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Topic: Serious Discussion / Iraq Round Three

Originally posted by onlineidiot1994:

I’m by no mean an expert, but I get the feeling that even with reduced labor prices in areas like Iraq, the added costs associated with refining crude oil in these areas – security, shipping, leasing/building infrastructure – wouldn’t really save much as opposed to refining locally.

You should know, that crude oil is comparable with a used chewing gun. This is nothing that you can transport easily and has some very unpleasant properties. And the chemicals used to get crude oil from the ground are also extremely aggressive. Maybe you should watch a technical reportage about an oilfield to get a feeling, why many people think, that the age of cheap oil is nearing it’s end.

About the conflict I have to say, that the stream of information is extremely thin. All I can really do is wild mass guessing. I read a few reports about the refugee camp. After the united nation was able to provide this people with food and water they send lots of observer. Seems like the Christians are a minority. The USA pretty much hasn’t helped at all. Which is something positive, because these refugees aren’t fans of this country for obvious reason. Especially the Christians seem to hate them. If they would send “Care packages”, the situation would escalate quickly.

It may sound cold-hearted, but I don’t think these refugees are relevant. It’s nice that they got media coverage and the world is aware of their existence. It also hardly touches me any more, that the IS buys small children that will end as sex slaves or trade food for organs. It seems like in the end it’s all about monetisation. Also, I honestly don’t really care any more, if wars are fought over religion, power, resources or 99 red balloons .

And by the way: As native German I consider the English version much better. Whoever has translated this was a genius, because he took the original message and translated it into the Saxon culture. But this also means nobody should be surprised, why it didn’t sold well in this region, although the original German version that hardly anybody in the USA understand was a hit. And if anybody wants a translation of the German part they left in this version: “99 Ministers of war are playing with the fire, they think they are smart and are greedy for booty. They propagate war and want more power. Shit, who would have ever thought, that 99 red balloons would start this.” And yes, I’m in a pretty bad mood.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is fake.

I also don’t believe in god. Still, I see no reason for offending people who have another opinion about this matter.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Iraq Round Three

I wasn’t happy with my post after reading over it again. I don’t feel it represented this conflict well and didn’t really contributed to this threat. I most likely will rewrite it. But not today.

In short words: I said that the Iraq saw the biggest bombing ever. And with the high numbers of unexploded bombs I feel, it was the goal to turn Iraq into a gigantic minefield. I mentioned the CCM (Convention on Cluster Munitions) and how the demining went on at a good pace in recent years. And that it was pretty cost effective, compared to the obscene cost of the bombings. I also described, that mine clearance don’t mean, that everyone is save to dig holes wherever they want. But that it’s more of a sliding scale.

I also expressed my deep hate for cluster bombs in a lengthy way. Which is of course my agenda, but also very off-topic. And that with the new bombings a new generation of cluster bombs will be deployed, that is far more difficult to remove. But considering there aren’t information at the moment, what kind of ammunition the US used for the current bombing, this was a hell of a statement. And another reason to remove my post. Maybe they haven’t used their “silver bullets” yet or don’t even plan using them. Cluster bombs are a hot political topic and maybe the USA has decided against pissing the international community off.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The age of Hacking!

Last time I attended to a trade-fare related to security I heard, that the USA still has power plants that allow full maintain access without even asking for a password. You only need to know IP address and the port and you can cut off big parts of the USA from electricity. And if there is a “software bug” that prevents alarms you have something like the Northeast blackout of 2003. But have no fear, the US-government is already helping these companies with identifying [sic!] security problems in their electric power grids. But there is the counter argument, that if they ask for a password, it may happen that the maintenance personal don’t has access to the system in case of an emergency. And no, I’m not kidding.

Personally I hope, that games like Watchdogs and increased media coverage will help to increase security. But honestly, at the moment security is mostly considered an unnecessary cost. Even in sensitive sectors. And in the residential market anyway.

edit: To make things more personal: Adobe Flash and Adobe Acrobat are big security holes. And in my humble opinion Adobe did little to address these problems. There are several Zero-day-exploits around. Some of them for years. But in case of Flash they would have to almost completely reprogram their engine. And just removing the support for AS2 wouldn’t help either, because at this point of time there are also exploits for AS3. Which won’t happen anyway, because AS2 is widespread in the ad-industry. Flash-portals mainly exist to give people a reason to keep Flash activated, so they can see Flash-ads on other websites. Although with HTML5 this became a lot less relevant. By the way, an add-blocker like Ad Block Plus (or much better a proxy-solution) should be installed on every PC. Most malware is distributed over advertising-networks. Of course websites earn money with this ads. But there is the question if you want to risk the security of your PC for this. Also, Flash should be only installed on a PC that has no important data on it.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / It's a sad day..

