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Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 2, Insightful) 127

by nbauman (#47505423) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

I guess since I used to raise money for Israeli medical research and investments in Israeli industry, that would qualify me as an anti-Semite.

But let's look at what the real anti-Semites are saying -- the Jews who actually live there:
Reaping what we have sown in Gaza
Those who turned Gaza into an internment camp for 1.8 million people should not be surprised when they tunnel underneath the earth.
By Amira Hass
Jul. 21, 2014

A book on Israeli military psychology should have an entire chapter devoted to this sadism, sanctimoniously disguising itself as mercy: A recorded message demanding hundreds of thousands of people leave their already targeted homes, for another place, equally dangerous, 10 kilometers away.

In contrast to the common Israeli hasbara, Hamas isn’t forcing Gazans to remain in their homes, or to leave. It’s their decision. Where would they go?
What does Hamas really want?
Read the list of conditions published in the name of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and judge honestly whether there is one unjust demand among them.
By Gideon Levy
Jul. 20, 2014

we should stop for a moment and listen to Hamas; we may even be permitted to put ourselves in its shoes, perhaps even to appreciate the daring and resilience of this, our bitter enemy, under harsh conditions.
Read the list of demands and judge honestly whether there is one unjust demand among them: withdrawal of Israel Defense Forces troops and allowing farmers to work their land up to the fence; release of all prisoners from the Gilad Shalit swap who have been rearrested; an end to the siege and opening of the crossings; opening of a port and airport under UN management; expansion of the fishing zone; international supervision of the Rafah crossing; an Israeli pledge to a 10-year cease-fire and closure of Gaza’s air space to Israeli aircraft; permits to Gaza residents to visit Jerusalem and pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque; and an Israeli pledge not to interfere in internal Palestinian politics such as the unity government; opening Gaza’s industrial zone.

These conditions are civilian; the means of achieving them are military, violent and criminal. But the (bitter) truth is that when Gaza is not firing rockets at Israel, nobody cares about it. Look at the fate of the Palestinian leader who had had enough of violence. Israel did everything it could to destroy Mahmoud Abbas. The depressing conclusion? Only force works.

True, after Hamas started firing rockets, Israel had to respond. But as opposed to what Israeli propaganda tries to sell, the rockets didn’t fall out of the sky from nowhere. Go back a few months: the breakdown of negotiations by Israel; the war on Hamas in the West Bank following the murder of the three yeshiva students, which it is doubtful Hamas planned, including the false arrest of 500 of its activists; stopping payment of salaries to Hamas workers in Gaza and Israeli opposition to the unity government, which might have brought the organization into the political sphere.

Comment: Re:Mission creep. (Score 1) 199

by Belial6 (#47504809) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
That is because you are looking for a reason to keep the current failed system, or spend huge amounts of money on non-solutions. The kid doesn't have to "Hide among the shelves" and you know it. The kid can sit in a comfortable seat in front of a Starbucks, they can sit in a nice padded seat at the Library, or they can go to a friends house, or they can get online dozens of other ways. Pretending like they have to skulk around between shelves is simply a lie. Congratulations. You are another reason that the public schools system is a failure.

Comment: Re:Why are Zorro cards worth anything at all? (Score 1) 170

by drinkypoo (#47504233) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Nice try, and I'm sure you can impress a few kids who never experienced the Amiga era, but to me you only look like a fool. You know what was really cool at the time?

Yeah. Having an Emplant board. I've owned several Amigas, and hung out with several other Amiga owners. Blow it out your arse sideways.

Comment: Re:Expensive? (Score 2) 199

by Belial6 (#47503847) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
Excuse me? It is the schools job to educate children. The public education system has almost 4 million employees who have been certified as being experts at imparting information to children. It most certainly is their job to write books if that is the best way to impart that information.

They are talking about becoming an ISP to support this $20 million investment in iPads. Writing textbooks comes WAY before becoming ISP when it comes to a school and school board's business. Write me a $20 million dollar check, and I will get you textbooks written with a copyleft license. Your distribution costs most certainly will be close enough to zero as to not even being worth mention. A $20/month Linode account will give you enough bandwidth to distribute to the entire state, if not the entire nation. That is if you couldn't get someone like Microsoft or Google to host it for free.

