eevil Amerikkan Pigdogs that they've developed Stockholm Syndrome. They hate the US so much they can't wait to see you again.

To combat this, we basically bomb other countries, call anyone over 18 a soldier ("militant"), and prove to the world that we're the axis of evil that must be removed.

And this is just ignorant anti-American bullshit posing as open-minded progressive thought. Yes, just go ahead and label an entire nation an "axis of evil", based on the demonstrably false claim that they're targeting "anyone over 18". Go ahead and mix lies and hypocrisy, in an attempt to justify bigotry.

I know that you don't actually believe what you're saying; I'm just not sure if that makes it more evil or less. I do, however, know that you are scum, and that I have far more in common with the average Iraqi than I do with a fanatic like you.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

c6gunner Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

It doesn't matter if they're right, it's incredibly easy to rationalize the acts of your side. Just to be certain that you're not one of the bad guys yourself you need to keep your actions way above reproach.

Judging by your example there's no point in trying. You're basically saying:

"people are going to lie about what you did and then hate you based on those lies, so you have to be perfect, which will magically stop them from lying about you"

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

c6gunner Re:Really? (772 comments)

Waterboarding was regarded by the US as torture and at least a couple of Japanese officers were tried and put to death over applying it to captured US soldiers in WW II.

-5,000, Lying Bastard

Suggesting that what the Japanese did was equivalent to the modern usage of the word "waterboarding" is a bit like suggesting that the Nazis really did just give the Jews a nice shower.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

c6gunner Re:Really? (772 comments)

So, so according to you, the US used to give guards the death penalty for performing a rectal exam?

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

c6gunner Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (772 comments)

Sure, it satisfies that, but then you lose the moral high ground. And that shit is actually important.

Hah. As if any of the blame-America-first crowd would ever concede any kind of high ground!

"What's that? You're not torturing? Well, err, you're invading. For OIL!"
"What's that? Not invading? Err ... umm ... well, you have too many bases around and the world and that's bad because reasons!"
"What's that? No more bases? Well, erm, you're evil because racism! And bad healtchare! And hicks!"

Face it - doesn't matter what the US does or doesn't do; the battle lines are already drawn. Trying to placate those who hate you is asinine. As for those of us who don't hate you, torturing a few scumbags certainly isn't going to push us over the line.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

c6gunner Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

I'm kinda certain that even they KNOW it's unsafe but ... well, there's money to be made.

Certain based on what? The zero scientific evidence which shows any risk of harm greater than existing drilling methods?

How can you be certain that someone whom you've never met or spoken to actually knows something which cannot even be shown to be true? This would be like me saying "I'm certain that Obama knows that an alien spaceship was recovered in Roswell, but he's covering it up because there's money to be made". Hilarious, maybe, but completely nonsensical.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

c6gunner Re: Maybe Putin could help (155 comments)

This basically says "no effect either way" from my non-expert reading of it

Um no, not exactly. It basically says ChrisMaple was right, and drinkypoo has once again lived up to his name. The article admits that small quakes DO take some of the energy away from larger ones, and do delay them by "temporarily easing stress on the fault line". It merely points out that the massive disparity in energy levels means that a single small quake (or even a hundred small quakes) cannot permanently avert a much larger one. If, however, you keep repeating this "temporary" fix, you end up with a long-term solution.

The rest of your comment is bang-on though. Small quakes are of no concern.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

c6gunner Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

The problem is that fracking is not a bad thing either.

It's amazing to me that this single statement can get modded "troll" on a website dedicated to people who supposedly are tech fans / experts.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

c6gunner Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

[quote]I'll believe that the moment an oil multi's board moves into the area where they're doing some fracking.[/quote]

That's just silly. Not only is it an absurd thing to ask of them, it would prove absolutely nothing. You know full well that if such a thing DID happen you'd call it a publicity stunt and remain opposed to fracking anway ... so why make such a dishonest claim? Hyperbole?

about two weeks ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

c6gunner Re:Nice attempt to look like they care (150 comments)

. But I suggest you be very skeptical about the "over 1000 girls" part. The actual number of victims that have been confirmed is ... seven ... by five different perpetrators. The scandal has a close resemblance to both the Salem witch trials ...

Yeah, that was also my take on it, just from the bit of reading I did on it. Kept seeing that "thousands" claim but absolutely no evidence for anything even close to that number. Thanks for the confirmation.

about two weeks ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

c6gunner Re:Nice attempt to look like they care (150 comments)

Damn. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Target the perps properly, you're racist. Put on the kidd gloves and you don't care about the poor children. No-win situation.

about three weeks ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

c6gunner Re:Nice attempt to look like they care (150 comments)

More than a decade and over 1000 girls in just one damn city.

