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Comment Re:Austin is different (Score 1) 464

Houston is still very red. They gerrymandered the Democrats, so there are a number of Democratic areas, but they are concentrated and separate

It's no longer "very" red. Harris County as a whole went just slightly more for Obama than Romney and had only a 1.5% edge for Cruz over Sadler. Neither of those depends on the gerrymandered districts used in House races.

Texas as a whole was a 16% landslide for both Cruz and Romney, because the rural areas are in fact very red.

Comment Re:Austin is different (Score 2) 464

eh, Austin isn't quite like the rest of Texas. I mean, it's consistently favored Democratic politicians, often by a 2:1 margin.

That's got more to do with the general American rural/urban divide than Austin's particular weirdness. Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso all went for Obama over Romney, as well.

Comment Re:Depends on where you live (Score 1) 568

In the USA in many instances titles like Engineer and Architect are required to be licensed. They can sign-off on certain designs where other "elitist accredited/certified" people cannot legally do so

Where do these exist in the USA for "Engineer"? If they exist, they're not common.

Now, in most jurisdictions the title of Professional Engineer is licensed, and only certified PEs can sign off on designs. But "engineer" is an English language word with a plain meaning that predates PEs by 500ish years, and AFAIK the majority of software engineers don't claim to be PEs any more than the majority of railroad engineers or audio engineers do.

Comment Re:Open your IT consulting business as AC Engineer (Score 1) 568

Note that trash collectors call them selves sanitation engineers and stay-at-home parents are domestic engineers.

Which is exactly the point. This whole objection is dumb. Engineer is an English-language word and the attempts by professional societies to monopolize it and stop the general population from using it should be fought vigorously. If you want to require and imply a level of education and a set of standards, use a new trademarked term (like PE or Eur Ing or CEng).

"Doctor" is a reasonable comp: trying to remove that word from English and only let members of a certain cartel use it would be ludicrous, but the public interest is served by having a term that's reserved so that the public can have a baseline level of trust--hence MD (and DDS, RNA, DO, and all the rest).

There's no confusion here. Nobody thinks that a doctor of philosophy, a witch doctor, or Doctor John is a board-certified neurosurgeon any more than anyone thinks that an audio engineer, software engineer, or sanitation engineer is a certified civil engineer, and the word in English predates the narrow engineering-society sense by about 500 years.

Comment Re:Don't let Linus see it, or he'll call you a cun (Score 1) 47

See how he dances
See how he loops from side to side
See how he prances
The way his hooves just seem to glide
He's just a one trick pony (that's all he is)
But he turns that trick with pride

He makes it look so easy
He looks so clean
He moves like God's
Immaculate machine
He makes me think about
All of these extra movements I make
And all of this herky-jerky motion
And the bag of tricks it takes
To get me through my working day
One-trick pony

He's a one trick pony
He either fails or he succeeds
He gives his testimony
Then he relaxes in the weeds
He's got one trick to last a lifetime
But that's all a pony needs

Comment Re:Ethan? (Score 2) 174

It's saying that the fantasy team's membership can't be based on the membership of a current team. The idea is to prevent people essentially from betting on the Red Sox to beat the Yankees by having a "fantasy" league where one team's members are the current Red Sox, and another's are the current Yankees, and so on.

It's a dumb law, but it's the law.

Comment Re:Ethan? (Score 2) 174

Yes, placing one-game cash bets on individual players would violate (ix)(III)(bb):

(III) No winning outcome is based—
(aa) on the score, point-spread, or any performance or performances of any single real-world team or any combination of such teams; or
(bb) solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event.

As far as I know, neither of these sites allows such bets (by design, to skirt the law).

Comment Re:Are there anti-gambling laws anymore? (Score 2) 174

When the online gambling sites first came out, they got shut down really quick. I am not sure why the same is not the case for the these online sports gambling sites.

