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Comment: Re:Oh bullshit! (Score 1) 316

by DaHat (#49123779) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine

They are a private company that has a published set of terms and conditions.

Can a baker, florist or photographer put forth a set of terms and conditions with regards to what kind of events they will provide services for?

The courts have been saying no for a while now in the case of some events they may disagree with:

It is an interesting world where some people/companies are compelled to provide services equally (if they want to remain in business), while others are given a pass.

I'm still waiting for a case like this to happen in the US as it would be rather entertaining viewing:

Comment: Re:Can this be fixed with technology? (Score 4, Insightful) 241

by DaHat (#49106249) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

and give them grounds to point the finger at the west and say "See, they are a bunch of infidels that deserve what they get!".

Eating pork, drinking alcohol, not praying to Allah five times a day and allowing my wife to drive and not cover her face head while I draw a cartoon about Jesus, Moses and Mohammed walking into a bar is plenty enough reason for them already.

When you are dealing with hyper-sensitive people you have two choices:
1) Change your entire lifestyle so as to walk around on egg shells and hope and pray they don't get offended, or
2) Live your life normally and require them to develop a thicker skin.

There was a time in this country where #2 was actually the norm, alas people like you however keep trying to push us harder and harder towards #1.

But then, it's easy for me to say that... I am an adult, I simply do not get offended regardless of what someone says about me or something that I care about. It's part of being an adult.

Know what we call people who freak out at every little thing?

Children... and Democrats... but mostly children.

Comment: Re:From Mall of America visitor rules: (Score 1) 241

by DaHat (#49106189) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Wouldn't it be useful to see if and how the murder rate in the US is distributed... and see if perhaps in a country of more than 300 million there might be pockets which are the source of a disproportionate murder rate to?

Or do you want to ignore the fact of the low murder rate in easy to legally get a gun Plano, Texas (.4 per 100,000) and the high murder rate in the hard to legally get a gun city of Detroit (54.6 per 100,000)? The numbers are striking:

In fact, oddly enough those places with the highest per-capita murder rates in the US tend to have rather strict gun laws full.

Maybe, it's more than just laws about how easy or hard it is to get a firearm?

Comment: Re:From Mall of America visitor rules: (Score 4, Insightful) 241

by DaHat (#49106143) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Why are you limiting it to just terrorist attacks?

At last check, with the exception of the Gabrielle Giffords's shooting... every single mass shooting in this country since the 1950's where there have been more than 3 deaths have taken place at a location where people were not able to carry a firearm.

This applies not only to every single school K-12 shooting you can think of, but the Aurora theater prohibited firearms on their premises, Ft Hood only allowed MPs to consistently be armed, Virginia Tech prohibited students (even with CPLs) from carrying... the list goes on and on.

Let me turn that Q around for you... when in the history of a world has a person hell-bent on doing evil, walked up to a door that said "Gun Free Zone" and said "Damn, I guess I'll have to find another place to create carnage?"

Comment: Re:Clearly these hackers just need jobs!!! (Score 2) 86

by DaHat (#49099103) Attached to: US State Department Can't Get Rid of Email Hackers

Yes, deflection.

A point is raised and you poo poo it by attempting to divert attention rather than argue something substantive.

An additive point is raised and you poo poo it again by again attempting to divert attention rather than argue something substantive.

A valid premise which you still reject is expanded upon... and all you can do is poo poo it without citing A SINGLE THING while still trying to divert attention to something else.

You had 3 chances, you struck out.

Comment: Re:Clearly these hackers just need jobs!!! (Score 1) 86

by DaHat (#49098385) Attached to: US State Department Can't Get Rid of Email Hackers

Your continued attempts at deflection continue to amaze. First you attack the source I cited (I could have picked one of many, NRO seemed the least controversial. Clearly though you didn't click on it as it has a YouTube video from CNN where the quote I was mocking was uttered), now you speak about 'surveys' and call comments like the above just 'speculation or thumbnail estimates'... why don't you try doing what ScentCone did above... offer some specifics?

Allow me, lets consider the terrorists who hijacked the two aircraft that ran into the World Trade Center with some quotes from their Wikipedia pages about their education or work history:

American Airlines Flight 11 – One World Trade Center

  • Mohamed Atta - ibid
  • Abdulaziz al-Omari - "attained a degree from the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University"
  • Wail al-Shehri - "After graduating from Abha teachers college in 1999, Wail al-Shehri took a job as an elementary school physical education teacher at the Khamis Mushait airbase."
  • Waleed al-Shehri - "Studying to become a teacher like his brother", left to go see a faith healer. Later, "Waleed later served in the security forces at Kandahar International Airport with Saeed al-Ghamdi."
  • Satam al-Suqami - "Suqami was a law student at the King Saud University"

United Airlines Flight 175 – Two World Trade Center

  • Marwan al-Shehhi - "was admitted into a military scholarship program that allowed him to continue his education in Germany", later "Marwan returned to Hamburg to study shipbuilding"
  • Fayez Banihammad - "Banihammad left his family to pursue relief work"
  • Mohand al-Shehri - "Shehri was a former college student who dropped out after failing his courses"
  • Hamza al-Ghamdi - no mention
  • Ahmed al-Ghamdi - "Ghamdi quit school to fight in Chechnya against the Russians in 2000"

As we see, most of these men had some level of education beyond grade/high school. Many pursued college, some graduated and worked, some dropped out, either to go fight, or more often because they struggled academically.

I'd bring up the other two planes... but I think you get my point.

I shall now wait for your next attempt to move the goal posts.

Comment: Re:so to highlight how this has gone so far. (Score 1, Informative) 29

by DaHat (#49026585) Attached to: Microsoft To Offer Azure Credits To Compete With IBM, AWS

so most corporations took them only to realize they werent very applicable.

Not applicable in what way? I've got an MSDN subscription and the $150 of free credits I get each month are quite straight forward and applicable... and I use them.

Microsoft recently started revoking, quietly, these credits.


now, like a drunken pimp, microsoft is peddling azure to...startups.

Only now? I had an old co-worker who used their BizSpark program to get a good deal of free Azure credits to launch a startup with some friends a few years back.

Alas I've got better things than to do to continue to respond to your screed which does not seem based in much reality.

Comment: Re:Pointing fingers at problems (Score 1) 493

by DaHat (#49017893) Attached to: Will Elementary School Teachers Take the Rap For Tech's Diversity Problem?

Correct, and we live in a country where women are not forced to go into engineering fields if they do not want to... just as men are not forced to stay home with a child. There is sufficient freedom and opportunity that a person can decide for themselves based on their own interests and what they and their spouse want to do.

Comment: Re:How about the atrocities committed by the USA? (Score 2) 400

by DaHat (#49014441) Attached to: An Argument For Not Taking Down Horrific Videos

Yes, because the US has so often set fire to persons who would normally be called legitimate prisoners of war (uniformed, part of a regular military, etch) in order to execute them for... what exactly?

How many folks at Gitmo have been executed? Of the survivors... how many have gained weight because of their treatment there?

"An entire fraternity of strapping Wall-Street-bound youth. Hell - this is going to be a blood bath!" -- Post Bros. Comics