* Posts by JLV

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Re: Looking forward to the demise of the deniers getting steam rolled by a hurricane

>Toxic waste all over the place from the refineries. And you numbskulls are all for it.

Eh, fuck you too. I suppose you don't drive so therefore your holiness doesn't need any fossil fuel. Go back to your hair shirt and candlelight, you're not achieving anything by wasting oxygen. Except as a foil that almost makes Bombastic Bob and Big John look clever in comparison.

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Re: Skepticism

>we see how the Green movement has adapted their strategies, successfully saving that CO2 theory from the dustbin, polishing it up good, and presenting it to a new generation of suckers

>In fact a lot of them don't WANT it replaced.

First things first, I agree with you. Many Greens have an entirely different viewpoint on how we should go about living our life (or how many humans should be here) and would love to impose their views on everyone else. I'll add that, as time goes on, I find Greens have outlived their usefulness as canaries as in the coalmine and are massively messing things up when they decide on policy. Witness the mess that $100B+ of electricity subsidies have made to German CO2 emissions actually increasing.

In short, I don't like Greens very much.

What I am curious about, in your version of the "big sell" is why other people, including people who do not share the green viewpoint, are suckered in and go along? Why are they buying into the sell? Especially if the findings are inconvenient and annoying, such as limiting their air travel? These are rational people, able to look at data just as well as yourself.

It's a bit like Holocaust denial (a subject on which debate should _not_ be suppressed). Why did the Germans willingly accept the role of scapegoats? What's in it for them, in this big conspiracy? It might have been imposed on them in 1945, but now??? Occam's razor argues for it actually happening rather a massive cover-up.

Second, let's dig into the oft-repeated argument that climate scientists have a vested argument in promoting spending on climate change research.

Granted.

But, why is it that very little serious, peer-reviewed science has debunked the AGW alarmists? There would be no lack of funding for someone with solid science to back up that humans are not causing a problem. Any oil company would love to throw money at them (and probably do). Yes, riding the AGW is a gravy train, but credible science against it would make any scientist into a top earner in that field. Take Bjørn Lomborg. He may not be popular (I actually respect his views), but you can't argue that his positions have resulted in professional failure and obscurity. Quite the opposite.

Scientists do often display a herd mentality, make mistakes and block out dissenting views. But science also has in-built mechanisms to correct for that - most scientists are willing to look at data that conflicts with their worldview and adjust. For examples of that, you can look at the early reception for the prion hypothesis in the mad cow disease scare. Or for the notion that bacteria cause stomach ulcers.

Why has that not happened?

Some folks insist on perfect climate science models. Guess what - not gonna happen. Science is most effective when working with either perfect equations (ex: physics), you have masses of standalone data or can repeat the same experiment multiple times. Either your equations are elegant or you can have statistics do the work for you. Faced with a one data-point system - we only have 1 Earth's weather to look at, looking at phenomena that is way beyond simple mathematics and lacking any way to re-run repeatable full-scale experiments, scientists have a fuzzier and harder time proving their hypotheses.

It won't be perfect first time and it might never be perfect at all. It'll be fuzzy, open to interpretation and based on consensus rather than certainties. That shouldn't be too hard to understand, should it?

What I am wondering about, if people like yourself and Bombastic Bob, are reasoning in good faith, is what would it take to change your mind? At what point would you look at the scientific consensus and say "you know what, this is happening, I've changed my mind".

Short of that, at what point would you be willing to say "geez, I dunno, but the risks if I am wrong are pretty big, so I'll just err on the side of caution"?

Is there such a point? More than anything else here, I am curious about that.

For me, I'd love to learn that we were wrong and we can go back to business as usual. CO2 is not a traditional pollutant, it's natural and it is not a toxic chemical. If it turns out not to cause warming, then why not enjoy life and go back to emitting lots of it? I certainly wouldn't mind and I believe that, on other aspects, we are less polluting now than in the 50s.

