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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

jeff4747 Re:Mod up 1000+ (448 comments)

Yes, you really did get that backwards.

Here's a picture of the Shah having a chat with Kennedy in the White House.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...

And Nixon was so incensed by that "non-dollar oil sales" that Nixon went to visit the Shah after he was deposed.

During his second exile, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi traveled from country to country seeking what he hoped would be temporary residence. First he flew to Assuan, Egypt, where he received a warm and gracious welcome from President Anwar El-Sadat. He later lived in Morocco as a guest of King Hassan II, as well as in the Bahamas, and in Cuernavaca, Mexico, near Mexico City, as a guest of José López Portillo. Richard Nixon, the former president, visited the Shah in summer 1979 in Mexico.

And then when the Shah got sick, the USAF flew him to the US for medical treatment.

The Shah suffered from gallstones that would require prompt surgery. He was offered treatment in Switzerland, but insisted on treatment in the United States.

On 22 October 1979, President Jimmy Carter reluctantly allowed the Shah into the United States to undergo surgical treatment at the New York–Weill Cornell Medical Hospital. While in Cornell Medical Center, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi used the name "David D. Newsom" as his temporary code name, without Newsom's knowledge.

The Shah was taken later by U.S. Air Force jet to Kelly Air Force Base in Texas and from there to Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base.[75] It was anticipated that his stay in the United States would be short; however, surgical complications ensued, which required six weeks of confinement in the hospital before he recovered. His prolonged stay in the United States was extremely unpopular with the revolutionary movement in Iran, which still resented the United States' overthrow of Prime Minister Mosaddegh and the years of support for the Shah's rule. The Iranian government demanded his return to Iran, but he stayed in the hospital

So...we disappointed our good friends who deposed the hated Shah by treating him and then protecting him in the US, or you got it backwards.

Btw, written on the US/english Wikipedia page about "that Shah" is

The Shah's diplomatic foundation was the United States' guarantee that they would protect him, which was what enabled him to stand up to larger enemies.

There are three instances of the word "dollar" on that page, and none of them have to do with oil sales.

Also, Nixon wasn't president in 1963. Kennedy was until November, then LBJ was. So how, exactly, did the Shah "bluntly refuse toward Nixon" in 1963 when Nixon was not at all part of the government? All Nixon was in 1963 was ex-Vice President who lost to Kennedy.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

jeff4747 Re:What's wrong with keys? (448 comments)

They get in the way at very bad times.

Let's say we're in a war with an enemy that isn't woefully under-equipped. Your tank battalion pulls up to resupply and repair. Tanks are shut off while this is going on.

Then the bad guys drop a bunch of bombs on you. You and most of your tank crew survives. Unfortunately, the tank commander who had the keys is now a fine mist settling onto the ground. Alternatively, half of your crew is dead, half of another tank's crew is dead. If there were no keys, you could operate one tank. As it is, you can operate zero.

And then it turns out the airstrike was followed up by the bad guy's tanks rolling over the next hill.

Give keys to everyone? Now you've defeated the purpose of keys, because there are such a massive number of keys that "the bad guys" will find at least one.

Or if you'd like a less spectacular scenario, keys have a failure rate. You don't want to be waiting for a locksmith during a war.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

jeff4747 Re:Mod up 1000+ (448 comments)

If the USA had not meddled with the Shah, whom they disliked

You got that backwards.

In 1941, the Shah was deposed. Iran ended up with a secular, communist-leaning government, last run by this guy, who wanted to nationalize the oil industry.

That upset the US, so we worked with the Islamic fundamentalists to overthrow the secular government and re-install the Shah in 1953. The Shah turned against the fundamentalists, leading to the 1979 revolution.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

jeff4747 Re:Mod up 1000+ (448 comments)

You might have heard about this guy named "Oliver North". He might have a wee bit to do with the current state of Iran's F-14 fleet.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

jeff4747 Re:an insight into the stagnation (157 comments)

A far greater insight can be achieved by looking at the statistics they used to declare the sales "stagnant".

Electric car sales fell 0.1% as a proportion of total car sales....during an August with more car sales than have been seen in years.

In other words, they held about the same percentage of sales when total sales massively shot up, despite the very small number of models available. That ain't stagnant.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

jeff4747 Re:In 14 years practising emergency medicine (595 comments)

We should treat it as possible, instead of insisting it never happens because we have not personally experienced it.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

jeff4747 Re:brilliant, but with a few flaws. (595 comments)

unless you're Penn Jillette, most men do not wear nail polish.

The test chemical is clear. As a result, you could put it in a clear nail polish, which would not be extremely obvious on people who don't normally wear nail polish.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

jeff4747 Re:In 14 years practising emergency medicine (595 comments)

In 40 years of living on this planet, I've never had a heart attack. And no one I've personally known has had one. Therefore, heart attacks never happen. Ever. To anyone.

Alternatively, we could learn the difference between "anecdote" and "statistics".

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

jeff4747 Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

And we can thank C for the kernel. Doesn't mean we have to choose C for new development.

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

jeff4747 What's the point? (511 comments)

The problem is what's the point of Java?