This sentence is completely meaningless. Do you even cite, bro?

Spend less on computers and more on prosecutions for those cops who let those girls suffer.

Hrm ... let's see ... do we spend the money on a one-time cost which reduces workload by 90% ... OR do we spend the money on the start of a recurring cost to investigate and prosecute a small subset who have little meaningful impact on the end result.

Yeah, no, totally, your idea rocks.

about three weeks ago
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In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

c6gunner Re:Which is why girls dominate game making... (312 comments)

So to summarize:

-30 kiddies make up the sample set.
-No controls on the experiment.
-No prevention on collusion.
-12 year old girls in the sample set develop more complex games than 12 year old boys in the sample set.
-Arbitrary measure of complexity for measure.
-12 year old literacy in the summary.

You forgot:

- Had the "study" somehow concluded that boys were better it would have never seen the light of day, rendering all such studies meaningless due to selection bias.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

c6gunner Re:All right, allow me to expose my ignorance (647 comments)

Some people dislike systemd because they can see where it is headed. Here is your sign [0pointer.de].

Systemd is headed towards a horrible slide-show inexplicably created as a PDF?

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

c6gunner Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

A RAID can be lost or corrupted, or someone can overwrite or delete a file.

And tapes can be lost or corrupted, or someone can burn the building down.

This is an old argument, and every time it gets revisited RAID starts to look better. Overwriting / deletion might have been a concern prior to modern filesystems which incorporate easy and cheap snapshotting, but nowdays that part of the argument just doesn't fly. Corruption is still a concern but, again, that's a risk you take with any backup solution too.

There's no such thing as a guaranteed backup. If you're very rich and very paranoid, you could certainly rig up a "backup solution" that involves copying your data every 5 minutes to 50 different offsite locations in 50 different countries, plus having some cheap third-world-labour transcribe all the zeros and ones to a paper copy for storage in an underground vault. And even that's not 100% because a really big asteroid will result in unrecoverable corruption. In the end it all comes down to how much you're willing to spend and what level of risk you're willing to accept. For most of us who aren't running IT departments that equation comes down to something like "ZFS RAIDZ2".

about a month ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

c6gunner Re:Shock-resistance? (438 comments)

Having said that, my ideal laptop would have oodles of storage but the drive would hardly ever need to "spin up" because almost everything I need would fit in the SSD. In "real terms" this would be at least a 128GB SSD plus at least 2TB of less expensive storage.

Try this on for size then. My current laptop has 3 x 1tb drives internal, but they only spin up when I need them to. My many OSs (several flavors of linux, 2 versions of windows, plus BSD) all run off of a single 480gb mSATA Crucial M500 SSD, attached to a cheap M-SATA-to-USB-3 adapter.

All the features you're looking for, plus the portability of being able to use your personal setup on any other computer just by plugging in to a USB port.

about a month ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

c6gunner Re:Spinning storage is king... (438 comments)

Hard Drive [newegg.com]: $429

Whole Computer [newegg.com]: $400 or less.

Ah, yes. Confucius say, the path to mastering pedanticism is paved with low UIDs.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

c6gunner Re: It's all about the haters (178 comments)

You know what a logo is? Same as a brand - it's a promise of quality. For good or bad. If a product can demand a 50% mark up because of a given logo, it's because the logo has built up a significant level of trust in the high quality of the product, either directly or by word of mouth.

Not exactly. While there is some truth to that analysis, it completely ignores the much larger effects of marketing and fashion. A Rolex doesn't cost 3 orders of magnitude more than a Chinese knockoff because it delivers 3 orders of magniute as much "quality"; the price is a reflection of fashion rather than functionality. Similarly, a basic Starbucks coffee costs 2-3 times as much as a coffee at the local diner, but certainly doesn't deliver 2-3 times the "quality". And don't get me started on the absurd amounts of money people are willing to pay to scam artists and frauds (eg. Sylvia Brown, "psychic", ~$700 per hour) who deliver absolutely nothing other than vague promises.

tl;dr: people will buy expensive shit for reasons that have nothing to do with quality.

about 1 month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

c6gunner Re:There is discrimination at the door (459 comments)

It must be wonderful to always have racism as an excuse. When shitty things like that happen to me, I have to wonder if maybe I screwed up somehow. You never have to question yourself; just blame whitey!

about a month ago

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