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Comment And when she reneges (Score 5, Interesting) 546 546

And on top of it, you get a level of transparency the resembles what a blackhole does to sunlight her supporters will be just shocked--SHOCKED--that voting for a candidate with her horrendous record on honesty backfired on them.

I mean FFS, I'm generally a conservative and I'd vote for Bernie Sanders in a heartbeat over her even though he's an avowed Socialist because at least the man seems to have some real integrity and respect for the middle class.

Comment Why stop there? (Score 1) 353 353

Whenever I see some financial or health care site that has a stupid limit like "8-16 characters, letters and numbers only and only one of these three non-alphanumeric characters" I struggle with free market principles and not saying "there ought to be a law..." In fact, it'd be easier on people to just let them use a phrase that has a meaning only to them. You know, a sentence that has numbers in it and goes on to something like over 128 characters easily.

Comment Funny thing about Hollywood (Score -1, Flamebait) 188 188

Many of them are the sort of folks who think Texas and Louisiana are barbaric states because they allow property owners to use force, including deadly force in significant cases, against people attempting to steal their property or destroy it. Yet they turn around and do the equivalent of torching an entire city block because one shop might occasionally host people who violate their IP rights.

Comment Probably won't stop the auto industry (Score 4, Insightful) 173 173

Like medical device manufacturers, they seem to be in lala land compared to most fields that use computers when it comes to security. The worst part is that if the federal government mandates security standards, the most likely outcome is that they will likely only target a few bright lines tests and the standards will never keep pace with the evolving threat models.

Comment My family learned the hard way about licenses (Score 2, Interesting) 193 193

I have a relative who dealt with a surgeon who was the only game in town in his specialty. Turned out that the man hadn't bothered to do much to update his knowledge of his specialty in about 15-20 years. Several surgeries later, the relative ended up going to a major regional university's affiliated hospital. They had to tell her that due to his use of outdated techniques, all of which were "safe" by the standards of the licensing committee, the best they could offer her would be to moderately repair the damage he did and there was simply no way she'd ever be right again. They said that had she gone to them or someone else in the same field who bothered to keep up, she'd have probably recovered just fine or at least would have had the majority of her pain and functional issues gone.

People in favor of licensing professionals would say "imagine how much worse it could have been." We say "imagine how much harder he'd have worked if he had more competition." If licensing and regulation doesn't keep professionals like doctors and lawyers in line, I see absolutely no benefit to putting up barriers to entry in jobs like taxi driving. Toughen up the liability laws and make it easier to win on "failure to do (what is reasonably known by practitioners) right."

Comment Probably for the best (Score 2, Interesting) 213 213

On the other hand, you could have a watch loaded with a lot of mediocre apps that cause its power use to spike a lot, draining the battery and leaving you to charge it a few times a day. So either you end up taking the watch off once or twice a day or you end up with a cable linking your phone to your laptop or a wall charger.

Sounds like great options that are sure to drive adoption of the core product.

Comment Of course you are (Score 3, Interesting) 176 176

"I'm not stupid, but I was totally naïve,"

Naive is believing that a German businessman who travels to locales like Ghana would describe traveling to Italy as his dream destination, like it's something to aspire to as an adventure, when it's about like driving from Florida to Pennsylvania in distance. Stupid is when you believe that this man could rack up a bill in Ghana that would be a major medical scandal in the US (where hospitals don't even blink at bilking people in many areas) and then blindly start throwing that much money at him.

Comment No, it doesn't mean they're under-represented (Score 1) 398 398

It is an issue because race doesn't correlate with competence. Therefore if you have one race being under-represented you know that there are many potentially great candidates from that race that you are failing to hire, instead settling for a potentially worse candidate from some other race.

If a race is under-represented, it could also mean that there simply aren't as many candidates period of those groups. So you have two main choices. You can believe that these companies are racist or biased and lying about their demand for this type of person, or you could believe that the market has spoken and it can't find enough of these people to meet the demand that is constantly being stated by reputable employers. Take your pick, but mine is on the latter since it follows the money on more levels than the former.

By your logic, white and asian people must be committing a ton of violent felonies because they're under-represented on crime stats. Either that or many of the hispanics and blacks that get convicted really are victims of racism and bias. It couldn't possibly be that some groups commit more crimes of a certain type or some groups tend to field more qualified candidates for different lines of work. Shit, by your logic I could argue that professional sports are racist because the disproportionate share of blacks in those lines of work must be a sign of bias, despite my lying eyes telling me that the ones I'm seeing are damn good athletes who could wipe the floor with most white and asian athletes.

Comment Silicon Valley is not the industry either (Score 2) 398 398

You know what subset does a pretty decent job of focusing on diversity and lower credentials to get people in? Government contracting, and it's part of the same industry as Silicon Valley. You know what is also part of the same industry as Silicon Valley and whose big firms have wretched reputations for their quality vice Silicon Valley big firms? Government contracting.

What SJWs want to believe is that every group is perfectly equal or close to it, and we're just a few policies away from achieving the magic of diversity. That's bullshit and ignores the lived experience of every family that has worked its way up from the low end of the lower class into the middle class.

