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Comment The mess that's ISIS (Score 1) 121

Actually, both are right. While ISIS is al Qaeda in Iraq, it's evolved to more than that, thanks to the West getting its hands dirty in the so called Arab Spring, and happily endorsing the toppling of Ben Ali, Mubaraq, Gadaffi and then Assad. While the first 3 went easily and the West made an assumption about these peacefully transitioning into pluralistic societies - none of which happened - in Syria's case, what resulted was a civil war, since there was no way the Alawites were gonna let the Sunnis come to power, similar to Shi'ites in Iraq. That would have resulted in a revenge bloodbath.

Also, while HRC, who I fully oppose, did do her part in destabilizing the whole region, it's worth remembering that at the time, even the Republicans supported toppling Gadaffi, and only changed their views on what was going on after Benghazi. Trump however was on record as saying that removing strongmen like Mubaraq and Gadaffi just destabilized the region. In case of Egypt, they recovered by undoing the Morsi coup (or else, Egypt would have been an ISIS republic today) and El Sisi just minding their own business in putting Egypt back together, and not bothering about leadership of the Arab League, leaving it to KSA and Qatar. Libya, on the other hand, became another Somalia.

Incidentally, the Republicans (not including Trump here) are in a time warp of their own in the 80s. For them, it's still about a contest w/ Russia for influence, as well as not forgetting the days of enmity during the golden age of Reagan. Yeah, in the 80s, Gadaffi was a terrorist, and he did deserve to be bombed in 1986. But after the ouster of Saddam Hussein, apart from the mess that was Iraq, one good effect of that war was Gadaffi deciding to reform and repair relations w/ the West. He voluntarily exposed and ended his WMD program, decided to settle the financial claims of everybody who hated him due to Lockerbie, and restored diplomatic relations w/ Western countries, particularly the US and UK. Once that happened, we had no business trying to topple him.

Instead, by participating in the bombing of Libya in response to schizophrenic appeals by the Arab League (who on one hand wanted the US to destroy Gadaffi's fighting abilities but on the other, not to hurt Libyan citizens), the West created a situation where Gadaffi was savagely murdered and replaced initially by an Islamic regime, and later by something nobody can figure out. In the meantime, ISIS took over Cyrenaica, and Benghazi happened. What that's done is telegraph any dictator anywhere in the world who's hostile to the US - 'Don't bother kissing & making up - the West will have no qualms about stabbing you in the back'. Good job, Obama, Hilary, McCain, Boehner, Hannity (who supported this at the time, even if he opposed it afterwards) et al.

Comment Re:Dumb question, but where should we store them? (Score 1) 104

I have a closed system that has 2 Windows servers, sql server, 14 red hat servers and a win 7 laptop. Each has a user and admin account. Each has strict DoD based password criteria including expiring every 60 days, no repeats, etc. that's 32 passwords to manage with 6 developers working on the system.

In one of my past jobs, we were required to update our passwords every 90 days. And we'd get warned about it on day 60, and we couldn't use any of our last 4 passwords or so

My way around it - pick a base password - since it was at work, which I might have to share w/ colleagues, depending on the situation, I picked the company name spelled out w/ special characters, odd capitalization and so on, and then appeneded to the end numbers from 0-9. After p@s$w0Rd9 was complete, I'd revert it to p@s$w0Rd0 and start again.

So for your thing, you could give them all separate names reflecting their functions, encode them into passwords you'd easily remember, and then index them so that you don't repeat any passwords within n number of changes or m number of months. There are also apps that let you store and retrieve your passwords.

Comment Re:Muslims and Serbia (Score 1) 121

Problem is that it's not bureaucrats in Brussels or Strasbourg who are getting raped or killed, but citizens in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and other places. I'd have no problems if Syrian refugees round up the Eurocrats in those 2 cities and possess them w/ their right hand, to use Quranic terminology.

Comment Re: World Police? (Score 1) 121

Uh, no! If anything, Bill Clinton's was the most anti-Israel administration, before Obama overtook it. He sent James Carville there to orchestrate Netenyahu's electoral defeat, and got Ehud Barak to concede everything that Arafat wanted. You might want to go back to Stormfront and get new Judeophobic material.

Comment Re:World Police? (Score 2) 121

Jihadist enemies are there for a lot of countries, not just Israel, so you can get off that camel disguised as a high horse and educate yourself about what they do elsewhere. Aside from Israel, in this thread, I've pointed out how Kosovars/Albanians have issues w/ not just Serbs, but Macedonians as well. Sudan had a civil war that ended in South Sudan becoming a separate country. You have Boko Haram in Nigeria busy persecuting Christians wherever they can find them. Russia has its issues w/ the Chechens and the Crimean Taters, who in their day, conducted raids into Moscow: they weren't just fighting for 'self determination'. In Thailand, there is the issue of Malay separatists in South Thailand. In India, there is the issue in Kashmir, as well as India's own problems w/ its own Muslims. In Philippines, there is the MILF (no, not that MILF, but the Moro Islamic Liberation Front).

Oh, and the stuff about Israel supporting ISIS - you just made that up. Since the Syrian civil war started, Israel has maintained a stance of neutrality. On one hand, they have Assad, who is backed by Hizbullah and Iran, who they therefore don't like for that reason. On the other, there are the Syrian Sunni groups - of which ISIS is one - that originally were backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, which has ties to both al Qaeda and Hamas, which the Israelis are wary of as well. So they are on record as saying that they have no dog in this fight.