They got shut down when Congress passed anti-online-gambling legislation in the form of UIGEA. It specifically says that fantasy sports of this sort are exempt:
(1) Bet or wager.— The term “bet or wager”— ...
(E) does not include— ...
(ix) participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest in which (if the game or contest involves a team or teams) no fantasy or simulation sports team is based on the current membership of an actual team that is a member of an amateur or professional sports organization (as those terms are defined in section 3701 of title 28) and that meets the following conditions:

Comment Re:Ethan? (Score 2) 174

It's not illegal gambling because UIGEA (the federal anti-online gambling law) specifically exempts it.

(1) Bet or wager.— The term “bet or wager”— ...
(E) does not include— ...
(ix) participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest in which (if the game or contest involves a team or teams) no fantasy or simulation sports team is based on the current membership of an actual team that is a member of an amateur or professional sports organization (as those terms are defined in section 3701 of title 28) and that meets the following conditions

Comment Re:On another hand... (Score 1) 441

It's a big planet and a small nuke. Although it would be a smoking gun, so to speak, either the sensors didn't find the fallout or the information is still classified.

As the article points out, pretty much every other bit of evidence points to a nuclear explosion.

No, it doesn't. In fact, almost no other piece of actual evidence points to a nuclear explosion with the exception of a disputed Australian sheep iodine measure that was unable to be replicated (including by New Zealand, who are nuclear-hostile and wouldn't assist in a cover-up).

In particular, there was no unusual seismic activity detected. There was no unusual hydro-acoustic activity. There was no fallout or radioactive debris detected. The New Zealand National Radiation Lab was unable to detect any radioactive anomalies despite being well within the fallout radius for a test in the area. Even the ratio of intensities of the two flashes differed from that in other recorded nuclear tests.

Comment Re:Depends on desired service. (Score 1) 190

Today 100 Mbps is a standard pipe.

No, it isn't. As of Q1 2015 there was no country worldwide with an average connection speed of over 26 Mbps, and there wasn't even a country with an average PEAK connection speed of over 99 Mbps. For average connection speed, South Korea tops the list at 23.6 Mbps; Ireland is second at 17.4. For average peak speed, Singapore is at 98.5 Mbps; Hong Kong is second at 92.6 (South Korea is third at 79.0). Your purported "standard" is faster than the average PEAK speed in the best-connected countries in the world, though it's almost credible to say that in a handful of nations a pipe that's advertised at 100Mbps is standard.

But that's certainly not the case in general. The global average is 5 Mbps and peak average is ~30Mbps.

Comment You're focused on the wrong things (Score 1) 129

You need to work big to small here, and your focus seems almost backward.

The things you mention as concerns are relatively data-light: Avoiding checking facebook through the app, or turning off image loading in the browser aren't really going to save you much unless you're hitting very image-heavy pages often*. You can spend a ton of time working to minimize these and in the end you won't save much--as a hint, if you were doing it on a 56k modem (even if it was "bandwidth-heavy" then), then it's probably not a significant bandwidth user in this day and age.

Meanwhile the things you're dismissive of are exactly the sort of things that can suck bandwidth: Google Drive can be using arbitrarily huge amounts of data depending on how you use it. Instagram is the definition of "very image-heavy", unless you're pretty selective about its use.

*Blocking videos in the browser can be a big win, but IME autoplay videos are extremely rare on mobile

Comment Re:Stone soup (Score 1) 469

I always thought of Linus as a guy who managed the Stone Soup well. It wasn't specially good in .01 version. But he made people want to add to it. The GPL helped some. Linus chose that license, not as a "hey Im a zealot and you need to give me everything you write" but he thought "if people do cool things they need to let me see their cool things"

Linux wasn't GPL'd (or open sourced) at in the .01 version--it was free for noncommercial use only.

Linus announced the intent to switch to the GPL at the time of the .12 release, but it was a bit later before he got consent of all the contributors to change the license.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.