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Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 437

They may be fine in Arizona, but they're all kinds of fun to navigate when the road is icy, making every time you turn an invitation to start sliding. Did anyone not notice that roundabouts are a continuous turn? (Which is why I saw lots of accidents at the roundabouts I had to regularly use during an Idaho winter.)

Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 617

One theory is that Smith was writing a fantasy novel (tho from what else I've read, his own grasp on reality was a trifle suspect... so as to whether he believed it??) Thus:

Structurally, the Book of Mormon is in line with other fantasy manuscripts of its era: publishers didn't think readers would buy that a crazy adventure was happening to the narrator in realtime, but a secondary narrator relaying the adventure via a framing story was acceptable. Given that structure, the angel Moroni showing Smith the tablets is the framing story; the rest is the fantasy.

As an example we know for sure was meant to be fantasy, E.R. Eddings' The Worm Ouroboros also uses this framing story structure (tho the author drops it after a few chapters and tells the story directly, tho I got the feeling he'd gotten caught up in the story and flat forgot to use it).

Comment Re:America has been put in a bad position. (Score 2) 576

The problem is that Americans think their problems are a result of immigration. The issue is nothing more than a convenient political scapegoat that populists are all but desperate to eat up as it appears to legitimize their xenophobia and present a simple, or at least theoretically attainable, goal. A goal which is a solution for nothing, but a goal none-the-less. When folks have socially unacceptable attitudes, they are easily led to believe they are part of the "real talk" truth - as if they are somehow inherently mature or realist. It's the same reason why nutjobs fell into the 9/11 truther bullshit. It's nothing but a dog and pony show for the middle class so that they don't tune into the real problems America faces.

Comment Re:Feynman and Crichton (Score 1) 255

Acutely summed up in this quote from the Crichton lecture:

In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period.

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 1) 425

I'd noticed long before Win7+ that once in a while my HOSTS file seemed to get ignored. Don't recall specifics offhand, but at least back as far as Win98 (at least, once TurboTax forcibly applied IE5.5, which also fucked up Win98's resource management. -- That was also the last time I bought TurboTax.)

Comment Re:Bureaucracy (Score 1) 275

Or maybe Sgt.Burke is really saying, "Not all of us want to store your data forever. But some do. So we compromise by dragging our fiscal feet to make it difficult to retain more of your data."

Let's see what happens at the next budget appropriations session in Oakland... then we'll find out who's on the side of privacy or bureaucracy.

Comment Re:I remember ..... (Score 1) 284

In my latest testing spasm, I found that there's far less customization available (at least as offered by the distro's tools) in KDE5, to the point that I could not get things sufficiently restful to my eyes, and that launcher-style menu just pisses me off. Didn't crash on me, but I only had the thing up an hour or so on the test box, running off a LiveCD (well, LiveUSB). Crashy would get it nixed here real quick too, tho.

I like KDE4 for the most part, and ... if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Comment Re:I don't do "social events" (Score 1) 137

I remember an occasion back when phones were first becoming popular, when I was at a hamburger stand and there were five girls in a nearby booth. Four of them were talking on the phone, and the other was sitting looking incredibly bored. It really struck me at the time - why go out with friends and spend the time yakking on the phone?

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.