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Comment: Re:The U. S. of A. does not operate in this mode (Score 1) 369

by Taco Cowboy (#46766415) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

The fact still stands.

In the United States of America, the commoners are totally cut off from the decision making process.

George Bush did *NOT* get the permission from the American public before he launched the attack. He didn't have to, as the American public has absolutely *NO SAY* in the running of things.

Taking this a step further --- in the current situation relating to NSA --- Obama does *NOT* care what the people feel, because the "feeling" of the people is inconsequential, as what is to be done, WILL BE DONE, whether the people like it, or not.

Comment: The U. S. of A. does not operate in this mode (Score 2) 369

by Taco Cowboy (#46765867) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

"...because the politicians do, as you say, simply have to FRAME a proposal in language which RESONATES with the worldview of the people being targeted..."

Sadly, you do not know the US of A.

The politicians inside the United States of America do not need to frame any proposal to the people, all the need to do to get anything done is to use their influence to rally a portion of semi-elites to his or her cause, and through the butterfly effect , it is done.

Case in point - United States attacking Iraq

When George Bush decides to attack Iraq, he did not need to get the approval from the Americans. All he did was to rally the world community (elites from different countries) to his cause, and when he got the support, off goes the Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

I was from China, and I still remember how hard the Chinese Communist Party had to rally their own people to support their decision to send troops into Korea to fight the Korean war.

In contrast to what George Bush did - the Chinese government, under Mao, almost tapped into all the resources it could muster, to get the people into the mood.

In a way, at least back in the time of the Korean War, the Communist government which rule China was more attuned to their own people, than George Bush, to the Americans.

Comment: Human beings are not born with smartphone attached (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by Taco Cowboy (#46737789) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

The main problem is that we are human being, that we are *NOT* robot.

As human beings we are the product of millions of years of evolution - an evolution that did not encounter _any_ form of electronic gadgets until very recently.

The fact that we can drive a car (or any vehicles) is not because we *adapt* to the way the car operate, but it is another way around.

We engineer the vehicles so that they can become our tool, and the operation of that tool is *within* our range of capability.

While using cellphone (and now smartphone) have been accused of causing a lot of accidents, they are not the only distraction. Long before the advent of the cellphone, a lot of traffic accidents were caused by drivers adjusting their radio (either looking for station of turning up/down the volume), or adjusting the seat, or the air condition, or whatever.

It is thus evidenced that we human beings are not made to be effective "multi-tasking" device

And smartphones are not the only culprit - I have known drivers who were so distracted by their on-board sat nav devices such as tomtom (and other brands) they drove their car into poles, walls, and so on

Personally when I drive, I drive. If I have to adjust my seat, my mirrors, my radio, or whatever, I stop my car at the roadside (or any other safe place) to make the adjustment, and then continue my journey.

Comment: NSA wasting effort on the "human rights" activists (Score 2) 230

by Taco Cowboy (#46703547) Attached to: Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

NSA does not even have to tap on those "human rights" activists, they are more than often willingly contributing to NSA's arsenal of knowledge ...
 
In fact, it was the "Human Right Watch" which published Mr. Snowden's secret email address, leading into the shut down of the operator which offered the totally encrypted email service.

Comment: No, they don't ! (Score 2) 233

by Taco Cowboy (#46668045) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

The flight deck crew have keys to open the door

After the 9/11 incident in NYC the cockpit of most commercial aircrafts have had their doors upgraded.

No one but the people inside the cockpit can open the door, and the door is thick enough to withstand normal bang and kick and whatnot.

Cabin crews won't have the keys, or else terrorists (they are on board) could have gotten the keys from the crews and open the security door to the cockpit.

Comment: Even Houdini can't pull this off ! (Score 2, Interesting) 233

by Taco Cowboy (#46668005) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

There are way too many fishy things that happened to flight MH370

1. There was an "airspace territory gap" of 3 to 4 minutes in between the airspace of Malaysia and that of Vietnam, over South China Sea.

The last communication from that plane was from the co-pilot, not the pilot. And his message was "Goodbye Malaysia, Goodbye MH370" and that message was uttered just before the transponder and all comm channels were shut.

Once the transponder and all the comm channels were severed the aircraft remained silent for another 7 to 8 hours

2. After the transponder been switched off and all the comm channels cut, the plane took a turn to the West, purposely flying just south of the border of Southern Thailand the Northern Malaysia.

And during that trip from the South China Sea to the northern tip of the Malaccan Strait the aircraft was flown up to 45,000 feet, way over the limit of the safety limit for Boeing 777, and the aircraft flew at that altitude for a full 23 minutes.

At that height, passengers in the fuselage will experience a lack of oxygen.

Even if the emergency oxygen respiration devices dropped down and the passengers put them on, that oxygen supply would only last for 10 minutes - Which meant, all people inside the fuselage would have extreme difficulties getting oxygen for 13 long minutes

Many of them would die. Those didn't would have passed out.

3. When the plane reached the northern tip of the Malaccan Strait it dropped down to 25,000 feet, and then turned north to the Andaman Sea.

At that place, the plane "hug" the Northern Sumatran coastline and flew from the North East side of the Sumatran Island to the North West.

