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Comment: Re:The religion of peace (Score 0) 490

by Shompol (#48776781) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages
This is not a pissing contest of "which religion is the best". We (as a society) need to look into what caused the massacre and how to prevent similar events in the future. Here's a short list for you:

Norway in 2011:
Try to detect certain mental disorders early and restrict their access to firearms. Tighten control over who has access to firearms.

Paris last Wednesday, Sydney last month, etc.:
Figure out why perfectly sane and capable muslims have frequent urges to execute random civilians. Find and fix the root of the problem.

While #1 is difficult to accomplish, many jurisdictions try their best to restrict access to firearms.

#2 is easy to fix but political pressures tie our hands under "freedom of religion" umbrella. My personal opinion is that we should be keeping zealot followers of Sharia Law in countries where Sharia is the official law of the land, rendering them harmless. I would also like to see the the enablers of the assassins called to justice. I am sure they had lots of help -- moral, financial and operational to carry out this massacre.

Comment: Re: Waste of money (Score 1) 341

by Shompol (#48762433) Attached to: Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

Oh, what, there's no politically correct way to say things that are sexist

Challenge accepted:

You probably noticed that there is a difference in physical appearance between men and women. This is probably because men and women carry out different roles in society. Isn't it right to assume that the differences are not limited to physical appearance but also physiological, mental state, goals and interests? Believe it or not, men and women are different.

Comment: Re:France will stand for freedom of speech! (Score 1) 1350

by Shompol (#48762335) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Russian TV is a giant propaganda machine. They make Fox News look good. Russia takes 3rd place in the world in journalist murder rate, while the first two places are taken by countries torn by ongoing war. Calling Russian TV "free speech" is a good joke. They will like you in Kremlin.

Comment: Re:Let's ban all guns! (Score 1) 1350

by Shompol (#48762219) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
A few issues with your observation:

- They don't have handguns so they butchered 1000s of people with a knife, how about you include that in your comparison, not just "deaths from handguns"?

- Ethnic composition of the two countries is not the same. UK is in Europe while US has peoples from all over the world, and trust me it is not the former Europeans who drive murder statistics here. In fact, looking at charts that consider more than ffffffffffwhole two points of data you can observe that US is clearly an outlier:

oh look there is a negative correlation between guns and murders

and US is OUT THERE

Comment: Re:In the name of Allah ! (Score 1) 1350

by Shompol (#48762069) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Kill Nonbelievers

They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

I am sorry, this reads like a fairy tale, not a call to arms. Compare to these:

Quran 2:193

Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors.

and

Quran 8:39

And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah . And if they cease - then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do.

Comment: Re:Surge pricing london style (Score 1) 190

by Shompol (#48657725) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing
They were unwilling to pick you up until surge pricing kicked in. Don't see nothing wrong with that. Waiting for 10 minutes for an Uber car that is 2 minutes away is unfortunately normal too. Until they have taken away ability to track driver you can cancel as soon as you see driver doing something funny. I recently got a warning from Uber that for cancelling after 5 mins I will get charged, despite driver going in circles around my location. Cancel before 5 mins is up :)

Comment: Re:Detect price gouging (Score 1) 190

by Shompol (#48657679) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Why should you get a ride simply because you are rich?

Why should you get X because you have money to pay for X? Because supply of X is limited, while number of your friends who want X is linfinite, and that is why we invented money! If you don't like that, you can go to Soviet Russia, where all prices are fixed and everything is rationed. Only Communist Party members can "get a ride". Not because they are rich but because they have a moral high ground over you. Oh wait, you cannot go to Soviet Russia because it failed? I do believe Cuba and North Korea are still intact. And you you happen to be posting this from either, congrats on having access to internet!

Comment: Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (Score 1) 388

by Shompol (#48541239) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

bait someone into hiring a hit man to kill their wife

While I agree that safeguarding national secrets is not entrapment, your example is. If you are really good at convincing and the person you are stalking is of low intellect/poor mental health -- you will always find some poor shlobs to agree to that -- a crime they would otherwise never commit. That IS entrapment. ...not to mention that some wives had it coming.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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