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Comment: Re:Not Science Deniers - HERETICS (Score 2) 615

by mean pun (#48634451) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

This is a pretty good illustration of being a denier rather than a sceptic:

The problem with the notion of "science denier" is that is entirely too close in concept to "heretic". The AGW advocates are entirely religious in their zeal, and their religious belief is that the End Is Near, and We Must All Repent!

Straw man. The discussion is scientific, not religious, and you're distorting what the scientists are saying. If you have scientifically valid objections against the current state of the science you are very welcome to the debate. If you just object because you don't like what the scientists are saying, you're a science denier. Nobody will burn you at any stake, but nobody will take you serious either.

Remember, before Al Gore got into politics and invented his own Church of Warmism, he had flunked out of Divinity School. Being the High Priest of Warming, he has invented his own religion - and every religion has to have heretics.

Shooting the messenger. You may not like Al Gore, but that doesn't mean that his message was wrong.

You're trying to discredit climate change based on emotional arguments, rather than on objective arguments. That makes you a denier rather than a sceptic; exactly what this discussion is about.

Comment: Re:Mac OS X does support case-sensitive filesystem (Score 1) 145

by mean pun (#48632843) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

I've never been able to make much sense of Adobe's stance in this, but as far as I can tell Adobe thinks that case-sensitive file systems are useless and if they wait long enough they will go away.

I vaguely remember that one version of Photoshop failed on case-sensitive volumes, and there was a patch circulating that fixed about 9 filenames scattered throughout the code, and solved the problem. Rather than applying this patch, Adobe chose to block installation on case-sensitive volumes in modern versions.

Comment: Mac OS X does support case-sensitive filesystems (Score 4, Informative) 145

by mean pun (#48630409) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

Keep in mind that Mac OS X supports case-sensitive HFS+ filesystems, and has done so from Mac OS X 10.3 on (2003). All you have to do is create a partition with that particular flavour of HFS+.

However, Adobe refuses to support case-sensitive filesystems. The Photoshop installer refuses to install on a case-sensitive filesystem, and Lightroom geolocation support is broken on case-sensitive filesystems, and always has been. Of course this limitation is not documented in their sales documentation, and the official fix is to reformat the partition...

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 424

by mean pun (#48621279) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

That makes no sense. The overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the destruction of his entire army apparatus was wat created the power vacuum that ISIS is now stepping into. For all his obvious evil, Saddam Hussein managed to create a militarily and economically strong Iraq that would have made short work of any bandits trying to invade Iraq, no matter what their sales talk.

Any attempts at nation building after the Iraq invasion were at best pathetic. Cynically corrupt windowdressing is a better description. I'm sure some coalition people (for example in the US defence industry) thought his period was far too short, but the Iraqi people thought differently, despite the obvious dangers.

Iran taking over Iraq is just delusional.

Comment: Re:There's only one image organizing program (Score 1) 259

by mean pun (#48596631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

I'm very much afraid that you are right. The biggest gripes I have with it is that (a) it comes from Adobe, and (b) the map functions don't work on a case-sensitive file system on Mac OS X.

Adobe for reasons only known to itself absolutely refuses to support case-sensitive file systems for Mac OS X. For Lightroom this `only' means that the map functions don't work (at least in LR 4; LR 5 may be better or worse). For Photoshop it means that it can not even be installed on a case-sensitive file system; the installer refuses to do so. The official fix for this problem is to reformat. This stance of Adobe is at least a decade old (as is Mac OS X support for case-sensitive file systems...). Of course this restriction is not documented in sales documentation.

Comment: Re: A Bridge Fuel... (Score 2) 391

by mean pun (#48592931) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

... first, to fuck over Russia (likely at US bidding, since Saudi Arabia started this increase in production) ...

That's a bit too simple. Saudi Arabia decided years ago to increase its production capacity. It then started an official project to get an increase of 10%. Given the existing production capacity at the time, that was an enormous project that took many years. They made that investment to use it, not just so that they could open the oil tap a little more one day to give Putin a black eye. Was that extra capacity intended to fight wars? Who knows. But if so, it was to fight all competitors from non-OPEC oil producers to green alternatives.

Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 4, Insightful) 769

by mean pun (#48559673) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Ah, it is simple! Good. So, let's run a testsuite over that simple algorithm of yours:

Were the people who fought for the creation of the state Israel terrorists? Remember that at the time Israel was not a `true nation state', and this fight involved attacks on hotels, Palestinian farmers, and similar non-military targets.

Were the people who fought for the creation of the USA terrorists?

Were the people who fought for the independence of Ireland in the early 20th century terrorists? Remember that as far as the UK was concerned, Ireland was not a `true nation state'.

Are the Palestinians who fight against past and future Israeli injustice and encroachment on their land terrorists? Remember that almost all Israelis are or have been in the army, and are reservists for a large part of their life. And like it or not, these Palestinians consider their land, and a lot of the land that is now Israel, as part of their own `true nation state'.

Was the Saudi national who argued that the US military bases in his country were a form of occupation, and who founded an organisation to fight against this, was he a terrorist? I presume Saudi Arabia falls under your definition of `true nation state'. Hint: he was deeply involved with the immediate causes of the report we're discussing.

Comment: Re:Justice (Score 4, Insightful) 769

by mean pun (#48559197) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

The question remains why nobody has been (and likely will be) prosecuted for these war crimes. Sure, a few underlings got a little punishment, but it has been very clear from the early days of the Obama administration that the guys where the buck stopped would never face any prosecution. The parts of the report that have now been published suggest the buck stopped at the CIA top, but from other sources we know that at least Cheney, Bush, Rice, and Rumsfeld were so deeply involved they deserve at least some investigation. At least Cheney has been pretty open about his involvement.

So why did this prosecution for war crimes never happen? The most charitable explanation I have been able to come up with is that Obama thought the unrest this would cause in the USA would be unacceptable, but I admit it is a weak explanation.

Oh, and yes, the things described in the report were war crimes. Waterboarding is explicitly mentioned in a UN definition of torture, and after World War II some Japanese soldiers were tried and executed for waterboarding allied soldiers. And that's just the waterboarding.

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