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Comment: Re:Lewandowsky, SF, etc. (Score 1) 692

by Headw1nd (#46046019) Attached to: Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer
I don't think he's bemoaning the loss of crackhouses, just pointing out that even the worst of the low income housing stock is being converted. Soon there won't be anywhere for low-income people to live, and if you think that just includes criminals, you're foolish. It includes service workers, recent immigrants, and artists. Without those groups, San Francisco will no longer be a very attractive place to live.

Comment: A much different reaction to other predictions (Score 1) 385

by Headw1nd (#45861045) Attached to: Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong
This seems on the balance to be much less accurate than the "Ladies' Home Journal" 100 year predictions we were talking about a few years back, and I recall those being kind of ridiculed. I suppose it's all a matter of authorial intent: do we want to play up the predictor as a visionary or play down the foresight of our ancestors to assuage our insecurity?

Comment: Re:the (re)definition of troll (Score 1) 406

No, no , a thousand times no. You really think that a dedicated troll is going to give in to your arguments? He isn't in this to win, he's in it to make as much disruption as possible. You'll respond, and 15 other people will respond, and the troll will just rephrase his argument and repeat it. He doesn't care that it doesn't make sense, in fact he knows it's wrong, but he'll just say it again. His game is literally this: to make you type as much as possible with as little effort on his part as necessary. If you see a troll post, treat it like an Xbox 360. Just do a 360 and walk away.

Comment: Re:Slashleft (Score 1) 404

by Headw1nd (#43941659) Attached to: US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies
It's true... Looking at the right and the left right now you can see them subtly trying to steer the debate back to the same old "scandals", and away from this story. This is not the time for partisan politics, I'm a die hard lefty and I would love to see the administration taken to task for this.

Comment: Re:Other interpretations.. (Score 1) 404

by Headw1nd (#43941561) Attached to: US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies
There's a very real chance that this is a "leak" designed on the fly to discredit those currently talking about the verizon leak. If that is the case, it well may backfire as I doubt they will actually be able to discredit it in the public's perception, it's just too plausible. Assuming it is a false leak, they might also use it to put pressure on Google et al to cooperate, a "Everyone thinks you're a ho so now you might as well sleep with me, and I'll look after you" kinda thing. Or it could be a total hoax, which changes nothing except where it came from.

Comment: We go full circle (Score 3, Insightful) 143

by sinator (#39966293) Attached to: With BB10, RIM Tries To Break Out of the 'Mobile Ecosystem' Model

QNX is seen as a stable, RTOS microkernel for a variety of embedded applications.

QNX somehow never makes it big in the phone market.

iOS, Android, Blackberry, PalmOS, and Symbian start duking it out.

Blackberry starts using QNX and finally states it is going in the direction QNX should have gone 15 years ago instead of the iOpener and its "pizza button."

I am not surprised this has finally happened, but I am also not holding my breath it will succeed.

Comment: I wouldn't be so worried. (Score 1) 483

by sinator (#39426725) Attached to: All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

The overlabeling of everything as harmful is a general symptom of the dumbing down of the world; however, another symptom is illiteracy. Therefore, by the time this idiocracy reaches peak stupidity, everything will be labeled but nothing will be read.

Life finds a way to resolve its own problems.

Comment: Re:So they pissed on the enemy (Score 5, Insightful) 591

by Headw1nd (#38700828) Attached to: The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

and Muslims are supposed to be better than dragging burned mutilated corpses through streets. Just pointing out that your point B is irrelevant since America is as much represented by these soldiers as the Muslim population is represented by that mob in Fallujah.

Are you seriously suggesting that the US Marine Corps doesn't represent the US? Maybe you think they just happen to be over there on vacation, but I'm pretty sure they were sent, armed, paid by the the US government. They are acting on the authority of the United States of America, and as such everything they do, good or bad, reflects on the integrity and honor of the United States, and the Corps as well. If this was some group of jackoff civilians in Detroit you might have some kind of point, but when it comes to soldiers, you don't.

Comment: Cited in, not cited as the cause of. (Score 4, Informative) 189

by Headw1nd (#38569454) Attached to: Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces
Wow, this is some poor reporting. At first I thought the summary was to blame, but no, the articles themselves have it wrong. Facebook is being cited in 33% of all British divorces, but not as the cause. When they say cited, they mean just that: That something from Facebook was brought up in the courtroom. That could be, and in fact seems to frequently be something from well after the couple has separated, brought up as part of custody or property hearings.

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