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Comment: Re:Iran is a sovereign nation (Score 1) 383

Iran's leaders are threatening to destroy Israel and wipe it off the map.

Does Israel even believe they're going to actually attempt this? This point is made a lot, and I think it's obviously just pandering to their own conservatives.

It is perfectly rational for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear weapons programs back into the stone age

If that were true then why don't they? As much fear mongering as they've done in the past you would think it'd be over by now.

negotiators are trying to avert a war, or at least not increase the scope of the existing conflict.

Negotiators are trying to dismantle Iran's nuclear capabilities. There won't be a war until Iran actually attacks Israel, which I find unlikely (similar to NK attacking us). I'd bet 100:1 that if there was a war between Israel and Iran, Israel would be the one to strike first (as they've done in the past).

Comment: Re:Internet - lite (Score 1) 79

by lexman098 (#49348691) Attached to: NY Times: "All the News That Mark Zuckerberg Sees Fit To Print"?
It's true that facebook didn't really create any service that wasn't already around (neither did twitter for that matter), but people like convenience and controlled ecosystems even if they already know how to accomplish everything independently. This from someone who doesn't have a facebook profile (just throw-away account).

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1, Insightful) 262

by lexman098 (#49339397) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

I don't show my receipt at the door unless it's at a membership store where I could lose my account if I fail to do so (like Costco). I'm there to exchange cash for goods.

And the guy at the door is there to make sure you did exchange the cash. Ever check your bag as you walk out to make sure you have all your goods? It's a private business, so what if they want to make sure people aren't taking their merch out the door without paying? You may not have a signed a contract, but it's implied when you walk into a store that they have the right to protect their stuff (security cameras or whatever else). You're just being a dick and making the security guard's job more difficult.

Comment: Re:Desperately Want to Believe? (Score 1) 215

by lexman098 (#49293683) Attached to: Gabe Newell Understands Half-Life Fans, Not Promising Any Sequels

They don't pump out a lot of games.

These days they don't pump out much of anything other than half-baked promises. Look at all the physical vaporwear they've been pedaling. That's become the problem with Valve. They don't want to make HL3, which is fine I guess, but they don't seem to do shit else either. Maybe instead of just letting his employees work on whatever they want, Gabe should start mandating that they also produce *something* marketable.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- Looney Tunes, Ali Baba Bunny (1957, Chuck Jones)