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Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 12

by mcgrew (#49784593) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin

I agree he doesn't belong on that list. I do think on the list of America's worst presidents, he'd be at the top of the list.

Ignored warnings from the previous administration, top FBI officials ignored field agents who were warning of something bad, and got our country attacked.

Then he started an incredibly stupid war in Iraq, which led to the rise of ISIS.

Presided over the building of mass surveillance of the American people.

Took office during a boom, left office under the worst economy since the great depression. It's my theory that what caused the ruined economy was fuel prices more than quadrupling during his reign. Buy gas to get to work, or pay the mortgage? Tough choice!

Took office with a balanced budget, left it with the largest deficit in American history. Meanwhile, infrastructure was crumbling and he did nothing.

Now, if the list was of people who did the most harm to our country, he should be on that list. Mao and Pol Pot were very evil men who killed millions of people, but they didn't harm America.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 3, Insightful) 183

If an institution is too big to fail, then Politics was involved in getting it there, and politics will be involved in keeping it there.

As a Libertarian, I'm okay with failure, for the sole reason that failure is what fuels innovation.

That being said, Bernie is an interesting cat. He is a true socialist, who believes government has the ability to manage and shape the economy without unintended consequences. My experience is that most of the economic problems are due to (caused by) government interference, and not allowing the natural forces to work themselves out. Sometimes the lions eat the gazelles, sometimes the bugs eat the lions.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by Archangel Michael (#49783799) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

I would settle for "within a couple blocks" if the schedule didn't suck. To get from my house, to the mall across town, takes just under two hours. It is ten minute drive (city streets). If the buses had shorter routes, and more frequency, they could do much better in ridership. THe problem is, they have long routes that don't really go where you want.

IMHO a bus loop should be 15 or 30 minutes. Not the hour long loops they currently make.

Currently, if you miss the bus, you're screwed.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 347

by Archangel Michael (#49783633) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Moving the storage task to the phone companies does absolutely nothing to make the collection less nasty.

It means absolutely nothing at all. They still have unfettered access to the data, they might as well hold it themselves. This is simply a move to absolve them of blame/responsibility down the road.

"We didn't collect the data this time, the phone companies did"

Comment: Re:Get rid of it (Score 2) 347

by Archangel Michael (#49783597) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

He's certainly a bit of a disappointment.

He is not just a bit disappointing, he is worse than either side predicted. The (R) underestimted him, and the (D) were simply delusional that because he was "black" he was different. And now, they thing HRC is different because she is a "woman".

Anyone willing to vote simply because she is Monica's Ex-Boyfriends Wife (The practical extent of her actual accomplishments, as former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State)

Comment: Re:What a guy (Score 3, Insightful) 347

by Archangel Michael (#49783531) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

convicted international war criminal


Who would that be? It isn't GWB, because there has never been a legitimate trial. I dare you to point to Malaysia kangaroo court ruling. Because if you think that is okay, then you also should subscribe to all of their laws, including those against gays and drug users.

Here is a quote from Polifact ..

Arrest warrants and the International Criminal Court

Interpol, the international police organization, does not list any outstanding arrest warrants for Bush or Cheney in their searchable database. Meanwhile, experts in international law said they were not aware of pending warrants, particularly from the most obvious entity that might issue one -- the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Comment: Re:more govenrnment waste!! (Score 2, Insightful) 347

by Archangel Michael (#49783413) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Those people who view one side as better than the other, because they are "less evil" are simply delusional.

Those people who view Government as our protector against ... our government are even more delusional. Governments tend towards power accumulation and tyranny. There is only one restraint against that, revolution. However, give people enough circuses (NASCAR, NFL, NBA ...) and they don't have that problem.

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable (Score 2) 112

I agree with your post. I'll just add that a big problem with IT security is that companies cannot rely on the same level of protection from governments in preventing intrusion.

I am in IT, but not in Security. However, I don't need to know security to know that a large part of the problem is that money fixes problems, and nobody wants to spend the money needed to fix the problems. Further, problems are pushed down to the people least able to fix them (consumers) more often than not.

These security breaches are going to be even more prevalent and no amount of security will ever resolve them completely. The real fix, IMHO, is to assume that all this info is publicly traded, even when it shouldn't be, and work the problem from there. IF the systems were in place that made assumptions such as this, the problem is much easier to define, and fix.

Comment: Re:Time for a change? (Score 1) 230

by Archangel Michael (#49776395) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

Honestly, we've had this current system for so long, would it really hurt to try another one?

We've had the old system in place since the dawn of the Industrial Age. It no longer suits our needs because we don't need Industrial Education. YET, we are fighting to keep it, rather than use the metrics we have available under the information age to have appropriate education for every student at all times. We no longer need Teachers, but we rather need facilitators, to help kids maximize their potential at the time they can attain it. The methods of Industrial education do not afford us the ability to teach the smart kids like they are smart, and the slower kids like they need.

This is going to require a huge shakeup of status quo.

"Your attitude determines your attitude." -- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus