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Comment Re:USA voters are stupid (Score 1) 275

The USA is unquestionably at least partly responsible for ISIS. We should have nipped Syria in the bud, not allowed Iraq to fall etc. so yes this administration does bear quite a bit of responsiblity. You could argue of course that the root problem was a destabilation of the region due to the Iraq war and that would be at least partially accurate but Iraq fell to ISIS and Syria fell into chaos because this current administration was unwilling to commit boots on the ground to ensure stabilty in the region. A region that we had at least partial responsiblity for destabilzing in the first place. We knew Iraq was unstable but we pulled out against the recommendation of our generals in order to fulfil campaign promises. Our weakness nourished this "islamic state" and allowed it to grow.

Comment Re:Is anyone really surprised by this? (Score 1) 144

Nah. Siri is integrated with apple music so they have a bucket of inquiries that have this as the response if user does not have subscription. "Play this song" or whatever other instruction a user might give. This is most likely just a matter of this particular inquiry being included in that default response to that condition in their profile. Likely unintentional but just as likely because it's apple to stay that way because they don't tend to change stuff like that based on user feedback.

Comment Re:In other news.... (Score 1) 500

From the article:

To help cover the expense, Price cut his own pay from $1.1 million to $70,000. He’s also sold all of his stocks, drained his retirement accounts, and mortgaged two properties to pour $3 million into the company. He’s vowed not to fire employees, raise prices, or cut executive pay further to make it all work.

Once the media attention propping up his numbers dies down this stunt is likely doomed...

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 191

Ubuntu around 2004 (warty) was were I began and even though I'd played around quite a bit in years past with Linux, where I finally took the plunge and went with Linux as my only OS. Thinking back on it, it was probably equal parts the community which was great at the time in IRC and the distro. My first experience in IRC in #debian a few years earlier... did not go well.

Comment Re:Remove casing from a Wallmart clock - get invit (Score 2) 621

He wasn't accused of being a "t'rrist" he was accused of intentionally contructing a fake bomb in order to troll the school. At no point did the administration or the police think it was a bomb. GIven that his sister was suspected of previously making fake bomb threats and his father a well known activist who has participated in the past in stunts designed to garner publicity I'd say their response was measured and thought out and possibly correct depending on the kid and his family's true motivations.

Comment Personal email account so what? (Score 3, Informative) 100

This is a personal email account. It shouldn't matter all that much that it was hacked unless he was using it for the people's business when he shouldn't have been. Well, other than the fact that some stoner kid was able to get leverage and personal info on the CIA director.. but if that is the case then we should assume the russians, chinese etc. already had such access.

Comment Re:sigh... (Score 1) 253

You're assuming that a militarily strong US hasn't been a source of stabilty for the rest of the world and that without it the number of total causalties would be less the total number you quoted -so any deaths from any US military action are more that would otherwise have occured. Many would argue that a strong US (perhaps demonstrated by the last decade of weakness from the USA and current state or world affairs) generally means good things for the world at large. Personally, I'm not sure where I come out on that. I will say that it is certainly disillusioning given how often people have criticized the US for supporting dictators in the middle east in the 20th century to see what those countries make of themselves without said regimes.

Comment Re:Bias? Or reality? (Score 1) 445

"Potential" or innate ability from what I've seen are directly correlated to home environment / parental involvement. It isn't something you can "fix" in school though very early pre-school might help a bit For example I have someone in my family with 4 kids. He is an extremely smart guy but paid zero attention to the them. Those kids could barely talk at 6 and 7 years old... they just hadn't developed as well as the others in the family. If you come from a disadvantaged family then you will be significantly less likely to do well in life or score well on intelligence tests meaning you are likely less intelligent.

I agree with the op. The only bias here seems to be the reality that poor families are more often subpar environments to grow up in and likely fail to nurture intelligent children by a very statistically significant margin. Seems to me they should probably have chosen someone more intelligent themselves to evaluate the program...

Comment Eh (Score 1) 213

Maybe I'm getting old but yeah.. "eh". The big bottlenecks for me are always RAM and storage IO. I don't really care these days about CPU performance for phones other than for battery numbers. It isn't even like Apple is pushing any sort of cool VR solution that could justify some technolust over CPU specs.

Comment Re:The solution for this already exists. (Score 1) 1291

I don't buy that. It is all about putting in a little effort and having a good work ethic. If you have a good work ethic you are more hirable already than 60%-80% of the current work force. There is work for anyone that is willing to do it. Even discarding all corporate jobs, I don't currently pay someone to mow my lawn because to me it isn't worth $30 lost when I can do it myself. If however a person walks up offering to mow the yard for $5-$10 then I will likely pay them. There is always work for people willing to step up.

Comment Re:I shouldn't have to work... (Score 1) 1291

That principle is also in the bible,

Though you can probably find anything you want in the bible I'm going to call for a citation. I remember things like: "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat." Personally I might feel morally obligated to grant him a quick death but little else.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce