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Comment Discrimination against Asian-Americans (Score 1) 384

Asian-Americans have lower default rates than whites, in spite of the fact that universities actively discriminate against them.

Members of one minority (Asian-Americans) need to score a whopping 450 SAT points higher than members of another minority (African-Americans) for an equal chance of admission to private universities. Source: The Economist

Comment Refusing to renew the agreement? (Score 1) 755

Following the "troop surge" of January 2007, the rate of insurgent attacks in Iraq was low and trending lower.

If the level of U.S. security assistance had been modulated by facts on the ground, Iraq's democratic institutions would have continued to take root and there would have been no ISIS.

When you are operating a brand new nuclear reactor, you don't say "our simulator says we should be able to pull the control rods all the way out, and there won't be a meltdown, so let's pull the control rods all the way out." No, you very cautiously pull the control rods out, a millimeter at a time, to verify that the system reacts as the simulator predicts.

Iraq should have been handled just as cautiously. Instead, the control rods were abruptly pulled all the way out, and we got the meltdown of ISIS.

The "Status of Forces Agreement" is not an excuse for cutting and running. Imagine Japanese officials in 1947 saying "we do not renew the Status of Forces Agreement, therefore the U.S. occupation must end." Douglas MacArthur would have laughed his ass off!

Comment More years of training and support (Score 1) 755

I would place some blame on the U.S. electorate, for being more receptive to this brain-dead campaign promise:
"I will bring our troops home!"
than to this nuanced campaign promise:
"The level of U.S. security assistance to Iraq will be modulated by facts on the ground, so that Iraq's democratic institutions will continue to take root and terror groups will continue to be weakened."

When you are operating a brand new nuclear reactor, you don't say "our simulator says we should be able to pull the control rods all the way out, and there won't be a meltdown, so let's pull the control rods all the way out." No, you very cautiously pull the control rods out, a millimeter at a time, to verify that the system reacts as the simulator predicts.

Iraq should have been handled just as cautiously. Instead, the control rods were abruptly pulled all the way out, and we got the meltdown of ISIS.

The "Status of Forces Agreement" is not an excuse. Imagine Japanese officials in 1947 saying "we do not wish to extend the a Status of Forces Agreement, so the U.S. occupation must end." Douglas MacArthur would have laughed his ass off!

Comment How the job was finished properly in Japan (Score 1) 755

Following the "troop surge" of January 2007, the rate of insurgent attacks in Iraq was low and trending lower.

If the level of U.S. security assistance had been modulated by facts on the ground, Iraq's democratic institutions would have continued to take root and there would have been no ISIS.

When you are operating a brand new nuclear reactor, you don't say "our simulator says we should be able to pull the control rods all the way out, and there won't be a meltdown, so let's pull the control rods all the way out." No, you very cautiously pull the control rods out, a millimeter at a time, to verify that the system reacts as the simulator predicts.

Iraq should have been handled just as cautiously. Instead, the control rods were abruptly pulled all the way out, and we got the meltdown of ISIS.

The "Status of Forces Agreement" is not an excuse. Imagine Japanese officials in 1947 saying "we are not extending the Status of Forces Agreement, so the U.S. occupation must end." Douglas MacArthur would have laughed his ass off!

Comment Since when does the defeated party dictate terms? (Score 1) 755

Following the "troop surge" of January 2007, the rate of insurgent attacks in Iraq was low and trending lower.

If the level of U.S. security assistance had been modulated by facts on the ground, Iraq's democratic institutions would have continued to take root and there would have been no ISIS.

When you are operating a brand new nuclear reactor, you don't say "our simulator says we should be able to pull the control rods all the way out, and there won't be a meltdown, so let's pull the control rods all the way out." No, you very cautiously pull the control rods out, a millimeter at a time, to verify that the system reacts as the simulator predicts.

Iraq should have been handled just as cautiously. Instead, the control rods were abruptly pulled all the way out, and we got the meltdown of ISIS.

The "Status of Forces Agreement" is not an excuse. Imagine Japanese officials in 1947 saying "we do not wish to extend the Status of Forces Agreement, so the U.S. occupation must end." Douglas MacArthur would have laughed his ass off!

Comment It's quite wrong to blame economic conditions. (Score 1) 755

Given all the turmoil Iraq has suffered, going all the way back to 1963 when the Ba'ath Party violently seized power, Iraq has a surprisingly high GDP per capita right now. It's higher than Costa Rica, a very peaceful place.

As such, it's quite wrong to blame economic conditions for the rise of ISIS.

Comment Here's what created ISIS. (Score 1) 755

Following the "troop surge" of January 2007, the rate of insurgent attacks in Iraq was low and trending lower.