If speed is absolutely critical, you're going to go with C/C++/ASM/whatever native-compiled-language works well for your problem.

If speed is not absolutely critical, there's plenty of "scripting" languages that get the job done more easily with less code. And if you're talking about something cloud-based, you can probably handle the lower speed of these options by adding another server node.

Java seems to be in the middle ground where it's more cumbersome than the "scripting" options, yet slower than the "native" options. Leaving not much of a reason to choose it in the vast majority of cases.

Java just doesn't seem to have much a a role today beyond "Google decided to use it for Android apps".

about a month ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

jeff4747 Re:But... (193 comments)

You either need a giant bank of HDDs to store a snapshot of the data before it's written to tape, or a system that can handle large inconsistencies in data caused by the slow write speed.

You'd still need some inconsistency handling for Blu-ray, but it's a lot faster than tape so there's a lot less to handle.

about a month ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

jeff4747 Re:But... (193 comments)

Maybe he was just smart enough to figure out that you don't have to power HDDs when they aren't in use either, and whomever said they do is an idiot.

5 Blu-ray drives, autoloader with thousands of disks. When not operating, you are powering the SATA-or-similar interface for 5 drives and 1 autoloader.

2000 HDDs. When not operating, you are powering the SATA-or-similar interface for 2000 drives.

2000 > 5 + 1.

I know! Let's pay people to go unplug the 2000 drives. That'll make it cheaper!!!

Or we'll kill power to the entire cabinet, that way we'll have no clue how many of the HDDs are still at all operable. It'll be so much more exciting!

Even better, we can use the suggestion repeated over and over again to use laptop drives, with MTBF 1/1000th of an "enterprise" drive. That'll save thousands in power, while paying tens of thousands in maintenance personnel.

about a month ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

jeff4747 Re:But... (193 comments)

Couldn't get all the way to the 7th sentence of the summary?

about 1 month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

jeff4747 We get cancer because we have linear DNA (185 comments)

The enzymes that copy DNA need a little bit of DNA past where they are "writing" to hang on to. As a result, the enzymes fall off before they reach the end of our linear DNA. Every single time one of your cells replicate, it loses a little DNA.

Eventually, you're going to cut off something important. Like genes regulating cell division.

about a month ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

jeff4747 Re:why- just why? (306 comments)

Half of the NSA's budget is spying.
The other half of the NSA's budget is defending the US government from spying.

You shouldn't assume that all of the NSA's activities are in the first pool.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Introduction To Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach

jeff4747 Well, now I know I don't need to read the book. (27 comments)

Thanks to this part:

In chapter 10, the book details how Iraqi insurgents viewed Predator drones video feeds. Woody Allen said that eighty percent of success is just showing up. In this case, all the insurgents had to do was download the feed, as it was being transmitted unencrypted. Very little cyberwarfare required.

When the drone was being designed, the designers used security by obscurity in their decision not to encrypt the video feed. They felt that since the Predator video feeds were being transmitted on frequencies that were not publicly known, no access control, encryption or other security mechanisms would be needed.

Wrong.

First, the Predator's video feed was not encrypted because encryption software and keys are classified. As a result, sharing those keys with coalition forces requires a mountain of paperwork. And sharing with one country doesn't mean you can share with another, leading to even more approvals.

Second and more importantly, encrypting the feeds also requires frequently updating security keys for soldiers in the middle of a war zone. That's not a very good idea, since soldiers can be cut off, and encryption gear can be captured.

Finally, encryption is of little value for the information in the data feed - the enemy forces are well aware of where they are, and will learn very shortly that they were being targeted.

about a month and a half ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

jeff4747 Re:Free points! (667 comments)

So you claim "paying attention" is a means to avoid being born with a genetic disease.

Also, the law made a liar out of Obama. Either he didn't know and lied because he wasn't told about the details and content of the law or he knew and he's exactly as evil and deceitful as people believe.

Well, we've already established you're a moron for thinking "being careful" means you won't be born with a genetic disease. Or develop cancer.

The reason you're a moron here is the reason those people couldn't "keep their plan" is they already dropped their old plan. Insurance companies routinely re-write the plan every single year, which creates a new insurance plan. These upset people were already on a new plan after the deadline for keeping your old plan passed.

The only thing Obama should have done is included "And your insurance company wants to offer it" to the quote.

And what do I get for my trouble of paying for affordable healthcare I never used for all these years? QUADRUPLE THE RATE. Thanks a lot Obamacare.

Given your poor reasoning skill so far, I'm going to guess that your nice, cheap plan actually sucked. Probably covered almost nothing with a very low lifetime cap. The kind of plan that people think is a great deal until they get unlucky and have to really use it.

about 6 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

jeff4747 Re: Fundamental Physics Law (667 comments)

The primordial Earth had a reducing atmosphere. The current Earth has an oxidizing atmosphere, thanks to plants.

Life doesn't evolve again because we are not in the same conditions.

about 6 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

jeff4747 Re:Lets just stop (667 comments)

"These guys" have significant control over one of the major political parties in the US.

Ignoring them is not an option. Because they will not just fade away. Instead, they'll pass laws requiring their views to be taught. And they have already done so in multiple jurisdictions.

about 6 months ago

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