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Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 367

I'm pretty sure that there's a social contract you broke. Of course if you think that you're above that then so might the guy who hunts you down and shoots you. If you selectively ignore the social contract or say that part doesn't apply to you don't be surprised if other people take that approach as well.

Comment Re:So everyone is rude... (Score 1) 136

... it is littering in public places... why do people think it is acceptable to throw cigarette butts on the ground or pee all over public toilets?

My personal observation is that when it comes to littering a lot smokers are first in place and beer drinkers are a somewhat distant second.

Comment Re: Amazing (Score 1) 492

Wouldn't the real answer be, instead of some temporary situation, just expediting the citizenship of well educated, valuable in the field, workers?

If the question was how to make life better for people in the US then of course that would be the answer. If you're a company looking for a workforce on demand that you have leverage over then that is not the answer. Remember that for all practical purposes we live in an oligarchy run for maximizing the oligarchs wealth, not run for the benefit of citizens. Citations:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

the actual academic paper is here:

http://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

Comment beware keyless entry (Score 1) 373

Both a friend of mine and my mom had their Nissans broken into while at my sister's house and we're pretty sure the thief used a wireless hack since neither vehicle had signs of forced entry yet both were locked. Likely it's a local kid, cameras would help catch him. Funny story though, the suitcase stolen from my mom's car had about 25 pounds of bran and a book on crafting since she was getting ready for a crafting bean bag project. That thief didn't get much :-) Here's an article that describes this a bit: http://www.networkworld.com/ar... Parking in the garage is a simply deterrent as always.

Comment Re:Enough with the "democracy=freedom" tripe (Score 4, Informative) 124

The US has officially been proven to be an oligarchy as described here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

The actual paper if here:

http://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

Comment To beat the drought use better tools (Score 1) 390

The current strategy to beat the drought is to cut back. Not bad for the short term, but technology can do much better if we worked on it. While desalination is expensive today it could be *much* cheaper with the application of much lower cost methods like carrbon nanofilters as described here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/s... http://www.industrytap.com/wat...

Comment Re:They _ARE_ strangling (Score 1) 258

This was the genius of the whole "white privilige" BS. It acts as a great way to separate people and get them riled up at each other rather than look around at the declining standards of living. Not unlike the witch hunt of "women in tech". BlackLivesMatter has been a useful idiot in this as well getting people riled up when the reality is that the most likely thing to take said black lives is definitely not a cop, as they know but don't want to discuss. Abortion, gun control, race relations are all great distractions and in the heat of the moment hard not to fall for.

Comment Re:So much stupid (Score 1) 111

It's indy media that says, "yet another cop shot an innocent fucking black man in the head," not establishment.

Is this the same media that kept showing a 12 year old was shot by George Zimmerman? I've noticed that any semblance of objective standards, accurate reporting, logic, and a single set of standards applied to all people involved are all out the door when the issue of "race" is involved.

Comment Re:Summary is inaccurate (Score 1) 118

Not exactly. R, G, B are three points that form a triangle and using different combinations you can produce any color found in the triangle. However the total visible light available to humans is not shaped like a triangle, so no matter how well R, G, and B fit into the "corners" of human vision there are still other colors that they couldn't reproduce. Here's a chart that shows this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment this attitude is part of the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 195

...they worry it will reinforce doubts about the merits or safety of vaccines...

This attitude about let's not discuss any possible downside because it will give the anti-vax people ammunition is part of the problem. Often forgotten is that a certain percentage of people who get vaccines die. That's an extreme form of take one for the team. At least some of these deaths could probably be prevented but rather than examine that more seriously we get polarized into vaccines are always good with no room for an opposing view. Any opposing views must be the opposite end of the spectrum and must be 100% against vaccines. While vaccines have been outstanding public policy in general that doesn't mean that it couldn't be improved upon. As long as people die from vaccinations there is room for improvement. The fact that we don't seem to be looking into how to lower that number is a problem.

Comment Re:Mailbox (Score 3, Insightful) 434

Try that at a company when you first get hired and see how well that defense works out for you. A normal (ie not above the law) person might have asked about the oversight rather than saying "oh well, I guess I'll have to make an email server for myself". The "I wasn't given one" is an amazingly poor defense. It takes a lot of chutzpah to use that with a straight face.

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