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Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 374

by nbauman (#47512361) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

If you want to follow international law, Israel has to return to the 1967 borders. If they don't return to the 1967 borders, they're not following international law.

I support international law. If you don't support international law, don't complain when the other side commits massacres (like the ones the Israelis are committing on the Palestinians, even in the West Bank).

Comment: Re: We shall see. (Score 1) 249

by MightyYar (#47512253) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

I'm gonna double quote you here:

I know this isn't true, because I sure as hell don't have most of the table memorized.


I made no specific effort to memorize a huge table of calculations. Instead, I *naturally* memorized the results of calculations that I saw often. 8*8 = 64. I saw such things often, so I memorized them naturally.

So do you have 8*8 memorized or don't you? I find it hard to fathom how you could see 8*7 and not immediately think "56". Can you provide an example of your thought process? That would allow me to understand what you are suggesting as an alternative and allow me to consider that my kids would be better off having that instead.

But that's their choice.

As kids get older, sure, they make more and more choices. But at the age of 8 when they learn multiplication tables, they have very few choices. The need to learn how to read, full stop. They need to learn basic arithmetic, full stop. These are essential life skills - as critical as learning about appropriate social interaction.

But I would say that using a calculator really doesn't take that much time

If you need a calculator to do 30% off, then I feel sad for our public education system. This is the reason that grocery stores get away with selling larger bottles for a higher price per ounce than the smaller bottles. Liquid Tide, I'm looking at you... If everyone spent 2 weeks rote memorizing these allegedly pointless tables when they were 8, we wouldn't have such shenanigans.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 2) 186

by c6gunner (#47512227) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

No matter who you are, what your personality is, etc there will always be some people out there that don't like you, won't hire you, or otherwise throw negativity your way even if you've done absolutely nothing to earn their hate.

Very true. So when that happens to me, is that because of the matriarchy trying to keep my manliness in check?

Your reaction is what I've noticed most women get if they even gently bring something up. It's 100% complete denial and blame the messenger.

What I can't figure out is why?

Because that's what we do when people are wrong?

I've noticed when people bring up the idea that the holocaust never happened, they get 100% complete denial and blame the messenger. Hrm ... I wonder why.

True, this behavior may be a small group of bad apples, but by denying the problem exists at all you're enabling those bad apples to continue doing what they do.

Nobody is denying that the problem exists. That's the kind of absurd strawman that always ends up derailing these discussions. What people are telling you is that:

1. Everyone gets harassed at some point. You don't see me going around talking about what an unsafe environment comicon is just because some chick grabbed my ass.
2. Problems caused by a small subset of individuals should be dealt with INDIVIDUALLY, rather than by writing long-winded articles about how the whole system is horrible. Only an idiot attacks an entire community over the actions of a few individuals. We usually call that "bigotry".

Seriously, why can't we just admit women catch a lot of shit just for being women in tech?

Because it's insignificant. I've caught more flack for having a slow connection than most women catch for being women. I've seen far more men bending over backwards to help "women in tech" than I've seen trying to tear them down. Men tend to be far more cruel and destructive towards each other than they do with women. If harassment in the tech community is a problem then it's a problem for everyone, and it's absolutely ridiculous to single out women as being some special class of victim.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 374

by nbauman (#47512213) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

You asked me where they said that. Their charter said they would eradicate Palestine, and they revised it.

Hamas also revised their Charter. Hamas is also open to accepting Israel and having peace with Israel, if you listen to what their spokesmen say. Israel has also assassinated Hamas leaders, like Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas's military wing, who were preparing peace overtures.
Op-Ed Contributor
Israel’s Shortsighted Assassination
Published: November 16, 2012

Passing messages between the two sides, I was able to learn firsthand that Mr. Jabari wasn’t just interested in a long-term cease-fire; he was also the person responsible for enforcing previous cease-fire understandings brokered by the Egyptian intelligence agency. Mr. Jabari enforced those cease-fires only after confirming that Israel was prepared to stop its attacks on Gaza. On the morning that he was killed, Mr. Jabari received a draft proposal for an extended cease-fire with Israel, including mechanisms that would verify intentions and ensure compliance. This draft was agreed upon by me and Hamas’s deputy foreign minister, Mr. Hamad, when we met last week in Egypt.

Gershon Baskin is a co-chairman of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information, a columnist for The Jerusalem Post and the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel for the release of Gilad Shalit.

Comment: College kids created Google, Microsoft, Facebook (Score 1) 124

by raymorris (#47512193) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

A few friends who are electrical engineering majors certainly might achieve this. After all, it was a small group of college kids who created Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. On the other hand, 10 Google employees sitting in meetings to discuss the requirements document costs over $2,000 / hour once you factor in taxes and such. A million dollars is enough to motivate some ramen-eating college kids, and small enough that it's not much more than the cost of paperwork and approvals for many projects at large companies.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 1) 186

by c6gunner (#47512153) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I tend to agree with you, in general. However, I do think it is disingenuous to name a company "Girlfight" in a clear attempt to cash in on their sexuality, then contribute to an article complaining about it.

That's feminism for you in a nutshell. The "skepchick" website rose to fame in no small part thanks to putting out a (artistic-ish) nude calendar of their members, and encouraging male adoration. Then once they had enough of a following, they decided it was now misogynistic for men to comment on their appearance or think of them in a sexual way. Lots of women have gained prominence by using their sexuality to their advantage, only to later go on long-winded rants about how nobody should be "objectifying" them.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 374

by nbauman (#47512075) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

I am not the only one who see Arima Hass as biased.