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Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

> nothing more than an article of faith

Don't be an ass. We're experiencing gradually increasing climate events in many parts of the world. BC for one has had driest weather on record, broken several temp records and suffered massive fires that have blanketed us in smoke. Irma is showing up as pretty much the strongest Caribbean storm on record.

None of this _proves_ climate change but it dovetails quite nicely with what we might expect if what so many experts are claiming was true. Unpleasantly too, these are early days, so if the experts are right, this is gonna suck. It might therefore be time to consider that perhaps all those scientists aren't merely wrong.

Now we have to take your word for it that you know better? Based on what? What, exactly, are _your_ qualifications? You're not a layman, are you?

Personally I can chip that a lake I hike to every so often had a glacier all the way down to the shore in the summer. A glacier, not just snowpack. 20 years later, that glacier never reaches it anymore.

If you're gonna naysay, fine. At least propose alternative explanations for increasing temps, don't just make claims without any backing. Is it the solar cycles this time? Something beyond your personal dislikes?

Enlighten us.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: Dual accounts?

Tinder

requires a FB account. But who wants to look like a lame-o by being seen to be on Tinder? No one, hence 2nd FB. Conveniently for FB demographics, age also tends to drop on those...

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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Re: Dead Space

Dead Calm too.

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involuntary manslaughter?

That seems rather tame at this point. I'd go my with non-premeditated murder, murder two, unless that nutjob can explain what actually happened and why she ended up cut to pieces.

Not usually given to running with the "tough on crime" crowd but that poor lady shouldn't have been killed and he looks very, very, guilty. 10 years or so seems lenient.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Re: Isn't slower navigation BETTER for web site owners?

>That's what she never said.

Sometimes, she's just happy the whole sorry thing is over with.

My coat, yes.

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Re: Isn't slower navigation BETTER for web site owners?

@BB

While pondering usability why not read up on ALL CAPS vs normal case legibility and perception?

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Well, you're not wrong on doubting marketing numbers in general. But given the magnitude of the web economy, even small effects can add up dramatically. So, in this instance, I'd give it somewhat the benefit of the doubt.

Keep in mind: a huge web metric is a user abandoning at a landing page for whatever reason - this is something a pretty, but inefficient, UI could easily worsen even while it made all the deciders salivate. (think no further than Windows' 8 UI for example).

Honestly, I'd be more doubtful of the 22% efficiency loss claim. That's a big number, pretty easy to game and likely to motivate much spending on remedies and white paper purchases. On the other hand Nielsen lives and dies by its reputation for truthfulness.

If you're aware you're being glib, just as I am aware I am BS-ing some back-of-envelope numbers out of thin air, then, yes, we are on the same wavelength.

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>Yes. But Billions in lost revenue?

I am really not sure what your point is. For example, Google/Alphabet reports ~$25B USD revenue per quarter. I'll use that rather than some breathless "size of Web economy" stat. Halving that, to remove non-web Google stuff, then taking the remainder as a rough proxy for the order of magnitude of the web economy*, if there is a 22% loss in navigational efficiency on web pages due to flat design, then yes, revenue on things like ad-clicking or purchasing may very well drop in the billions.

Assuming of course the 22% drop is real and not just something to sell more Nielsen services.

There is a difference between calling BS on some made up marketing numbers and just being cantankerous for no particular reason. The UI-expertise commentards already called you out on your dismissal due to methodology and sample size. I am calling you out for not realizing that "1-2% of very big numbers in the triple digits range of $ billions" may very well equate to "billions in lost revenue".

>This is the new world APP rapid design, 'fail forward' and all those wonderful terms that mean half arsed conclusions are used to make grandiose decisions.

Glibness <> insight.

* Assume Google has 5-10% market share of web revenues: $24B * .5 (a hypothetical share of their web vs non-web revenue) * 4 (quarters) * 10 (the inverse of their market share if at 10%) => $480B/year.

1%, not 22%, of 480B$ is already $4.8B.

