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Comment Re:The survey between the commercials. (Score 1) 137

Most of Europe pays for a Television License and/or Radio License for over the air broadcasts. That supposedly makes up for some of the advertising, but my friends in Germany say it is minimal. A guy I knew in Germany went on a rant a decade ago when he found out they were also taxing computers (more specifically monitors) because TV tuner cards could get around the fee, but that meant he went from paying for one TV to paying for five (and expensive - that'd be €200 to €1000 back then).

Comment Re:Don't forget... (Score 1) 280

Opening powershell scripts global execution policy all the time seems dangerous, kind of like running as root all the time. I recall scripting that in a bat file or something and running the bat as administrator (to do powershell installs on Windows 10 beta), but it's been a while. I've been on web dev for the last year and a half, so that stuff is long behind me.

Comment Re:Did he suggest (Score 1) 805

Desire to kill other people is not normal behavior. The German pilot didn't do it for political reasons, he was suicidal. Taking other people with him is murder-suicide, but since he didn't do it on ethical or moral grounds I wouldn't call it terrorism. A guy walking into a bar and yelling "Allah u Akbar," pledging himself to ISIS and then opening fire when he has no ties to ISIS or even really Islam and really just wants to kill a bunch of people and get himself killed in a hail of bullets is also mentally ill. The same guy with radical indoctrination deciding a bar is a house of sin even if just because of the alcohol being sold there and then shooting it up because he's promised a bunch of virgin women to boink in heaven is a terrorist (well, OK, I technically don't know if those virgin women are for sex - in my mind it always seemed to be implied).

I've never lived anywhere with open carry laws, and when I have been to places like Texas, I've never seen anyone openly carrying, thankfully. When I go to places like Mexico and there are armed guards with assault rifles patrolling the streets it is unnerving. They're all armed and dangerous in my mind. Shooting a black man (or Mexican or whatever) in Texas for open carry is racism and a double standard. If that guy is shot because of it, even by police, that person/officer should go to jail for breaking their own laws.

Comment Re: Steve Bannon, not a racist? (Score 1) 805

Fact check failure - Hitler actually lost the election to Paul von Hindenburg in 1932, who died in 1933 after Hitler was named chancellor and the president seat declared vacant.
"On a dark, rainy Sunday, April 10, 1932, the people voted. They gave Hitler 13,418,547 or 36%, an increase of two million, and Hindenburg 19,359,983 or 53%, an increase of under a million.". I don't think he ever won a popular vote unless something later was staged.

What happened shortly thereafter, however (and this may be what you were thinking of, but your number is off), is parliament was dissolved and the Nazis won 37% of the Reichstag (the largest majority). Hitler was then offered vice-chancellorship. When a false rumor in 1933 appeared saying Hindenburg was going to be arrested, Hindenburg conceded and made Hitler Chancellor and Hitler took absolute power from there, mainly after Hindenberg, already in poor health, died as I previously said.

Note that Germany had a democracy for 14 years at that point, and all it brought them was poverty - fascism was pretty much what they knew had brought them prosperity. Hitler promised them food and to get them back to work. He actually accomplished those things by creating a commodity based co-currency and borrowing heavily. I agree with you on the sci-fi plot of killing Hitler being pointless. The Nazi chant had words saying they would destroy "that goddamn Jewish republic" - they basically accused the republic itself of being run by Jews. The people supported Hitler also because of the other problem, which was the rise of communism in the east which they feared. Hitler purged communist parties after taking power. Basically, they chose fascism over communism (by choosing the Nazis in the reichstag elections when there also was a big push by communists). The nail in the coffin, though, is Hitler didn't have anything to do with creating the death camps. That was Goebbels with the help of Himmler (Goebbels thought it up, Himmler had complete control of the SS and implemented it). Hitler mostly had Jews taken out into fields and shot, but mostly he tried to get them deported (but lacking a state, nobody would take them).

Comment Re:Dear Californians (Score 1) 1368

Yeah, and that will work...

Apple - we'll trade you 100 tons of Washington apples for each iPhone you want.
Rest of America - we'll use Android then
Google - the fuck you will - we want potatoes en-masse.
Microsoft - hey, we have a mobile platform too
Rest of America - here, have our apples and potatoes.

I'm joking of course (I personally don't mind Windows phone), but I have a lot of friends and relatives attached to iPhones and they would never use Windows phone and most dislike Android as well.

Comment Re:While this is a very tacky response... (Score 1) 813

Well I could meet one of my Senators very easily and do nearly every year. She and my wife have something in common, having both lost loved ones to opiate pain addiction and so we attend the same charity event each year. $100 donation and wait for the event window and you easily can get 20 minutes of one-on-one time with a Senator. She also tends to bring the mayor of my city with as a guest because they're longtime friends, so I can get a 2-for-1.