Andrea Levin, executive director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting said the newspaper was doing "damage to the truth" and sometimes making serious factual errors but not often correcting them. Earlier, in 2001, Levin criticized Haaretz correspondent Amira Hass for inaccurate reporting and said that Haaretz is fueling anti-Israel bias.

CAMERA believes that anyone who doesn't follow their right-wing party line is biased and anti-Israel, even Zionists like Hass and Levy who have spent their lives in Israel. The people who work for CAMERA, like Levin, have never worked as journalists, and they have no idea of what it's like to be out in the field eyewitnessing events, and getting both sides, as Hass and Levy do.

Amira Hass lives in the territories and sees what happens with her own eyes. Andrea Levin sits on her ass in Boston and says that Hass is lying. Who do you take seriously?
Commenting on the incident, Gershom Gorenberg, of the liberal magazine The American Prospect, stated "CAMERA is ready to exempt itself from the demands for accuracy that it aims at the media. And like others engaged in the narrative wars, it does not understand the difference between advocacy and accuracy."

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by c6gunner (#47512071) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

You realize that there's more difference between your average man and your average woman than between your average NFL linebacker and your average man, right?

Oh, geeze, don't let a feminist hear you say that! Every time someone suggests women maybe aren't suitable to being firefighters or combat soldiers, the wymins go apeshit.

You do realize how commonly women are raped and abused by men, and how they might happen to be more sensitive to the implicit or explicit threats of violence from someone that they're highly unlikely to be able to fight off?

According to the newest stats, not really that much more often than men are abused or raped by women. Domestic violence cases split almost 50/50. Sexual violence victims are still mostly women, but men come in very close behind now that we've stopped defining "rape" in a way that makes it impossible for women to be rapists.

And men being abused by men ... holy shit. If we took your approach, every man in the world should be "more sensitive to the imiplicit or explicit threats of violence", to the point where we'd pee our pants as soon as another man looked at us funny.

Difference is, men don't try to justify freaking out and overreacting by pointing to statistics. And neither do most women, for that matter; the ones who do are just a very loud minority.

Comment: Re: We shall see. (Score 1) 249

by MightyYar (#47512045) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

You don't need to memorize a huge table of calculations in order to figure out what 30% off is.

Yes, you do. Unless you want to take an inordinate amount of time or whip out a calculator. You need to have at least up to 10x10 memorized if you want to do even quick and dirty estimates.

that doesn't mean that someone won't be able to do or understand mathematics; that's just completely insane, and I have no idea how someone could come to such a huge misunderstanding.

I never made such a statement. You could do 3x6 = 6+6+6 every single time and still understand how it all works. You'll stand there in the grocery store like a retard, but you'll eventually get it done.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 374

by nbauman (#47511721) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

What is your solution? Should Israel just sit by while rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip?

They could have accepted (with negotiations) any of several peace offers, such as the Arab Peace Initiative , or the offers of help from the South Africans like Bishop Tutu.

They refused, and the sticking point was the settlements. If you look at a map of Israel and the West Bank, with the settlements on them, you'll see why that's so unacceptable to the Palestinians. One of the Israeli negotiators said that he would not have accepted that deal if he was a Palestinian. The settlement Ariel is right in the middle of the narrowest part of the west bank, and cuts it in half.

It's understandable that the Israeli government wouldn't give up the settlements, given the political power of the settlers in Israel (and in the US), but they're clearly illegal under the Geneva Conventions. That was the opinion of Theodor Meron, Israel's own chief legal counsel in 1967, but Levi Eshkol went ahead and settled the west bank anyway. In order to prevent Israel from ever giving up the settlements, the settlers created more settlements, many of which were illegal even under Israeli law, in order to create "facts on the ground" (i.e.,if enough people break the law, the government won't be able to stop them). So when you let the settlers stay there, you're rewarding their illegal behavior and violence.

Israel's right and their supporters always claim that the Palestinians "Never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity," but actually the Israelis have constantly been rejecting opportunities to make peace.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 374

by nbauman (#47511525) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Care to back that up with any references to recent statement about Israel not recognizing Palestine's right to exist? Here is evidence counter to that argument.

Oh, 5 years ago. I was wondering where you got that from. Yes, Bibi said he would accept the Palestinian state, subject to a long list of unacceptable conditions -- such as continuing to expand the settlements. Since that time, Palestine applied to the United Nations and the Israelis (through the US) prevented the UN from considering it.

The Guardian, Sunday 14 June 2009 16.22 EDT

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, last night said for the first time he would accept an independent Palestinian state, but only on condition it was demilitarised and that the Palestinians recognised Israel as the state of the Jewish people.

In a key policy speech intended to address growing US pressure for a move towards peace in the Middle East, Netanyahu defended Israel's position and said he wanted to make peace, but despite his mention of a Palestinian state he offered few substantial concessions.

He praised the Jewish settlers who live in east Jerusalem and on the occupied West Bank and refused US calls for a halt to all settlement growth. He also said Palestinian refugees, who were forced out or fled from their homes during the 1948 war, would not be allowed to return to what is today Israel. Jerusalem, he said, must remain united under Israeli control.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.