From a business perspective idle games are pretty much the ideal genre for a flash portal. They are easy to program and gives lots of page-hits. To be fair, I’m even wondering that we don’t have even more of these games.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

Originally posted by beauval:

But you’ve already got that. Practising religion is optional in the USA, same as it is over here. So what else do you want?

From my experience the USA has a very similar situation then the former GDR. Atheists in this country are tolerated, but nothing more. You can get through and by law you have the same rights, but if you want to get into any leadership position or get into education, you are de-facto required to have the correct religion. Because as an atheist (or as Christian in case of the GDR) you are missing the moralistic basement that is required by such a position. At least this is the argument used in both cases.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Changes to the Climate...

Climate is a complex topic. It’s actually the result of adding dozen of different effects together. And there is nothing like a fourier analysis to break things down. And many effects also interact with each other in complex and often unknown ways. The butterfly-effect says everything: Even a minimal change in the starting parameters in the size of the wind cause by a butterfly can totally change the result. Which means we are in the domain of the chaos theory.

When it comes to this theory, normally the first thing scientists do is ignoring peaks and looking at everything else. Peaks may be very visible to the general public, but it’s impossible to tell if this is an unlucky combination of effects in a certain direction or if it’s actually meaningful. What matters are the 360 days in a year which aren’t special. I tried to dig a little bit into this topic. But to be honest, I gave up pretty fast.

What I personally extracted was, that Global Warming happens. And we are also in the beginning of an Ice-age. And this two effects don’t necessary apply to the same areas, so the climate don’t change equally. Which leads to bigger differences in temperatures and we will most likely see stronger hurricanes in the future. Bad luck for all US-Americans, that build wooden houses next to the ocean.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Learn coding! Java,HTML,Ruby, etc.

As alternative people can just visit processing.org, which is a great point to start if you want to learn coding. And now that you can export the result towards HTML5, sharing the result works a lot better. And there nobody has to register.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / World Cup 2014: The Ugly

I really can’t see how this event will help Brazil in the long term. One important point to know is, that such projects normally aid the construction industry of a country. But in the case of Brazil the work was done by foreign companies, who took their worker with them. Sochi 2014 was (rightfully) criticised as Strabag-olympics, but at least Strabag worked together with local companies and hired people from Russia en masse. Although it of course mainly aided Austria. Which isn’t true in this case, because no local construction companies are involved. Something that isn’t really covered by the media is, that in general people in Brazil are strongly against the USA. If a bottle of water is spilled, you can count on somebody blaming the USA for it. (And yes, this isn’t something rational.) And this very country profited a lot from the construction contracts. And now people ask, why they are paying taxes, that is spend on a project that mostly aid a hated country and they don’t even have a plan for the subsequent usage.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Will we see another war with Japan?

Originally posted by Mafefe_Classic:

I agree, Japan is going to invade China with that army they dont have.

They would actually do this quite literally. Section 9 of their constitution don’t allow them to rear up and they have not a single regular soldier. The SDF is officially part of the police, similar to Cobra in Austria or the SWAT in the USA. Unofficially it’s of course questionable, why the SDF has enough intercontinental ballistic missiles and super-cavitation torpedos to bomb most countries into the stone age. Not to forget their ground-forces, marine and their absurd numbers of drones.

The SDF is of course not as over the top, as Japan sometimes imply. But China for sure has reasons to be worried.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Do People Celebrate Christian Holidays The Way They Do?

Originally posted by KingZeldar3:

Ideas taken from Pagans. I see it as a family get-together event. The ‘deep meaning’ in it in my opinion no longer contains any meaning anymore. I mean, I’m not a believer, but still.

Pagans may refer to a lot of things. But if you mean the indigenous Central-European religions, I have to disappoint you. There you had normally a certain period of abstinence. And at the end of it a giant party. Mostly centred around the “Herma” of a town. Which in most cases was nothing else then a two metre high phallus. Wikipedia isn’t really representative in this case. In most cases people took a big boulder (preferable granite) and sculpted it, until it looked remotely like a penis. (Most of them had a really low aesthetic quality.) And then women got banged, while leaning on these stones. Personally I wouldn’t call this a “family get-together event”.

