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Comment: Re:I don't think Obama is really paying attention (Score 1) 424

As someone who has a lot of business interests in the Middle East and especially Jordan I think that you will find that the Jordanians hate what ISIS/IS/??? are doing.
They might have some internal tribal rivalries but they are united in wanting to keep their relatively liberal society out of the hands of the likes of IS/ISIS.

There is also a lot of belief that if IS attaches Jordan then Israel will see that as a direct threat to them and join in to fight alongside the Anti-IS fighters.
My friends in Kuwait are divided about 'would this be a good thing or not?'.
On one hand Yes because Israel are helping the Liberal Muslims fight the extremists
On the other hand, No because this is a conflict that is mostly Muslim on Muslim.

If you are commenting from the relative safety of the US then until you have lived and travelled around the Region as I have for the past 20+ years you can't even begin to understand how complex it is in terms of relationships etc.

As much as I would like to see it, I don't think you'll ever see Isreal 'fighting beside' Muslims.

Isreal will do whatever it feels like doing to expand it's borders and, secondarily, defend itself. Helping Muslims will not factor into it.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 424

this is on Obama's watch and he has been totally negligent.

Because we are TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE!

Its because hes a coward and would rather let the menace rage out of control than take it on.

Indeed, instead of containing them we should just go in guns blazing, because that's always the best way to counter problematic ideologies. It always works out so well. It's also easy for the armchair general to send soldiers to die for whatever cause they deem worthy.

And your alternative solution would be....?

Comment: Re:*sighs* (Score 1) 136

by sociocapitalist (#49162933) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

Well, expect there to be signs all over banks and other secure locations, from now on, telling people to remove helmets, glasses and all articles of clothing.

Seriously, fucking with security cameras is really a needed thing?

Traffic and other types of cams that shouldn't be used to track people should certainly be fucked with.

Comment: Re:He is linking homeopathy to astrology (Score 1) 319

by sociocapitalist (#49135223) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

Well, the 90% figure is based on 90% more facts than homeopathy. Or astrology, for that matter.

Basing a statement on a baseless reference of a jackass makes one, in turn, a jackass.

Defending a jackass with poor math doesn't do much better.

90% of nothing is still nothing.

Comment: Re:He is linking homeopathy to astrology (Score 2) 319

by sociocapitalist (#49127553) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

"Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart."

At first, I have failed to see the common ground between homeopathy and astrology - these two sentences sounded completely unrelated. But they are actually related - it says
"90% of French women are gullible enough to fall for homeopathy. This means that most of them are stupid enough to also believe astrology crap, so market is ripe"

And that figure of 90% actually comes from where? I mean other than out of Tredinnick's ass of course.

Comment: Re:I have an H1-B employee (Score 1) 176

by sociocapitalist (#49125639) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Not sure about getting abused, but it certainly drives down the earning potential in the field.

I have full time position, but was applying for a new opportunity. The position was listed with high requirements and experience. I fit the job description almost perfectly. When it came to discussing salary, they were offering $40k less than I currently make and without the high level of benefits I currently have. After I expressed disappointment in the salary for what was advertised as a highly experienced position, the recruiter said that their client was hoping to get an H1B visa person and the rate they quoted me was the going rate.

I'm an independent IT contractor in France. I constantly get calls from Indian companies with great sounding opportunities and then they tell me that it pays X, which is generally half or less of my general rate. I used to say 'no thanks' and hang up until I realized that they are certainly counting the number of Nos that they get and using that to justify work visas to bring in cheap labor. "Oh we couldn't find anyone interested look we called X hundred westerners (or whatever)).

Now I say "Yes I'm interested - at my rate". Not sure it makes much difference but I'll try and short out that process if I can.

Comment: Re:Actually, ADM Rogers doesn't "want" that at all (Score 1) 406

by sociocapitalist (#49125597) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

Even if it means a massive terrorist attack on US soil, even if means the collapse of the government, or invasion, or a mushroom cloud over a major US city, we have to resist the presumption that any agent of the executive acts without oversight and accountability.

The problem is going to be finding politicians who are willing to take the risk of having a terrorist attack succeed 'because' they stood up against the NSA et. al.

I put 'because' in quotes as such a thing could conceivably be allowed to happen by the NSA et. al. to prove the point that they need such power.

Comment: Re:It would be nice if... (Score 1) 155

by sociocapitalist (#49119067) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

It would be nice if the NSA was using this technology to spy on the real terrorists; and by that I mean the people who actually do want to hurt you and steal from you -- CEOs and Large Banks.

I mean, there has not been a SINGLE prosecution in the great financial disaster of 2008, yet, I'll be there's plenty of cell phone conversations and text messages about breaking up bad mortgages into financial instruments of mass destruction, and reselling them as AAA+ rated securities.

Excuse me, but after 20 trillion dollars lost, and another 2 or so trillion given away to prop up a few banks who wanted to play along with the government (until such time that it became time to steal again); it seems to me that the NSA should be more concerned about these guys than a few rouge crazies who blow up the occasional civilian.

I'm betting that nothing will change so I've told my son he should become a high level banker :-)

Comment: Re:Sanctions (Score 1) 155

by sociocapitalist (#49119027) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

Except in the case of the U.K. trade sanctions from other E.U. member states are simply not permissible. I would also doubt the USA would introduce sanctions against the UK on this one, and E.U. sanctions against the USA would require approval from the UK which I doubt they are going to give. That's 45% of the worlds GDP locked in right there.

Good luck on that plan.

Not only that but all the above are sharing data on each other's citizens anyway.

Comment: Re:Fallout? (Score 1) 155

by sociocapitalist (#49118991) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

Certainly very true. Absolutely, NSA and GCHQ are at fault here.

However, these kinds of stories draw the attention of even the most idiotic of individuals. Those that only a few months ago were, without any consideration, spouting, "I don't care if the NSA sees everything I do or works to break into everything." must now stop and realize they were used and lied to, and that the work of these criminal organizations is directly damaging many companies. Various encryption or communication groups and companies have disappeared without any notice by the average person, but they will see the damage when it comes to their cell phones.

'The average person' will never have any idea that any of this happened.

Comment: Re:Fallout? (Score 1) 155

by sociocapitalist (#49118403) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

There is the law, notice the lawfully authorized part? They are not entitled to do anything you and I can't do UNLESS they have a search warrant or there is some other law on the books specifically authorizing the activity. I doubt even the FISA court would have rubber stamped this one.

They wouldn't need a search warrant outside the US for non-US citizens.

Comment: Re:Fallout? (Score 1) 155

by sociocapitalist (#49118395) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

It would be nice to know who will pay the damages or that NSA and GHCQ can just destroy businesses as they please.

a) the businesses that were hacked or
b) the taxpayers

Until enough people get off their fat asses and do something about the situation, which doesn't seem likely to happen before the US falls back to the middle ages.

Comment: Re:I would like to see your double blind study (Score 1) 108

by sociocapitalist (#49118347) Attached to: Mummified Monk Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

"If people are carefully and honestly thinking through the consequences of their actions, they are less likely to harm themselves or others."

You assume that people do not want to harm themselves or others, which is often not true.

Organized religion is a power base and it has always been used by those in power to keep or get more power - not to make nice nice.

What's the difference between a computer salesman and a used car salesman? A used car salesman knows when he's lying.

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