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Comment: Re:So confused (Score 1) 376

by CauseBy (#48170327) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

I have a hard time calling what is described in the article as "weapons". To me a "weapon" must contain actual capability. If we pull a 300-year-old rusty barnacle-covered canon from the bottom of the ocean, is that a "weapon"? I don't think so. It doesn't fire, it can't be directed at an enemy with deadly force.

What this article describes is that there were chemicals in Iraq, not so much chemical weapons. (And, to the more general point, nothing at all like what was described as a justification for the war. That justification is not at all supported by this story.)

Comment: Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (Score 1) 376

by CauseBy (#48170277) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

"1) The US meddles in other countries affairs in ways that kill lots of people and THAT is why some people hate us, not because of our alleged freedom."

If that is true then why were they so upset at the Dutch? The Dutch don't mettle in foreign affairs so much, yet a majority of worldwide Muslims called for deaths of some Dutch cartoonists. Do they hate the Dutch for their freedom, but hate us for other reasons?

I think they hate our freedom, and we hate their oppression. Luckily we've got bigger bombs so our hatred is more successfully implemented in policy. I'm also willing to defend my love of freedom and my hatred of their oppression, if you disagree with my assessment that my culture is better than theirs, even though neither is perfect. Maybe it would serve our interests to drop fewer bombs, or maybe not, but I don't think Muslim outrage would be substantially different for it. I do, really, think they hate us for our freedom.

There is a minority of Muslims today with worldviews that are compatible with modernity. I hope that minority sways the minds of the overall Muslim community over the next few hundred years in the way that a minority of Christians swayed the Christian community over the last few hundred years. It'll be hard to get through those years without a lot of deaths of people who just cannot abide things like apostasy, speech, secularism and equality.

Comment: Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (Score 1) 376

by CauseBy (#48170143) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Yes, Bush started a war.

Clinton? Oh, new unrelated topic? Okay, Clinton was bombing Iraq in order to advance his foreign policy and security agenda. That's similar to what Bush did in purpose but not in scale. Dropping one bomb isn't a war. Invading and occupying a country is a war.

Comment: Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (Score 1) 376

by CauseBy (#48170107) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

I don't know. That sounds sort of broad.

To me "intent" is irrelevant. If I "intend" to kill a million people by farting on them, that counts under your definition but not in my opinion.

Throwing chicken necks at an enemy soldier is "a weapon involving a biological agent" but it isn't a WMD in my opinion. In my opinion a Weapon of Mass Destructions must be ACTUALLY CAPABLE of Mass Destruction.

Therefore "a rusting metal tube containing a nasty chemical" isn't a WMD because it isn't actually capable of mass destruction. You can't strap a rusty metal tube to a rocket to deliver the chemical. It may have been a WMD in the past but not once it is rusting and leaking.

If these old weapons found were WMD by any stretch of the imagination then Cheney would have told us so. Personally I'm still waiting for them to post a video of the insides of one of those "mobile chemical plants" they showed drawings of in 2002 at the UN.

Comment: Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (Score 1) 376

by CauseBy (#48170021) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

No, we won't stop, because it's imperative to teach people why not to go to war next time.

Justified war exists but is incredibly rare. America hasn't fought a justified war in its last dozen attempts at warfare. If 90% of wars turn out to be bad ideas then that is a message that needs to be repeated and shouted from the mountaintops.

Thank you for your service. Most members of our military conducted themselves with a high level of professionalism, despite some high-profile very bad behavior.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 1) 224

by CauseBy (#48168989) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

So how do you divide algorithms from other inventions? If you invent a better mousetrap, how is that different than an algorithm describing exactly how to build and run the mousetrap?

I ask this as a person who also dislikes software patents but I always say it is because almost all software patents fail the obviousness test, not because algorithms are somehow off limits for patenting. I have seen software that I thought was reasonable to patent -- two or three times ever.

Comment: Re:Paperless office? Not in my lifetime (Score 1) 174

by CauseBy (#48153355) Attached to: Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

Offices I have worked in have had very little paper in them over my career (starting just before the Iraq War) but I work in tech so maybe we're on the leading edge. I literally can't think of the last time I had to touch a piece of paper specifically for work -- maybe signing my employment contract? Sometimes I use pen and paper to work out algorithms but more often I use a whiteboard.

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