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Comment: Re:Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza - Debunked (Score 0) 836

by cyn1c77 (#47561019) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Your post is very long.

Let me summarize the situation more succinctly and pragmatically:
It's might makes right. The Israelis have the upper hand militarily, yet the Palestinians keep poking them and asking for more.

As far as I can figure it, anyone in Gaza who hasn't been trying to get asylum elsewhere for the past 20 years must actually want to die. Israeli made its military prowess and willingness to fight to the death clear in 1967.

From a natural selection point of view, the only intelligent thing for the Palestinians to do at this point is to admit defeat and immigrate to another Muslim (or Christian) country. There are lots of other Muslim countries, but only one Jewish state, which has made it clear that they will go nuclear before they get pushed out of their own country or get slaughtered again.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 2) 890

That's all good reason for boarding them last - so they don't slow down those who can board quickly.

I promise the plane won't take off without you. What, are you in a hurry to cram yourself into an airline seat instead of enjoying the comfort of the airport lounge for another 10 minutes or so? Entitled much?


What are you smoking? Have you never been late for a connecting flight?

The plane actually WILL take of without you.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 890

That's all good reason for boarding them last - so they don't slow down those who can board quickly.

Any parent with kids knows that you develop the ability to do everything twice as fast as a normal person. You need to do this to survive.

There are two main issues that I see slowing down the boarding process on SWA:
1. People who cannot put their bags in the overhead bins efficiently. They either can't lift their bag rapidly (or at all) or the bag will not fit.
2. People who run out of overhead bin space and want to put their bag further down the aisle than where they will sit.

Comment: To Brianna (Score 1) 962

by cyn1c77 (#47516241) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry


Not all people in the world are respectful.

When you are in a command position or publicly declaring your opinion (online posting), you will make decisions/comments that other people disagree with.

The disrespectful ones will attempt to cut you down by making crude comments intended to hurt you as much as possible, especially if they can do it anonymously. Often, they will pursue what sets you apart from the average population because bullies innately know that most people are self-consciousness about standing out.

If you are a minority, they will come after your race. If you are a woman, they will come after your gender. If you are gay, they will come after your sexuality. If you have a family, they will threaten your children. If you are handicapped, they will come after your disability. If you are attractive, they will insult your beauty. If you are ugly, they will insult your beauty. If you are obese, they will insult your weight. If you are thin, they will insult your weight. If you are a man, they will insult your genitalia. If you are a woman, they will insult your genitalia.

This is the way that the world works. No amount of whining online will change it; it just lets them know that they have hit home. It is not fair. Life is not fair. However, effective individuals accept this harassment as the cost of being a manager or public figure. They learn to absorb it, ignore it or thrive on it. Then they continue to move forward towards their goals.

If you cannot learn to deal with the harassment associated with leadership or public positions, consider less visible paths forward in life.


Comment: Re:a few hundred years earlier than that (Score 1) 1330

by cyn1c77 (#47397701) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

As a legal person, the corporation could be sued, rather than filing 100 law suits against each of the individual investors, none of which could pay the judgement.

It's gone too far. I am sick of seeing "investors" hide behind the corporation shield.

I want to go back to being able to sue each investor to the point of bankruptcy.

I don't think that it will stifle innovation, because greedy people always want to make money. But I do think that it will make them think twice about legal ramifications that they normally would flaunt under a corporation.

Comment: Re:Terror in the minds (Score 2) 55

Yes, the terror is in the minds of many beach goers, but not in reality. By putting this in place they're validating that fear. Of course this doesn't surprise me as Australia is currently in the middle of a shark cull. Sometimes I forget that the US doesn't have a monopoly on acting on unsubstantiated (and often dis-proven) fears; it's part of the human condition.

That was typed like someone who has never been sliding off the side of their surfboard and noticed a shark directly on the other side of it. Or who has never had their surfboard "bumped" as the shark decides if it is worthy of eating.

Shark attacks are infrequent, but they leave lifelong crippling injuries. If we can get a buoy to give us a heads up, I would be all for it.

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”

Comment: Great, now they'll cut my head off... (Score 1) 131

by cyn1c77 (#47348199) Attached to: Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

...when they want to steal my car. Or just kidnap me and take me with them.

Really fantastic idea.

I wish they would just focus their technological efforts on hurrying up and getting me an inexpensive car that can drive itself. Then it won't run into things, no matter who is driving it.

Comment: Re:The US government (Score 1) 104

by cyn1c77 (#47339175) Attached to: Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

Are in reality a bunch of shameless cowards.

I agree, but they're not as shameless as I thought. My first reaction was: they are not going to have a pilot's license much longer. But when I took a look at the aeronautical charts for that area, I was surprised to find out that it's not a prohibited area to fly over.

In my humble opinion, this means that apparently the Government doesn't think this datacenter is such a big deal, otherwise it would have been a no-fly zone (like the plant a couple of miles to the left of the lake).

Another way to think about it is that:
1. They want it to remain obscure.
2. They think that the facility is impenetrable from all directions.

Comment: Re:Let them drink! (Score 1) 532

by cyn1c77 (#47338887) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

... the solution is to provide adequate education and if they still ignore that advice that is their choice! It isn't harming anybody else. I'm glad this sort of nanny-state rubbish has been defeated.

Oh really?

You've clearly never had to sit next to someone who is morbidly obese on an airplane!

I have been scarred for life. The armrest only protects a portion of your body!

I really don't understand how Bloomberg thought that such a plan would actually make it through it courts in America though. It seems like it would have been more sensible to tax the hell out of any sugary drink larger than 16 oz, like they do on alcohol and cigarettes. There is precedent AND social acceptance of such an approach. But then again, I am not a rich, controlling prick that likes to forcefeed everyone my personal agenda...

Comment: Re:Match doesn't understand "smart" (Score 5, Interesting) 561

by cyn1c77 (#47322337) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

The primary distinguisher of the Ivy League schools isn't that they're rich or that they're exceptionally high quality (though generally they are.) They're a group of colleges that a century or so ago made an agreement with each other not to have athletic scholarships, so the students could play amateur sports against each other instead of having to compete with semi-professionals. Yes, occasionally a student at the Ivies is good enough to get into the NFL or NHL, but they've got to spend time being a student as well.

Having gone to an Ivy League school, I can tell you that they still give athletic scholarships to skilled student athletes (with skilled modifying latter noun!). They just call them "academic" scholarships.

Wink, wink.

Sports are big money, even for the Ivy Leagues.

Comment: Re:Truecrypt authors-WARNING: TrueCrypt is not sec (Score 5, Funny) 146

by cyn1c77 (#47205915) Attached to: Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

I learned a long time ago that if you go on a date with a woman and she says "I'm crazy", BELIEVE HER. She IS crazy. Even if she's hot, she's probably telling the truth when she says she's crazy. I think the same principle may apply here.

Suddenly I am less interested in my privacy and more interested in your anecdotal story!

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 0) 94

by cyn1c77 (#47193121) Attached to: Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

I'm not sure which emotions would go through my mind as the boa constrictor tightened its grip, but I'd imagine regret would be among them.

Gods, it's awesome being on the top of the food chain....

I hate to break it to you, but you're not at the top.

Go camping without a firearm in Africa, a South American jungle, or the Arctic to experience regret.

I came, I saw, I deleted all your files.