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Comment: Re:islam -Malaysia is not tolerant of converts (Score 1) 1350

by hguorbray (#48759935) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Malaysia is a pretty large exception and most people who convert away from Islam are not allowed to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_religion_in_Malaysia#Conversion_from_Islam

Conversion from Islam

Muslims who wish to convert from Islam face severe obstacles. For Muslims, particularly ethnic Malays, the right to leave the Islamic faith and adhere to another religion is a controversial question. The legal process of conversion is also unclear; in practice it is very difficult for Muslims to change their religion legally.[22]

In 1999 the High Court ruled that secular courts have no jurisdiction to hear applications by Muslims to change religions. According to the ruling, the religious conversion of Muslims lies solely within the jurisdiction of Islamic courts.

The issue of Muslim apostasy is very sensitive. In 1998 after a controversial incident of attempted conversion, the Government stated that apostates (i.e., Muslims who wish to leave or have left Islam for another religion) would not face government punishment so long as they did not defame Islam after their conversion. However, whether the very act of conversion was an "insult to Islam" was not clarified at the time. The Government opposes what it considers deviant interpretations of Islam, maintaining that the "deviant" groups' extreme views endanger national security. In 2005 international media attention focused on the Sky Kingdom sect whose founder Ayah Pin claimed to be God, and whose members – mostly Malays – were accordingly charged with religious "deviancy" and "humiliating Islam."[23]

article has a lot of other details about the relative lack of religious mobility and intolerance towards non Muslims -particularly Hindus

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 611

by hguorbray (#48605979) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
I grew up there in the mid 60s when there were still orchard remnants all over the place and there was nothing north of 101 except for dairies

however, the Corn Palace in sunnyvale along Lawrence Expressway still remains:

http://wikimapia.org/579556/The-Corn-Palace

http://www.funtourguru.com/2013/07/the-corn-palace-not-south-dakota-one-in.html

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Great. More touchscreens. (Score 1) 233

by hguorbray (#48585921) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX
yeah this is a real problem with the wife's plug-in hybrid Ford c-max -which we love otherwise.
with real buttons for preset radio stations you can change stations without taking your eyes off the road.

The cmax touchscreen has about 20 different menus/controls/indicators on most of the top level screens and it take too much time with eyes off the road to find the menu button you need and go down another level or two to change stations, scan, etc

not to mention that the tochscreen is centered and rather low on the front dashboard, so you have to look down and lean over to really be able to see it properly....

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Geez-Louise! (Score 1) 608

by hguorbray (#48244133) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment
AMEN!

My wife is a tech writer for a London based international firm and although the female workers from the UK are treated well by the men there (and there are even a lot of female IT managers) the offshore workers from India are dismissive and condescending.

Although it is a known thing that India is a pretty sexist society, what's more discouraging is that many of her Indian born colleagues here in the US are also dismissive and condescending -particularly of Tech Writers, QA, non Technical Management, etc

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: I can't see this happening (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by hguorbray (#47894089) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service
a lot of niche content will no longer get funded, so choice might actually be lessened

but more importantly the cable operators will no longer get their $120+ a month from nearly every household in the US

the kids have already moved on to streams though -so the corps are making the money back through non flat rate wifi billings, data overage fees, etc

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Tomorrow's news (Score 3, Informative) 282

by hguorbray (#47577073) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
The sad thing is that in recent years the Lords have been the main supporters of privacy and human rights in the UK government and are in fact more progressive and against government overreach than the House of Commons -partially because they are more non-partisan and not beholden to party or private interests for their positions (apart from being born or made a lord of course)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/09/house-of-lords-commons-democracy

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/08/28/the-contemporary-house-of-lords/

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Soooo .. (Score 4, Insightful) 98

by hguorbray (#47534863) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy
So who is the capitalist now?

the Russians who are opening up this request for a solution to the marketplace

or the Americans, who have a State agency (albeit staffed by contractors) which builds tools like this behind closed doors

I must have overlooked the fact that this is opposite century or something....

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: not a permanent fix (Score 3, Interesting) 550

by hguorbray (#47524713) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
my gf got it about 7-8 years ago and is very annoyed that it has 'worn out' (of course that's just macular degeneration or whatever) and assuming it could be done again it would still cost her another few thousand

I don't know if they didn't know how long the Lasik would last, but they certainly didn't tell her that it could wear off in less than a decade....

So now she has gone back to wearing glasses, which are covered by healthcare

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: so one billionaire (Score 2, Insightful) 63

by hguorbray (#47504505) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet
can maneuver another billionaire (Murdoch) to make the first Billionaire even more rich and powerful

but the money they both make comes from us -the 99.9%

I hope they have more fun with my money than I did....

When Elephants fight its the grass that gets hurt

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Italian Drivers (Score 1) 435

by hguorbray (#47470665) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
In Rome at least it is crazy -even riding in a taxi around those big uncontrolled roundabouts where everyone just made their own lanes was scary enough.

http://www.h2b.co.nz/blog/wp-content/uploads/IMG_2636.jpg

We rented a car on our last day in Rome to make our way up the coast to Pisa and even getting out to the ring road was an adventure.

Despite being in a fairly small Fiat Punto I managed to get into an alley that required me to ride up on the sidewalk, and once we were headed to the ring road I found myself getting passed from both sides simultaneously by both scooters and cars -and I was not going all that slow!

However, that was not the capper, additionally I:

1)managed to get into the 'old town' section of Sienna -when you are on cobblestones and there are no other cars there you probably don't belong there
2)got a traffic ticket 6 months after the visit for driving through a congestion zone near the Uffizi in Firenze twice (during the offseason they must review videos or something)

On the other hand I'll never forget getting up early one morning and driving through Arezzo over the mountains to Urbino and the Adriatic Sea -absolutely breathtaking!

coming down through the pass the city walls of Urbino looked like something out of Lord of the Rings.

-I'm justsayin'

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