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Comment Re:Is this sarcasm? (Score 1, Interesting) 564

It's quite easy to not know about a technology from before your time.

In this day and age, with information literally at one's fingertips, there is no excuse for not being informed on a multitude of subjects. If you don't know something, you look it up.

There are many things I didn't know how to do, but guess what, I learned on my own, either by asking someone who was doing the thing I wanted to know, or read a book (pre internet) or now, DuckDuckGo it.

Perhaps if people such as the one in the article would get out more and experience the world they wouldn't look like such dumb shits to the rest of us.

Comment Re:then dont' make it public (Score 3, Insightful) 167

"we want to let search engines use it without license, but want to require a license for anyone else" attitude.

No, that is not correct. Search engines point to a page and may give a very brief line or so from the article, but one still has to click on the link to go to the real page and read everything.

hiQ goes to the Linkedin site and rather than pointing to the pages in question, takes the data, packages it, and then sells it to someone else, having left Linkdedin to do all the heavy lifting.

The two are not close.

Comment Keep up the deflection (Score 4, Insightful) 330

It's telling that the issue is trying to be framed as one about the intelligence agencies revealing U.S. citizens whose conversations were intercepted as part of legitimate intelligence gathering rather than the fact of collusion between a presidential campaign and a foreign government.

We know for an absolute fact Russia was trying to, and successfully did, influence our election. The Senate committee, the House committee and the intelligence services all agree on that unassailable fact.

Yet instead of being concerned or even upset at this interference, Nunes is trying to deflect from this fact to one of, "But people's names were revealed!", as if trying to figure out who was colluding with Russia is a bad thing.

Another thing which is even more disturbing is the continued insistence, and outright denial, by the con artist that Russia either did anything during the campaign, or if they did, that they did anything wrong. This raises the very real question of why the con artist is trying to protect Russia? Why has he abjectly refused to say a single bad word about that country despite it deliberately bombing hospitals in Syria and coordinating the chemical weapon attack in Syria, not to mention its seizure of the Crimea from Ukraine, its invasion of Ukraine and its support for terrorist groups inside Ukraine? If this were Iran doing this the con artist would be bombing away, but because it's Russia, he lets them literally get away with murder.

Further, had Hillary Clinton won and these exact same facts come out, you can be absolutely sure Republicans would be laser focused on who did what and trying to pin the collusion on her. But when it comes to the con artist, they are doing what they can to deflect from the crimes and protect him. Hypocrisy at its best.

Comment Here's an idea (Score 4, Insightful) 105

How about when you direct people to your web page to try and solve their issue, you give them useful information.

One can use Microsoft as a prime example of the hoops one has to jump through to find a simple solution. If the question is, "How do I add a mailbox to Outlook?", the page should not start with:

A shared mailbox can be a practical solution for any business with groups of people working from different locations. With the right permissions, any person in a group can access a shared mailbox that appears in their address book. The shared mailbox is automatically available in the Folder pane in Outlook. (taken directly from the Microsoft page)

No one cares about a "practical solution". They want to know how to add a mailbox to Outlook. Nor do they care about why one should use a shared mailbox. They asked how to add a mailbox. In fact, nowhere on the page does it tell you how to add a mailbox. It does everything but that.

If you want your call center volume to go down, provide useful information, information which is not buried ten menus deep or stuck in some corner with an obscure name.

You know why people keep calling you? Because your information pages technology sucks. That's why.

Comment Re:Telecommunications = top? (Score -1, Flamebait) 170

You forgot the Israeli lobby. They literally have the power to kick out incumbents and put in people who will do Israel's bidding.

It's not just one political action committee (AIPAC, which is so strong it was able to bamboozle the courts into granting it an exception to the PAC rules even though it literally has Political Action Committee in its name), but a consortium of Israeli groups which fights to insure the U.S. taxpayers fork over $8 billion every year, and the U.S. votes against every single UN resolution which in any way puts Israel in a bad light or criticizes its apartheid policies.

Comment Re:The funny thing is. . . (Score 0) 116

Do these news companies think I am going to go to their site to browse for news if I don't find it linked from some other site first?

In other words, if you're not spoon-fed whatever pablum someone else decides to hand out, you won't seek out real food?

That just screams the typical, lazy American.

Comment Re:Perhaps with support... (Score 5, Insightful) 343

Why are people so resistant to a simple audit I wonder?

Don't know. Why don't you ask the con artist who fought tooth and nail to stop vote recounts in three states by claiming, wait for it, there was no evidence of vote fraud. The exact words used:

"There is no evidence - or even an allegation - that any tampering with Pennsylvania's voting systems actually occurred."

In Wisconsin, the recount and simultaneous audit went forward despite the lawsuits. That would have seemed a perfect time to see about illegal votes but instead, the con artist and his supporters filed suit to stop the process.

As Jill Stein stated in Michigan:

"In an election already tainted by suspicion, previously expressed by Donald Trump himself, verifying the vote is a common-sense procedure that would address concerns around voter disenfranchisement,"

And yet, the con artist didn't want vote recounts, or any checking of the votes. Now he does. Why the change? As stated above, it's simply to soothe his ego that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. That is it. Nothing more, nothing less. He can't stand it that he received fewer votes than a woman, and it is made worse that it was Hillary.

Comment Ini other words. . . (Score 4, Informative) 944

CNN did its job. It investigated who put up the video, just like they have done in every other situation. When they found the person, they confronted them and gave them time to explain.

The person, not having the convictions of their actions, agreed to withdraw the video and apologize because, and something not stated in this particular article, he didn't want to bring shame to his family.

As always, he claimed the anti-semitic remarks he regularly posted weren't really who he was, nor was he in any way proud of what he had done.

Of course that's not what he said when the video went up:

After Trump tweeted the video on Sunday, "HanA**holeSolo" took to Reddit to say he was "honored," writing "Holy sâ"!! I wake up and have my morning coffee and who retweets my sâ"post but the MAGA EMPORER himself!!! I am honored!!" MAGA is an acronym for the President's campaign slogan: Make America great again."

After posting his apology, "HanA**holeSolo" called CNN's KFile and confirmed his identity. In the interview, "HanA**holeSolo" sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.

Interestingly, moderators removed the entire apology from the sub group after it was posted.

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