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Comment: Re:citizenship is irrelevant (Score 2) 272

by NettiWelho (#46928061) Attached to: Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

Just ou of curiosity, how is using a drone to attack an individual target somehow illegal, where carpet-bombing with a B-52 is not illegal? Or is your contention that any use of force against al-Qaeda illegal?

Whats it again with the legality? What the Nazis did was perfectly legal under German law at the time - They were killed for what they did anyway.

If the target is actually an hostile combatant, then sure whatever, drop an anvil on the guy. But if you double tap a completely unrelated wedding party and then the rescuers, how is what US doing any different from what the Nazis and the Soviets were doing? If you willingly murder defenseless civilians and claim legal right to kill enemies of the state per law(and anyone else getting in the way, just to be sure), you deserve death penalty for war crimes, regardless whetever your victims official 'crime' was having a jewish mother or uploading US critical youtube videos.

Comment: Re:citizenship is irrelevant (Score 3, Interesting) 272

by NettiWelho (#46927047) Attached to: Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

typically inside sovereign nations not at war with the US In the case of Yemen, it's with the permission, and sometimes the assistance, of the host government, which doesn't control that area where the drones are used. In Pakistan there appears to be at least tacit permission. In Afghanistan, well, there's a war on.

In all cases, the law in the US (AUMF and others) allows it.

Claiming lawful action under German or puppet regime law didn't help the nazis, they got hung anyway. The US set the precedent on this one pretty solid.

Comment: Re:citizenship is irrelevant (Score 0, Troll) 272

by NettiWelho (#46926905) Attached to: Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

International Law, the thing that only applies to you if you are not American.

That only holds water as long as US is top dog. You'll all be tripping over eachother to hunt down Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld when their extradition to Hague is the condition for food aid 15 years down the line.

Comment: Re:magical scenario where (Score 1) 737

by NettiWelho (#46737229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Well, you also have to remember that the 20th century was a time when many people knew a shovel was used for more then cleaning crap up from your dog and wasn't afraid to use it for those other purposes. That is widely missing in today's society I think.

Sure, there are some who can and will pick up a shovel, but I think they will be in short supply.

You hang around the wrong circle of people if that is your perception of what people are willing to do when faced with prospect of starvation or death if you dont work to survive.

Comment: Re:WHAT? (Score 1) 737

by NettiWelho (#46737053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

>And who exactly is in the best position to figure out a way to produre more [electricity] when that happens?

Not computer scientists or programmers. They wouldn't have the faintest clue how to produce regulated 120 VAC @ 60Hz.

Next asinine rhetorical question, please.

That depends whetever youre starting from collecting metals from earth to produce the tools that produce the tools for producing the generator or working with already existing cache of technology capable producing exactly the thing you want.

Comment: Re:magical scenario where (Score 2) 737

by NettiWelho (#46736939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

>So running a conductor through a changing magnetic field will no longer produce a charge?

Sure, if you want to light a flashlight bulb. Rather a far cry from generating 10A at a regulated 120 VAC @ 60Hz, sport.

Mind you weve had water powered wheel for millenias and widespread electrification of western world took place on the early half of the 20th century. Not a insurmountable task for modern professionals especially if their and the lives of their loved ones depend on it.

Comment: Re:WHAT? (Score 4, Insightful) 737

by NettiWelho (#46736541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

>There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society.

None of which works when the electricity dies.

... And who exactly is in the best position to figure out a way to produre more when that happens? There wont be a need to run a whole datacenter but only the required equiptment at a time which should be doable even with salvaged solar panels and batteries. And besides nuclear plants dont need refueling any time soon, heck, you could even use nuclear power to grow food indoors if we are in a nuclear winter scenario.

Comment: WHAT? (Score 5, Insightful) 737

by NettiWelho (#46736435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

The bad news for Slashdotters is that decades without computers would render computer science and related professions useless.

Says who? Are we talking about a magical scenario where all technology just stops working?

There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society. Whos gonna do it if not Slasdotters?

We can individually maintain libraries billions of times larger than that of ancient alexandria and provide that wealth of knowledge to others at the cost of suns rays.

Comment: Re:This is a glitch in the Matrix...... (Score 2) 142

The NSA may be efficient at amassing lots of data. But I doubt if that is an efficient way to achieve their real mission of identifying useful intelligence. They are efficient at creating haystacks, but that doesn't mean they are finding many needles.

But is NSA's job really to 'idenfity useful intelligence' or create the databanks ready for when they do actually find a needle throught other means, that all they have to do is write the needles name into the search box and they get a list of needles friends and relatives and all juicy little dirty secrets as well, unabridged, in-detail history of you and your relations?

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller

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