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Comment I will lie to phone polls (Score 3, Funny) 292 292

Political polls are exempt from do-not-call lists and every Sept-early November my phone rings several times each evening. I can ask to not be called and I will continue to get called over and over.

This year I've decided if I can't make phone polls stop calling I will actively work against them by lying my ass off. I'll tell them I'm voting for Darth Vader because he's honest about where he stands on social issues and foreign policy. The most important issue in this election season is freeing minds from the Matrix.

It also never hurts to answer every question with "Hodor"

Comment Re:LG G2 Verizon owner here. (Score 1) 131 131

Android 5.0.2 build LRX22G

Usage on battery 5h 34min
Estimated time remaining 16h 41min (This is optimistic. It will not last this long)
Last 3 hr in use 11% Use

Android OS 17%
Google Services 13%
Screen 13%
Cell Standby 9%
Android System 8%
Chrome 7%
Themer 4%
Phone Idle 3%
Phone 3%
Amazon app suite 3%

Comment Re:Time for a change? (Score 1) 234 234

>> "And another thing, why is education literally never a talking point during elections?"

At this risk of sounding trollish you cannot possibly be paying attention. Around election time we have grandstanding on all sort of education subjects: Evolution and Creationism. When/if kids should learn about reproduction and birth control. Outcome based education. Benchmarking. Multi-culturalism in our history and Social Studies curriculum. Safety in schools. School lunch programs ("Michelle Obama lunches"). "Liberal indoctrination". Teacher's unions. That's just what I can think of on the spot. The list goes on.

Very few things are political hot-button topics on the scale of public education.

Comment Re:Eventually - but the lies do real damage meanwh (Score 1) 444 444

In the case of children's vaccination the medical community would be wise to co-op the language of climate change activists and label the opposition as "vaccine deniers". Shame them as anti-science and anti-medicine. Point out how the anti-vax movement's loudest voices are b-list celebrities with no expertise on the subject.

Comment Re:They will, without a doubt, die... (Score 1) 923 923

>> "You are going to need to combine that with spiders, toxic chemicals, a DNA X-factor"

Not necessarily. They may gain the powers of Dr. Manhattan. He was exposed to radiation in an 'intrinsic fields' experiment, which could really mean almost anything.

Option #2 - perhaps the thieves will be fused into one character like "Firestorm". One person's body will remain and gain superpowers, the other becomes the voice of reason in his head.

Comment Re:Not similar at all. (Score 1) 786 786

>> "Have you ever done IT? Some of the biggest problems are political there as well."

Yes. I've even dealt with outside vendors. I've seen those situations work out and occasionally not work out. Almost every time a company outsources development and that 3rd party hands back code that doesn't work, Company A doesn't pay until it works. Company A holds 3rd party developer to it's original bid that a website was supposed to cost $90m not $630m or more. In this case Company A is the US Taxpayer.

>> "If it was entirely in-house like NASA was..." "...less money and would be cheaper to maintain."

I'm not going to disagree so much as I'm going to give you the benefit of doubt that you wrote this without really thinking it through. NASA buys products from thousands of private companies, nothing was built in house by Uncle Sam. Some of those companies have gone out of business because NASA was their only customer. One of the reasons the Space Shuttles became unsustainable was NASA would swap components between shuttles rather than buy replacements, so companies withered and died off. In many situations there was only one working part for the whole fleet because there was no way to buy a replacement.

The Space Shuttle program was also, for all of it's triumphs, a cash hog.

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