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Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 38

by mcgrew (#49784593) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin

I agree he doesn't belong on that list. I do think on the list of America's worst presidents, he'd be at the top of the list.

Ignored warnings from the previous administration, top FBI officials ignored field agents who were warning of something bad, and got our country attacked.

Then he started an incredibly stupid war in Iraq, which led to the rise of ISIS.

Presided over the building of mass surveillance of the American people.

Took office during a boom, left office under the worst economy since the great depression. It's my theory that what caused the ruined economy was fuel prices more than quadrupling during his reign. Buy gas to get to work, or pay the mortgage? Tough choice!

Took office with a balanced budget, left it with the largest deficit in American history. Meanwhile, infrastructure was crumbling and he did nothing.

Now, if the list was of people who did the most harm to our country, he should be on that list. Mao and Pol Pot were very evil men who killed millions of people, but they didn't harm America.

Comment: Re: How does one tell the difference? (Score 1) 103

by MoaDweeb (#49745859) Attached to: Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years

AFAIK they look at the rock to determine whether the apparent knapping of the rock (striking it with other rocks to make sharp flakes come off) is by natural processes or not.
The effects of geologic processes etc. differ from the effects of an ape-man with some hand-eye co-ordination.

Comment: Re:DHI (Score 1) 11

by mcgrew (#49728813) Attached to: Dice Holdings Inc is now "DHI"

Ever since they changed it so I have a goddamned horizontal scroll (are they on crack?) I've only come by occasionally to look at journals.

Look, Dumbass Holdings Idiots, there's no reason whatever short of GROSS incompetence to introduce a horizontal scroll on a widescreen format notebook!! I'm all for hiring the handicapped, but you don't hire Ray Charles to be a bus driver and you don't hire the educationally handicapped to code...

Although I suspect it may be retarded PHBs than retarded coders. Someone is obviously VERY stupid. The idiotic mistakes I see should NOT happen at a so-called "nerd" site.

Comment: Re:Not a great idea ... (Score 1) 4

by mcgrew (#49711045) Attached to: A suggestion to mobile browser makers and the W3C

If you do that you have to double the used web space, and that can be expensive. I'm already almost at the upper limit for my site and will have to go to the next tier of hosting soon. As it is, only three of the well over a hundred pages on my site need a special mobile version, and I would imagine a lot of other folks are the same way.

Having it first look for m.sitename, falling back to mobile.html if it exists and m.sitename doesn't, then index.html if there are neither m.sitename or mobile.html might be a good idea, though.

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Journal: A suggestion to mobile browser makers and the W3C 4

Journal by mcgrew

There are an awful lot of pages on my web site, and I've been busy making them all "mobile-friendly". Most of them are little or no problem making them look good on all platforms, but there are three that are especially problematic.

I jumped this hurdle (well, sort of stumbled past it) by making two of each of the pages with a link to the mobile page from the index.

Comment: Re:Magnetized, eh? (Score 1) 6

by mcgrew (#49691113) Attached to: Magnetic Cell Phone Docks

It should work. I don't see how it would mess up the charging circuit unless that circuit was poorly designed. It's the same as a TV degausser.

My day was a lineman working around AC at 90,000 volts. If he wore an analog (wind up) watch to work the watch would get magnetized by those high strength magnetic fields and stop working. He probably could have fixed the watches the same way.

Comment: Re:Hate for Uber (Score 1) 132

by MoaDweeb (#49642623) Attached to: Voting With Dollars: Politicians and Their Staffers Roll With Uber

This argument may be valid in some jurisdictions but not all even in the US.
Here in New Zealand the taxi industry was deregulated some 20+ years ago. Requirements are an appropriate level of licence, police check and a vetting by the govt. Transport Authority that you have the right structures, log books etc.

No monopoly exists to any one firm in any major city but the pre- existing firms have maintained their dominance in the main: e.g. Auckland Co-op, Black & White Cabs (Wgtn). Why? Better service and fewer horror stories of ex and current rapists etc. driving cabs.

The regulation that exists is mainly for the protection of customers and being able to ensure the vehicles are safe, drivers work no more than the maximum number of hours and so on.
So, a light handed regulation mix and Uber will not comply as they are 'not a taxi business', the NZ Police are prosecuting them because they are.

Comment: Re: I like this guy but... (Score 1) 438

by MoaDweeb (#49588767) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Compare the policies of the Democrat party with those of the Conservative Party in the UK. The Tories are left of the Democrats, that makes the Democrats a right-wing party and the Republicans further out than Genghis Khan.

It is the same in other '5 Eyes' nations such as New Zealand and Australia. Our right wing parties (National & Liberal/ National Coalition respectively) are left of your so-called left-wing party.

The USA is the outlier, not everyone else.

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Journal: How to make "mobile-friendly" web pages 3

Journal by mcgrew

I finally got the full texts of Nobots and Mars, Ho! to display well on a phone. My thanks to Google for showing me how, even if the way they present the information is more like trial and error, but it's actually easy once you jump through all their hoops. I'll make it easy.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.