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Comment: Re:cause and/or those responsible (Score 1) 643

by Ihlosi (#47501337) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
Certainly the government admitted to shooting down the plane.

Admission, in a legal sense, usually implies not only admitting the facts, but also that there was an error or wrongdoing by the party doing the admitting.

And this has not happened.

Its also really hard for the US to offer an apology to Iran

Oh, um, yeah. Maybe they could offer an apology to the relatives of the people that got killed? Most, if not all of them, never took any hostages in any embassy. Some of them weren't even Iranians.

Nobody can say the US didn't admit to shooting down the airbus, and the US government did offer up an explanation.

And that isn't an "admission" in a legal sense - since they give themselves an acquittal in the same paragraph.

People may not like the explanation, or agree with it, but at least the US stood up for its actions.

If you call giving yourself a complete acquittal "standing up to your actions", yes.

Comment: Re:cause and/or those responsible (Score 1) 643

by Ihlosi (#47500737) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
Bullshit.

What you're quoting isn't an apology or an acknogledgment of wrongdoing.

"The U.S. government deeply regrets this incident,"

To feel regret over something isn't the same as apologizing for it. You can feel sorry (i.e. feel regret) if a relative of your friend dies. That doesn't mean that you were involved in any way in the death of that relative.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 643

by Ihlosi (#47498927) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
Unfortunately, they were not trained in distinguishing civilian from military planes.

As someone else stated, the system should be doing this automatically, and you need to override this safety to fire on planes with civilian transponders.

I hope this safety is more than a pop-up window:

Target is civilian. Fire anyway? yes/no/cancel

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 643

by Ihlosi (#47498875) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
It takes a conscious effort and training in advanced operation of the Gadfly to disable the civilian IFF safety of a Gadfly system,

And you're sure there isn't an unofficial (maybe even unwritten) checklist with things to do if the missile doesn't launch, that, somewhere close to the bottom of the list, contains the point "Try disabling the IFF decoder."?

They managed to blow up a nuclear reactor by doing things they shouldn't have been doing while trying to make it work a certain way ...

Comment: Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (Score 1) 138

by Ihlosi (#47422635) Attached to: Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years
I often wonder how Tarn can have so much talent to create a game like DF while at the same time failing so gloriously at implementing a decent interface.

It's easy: User interface design is a completely different skill.

Also, if you want a program to be easily usable by someone who didn't write it, you need to let someone else design the user interface.

Comment: Hate to break it to you ... (Score 4, Insightful) 176

by Ihlosi (#47406833) Attached to: US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking
The Russians are masters of passive aggression when it comes to law enforcement when it suits them: the place is corrupt from top to bottom, and it manifests itself in a complete lack of desire to cooperate in international law enforcement. They have a convenient clause in their constitution which lets them refuse to extradite anybody, no matter what -- but is only exercised when it suits them.

I hate to break it to you, but the phrase above remains true if you replace "Russians" with any country powerful enough to get away with this kind of behavior.

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