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Comment: Re:Isn't there some vetting process? (Score 1) 475

by jandrese (#49612801) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
If you let a bunch of loons run it's pretty easy to look good by comparison. Look at Mitt Romney. A terrible candidate by most measures, but still better than all of the frothing at the mouth crazies he was running against. This is especially important if you don't have a good centrist candidate and you need to make him look centrist by comparison.

Comment: Re:Actually, it makes sense (Score 1) 475

by jandrese (#49612759) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
Actually firing people is unpopular, even when you are "lowering the size of government". It means taking services away from people and reducing government oversight. It's better to just spend recklessly and then force the next president into financial crisis after financial crisis so they are forced to make the cuts instead.

That's why "debt doesn't matter" when the Republicans are in charge.

Comment: Re:All aboard the FAIL train (Score 5, Funny) 475

by jandrese (#49612667) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
Certainly you have heard of a place called Bengahzi? The Republican attack machine already considers it the worst attack on America since the War of Independence and according to them she personally orchestrated the attacks with help from Khaleid Sheik Mohammad and George Soros. They'll eventually get that report out of Congress saying exactly this if they try enough times.

Comment: Re:Only doubles?! (Score 4, Insightful) 160

by jandrese (#49591199) Attached to: US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System
Were you willing to guarantee your projects were defect free? The FAA is an excessively risk adverse organization. In some ways this is good, it's safer to fly from LA to London than it is to drive 10 miles from your house to the airport, even though you're in a metal tube traveling at nearly the speed of sound (so fast that human reaction times are effectively a moot point, once you see an obstacle in your way you are already dead) through all sorts of crazy weather and other challenges. The downside of this is that it is almost impossible to get them to replace a working system, even if the replacement is objectively better than the old one. One problem the FAA runs into on a regular basis is that tertiary technologies (like their network and comms systems) are constantly going obsolete and most of the vendors disappear and the only ones that remain jack their prices up into the stratosphere because they know they have a captive market.

Comment: Re:Plus RS232 (Score 0) 301

I just bought the USB-Serial adapter. Native serial ports on laptops are gone and they're not coming back. I know most of those adapters are total crap (so many fail when transferring block data at even just 57600), but chipset manufacturers don't even include serial port lines on the southbridge anymore.

Comment: 3 for me (Score 1) 301

3 ports means I can plug in a Keyboard, Mouse, and have one port for a USB Thumb Drive, Serial Adapter, Ethernet Adapter, DRM Dongle for whatever I'm actually doing with the laptop. If USB keyboards reliably came with USB hubs built in I could reduce that count, but you can never be sure what the site will have when you get there. Most USB keyboards aren't well equipped. In a pinch you can obviously use the keyboard on the laptop itself, but it's not as comfortable and most places have random USB keyboards sitting around.

Comment: Re:Islamic idiocy... (Score 2) 493

by jandrese (#49558131) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead
One could argue that the Islamic world went through an reverse of the Enlightenment. An unenlightenment if you will. People like to blame the British for screwing everything up (they certainly did not help), but really they were exploiting the repressive and regressive systems held in place by petty tribalism that long predated their appearance.

This is going to be a continuing problem until they figure out how to get some separation between church and state. This separation will be difficult to achieve so long as assassination of potential political rivals remains commonplace. The christian world had the advantage of making the separation back when a King could be reasonably protected against assassination by simply living in a castle and keeping a close eye on his advisers and family. Today with high power sniper rifles and small but powerful bombs available to any random stranger it is much harder to avoid being assassinated.

Comment: It wasn't better. (Score 4, Insightful) 359

by jandrese (#49557789) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed
The big problem with G+ is that it was basically Facebook by Google. They tried to make a big deal about the circles but I didn't know anybody who found that to be a compelling feature and it just made the site more of a headache to use. Plus if you really care you can do that on Facebook anyway. This wasn't like Myspace where the site was quickly swirling the drain and people needed someplace new to go. Facebook still works alright for most people (although the way they keep using every trick in the book to use "Top" view instead of "Most Recent" is still obnoxious) and their friends are already there. It never had that killer feature to overcome people's inherent inertia.

Lavish spending can be disastrous. Don't buy any lavishes for a while.