Neither the iPads, nor the current general textbook purchases cover those with disabilities, and for those few kids that don't have access to read electronic books, an ebook reader can be had for less than the cost of a printed textbook. Frequently way less.

No, every one of your excuses are cop outs.

Comment: Re:Mission creep. (Score 1) 199

by Belial6 (#47503539) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
The claim that kids and their parents don't have access to internet is severely overstated. We are not only talking about the US, we are talking about California. There is free internet everywhere for those of us that want it. Becoming an ISP would only be to try and capture those kids and parents where the parents find getting near a Starbucks, Lowes, Safeway, Home Depot, McDonalds, etc. to be more trouble than it's worth.

Beyond that, I have to question the intelligence of buying iPads. We are not in 2010 anymore. There are plenty of perfectly capable tablets available at under $100.

Comment: Re:10.10 per hour (Score 1) 741

by drinkypoo (#47502069) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

would you then agree that its important to help folks both with fish _and_ fish poles?

Yes. That is in fact precisely how I feel about it. Teaching 'em how to use the pole is right in there as well. It's woeful what the education system in this country has become. It's awful how entitlement programs are designed to self-perpetuate by cutting off recipients when they just begin to get their shit together. And it's awful how we don't actually permit people to be self-sufficient in this country; grow your own food in your own backyard and you just might get a visit from the cops.

Ranty McRanterson, I know. But seriously, at the rate at which we shit upon the disadvantaged in this country, it's a wonder we ever even hear from them, let alone see or smell them.

Comment: Re:SCSI madness (Score 1) 170

by drinkypoo (#47501811) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

As much as people fawn over computer nostalgia, they forget how much the pre-plug-and-play era actaully kind of sucked on a day to day basis. Sure, it got you job security, but today I enjoy unboxing my SATA drive, plugging it in and moving on to whatever it is I wanted to do with the new drive.

I had very few problems with termination on my Amiga. It seemed to work fine with any termination I used. Macs were where I had problems. And the Amiga was in fact the first computer that really had great plug and play. It had a microkernel-based OS and the drivers could be loaded from option ROM on the cards automatically, and then later they could be replaced in memory with a newer driver loaded from storage. In spite of this, Amiga themselves actually released at least one storage controller (MFM+SCSI) with no autoconfiguration; I had one in my first A2000 running a ST225 and later, a SQ135.

Comment: Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (Score 1) 170

by drinkypoo (#47501775) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

My largest complaint about the A2000 is that it included the same 68000-8 processor clocked at 7.1MHz as the A500 and A1000. It would have been advantageous to have included a 68000-16 processor clocked at 14.2MHz for the more strenuous workloads that A2000 users tended to perform.

Yeah, for those users, Amiga offered the A2000 with an accelerator, and called it the A2500. You probably recall.

It might have also discouraged programming that relied on a 7.1MHz clock.

That's why they didn't do that. They wanted to maintain the library of software that would run on the A500. Without that, the A500 would have been a sad joke. At $600 as a package with a TV encoder, it was cheaper than most accelerators. You couldn't expect people to ever add anything but a memory upgrade.

I had a friend with an AdSpeed accelerator module (68000@14) for his A2000 and it made a significant difference. After spending considerably more for an A3000-16, I ended up regretting the decision given the costs versus the benefits.

That difference is minuscule compared to having an '020, let alone an '030.

Comment: Re:This propaganda is worse than 2003 Iraq fiasco. (Score 2) 643

by ultranova (#47501365) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

I suppose I'm discussing with some ukrainian "patriot".

A Finn who saw the scars your attempt to conquer our country left on innocent people. And now you're doing the exact same thing again - you prop up a puppet regime and have it request help. Only your puppet got ousted, so now you're going with plan B: russian troops posing as rebels.

Uncle Sam wants to fight "bad russkies" and he wants to do this with your hands beacuse it's cheaper.

You're wasting your time. Everyone who has the bad luck to live next to Russia knows the truth about you.

I'm a Pole - that's why I'm freaking out.

And Otto Wille Kuusinen was a Finn and Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian. Good luck on your chosen career.

I want no part in this madness.

Then stop working for a madman.

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