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Comment Re:I'm all Afrin now (Score 1) 310

They mean addicted as in habit-forming. Kind of like Chapstick - and, yes, that stuff is horrendously habit-forming.

Afrin is not as bad as the nasal spray they used to sell over-the-counter. My mom used that stuff enough that it completely destroyed her sense of smell. I mean completely. I can't remember what it was called.

Comment Re:I'm all Afrin now (Score 1) 310

Yeah but pseudoephedrine relieves all congestion, not just nasal.

So does Nasacort ( triamcinolone ). I've used it in prescription for many years after they banned phenylpropanolamine. Pseudoephedrine was only ever marginally effective for me, and I tried a lot of things before finding the Nasacort.

Not sure if the new over-the-counter Nasacort works as well or not, I'm still using the prescription.

Comment Re: Handwavium (Score 4, Interesting) 274

So was the hypothesis of the neutrino before it was actually detected. You see, there was this anomaly in the beta decay spectrum and it was hypothesized that the missing energy was carried away by this particle called a neutrino. Decades later the neutrino was actually detected. In what way is dark matter different?

The neutrino hypothesis included some very specific property values for the particle, and possible ways it could be detected. Dark matter, not so much.

Comment Re:16GB (Score 2) 190

So they decided not to include a removable SD card storage, huh? Unfortunate.

I looked at the Nexus phones when I decided I needed to replace my aging HTC "Vivid", which was becoming pretty unreliable. I looked at a LOT of phones, including ones made by LG and Huawei. Samsung was at the top of my list, but even the previous gen phones were a little over my budget. I ruled out HTC because of their awful updates (or should I say lack of them). It was still running Android 4.0.4 - same thing it had when I bought it.

To make a long story short, I ended up with one most of you have never heard of - the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. I got the 4.7" version (with 16 GB and an SD card slot), which was $179 retail. VERY happy with this phone. Very snappy (it's a quad-core proc with 1.5GB RAM), latest Android (well, Lollipop, anyway), and a very stock Android experience.

Damn, this sounds like a f'n marketing ad. Yea, I don't need the latest/greatest. I wanted fairly stock Android, 4G LTE capability, GSM, unlocked. This one met my req's at a very nice price.

Comment Re:How _real_ an issue is it? (Score 1) 173

My money is on this being a method for the government to attempt to prevent widespread use of modified WiFi routers as mesh-network routers when they decide to shut down internet access due to 'terrorism' or domestic uprisings/protests.

Right. I've been working on just such a system, experimentally. Lots of commodity ($20) wifi routers, loaded with Open-WRT, connected to a small solar panel and rechargeable battery. They run forever and you can mount them anywhere, even on trees. Even if the access points are down, the hosts connected to the network can talk to each other. It's a neat system, and except for the wider Internet connections, relies on no ISP whatsoever.

Comment Re:Seems to me (Score 1) 78

Not exactly seeing folks cast off VMWare for RHEV [] - and they've had that for awhile now. ;)

That's likely to change, as with newer versions of ESXi can no longer be managed without a license for VCenter. Not very practically, anyway. Sure, companies with an investment in VMWare are unlikely to jump ship, but there will be more engineers and independent consultants using other tools, and those are the tools they will start recommending for businesses looking to invest in VM.

Comment Re:Okay, So Why Should I Be Paranoid? (Score 1) 373

I'm not going to convince you but for most people it's plain as day that he uses the language of hate and fear to gain popularity.

It's "obvious" to you because this is what the media focuses on and interprets for you, and you have been propagandized with it. Not because he actually does that. His campaign has nothing to do with hate or fear. Look at Sander's campaign to see someone running on hate. Check out Cruz or Lindsey Graham's campaigns for something based on fear. These are just out-of-context quotes used to excoriate Trump.

Since you don't seem to understand how this works, let me explain it to you. The media covers politics the way the DC political consultants tell them to. That's because media companies get a LOT of money from those consultants. Any candidate that does NOT hire these consultants for their campaign is at a significant disadvantage because of the influence these consultants have in the coverage.

"Laziness is a trait in the blacks. ... Black guys counting my money! I hate it" - Trump

This one kind of surprised me - I hadn't heard it repeated before, so I went to check the context. I found where it came from on a HuffPo article from 2011, which says he didn't directly deny it, but the veracity is very questionable. In any case, the article points out Trump's public support of civil rights, donations to civil rights groups, etc., although it paints an unflattering picture of Trump generally. Regardless, there is nothing racist about his campaign, it has nothing to do with his positions or his views on these issues, which seem reasonable.

