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Comment: Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (Score 1) 216

by Ash Vince (#47440463) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

f you count the prices of the missiles launched at Israel, you'd have enough to get food to most of the Palestinians, to repair most of the buildings, to create medic centers, schools, ...

Their not allowed to repair the buildings as concrete is on the list of goods that Israel prevents from being imported:

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

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 216

by Ash Vince (#47440439) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

You might want to research other population swaps, both forced and non-forced. I am aware of what was done to the Muslims who stayed in Beersheba, which is nothing in comparison to what happened to the Jews who were forced out of their homes in Muslim states at the same time. Your recollection of history is one sided.

You seem to ignore that Israel is STILL doing this now though. The IDF tears down hundreds of Palestinian homes each year in the name of punishing those involved in terrorism, and the dept of agriculture builds more and more Israeli settlements. You might do it more slowly now, but the end result is still that Israel is expanding and taking more and more land.

Do you actually want Israel to be the size of this map?

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

The problem is that other people live there now and they have a right to carry on living there.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 216

by Ash Vince (#47440401) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Why the hell are you still living there?

It's my home.

The Palestinians who have their houses pulled down each year to make way for more Jewish settlements probably said that too. That is the real problem, until Israel stops expanding on land that is being stolen from others around it this conflict will carry on.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 216

by Ash Vince (#47440349) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

I worked on the beginning of Regan's Star Wars project. We viewed the problem as one in which you try to stop a bullet with a bullet. Add long range and intelligence to the bullet and the problem gets harder.The problem is hard and physics places many constraints on the solution. At one point management thought that space based defense was what we wanted until we showed that the time/distances were too great to be effective. Now we just have a scaled back terminal defense with very limited capabilities.

After all these years the only value that I think that missile defense has is PR. Effective? Not really. Forget Star Wars the movie. It's not going to happen.

Star wars to me actually made sense (although maybe not in the way it was pitched to the public).You could use a small nuclear device to screw up a much larger nuclear device while both were at very high altitude. Ok, you are going to cause a shit load of nuclear fallout to come down but hopefully that will be somewhere else like over the atlantic, pacific or mainland Europe. Either way, better a bit of fallout than an actual missile targeted at Washington or New York.

The things about Iron Dome though, is that the rockets they are trying to hit are basically crap. The rockets might have a decent range but they have no way of targeting them so they generally do sod all apart from scare people. Hamas have been launching them for days with no real effect in the latest conflict but even if you go back years they have very rarely killed or even hit anyone. Israel on the other hand kill hundreds of Palestinian civilians every year with their very advanced military hardware, often provided by the US for free.

Don't get me wrong, I think the launching of rockets randomly against the civilian population of Israel is utterly wrong, but the reality seems to be that both sides are quite happy to kill civilians on the other side its just that Israel is much better at it.

Maybe, the people of Gaza should all just up and leave so that Israel can have its promised land. It's not like then being there is stopping Israel building new settlements anyway and with the US always backing Israel there is no chance of that changing.

Comment: Re: How about (Score 0) 375

"pro-unrestrained capitalist propaganda" I guess is what leftists are calling anything that disagrees with their own viewpoints. Funny how we're all supposed to be tolerant of different opinions, until those opinions don't follow left-wing thought. Then the most vile denunciations are appropriate to use, and dehumanizing your targets is a suitable response. Sickening, but here we are.

Hey, I am not advocating any sort of violence against you for your opinions so I am tolerating them. I respect your right to be led by those that pay the money into brainwashing you rather than try thinking for yourself, that would be too difficult.

And I don't think this of everyone who disagrees with my own viewpoint, even those who are on the right wing side of the political spectrum. I do think that most people I see espousing smaller government on here though are not actually very well informed on what exactly government does, and why it is a bad idea. I also think that most of them do not really every try to make an informed judgement by reading about things from a wide variety of political perspectives in order to come an informed decision.

Comment: Re: How about (Score 1) 375

...in most of Europe the view that governments should be reigned in is not so widespread as the governments there do a better job.

Somebody please, mod this funny, as we watch the continent burn under the revival of old time fascism of right wing nationalists.

