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Comment Re:Violence! (Score 1) 484

You're missing my point. Israel has the power advantage. They have a first-world military. If they were set on maximising killing in Palestine, things would look nothing like what we see today.

This isn't true of Hamas, who are quite clear about the matter: they want to bring about another holocaust. The only thing holding them back is that they don't have the might to pull it off.

Imagine what would happen if the power-balance were reversed. Very different situation, and very telling as to who has the moral high-ground.

Comment Re:Violence! (Score 1) 484

No. The two sides are not moral equals.

Sam Harris isn't right about everything, but his thoughts on Israel seem reasonable, and there's not much point me parotting them at length. See this talk.

The short version: the Israelis want peace. Hamas want to slaughter all the Jews. The Israelis have the military power to obliterate every last soul in Palestine... but they don't. The only thing stopping Hamas committing a massacre of Israeli Jews is that they physically can't.

Comment Re:Violence! (Score 1) 484

I agree with most of what you've said, but let's be clear: Israel shouldn't get a free-pass for war-crimes, despite that Hamas clearly want to kill as many Jews as they possibly can. (Hamas deny the holocaust, but make it quite clear that if they could, they'd create one.)

Just because the enemy is morally depraved doesn't mean you should sweep the war-crimes of the comparative good guys, under the rug.

Comment Re:Violence! (Score 3, Insightful) 484

I'll play devil's advocate:

Firstly, the mandatory [citation needed].

Also, for all Israel's crimes, it's fairly clear they aren't set on maximising needless murder. If they wanted to crush every living soul in Palestine, let's be serious: no-one would stop them. But it doesn't happen. Why? Because Israel doesn't want to do that.

The same certainly can't be said of Hamas, who would kill all Jews if they had their way (they're not exactly shy about this). But being morally superior to Hamas isn't saying much, of course.

Comment Re:USB is a support nightmare (Score 1) 286

All you have to do is create yet another API, and use it to write shims for the other three!

Oh, there's already one of those available: libusb, for user-mode USB programming. Supports Mac/Win/Lin/Android/BSD/Haiku.

I've never done any USB programming of any form, but I get the impression libusb is a fairly serious library.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 1) 316

No, this is all very wide of the mark.

Free speech refers to government: that the government doesn't silence people for saying unpopular things.

A cinema refusing to show your video isn't an assault on free speech. That's simply their right.

You may not have bothered to go to any of them, but that does not make the idea silly.

I was quite clear, but again: what I was calling silly was your idea that a cinema that refuses to show your film is assaulting your freedom.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 1) 316

I would say all theatres do not support such wholesale free speech as typically they'll play just a Hollywood blockbuster and not a movie produced by a 12 year old for a school art project.

No. You're just being silly. A cinema is a business, not your personal soapbox. What gets shown is up to the cinema owner, not you.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig