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Comment: Re:Define "working" (Score 1) 323

Why is everyone comparing the costs of the missiles themselves?

The point of Iron Dome is not to bankrupt Hamas by forcing them to make more missiles. It's to save lives. How do you measure the value of a life saved that way?

(there's also property damage, but that at least is quantifiable)

Comment: Re:you mean you HEAR fireworks (Score 1) 323

Qassam rockets are nothing more than gunpowder rockets straight out of medieval China. No guidance, no ordinance, which is why it's years since they've actually killed anyone.

It doesn't matter. They're aimed squarely at civilians, with shrapnel-heavy warhead that is designed specifically to cause death to as many unarmored "soft" targets in the area as possible - basically, to maximize civilian casualties.

Go fuck yourself, racist land thief.

Hamas is a race now? That's funny... last I checked, they are internationally recognized as a terrorist organization.

I suppose saying "fuck Taliban" is racist too, seeing how it's mostly Pashtun?

Comment: Re:Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Score 1) 323

Oh, and as for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this way... the big difference is that ANC's goal, as elaborated in their platform and preached by their leaders, was equality in South Africa, and a real democracy. The goal of Hamas, on the other hand, is the complete destruction of the State of Israel and Jews as people - basically, genocide - again, as elaborated in their official platform documents, and made clear by their preachers. So, what common ground does Israel have to even begin negotiating with these guys? What compromises can they do to make the other side agree to peace (rather than a ceasefire)?

A compromise, like the two-state solution, was possible 30 years ago. But it was not acted upon by Israel, and now Palestinians are too radicalized to accept any such. You can argue with nationalists like Arafat - in the end, what they want is for their nation to prosper, and they'll make pragmatic choices to make that happen, even conceding their ideological goals. But you can't argue with religious fanatics like Hamas - people who are willing to make children into suicide bombers clearly don't have any concern for the future of their nation; all they care about is to fight because "God told them so".

Comment: Re:Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Score 1) 323

I don't know if you're old enough to remember Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher referring to Nelson Mandela as a "terrorist" and his party as a "terrorist organization". It turned out they were dead wrong.

They were? Did you read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission reports on ANC activities? A lot of it reads like textbook terrorism to me. Numerous intentional massacres of civilians (in churches etc) to make a political point.

I'll grant you that the end of apartheid was a good goal, but that doesn't mean that terrorist acts committed to further it stop being terrorism.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 323

moved to places with no anti-semitic political forces.

There were no such places, pretty much.

The idea of moving the Jews somewhere where they wouldn't be unwelcome was, in fact, floated - even before WW2. It even got Hitler's personal approval - in 1938, he said that he would let go of any Jews that would want to leave, so long as some other country would accept them. Evian Conference was convened by US for the explicit purpose of determining who that would be. And guess what? None of the states involved, including those that would later become WW2 Allies, agreed to take any additional amount beyond whatever immigration quotas that they had. They were pretty explicit about the reasons, too:

"As we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one" - Australia

The only country that did accept a significant amount (in proportion to its size and population) was Dominican Republic - ironically, because the dictator in power at the time was a white racist, and considered Jews as white for his purposes (as opposed to black Haitians), and hence wanted an "infusion of white blood" for his nation.

Regarding the whole living memory thing, I think that what matters is how most of the people who are alive today remember it. Basically, if you kick Israelis out and put Palestinians back, how many people would be leaving the homes and the land they were born on and personally grew up on, vs how many would be returning into the homes and land that they were born on. That's what matters because that's the real effect that it would have on people involved, in direct rather some nebulous "historical justice" way. I suspect that such accounting would favor Israelis rather than Palestinians at this point.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 323

Don't get me wrong, I think the launching of rockets randomly against the civilian population of Israel is utterly wrong, but the reality seems to be that both sides are quite happy to kill civilians on the other side its just that Israel is much better at it.

I wouldn't say that Israelis are quite happy to kill civilians. At the very least, they don't see to be intentionally targeting civilian targets (I know that it still happens occasionally, and that when it does, they try to look the other way rather than put one of their own on trial; but it's not the official orders or ROE, and is frowned upon by both military brass and society at large). The ones that they kill, are either - and most often - collateral damage from strikes on military targets (exacerbated by the fact that Hamas really likes to set up missile launchers and mortars near or right on top of high profile civilian targets); or near misses that hit something that they didn't intend to hit. OTOH, Hamas is intentionally targeting civilians - the more dead, the better.

That Israel still manages to rack up a higher civilian kill count than Hamas just goes to show how severe the power disparity is. At the same time, it goes to show that Israel is not the "evil fascist regime" that it's so fashionable to identify it as - if they were, they would steamroll over Gaza decades ago, they certainly have the means.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 323

They're shooting $50k+ missiles at $800 rockets.

And that matters why, exactly? You're completely ignoring the most important cost in that equation - that of lives saved (and not just direct one, but also indirect morale/propaganda boost).

What matters is that those things actually intercept missiles. Spending the same shekels on jets, tanks and bombs does not solve this problem. Well, it can, but it would basically require leveling Gaza to the ground completely and killing everyone alive. Which is something that Israelis will never do, for all the flak they get about being "fascist pigs" etc.

Comment: Re:how hierachal is MS now? (Score 1) 199

by shutdown -p now (#47446307) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

5-6 levels sounds about right. I'm 7 levels down from the top right now (and don't have anyone under me), but this is the most that I ever had.

Being invited to the podcasts is not necessarily based on seniority, but even if it does, a principal dev has maybe 1-2 fewer management layers above them compared to plain SDEs.

Comment: Re:Manager (Score 1) 199

by shutdown -p now (#47446267) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Look at who came to the top alongside Satya. It's people like Scott Guthrie, who have been pushing for more openness and more attention to other platforms rather than just Windows for years now.

"Open source" is actually quite a buzzword inside MS recently. I didn't think I'd ever see a lawyer giving a talk to programmers on F/OSS emphasize that "GPL is not actually bad, you just need to be careful and aware of the implication". As well as describe the historical hostile policy on open source as "stupid and harming competitiveness".

Oh, and the other day, I've seen a guy with a blue badge strolling around the campus in a GPLv3 t-shirt.

Things are changing. Fast.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.