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Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 605

by CannonballHead (#48618525) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
There's still some orchards I think, but small. And there is a fair amount of ag south of SV... but nothing compared to what it used to be. That said, the water issues first started back in the early 20th century when the crops and orchards changed to high-water-use crops like prunes. The area must have sure looked beautiful before sprawl + oak trees cut + orchards removed :)

Comment: Re:Because it doesn't work? (Score 1) 130

by smallfries (#48600275) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

So you mean that they would need some way to stop people from seeing the reports that the torrent is fake?

Kind of like there would be some good content (accurate comments) and they would need to hide it somehow, maybe using some bad content.

Hmmm...... perhaps this is already a solve (non-)problem. We should get the astroturfers on it right away!

Comment: Re:nearly back to 4:3 with 2 side by side (Score 1) 567

by smallfries (#48573473) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

I did exactly this for two years. In the end it was just too painful, partly in the eyes and partly in the neck. I switch to a T-shape for a while, but now I'm back to 2x landscape. Of course now it is too wide so I've centered one and pushed the other to the side. Eventually I guess I'm destined to go back to a single screen.

Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 1) 772

by c6gunner (#48562945) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Were the people who fought for the creation of the state Israel terrorists?

Yes and no, depending on which ones you're referring to.

Were the people who fought for the creation of the USA terrorists?

Yes and no, depending on which ones you're referring to. Mostly no.

Were the people who fought for the independence of Ireland in the early 20th century terrorists?

Yes and no, depending on which ones you're referring to. Mostly no.

Are the Palestinians who fight against past and future Israeli injustice and encroachment on their land terrorists?

Haven't met any of those, not convinced they exist. If they do, they're not terrorists, just fucking stupid. The ones lobbing rockets into Israel while treading on the faces of their own people, though? Yep.

Was the Saudi national who argued that the US military bases in his country were a form of occupation, and who founded an organisation to fight against this, was he a terrorist?

Yep.

I presume Saudi Arabia falls under your definition of `true nation state'.

Either you're making a suggestion which shows that you don't understand what "unaffiliated with a nation state" means, or this part just makes no sense whatsoever.

Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 1) 772

by c6gunner (#48562897) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

We haven't really stopped any such attacks; we've brought attention to attempts which were never going to succeed, but that's it.

Oh, sure. All the attacks which get stopped are "ones which were never going to succeed", and all the ones which succeed are ones which "clearly show the incompetence and futility of the security apparatus", amirite? Nice rhetoric bro; wee bit lacking on the intellectual integrity front.

If an open theater of war comes in earnest, we will have Americans who can remember government prattling and a single attack, versus Arabs who can remember friends and family dying in bombings of coffee shops by Americans across decades.

This is just uneducated white-guilt garbage. Yes, it's Americans who are walking into Arab coffee shops and detonating themselves. Sure it is. It's the small fraction of Arabs killed by Americans which other Arabs will remember; not the much larger fraction killed by the factions within their own borders. Ignore the Iraqis and Kurds all crying for help within a couple years of the US leaving; it's not because they need saving from the same people we've been fighting all along, but rather because those poor bastards must have been so terrorized by the Eevil Amerikkan Pigdogs that they've developed Stockholm Syndrome. They hate the US so much they can't wait to see you again.

To combat this, we basically bomb other countries, call anyone over 18 a soldier ("militant"), and prove to the world that we're the axis of evil that must be removed.

And this is just ignorant anti-American bullshit posing as open-minded progressive thought. Yes, just go ahead and label an entire nation an "axis of evil", based on the demonstrably false claim that they're targeting "anyone over 18". Go ahead and mix lies and hypocrisy, in an attempt to justify bigotry.

I know that you don't actually believe what you're saying; I'm just not sure if that makes it more evil or less. I do, however, know that you are scum, and that I have far more in common with the average Iraqi than I do with a fanatic like you.

Comment: Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (Score 2) 291

by smallfries (#48562869) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Back in the UK we had a situation quite like you describe, we used adsl a lot more than cable but in terms of contention they all worked roughly the same.

Here in Sweden I still find it a bit bizarre but we have no limits at all. Everything has been built either at, or close to, worst case levels of usage. Internet provision seems to be handled on the basis that people will use it. When we had cable I used to leave torrents maxing out the line speed for weeks on end and we never got any complaints. Back then I think our connection was 24mb and I was a relatively light user, only downloading 500-1000gb a month.

Now we are back to really shitty adsl and although there are no bandwidth limits we get have some really crappy copper so the line drops at least five times a day. Can't wait to get fiber. It's sitting un-terminated in our basement and all we need is an engineer to come out and do the final installation. Sadly I kid not when I say it might be another two years. Yay for socialism!

Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 1) 772

by c6gunner (#48562825) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

It doesn't matter if they're right, it's incredibly easy to rationalize the acts of your side. Just to be certain that you're not one of the bad guys yourself you need to keep your actions way above reproach.

Judging by your example there's no point in trying. You're basically saying:

"people are going to lie about what you did and then hate you based on those lies, so you have to be perfect, which will magically stop them from lying about you"

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1, Insightful) 772

by c6gunner (#48562805) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Waterboarding was regarded by the US as torture and at least a couple of Japanese officers were tried and put to death over applying it to captured US soldiers in WW II.

-5,000, Lying Bastard

Suggesting that what the Japanese did was equivalent to the modern usage of the word "waterboarding" is a bit like suggesting that the Nazis really did just give the Jews a nice shower.

Comment: Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (Score 0) 772

by c6gunner (#48562567) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Sure, it satisfies that, but then you lose the moral high ground. And that shit is actually important.

Hah. As if any of the blame-America-first crowd would ever concede any kind of high ground!

"What's that? You're not torturing? Well, err, you're invading. For OIL!"
"What's that? Not invading? Err ... umm ... well, you have too many bases around and the world and that's bad because reasons!"
"What's that? No more bases? Well, erm, you're evil because racism! And bad healtchare! And hicks!"

Face it - doesn't matter what the US does or doesn't do; the battle lines are already drawn. Trying to placate those who hate you is asinine. As for those of us who don't hate you, torturing a few scumbags certainly isn't going to push us over the line.

The first time, it's a KLUDGE! The second, a trick. Later, it's a well-established technique! -- Mike Broido, Intermetrics

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