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Comment Here we go again (Score 4, Insightful) 1162

Anti gun lobbyists will say this is because of guns.

Pro gun lobbyists will say this is because there weren't enough guns

The rest of the world will look at America and wonder "what social/economic/cultural problem exists where there can be a few mass shootings a year?"

Everyone will argue for a month or so. John Oliver might say something about it. But after a month, everyone will forget this has happened. Then, several months later, there will be another mass shooting in the US and the cycle repeats itself.

Comment Re:Is it worth doing this in hardware? (Score 1) 128

I have three computers connected to two monitors and one set of keyboard/mouse.

I use a tool called Synergy to share my keyboard/mouse across all machines.

The upside is that it's super simple, low latency, and free (though I did pay the $10 the dev asked for because it's such a great tool)

The downside is that I need the computer hosting the synergy server to be on. But this has not been a downside for me.

Submission + - Continued Cord Cutting Hits the Pay TV Business Hard 1

An anonymous reader writes: Customers cord cutting is not a new concern for the pay TV business but a recent massive sell-off in media stocks has many in the industry worried. Cable, satellite and TV companies suffered their worst-ever quarterly subscriber declines losing more than half a million accounts, sending stocks tumbling. Researchers say this may be the beginning of the end for the pay TV business. According to analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson: “A year ago, the Pay TV sector was shrinking at an annual rate of 0.1 percent. A year later, the rate at which the Pay TV sector is declining has quickened to 0.7 percent year-over-year. That may not seem like a mass exodus, but it is a big change in a short period of time. And the rate of decline is still accelerating.”

Comment Re:Crazy! (Score 1) 459

Can't believe this modded +4 informative. This is not informative at all.

Concerning Iraq, the US did not offer any kind of deal with Iraq to normalize relations, expand trade, or all the other peace-time feel-good stuff the US offered to Iran.

You're essentially saying that:

"Iraq, we're fairly confident that you have restarted a WMD program that we can't actually prove. Stop it, or we bomb you"


"Iran, we will lift harsh economic sanctions in return for greater international control over your nuclear program"

are the same thing. They are not.

Concerning Libya, the US did not offer Libya anything at all, and the US certainly did not start the civil war in Libya. They just joined in a bit later, dropped a few bombs, and that was that.

Comment Re:Crazy! (Score 4, Insightful) 459

It only works if you actually offer an out.

If you just say "sanctions, in perpetuity", then no that won't accomplish much.

So yes, the sanctions worked. It forced Iran to the table, and now they have a deal. So the next time the West decides to punish a country, at least that country knows there is a way out if they do something to change.

Comment Re:dependent contractors (Score 1) 273

> Don't use Uber,Lyft,AirBnB, etc. if you don't agree with their methods, don't work for them if you don't agree. simple. only those that agree on both sides of the transaction will be involved. No one is being required to take Uber instead of a taxi. I have never used them, I will probably never use them, but just let people decide on their own.

I love these American-style arguments of individualism as they are always based on the availability of choice.

Choice never lasts which is why regulations are needed in the first place.

Comment Yes, but had to stop (Score 2) 340

being tall is problematic.

For starters, I was not able to find any way with what I had at my disposal to setup a standing desk without having to look downwards all day long. Having your head tilted down all day is bad. The company doesn't want to buy us new monitors (I'm still on a 19in 4:3 Acer that only does VGA) and at the time, my laptop was too small to push far away. So I really had no means of being able to type comfortably, and look straight ahead at what I was doing.

Secondly, being 6'7 (200cm), standing up is a bit awkward in a cubicle environment. While cubicles are not 100% private, they at least offered some illusion of privacy. Standing up however, there is no question about it. You're pretty much out in the open. Kinda sucks to feel like everyone is looking at you.

So to get my standing, I just go out for a cigarette ;)

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann