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Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 685

The entire populous can be wiped out, so there's no need for significant boots on the ground. Small arms fire erupts? drop a couple tons of explosives in the area and call it good.

Who is attacking whom in that scenario?

Seriously. Who is it?

Because you're postulating an attacker trying to exterminate 350 MILLION people in the USofA without any other country being able to stop them.

That might sound good as a thought experiment but it runs into problems in the real world.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 5, Informative) 685

You're on the wrong point.

But even there-- how much regulation is "well regulated" without shading into the "abridging" region?

"Well regulated" means "trained" or "skilled" in that context at that time. The SCOTUS has already ruled on that.

And "militia" means most male citizens (between certain ages).

But neither of those are an issue because the last part says:

... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

And the SCOTUS has also ruled on who "the people" are in that context.

Comment Re:Translations (Score 2) 392

All systems require support.

No one is saying that installing Linux means that you do not have to pay for any of the standard costs associated with a system.

And remember that the opposition NEEDS to find a cause to champion that is contrary to the current system. Otherwise they aren't the opposition.

Whether or not their complaints are valid is irrelevant. That's how politics works.

Comment Re:"Evildoer"? Seriously? (Score 1) 494

I will never vote for someone who uses the word "evildoer".

Yep! Why the fuck does that word keep showing up in political statements? It makes them sound like children.

"If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job â" while protecting civil liberties â" to make sure that evildoers aren't in our midst."

Except that the majority of "evil" done in this country is NOT encrypted. It is publicly displayed and celebrated.

Comment Re:Uh, what's the problem? (Score 3, Insightful) 242

I think that it is more about chasing the flavour-of-the-month.

Is it enough to be on AOL?
No? How about MySpace?
Okay, is LiveJournal acceptable then?
And so forth.

If you're looking for YOUNGER programmers then you look for them where YOUNG people hang out.

But don't demand that OLDER programmers try to socialize the way that younger people do.

Comment Stupid question. (Score 5, Interesting) 242

If you have X years of programming experience, then you should be able to sell yourself based upon that.

Social media and such would be useful to programmers JUST STARTING THEIR CAREERS.

BUT! If you are an older programmer you DO need to keep expanding your knowledge. Learn newer languages / systems.

Comment Mod parent up. (Score 1) 67

From TFA:

"What weâ(TM)re talking about here is a means of mind control on a massive scale that there is no precedent for in human history." That may sound hyperbolic, but Robert Epstein says itâ(TM)s not an exaggeration.

Except that it is an exaggeration.

What they didnâ(TM)t know was that the search engine had been rigged to display the results in an order biased toward one candidate or the other. For example, in the most extreme scenario, a subject would see 15 webpages with information about Gillardâ(TM)s platform and objectives followed by 15 similar results for Abbott.

So if someone searched for material on Abbott ... it would show sites for Gillard?

Like if you did a search for how to do something in Linux ... but all you got back were Microsoft pages.

I'd dump that browser. Is that an option? If not, then your "research" is flawed.

Very few subjects noticed they were being manipulated, but those who did were actually more likely to vote in line with the biased results. "We expect the search engine to be making wise choices," Epstein says. "What theyâ(TM)re saying is, 'Well yes, I see the bias and thatâ(TM)s telling me ⦠the search engine is doing its job.'"

More likely that they didn't care enough to void your "research".

But merely changing which candidate appeared higher in the results still increased the number of undecided Indian voters who would vote for that candidate by 12% or more compared with controls.

So someone who cannot be bothered to do any research on the people who are actually running is 12% more likely to vote the way a computer suggests s/he should?

How about another experiment where something positive is compared to something negative? How would you go about manipulating the search results to that "kick me in the face" is chosen over "give me ice cream"?

Undecided voters are undecided because:
a. there isn't any real difference between politicians.

Give them a reason to care and see if the results are the same.

Comment Some will. Some won't. (Score 3, Insightful) 280

But think about other changes as well.

Autonomous cars can be parked a lot closer than any cars that need to open doors to let people out. So think about a few parking garages advertising "robot rates" and cutting the parking stalls down to car-size+3-inches-on-three-sides. The cars drop off their human passengers and then pack themselves into the robot garages.

Alternatively, if you're worried about someone soiling your pristine car, then charge enough to have it professionally cleaned before you want it back. And insist that the customers pay electronically so that you know EXACTLY who the offender was.

Comment Re:He wasn't able to give it up. (Score 3, Insightful) 466

If you had to remote to another machine for every intensive task, do you think you'd maintain the same volume of intensive tasks?

Yes. AND EVEN MORE! I have machines dedicated to running a single task each and I remote to them.

If I had to run all of those tasks on one computer which was also my daily use computer I would run far fewer tasks.

Comment Re:Unions (Score 3, Insightful) 585

Second, plan on having something you can offer to employers besides the threat of a revolution or strike; good workers can find good jobs.

Anything you can do can be taught to someone else willing to work for less.

Have you so soon forgotten Disney's attempt to replace their techs?

Seems that the only thing that stopped that was the publicity it got once the techs started complaining.

"Pok pok pok, P'kok!" -- Superchicken