With Christianity this changed into the unified 40 days of Lenten fast. And at the end there was a big celebration, although centred around Jesus Christ instead of the local god of group sex. Over time, the lent was taken less and less serious. While on the other side merchants are interested into selling their products and having an event where parents give presents to their kids.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by Kasic:

Alright, I admit I’m wrong on this one. Waiting times on average are higher in Canada than in the US. I’ll include this bit, though.

The challenge is, that pretty much every non-critical treatment is rejected in the USA, if you don’t pay an obscene amount of money. But if you pay it, you will get the treatment almost immediately. If this is a good or bad thing is open to discussion.

In Canada far more people are accepted and it’s possible to “bribe” your way into a better position in the line, but little to no data about this is available. Hospitals are normally very discrete about such “customs”. So even if you have lots of money, Canada might be the better place to live.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by Kasic:

And let’s stop the discussion about Communism, right? Socialism /= Communism. The brand of socialism wanted by the Democratic party isn’t even extreme socialism, it’s moderate compared to other first world countries that aren’t even socialist. Our typical Democrats would be considered MODERATE in Europe.

By European standards the democrats can be considered fascists and the republicans too dumb to live.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by issendorf:

As for learning, I mean, I’ve read Marx. I’ve read the Communist Manifesto. I studied the Soviet Union pretty heavily. I’ve heard all the arguments before. Again, he’s fascinating, but he isn’t exactly teaching me anything since I’ve already heard the Communist schtick.

I would be happy if you would at least read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism . And I don’t mean everything, but the 4 paragraphs above the word “Content” should be enough. Because to be honest, I’m under the impression that you don’t know what the word Communism means.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by issendorf:

Here’s something to hopefully end your baseless (dare I say, childish ; ) fear that we’ll default and be loaning out the Washington Monument to Chinese dignitaries. And no need to thank me for my adult realism.

The USA has pretty much the same problem as Greek: If every company that make business in this country would pay the taxes, which they must pay by law, then they would have no problems with debt. And I’m mostly speaking about big companies. I don’t want to say that small companies can’t be corrupt and evil, but they simple have no choice. If they don’t pay their taxes, then it’s game over for them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by dd790:

Plus China pretty much owns America now so if they have to bail you out then you may as well become the United States of iPhone Factories

The communistic China in fact owns a lot of real estates and fabrics in the USA.

But they aren’t related to Foxconn, which is a Taiwan/Czech company. In fact, the majority of iStuff is actually produced in Czech, the factories in Taiwan are comparable small. The workers in Czech are mostly permanently unemployed person, who are forced to do this work in order to get governmental aid. And because this factories help to reintegrate these worker into the job-exchange, they don’t have to pay them wages. It’s de-facto forced work in the heart of Europe. That you see “Made in China” on every IPhone is, because the communistic China claims control over Taiwan. Plus it’s a great propaganda move, considering the constant waves of worker protection laws in China. It gives people the feeling, that no matter how badly they are treated by their employer in the USA, at least all the people in China are in a much worse position. (Although workers in the USA are in fact in a much better position then workers in China. But the margin is much smaller then many might imagine.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / how Australia is seen by the rest of the world

They have evil animals that murder people. Seriously, I know Kangaroos and Ostrich. Both of them drink human blood. Trust me, my last encounter with an Ostrich resulted into two days of sickness absence. People from Australia tell me, that crocodiles are friendly animals that are recommended as peaceful pets. But I don’t trust them any more and stay with Austrian animals like Deer or Mouflon. By Austrian standards a boar is dangerous, but I guess this became relative after I met a god damned Ostrich.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by samuro2:

Honestly, the government is a huge joke. How is it Belgium hasn’t had a government for hundreds of years and they don’t care, but when America gets their government shit down for a couple days everyone goes insane? Nothing is really going to be effected by this. I’m pretty sure Obama is just sitting at home watching tv…

The USA has a huge media presence in general. In case of Austria the election of the US-American president is covered in much greater detail then the election of the Austrian president. Which is absurd, if you think about it. It’s not like we have any influence of who is becoming president. To be fair, it’s not as if we even care. But the USA spends a lot of money to get this kind of news into the newspaper of the world. And don’t forget the golden rules: Whoever has the gold, makes the rules. If they pay, that every newspaper in Austria only covers cupcakes as top-story, then so be it.

