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Comment President-Asterisk Trump (Score 1) 102

Unless that tweet turns into a punitive regulatory action, then you've just lost a chunk of your savings.

This is a good point. We've gotten used to the Prince Jeoffrey phase of this drama, but winter is coming. The King Jeoffrey phase will be much different.

In less than 24 hours he goes from being President-Elect Trump to President* Trump, and those tweets might come with executive orders attached. (Twitter is gonna support that, they don't know it yet, but they'll do it soon, believe me.)


Comment Re:Or just go back to the way things were before (Score 1) 5

This is personal to me. A friend I knew in high school, went into the service with, and kept in touch with couldn't afford insurance and caught appendicitis. It ruined his credit and nearly his family. In 1992 when he had a heart attack, he just laid down and died rather than calling 911.

That's what happens in the US when you work full time and can't afford insurance.

Comment Re:It happens, but way too commonly with google (Score 4, Insightful) 150

I've been involved in refactoring lots of software to replace dependencies on dead or obsolete tools and libraries, some of which were very expensive. Open source projects stagnate and die, but businesses go bankrupt, shift directions and discontinue products if they become unprofitable.

Determining the stability of a product and the impact to your business if it goes away is (or should be) part of the business decision process.

Comment Re:It happens, but way too commonly with google (Score 2) 150

There's nothing wrong with cloud-based services, as long as you go in with your eyes wide open to both the upsides AND the downsides.

Agree entirely. It's a risk and business management decision as much as a technical one. Relying on 3rd party services is obviously (or hopefully obviously) a risk, but risk is a basic component of most business.

Comment It happens, but way too commonly with google (Score 5, Insightful) 150

These days it's hard to write anything non-trivial without relying on something that will be hard to replace if it goes away, that's just a reality of modern software design. You can minimize the risk with abstraction and try to rely on open standards with multiple implementations, but at some point you have to just accept the occasional puzzle piece change as part of the business and move on.

That said, google pulls this shit all the time. Using a google API or service for anything critical would imo be a huge risk given their long history of suddenly killing things.

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Journal Journal: Sixteen: The Final Chapter 2

It's that time of year again. The time of year when everyone and their dog waxes nostalgic about all the shit nobody cares about from the year past, and stupidly predicts the next year in the grim knowledge that when the next New Year comes along nobody will remember
that the dumbass predicted a bunch of foolish shit that turned out to be complete and utter balderdash. I might as well, too. Just like I did last year (yes, a lot of this was pasted from last year's final chapter).

Comment Re:What a coincidence. (Score 4, Informative) 67

What? You think the Chinese fucking CARE?

This is from a 2013 Time article (emphasis added):

In a 2007 survey, the IFAW [International Fund for Animal Welfare] discovered that 70% of Chinese polled did not know that ivory came from dead elephants. This led to the organization's first ad campaign- a simple poster explaining the actual origins of ivory. A campaign evaluation earlier this year found that the ad, promoted by the world's largest outdoor advertising company JC Decaux, had been seen by 75% by China's urban population, and heavily impacted their view on ivory. Among people classified as "high risk"- that is, those likeliest to buy ivory- the proportion who would actually do so after seeing the ad was almost slashed by half.

Comment Re:Exactly who does this surprise? (Score 1) 143

I'm always hearing about cars hitting deers. In my neck of the woods it's cars hitting squirrels.

Maybe in your neck of the woods. I-70 in Pennsylvania has those Jersey barriers running all up and down the road, with no gaps or dips or anything.

One night at 4 AM I was driving down I-70 and right after a blind curve my headlights fell across a herd of deer in the middle of the freeway, all trying to figure out how to get past this stupid concrete barrier that's too high for deer to jump over. So of course I find myself slamming on the brakes and swerving the car through a wild stampede at about 50 mph. The car slammed into one of them. It rolled up the left side of the windshield and landed on the asphalt behind the car, like a soon-to-be-converted atheist in a Christian movie.

I pulled over, and was trying to figure out WTF to do, with an injured deer lying in the middle of I-70 struggling to move around. A minute later a beat up Ford F-150 came down the road, swerved around this deer, skidded around, and managed to come to a stop on the shoulder.

A scary-looking old dude jumped out of the car and ran over to me and this deer. He said its leg was broken and it was going to die anyway. Then he said he had a tire iron in the truck.

He fetched it and came back. As he approached, it was still wriggling around on the road and glaring at this old haggard dude, like Hank Schraeder in his last Breaking Bad episode. Then he bashed it in the head with the tire iron. It struggled to drag itself away and he bashed its skull again. Then it stopped moving.

We both managed to drag the deer off the road just as a cop pulled over. We explained what happened, and he decided, "OK, I don't see anything I really have to write up here."

All three of us ended up hauling the deer into the back of the guy's pickup. He must have been eating that thing for weeks.

But I digress. Most roads don't have dividers and animals can make it across if they can avoid the cars. But roads that are set up like the Berlin Wall are a problem. Animals like deer are going to evolve into two species separated by I-70.

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