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Comment Re:I always assumed they were (Score 1) 220

That is not the case.

I once checked in luggage in Munich, Germany. In the (locked Samsonite) luggage I had a scuba diving flashlight. When I reached my destination, the flashlight was missing and there was a note saying that it will wait for me in Munich upon my return.

I was angry as hell at that time, since a lot of dives required use of a flashlight. But I was also angry, that this happened completely without any interaction with me. Someone could have gotten on the PA system and located me to sort this out.

And I also think that this should be possible in the US as well.
1. If the bag was checked in somewhere then it's reasonably safe at the destination airport as well.
2. If there is an issue during check-in, call me and let's solve that issue.

I do not want people to open my luggage when I'm not present. How can then the question "Did someone put something in your luggage?" be answered?

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 320

If you don't do what their religion believes, they feel obligated to kill you. I know a women from Iran who doesn't drink alcohol for religious reasons.

You seem to be stepping on your own argument. First you say that muslims want to kill you if you don't do what their religion believes and in the very next sentence you say that a muslim woman has no problems if people around her don't do what her religion believes. What is it then?
And just to make myself clear: your statement that muslims want to kill you if you don't support their beliefs is absolutely wrong. They will be quite happy to talk to you and debate the reasons for why their religion dictates certain things. And, if they go out of the Gulf area some of them will actually go and have a (alcoholic) drink with you. I've been with more than a single muslim who drank heavy liquor quite liberally but at the same time still held most of his or her other religious beliefs quite dear.

Oh, a peddler in the Bazaar will drop that comment liberally . . . but it is my experience that older folks in the Turkish IT community use it very conservatively.

Ahh... Here is the catch. You're differentiating between one type of Turks and another type of Turks now? You didn't do that before, did you? The thing is, before you were wrong! Not all the Turks are the same. You're quite right that the same thing spoken by one person will ot have the same meaning as when spoken by someone else.
You know why? Because no nation, or religion or any group is ever homogeneous There are always differences. And saying that all muslims are homicidal, violent terorists is as wrong as saying that all european women sunbathe topless.

And as for muslim leaders denouncing terorist attacks: that happens pretty much every time in Europe, after some such outrage happens. Even more, there are joint events where muslim, catholic, jewish and orthodox leaders come together and decry those acts together, while at the same time urge young people of all religions ("christian" youths are also the ones who "convert" to ISIS teachings, by the way) not to fall for the propaganda that brainwashes them from ISIS.

You should really try and check a wider range of news sources. I understand that mainstream media only shows sensationalist type of news and that type is rarely positive. But the fact that you don't see it doesn't mean that it's not there.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 320

Who is shooting at kids in US schools. Muslims?

You are very conveniently ignoring all the atrocities that any non-muslim people are doing and focusing on a group of extremists, who cover under the guise of religion.
You're pretty much describing what KKK was doing while they were (are) pretending to be Christians. No difference.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 320

I know and work with a bunch of folks whose religion is Islam . . . but they would never call themselves "Muslims"

That is like saying that you know people who's religion is Christianity but they don't call themselves Christians.

When a Turk addresses you as "My Friend!", he really means it . . . an I always feel honored when I hear that.

Go to any market in Istanbul. You will have a chance to feel honored over and over again.

Comment Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 662

We are talking about couple of different things here:

1. Assault on a subordinate from a superior within a company. An inexcusable act that got its well deserved summary in the dismissal of the guilty party.

2. End of the most entertaining car show that I have ever seen.

The two things are obviously interdependent but saying that point one was done properly doesn't mean that I cannot be sad that point two happened also. In regards to how "fake" the show was or not - who cares. We enjoy Star Wars, Star Trek and loads of other things that are not real and are out of our reach.
Here I at least got to see how pretty much any supercar, that I will never drive, behaves and looks. I also got to see loads of insane races that were all shot with spectacular camera shots and had fairly weird concept ideas. I doubt I will see anything like it again.

Comment Re:No thanks... (Score 3, Informative) 138

Maybe the experience there was customized. But if you want to create your local account on Windows 8.1 you are pretty much forced to go to the selection, which you would look at if you were about to create a Microsoft account and THEN there is a way to create it locally.
Here is instruction list from MS site on how to create a local account from within the Windows itself (not easy).

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Other accounts.
Tap or click Add an account, and then tap or click Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).
Tap or click Local account.
Enter a user name for the new account.
If you want this person to sign in with a password, enter and verify the password, add a password hint, and then tap or click Next.
If your PC is on a domain, depending on the domain's security settings, you might be able to skip this step and tap or click Next, if you prefer.
Tap or click Finish.

Comment Re:I must be missing something. (Score 1) 240

Where do you get ALT F4 on a tablet? Which is what we are discussing here

Really? Please track this thread to its beginning and tell me where a tablet is mentioned for this particular issue?
Also, on a tablet you can get ALT+F4 with a virtual keyboard, if you would absolutely need it.
And third, there is still the bloody little X in the upper right corner if you do not like the ALT+F4 option or if you actually have to be on the tablet. And I mentioned that option, but you choose to ignore it and rather point to an issue that doesn't exist.

Comment Re:We've redefined success! (Score 1) 498


Approaches like that already exist in other areas.
For example, you generally cannot simply show up for a sex change operation. You have to go through (often) several years worth of consultations and evaluations, before you will be allowed to proceed.
Similar situation also exists for people that have "extra phantom limbs" (they feel that one of their legs doesn't belong to them and should be removed, for instance). Depending on where they are, they will also have an option to consultations, therapy and, eventually, removal of the limb. Alternative can be a person that will go and sit on the railway tracks in order to have his leg cut off by a train. I think you can imagine how well that can work out.

In my opinion you do have a right to do anything you want with your body. But in some cases (like in other areas of your life) you don't actually know what you want and may make a different choice if you are well informed and have the support of your environment that helps you research all the options that may be open to you.

Comment Re:We've redefined success! (Score 1) 498

I don't think that's the discussion that we're having here.

If you feel that you should take your own life, I believe that you are well within your rights to do so. The discussion here is about the people who are attempting to end their lives on a whim, for a lack of a better term. And when they do, they realize that they made a mistake.

Examples that you are giving are also, potentially, mistakes. But they are reversible or correctable. Or in some cases, just life. Suicide attempts, that result in death are not reversible or correctable.

Submission Adventure Video Game about Cancer->

Vlado writes: A couple of creative parents have been struggling with their toddlers' terminal diagnosis. Mother wrote a book to help her explain the situation to her other children. Father, a game designer, on the other hand decided to turn the experience into a point-and-click adventure.
It's definitely a new way of presenting a troubling subject to the audience. While video games have long past reached a maturity and are not considered just entertainment for kids, it's not everyday that we can come across one that dares to take us into themes that cannot easily be referred to as "entertainment".

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Submission Game of drones: As U.S. dithers, rivals get a head start->

Amanda Parker writes: Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are a hot ticket in Silicon Valley, but U.S. government dithering over regulations has given overseas companies a head-start in figuring out how best to exploit them. Global spending on drones could add up to close to $100 billion over the next decade, with commercial uses — from farming and filming to pipelines and parcels — accounting for around an eighth of that market, according to BI Intelligence. But for years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the authority largely responsible for regulation in the United States, has dragged its feet, only last month issuing draft rules on who can fly drones, how and where. It's likely to be a year or more before the regulations are in place — good news for companies operating outside the U.S. and looking to build a business around drones.
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