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Comment Re:Star of David used by Neo Nazis... (Score 1) 204

My position is that anyone can have any opinion they want, and that the significance of that opinion to others depends on whatever level of trust the claimer can command. This puts some people in a de facto privileged position. This can be rational (e.g. privileging an oncologist's opinions on cancer over a layman's) and in other cases not (privileging a fellow mom's opinions about vaccines over an immunologist or toxicologist).

So my point is that you CAN make any of the claims you suggested, but your authority won't carry much weight because you're just a random bloke on the Internet. You would have to make a convincing argument. However even then there are lots of very credible-sounding arguments out there that don't sound credible to someone who has actual knowledge.

The bottom line is knowing the truth of any claim is quite difficult, particularly when it involves jargon. In general the judgment of someone who has spent some time studying an issue is more be trusted than what "stands to reason" in your own judgment. Even so, an expert should still be able to give a coherent defense of his positions.

So in the case of this frog meme, I have no particular reason to doubt ADL; however if it were important to me I would look at the evidence ADL puts forward in justification of their position. I do not necessarily agree with ADL on everything (e.g. on Muslims displaying tokens bearing the Shahada), but they have more than any other group tracked violent extremist groups and their affiliates and therefore are in at least a position to compare and contrast the symbols used. If, however, it were an organization like Kahane Chai, I would feel no particular reason to look into their reasoning because they're a racist group. Life is simply to short to treat a source that is consistently nonsense as if it might be credible.

Comment Re:Star of David used by Neo Nazis... (Score 1) 204

Well, actually technically speaking you're the one begging the question: you haven't established that either you or I enjoy some kind of privileged position in which we get to condemn other people for condemning language they don't like.

So by all means condemn them for calling things "hate speech", it's your right; but it's also their right.

Comment Re:To what purpose? (Score 1) 140

Not a great comparison, the 10 gig switch is mostly SFP ports which are only useful for short run twinax or with fiber optic SFP modules for anything beyond twinax lengths. 10g copper SFP modules don't exist. Useful in a rack with servers with SFP NICs or if you want to fuck around with fiber, but in my mind that rates them as less useful than base-T which has much simpler and cheaper cabling demands.

I see a lot of twinax/optical deployments as converged core server + iSCSI storage but mostly in new cluster deployments where the expectation is everything is new and there's a few fiber handoffs or for core network deployments in larger networks.

But the most useful is always the base-T version because it drops in easily and handles pre-existing equipment with only 1g copper connections.

To be slightly fair with switch vendors, there is something complex about 10g-baset PHYs which makes them more expensive, but not THIS expensive for this long.

I still think IEEE messed up by not rolling variable (2.5/5/10) link speed into the 10g-base-t standard up front. It would have driven switches with broader footprints and driven more adoption by giving full speed where the cabling was good and 2-5x speed where cabling was just OK. More adoption, more unit volume and lower prices.

Comment Re:Summary Needs Correction (Score 2) 88

Companies have been doing health initiatives like this for years.

If Aetna really wanted to do a "health initiative", maybe they could start by actually paying health insurance claims instead of fucking people around. They're famous for trying to "run out the clock" on sick people,. hoping they'll die before a claim is approved.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 4, Insightful) 88

I train brazillian Jui Jitsu. I wanted to wear a fitness tracker to figure out how much work I do in a session because they are very intense, the warm-ups are what most fitness places call a 'work-out'. You can wear them in the warm up however the trouble with them is they get torn off when you fight and they *can't* track the amount of work I am doing.

If you train Jui Jitsu, why do you feel the need to quantify the amount of work you're doing? It's like needing a special device to tell you how much fun you're having at a party.

If you need to quantify your martial arts workouts, you're missing the point of martial arts, no? Maybe I'm wrong and am just not hip with the kids these days, who seem to seek numerical validation for everything they do in the form of "likes" and "favs" and "retweets".

In thirty years of martial arts training, study and instruction, it has never occurred to me that knowing the number of calories I'm burning will be in any way enlightening. But then, I'm not really part of Apple's target demographic.

Comment Re:WOW, this is fucked (Score 1) 417

Well, a big part of India cozying up was because of Nixon and his threat to Ghandi. I could not believe that he actually threatened her with a nuke. How stupid can you be.
The other issue is that India got invaded by China back in the 60s and had to cozy up to somebody since they were surrounded by East and West Pakistan, along with China to the north. So, they picked Russia (who also saw china as a threat).

BUT, India continues to work closely with Russia, and I can tell you that there is nearly 100% chance that most of the Western companies that have been cracked by 'russians' , had just outsourced parts of production (not code, but admin) to India within the previous year. Sadly, ppl like Krebs ignores these issues, and I can not talk further about it. BUT, India is a VERY REAL THREAT to the west.

Comment Re:WOW, this is fucked (Score 1) 417

there are many companies that work with TLAs that do NOT get their security clearances. As snowden and a large number of chinese spies has shown, they are a joke. Instead, by focusing on hiring Whites (non-russian), blacks, and Latinos, they can reduce their risk a great deal.
Im all in favor of preventing race based hiring in NORMAL companies, which accounts for more than 99% of them. However, when it comes to national security, we really need to disregard these kinds of laws. They are KILLING US. LITERALLY.
And BTW, I HAVE dealt with Chinese spies.

Comment ADL (Score 0) 204

Who are these ADL people anyway, and what do they know about anti-semitism? The real anti-semites are those that wouldn't get that six-pointed stars are merely sheriff's badges and swastikas are really just Hindu good-luck symbols.

Oh, and "88" just stands for the average IQ of a 4chan user, and has absolutely nothing to do with the beloved Fuhrer.

Trump 2016

Comment Re:Like it would have mattered (Score 2) 116

No, I don't think the CELL system would have handled the increased load unless the venue was used often at this capacity...

Hofstra has been used for this purpose before, and for much bigger conferences than the measly 1000 people in the hall last night.

They charged $200/head for their wi-fi hotspot. $200,000 can pay for a lot of bandwidth for a 90 minute event.

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