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Comment Re:Might as well start calling him President Trump (Score 1) 408

While all candidates spout platitudes, the big difference with most others is that they have a record to stand on. In fact, if they were to say something radically different than what they've done we would doubt them, such as Rubio's newly found anti-immigration position.

With Trump is different. We have no clue what he stands on, and "I'm going to bully the world to do what I want" is a play yard tantrum, not realistic policy, in spite of what you write above.

Lastly, the problem with immigration can be solved in an instant if you really want to: put strong penalties on employers for hiring illegal immigrants. It was tried for a year during the Reagan administration and it was highly effective. This is how all other countries on earth do it. The reason it is not done in the USA is because it businesses need illegal workers to cover the bottom end of the spectrum. So you can do this bluster about a wall, which impresses simpletons, or you can propose an actual solution and then you have the entire business lobby against you.

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 104

What people want is ssh -X and yes it is a top priority to many.

That, plus the ability to reconnect to the same session (à la screen),
in case your connection goes lost for some reason, or if you want to
move to a different terminal (think remote/home work first via your mobile
device, then move on to your workstation as you get home after being
called when on call duty).

Similar as to what Sun did ages ago, with their Sun Rays,
of course updated and more flexible.

Comment Re:Might as well start calling him President Trump (Score 1) 408

Did you even read the items in the page you sent? Number one is:

The most important component of our China policy is leadership and strength at the negotiating table.

This is not a policy proposal. It's empty bluster.

It also repeats the claim that Mexico will pay for the wall, with no indication of how this is to come about. Just like I indicated. Seriously, read the page you sent again.

It's not that Trump is wrong, it's that he hasn't even made an actual proposal we can evaluate.

Comment Re: Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 0) 408

The best thing about Sanders's economic policy is that it's utterly fantastic, impossible thinking, entirely ungrounded in reality. Which means Congress won't go for it unless it's a Democrat majority, so that's a NOOP.

Don't get me wrong - nobody who is running is at all qualified for the job, but when John fucking McAfee is the best of the field, this country is in huge trouble.

Comment Re:Might as well start calling him President Trump (Score 0) 408

If the contest ends up being Trump vs. Clinton, my vote is automatic Trump, without a second thought.

But how do you know Trump is a good candidate if so far he hasn't proposed a single policy, good or bad. And no, saying, I would go and talk to Putin and get along is not a policy proposal, neither is claiming that Mexico would pay for the wall without explaining how would this come about... I might as well claim you are going to pay my mortgage and solve my debt problems.

Submission + - Engineers Devise a Way to Harvest Wind Energy from Trees (vice.com)

derekmead writes: Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy.Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and, there you go, piezoelectricity. As stress is applied to the material, charge accumulates, which can then be shuttled away to do useful work. The classic example is an electric lighter, in which a spring-loaded hammer smacks a crystal, producing a spark.

Another example is the heart of a piezoelectric system described in a new paper in the Journal of Sound and Vibration courtesy of engineers at Ohio State's Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research. The basic idea behind the energy harvesting platform: exploit the natural internal resonances of trees within tiny artificial forests capable of generating enough voltage to power sensors and structural monitoring systems.

Comment Re:Not Progress (Score 1) 524

That's a great example... I hate to say that nothing should ever change, but I guess it has to change in a way that is different enough you cannot be confused like that.

It was probably cheaper to not have to include the ability to lock at the bottom/top of the switching positions.... but like you said it seems like it would really confuse people, or make it more likely to forget the signal was on.

Comment Re:And? (Score 4, Insightful) 271

If you're in the US, losing the entire Russian government market is a blow to the balance of trade and local economy. This single contract is just representative of everything that's happening across the industry - it's far larger.

But Americans seem to WANT NSL's and are willing to sacrifice the entire tech sector, the basis of their economic growth, for an increased police state. Maybe they'll get to pick the size of their grey tunics.

Comment A feature that all android phones are missing... (Score 1) 132

Let me block a number with wildcards


Those three will block a bulk of worthless calls to my phone. I already have an app that kind of works but I would rather hav ethe phone do a connect and then instant hangup, or better yet play the universal "disconnect" tones that phone companies use for a phone number that is not in service to knock my number off a computer list.

There is no reason at all for the base OS telephone functionality to have built in blocking with wildcard support.

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