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Comment Too bad it's Ubuntu (Score 2) 115

This distro seems to become a bigger train wreck with each passing release. The arbitrary bullshit that my current install (16.04LTS) keeps throwing at me boggles my mind at times. Who the fuck thought it made sense for a laptop to lock the display configuration files when it goes to sleep? Now any time I put my laptop to sleep I have to move .config, and .kde, and reboot the next time I want to connect to an external monitor. Otherwise it will happily detect and lock out any external monitor until the magic locked file is out of the way. A simple reboot doesn't resolve it, the files have to be moved manually out of the way.

I wish that was the worst thing they've done, that is just the problem I run it to most often. The long term solution to it seems to be to just never put my laptop to sleep (as I use a different external display configuration at home than I do at work, and there are times I need to use only the laptop display while at work or on the road).

Comment Smartphone life expectancy? (Score 2) 89

If 432 million smart phones are sold per quarter that is 1.6 billion per year. One group predicts around 4.77 billion cell phone users by the end of 2017, though that includes both smart phones and less sophisticated phones. If we said that half of those phones are smart that means the number of smart phones is somewhere around 2.4 billion. We already know we are closing in on saturation as the remainder of the world's ~6.8 billion people are not necessarily potential customers for cell service.

So if 1.6 billion of the 2.4 billion smart phones in use today were purchased in the past year, does that suggest that on average over half the world's smart phones last under a year?

Comment Re:Don't blame the publishers ... (Score 1) 5

Donald Trump's very public delusional break with reality at his latest news conference

I would be more surprised to see him say something that actually reflects reality. The vast majority of everything that comes out of his mouth is a significant departure from reality.

the chance of the military obeying an order to launch is now unofficially zero.

If the order makes it all the way to the military I don't know that they have the choice to disobey. As far as I understand the order would keep going through people - and anyone disobeying would be thrown from their post - until someone hits the button. If you have career military people and they are told to hit the button or lose their job, they will most likely hit the button.

Comment About Pence... (Score 1) 1

... as far as I know, we don't have anything we can pin on him. We can't force him out just for being a hateful bigot. Right now Trump goes out and Pence takes over. If he doesn't appoint a new VP, then Speaker Ryan becomes the next in line.

Hell there's hardly even been a picture of Trump and Pence together since inauguration day. Obviously that doesn't mean he doesn't know about the shit show, but it makes it that much more difficult to pin any blame on him.

And even worse if we could, then the GOP could drive him out first, put Ryan in as VP, and have Trump resign after that. Then we're stuck with someone who looks at Atlas Shrugged like it's a fucking how-to manual. I'll definitely be rooting for a giant asteroid at that point.

Comment 2020 campaign? (Score 1) 6

First of all, he won't make it that far. He'll be lucky if his administration lasts to 2018. Unfortunately that unleashes President Pence upon us, with a fair chance of speaker (Ron) Paul Ryan then being promoted to VP. At that point, CBP will need to quadruple in size to keep Americans from fleeing by land.

Second, it's hard to make a claim that Trump is campaigning for 2020 when he arguably hasn't stopped campaigning for 2016. The stupid shit that keeps storming out of his pie hole is no better or more refined than it was back in October. It's actually a tragedy that someone pointed out to him that he needs to start governing; we could have done semi-not-completely-fucked if he would have stayed in campaign mode instead of transitioning to actually being POTUS.

Comment Re:Don't blame the publishers ... (Score 1) 5

Fake news wouldn't exist if adwords, etc., didn't exist.

I think that depends on how you define fake news. You mentioned earlier the case of fake news that is created just to bring in money (or to avoid spending money), but that is only part of it; there is a limit to how much of this can be created and achieve the intended aim.

However we have seen a rapid rise in the creation of fake news for other aims. We've seen that one can drop fake news on twitter (or other places) for nearly zero investment and with some luck it will take off and start masquerading as fact. The havoc that can come of that can't really be given a price tag but is much different from money saved by not having actual reporters.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 890

I seem to recall the core reason why WWII was fought was because how badly Germany was treated after WWI. Many prominent politicians predicted WWII 20 years before it happened.

Thankfully, the USA didn't repeat that mistake with Japan, a country with only a fraction the land mass of Russia, a fraction the population China, etc.

Comment Re:For the US, not for a political party (Score 1) 890

the next four years.

You're giving Trump too much credit. He has almost zero chance of making it four years. He will either die in office or resign early.

The only way Trump gets out early is if he dies in office or gets impeached and removed. His ego is too big to allow himself to resign. Everything has to be a success, he has to win every time. Winners don't resign.

Just tell him that he is either divorcing the executive branch (presumably to marry a younger one elsewhere) or declaring it to be bankrupt. He's big on both of those. And frankly his platforms will bring the second so much closer to reality that it shouldn't be hard to convince him of it being the case.

Comment Re:For the US, not for a political party (Score 1) 890

the next four years.

You're giving Trump too much credit. He has almost zero chance of making it four years. He will either die in office or resign early. His medical report is as big of a lie as everything else he says (in other words total garbage), he is likely of below average health for his age (it is rather clear that he is overweight for his height - rather you take his imaginary height or his real height).

However, Pence will do (at most) absolutely nothing to resolve the schism in the US. The only people benefiting from him being VP are the people of Indiana who now get a chance to elect a sane governor.

Comment Re: Why not encyrpted attachments instead? (Score 1) 216

That doesn't address the fact that a lot of people find encrypted email to be a PITA to actually use. If you are in a user support role, it is very easy to explain to them how to encrypt a file and attach it to an email but vastly more difficult to explain to them how to encrypt the email itself in a way that is useful to the recipient - especially the company you/they work for does not have anything set up for routinely doing email encryption.

Comment Re:Which will come first? (Score 1) 5

The turnaround should not surprise you. As Seth Meyers pointed out shortly after election day, Trump has had pretty much every position on every issue at one time or another. Most of the time his position just switches from the one that makes him less money to the one that makes him more money (or which one gets him more press coverage of any sort). Occasionally it switches in response to what he thinks his followers are more inclined to support.

Comment Decades is a bit excessive (Score 1) 146

People who pull off Ponzi schemes rarely spend that much time in prison. Why would a spammer have to? Usually the people behind the Ponzi schemes do very well for themselves financially before being caught, while the spammers are generally eking out an upper-middle-class existence.

Don't get me wrong, I don't have much pity for the spammers but I don't see justification in grave prison sentences for them either.

If we really want to say we believe in criminal rehabilitation, this is a prime opportunity for it. The spammers could work to right the wrongs they committed. They could be put to work developing better tools to stop spam - and not just more lousy filters. This guy got into spam for the money, have him show how the money moves so that the government and NGOs can work to reduce the profit margin of spamming. When it ceases to be profitable, the volume will crash as it won't be worth the effort for most spammers.

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