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Comment: This ruling saved the Republicans (Score 1) 588 588

by Sir_Eptishous (#49988903) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies
Imagine the fallout from all those who would have lost insurance?
Imagine states scrambling to set Exchanges, vet software/platforms, etc;
The media coverage would have skewered the Republicans over a hot flame.

This decision actually helps the Republicans in 2016. The SCOTUS gave them a pass.

The people who would lose their insurance are more likely to be white, employed, from the South and high school graduates.

Comment: Re:Prime Scalia (Score 2) 588 588

by Sir_Eptishous (#49988709) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies

Bush gets a congressional authorization for his war, even goes to the UN. Obama just does whatever they hell he wants in Libya.

Wow, did you really just compare the Iraq War to what Obama did in Libya? Really?
Get a historical clue before you post here or face your ignorance being exposed.

Comment: Re:Distressingly easy? Not yet. BUT... (Score 1) 165 165

by Sir_Eptishous (#49979035) Attached to: Car Hacking is 'Distressingly Easy'
Yes, that day will come. However the outcome from that event won't be what you may think.

If we take 9/11 as a template of idiotic reactions to terrorist events, here will be the likely outcome:
1. The true perp, the decision makers(marketing management, etc; not coders) who enable cars to be the toys of hackers, will avoid any blame. They will be swiftly whisked off to team building sessions in Aspen, Cancun or Jackson Hole, where they will be presented with awards for their forward thinking and accommodation to user comfort and convenience.

2. The proxy perp, who actually drives the cars to the left, will be swiftly arrested, convicted and jailed, and become a scapegoat for those receiving awards for forward thinking and accommodation to user comfort and convenience.

3. Users and "car owners" will be the real losers here. Even more restrictive rules and engineering will be placed on modern cars, whereby the bank you got your car loan through will be able to deduct funds directly from your bank account if any number of intellectual property violations are committed such as humming the Star Spangled Banner on the way to a 4th of July picnic. Any modifications, however subtle(including but not limited to "support our troops bumper stickers"), to the vehicle will be met with a swift kick in the ass from your local dealer, and more funds being deducted from your account. More "security" measures will be implemented, as per a Congressional Oversight Committee, that will, in essence, hogtie users/drivers even more and allow even more vectors for attack by hackers in Bulgaria, Boston and Beijing, but you already knew all that...

Comment: Re:Japanese Paradox (Score 1) 38 38

Yes, great analysis.

I assume the driving of labor "coming from below" and "knocking higher up the food chain" along with more and more labor from anywhere in the world will increasingly drive down labor costs(wages).

Would that mean that those in IT will have to work harder for less, with more competition?

The real questions(expertly avoided in the media) are these:
How will society "deal with"(manage) the millions of unemployed as these changes wrought by robots and expert systems happen?
How will "the market" deal with millions of consumers that no longer have the income to maintain the consumer spending driven economy?
How will governments(especially in the First World) maintain control when millions of their citizens are idle, with little or no prospects for employment and little or no disposable income.

Sure, we can assume the solutions such as a minimum income could alleviate such problems, but in a country like the USofA, with a polarized political scene, will anything like that ever happen?

Comment: Holy Crap! (Score 1) 193 193

by Sir_Eptishous (#49936737) Attached to: 86.2 Million Phone Scam Calls Delivered Each Month In the US
So the other day I had to erase a ton of old voice mails on a phone in a part of the company where that particular phone/extension/did is hardly ever used.

I logged into the voice mail to discover that it had been receiving tons of phone spam. Somehow this outside number had been listed in the phone spammers database and there were loads of different phone spam/scams on there. At first I listed to a few, then I just deleted and went to the next message.

It took me about 15 minutes to delete all the messages in the inbox.

Comment: Suck It Palpatine! (Score 2) 413 413

by Sir_Eptishous (#49900693) Attached to: Trade Bill Fails In the House
"Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict..."

Comment: Mint issues (Score 2) 155 155

I've been using Mint for about six months now and I think it is the best Linux desktop I've tried.
Forgive me now as I tell you I have no idea whether I'm using Gnome, KDE, Cinnamon or Raspberry Pie.
It is the gui that came with the default install, and I like it.

However, recently I've seen problems popping up, two specifically:
1. When using Google Maps in Chromium it usually brings my system to a complete halt. This is a recent problem, so I'm assuming some update is the cause, either with Chromium or Mint. When this lockup happens the only thing I am able to do is switch to a console and reboot.
2. When the Software Update runs in the background it slows things down tremendously. I can either update, or close the updater. If I leave it open without updating the system stays extremely slow. Like the Chromium problem, this just started in the last month or so. Before that everything was. Nothing new has been installed, except for the normal updates of course.

I'm hoping over the course of time another update or some such will correct these problems.

Comment: A Quiet Airport?!? (Score 2) 54 54

This kind of
pinko-commie-"feel-good"-new-agey-yoga-euro-"we support diversity"-SJW-enviro-whacko-unAmerican-antiFreedom-"GrEEN"-"compost-lovin"-"prius-Drivin"-Obama-votin-quiche-eatin-Kale-growin Bullshit will never fly in this here YouNitedStates of Merkica!
No seree! We loves em airports loud as F#$K!
We want that noise, that white noise, blasting into our every fiber, shredding any semblance of calm, any remote chance at a quiet backyard bbq without the sound of Jim coming back from his business trip to El Paso.

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 1) 692 692

by Sir_Eptishous (#49798581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
Thats why the panic inducing pablum about how we are running out of food, and that we have to use their seeds and their chemicals to have another "green revolution"(even though that has caused our water supplies to be drawn down to dangerous levels, as well as chemical pollutions affecting our entire ecosystem)coming from the mouths of Monsanto and other Chemical-Industrial-Complex nutjobs is absolute bullshit.
End of run on sentence.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.