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Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 231

by Shakrai (#49555973) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

If I want to do stuff that doesn't involve deep thought, I play some mindless video game (like an old NES game with an emulator, or an old arcade game like Pac-Man), or I go hiking or biking, or maybe watch some silly TV show like Big Bang Theory.

And other people watch Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Some smoke weed. Some find themselves on mindless websites. I fail to see why those choices are any less valid than yours.

You also seem to know an awful lot about Duck Dynasty; are you a closeted fan? I've never seen an episode myself -- no CATV in the Shakrai household -- the little bit I know about it comes from those people that get offended over it, which amuses me because nobody is forcing them to watch it.

BTW, you may think Robertson is an idiot, but he's made millions of dollars while you tilt at windmills on Slashdot.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 231

by Shakrai (#49555941) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

I guess I can believe one of two things:

1) You're a smug elitist.
2) You're clairvoyant enough to know what every single viewer of Duck Dynasty believes.

I used to watch 24; if we apply your logic that means I condone torture. Funny that, I always found the show appealing because it had lots of gunfights, explosions, the occasional set of tits, and didn't require me to think very hard.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 231

by Shakrai (#49555691) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

If they have interests such as following the Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty, and you have interests which include baroque music and classical literature, then it's safe to say that you're more intelligent than them.

An interest in Duck Dynasty is not mutually exclusive with an interest in classical literature. I don't much care for the former but we've all got our own outlets for those times when we just want to turn our brains off for a little while. Is watching Duck Dynasty any worse than playing GTA?

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 5, Insightful) 231

by Shakrai (#49555401) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Most of them can't follow me in a real conversation, nor do they care to. The topics that interest them seem vain and insipid to me, and the topics that interest me seem boring or pretentious to them (based on their direct feedback).

So your argument is that because they have different interests you're smarter than them? That's not sexist, that's fucking stupid....

Comment: The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 5, Insightful) 70

The pool of people who are knowledgeable about the practices, challenges, and daily business realities of the telecommunications industry (or any industry for that matter) is a small one indeed; good luck finding someone in that pool with the experience necessary to lead an agency the size of the FCC who hasn't worked for the industry at one time in his or her life.

Comment: Re:Next up... (Score 4, Interesting) 118

by Shakrai (#49551825) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

That's a matter of perspective. I've been there numerous times and have found that the Canadian side has the best views but the American side is less of a tourist trap. The Canadians have done a piss poor job of keeping development in check, in fact, there's a school of thought saying that the Horseshoe Falls are perpetually mist covered (historically they weren't) because of changes in the local wind currents brought about by development on the Canadian side.

Besides, the coolest thing there is the Cave of the Winds, and that's in good ole USA. No trip would be complete without seeing both sides, but there are plenty of people (myself included, obviously) that think the American side is at least the equal of the Canadian side.

Comment: Re:Windows !!! (Score 5, Insightful) 85

by Shakrai (#49548841) Attached to: Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

Why they didn't use Linux, BSD, even the Russia or RedFlag version ?

Ask Siemens. They designed the equipment the Iranians are using and wrote most of the control software to operate in a Windows environment. Not that it would have mattered, once you've got an agency with the resources of CIA or Mossad after you it's only a matter of time before they find a way in. Linux is not proof against malware delivered via HUMINT assets.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.

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