Comment You know what would set them straight? (Score 0) 36 36

Some prison time for every OPM staffer involved in setting up the RFP and awarding contracts that lacked a "US citizens only" clause and that were know to have foreign contractors working on federal systems. Everyone from the first line contract officer and PMs up to past directors should be under criminal indictment for this. That, not legislation, would make things safer.

Comment Mistrust the banks, so let's all deal with them! (Score 1) 294 294

Setting aside cryptocurrencies, TFS is ludicrous. We mistrust the banks, so naturally we support moving in a direction that absolutely forces people to use financial institutions to facilitate basic transactions! Who do they think are going to be managing the deposits and transactions? Privacy? Forget about it. When everything is electronic, the government will be able to monitor everything beyond bartering.

Comment "Historic oppression" is not an excuse (Score 1) 581 581

There's no reason to protect any of those people from discrimination. It's not like there has been a history of any of these groups of people being oppressed, or anything like that... oh wait.

So what if there is? Do you really think making a skin head or klansman who owns a bakery bake a cake for a black family is anything other than a power play to force them to accept society's values when they're otherwise content to leave the people they hate alone? Does it even make sense to want to be served by someone who hates you? No, it doesn't. You are playing Russian Roulette with the possibility of them doing something spiteful, if not evil, to you. Particularly so because you are smugly forcing them to "accept you" and do business with you.

Speaking of wedding cakes, ever notice that gay rights activists are only going after Christians? Plenty of Muslims sell baked goods and cater weddings too. The difference is that if a Muslim version of Sweet Cakes by Melissa were attacked by gay rights activists, the gay community knows that someone in the Muslim community might at least burn down the couple's home, if not murder them in retaliation for attacking a Muslim business.

Comment Why not? (Score 1, Flamebait) 432 432

Maybe you're OK with taking in peoples' wash and sewing for low pay, no benefits or sick days, and a friendly "fuck you" when you're too old to work, but most people are not.

And most people have no real job skills that the market values. So where does that leave us? With a bunch of entitled, low-skilled people who think that being an awesome burger flipper or retail clerk should entitle them to a 2000ft^2 apartment or home, an iPhone, cable package, nice car and full health care coverage. This is despite the fact that their input into the economy is barely a drop in the bucket compared to what they expect to come back to them.

Don't whine about human rights and dignity here. Mathematics doesn't give a shit what you think is the right thing to do. The health care demands coupled with what people want to do with their bodies in modern industrial societies alone is beyond the productive capacity of modern economics to provide. That's why health care is becoming unsustainable even in countries that use socialized medicine aside from Cuba (which has some structural advantages such as being able to use medical workers' family members as incentives to work efficiently)

Comment A very politically correct set of charities (Score -1, Flamebait) 74 74

Several educational charities and two focused exclusively on women's education opportunities and anti-poverty efforts. Once again we see the SJWs make sexist choices in the name of equality and opportunity. Unfortunately, here's a rough truth that they're ignoring. All of the efforts to lift up third world women won't accomplish anything if the men aren't lifted up. This is particularly true in the poorest, most traditional societies. If we managed to make all Afghani women suddenly Sex in the City-esque educated women without doing the equivalent for the men, within a generation the Taliban would have that progress stopped and within 3, women would be back in their traditional role.

SJWs forget a crucial lesson from our own history. Women didn't fight for their rights and win them. Men gave them their legal rights. It was the change of hearts and minds that made the modern world in the industrialized countries. If women had rebelled in the pre-modern West and fought a real fight for political equality, those proto-feminists would have been put down without a fight by the government and with society's blessing.

Comment Our crime is irrelevant (Score 0) 337 337

Seriously, most Australians and Brits probably have no idea how pointless it is to bring up stuff like this:

The U.S. has some problems that Australia doesn't have. It's got a lot more racial crimes, it's got a lot more gun-related crimes, but I don't think that is going to drive a whole bunch of ultra-rich Americans out of their country,

What most foreigners consistently get wrong when looking at our crime stats is failing to note that the overwhelming majority of our gun deaths either have a criminal or a suicidal person on the receiving end of the bullet. Since it's illegal in all 50 states and DC to shoot someone over a non-violent offense or even a violent misdemeanor, that almost invariably means that when a criminal is shot it's either by someone who by definition doesn't respect the law (fellow criminal) or someone about to be on the receiving end of a violent felony.

I can't blame them for this misunderstanding. Our gun control lobby is notorious for manipulating stats by doing stuff like putting gangbangers near the age of majority, who are both eligible to be prosecuted as adults and involved in serious crime when killed, as "children" under the death stats. That's about as bad as most countries refusing to count the death of premature babies on their mortality rates and mocking us for our higher mortality rate because we record those as infant deaths.

But hey, if you want to outsource your basic daily safety to the state, more power to you. You have a rich tradition of subjection to royal and aristocratic authority. Who are we to judge your culture, even if it makes no sense to most of us how you can call yourselves "free citizens" when your electorate is basically at the mercy of your elites' willingness to use force?

If all else fails, lower your standards.