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question for you Brits

Can you de-Sir Jony Ive now? It's all his fault, innit? No one pays any attention to MS design anymore, except to avoid it.

Hate the stupid look-so-cool flatty UIs. And not too keen on recently accelerating form-over-function Apple trends either.

That's all.

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Re: Maxing out the CPU

Depends on your game type. First person shooters, like Quake or Arma, would really suck with a controller, you need a mouse. Ditto complex menu/interface stuff like Civilization or Total War and most hardcore wargames. Real Time Strategy games like Starcraft mostly need very fast unit/resource placement => mice again.

On the flip side, sword/combat games like Dark Souls live for console controllers and limp with mice. It's really the nature of the game, not just the horsepower it needs.

Macs generally don't get much respect wrt non-casual games. I assume Valve has made life a lot better on Linux (and OSX) for gamers. But Windows still gets a lot of attention from the gamer side.

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Re: Promises, promises

I'd also be happy if they got their sleep/hibernate crap sorted out.

I mostly use my win10 laptop to host VirtualBoxes, or run databases. My dev is done elsewhere. As a result, it often runs into extended inactivity.

I've pretty much disabled all the sleep/hibernate settings that I could find, as long as it is plugged in. Nevertheless, at random times, for no apparent reason, it decides its sleep entry time is now 3-5 minutes. EventViewer shows the trigger was Idle Time. Once sorted that out with a GPU driver refresh (???) but it came back a bit later.

powercfg -h off, possibly after a reboot, is the only way I've found to kinda get that sorted out. At least until the next time it starts acting up. Doesn't exactly inspire much confidence in the system.

All the stuff about photos, AR, etc...? Fiddling while Rome burns, instead of fixing core stability and security issues (turn off AntiVirus for IE11 to work???), stabilizing/simplifying configuration mechanisms and actually listening to its customers by turning off telemetry and returning menus, at least as optional alternatives to ribbons.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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Re: Trump is so popular

Dude, wtf you going on about??? I was responding to TheElder's "our asshole". Where do you fit in?

No, actually, I don't see everything in terms of race. I happen to think white identity politics is not a good long term sell point for the GOP , simply due to more Hispanics, Asians, etc voters coming in. That and many younger whites are less likely interested. Didnt work well for California Reps did it?

Am I heavily concerned about racism? Most of the time, not really. Unless there isnsomething egregious like police shootings of unarmed black men or the like. But it's hard to argue that race isn't front and center of many of Trump fans concerns. Have no idea if it's your concern or not, dont care.

Bottom line: Trump is pretty useless now, whether or not racism enters into it. Partially because I think the Tea Party twats (like you) totally fucked up Republicanism and are gradually making it inelectable, which is regrettable for democratic alternance. And long term, that type of marketing is gonna bite the Reps.

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Re: Trump is so popular

>"He's an asshole, but he's our asshole."

That's in fact one of the main problems w Trump from the pragmatic Rep viewpoint. He's an asshole, but he's most certainly not their asshole. Witness frequent Twits and press confs that leaves everyone, including his staff, explaining that he didn't really think mean what he said. The poor man has no idea on conscensus or getting actual political work done and risks inflicting lasting brand/schism damage. Remember: whatever opinion you have of America For Whites First, long term demographics do not support its prospects overmuch.

An loose cannon anchor thrown overboard, with the chain snagged onto the mainstream Rep's (does such a thing exist anymore?) foot.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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While I don't disagree with the request being carried out

I can't help thinking of Kafka.

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: Get out the popcorn

A market stool with a $470B stock market valuation then ;-)

I don't mean that in the sense "deep pockets, go after them". Though maybe the plaintiffs do.

I mean that as "reputable".

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Re: Site for sore eyes.

I am a happy customer of Amazon's.

However...there are way too many dodgy products being sold. From invalid license key Windows disks to obviously faked book reviews. I've reported the latter and saw no action. Forcing Amazon to exercise more due diligence on products it sells, even via 3rd party, does not seem unreasonable hardship. Especially when they've previously been notified of issues.