And yes, this is what the US-American tax-money is used for. As Austrian I would love, if the USA cut this budget.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by beauval:

My mistake, I was forgetting what a convoluted process the American budget is, and how ludicrously easy it is to hijack it. It wouldn’t happen that way here – the ruling party presents the budget to Parliament, the opposition complains about it, and then everyone gets on with their job. Much easier that way. And the civil service remains permanently funded throughout.

The USA is ruled by a coalition (if I may use the European term) formed by Republicans and Democrats. The opposition are parties like for example SPUSA, Constitutions Party or The Greens. And that a coalition disagree about the budget is also pretty common here in Europe. The difference is, that institutes have a decent amount of reserve funds in most European countries.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How Venezuela is seen by the world?

I know Venezuela mostly because people from there visiting the council housing where I live a lot. They plan to build similar places for their worker and look how things work here. They speak Spanish, which is a language I don’t understand at all. But I heard enough that a lot of worker in this country live under piss-poor conditions and have to pay almost their whole income for their flats. And the owner do everything to prevent the building of high-quality housing for a fair rent. The government already finished a few projects, but from my information there are only few poor people in there. Most of them got these flat for the loyalty for the party and weren’t really in need in the first place. But there is no hint that they stopped building these houses and it’s only a question of time until the poor also get a worthwhile living place.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Syria

Originally posted by onlineidiot1994:

While I’m sure we’d all like to point fingers at the US, or Israel, or France, or whosoever the fuck else you think may have done it, it just doesn’t seem likely.

The current opinion of independent™ experts on this questions depends, where they live. In Russia/China they seem to be pretty sure, that the Rebels did it. Although they have no actual proove. Independent experts, hand-picked by the German government, aren’t sure if the Rebels did it, although it would be an option. But they are sure, that Assad isn’t the driving power behind this attack. Experts from Western countries are completely clueless and deny answering this question. They say, it’s the job of the UNO to judge this. Which by the way is also my opinion, but without a mandate for this special question, the UNO isn’t allowed to comment on it. And it’s also not public, who blocks this mandate.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Syria

A little bit of background information I have, but which isn’t really clear in the news: The UNO is supposed to verify, if there have been chemical weapons used in Syria. But that people there have died because of chemical weapons is already well documented. The real question would be, if Assad fired them or the rebels killed their own people or an evil force™ was involved. But the UN-inspectors actually don’t have the mandate to comment on this question. So the UNO itself isn’t sure, why they endanger the life of their inspectors.

So don’t expect any new information from them. It’s such a wonderful case, where everyone wants to see an omelette. But don’t dare breaking a single egg!

Source: http://www.ardmediathek.de/ndr-info/ndr-info-redezeit?documentId=16796228 (Govermental German Radio/Podcast)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Paper...

Originally posted by vikaTae:

Ebooks don’t have to be observed remotely, or updatable remotely. It all depends on how you handle them.

Yes, it don’t need to be. But so far every E-Book I’m aware of was pretty aggressive in collecting data and sending it to it’s master. Even with Wifi disabled and settings at “don’t spy on me and I don’t care for the damn cloud”. In the end it’s all about trust. The possibilities for the government are limitless. It’s amazing what kind of profiles you get from public libraries or loyalty cards of book-stores. But this really takes it up to 11.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Paper...

Personally I don’t like the idea that entities can observe which books I read at which speed. And as a bonus are also able to update/censor a book as needed, even after it has been released. And at least here in Europe the sells for E-Books really went down since the NSA-scandal. So I’m definitely not the only person concerned about this.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I love socialism!

Originally posted by jhco50:

Sanii. our county chose a representative republic for a reason, we didn’t want a powerful government telling us what to do. The people who want an all powerful nanny government are those who are either incapable or to lazy to do anything for themselves. The producers are tired of our country being a welfare state with half the country living off those who get out and achieve. There is really nothing to discuss. You take care of yourself or die. Life can be tough.

Your country has the choice between a liberal-conservative party and another liberal-conservative party. Just take the party-program of each party next to each other and look how they are totally equal in pretty much any point. The only differences are, how these goals should be achieved. It’s pretty much like asking a slave, if he prefer a salt-rod or a whip and then saying, that the slave has chosen to be punished for every tiny offence out of his free will.