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Comment: Re: Tag, you're it! (Score 2) 172

Since you seem the first person who actually might know what these conventions say, can you explain something to me?

There is all this talk about Hamas using "human shields" and I want to know how that works. Let me make it easy by being extreme: Suppose country A duct tapes babies onto tanks then attacks country B. What response is permitted by country B? Is country A violating the geneva conventions? Would country B violate the geneva conventions if they returned fire?

I know that example is silly, but I think it is a solid place to start. I keep seeing allegations, videos, etc. of Hamas placing children near rocket launchers. So if Israel responds by destroying those rocket launchers, thus killing the children, who is the war criminal?

Comment: Re:child casualties (Score 1) 828

by MobyDisk (#47562579) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

What part of "there is no place in Gaza away from civilians" did you not understand?

Did you watch the video? Is Gaza so crowded that the only place for kids to stand is posing, smiling, 5 feet from a rocket launcher while adults duck and hide? Because that is what the video seems to show.

But that is also why I wanted someone to clarify the video. It shows a bunch of kids, standing almost like they are posing for a photograph, next to some large black piece of equipment. What is that piece of equipment? Why did the adults ducked down a stairwell or whatever that was. What was it? What is with the guy hiding behind the truck?

Comment: Re:Little Appliance Parts (Score 1) 61

by MobyDisk (#47559667) Attached to: 3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

No, this is the essence of nerd. And maker. No need to strip you of your card.

The hard part is that you have to design it yourself. Sinec you call yourself a nerd, I recommend downloading Blender or OpenScad and give it a try. Just send me the STL file and I'll happily print it for you. You can find me, or any of my clones, at your local hackerspace.

Comment: Staged deployments and Agile (Score 1) 142

Have none of these places heard of replacing a system piece-by-piece? Or agile development? You don't take a decades old system and replace it in one step. You replace it piece-by-piece. That's not trivial to do, but these stories about "5-year project cancelled with absolutely nothing to show for it" are crazy.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 962

by MobyDisk (#47515733) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Have you ever listened to the audio chats of FPS co-op games when women are playing with men?

Have you ever listened to the audio chats of FPS co-op games when men are playing with men? I've heard straight guys who threatened to hunt down their male opponents so they could rape them and murder them just because they got their ass handed to them in a game. The usual response is to laugh, then shoot faster.

Comment: Stop copying hard drives too! (Score 4, Insightful) 150

by MobyDisk (#47499979) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

no more invasive than the long-established practice of granting a warrant to copy and search the entire contents of a hard drive

This "long-established practice" has always been a violation of the 4th amendment. The recent case where the US government used hard drive data from a *different* case is proof that they should not do this. They should never get the entire hard drive contents. A neutral 3rd-party should copy the drive, perform an appropriate search, then erase the copy. There's no reason for the government to indefinitely hold copies of data they should never have had in the first place.

Just imagine if they had a warrant to get your address book, but they kept a copy of every piece of paper in your entire home, just in case it became relevant later. There is no way that would be allowed. But the digital equivalent is somehow acceptable.

Comment: Re:Ah, yes--the UN Declaration of Human Rights (Score 1) 261

by MobyDisk (#47476871) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Thank you for quoting the text. I've never seen this before.

it says we are free from attacks to our reputation not that we are free from having our reputation harmed by ourselves and then reported by someone else.

If it said that then there might be more agreement. But that isn't what the words you quoted say. It has no such caveat. The only caveat at all is the word "arbitrary" which is a legislative weasel word. If it said "libelous" or "untrue" or something to that effect then it would not be debatable. It simply looks like it is poorly written, even if it is intended to mean what you say it is.

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