A brick and mortar would be liable if they knowingly sold dodgy crap from dodgy sources. No one would say "dumb customer didn't research". Why should Amazon be any different?

Esp when it comes to products with health impact. In the case of your eyes getting screwed up, I can't think of too many things with a worse outcome for people in our line of work, this ain't frivolous. In the specific case of eclipse glasses, I can see where Amazon might struggle to establish the bona fides of sellers of such temporary products though.

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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Re: Probably the software was bought by Hollywood....

>spin-off potential

FTW: A Boy and His Dog

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Remember when...

>peaceful protests

It's also interesting how Intifada 1, which was mostly non-violent, would have fared wrt Israeli policy of mostly no meaningful dialog, settlement extension and occasional violence. Would the world have veered towards South African style boycotts and divestment? Would Israelis have realized that their current military dominance and perhaps fleeting US superpowerdom makes this the ideal time to cut a deal?

Intifada 2 fucked that up and current Hamas and internal Palestinian terrorism makes it unlikely that Israel will face any significant international pressure until too late.

To go back to the OPs point: violent protest is unjustified against the Nazis at this place and time. They are not about to take power and they would likely face prosecution if they turned violent themselves, much as certain toupee-wearing fools feel ambivalent. If you want to brawl, don't cloak yourself in false civil virtues - you are not representing too many of us.

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Not particularily into Nazis...

but this is fucking gross and stupid. I doubt they'll be very good at cleaning it up either.

Police should be at hand to fine all these morons for littering. They can then stick around the next day to fine the Nazis for wasting oxygen.

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

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Re: Fucking law enforcement.

hum, you must have missed the part where the OP was the one who found the image. no need to call him lucky.

seems like common sense not to unduly screw over people reporting child porn, no? if you want to keep on getting infractions reported, that is.

maybe a quick forensic imaging of their electronics to make sure they're not setting someone up, but definitely make it painless as possible.

glad Hutchins didn't follow advice, cited here, to roll over and plead guilty to lesser charges. he's either proved guilty of Kronos (and should burn if so). or he should walk entirely free. this trial deserves all the sunlight it can get - both for his sake and the FBIs behavior and reputation. best of luck to him.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Re: Google Need Them To

>>then Google can update literally everything

>Ah, but what can they practically update?

Ah, but what _will_ they _factually_ update? Not their own late 2013 Nexus 5, that's fer sure. Abandonware for a year already.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: Go Samsung!

>What people are failing to understand is the removal of Youtube is down to the Tv's specs.

That's not, strictly speaking, true.

The old-style YT app is Flash-based for this TV, believe it or not. Google retired it, but Sammy did not bother replacing it. I find it really hard to believe that, if a $40 Chromecast could 1080p YT in 2015 then Sammy's devs could not possibly fit that functionality onto their $1500 (new) 2013 TV. The cynical (not me!) might suspect they just want you to buy new stuff.

>only a moron enables auto-updates on anything

Thanks! As Win 10 users are well-aware, you don't always have a choice. I don't recall a setting to disable auto-updates, but I'll take a closer look. It does have dialog that allows you to cancel the update, which is what I do every time. Though one time I had to plug in a USB stick to update the firmware after I got too far behind in my updates and it wouldn't connect anymore.

While I don't disagree with reasoning of the "keep TVs dumb" crowd, that doesn't work for everyone: I don't have cable anymore, so it's all either Netflix or my DVDs. And, having an auxiliary PC under Linux or the like to handle the internet seems like a massive electricity drain to my parsimonious energy self as well as paying double for the functionality that's already included on modern TVs.

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Go Samsung!

My 4-5 year old Sammy TV constantly wants to update itself when you turn it on. Is it too intellectually challenging for them to give you an option to update it at shutoff time instead?