If the level of U.S. security assistance had been modulated by facts on the ground, Iraq's democratic institutions would have continued to take root and there would have been no ISIS.

When you are operating a brand new nuclear reactor, you don't say "our simulator says we should be able to pull the control rods all the way out, and there won't be a meltdown, so let's pull the control rods all the way out." No, you very cautiously pull the control rods out, a millimeter at a time, to verify that the system reacts as the simulator predicts.

Iraq should have been handled just as cautiously. Instead, the control rods were abruptly pulled all the way out, and we got the meltdown of ISIS.

The Bush Administration's "Status of Forces Agreement" is not an excuse for cutting and running. Imagine Japanese officials in 1947 saying "we don't want to extend the Status of Forces Agreement, therefore the U.S. occupation must end." Douglas MacArthur would have laughed his ass off!

Comment Here's what led to ISIS. (Score 1) 755

The removal of him and failure to provide Iraq with a functional government lead to the formation if Isis

Following the "troop surge" of January 2007, the rate of insurgent attacks in Iraq was low and trending lower.

If the level of U.S. security assistance had been modulated by facts on the ground, Iraq's democratic institutions would have continued to take root and there would have been no ISIS.

When you are operating a brand new nuclear reactor, you don't say "our simulator says we should be able to pull the control rods all the way out, and there won't be a meltdown, so let's pull the control rods all the way out." No, you very cautiously pull the control rods out, a millimeter at a time, to verify that the system reacts as the simulator predicts.

Iraq should have been handled just as cautiously. Instead, the control rods were abruptly pulled all the way out, and we got the meltdown of ISIS.

The "Status of Forces Agreement" is not an excuse. Imagine Japanese officials in 1947 saying "we have not signed a Status of Forces Agreement, so the U.S. occupation must end." Douglas MacArthur would have laughed his ass off!

Comment Fallacious (Score 1) 467

There's no way in hell the private industry can do it cheaper when they have to make a profit and report to shareholders

Why not apply that argument to every industry, then?

All auto manufacturing should be taken over by a government agency -- there's no way private industry can do it cheaper when they have to make a profit and report to shareholders.

Intel, AMD, Apple and Samsung... their fabs and engineering activities should be taken over by a government agency -- there's no way private industry can do it cheaper when they have to make a profit and report to shareholders.

Food is an even more basic human need than healthcare. So all farming, food distribution, and restaurants should be taken over by a government agency -- there's no way private industry can do it cheaper when they have to make a profit and report to shareholders.

Actually, because they have to make a profit is precisely why private enterprises have demonstrated time and time again that they are more efficient and innovative than government agencies -- which use other people's money, coercively obtained, to continue their operations.

Comment Special vs. general interests (Score 1) 467

That would be a win for everyone else. A race to the bottom is really a race to the top for everyone else.

More accurately, it's a win for the general interest, and a lose for special interests (the manufacturers who are squeezed).

A true test of character is whether you vote against policies that help a special interest at the expense of the general interest -- even if that special interest is YOU.

Oh, and what you call a "shit job" is, to the person who does it, the best job they can get. By definition. If they could switch to a better job, they would.

Comment ReactOS (Score 1) 180

I had never heard of ReactOS, but your post got me curious so I looked into it.

And I learned that it targets compatibility with Windows Server 2003.

Does that not make it a dead-end OS? Is there any software house that still supports Windows Server 2003?

Here's another commenter who recently came to the same conclusion:

ReactOS is a dead end, Linux works on everything nowadays and is way more stable, plus it has better compatibility with Windows software as it receives Wine updates, while ReactOS lacks a proper update platform
AFAIK.

Comment Warren Buffett lied (Score 1) 366

Buffett and his secretary pay exactly the same tax rate on their respective capital gains.

And unless Mr. Buffett is an incredibly stingy SOB, his secretary is in the top tax bracket; therefore he and his secretary pay exactly the same tax rate on earned income.

On the other hand if he is an incredibly stingy SOB, his secretary pays a lower rate than he does on earned income.

Either way, his fib has deceived millions of people.

Comment Re:PasswordSafe (Score 1) 415

I know nothing about cryptography. Maybe I have a misconception that you can correct.

What you're saying is, that you can generate all possible 34-bit passwords in one second.

But simply generating all those passwords is a far cry from hacking someone's account, is it not?

You have to make a login attempt with each one of those passwords, and wait for the server to respond with a "password incorrect" error before moving on to the next one. Each failed attempt would take at least a few milliseconds. (Assuming the server allows millions of rapid-fire failed login attempts.)

So associating a time of "one second" with 32-bit space is not realistic. Or, what am I missing?

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