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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

cowwoc2001 Re:Someone call Ben Affleck (122 comments)

No need to make a big deal about apartheid. We still put up with Israel doing it.

Give it a rest, will you?

Arabs have a strong representation in the Knesset (parliament) and a higher standard of living than Arabs living anywhere else in the Middle-East. Not to mention the various other minorities in Israel which are literally being slaughtered in the surrounding Arab countries but finding refuge in Israel.

3 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

cowwoc2001 Second amendment should be removed (1574 comments)

If the government really wanted to assert control, it could use tanks, jets, nukes and many other weapons which you don't have access to. Syria is a prime example of why arming everyone does not guarantee anything.

Canada is a second example that arming everyone is both unnecessary and needlessly increases gun-related deaths.

3 days ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

cowwoc2001 Re:As a beginning Java programmer... (302 comments)

Yes. I would recommend starting your development with Java 8. Any compatibility problems you run into will likely go away within the month as more libraries add Java 8 support. Most of them already work fine out of the box. Some of them depend on bytecode internals (e.g. the ASM library) so it'll take them a bit longer to run properly under Java 8.

about a month ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

cowwoc2001 Re:I fully support this (154 comments)

That didn't really work all that well in WW2, did it? :)

Guess what? Not all wars are created equal. Some wars are good to get involved in, and others are bad.

about a month ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

cowwoc2001 Re:I fully support this (154 comments)

Of course not. Not yet. The cost of tracking joe nobody currently exceeds the extra value (whether financial or psychological) that can be extracted from him if he's monitored. Of course, it's not just whether he's monitored or not. It's his right to know whether he is, to know what's being said about him by various databases gatekeepers tap into when he applies for jobs, loans, licenses, or just about anything. When the cost drops to a point where it's possible, it will happen.

Just because jack steals one stick of candy and points to joe who stole 6, doesn't mean we should ignore what jack is doing. It is likely he will emulate joe at some point in the future. Frankly, I don't care what other countries are doing. If their citizens want liberty, they need to stand up for it. Our failed attempts at 'nation building' over the last half century have proven that. I am comparing the USA of the past to the USA of now. The trend is getting worse and looks to get a lot worse. This obsession over 'safety' IS the problem. Talk about crying over spilled milk. We're told daily by the media of all these 'threats', and yet less than 1% of them materialize. I tire of this narrative. I see no threat that justifies the power grabs washington has engaged in over the last 20 years or so. If anyone is making fallacious slippery slope arguments, it's the politicians in DC.

If there ARE threats out there that are subverting our society, then it's congress' duty to declare war on the countries harboring them. War, not useless perpetual 'police actions' that sound like something out of orwell's 1984 (we were always at war with al quada). Wars have a finite goal: hit the enemy until he is no longer a threat. We don't defend our way of life by supplicating and compromising with these people like our politicians do now.

No. The government is already failing. We're starting to realize that throwing more money at it is just magnifying the scope of failure. In fact, it's time for daddy to take the credit card away from his16yo princess spendthrift daughter.

Congress can't declare war because the American people have been brainwashed to believe that all wars are wrong. If WW2 were to happen tomorrow, we'd still sit on the sidelines as long as possible and you can be sure that the second we declare war there will be protests in the street.

The country is polarized in every which direction. How can you expect the government to do anything when the people can't figure out what they want to do themselves?

about a month ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

cowwoc2001 Re:I fully support this (154 comments)

"All this crying about it being a slippery slope isn't making us any safer."

I don't know anything about slippery slopes, but I do seem to recall a famous quote about something to do with eternal vigilance and freedom.

Yes, vigilance is important... but nothing is absolute. Good governance requires trust. The level of cynicism we've reached makes it absolutely impossible to run an efficient government. This remind me of someone who micromanages their employees: nothing gets done.