And from that juncture, the plane could have go Northward, or South.

4. Now they are saying the plane went South, based on the "Ping" signals that they received.

Since that "Ping" signal is not a complicated signal, it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to "clone" that signal - and if there was someone behind the hijacking of that plane, they could have done so.

5. Why ? Well ... to lead the investigators into a false trail, a wild goose chase.

There was a comment embedded in the following link allude to such a plot - http://www.themalaysianinsider...

Let me quote part of that comment:

... the possibilities that the aircraft had safely landed in an undisclosed location, and the people (individual or teams of people) who were responsible for the hijacking of that plane either ripped that "ping device" out and then carried that "ping device" (which was still "pinging") on another aircraft and then flown it to the middle of nowhere in the southern Indian Ocean, and then, either drop that "ping device" down into the ocean, or simply shut that "ping device" down, so i couldn't ping no more.

One more possibility is that those people might have "cloned" the "ping signals" using another device that broadcast that "ping signal", and then, when that Boeing 777 had landed safely on that undisclosed location, they immediately flew that "clone ping device" and, did what I have outlined above.

They did that to divert attention, and to create a false lead to the world which will come looking for that plane.

What happened to this Boeing 777 has so many gaping holes yet to be answered - like

* Why it flew for 7 to 8 hours without anyone actively looking for it ?

* Why they purposely switched off the transponder and the comm channels but left that "ping device" kept on broadcasting the "ping signals" ? Is it part of the plan to mislead the investigator ?

* Where is that plane right now ? Where could it possibly had landed ? Thailand ? Laos ? The Philippines ? Malaysia ? Indonesia ? Myanmar ? Bangladesh ? Cambodia ? Vietnam ? ... and most importantly ...

* What happened to those 239 people on board ? Have they all been killed ? If so, how ? If not, where and who are keeping them locked up ? For what purpose ?

Comment: How do you gauge censorship ? (Score -1, Flamebait) 56

by Taco Cowboy (#46659085) Attached to: Oxford Internet Institute Creates Internet "Tube" Map

The "tube map" attempts to mark countries where "censorship" happens, but I feel that the effort is still a little bit wanting.

For example, how does one account for the "grassroot censorship" ?

What I mean by "grassroot censorship" is akin to what happened to the ex-honcho of Mozilla. Just because his personal donation to a political fund he had been hounded by thousands of fanatics who organized a netwide witch hunt, to the tune of asking people to remove Mozilla browsers from their devices.

How do you account for that kind of censorship ??

Comment: Just when the American trees are under attack ... (Score 1, Insightful) 112

by Taco Cowboy (#46658303) Attached to: Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

Trees in America and Europe are dying in large number due to infestation from foreign bugs / diseases / viruses

Examples of the diseases / bugs / viruses are Chestnut Bright, Emerald Ash Borer, Asian long-horned beetle, Spruce Needle Cast Disease, and so on.

And those boffins are tinkering with even more American trees so that they become self-destructive more easily??

Comment: Do you know what CAPITALISM is ? (Score 4, Informative) 100

by Taco Cowboy (#46657791) Attached to: China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Communist economies are fake economies.

And just as often, Capitalist economies are as well.

Because Asset Backed Paper Commodities were basically a giant Ponzi scheme where garbage debt was laundered and passed off to other suckers by the very banks who gave out credit like it was candy.

Your example does NOT fit the "Capitalism" moniker.

True Capiltalism abhors ponzi schemes.

True Capitalism does not create money out of thin air.

True Capitalism does not engage in Quantitative Easing.

What America practices is very far from True Capitalism.

Comment: From one who came from a communist country ... (Score 2) 1744

by Taco Cowboy (#46657681) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Here in the real world, communism just means means that the state controls your life

You guys have no idea what the communist beast can become unless you were born into one.

Communism in essence means that the state has the ultimate right to decide who to live, who to die, without having to provide any explanation, period.

Comment: ... doesn't mean they can't join a start-up (Score 1) 257

by Taco Cowboy (#46657577) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

Not everyone is fit to handle a start-up...

True, but that does not mean they can't play the role the second-fiddle, or the third.

Not everyone can handle pressure - for some, pressure is a mean to become even better while for others they snapped.

But still - there are many roles in any start-ups.

Now that I do not handle start-ups anymore, I invest in some, and the first criterium for me is to gauge whether the lead person (dude or dudette) can handle sudden, and tremendous pressure.

If the person can't deal with it, I'll suggest to the team (as the one who gonna provide them with seed money) to get someone who can keep the vision going without snapped out of shape.

Comment: Good times are more important (Score 1) 257

by Taco Cowboy (#46657509) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

I had had many start-ups - some failed but others I cashed out for handsome profits.

When I ran a start-up, I remember the pressure being crazy

From my own experience, everything comes with pressure, but at the same time also provide exhilarating pleasure, and I prefer to keep the good parts in my mind.

I remember the room filled with stimulating enthusiasm, with people contributing everything they got towards the common goal, selflessly sharing all the know, and the lessons learned.

Even for the projects that I had cashed out from, I keep in touch with all the past comrades, and at times when we have a gathering or two, we get to reminisce about we had had to go through and all the other bullshits over a pint, or two.

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