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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

cshark Re:Radicalization (688 comments)

Given that Israel rules Palestine, that really doesn't meet my definition of democracy. As an American I'm sure I'd have problems with an Islamic Israel, but we tell ourselves we value democracy and freedom above all else. Furthermore, I can't imagine the current course will end up better.

You might want to do a bit more googling.

Let's start by correcting your math.
There are 5.9 million Jewish citizens in Israel. They comprise 73.75% of the population.
There are 1.4 million arab Israelis, who comprise 17.5% of the population.

Neither group is separated by law or for any other reason. They often share the same neighborhoods, employers, and elected officials.

Of the 12 arabs in the Knesset, 2 of them are Christians; which, by your numbers would mean that Christians are disproportionately represented in the Knesset because they only comprise 2% of the overall population. MK's are represented on their merits, and very little else.

How does that not conform to your idea of a democracy?

The West Bank is not governed by Israel. Under Oslo it is fully autonomous, and it elects its own government.

The arab population in the West Bank is 92% muslim.
There are no Christian members of Fatah serving in any capacity. Nor are there any to my knowledge in the "unity" government. Christians are routinely the targets of terror attacks, are required to pay the Jizya, and are regularly discriminated against by their Muslim neighbors. Often, their homes and holy sites are used as launching posts for attacks against Israel. They are prevented by the PA from rebuilding these structures.

Gaza is a completely different country, outside of the borders of Israel since 2005, and it is not a democracy at the present time.
Just yesterday, 20 peace protesters were executed. There is a gender apartheid similar to the one in Saudi Arabia. Like the Christians of the West Bank, Gazan Christians must also pay the Jizya without the benefit of any representation in government whatsoever. No freedom of speech is tolerated by anyone. Weddings are bulldozed when music is played, and honor killings are a fact of life.

If you as an American value the ideals of peace and freedom, you're being a complete fucking hypocrite by supporting terrorists in Gaza and the Territories.

10 hours ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

cshark Re:Radicalization (688 comments)

Hard to say. Egypt's reaction to all of this has been incredible to watch.

10 hours ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

cshark Re:Nuke those terrorists (688 comments)

Right. Israel doesn't work that way. A nuke is a big weapon that would cause a lot of damage, not just to the baby wielding gunmen in Gaza.

10 hours ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

cshark Okay (627 comments)

You know, I hate to be the one to point this out, but nearly every one of those things can be attributed to governmental overreach as much as it can be attributed to the environment. Just look at the water shortage statistics. States that were hit the hardest all had laws against rain water collection. Wildfires, likewise, may also be related to the insane laws we have in place. Insurance companies are being regulated to death, and are playing it as safe as they legally can. It has more to do with this insatiable need to regulate the hell out of them than it does with actual conditions. Sea levels go up and down all year long, and no amount of climate change legislation is going to have any power to control that. Of course the government is going to tell you that climate change is a big problem, and that more of your tax money is needed to combat it. They have a profit motive to do so, duh. The people to listen to here are the ones who have no political or financial agenda.

about 3 months ago
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Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

cshark Cool. (156 comments)

Every innovation in crypto is step forward. I'm curious to see if this will be adopted by other currencies.

about 5 months ago
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We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

cshark Bullshit (267 comments)

This is an outright, prima-face lie, based on nothing.
Why is this even on the Slashdot home page? Are we dedicated to spreading liberal and progressive propaganda now?

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

cshark Re:Gold Lasts (249 comments)

And if Copper were rare, you would be talking about the exquisite shades of brown and green.

about 6 months ago
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Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

cshark Re:Bigger crime here (149 comments)

It is awful.

about 6 months ago
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Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

cshark Why do they always make grand inaccurate claims? (149 comments)

I would make a case for entrapment. If anyone comes to you and says something along the lines of, "I've got some drug money to launder, I need $30,000 in bitcoins..." don't say yes. I mean, Jesus Christ, how fantastically stupid do you have to be to go for that?! Still, law enforcement is breaking the law when they create crimes to arrest people for. Beyond that, unless they're going to make private money transactions illegal, this case doesn't really mean anything for the bigger picture.

about 6 months ago
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PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

cshark Re:Ugh (564 comments)

PC's have a totally different tool set than mobile devices. This is what's making mobile devices so popular. If you could incorporate a touch screen and a camera into PC's, then load Android onto them in a way that makes sense (it would take some real work), that would go a long way to making desktops more appealing to the average user. As a hacker, though, I think I still prefer my Ubuntu desktop for the time being. But that could change. We'll see.

about 7 months ago
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

cshark Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

This is just nuts. The internet isn't growing up, big money sites like the LA Times and Reuters are just getting lazy. What ever happened to comment moderation? Why is it so fantastically difficult to screen these things?

about 7 months ago
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Millions of Dogecoin Stolen Over Christmas

cshark Re:Ironically this gives Dodegcoin legitimacy. (132 comments)

It's trading at over 300% of its original value. Granted, when you figure in that it's only worth a fraction of a penny, it doesn't sound like much. But it's one of the faster growing altcoins right now.

about 7 months ago
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Millions of Dogecoin Stolen Over Christmas

cshark Just one note (132 comments)

This is not a problem unique to cryptocurrencies. This particular incident is one that can be chocked up to kids not using php properly. Bad website implementation is not the fault of any cryptocurrency, be it one for pomeranians, or human beings.

about 7 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Could Actually Be Group From Europe

cshark Re:I am ... (186 comments)

