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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

gay358 Secret trial to hide evidence of torture? (240 comments)

Wasn't this whole secret trials system invented in order to hide the scandals that UK was directly involved with the torture of of the prisoners? One of the cases mentioned when this system was planned was the case of Binyam Mohamed, where the torture included making cut to penis and chest with scalpels or razor blades:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

http://www.theatlantic.com/int...

about 2 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

gay358 Russian lies and excuses (313 comments)

I think it was treaty between countries instead of cabinets. Even if the cabinet changes, that should not affect the treaty in any way. And even if there wouldn't be that treaty, annexing parts of other country like that, is illegal.

Almost anything that you heard from Putin or his followers is a outright lie, bad excuse or distortion. Like the lie that it is not his soldiers operating in unmarked uniforms in Crimea or that they have reduced the the number of soldiers on border, waiting to attack Ukraine.

And there was very little threat against Russians speakers in Ukraine. Protecting them was just another excuse. And now Putin is on purpose causing those troubles in eastern parts of Ukraine. Russia is instruction Russian citizens how to go eastern Ukraine an without causing suspicions and then how to get a weapon there, uniform etc.

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

gay358 Re:diagreeing with same sex marriage != hate (1746 comments)

One of the most zealous sets of people we see today (at least in my myopic U.S.-centric personal experience) are homosexuals. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but my observation seems to be that this particular group of people has made homosexuality the defining feature of their life. As such, even minor disagreement with the idea that homosexuality is completely normal results in a strong adverse reaction and accusations of fear and hatred.

IMHO, you are mistaken. Correct if I am wrong, but I don't remember many incidents where gays shoot, bomb or beat with baseball bats their opponents or non-gays, because they are not gays. However, we have many other groups which use that kind of violence towards groups they oppose, including gays. I would call persons who use or just silently support that kind of violence, as zealots.

And if you are not not a member of some group which is facing strong discrimination, violence and persecution, I think it is quite hypocrite to call members of that kind of groups as zealots, when they non-violently oppose their bad treatment.

about 4 months ago
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

gay358 Majority of Syrians may Support Assad (918 comments)

If this news is reliable (there have been other polls which show more support for Assad regime than for rebels), it is woth to notice that majority of Syrians seem to support Assad regime instead of the rebels, many of which are foreign islamists:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/05/31/nato-data-assad-winning-the-war-for-syrians-hearts-and-minds/

And it was Saddas regime which suggested solving the conflict by having elections, but the rebels refused this offer. I wonder why...

about a year ago
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

gay358 Re:I'm usually against military action. (918 comments)

And it is worth to remember, that the illegal attack by USA to Iraq caused the death of hundreths of thousands of people (perhaps even a million) and Iraq might have been better of with Saddam, as evil as he was. I don't think Syria needs that kind of "help".

about a year ago
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

gay358 False flab operation? (918 comments)

Didn't some rebels in Turkey get caught with some dangerous chemicals quite recenly? And since spring, there has been rumours about doing a false flag operation by using chemical weapons in Syria.

about a year ago
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NSA's Role In Terror Cases Concealed From Defense Lawyers

gay358 Turning of the tables (172 comments)

If prosecutor is allowed to present secret evidence to the judge, the defence lawyers should also have the right to present their own secret evidence that the prosecutor will not be able to see/hear. I wonder how fair they would find it...

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

gay358 There are valid reasons for recording the sex (814 comments)

For example, in genetical studies sex is often important information. It is also used as a quality control measure. If the recorded sex doesn't match with the results of genetical testing, it can cause a lot of trouble. There may be a "witch hunt" to check if somebody has mixed up samples or sample information and the results of whole families may have to be thrown out, if there is suspicion that there is some kind of sample/pedigree mix up. However, it is typically possible to have other values than just male or female as the sex. Typically allowed values are "unknown" and "don't want to tell you".

And there are other valid reasons for recording sex, like doing statistics where you want to do comparision between sexes. And I personally wouldn't like to receive advertisements that are targeted for women as I am unlikely to be interested in them and they just waste my time. However, I think it is good to give the option of not giving the sex, if you don't want to give it. Many people oppose saving any unneccesary personal information, including sex, to different databases, web sites etc.

about a year ago
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Draft IETF Standard for SSH Key Management Released

gay358 Re:Finnish name correction (35 comments)

In Finnish there is no tradition of replacing "Ã" with "oe" and it looks very odd. If it is too hard to write YlÃnen, I would prefer Ylonen over Yloenen.