Lol, if you lived here you would realise that is far from the case. Right wing parties did well in a few recent european elections, but they did NOT win enough votes to form any sort of majority government. Most of Europes current government is pretty centrist, certainly compared to the US.

Comment: Re: How about (Score 0, Troll) 375

It never ceases to amaze me how Progressives can so blithely condemn BIG corporations and their answer to solving the "BIG Corporation" problem is always to give more power to the largest, most powerful organization on the planet. Because large size causes corruption in companies, but it must only cause nobility in governments, right?

You seem to completely ignore that governments are elected and therefore accountable to the people. That fact that the US political system is shit and unrepresentative does not mean every countries government is so in most of Europe the view that governments should be reigned in is not so widespread as the governments there do a better job.

Corporations on the other hand answer to nobody apart from their own profits. Therefore it is entirely right that government does its bit to push them in way that their aims (making money) are aligned with that of society.

(Americans need not reply to this post, since most of you seem to be brain washed by the shit you see on your own pro-unrestrained capitalist propaganda that tries to pass itself off as impartial news).

Comment: Re:It's accomplices all the way down! (Score 1, Interesting) 255

by Ash Vince (#47378755) Attached to: Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Is the ISP an accomplice too? And the operating system vendor?

Are you really not able to see a difference between your examples and running a tor exit node?

Let me spell it out for you: ISP's are selling you a service but tracking you in order to make sure any people using their network for anything illegal can be traced, a tor exit node is designed to let people be anonymous and untraceable. The judge made the assumption that anyone who wants to be untraceable to law enforcement must be a criminal, which is actually not such a huge stretch.

Comment: Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (Score 1) 190

by Ash Vince (#47354003) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

Bollocks.

Castro nearly started a global nuclear war. That's why Kennedy had the embargo instituted in the first place, and until Castro is 100% gone the US will never open up to them.

Castro was just trying to get some insurance against a US invasion. The US has a history of invading places in south america just because they didn't like the leaders, even when the people we wanted to put in power in the place where total scumbags. We preferred scumbags we could manipulate with arms deals and money to anyone who the people might choose. It is a miracle that Cuba survived to be honest.

Comment: Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (Score 1) 190

by Ash Vince (#47353941) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

The ban has nothing to do with 'Cold War tensions' it is because Cuban immigrants to Florida hate Castro for the property that he nationalized - and pissing off those voters risk losing Florida in federal elections (and thus losing the Presidential election). Thus draconian prohibitions related to Cuba stay in place.

Personally I also think it is also partly because the CIA got their nose bloodied there by Castro back when they preferred US mobsters and business to be in charge over anyone who might actually represent the local population.

Comment: Re:As a Massachusetts resident... (Score 1) 534

But money is the one thing you can use to hurt a corproation. Enough people with multi-million lawsuits, and they won't be able to afford it.

That only work with real corporations as they usually need to turn a profit for their shareholders. In this case government, either local or federal will just write them a cheque to cover it.

The only real way to change this is for enough people to flat out refuse to vote for anyone who is not 100% opposed to this, even if that means voting for a smaller party or independent. We also need to throw first past the post voting in the bin and move to proportional representation as it encourages people to vote for smaller parties in this way. It also means those in power do not have absolute power as they are often usually reliant on other coalition parties to vote with them in order to get things done, weaker government is better government.

Comment: Re:The summary defines the problem. (Score 1) 255

by Ash Vince (#47196893) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

I don't think any amount of training is going to make me able to do Stephen Hawking's work. I also could never be trained to the point of competing with an NBA player at basketball.

Not everyone can do anything. Many can do what they happen to be passionate about, but even then it's not always possible to work out. Some people have exceptional talent and passion in a field and some just flat out lack one or both. There's only so far you can go training someone when their brain just isn't *wired* that way.

What a stupid example. Of course there are total outliers who this does not apply to, they are very few and far between though.

Comment: Re:secure by default (Score 1) 248

by Ash Vince (#47186639) Attached to: In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

You try to imply I love living under a police state, even though we don't have one.

That depends on your perspective. If you were one of the people who went out peacefully objecting to the way our society works in any of the 1% demonstrations recently and found yourself being pepper sprayed for no apparent reason with no recourse against the police officer that did it you might not be so sure.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie

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