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Comment Re:Yes! (Score 3, Informative) 703

I switched to a Mac in 2012 for my personal shit and about 6 months ago went to a Mac for work too. With the release of Office 2016 for the Mac, I honestly cannot find a single thing I cannot do comfortably on my Mac anymore.

If you have a serious problem with it, Parallels has been running Windows apps for me better than any native PC installation since version 7 back in 2012.

I mean, I know you're probably trolling or trying to be funny, but it's a dead joke in 2015.

Comment Re:ISP provided modem (Score 1) 76

I have a DLink docsis 3.0 cable modem I bought for $65 on sale about a year ago. Before that I was renting one from Comcast for $5 a month. Next month the DLink will have paid for itself, and anything after that will be gravy.

It's been working fine so far, haven't noticed anything different from the Motorola one that I was renting.

Comment Re:But... but... (Score 1) 231

Aside from the top dog Wordpress, the next two popular CMS are Joomla and Drupal. Which also use.... php

It's like that in ecommerce also. The #1 ecommerce software is Magento (php). #2 is Woocommerce (php). #3 is Prestashop (php). #5 and #7 and #8 are also in php. Something like 60 to 70% of all ecommerce sites on the internet are in php. 2015 ecommerce platform rankings

Comment Re:This is taking the wrong approach (Score 1) 291

Why should machines use UTC at all? We have a time standard that doesn't use leap seconds - Atomic Time (TAI). We can convert between the two fairly easily. So why not instead push for software to use TAI in place of UTC, and then convert for output or whatever?

Yup; down at the lowest ("OS") level, that's exactly what's done, on all computer system except MS's DOS/Windows (and who among us actually know what those systems do internally? ;-)

If you examine a unix or unix-like OS like linux's source code, you'll find that it has and uses the second counter that the time(3) function return, and has no need for anything above that. There are various user-level library routines that convert the time() value to assorted human-readable formats. Leap seconds are a feature of user-level code, not of the underlying system.

I've seen any number of cases where a project attempts to deal with time via higher-level data formats than the simple second counter. All have eventually failed, and reverted to the second counter, which just keeps ticking along and leaves the conversion to complex time/date "display" formats to Someone Else.

The one remaining problem is all the date formats that can't be reliably converted back to seconds. I keep running across dates like 10/8/12, for which it's utterly impossible to decide which field is the year, which is the day, and the other one must be the month. This often goes along with a time format that doesn't bother to include the time zone (or whether DST is in effect;-). But this is a social problem, not a technical one. The programmers understand that such formats aren't usable by the software, or even by humans in the near future.

(Actually, I've seen some hints that a "formatted" time is in use inside Macs, perhaps in OS X itself, or in a very low-level library. This would explain some time anomalies that have been observed in a few apps. I wouldn't be surprised if they'd done something like this, to go along with the way the kernel munges file names so that strcmp() says the name in the directory is not equal to the name passed to open() when the file was created, thus breaking a lot of software developed on other systems. Maybe some day it'll be found and fixed. Or maybe not.)

Comment Re:This seems contradictory (Score 1) 210

Snowden isn't accused of a sex crime as Assange is, and that ultimately is the only difference really that I can see. ...

Wonder why not? You'd think it'd be just as easy to find (and fund) a few women to accuse Snowden of sexual assault. It's not like US prosecutors have never used such tactics in the past.

One conjecture is that the US government keeps thinking it can get an assassin in to take him out, but that's turning out to be a bit trickier in Russia than it was in Pakistan or a few other countries we might list. Maybe the judicious thing would be to abandon that approach, and revert to the tried-and-true sex accusations. Of course, given their history, the Russian leaders might just lol at such an approach.

Comment Re:decline in leadship quality (Score 1) 289

OK, I'm coming out of cryogenic storage to tell you to shut up. You opened this subthread with *bizarrely ignorant claptrap*, and should have shut up when the first reply called you out on your lies. But now you're doubling down.

Lincoln could not be the "trigger that started the Civil War" when he was elected *after the war started*, after the majority of the Confederate states had already seceded, the last 4 were already proceeding with secession, and the Confederacy had already started shooting at the Union. Which should have been enough facts to shut you up, but I suppose you enjoy the kind of BS sometimes known as "from the South's perspective": any lie to deny the truth, however bizarrely ignorant.

Lincoln wasn't a "two-bit" lawyer prior to his political career, he was an extremely well accomplished lawyer. And he didn't have "zero experience", he had represented Illinois prominently in the US House of Representatives, and served in the Illinois House of Representatives for 8 years prior to that.

Lincoln was of course recognized as a good leader while destroying the Confederacy, being reelected to do so. That is the very definition of "recognized as good leader": reelected wartime Commander in Chief of the USA. Yes, the US press and many factions are always highly critical of any president; "universally recognized as a good leader" doesn't even belong to FDR.

Oh, how about your BS about Lincoln's "razor close" first election? Lincoln: 1,866,452; Douglas: 1,376,957; Breckinridge: 849,781; Bell: 588,789. That 489,495 margin over #2 was a *landslide* 10.4%, . What the hell are you talking about? You also said something deranged like "but if the South had been voting in the second election". What about "but if the South had freed its slaves instead of seceding"? Because they're equally nonsensical hypotheticals. And your Electoral College split 4 ways because *there were 4 candidates*, no reflection on Lincoln's leadership. But Lincoln's 180 EVs to the combined total of the other 3 at 123 EVs was an even bigger landslide than the popular vote. The words "razor close" don't describe any aspect of Lincoln's *landslide victory* over a full field, representing a new party in a large war-divided country.

And how does maintaining his commitment to Emancipation, even in face of a resigning Cabinet member (showing Lincoln's commitment to including even those who disagreed in his Cabinet, more committed than they were to staying), show anything but deeply effective leadership - as the government didn't suffer, but instead the nation was kept together even despite the war?

Your spin on all that crazy talk is that Lincoln turned out to be a leader who rose to the occasion, despite no reason to expect it. But in fact Lincoln gave all indications of being an exemplary leader from start to finish of his presidency.

Were you perhaps educated about Lincoln out of some "ex" Confederate state textbook? In any case, who taught you that when you're totally wrong you should ignore being proven wrong and double down with even more wrong?

Comment Re:People still don't know? (Score 1) 342

Do you even live here? Anyone who has remotely paid any attention to it in the last 10 years by reading local (small) newspapers knew as soon as the proposal went through that this whole thing was

1) totally unneccessary; who the hell wants to go from LA to Fresno?
2) zero interest from the public, meaning it will not attract enough riders
3) benefit politicians and the well-connected: such as, husband of Diane Feinstein (the infamous senator) - who won a $1 billion contract

Comment Re:So which one is it? (Score 2) 168

Exactly. Now that a good protocol has been established, it should be relatively simple to shut down the mystical kooks once and for all. Or validate them.

Run the experiment under intense laser and observe the atoms with your eyeballs. Then run it again with same intensity laser, but do not observe it, don't even record it for future use. Compare the amount of tunneling for both.

The problem so far as I can see has been that quantum physicists didn't say "shooting photons on an experiment changes the results", which is what most people are thinking. They said "observing" it changes the results. But they're are not the same thing.

Comment Re:Our friends up north are just like us apparentl (Score 1) 220

A man should lead according to his conscience. If the circumstances are right, he will be the ideal leader, if they're not, someone else will be. But he shouldn't run around asking the people he's leading what they think in order to hold on to his position. What's the point of having a leader in the first place if that's all they're going to do?

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