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Comment That's easy (Score 1) 813

Piss people off by spending it, or not spending it, the way I want. Since I'll be dead and have no heirs there's no reason to spend it on others, especially when no one bothered to spend their money on me during my lifetime.

Screw people. We're supposed to be the smart ones. If you want to spend a fortune, make your own. Don't expect someone else to spend their money the way you want.

Comment Re:Late-80s Development Process Failures (Score 1) 234

As with telephone switches, you end up needing a large fraction of your code to be monitoring the state of the system to make sure everything's working. But also, you don't get that kind of reliability by having systems that flake out for a few milliseconds - you end up with multiple systems in parallel, and you know failure probabilities of the individual systems and build the thing to try to eliminate common-mode failures. So Box A, Box B, and Box C are in parallel, and each one has alarms that detect whether the other ones are down and the backup needs to take over for the primary, so if Box A is down, Box B takes over while you fix Box A, and Box C is there to take over if Box B also fails (or was already down when Box A failed.) Or alternatively, you've got an A/B pair, and a C/D pair, and if A fails, the C/D pair takes over while you fix A, reducing the risk that B will fail before you've done that.

We were part of the project because we're good at systems integration and government projects, but also because we had processor chips that did trig functions really really fast (for late-80s definitions of fast.) Turns out that the data was all coming from sensors with 12-bit A/D converters, and the fastest way to do trig functions on them isn't a floating-point chip - it's a lookup table :-)

Comment Re:Everyone has right to self defense (Score 1) 180

and able to quickly join a well-trained militia

And thus, "a well regulated militia. . ." yet I don't see the NRA agreeing every person who owns a gun being regulated in any sense of the word nor claiming the same group is part of a militia and should be called up for training by the government.

After all, if you're going to call up a group of people you need to have them registered and that is the last thing the NRA wants despite what the 2nd Amendment says and implies.

Comment Re:Personal Responsibility? (Score 1) 706

what ever happened to "Personal Responsibility"?

Are you seriously suggesting people should be held accountable for their actions? That's crazy talk! Imagine the calamity which would ensue if this were true.

No more being forced to hand over your money to a private company because the government told you to do it, no more people whining after someone kills themselves because they were arrested for being somewhere they had no right to be and didn't want to answer for their crime, no more people trying to justify not paying someone for their work, the list goes on.

You might want to reconsider your comment in light of how ridiculous it is. Why have personal responsibility when there's always an excuse or someone else gets to pick up the tab?

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1, Interesting) 706

The website did not willing give up the account information- it was stolen.

I'm confused. Does Ashley Madison not have possession of the information? When these hackers broke in, did they take the information and not leave anything behind?

I ask because many times on here when talking about people stealing songs the argument is always brought up that nothing was actually stolen since the original owner still had the song. Therefore, there was no theft but is instead considered "sharing".

If the above analogy is correct then there's no problem. Nothing was stolen, only shared because information wants to be free. So which story are we going to use today?

Comment Obviously the fault of Gay Marriage (Score 1) 286

All those gay folks getting married were clearly the reason 20% of the straight adults in the US were on that site, plus some number of gay people (not identified how many of them were married to people of the opposite sex, vs. single or "it's complicated".) (Though some non-trivial fraction of the customers claimed to be single, and just looking to hook up.)

As an old straight married guy, who was not one of AM's customers, I'd like to remind the Republicans that lots of their folks were, and maybe they were talking to the wrong people about the sanctity of marriage.

Comment Yup. Bush is Mr. Military-Industrial Complex (Score 1) 494

He's in bed with pretty much all the same advisors his brother was, and many of the same as his father was. He's the smarter brother, but Dubya's the older brother and may have spoiled it for him. The other likely candidates are Walker and Rubio, and just maybe Kasich will make it into the Final Four.

Comment Jeb ENTIRELY gets that (Score 1) 494

Jeb gets it, Walker gets it, Rubio gets it but has to deal with it a bit more, but the major candidates all know that they have to let the loudmouth right-wingers say all the nasty things that they'll pretend not to have been encouraging, because this is the part of the race for bashing Democrats and raising money and manpower from the angry people (as well as quietly raising money from the rich people.)

This is the part of the game they WANT Trump for, and Huckabee, and Cruz, and let them play off against Carson and Fiorina and Chris Christie and Rand Paul. He's playing to the GOP audience, and only secondarily to the National audience.

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