Actually, I have it on good authority that Bitcoin was written by time traveling aliens from Sirius 2. The same people that built the pyramids, and gave mankind astrology. The block chain was first implemented by the Inkas, and passed down for generations on tree bark. There were millions of copies of the ledger, and mining was done with toothpicks and lasers. If you look at the numerological value of the name Satoshi Nakamoto, you get 9. Osiris was also 9. Coincidence? I think not. I think all you non believers just need to wake up and realize that the alien gods are now among us, and they're terraforming our financial system! Make no mistake my friends, they're in with the Illuminati, and they know where Lora Palmer is buried, because Satoshi Nakamoto is an alien who knows everything! Why do you think the NSA need to spy on us like that? Why do you think Alex Jones is buying evil death robots, and keeping them in his basement? Seriously. I don't know how people can look at the overwhelming evidence for all of this, and come to the conclusion that we're not like, totally, in serious trouble.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

cshark Here's what I did (408 comments)

My father is brilliant, but he's not a computer person. So the last time a virus took out his system, I treated him like any other non technical user on my network. I limited his ability to do damage to himself and others. NT user permissions in Windows 7 are useful for this. You can adjust anyone's group permissions, be they on a single PC or an Active Directory. It's not difficult to learn how to use these things, if you're not a systems administrator; and my dad hasn't had a single problem with viruses since I set it up for him. Remember, when you're running any PC, a virus needs admin permissions to do real damage. Deprive your users of admin rights, and (while you may still have issues with viruses) you're not going to fry your PC.

about 7 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

cshark Re:Not accurate information (195 comments)

I don't really see where the problem is. You shouldn't be using horrible kluges to track your campaigns anyway. Even if it did kill your ability to track who is opening what... who fucking cares? The fact that a person opens an email has absolutely no bearing on whether or not they're going to buy it. Email marketing is still interruption marketing, for the most part. It's flawed in its basic premise. Innovation is the only way to stay in business long term. Stay ahead of the curve, it's more profitable. Adapt, or die.

about 7 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

cshark Absurd (433 comments)

Arbitrary simulations are not evidence of anything. If you can't even accurately model the planet in a simulation for weather patterns, how do you expect to model something as complex as the universe?

about 8 months ago

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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "Yep, the Actionscript virtual machine is going to be open sourced. Code named Tamarin according to the adobe press release, they're promising to implement the ECMAscript 4 standard. Very interesting."
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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "A friend of mine was teaching me about the principle of abandoned property. In his example, he stated that (in most states) garbage when thrown away falls under this principle. In theory, he stated, anyone could legally go into your garbage can and take whatever they like with no fear of legal reprisal.

I'm not really sure if that's an urban myth, as my brother was arrested in Colorado for dumpster diving. It seems to me that regular property (assuming the above paragraph is true) can be regulated by the state, as New York (for example, I don't actually know this) may have no rule against it, while it is a priority in Colorado.

So that got me thinking...
If it is possible to consider regular property abandoned and free to the public, can the same principle be applied to digital property? Theoretical example: a software company puts out a small program or utility, it doesn't sell, and they stop selling it. Could one legally distribute the software? It's been abandoned, discarded the same way regular property would be.

Or, say someone reserves a domain name, puts up a web site, does not register a copyright formally, but notes the copyright for the content of the domain as property of the domain name itself. If they allow the domain to expire (without trademarking it), and I reserve that domain name... do I then have the right to use the original content of that domain name?

Is there any precedent for this that I can read up on?
Just curious.

Thanks."
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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "Back to square one.
Need to research linux distros later, or else I'll be downloading crap for weeks.

Figured out how to solve the networking problem.
Free BSD will compile and run (sort of). It will run well enough to get to the point where I can download new sources.

Now, let's see how long it takes to get it right!
heh heh.

More to come."
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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "I toasted my Windows instalation recently. Don't really know how it happened this time. Network analysis indicates a script kitty, but no way to be sure.

So I figured this would be a great opportunity to give PC-BSD another shot. Heard the new version has better hardware support, and I'm running a much less esoteric setup this time. Just one thought. Why the hell aren't the kernel sources included in the base install?!

Here's my thinking.
I live in an older house with two phone jacks and cable wiring on the first floor only. So my options for connectivity are limited. Luckily, there's a DSL boosting station two blocks from the house, so DSL gets decent speed around here. I run my connection through a Linksys router, which would work under PC-BSD with Project Evil (which happens to be built in) and porting the driver. Sounds good, works extremely well. Driver make file gets set up, but in order to install it, I need to re-compile ther Kernel.

There doesn't seem to be link to the kernel sources anywhere. When I tried the PC-BSD message boards, the best anyone could tell me was "Click the refresh sources" button under settings, and download them from the web. Argh!

If I could download them from the Web in the first place, I wouldn't need to download the sources to begin with.

The Free BSD and Net BSD sources are available for download, but they're just different enough to break PC-BSD if I tried to use them to re-compile the Kernel.

So now I'm going through the liteny of live CD's, looking for something compatible.
First Ubuntu (dapper version), serious driver problems, Gnome only, I seem to need KDE for Wireless support.

Knoppix still won't boot.

Morphix and Phase both cause my Trinitron screen to do very bad things.
Freespire hangs and won't do much of anything.
Debian mirrors won't seem to complete a download.

On to Slax live CD.
The kill bill edition looks promosing.

I'll keep you posted."

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