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Comment: Is it ok when Glenn Greenwald does it? (Score 1) 347

by Full Metal Jackass (#46333435) Attached to: NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse
It looks like Glenn Greenwald himself is something of a sock-puppeteer himself.

But then maybe I'm a shill. Or maybe I'm a victim of shills. Or maybe I'm just biased and easily led because I think that GG is thoroughly intellectually dishonest in at least some of the statements that he does put his own name on.

BTW: If you care to read that one through, it culminates with the best smackdown I remember seeing.

Comment: Re:Apartheid (Score 1) 591

by Full Metal Jackass (#42071959) Attached to: Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

To be fair, it was "normal" back then for them to have sex that young. I'm sure 1300 years from now, certain "normal" things that we do today will be looked at as barbaric.

Yeah, it's not like anyone's saying that Mohammad had morality all figured out and we should take him seriously today. Oh, wait...

Comment: Re:Ah don't worry... (Score 1) 445

by Full Metal Jackass (#40610027) Attached to: Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic
I think it's reasonable to look at more than the first page of a site before categorically denouncing it. This is from the "hate site" on the page entitled How We Feel About Muslims.

Islam is an ideology. It is not defined by what any Muslim wants it to be, but rather by what it is. No ideology is above critique, particularly one that explicitly seeks political and social dominance over every person on the planet.

Muslims are individuals. We passionately believe that no Muslim should be harmed, harassed, stereotyped or treated any differently anywhere in the world solely on account of their status as a Muslim.

You said:

Fortunately, most Jews and Christians have learned to disregard a very large part of their own scripture. Stoning a woman to death for adultery is not a Muslim innovation.

The point isn't who invented it, the point is who's still doing it. Jews and Christians don't stone women to death for adultery now.

The fact that this still goes on in non-secular Islamic countries in full compliance with Islamic scripture does make Islam "one really messed up religion".

Comment: Re:Ah don't worry... (Score 1) 445

by Full Metal Jackass (#40601957) Attached to: Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

I've just had a read through http://thereligionofpeace.com/ and I see no justification for calling it "an anti-Muslim hate site". It doesn't advocate hatred of anyone and explicitly makes a distinction between Muslims and Islamic ideology.

Pointing out that the Koran is largely a hateful diatribe targeted at non-believers and women and is the probable source of much suffering is not an act of hatred. It seems more like an act of social responsibility.

Comment: Re:Time for the Judges ruling? (Score 1) 475

Microsoft licensed Java from Sun but then violated the terms of the licence agreement by not implementing Sun's Java Native Interface (JNI) and instead providing a bridge to COM. For that and (I think) the right to borrow lots of ideas from Java for .NET they paid Sun about one billion dollars.

This is different because Google didn't licence Java. They just built something very similar to it.

Comment: Re:He deserves it (Score 1) 907

by Full Metal Jackass (#38791663) Attached to: Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post

did you know that murder is actually illegal in many states (particularly in the Bible Belt).

Really, murder is less illegal in states outside the bible belt?

I realise that Christians like to claim that a lot of worthwhile laws are based on their religion but I'm fairly sure you'll find that theft and murder are (at least ostensibly) illegal everywhere whether Christians had any say in it or not.

It may have something to do that people are universally opposed to being murdered and having their stuff nicked.

I'm also fairly sure that God ordered up a fair bit of genocide, rape and pillage in the old testament so I really doubt the religious basis for those particular laws.

Comment: Appcelerator Titanium? (Score 1) 145

by Full Metal Jackass (#36862078) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Chromeless Cross-Platform Browser?

One solution would be to use Appcelerator Titanium: http://appcelerator.com./

I've used this and it's a doddle to create a standalone webkit browser running your app. You can also embed Ruby or Python or (I think) PHP in your app if you want and there's an online packaging service that packages up your app to install as an .msi for Windows or other formats for Mac and Linux. Also, this is a fully featured Webkit browser with full CSS3 and HTML5. It's not the crippled version supplied with Adobe AIR.

It may also be helpful to know that if you drag a Google Chrome App (which is basically a web page zipped up with some metadata) from the browser to the desktop and then launch it from the desktop, it comes up without any chrome. Well, yes it's still Chrome but there's no... oh stop it, you know what I mean.

Comment: Re:An alternative (Score 1) 91

by Full Metal Jackass (#35817246) Attached to: VMware Releases Open Source Cloud Foundry

You can do something similar with Amazon Web Services and/or Eucalyptus [eucalyptus.com].

No you can't. This is a layer of the stack above AWS or Eucalyptus. In fact those are two of the target platforms for this.

Those two give you an API for creating and destroying Virtual Machine instances. This leverages that ability to provide a scalable deployment stack for your applications. If you want to understand what it's about watch the videos on the site. Alternatively, have a look at http://heroku.com./ It's the same as that but it supports more languages/frameworks and it's open-source.

Comment: Re:Invasion of Privacy (Score 1) 433

by Full Metal Jackass (#35488074) Attached to: Blogger Fined $60K For Telling the Truth
Don't you think it's strange that he didn't sue the employer that fired him for the established fact rather than the person that brought the fact to light? I don't understand how, if once the facts were known the employer had no option but to fire him, that it was unfair to publicise the fact.

Comment: Re:The headline should be more specific (Score 1) 270

by Full Metal Jackass (#34584142) Attached to: CA's First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved

I read it and got prematurely excited because I thought someone finally had the balls to ignore the anti-nuclear-as-a-religion crowd, and started building a Molten Salt Reactor. Then I read the article and found out it's just a new take on boring old solar. Oh well.... one day...

I realise that their are people who would reject nuclear even if it were proven safer than the alternatives but you hardly sound any more rational. Are you only interested in sources of energy if they are nuclear?

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