We need to find a middle ground between vigilance and trust. Either extreme will kill this country.

about a month ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

cowwoc2001 Re:I fully support this (154 comments)

Slashdot users are waaaaaaaaaay too paranoid. The government doesn't care about going after Joe Nobody. Somewhere down the line you guys confused real tyrants with people who intercept your mail. No one cares what you had for lunch. Seriously.

Please take a minute of your time to read about what *real* tyrants do to their people in the rest of the world and then come back to complain. All this crying about it being a slippery slope isn't making us any safer. It's just leading to a dysfunctional government that can't get anything done. You spend more energy keeping the government politically correct than efficient and in the end the very tyrants you aim to prevent will take over your country by pure economic force (think China).

All I'm saying is... please keep things in perspective. You have legitimate points, but a government that is untrusted by its people (and by all accounts Americans don't trust any existing political party) cannot effect effective governance. In other words, you're asking your government to fail and then whining when they do. That's not very productive.

about a month ago
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Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

cowwoc2001 Please, no more arbitrary rules (162 comments)

There is nothing more I hate than websites that made me adhere to their arbitrary password security rules. The more hoops you make me jump through, the harder the password is to remember, and the dumber the password I pick (in the hopes of making it easier to remember).

Please, leave me alone.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

cowwoc2001 Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

Do you honestly believe that even 25% of the people in question are receiving military pensions? I highly doubt it.

This sounds like a strawman argument to me.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

cowwoc2001 Re:Ukraine is right (498 comments)

This isn't the first time that international bodies have promised to protect a country's borders in return for it withdrawing from some territory, or giving up arms... but when it is time for those same international bodies to act they do not.

That isn't what was promised. What was promised is that the countries would make an appeal to the UN. Russia sits on the UN security council and has a veto, and thus the appeal to the UN has no effect.

They should make the appeal nonetheless and at worse shame Russia. The fact that they failed to live up to their end of the bargain is shameful.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

cowwoc2001 Re:Ukraine is right (498 comments)

Another recent example is when Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 to UN sanctioned, internationally-recognized borders.

Israel hasn't been limited to its UN sanctioned, internationally-recognized borders since 1948. The pre-1967 borders include territory annexed in previous military conquests. Not just Shebaa farms, but also a little town called Jerusalem. The UN certified in 2000 that Israel had complied with Resolution 425, which did not have the explicit requirement of a withdrawal to its original legal borders, but merely from newly-annexed territory. Of course, all these "details" just don't agree with your "facts on the ground", so it's best that we leave them swept under the rug. That Shebaa farms was "never part of lebanon", as you say, shouldn't have anything to do with this, since it was a part of Syria, and sure as shit not a part of Israel. But I guess it should be okay for Israel to annex Syrian territory, because it's not Lebanese? I suppose it wouldn't have been a problem if the US just annexed Iran after we went into Iraq, since we'd still be withdrawn from Iraq, right?

The agreement in question dealt exclusively with Lebanese territory. Not Syrian, Jordanian, Egyptian or any other country. There are plenty of countries in the Middle-East that make up conflicts on a monthly basis that have no grounding in fact. So long as Arabs are slaughtering Arabs in the Middle-East, even within their own countries, I think it is safe to say the probability of an Muslim-Jewish peace is very low (if they can't even get along with themselves, how can we expect them to play nice with others?)

Hezbollah is a Lebanese organization, not Syrian. As such, they have no legitimacy in demanding the return of the Sheba Farms region to Lebanon. This territory was never part of Lebanon and Israel is fully in the right according to international law in that it withdrew 100% from Lebanon. Syria is more than welcome to restart peace negotiations with Israel if it so wishes. Please don't open up this discussion to other conflicts, as this is a separate discussion.

The fact of the matter is: the International Community made political and military guarantees with respect to Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, and it failed to adhere to them. The same is true in the case of Ukraine. Had Ukraine kept their nuclear weapons you can be sure Russia would not have invaded.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

cowwoc2001 Ukraine is right (498 comments)

This isn't the first time that international bodies have promised to protect a country's borders in return for it withdrawing from some territory, or giving up arms... but when it is time for those same international bodies to act they do not.