When it first came out, it had a really good iOS remote - it did everything. About a year in, they "updated" the iOS to v3 and the only thing it now did was to switch channels and control the volume. Note that searching for "remote Samsung" in the Google Play isn't all that useful either... there were least 2 or 3 _demo_ apps (by Samsung) for a Sammy TV, but no remote apps for them.

The only apps I've ever used on it are the Netflix and YouTube, but I guess they need to update their unremovable bloatware apps.

Sammy decided to yank out the YouTube app about 3 months ago, leaving me with the need to get a Chromecast to watch YouTube. Not really expensive, but running out of HDMI ports with this kinda crap.

Next TV? Next anything electronic? Not a chance in hell to be a Samsung. Too bad, it's actually pretty good except for the software.

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

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Supply and demand

darn things sold out in Vancouver. Managed to Craiglist 2 for an arm and a leg before leaving for Madras, OR.

Madras got slightly less people than expected so they were going for $2 and ended up giving them away too.

Big shout out to the lovely locals who were really friendly and almost no one tried to gouge the tourists, except for the jackass hawking camping spots (wo loos) for $100. Sheriff was handing out water, people sleeping in cars were left alone, a garage fixed my flat for free and would not accept a tip.

2AM at a popup beergarten the DJ concluded his set with a "Fuck Trump" which, surprisingly for deep rural Oregon, no one really objected to ; - )

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Re: Really ?

Not the least being that women are strongly encouraged to be topless on French beaches ; - )

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Microsoft spikes GigJam collaboration tool before it leaves Preview

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Toejam?

Who the heck thinks up these hipster names??? Cringe-worthy enough in English (and offbase for its corporate target) but it's pretty much guaranteed not to port well to any other language.

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Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

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Re: Interesting stuff

@Ledswinger It's interesting to note that, by "classical" Geneva conventions, Guantanomo was fully justified, even tame. Enemy combatants are expressly required to be uniformed, otherwise their treatment is not covered.

Your point is well taken but there is little benefit in an all-out struggle that just ups the nastiness without really improving the prospects of either party if the new nasty just balances out. That's more true of WW1 gassing than WW2 strategic bombing. Plus, at some point excessive inhumanity "soils" the country and society doing it.

Even Hitler did not use chemicals _in combat_ (note qualifier: I aint no Spicer). We've also successfully disallowed blinding lasers.

It's hard to find a balance between "humane war" and making war generally too palatable (cf old Star Trek). Methink a good start is defining "war crimes" and holding people who knowingly and wilfully infringe them very, very, accountable. I think we're, very roughly and clumsily, heading in the right direction - the Middle East wars of the last 15 years or so would have been much more indiscriminate if carried by early/mid 20th century Western democracies. With lil more success than Nam, Algeria, Soviets in Afghanistan.

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Re: Interesting stuff

I suggest reading 'Forever Peace' by Haldeman. Quite prescient, though I did not find the magical empathy effect in the latter half very convincing. Still, clever antiwar SF.

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Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

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Re: Go Java!

You can also tell a Java dev from his reinforced bookshelves. Filled with thick tomes on the endless libraries and addons needed suggested to get things done. A good subset of those libraries, Spring coming to mind, deals with shoving configuration pell-mell into XML so it that escapes the scrutiny of the so-desirable typing system and allow a modicum of, hated and unnecessary, dynamic behavior.

Much cleaner to put behavior, not data, in XML than code, innit? Especially considering how human-friendly searching through complex nested XML is ;-).

Odd that few other languages have drunk from the XML-as-code coolaid cup so deeply. They're missing so much.

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: On Censorship

Ummm... the only "censor.+" found here is in your posting.

And, why would one want to censor anything? These clowns are hanging themselves.

I've wondered what it would take to whittle down Trump's core 30-40% of supporters. You know, the guys that voted, perhaps not the way some would have preferred, but exercised their right to pick the guy. And, not to vote Dem if they are Rep. Their right.