That said, if I tried calling her office I'd never get past the intern.

Comment Re:She's 1/2 of the Valley's home senate team (Score 2) 813

She's also shown to be completely uninformed on technology, sponsored CISA and pushing a bill that makes encryption illegal

I really can't see how Silicon Valley would ever have voted her in, but if I recall correctly, she's been in office practically forever, so maybe being the perennial incumbent means change never happens. Probably also easily wins Hollywood voters since many studios are run by Jews like her (might be favoritism based on shared religion is all I mean).

Comment Re:H-1B abuse and Trump (Score 2) 813

Saying you're against depreciation doesn't mean much on its own - let me explain depreciating assets and then why. Say I buy a refrigerator for the office for $2000. The IRS has an enormous multi-volume set of books (and a smaller 2 volume one that covers most cases - and yes, they still print them, but there are software versions) that lists pretty much anything you can buy in its depreciation schedule. For the sake of simplicity, let's say the refrigerator was a 5 year depreciating asset (I think it's actually 7). We need to divide the value of the object by the depreciation schedule and you can take that much off on taxes each year, so in this case $400 for the next 5 years.

Now think about saying you're against depreciating assets - does that mean you shouldn't be able to deduct anything or do you mean the entire asset should be written off the year it is bought? As someone that owns a privately held business, the former I'd be completely against and the latter I'd love. The reason big public companies like it is because purchases result in a big dip in profitability followed by big gains (the depreciation schedule spreads it out). Since I don't answer to shareholders, I don't give a shit.

Comment Re: No? (Score 1) 375

To be fair, you violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by posting here. In fact you committed a felony that has successfully been used to prosecute a girl for harassing another girl to commit suicide. That felony? Using an alias, which misrepresents yourself, which violates this pre-internet law for ATMs (and I did as well - if anyone goes after me for it, I'm going to see it to court and get the law thrown out, which was not done in the harassment case).

IMO, the Clinton thing was a failure at multiple levels not knowing the law - the people that set up the server, Clinton herself, the people that maintained the servers (because I guarantee Clinton did not), etc. I know not knowing the law is no excuse, but sometimes (like the case above), the law is ridiculously obscure and can be used to prosecute people for things in ways that weren't intended. AFAIK, Clinton was not aware she was committing a crime and I believe that is why no charges were pressed.

Comment Re:Need (Score 1) 222

This is part of the reason I got off of Verizon. First reason: I got 4x the data. Second reason: Mexico and Canada free calling. Third reason: I got an additional line for $80 less than what I was paying. I do miss Verizon's network, which has coverage in areas I sometimes go where nobody else has any coverage (such as my parent's home towns in South Dakota). Aside from that both AT&T and T-Mobile work great (I have one for home provider, one for my work phones - and yes, that's plural).

Comment Re:2,000 years of trying, none have lasted 20 year (Score 1) 66

RSA was tampered with by the NSA to allow for it to be easily cracked. While we'd known there was tampering with it, the extent of that tampering wasn't known until the Snowden leaks. That said, the flaw is only with dual elliptic curve and I don't think anybody uses that anymore. Also the only thing cracked this year was RSA 220, which is 729 bits and the next you'd logically expect to see broken. My secure emails use RSA-1024 (I didn't set that up, all I do is check a checkbox that says "Secure" and the recipient needs to use their key card and PIN to decrypt it - not sure how it works for out of office emails).

Not a surprise that the US government uses RSA for secure emails but AES (designed in Belgium away from NSA tampering) for both military and confidential secret and top secret encoded data. Confidential data needs to be at least AES-128 encrypted and Secret/Top Secret AES-256 if I recall correctly. We're insulated from that stuff (our software backend handles it), all we need to know is the classification.

Comment Re:Lack of QA in Redmond? (Score 1) 88

That wouldn't surprise me - I had two cousins testing for them for a long time (at least 20 and 16 years) and both got new jobs within the past two years without mentioning why. I also had a release critical defect for one of my company's products that only happens on Windows Anniversary, but that was deferred because we only support Windows Pro and it won't be forced onto Pro for 3 months (I tested it on my home machine that didn't have pro, as well as work machines with it - it is technically supposed to work everywhere, but until the bug moves to pro my company doesn't care).

Comment Re: Color me surprised (Score 2) 156

And to riff off an old tech support joke, they're called foot pedals, not mice.

If you've never heard that one, here it is with a few others. I literally got the "Press Any Key" one working tech support, so yes I believe them. Compaq offered free tech support in the early days and people would call them for all kinds of reasons without actually trying anything, so that doesn't surprise me at all. Note I didn't work for Compaq, I did tech support contracting work for Bell Atlantic and we had a business relationship with Compaq. Specifically what that was is something I signed a form not to disclose.

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