Another recent example is when Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 to UN sanctioned, internationally-recognized borders. A short while later, Hezbollah started threatening Israel again, claiming it was occupying some fictitious piece of land that was never part of Lebanon. Instead of the UN and international bodies backing Israel's claim that it had fully withdrawn from all of Lebanon, they publicly referred to this piece of land as "disputed territory". This taught us two things:

1. All it takes is one idiot to claim ownership of some land, and regardless of the facts that land becomes "disputed".
2. International guarantees are utterly meaningless.

Countries are better off retaining their weapons and enforcing the peace themselves. Regardless of how much political pressure you're under, ignore it, because at the end of the day you cannot outsource your citizens security.

And on the flip side: the international community should shut the !#@ up until they gain a record of walking the walk instead of talking the talk. It's criminal to play with other people's lives in this way.

about a month ago
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Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors

cowwoc2001 Common sense, upside down (212 comments)

So you're telling me that North Korean and Iranian scientists are just as likely to contribute malicious code to libraries used by Western agencies as anyone else? I think not.

Open-source is supposed to be about maximum transparency, not about hiding information that might actually be relevant. Imagine having to apply security at airports if you had no idea whether the person you are about to scan is a 90 year old grandmother or an 18-25 male from the Middle East. Statistics and common sense tells you that one is a lot more likely to be malicious than the other, so why throw common sense out the window?

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

cowwoc2001 Re:Forget cars (131 comments)

One is proven by science. The other is "proven" by Al Gore :)

What I resent about the latter is that there was plenty of scientific evidence before/after Al Gore's stupid movie, but that bit of "science" only got momentum because of the movie. We shouldn't make decisions based on what's popular. We should make decision based on scientific fact.

So to reiterate: I'm not arguing whether Global Warning exists or not, but rather that it's stupid that people only began saying it exists because that movie came out.

There are plenty of non-controversial gasses that we know for a fact kill people every day, but instead we're pouring billions of dollars into something controversial for popularity reasons.

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

cowwoc2001 Forget cars (131 comments)

We need devices that consume less power and batteries that last longer (retain the same charge across multiple cycles).

Any other formula will lead to devices that waste power and burn through batteries with increasing speed. I'm not looking forward to garbage lots filled to the sky with used batteries.

about a month and a half ago
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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

cowwoc2001 A little too much for human consumption (216 comments)

Impressive but overwhelming. I don't look forward to learning, reading or maintaining such code. So as usual: functionality is inversely proportional to usability :)

about 2 months ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

cowwoc2001 Islamic violence wins again (321 comments)

It seems that every time extremists resort to threats and violence, they have gotten the censorship they were seeking.

Many newspapers are now self-censoring for fear of violence. Is this really where we are headed?

about 2 months ago
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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

cowwoc2001 has his hands on their a**e (359 comments)

Silly question: what does a**e stand for? :)

about 2 months ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

cowwoc2001 Separate infrastructure and services (513 comments)

Companies laying down the wires and companies offering services over those wires must be separated in order to increase competition. When Israel did this over a decade ago it caused prices to plummet.

Bundling of services is bad for the consumer. It seems like fun in the short term, but in the long term is kills competition.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

cowwoc2001 Re:IPv6 has this tiny problem (574 comments)

It will be "next" when mDNS is ubiquitous. Last I checked, it was not.

about 2 months ago

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Israeli device allows paraplegics to walk again

cowwoc2001 cowwoc2001 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cowwoc2001 writes "An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary quasi-robotic system that will enable wheelchair users to walk again.

Argo Medical Technologies' ReWalk "exoskeleton" was specially designed for individuals with lower-limb disabilities, according to Los Angeles-based Israeli news Web site ISRAEL21c.

See the Haaretz and Israel21c articles for more information."

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