Impeach Trump now, as some suggest, will convince that 30-40% they are being oppressed. That's a good springboard for Trump 2 later (Cruz?). Best to have him visibly pee in the punch bowl a bit more first and lose more support. Trouble is, anything sufficiently blatant to wake that core up will probably be pretty nasty for the US. And potentially the world, like a botched NK intervention.

On the other hand, I would find it hard to believe that a sizeable portion of that 40% likes, or wants to be associated with, _real_ Nazis. This whole sorry episode is a pretty complication-free event that isolates Trump some more with limited actual downsides. If I were a reasonable Southern white favoring Confederate heritage, I'd be fuming at Trump and the Charlottesville event organizers for mucking that up. It ain't gonna cut his 40% by half, or even a quarter, he hasn't quite screwed it up enough, but it's chipping at the edges.

You could almost blame the media for hyping it up, except Trump chose to put his foot in his mouth himself.

Twice. And firing the CEOs to boot.

Censorship? Why??? Popcorn! Ditto with counter-violence by the Antifa groups - 100% with Peter2's post, there is no _need_ to confront isolated Nazis violently in this instance. Yes, in another time and place. Not here and now.

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Re: Political Correctness "key words" and "tricky phrases"

@BB

Dude, let it go. Any such arguments would be of debatable value, if there were no Nazis involved. Then, yeah, you could argue that Robert E. Lee is an almost legendary military figure - he was.

But... there are reasons why renowned WW2 German military leaders, like Guderian or Rommel, don't have too many statues erected in their name. The causes they fought for make it hard to eulogize them, no matter what their personal politics were (Rommel got executed for supporting the plot to kill Hitler). Speaking from the POV of a military history fan, I'll say that's in a way regrettable, but one also needs to respect the feelings of those who suffered under those regimes.

That would always have been a touchy debate.

Mix in Nazis, not just right-wing nutcases, but swastika-carrying right-wing nutcases and El Trump should have had the political common sense, if not decency, not to equivocate in his condemnation. That he didn't the first time around ("I wuz just lookin fer da facts") is bad enough.

That he was stupid enough to re-fuck that up 2 days later is just lamentable. That you're not able to get that yourself is fully in line with expectations.

If you're into promoting Southern pride and historical sensibility, from a perhaps "slightly white-centric viewpoint", that's your choice and 1st amendment right. But choosing to defend it in a context of Nazi involvement really only helps to discredit it in the view of the majority. Instead, he should have condemned it outright and re-framed the Robert E Lee aspect at a later point.

You, and Trump, don't have the common sense to see that.

Bit like I deeply regret Le Pen senior, who could always be counted on to say something stupid like "the Holocaust? A historical detail". His daughter's much more dangerous because she is better able to further the French extreme right's agenda.

Luckily, while Trump did get himself elected, he's been sufficiently clumsy politically - and to be fair, just in plain managerial incompetence - that he's achieved quite little so far.

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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are senior moments eligible for Darwins???

"anti-gun-safety-activist" could be read both ways.

I initially thought what is an anti-gun, safety, activist doing with a gun?". That's odd - what is someone who objects to guns doing with a gun?

But not quite as stoopid as an anti "gun-safety" activist. Someone who objects to gun safety, not to guns. Oh well, fully deserving of Darwins, although, at 60, one fears Harmon might have already polluted the gene pool.

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Re: I might watch it sometime

>the books are better

Sorry, that old cliche usually works but doesn't fly here: a) the books are horrendously slow in coming out, b) are apparently fleshing out more and more, but not in a good way* as they go and c) any notion of surprise twists is going out the window as this will be the first time a real (not novelization) set of books comes out after a movie.

* https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RQMHSVDEC80QE?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

I could already see the loss in plot tempo in book 4 so didn't bother with 5. And 6 was due in 2016, then 2017, then... I like GRRMs other work so I actually wouldn't mind if he gave up and let HBO drive and went back to writing SF, less self-consciously.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: Microsoft pretty did say you're holding it wrong.

>Sounds like a resounding quality endorsement to me.

