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Comment: jargon (Score 1) 88

What the hell is a "threat actor"?

Why use jargon when "criminal" is a perfectly good word? And if this is a specific type of criminal, say a terrorist or a thief or the intelligence apparatus of a foreign country, then there are very descriptive and precise words for those as well. If it's corporate espionage, then "crook" works well, too.

Why do people who use technology feel the need to create neologisms for the most mundane things? Just the other day, I saw someone from a news web site refer to an "article" as an "explainer cardstack". I'm not shitting you. I immediately took that news source out of my RSS feed because if they're that dedicated to lexical obfuscation, I don't trust anything they write.

English motherfucker. Do you speak it?

Comment: Re:Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Score 3, Interesting) 218

by PopeRatzo (#47439493) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

No, in recent history, these conflicts are resolved by pressure from the international community. It's how apartheid in South Africa ended, to a great extent.

I don't know if you're old enough to remember Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher referring to Nelson Mandela as a "terrorist" and his party as a "terrorist organization". It turned out they were dead wrong. Last year, the philosophical progeny of Reagan and Thatcher hailed Mandela as a hero.

History is not going to be kind to the government of Israel in the first decades of the 21st century (if not longer).

It didn't have to be this way.

Comment: Re:Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Score 1) 218

by PopeRatzo (#47439463) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Did you read that Wikipedia article you linked to? It makes a pretty good case that it's apartheid:

The analogy has been used by scholars, United Nations investigators, human rights groups and critics of Israeli policy, some of which have also accused Israel of committing the crime of apartheid.[2][3] Critics of Israeli policy say that "a system of control" in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including Jewish-only settlements, the ID system, separate roads for Israeli and Palestinian citizens, military checkpoints, discriminatory marriage law, the West Bank barrier, use of Palestinians as cheap labour, Palestinian West Bank enclaves, inequities in infrastructure, legal rights, and access to land and resources between Palestinians and Israeli residents in the Israeli-occupied territories resembles some aspects of the South African apartheid regime, and that elements of Israel's occupation constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid, which are contrary to international law.[4] Some commentators extend the analogy, or accusation, to include Arab citizens of Israel, describing their citizenship status as second-class.[12]

You know the old expression about "looking like a duck and walking like a duck and sounding like a duck"? Well, Israel has been quacking for quite some time now when it comes to it's treatment of Palestinians.

Comment: Re:Provide money and guidance (Score 1) 50

Provide money and guidance to the local school systems then let them buy the approved technology they need rather than what is dictated to them.

Because then all the money will go to the assistant principal's brother-in-law.

That's what oversight is supposed to be for... and if wishes were horses...

Comment: Re:self-correcting (Score 1) 25

by PopeRatzo (#47434551) Attached to: These secular priests just keep slicing on the drive

And the Bible said it was OK to stone adulterers and that you shouldn't eat shellfish or touch your wife while she's menstruating.

Read the Gospel;

Which one? The ones that the Council of Nicea approved? Or the older ones or the ones Luther approved?

See that's the problem with religion: It's made by men and yet is supposed to be above the review of men.

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 1) 168

by CanHasDIY (#47434483) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

Seriously, the only way this could be spoof-proof is to modulate the laser with some type of crypto.

In practice, by the time you realize that a sniper was targeting you, it is too late to start spoofing.

Which is why you should do it all the time.

Hey, maybe this is why everyone in "futuristic" movies walks around in full-body tinfoil...

Comment: Re:Died Outside a Tesla (Score 1) 411

by CanHasDIY (#47434467) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

It's a new feature on the smartphone app: you could already honk the horn, open the windows and roof, and many other things. Now they added "split in half and eject driver". Very useful, I must say.

Still playing catch-up with the big boys, I see.

Ferrari is years ahead of Tesla in this regard

Anything free is worth what you pay for it.

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