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Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 5, Informative) 388

by ATMAvatar (#49602507) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

but then goes for batshit insane politics that would push us back to the worst part of the soviet experiment.


I looked him up to see what was so crazy, and all I found was:

  • support for campaign finance transparency (DISCLOSE Act)
  • opposition to concentrating media into a few corporations
  • support for universal health care
  • support for LGBT equality
  • opposition to the bank bail-outs when they were fast-tracked through in 2008
  • a bill increasing veteran disability compensation
  • and a co-sponsoring of a bill to fix the VA.

None of that seems all that crazy or dangerous to me

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 606

by ATMAvatar (#49601511) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

For example, a simple search for "LaTeX" (typesetting) yields pornography on some search engines.

FYI, if you Google "TeX", nearly every result on the first page is for LaTeX. The two exceptions are an IMDB page for a movie and a Google Finance page for the TEX stock. It also helps that there is a site.

Comment: Semantics (Score 3, Interesting) 216

by DumbSwede (#49571099) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets

How can you not be "self directed" if you are compensating for "movement of the target". It has been given a target and actively modifying its flight profile in flight. There must be some intelligence and/or sensing and/or feedback to do this. Seems like an exercise in semantics to call it not-self-directed (at least in flight).

Is this a disclaimer to avoid getting these bullets confused with things like autonomous killbots? Though it is pretty easy to assume killbots will overwhelming choose these bullets as ammo :-)

Comment: Re:Xylitol to the rescue? (Score 1) 629

by TeknoHog (#49564883) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

The spelling of that chemical alone will prevent its success.

If 'xylitol' is hard for English speakers, it should be doubly so in Finland. We did extensive clinical research on its use against dental caries in the 1970s, and now everyone and, well, not their dog, has been using it in forms like chewing gum for a couple of decades.

However, we are notoriously bad at pronouncing foreign words. For instance, initial 'str' in words like 'strategy' ('strategia' in Finnish) is often reduced to just 'r', at least when spoken by older people with less foreign exposure. This just reflects the lack of such combinations in our native language.

Comment: Re:Either way (Score 3, Insightful) 17

by ATMAvatar (#49551405) Attached to: A Guide To the 5 Cybersecurity Bills Now Before Congress
Why bother? As long as they have the right letter (D or R) next to their name, the voting public couldn't care less what they do in office. The re-election rate of Congressmen has been over 90% for most election cycles in the last half century, and it never once dropped below 80% during that period.

Comment: Re:Local recycling is dependent on a local market (Score 1) 78

by TeknoHog (#49540347) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War
Wait, you Americans still have these weird recycling bins which might as well be labeled "miscellaneous", as they still need someone to do the actual sorting? Here in the old world (.fi) we have different bins for stuff like glass and metal. There is some regional variety depending on the local market, though I've heard some of this still ends up in landfill.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.