The internecine Muslim war - the stuff you mention about them being more interested in fighting fellow Muslims - has less to do w/ Israel backing them, and more to do w/ Shia-Sunni rivalry fueled by the Saudis. As it is, the Saudis and other Arabs always took a dim view of Syria's Alawite regime, and wanted to topple it. They got their best chance w/ the Arab Spring, and it was Saudi Arabia and Qatar that started by backing their favorite Sunni factions. Iran couldn't watch Syria collapse just as Iraq had been delivered to them, thanks to the stupidity of the Bush democratization policy, and so they and Hizbullah intervened. Had Syria fallen into the hands of any of the Sunni factions, Lebanon would have followed: there is no way a Sunni regime in Damascus would have tolerated a Hizbullah dominated regime in Beirut. So both Iran and Hizbullah had to prop up the Assad regime. In the meantime, ISIS had overrun northern Iraq and Eastern Syria, so that was a new headache for not just Iran and Syria, but Iraq as well.

The one good thing about the civil war in Syria is that it's locked up Jihadists from both sides - Sunni and Shia. You have Russia weighing in on Syria's side, which makes it easier to prevent not just an ISIS takeover, but a Sunni takeover as well.

Comment Complex password rules (Score 1) 104

Some of my passwords I easily remember. Some of the others are written down - some on a page in a diary, others in Sticky Notes in one of my Windows 10 logins.

Part of the reason for this is the disparate password rules that some organizations FORCE on us. Password must be 8 characters, password must contain mix of lower and upper case, password must include special characters, password must start w/ a letter or number but not a special character, and so on. As a result, some of the passwords I would have used in some cases using my own mental password creating algorithm had to be tossed out, and then I had to record those exception passwords somewhere, and lost them when a computer dump happened.

My suggestion - just toss out all the rules, and let people make whatever they want. If I want my password to be pwd, let me. If I want it to be )%^, don't insist that I include at least 1 lowercase and 1 number or any of that. Or just have 2 factor authentication, and get rid of all the passwords.

Comment Re: World Police? (Score 1) 121

Let's look at after 1991 or 1992. Aside from the war in Kuwait - which, looking at back today, was a mistake, how many times did the US meddle against Muslim interests? In Yugoslavia, they either ignored the war - during the Bosnian war - or took the Muslim side - when Bill Clinton did his 'Wag the dog' operation. In the Israel-Pali conflict, a lot of pressure was put on Israel to make unilateral concessions, which Ehud Barak actually did. Aside from that, 1992-2000 was a decade of peace as far as the US went, even if there was war in other places in the world, such as Rwanda or Afghanistan (which was a civil war in which the US had no sides since 1987)

Comment Re:My proposed '$12/year photo storage plan': (Score 1) 49

Only reason I have an iPhone is that I have family members who do, and who I want to FaceTime w/. Yeah, there is Google Duo NOW, but that's recent. My favorite phone, had I not needed FaceTime or Vonage, would have been the Lumia. I have a Moto X as well, and even that comes w/o the SD slot. If the Lumia had a native FaceTime like app, as well as at least ONE VOIP app like Vonage or 8x8, I'd switch to it.

Comment Muslims and Serbia (Score 2) 121

Kosovo's people are the ones who have problems w/ not just Serbs, but Macedonians as well. It's not like Serbia is the lone bully there. Also, Serbia is expected to part w/ Kosovo on ethnic/religious grounds, but in the meantime, Serbs in Bosnia's Srpska region, which borders Serbia and who wanna join Serbia, can't b'cos the 'international community' is supportive of the Muslim peoples of the region - Albanians and Bosniaks.

Ironically, all the Jihadi attacks we've seen since 9/11 - had there been attacks from Serb terrorists, I wouldn't call it justified, but they'd at least have had more of a rationale than the Jihadi ones. However, the Serbs have never reacted that way against the US, despite being at the receiving end of a racist, anti-Slavonic campaign by primarily Western Europe, and the US as well. In the US war against Saddam, they supported the US, and in return, the US voted for the independence declaration of Kosovo. When one looks at things in this light, Russia did the only sensible thing by walking into Crimea - there's no way the US or Europe would have supported the aspirations of the Russkies there. But back to my point - one would have expected Serbs to be doing this stuff like hacking US sites in retaliation for the ugly way Serbia has been treated throughout this millenium. Instead, it's a Muslim Kosovar, who has every reason to thank the US but whose Islamic duty of hating the Infidels trumps all that, who does it.

Funny how US policies of appeasing people like the Albanians, Bosniaks, Palis (pressure on Israel to eliminate settlements), Saudis, Kuwaitis (attack on Chattanooga), Qataris tends to have a blowback effect

Comment Re:Guantanamo Bay is a minor issue (Score 1) 121

Yeah, that's been one of the issues w/ US policy. Opposed to some Jihadi movements, like the Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS, Hizbullah, while being supportive of Jihadi governments, like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. It blows a hole in the war on terror argument. Which is why I prefer the alt Right, that recognizes ALL of Islam as the enemy!!!

Comment Re: World Police? (Score 1) 121

Uh, the US had mostly disarmed and was pretty much minding its own business when 9/11 happened. So you can lose the sophistry about US policies causing the anti-US sentiments. It's usually a blend of Leftist and Muslim hatred against the US, and for that matter, everyone who's successful

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