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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

okooolo Re:The answer is SIMPLE (786 comments)

if those are our only two choices then we are indeed screwed.

1 year,29 days
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Bug Sends Lost-Phone Seekers To Same Wrong Address

okooolo Re:Sucks to be him (298 comments)

interesting approach. How?

about 2 years ago
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Amazon: Authors Can't Review Books

okooolo Re:I wouldn't trust non-professional reviewers (248 comments)

For specialized products that require some expertise to be appreciated that could be true (ex high end cameras, guns etc), but for most everyday objects (books, music) anyone can have a valid and often very insightful opinion. Personally for exotic stuff I look up reviews on specialized forums (ex for PC stuff I go to newegg reviews rather then Amazon). Aggregate reviews on those "professional" forums will be an excellent barometer. On a side note regular people often notice small sometimes obvious things that "professionals" overlook and comment on them.

about a year ago
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US House Votes 397-0 To Oppose UN Control of the Internet

okooolo Re:Republicans hate the UN (297 comments)

well now US can stick it to you without agreeing with anyone. At least with China in the picture you have a 50% chance of not getting screwed.

about 2 years ago
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HP Releases More WebOS Components for the TouchPad

okooolo too little too late (48 comments)

now they release it??

about 2 years ago
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Company Accidentally Fires Entire Staff Via Email

okooolo Re:Wrong (333 comments)

or half have above average productivity

more than 2 years ago
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Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls

okooolo Re:If Afghanistan hadn't been so neglected... (707 comments)

Not true. For example Germans built loads of bridges in Afghanistan before war world 2 and considering that Europe had way bigger problems 20th century (two world wars, cold war etc), it's unfair to blame Europe for Afghanistan's woes.
People of Afghanistan never wanted western help and resisted any contact with western cultures.
Afghanistan is just a collection of warring tribes with different goals and no national identity. The state is doomed to failure.
Those who want help, need to help themselves first.

more than 2 years ago
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SAIC Settles CityTime Case For $500.4 Million

okooolo Re:great (51 comments)

Admittedly I have no experience with city contracts and living in a different country I don't know much about american government's procurement process but it seems to me that all their deals will be put under a microscope from now on. I wouldn't be surprised if they lost their government contracts anyway, regardless of the fine. Fact that an actual huge multinational corporation has actually been found guilty is what gives me hope.

more than 2 years ago
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SAIC Settles CityTime Case For $500.4 Million

okooolo great (51 comments)

and just like that my faith in humanity has been restored.

more than 2 years ago
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The Vortex Gun Coming Soon To a Protest Near You

okooolo Re:"Starting with the Nazi military during WWII" (295 comments)

Although Waffen SS did include camp guards and such it also had elite panzer & infantry divisions.. we're taking about over 900 000 soldiers that fought in all major battles of war world 2.Waffen SS divisions were some of the best trained military units in the conflict.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

okooolo Re:I have problems with this (1319 comments)

playing devil's advocate here , but who's to say what is true and what isn't. Saying faith is pointless is a bit arrogant. Who are we to make a judgement on other people's beliefs.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

okooolo Re:I have problems with this (1319 comments)

Believe it or not some people are not afraid of death (not me per say being an atheist), but I've met old people while working in an retirement home that simply died happy with a smile on their faces. Being unafraid of death does not mean someone is looking for it. A truly religious person ( ex my brother) believes that we were given a gift of life for a reason and we should not waste it. It really is hard to fully understand that sort of argument, but I admit I kind of respect it and maybe even envy it a little. I've noticed that that kind of faith gives a tremendous amount of internal strength.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

okooolo Re:Read a comment by a US naval commander (1319 comments)

For the record I'm a Polish-Canadian atheist.
this was a series of rather shallow arguments:
1. "Muslims never winning a war unless fighting against each other" .. from the top of my head : history of Ottoman empire, fall of Constantinople, crusades etc etc..
2. Accepting God's will does not imply any sort of fatalist passive attitude in Islam or Christianity. Jihad in itself means striving to better oneself and our surroundings ie "God helps those who help themselves" attitude. You have a similar concept in Christianity, and in most major religions.
3. Islam never having a renascence: It had one when Europe was in the middle of dark ages. Medicine, Science, philosophy flourished.. just google "Islamic golden age" . Wikipedia has a good article on that. Which goes to show that Islam and science are not mutually exclusive.
4. As to Islam not moving on. I don't know how to respond to that .. what does "move on" even mean? Islam is made up of dozens internal branches that move in different directions progress at different speeds; some are more orthodox then others .. just like Christanity really. Similarly any moderate Christian is as hard to define as a moderate muslim. It all depends on your point of view.
5. You imply that all technology has western civilization as it source (Bit with the Turks and their cellphones). I won't even bother commenting on that.
6. Culture clashes are also the source of some of our greatest achievements and discoveries. If the Arabs didn't invade Europe we'd still be using Roman numerals. If the Romans didn't invade half the world, we wouldn't have the legal system we have now. If Cortes didn't invade Aztecs .. etc etc..
Personally I do not believe in higher power but have enough respect and insight to actually appreciate religion's contributions to science, philosophy and art. In an age when our moral development lags far behind technological one we could learn a lot from major religions even if we do not believe in God. There are many reasons to criticize religions for but if if you do at least do a bit of research beforehand. Otherwise you make us atheists look like unreasonable, uneducated zealots.

more than 2 years ago
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Groupon Puts IPO On Hold

okooolo Re:Grope On (129 comments)

That may be .. my point is that arrogant assholes like that guy see an unemployed person (I was in that boat for a while few years ago) and often assume lack of skill/laziness etc, which really rubs me the wrong way.

more than 3 years ago
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Groupon Puts IPO On Hold

okooolo Re:Grope On (129 comments)

Saying somebody's unemployed in IT therefore they must without skills is rude and idioitic. There are different people in different circumstances and there is a thousand reasons the guy could be unemployed (staring with illness). So yeah, in my book the the guy is an asshole.

more than 3 years ago
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Groupon Puts IPO On Hold

okooolo Re:Grope On (129 comments)

wow .. you sir are an asshole

more than 3 years ago
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Lucasfilm Unveils "Sandcrawler" Singapore Office

okooolo Re:Asia (159 comments)

well seems to me in Singapure they give up some personal freedoms and get clean streets. In US they give up some personal freedoms and get... (definitely not clean streets)

more than 3 years ago

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