In most cases you are able to understand/guess the Finnish words correctly even if you write "a" instead of "Ã" or "o" instead of "Ã" -- especially if they are in a sentence that has many words giving more context. However, there are (possibly dangerous) exceptions, like "ala" (= begin/start) and "ÃlÃ" (= don't).

about a year ago
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Could Twitter Have Stopped the Media's Rush To War In Iraq Ten Years Ago?

gay358 Could Twitter stop war propaganda against Iran? (456 comments)

I wonder how much of the news and comments was more or less direct propaganda work by USA and Israel. And attacking Iraq, had been the plan of Project for the New American Century for several years. Something similar seems to be happening to Iran at the moment.

about a year ago
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Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

gay358 Jamming/destroying sensors (622 comments)

In practise, fighter plane has to "see" the enemy plane in order to to attack it. If radar is jammed and optical sensors are blinded by using laser, the drones might lose even against World War II fighter planes. On theory, you could use laser to blind fighter pilot as well, although there is a treaty against deliberately causing permanent blindness using laser.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

gay358 Re:Linux i like. Linus not so, after seeing a talk (786 comments)

What is wrong/unpleasant in that video? I didn't watch the entire video as it is so long, I watched only random parts of it, but IMHO he sounded quite pleasant in it.

Maybe this is some kind of cultural thing, because I am Finnish. On the other hand, I find that sometimes he uses a bit too harsh language on mailing lists.

about a year and a half ago
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CES: Bringing Electronics Assembly and Distribution to Central Africa (Video)

gay358 I am interested bying one (61 comments)

It will be interesting to see what the price will be for the tablet. I am quite interested having Linux on my devices instead of Android or Windows, which both have privacy issues and lack of total user control of the device.

Devices like this. is something that other continents need as well. It hope this starts new trend which helps to grow market share of (pure) Linux devices.

about a year and a half ago
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Dean Kamen Invents Stomach Pump For Dieters

gay358 Body tries stop you eating enormous amounts (483 comments)

If the food doesn't have very high caloric "density", normal body should at some point start signalling that you have eaten enough. First hunger disappears and if you still force yourself to continue eating, you will start feeling nauseous and if you ignore that, at some point you start vomiting. However, some foods don't trigger that reactions fast enough compared to the calories they contain and there are sick people, like bulimics or persons with Prader-Willi syndrome, where this mechanism doesn't seem to work well enough, which cause them to eat extreme amounts.

about a year and a half ago
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Dean Kamen Invents Stomach Pump For Dieters

gay358 Re:Or you could just eat less (483 comments)

And before eating anything else, you should start by eating vegetables with low amount of energy, like cucumber, lettuce etc. And do it without pouring enormous amounts of fatty salad dressings on top of them.

And you should stop eating before your stomach is full. It is enough to eat as much to take away the hunger. And you should use small drinking glasses, plates etc, because it helps to keep the amount of food you eat lower.

And if this doesn't help, start calculating calories and changing the content of food and drinks to something that has less calories (and take smaller amounts of them). Laws of nature guarantee that you lose weight if you just cut enough the amount of calories you get from your food and drinks. It is just question of making this more pleasant, by choosing right kind of food, that helps take away your hunger without a lot of calories.

about a year and a half ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

gay358 Losing weight is easy (470 comments)

Being obese or uneducated are things that people are typically able to change. Very poor people in third world countries might not have possibility of going to school, having libraries etc, but even they can choose to just eat less and lose weight.

about a year and a half ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

gay358 Human body can't work against laws of nature (470 comments)

Human body cannot get energy out of nothing. Human body has to maintain body temperature which is usually above the surrounding temperature and this takes constant energy. And if you eat nothing or just little, the body has no other choice than start getting the energy by burning fat and other human tissues.

However, it is worth to notice that excessive eating doesn't always has to cause obesity. For example, if you have malabsorption, a large portion of the energy that would have been available in the food, just goes directly through your intestine. That is not against laws of nature. However, getting energy out of nothing, is against laws of nature. You cannot store more energy as a fat, than the amount of energy your food has (and in reality your body has to create heat etc and cannot store all that energy as fat).

about a year and a half ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

gay358 There weren't obese people in concentration camps (470 comments)

Nobody can get fat (or energy) out of nothing -- or almost nothing -- as it would be against laws of physics. Just count calories and lower drastically the amount of calories you eat on average day, until you start losing weight. It is as simple as that.

about a year and a half ago

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