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Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 55

by smitty_one_each (#48953975) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson

You and many others pretend that there is, but that won't make it so.

Roughly to the extent that you willfully deny any idea not promulgated by Media Matters.

. . .but the fact of the matter is that there is no mention of self defense in the text that they wrote.

Sure, it's a literal fact of the text at hand that "self defense" was such a given in the 1787 context that it need only be implied by "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
One can hardly blame the Founders for failing to foresee the invertebrate Left, and its craving for bondage to the kind of Statism that they were so thoroughly refuting in pretty much everything they did.
There is an Orwellian hilarity running through just about argument you offer, sir.
Common sense tells us that, if the gungrabber arguments had any basis, the vast uptick in weapons sales should have long since triggered a bloodbath and depopulated this country. See my earlier remark about Orwellian hilarity.

Comment: Re:Word on the street is that SW rocked (Score 1) 26

by smitty_one_each (#48953951) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Starts Kampaigning

We have 40 hour work weeks because of organized labor. We have worker's compensation for injuries on the job because of organized labor. We have a minimum wage and rights to file grievances because of organized labor. We have occupational safety standards because of organized labor.
You focus only on the things that your political heroes blame on organized labor, regardless of whether or not those things are rooted in reality.

Two points:
- NOT public sector; you're making a valid historical point that ignores significant subsequent developments, e.g. OSHA.
- OK, let's have another golf clap for the 40-hour work week, and ignore the tendency for all solutions like organized labor to become a solution in search of a problem.

So you wouldn't want someone working for the DMV for 10 years? What about police and fire?

Yes, what?

A higher turnover in congress I would generally endorse. The problem though is that the overwhelming opinion of the American voter follows the line of "congress is bad, buy my guy is GREAT". So good luck getting traction on and kind of term limit for them.

Convention of States.

Comment: Re:In other words, you're doing it wrong. (Score 3, Insightful) 34

by drinkypoo (#48952451) Attached to: Test Shows Big Data Text Analysis Inconsistent, Inaccurate

This is what scares most people, or at least me, about ideas of using big data to predict criminals or otherwise mess up people's lives.

It's not a problem to use big data to try to figure out where to focus. But you have to subject the results to some sanity checking, and before you actually impact someone's life, perhaps even some common sense. Shocking idea, I know, and the reason why it's still a problem.

Comment: Re: Problems with the staff (Score 1) 145

by drinkypoo (#48952279) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

problem with Noscript et al, is the same problem with softwalls like Zonealarm - the content is already downloaded to your computer for the parser to analyse before it's passed to the rendering engine. It's already in your system.

Well, yes and no. The script embedded in the html or whatever is already in your system, but any linked script files hosted on a dodgy domain don't actually get downloaded at all, at least on Firefox. In the past this was impossible on chrome by design, but I'm told it works properly now. The flash and most of the script is never in fact downloaded to your PC at all.

Comment: Re: Japan: and the $0.02 market analysis. (Score 1) 409

by drinkypoo (#48951849) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Thanks for the info. I went with the premise that they were the only Android phones guaranteed to get software updates. Now I am just confused as how to know a good Android phone that will be in the front running for getting system updates, without having to jailbreak.

What you do get with Nexus devices is unlockability. But you also get that with Motorola and even Sony devices. You void your warranty in the process, which probably isn't strictly legal for them to do to you. You can relock your phone so that it can get OTAs again, though... at least in the case of Motorola. Dunno about others. What you just can't assume you get is quality.

Comment: Re:They always [conveniently] miss facts... (Score 1) 409

by drinkypoo (#48951827) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Because "a while" might be like 10 15 minutes. When all you want to do is unplug, go out and start jamming, that sucks as UX.

So if you care, then you use a tool. But being forced to use a tool is still bullshit, and you are still a useful idiot apologist.

plus no worrying about what happens if the device writes garbage to the config, or what happens if power is lost mid write, etc.

Actually, all that stuff can still happen to iPods.

Friction is a drag.