In this case, yes. But it doesn't change the fact that the CPU throttling, which you cleverly decided was bullshit on my end, is pretty Catch 22-esque - how the heck do you justify thermal shutdown on an absent battery? When the rest of the system is perfectly aware it's missing. So, I think it's perfectly reasonable not to hold up Apple battery wisdom overmuch in heat management zen for the Surface.

The 2016 MBP I wanted to replace it with was returned - lousy keyboard, pricey, and the Touch Bar is a gimmick outside of native OSX apps and has zero travel. And it wasn't that much faster than my old laptop.

So, on balance, Apple is still the least worst for what I want to use the gear for. I still don't appreciate the cant-do-no-wrong attitude of its deep fanbois. I do feel embarrassed about stupid gushiness about Apple - they're just a vendor and it is to our best interest as customers to keep them on their toes, not idolize them.

To repeat: the fact that I am servicing 6 year old gear takes nothing away from the idiocy of the particular issue I was talking about and that you decided you needed to correct me on for bad-mouthing poor Apple.

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Re: Microsoft pretty did say you're holding it wrong.

>Google sez this was a couple of people back in 2008 wondering if their MBA

Nope, April 2017 with trip to Genius bar where this exact thing was shown to happen on my, 2011, machine. The tech there and I talked it out and this was exactly what was happening. From the sounds of it, this is largely something that is decided in the low level OS/firmware, not just the hardware - the mac was aware it had no battery and still did just that.

But don't let get that get in the way of being a good fanboi ;-)

I rather like Apple hardware, and even more so the OS. Yes, it's pricey and is not perfect by any means, just better than a lot of alternatives (unless you have the mojo to tweak Linux on exotic hardware, which I don't). And it's impressive that a 6 year old machine still mostly runs smoothly and effectively. But I effin hate being lumped in with the fanboi brigade in the reality distortion field.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/how-to-solve-kernel_task-high-cpu-usage.1706948/

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Re: The Stages of MS Denial

You forgot the perennial pre-launch hype marketing:

"This new version of Windows will require minimal reboots when applying updates".

Even cynical El Reg usually falls for that old chestnut at least once in the runup to a new release. The readership usually doesn't.

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Re: Microsoft pretty did say you're holding it wrong.

Ever heard of thermal runaway throttle w Apple? CPU goes up to 350% "usage" or so. This is because the machine is perceiving overheating (among other spots - in your battery) and doesn't want to catch fire. So, at avery low level the CPU pretends to be hyper busy so that whatever program is causing the real heavy use that's causing heat buildup can't get CPU cycles.

With me so far?

Now, physically take out or disconnect an MBPs battery and the system doesn't see its heat sensor anymore. So it happily _assumes_ overheating from that _absent_ sensor in your equally _absent_ battery.

CPU throttle to the rescue of your overheating battery and you can't use your machine just plugged in until you get a new battery. Been there.

So... let's not go overboard in Apple praise on this particular subject, even to rag on MS, shall we?

Flame, cuz.

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

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Re: Only barbarous savages or coffee drinkers ... would even consider instant 'tea'

>mutualiste / anarchiste

N'empeche. C'etait plutot drole, non? Et que tant de rosbifs comprennent?

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>error 49912345

"if status_code < 500" is a valid, even if rough, error triaging...

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At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs

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http://semver.org/ it's a thing and it makes sense even if it doesn't seem intuitive at first. And you should really know of it in this line of work because it's commonly used nowadays.

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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"Hot damn, those campaign contributions certainly paid off! Best investment ever, no need to lay cable or masts. Our boy Pai is smoke n mirroring all those fools. Who says these are not competitive markets?, bitch!."

- Lowell C. McAdam, CEO Verizon

or maybe

- Randall L. Stephenson @ ATT

David N. Watson @ comcast wishes he could take the credit, and he will, later.

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: Surface is shit, quelle surprise

Not speaking to your problems with Apple kit, but that's not my experience when it comes to running newer macOS on older kit.

