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Comment: Re:Looking for a real conversation (Score 1) 289

Just in the off-chance that you aren't a troll and are truly looking for a discussion: here's the first hit in Google. I disregard thereligionofpeace links, as they are utter nonsense, and just quote mining the Koran. If we're going down that road, the Bible is full of similar nonsense.

As for a more personal answer: it's because muslims as a group aren't bloodthirsty morons, and quite a few have learned to read the Koran so as to better their lives - just like Christians. Regarding your last question: Egypt's populous, military and judiciary just kicked out Morsi because he had turned out to be a fundamentalist. Just because you don't hear of it on Fox News doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Comment: Re:Billions? (Score 1) 402

by NeutronCowboy (#47593895) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Before 2004 it wasn't political? Seriously, that only means that you started watching politics around that time and are a republican. Slashdot had ALWAYS been political. In 2001, it was full of rah rah go US, US sucks and Bush sucks sentiments. Before that, political flamefests were less regular, but that's because the political scene in the US was less political.

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 1) 582

by NeutronCowboy (#47546559) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

I find it hilarious how much of a hard-on conservatives have for Putin. They just wish they could have a leaders as fearless and macho as Putin at the head of their country. Fortunately, for now, we still live in somewhat of a democracy. My suggestion is: if you love what Putin does, move to Russia. I'm sure he'd welcome you.

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 2) 398

Verizon is choosing not to upgrade it's peering points with Level-3 because they are no longer evenly sharing traffic up/down as all free peering arrangements have ALWAYS required, yet Level-3 doesn't want to pay for the imbalance, and Netflix doesn't want to shift some of their Verizon traffic to a different transit provider than Level-3.

Considering the huge imbalance in download and upload speeds, how exactly is anybody supposed to peer with Verizon? Verizon knowingly set up a situation in which it is impossible for any peer to be on traffic parity with Verizon. Furthermore, traffic parity is almost impossible from a business perspective. Verizon and the last-mile providers have consumers and creators at one end, everyone else has pretty much only creators. The only way for corps like Level 3 to achieve traffic parity is to offer last-mile services, which is impossible, because Verizon frequently has a local monopoly.

So - the technobabble refers to the fact that the technological discussion is largely irrelevant when it comes to Net Neutrality. Anyone trying to bring technological issues into the discussion is just trying to muddy the waters of what is a market power discussion.

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 398

You're right, Netflix will lose any lawsuit. That's exactly the problem, and why everyone is so up in arms about this. There is no legal recourse to force the last mile providers to actually provide what they're selling, there's no commercial recourse, and there's barely a technical workaround (VPN providers cannot sustain everyone using them for streaming Netflix).

You're completely missing the forest for the tree.

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 398

If Comcast can't deliver on the service they promised, that's not my problem.I would just switch to someone else. Unfortunately, I have no way of actually switching to an ISP which might cost more, but can deliver the service they promise. Which means that Comcast has exactly zero incentive to come to a compromise with Netflix. They can just play hardball all the way.

The technical aspects of what Comcast is and exactly isn't doing is purely that - technical pissing around. Net neutrality is concerned about what kind of business decisions drive the technical implementations. And that's where Comcast, ATT, and all the other last-mile providers really hope that no one calls them on their bullshit and their misdirection into technical nonsense.

Comment: Re:That's great, but ... (Score 1) 120

You mean, like a Tesla? Range of about 250 miles, supercharger stations that will give you 80% of your range in 30 minutes.... If you're looking for a luxury sedan, the Tesla beats every other car out there, except if your make-or-break deal is that you be able to refill now every 2 miles or so.

As for reasonable price.... well, no one but you knows what that reasonable price is. So I guess you'll sleep forever.

Comment: Re:So much for the "Information Age" (Score 2) 454

by NeutronCowboy (#47509201) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Yes, I'm sure you read every source that anyone ever throws at you, for anything. What happens in the real world is that we make assessments on the probability of a source providing actual insight. is a site that is identical in insight and accuracy as Stormfront is. I've read both sites a while back, and both are idiotic, wrong, and scary in very similar ways. As a result, I don't read them anymore, and I don't pay attention to people using them as sources.

If you want me to take you seriously, you'll provide references that won't waste my time.

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

Hilarious. You know little about how bills get to the senate floor for a vote, do you? Here, let me help you: The Senate majority leader has almost nothing to do with what bills get voted on in the Senate. So your anger is quite misplaced, and probably should be directed at all the people who have elected a democratic majority to the Senate. But that would mean that you would acknowledge that you are a minority in some areas, and can't just ram your ideology down other people's throats.

I find it also exceptionally hilarious that this attack is coming from the Tea Party, considering that they are nominally libertarian. Buffet, Gates, and Adelson ARE their masters of the universe - at least, they would be, if the Tea Party or the libertarians had any sort of consistency in their beliefs. Instead, this diatribe exposes them for what they really are: run of the mill politicians who are just more xenophobic and nativist than the other politicians. Economically, they are just like the unions that they hate: upset when someone with more money than them uses that money in a way that they dislike.

Sessions can go fuck himself with a chainsaw.

Comment: Re:More Like Subsidized (Score 1) 533

by NeutronCowboy (#47479529) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

The threat of democracy doesn't lie in the distinction between direct voting and representative voting, but in the idea that whatever is popular should be the law.

Then explain how the Constitution came to be. And explain very carefully how it neither was put into place because the majority of the people in power at the time thought it was a good idea, and how it also wasn't the result of an autocratic group of people forcing their will onto others. Just a little tip: you should read the entire Constitution, how it used to look like, what it looks like now, and why it has been changed. It's kinda fascinating all the stuff that got put into there for no other reason than that it was popular and helped people get elected. Too bad the Constitution for you is some magic pixie dust.

God help those who do not help themselves. -- Wilson Mizner