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Comment: Re:temporary measure (Score 1) 227

by Omegamogo (#34217292) Attached to: Saudi Arabia Bans Facebook
Risking their business model is not up for discussion to begin with- I highly, highly doubt FB would do anything to counter this. The site has been blocked in several countries with no meaningful action done by FB to get it unblocked, as that can rope them into a quagmire of politics.

However, I respectfully disagree regarding the impact of even a .5% market segment; the user growth rate is pretty damn high, which adds for more impact beyond the bare number.

http://www.insidefacebook.com/2010/09/14/facebook-grows-in-egypt-morocco-saudi-arabia-but-faces-challenges-ahead/

16% in just three months? About 64% annually...not a bad growth rate, and one that probably won't slow down until something close to ubiquitous market penetration is achieved (MySpace still holds a fragment of the Saudi social networking market. Go figure), given the demographics of the country.

Comment: Re:temporary measure (Score 1) 227

by Omegamogo (#34216648) Attached to: Saudi Arabia Bans Facebook
Not sure if I would call 2.5 million users a minuscule market. A full 10% of the country is subscribed to FB

http://www.internetworldstats.com/middle.htm

And SA is a very, very young country, demographically speaking. The national median age is 21. IIRC the 15-25 age bracket is the most populated one in Saudi.

That said, I highly doubt there will be any pressure going on here; quickly-reversed blocking of websites like FB has happened before. Imageshack and Wikipedia have been blocked for a while, then promptly unblocked.

Comment: Re:Hmm! (Score 1) 502

by Omegamogo (#32962314) Attached to: Top Secret America
<quote><p>You want to open this "bigot's" mind? Find me a list of imams who support the United States of America, and the freedoms that we enjoy. I challenge. Put your money where your mouth is.</p></quote>

Sure, allow me.

http://www.unc.edu/~kurzman/terror.htm

You'll find in there the statements of some of (if not THE) highest modern Islamic authorities as they condemn terrorism in all its forms.

Comment: Re:Hmm! (Score 1) 502

by Omegamogo (#32962270) Attached to: Top Secret America
<quote><p>You want to open this "bigot's" mind? Find me a list of imams who support the United States of America, and the freedoms that we enjoy. </p></quote>

Sure, allow me.

http://www.unc.edu/~kurzman/terror.htm

You'll find in there the statements of some of (if not THE) highest modern Islamic authorities as they condemn terrorism in all its forms.

Comment: Re:Mutually Assured Destruction (Score 1) 1032

by Omegamogo (#29567225) Attached to: Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Actually, no-one said that martyrs are to get 72 virgins either. If you go to the root of the myth, its origin is a VERY weakly sourced saying attributed to Muhammad via a chain of half a dozen narrators.

And what is said was that the person who got the smallest reward in heaven would get, among a lot of other things, 72 Houri (the word sometimes translated as Virgins, but almost certainly refers to non-human creatures of divine beauty, etc). Keep in mind that this isn't supposed to be what was promised to martyrs, but to those who were able to stop themselves from being such assholes to other people that they barely didn't get tossed into hell.

Comment: WiMAX is pretty awesome. (Score 3, Informative) 71

by Omegamogo (#28528295) Attached to: Comcast Bringing Metropolitan WiMAX To Subscribers
I've been using it for the better part of the past two weeks. And I'm pretty satisfied with the service. Although I live in Saudi Arabia, which is...a bit far from Oregon.

I pay about $190 for a six-month subscription at 2 megabit. ~$30 a month. 2 megabit is the maximum speed they offer, but it's not bad at all- only slightly more expensive than ADSL (which goes all the way up to 20mbit, but costs an arm and a leg at that tier), and I get a ~150ms ping on US servers. More than adaquate for gaming.

Thing is, the service has been trumpeted out for eons now. Well, since 2004 or so at least. I had long given up on practical residential WiMAX as vaporware, until earlier this year when the service was rolled out in earnest.

Comment: The majority of the Yakuza are Burakumin. (Score 5, Interesting) 457

by Omegamogo (#28078035) Attached to: Google Earth Raises Discrimination Issue In Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakuza#Burakumin

Discrimination = Bad news. When honest people are forced out of honest jobs because of petty race or ancestry issues, they invariably turn either to immigration or the underworld.

Thing is, this might be creating an excuse for those carrying a prejudice against Burakumin; "Marry our daughter? Hell no. Er, no, of course it's not because you're Burakumin, we're progressive like that. It's just that your family might have Yakuza links! Yeah, that's it, honest."

Comment: Why not a next-gen Wiimote too? (Score 0, Redundant) 153

by Omegamogo (#27642953) Attached to: Hands-on With the Wii MotionPlus
The MotionPlus if fine and dandy (Though only grudgingly accepted by me since I think the original Wiimote should have been more accurate to begin with), but why not build a WiimotePlus? In other words, same Wiimote form factor, MotionPlus accuracy. Maybe some cosmetic change to differentiate it from the normal Wiimote, too.

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