MBP 2011 here, still running fine besides its known fried GPU manufacturing defect. Latest macOS runs fine on it, but keep in mind the thing is maxed @ 16GB Ram and a shiny Samsung 850 SSD.

Lest I be accused of just being an Apple shill, I bought a refurb 2016 MBP when my GPU broke down. It was unreliable and tended to reboot on things like plugging in an external monitor via USB C. Maybe it was a lemon - so I returned it within the 2 week no-questions-asked window. In any case, lemon or not, its keyboard was crap and it wasn't much faster at compilation than the old one. And, $$$$$$ is too much as well.

I don't rejoice in MS's Surface hardware woes. There are so many crap laptops with ugly cases and 1366x768 "HD" screens that Surface's hardware can only be lauded for motivating the big manufacturers to up their game. However, it's sad if it's really unreliable at that price.

As to Windows 10, there is always the hope* that MS will see reason, de-telemetrize it and settle henceforth on a stable configuration UI, but right now I can't be arsed to spend too much time on my ASUS gaming laptop which is otherwise a pretty nice beast.

* I can also hope for peace on Earth and rainbow unicorns, doesn't mean I believe it'll happen.

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Please virtualize my reality before asking me to goggle at a fake one

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Not sure the economics make sense for homeowners

Assume each homeowner will renovate/build once every decade or so. Yes, there is a lot of money in it for the owner and the builder. Each homeowner ought to solicit at least 3 serious bids.

But it's a chicken and egg problem. The homeowner needs to have his house redone and can't hold out because his preferred VR solution (out of potentially several) isn't something an otherwise competent builder is willing to work with.

On the other side, the builder, who's at heart a... builder, not a techy, is not going to invest time and money into building a VR capacity that very few clients are interested in. And if the client is VR-savvy, what's the likelihood that their VR kit matches the builder's VR kit? Keep in mind, once that client's VR has been successfully integrated with, you won't be seeing her again for decade or so.

Even with massive VR standardization and cost drops, can't see these stars lining up anytime soon because of the lack of follow-up jobs between a builder and an owner. And the disconnect between doing the job in the physical world and "looking good VR-wise" which is a secondary consideration for small jobs.

VR, and AR, or a mix of the 2 will probably be used more and more on multi-million $ projects. But that ain't quite a kitchen re-do.

Yes, there'd also be a fair bit of value for savvy homeowners to look around their house model themselves, but that's a different story than getting everyone else to work with it in any serious fashion.

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Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash

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>Where the fuck did that come from?

Oh, sorry, was the subject of electronic part swapping off topic to your rant? Just like your bicycle rant was off topic to the original article, which dealt with electronic repairs and had nothing whatsoever to do with bicycles?

I mean, since you seemed to take issue with the article, I assumed you didn't mind if your parts are glued and non-serviceable. That's where "that came from". My bad. Btw, to me, external drives are not necessarily the greatest solution for laptops.

I suggest, since you seem to think of yourself as a clever chap, that you investigate the distinction between anecdotes and statistically sound data. I have no doubt there are tons of stupid cyclists doing stupid things. With you so far. However, you decided to jump feet first onto a gross generalization from that point on. Again, on an article that had nothing to do with bicycles.

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Uber bros kill car leasing program after losing nine grand per vehicle

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Re: There was am interesting program on TV a few days ago

Maybe you meant "inflated"? Unless the dismal science is even more depressing, and much more carefully followed, there :(

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Carbon Black denies its IT security guard system oozes customer secrets

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Feature, my ass

Why not just upload a sha hash of the file? Wouldn't that be sufficient to flag a known baddy? At least if it's not morphing itself.

AWS secrets can be pretty disastrous to lose, for example.

Some of these AV snakeoil salesmen vendors bring to mind the old adage that it's best not to see a doctor because if the disease hasn't killed you yet they're sure to.

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IBM CIO leaves for AWS – and Big Blue flings sueball to stop him

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Re: Pretty sure he knows nothing...

XEDIT, you'll find.

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