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Comment: Re:I'm liking how Russia is standing up these days (Score 1) 195

by Whiteox (#46797311) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Not being USA-ian, I'm not sure what actions or statements are treason. But some of the Republican statements that have come out publicly against Obama are not only personally offensive but are against the State: i.e. Treasonous - that the opposition won't support a bill because they don't consider Obama capable. It was much worse than, implicating the majority that voted him in twice! But I forget the actual insult. I think Obama would of had more than enough to arrest the leadership of the Republican party for treasonous statements. Yet he has done nothing.

As for the Russians? Well history since WWII has clearly shown that Russia has used their gas pipelines, forcing nations into dependency, raising and lowering prices ad hoc, putting political and economic pressures on these now dependent countries. That was the bribe used against the Ukraine in late 2013 - cheap gas and billions of rubles for them to stay out of the EU.

Comment: Re:Dont understand (Score 1) 341

I agree with the poor MS documentation. IMHO most of the relevant docs are by 3rd parties. There is a huge document gap between "How To...." and technical reference. You really need to be MS trained in the MS ecosystem and even then you are forced into some form of specialty. Trying to get to grips with MS speak is another issue. Mind you, YMMV - but there are quite a few entry points that promise a lot in introductory documentation, but fail to deliver specifics or solutions, forcing the user to scrounge forums etc.
I'm reminded of Monty Python, describing how to play the flute (paraphrasing) "Blow into one end and move your fingers up and down on the outside."
Not all MS programs are that bad, but what saves it is the knowledgebase that develops for it, until it goes critical, too large and complex to be of practical use.

Comment: Re:People need to start with the scale (Score 2) 392

by Whiteox (#46667029) Attached to: How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

The Bloater Drive is a reactionless engine.
Read 'Bill The Galactic Hero' for a full description.
From Wikipedia:
"Bloater Drive

The standard ways of circumventing relativity in 1950s and 1960s science fiction were hyperspace, subspace and spacewarp. Harrison's contribution was the "Bloater Drive". This enlarges the gaps between the atoms of the ship until it spans the distance to the destination, whereupon the atoms are moved back together again, reconstituting the ship at its previous size but in the new location. An occasional side-effect is that the occupants see a planet drifting, in miniature, through the hull."

Comment: Re:Expect more of this. (Score 1) 608

by Whiteox (#44282901) Attached to: The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

I disagree and I think that there are others also that have issues with current Macs.
The significant issue here is that the gui is not user friendly, consequently many feel cheated by the promise of easy computing from Apple being unfulfilled.
Typically, my average clientelle:
1. Can't exit a program.
2. Can't use the docks as they keep changing when they get overfilled.
3. Can't use a single button mouse.
4. Can't easily customise programs.
5. Unintuitiveness - comments like 'Where is it'? "I know I saved it but I can't find it"
Plus a few others. It just goes to show that an over simplistic operating manual becomes pointless.
Face it. An average Apple newbie needs a few training sessions and hopefully manage to retain some introduced skills. Even so, cutting and pasting between apps is almost as difficult to do as with Windows 8.
The problem with Windows is that it has always been too nerdy, and Apple has always been too different for easy uptake.
For example, Safari is a good browser, but put a Windows user in front of it and they give up as you need Finder and Safari to be able to use it. I've seen systems with countless apps and docs opened, multitudes of browser tabs opened for months as it goes into hibernation because there is no obvious indication to the user of running programs!
So don't be too overjoyed about how easy a Mac is to operate. And those "just worked" plug ins? Fantastic - but it's only as good as Windows 7/8 that can download 3rd party drivers without user intervention.
Sure they are fine machines but try and use one intuitively and it fails. The same for Windows 8. A Windows 8 desktop with multiple programs running is a pure mess. You just can't use a phone/tablet OS on a PC. It just don't work too good. 8.1 is a compromise, but I fear that MS has shot themselves in the foot. I'm sure that Windows 9 will be much more functional and more automated in the sense that MS intended Win 8 to be.

Comment: Re:Does anyone know (Score 1) 1737

by rohan972 (#44275915) Attached to: George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman was legally armed and presumably had his weapon concealed. Legally carrying a concealed weapon does not constitute aggression. "Instigating a confrontation" is not a criminal offense in any jurisdiction I'm aware of. If you argue with someone for example they do not get permission to punch you and slam your head into concrete.

It certainly seems like GZ is an idiot who could have avoided the situation. He could have greeted MT, introduced himself and then asked him questions. Is it only intelligent wise people who have self defense rights? I don't see proof beyond reasonable doubt that GZ broke any laws.

Comment: Re:Does anyone know (Score 1) 1737

by rohan972 (#44273815) Attached to: George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

We have the right to defend ourselves here as well, but there are actual requirements involved. Seeing a black person wearing a hoodie is not sufficient to give us legal right to use lethal force. That man would have to be engaged in a forceable felony or represent a real threat.

So would someone punching you in the face and pounding your head on concrete constitute a forceable felony or real threat?

Comment: Re:you're victim-blaming as well. (Score 1) 413

by rohan972 (#44235845) Attached to: Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run
There's a difference between victim blaming and risk assessment. My girls learn ju-jitsu. It's not because I blame girls who get raped (or otherwise attacked) for not knowing self defense, it's a risk mitigation strategy. Ideally nobody would commit rape and it is commendable to work towards that but it hasn't been achieved yet.

Now ju-jitsu will work even if you are wearing revealing clothing. If they get drunk to the point of passing out in the presence of untrusted people ju-jitsu won't help. It's nothing to do with "victim blaming" its about a pragmatic approach as opposed to a moral one. If the thing you're most interested in is finding the right person to blame then in each case you have to wait until after a crime is committed. That's a commendable approach when taken by the courts. Not so commendable when taken by a father who should be advising his daughters on a wise course of action "Of course getting drunk with a crowd of football players doesn't mean you deserve rape, go ahead and have a good time!" Girls who get drunk with crowds of young men don't deserve rape at all but they do increase the odds of it happening.

In the past I have written Job Safety Analyses and Safe Work Method Statements on industrial sites. I suggest you have a look at some material on how to manage risk. It's about prevention and would hopefully help you understand that not everything is about your rights or blame, sometimes it's best to take a pragmatic, preventative approach. Your ER doctor was giving you good advice. I'm sure he would have preferred to give it to you before the accident but you didn't turn up at ER and ask him then, so he gave it to you before your next accident which happened to be right after your last one.

Comment: Re:of course... (Score 1) 280

by rohan972 (#44186555) Attached to: In a Security Test, 3-D Printed Gun Smuggled Into Israeli Parliament

the ease of constructing such weapon increases and we will see their eventual use.

For most use cases for this weapon it could be replaced with a shiv. It gives slightly longer reach but is less concealable. A killing behind security is almost certainly going to be politically or religiously motivated and will happen according to the fanaticism of the assassin rather than the availability of particular weapons. It would potentially enable assassins who were too weak or not confident of their ability with a knife but it isn't really a game changer. It doesn't introduce significant new capability.

Comment: Re:Tech solution for a social problem (Score 1) 405

Then it's just a matter of a slippery slope, or scope creep

Yes, don't want those pesky citizens having freedom, they might abuse it or make wrong choices. Far better to have a rigid system of penalties, diligently enforced. While we're at it, let's ban dancing, who knows what it could lead to.

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