"China is killing us. They’ve taken so much of our wealth. They’ve taken our jobs. They’ve taken our business, they’ve taken our manufacturing, [audience member screams out “our land”] Our land? The way they’re going they’ll have that pretty soon.Think about it, we have rebuilt China — somebody said to me “that’s a harsh statement” — it’s the greatest theft in the history of the United States." - Trump

So you're in favor of moving more manufacturing jobs to China? Driven by more dirty coal power plants? This is about US competition with China - all countries compete for better trade position, and China is producing all the cheap crap that Walmart sells millions of dollars worth of every day. THIS is one of the threats we should be focused on. Afghanistan and Syria are not going to attack us any time soon, but we are pouring billions into military operations there, while China has all the jobs. Not sure what this has to do with Hitler. Trump isn't advocating invading China or anything like that. He's pointing out that our politicians and multinational corporations have sent all of our manufacturing there, and we can't compete with them. He's right.

I assume you're a TPP supporter? Because that's going to close down more jobs in the US, send more manufacturing to Asia, and allow global multinational corporations to have more power than ever.

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." - Trump

Okay, this was about illegal immigrants. And, yes, they are causing problems for the US. This, again, is about the US competing with other countries, primarily. What you left out was the intro to this quote:

When do we beat Mexico at the border? They're laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they're killing us economically.

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems.

And, no, Trump has no interest in returning to any "good old days" like some antebellum South - he's talking about greatness as a country. Are you proud of the US? Proud of what they do, what they can accomplish? Are you proud of the standing of the US's standing with other countries, how we treat other countries, how we deal with them? Most people used to be, even if we were not doing as well treating minorities and disadvantaged in our country as well as we are today (which can still be improved). But we can continue that and ALL of us work together to make the US a country we can be PROUD of. And THAT is Trump's campaign, and it's resonating. The only group he places "blame" on for our problems are recent and current politicians, which is exactly where the blame belongs.

Comment Re:Okay, So Why Should I Be Paranoid? (Score 1, Offtopic) 373

You're not talking about reality. You're talking spin. It's really easy to call anyone a racist - especially with the media consistently misquoting Trump over and over and then having long panel discussion about things he didn't actually say, or ways that they interpret what he said. You've bought all that rhetoric from supporters of the political status quo hook, line and sinker. And people that know the media is deceptive check out what Trump is really saying and he gets more support. Too bad so many people (like you) can't be bothered to do that. Especially when it fits your ideology.

Comment Re:Okay, So Why Should I Be Paranoid? (Score 1, Insightful) 373

Riiiiight... []

This is just a bunch of 3rd and 4th -party hearsay that Trump may have had a book of Hitler's speeches. It in no way supports your assertion that "Donald Trump has more in common with Hitler..." at all. []

This, of course, is just more of what I assumed you really meant, which that Trump is a racist and a misogynist, which is simply what the political class (especially on the left, and this guy is very far left) say about Trump. Sure, you can mischaracterize statements from anyone and claim they are racist, it happens all the time, but it's just hyperbole. This guy didn't really even try to demonstrate any commonalities between Trump and Hitler (except, as I pointed out, hair), rather he used Hitler's election to drum up additional hatred for Republicans in his leftist audience. You can find articles doing that all the time. In fact, I can find lots of similar articles using the same rhetoric about Bush W. and even Mitt Romney.

So, poor effort on your part, terrible fail.

Again, I would try it with Sanders if I were you. Compare his career history and trajectory to Hitlers, the campaign promises each made / make, and the groups they vilify during their run for the highest office.

Comment Re:Virtuous circle providing more research dollars (Score 1) 312

Actually as a UC student I attended classes supporting a student entrepreneurship contest. A representative of the UC IP department attended and explained the program to us and emphasized its support of and discounts to small local startups.

So you have to win a contest to be considered? Did he actually discuss the process, the forms, the reviews, the requirements for actually being eligible of getting any of that "support and discounts" and the chances of getting any? NO? I wonder why...

Comment Re:Okay, So Why Should I Be Paranoid? (Score -1, Troll) 373

Donald Trump has more in common with Hitler than the founding fathers

Yea, no. The only thing I can think of is that they both have very unusual hair (facial in Hitler's case). Other than that, they are polar opposites.

Try comparing Bernie Sanders to Hitler, and you'll find more commonality.

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