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Comment Costco is the one suing (Score 2) 75

This won't be like before, when the manufacturer sent threatening letters and forced smaller manufacturers to either go to court of get out of the business entirely. Costco is suing, and now Acushnet Holdings has to either prove their claims or fold. Same as IBM and Novell when SCO made similar bad noises about patent infringement, the big boys can't afford to let someone slander them.

Any bets that another patent troll is going to get a kick in the balls?

Comment Re:Adjust your vm (Score 1) 10

Milo deplatformed? I wouldn't bother - he's a useful idiot, same as the former governor of North Carolina with his HB2 bathroom bill that backfired on him. Same as Trump is doing more damage to the tea party in 2 months than ... well, than anyone ever. Now the party has no choice - it has to either re-invent itself as a party that actually listens to the majority, or die. Already, they've pretty much moved away from defunding medicaid because too many of the "white trash racists" who voted for them depend on it. Going to be interesting to see how they explain that away ...

Those Russian connections have also got the leadership more than a bit antsy. Trump is no Nehemiah Scudder - and he may just end up inoculating the electorate against any such demagoguery in the future, as people, burned by promises with no substance, learn their lesson.

Comment Re:Once again slurs against certain groups OK. (Score 1) 531

Why would I object to being called a barbarian? Seems to me it's the best thing to be when dealing with assholes like you. Far better than being named after a fictitious religious character in a fictitious religious tale.

That's one thing about barbarians - we want concrete proof of claims. We don't believe in fairy tales, whether they were made up a couple thousand years ago or posted by Trumplestiltskin within the hour. In other words, we're not stupid.

Comment Re:Crazy (Score 5, Insightful) 470

I have no problem whatsoever sitting down with people who think transsexuality is totally unacceptable.That includes a big chunk of my immediate family. I just don't let their problems with it get into my head. So things are okay. They don't tell me to change my views, and I don't tell them to change theirs. That's what mutual respect is all about. If you can only tolerate views that agree with yours, your one intolerant sone-of-a-bitch.

People have the right to disagree with you. And you have the right to call them ignorant fuck-tards. See how it works?

Comment Re:So to sum up (Score 1) 470

There are plenty of fantasies that people have that would give them a heart attack if they ever actually got the chance to go through it. Being able to fly like superman? Nice fantasy, but imagine how someone with a fear of heights (or even just a normal person) was standing at the end of a cliff and saying "I can fly - but NO F'ING WAY".

Or fantasizing about rushing into a burning building to save people, or confronting a bomb-toting, ak-47 shooting terrorist, but they know full well they would freeze up in real life.

Or even just something as simple as choking the living shit out of their stupid boss or taking a cattle prod to them, BOfH-style. They might fantasize about it, but they would be horrified with themselves if they ever caught themselves in the process of actually doing it.

Maybe it's Dreis Barf-head who needs to be booted until he learns the difference between reality and fantasy. Or does he also believe that furries are into beastiality?

Comment Re:Adjust your vm (Score 1) 10

Thanks for asking. The eyes are "interesting." The docs managed to save the vision in both, but the left is distorted from the vitrectomy. There's no more room for pan-retinal photocoagulation, and all the work has caused premature cataracts in both eyes. There's neovascularization in the angle of both eyes, so both need to be monitored every 3 months for glaucoma.

The good news is that, while I can't really read with either eye, I can read with both (bit of a pain, but hey, I'm not going to complain). It's amazing how much the brain can do with crap sensors. It's getting hard to recognize people at a distance, read bus stop signs, etc., but I can still walk the dog, and that's more important anyway.

My sisters have been telling me for years to abandon any idea of working in the future, and with the major depressive disorder "upgraded" to persistent depressive disorder with major depressive episodes impacting my ability to concentrate or stay awake all day, I've finally had to admit they have a point. Between that, the Mark 1 Eyeballs continuing to bleed, and basically having to be constantly on the lookout for triggers for another bout of suicidal depression (thinking about work is a trigger , as is worrying about what to do with my life, so I'm kind of forced to tip-toe around the whole thing mentally and just accept things as they are and try not to worry), I'm screwed.

On the plus side, in 3 months I have a series of appointments with the therapist who helped me beat the whole PTSD thing. Okay, not "beat", but understand it and cope with it. The goal now is to find out just what the hell I can do with the rest of my life, because this whole thing is kind of beyond my experience.

Plus I have to prepare to fight my endocrinologist. The guy has been under-dosing me for years, and that definitely contributed to the depression. I never consented to any sort of non-standard treatment, and his misleading me with the blood test results for years was pretty serious. His cancelling the estrogen level test in my last blood test was the final straw - I had told him (after getting hard copies of previous tests) that he was seriously wrong, and that if he didn't up the dose I would obtain more illegally (which I did, and it had a huge effect on my mood and my ability to get minor things done). So now he's deprived me of tool to monitor what's going on because I caught him screwing around, and that pretty much destroyed any trust. It also means other doctors, such as my gp, can't see my current estrogen levels either. So much for second opinion. As far as I'm concerned, he's engaged in both malpractice and negligence.

Problem is, I'm having a hard time putting all the material together because I am having problems concentrating on tasks because of the whole depression thing - sort of a catch-22 situation.

Also just checked, and he never reported the adverse drug reaction to the blood pressure medication that I had to stop taking, which also caused suicidal ideation (and should have raised a red flag when the same thing occurred a few years later when he severely under-replaced estrogen). At least my original report, and the drug manufacturers' report, are in the database, and the US FDA lists 100 similar events. Which leads to the question of how many aren't reported.

Oh well, a bit of consumer activism might not keep me out of trouble, but I will keep me occupied - if I can get my sh*t together enough. Unfortunately, this post has pretty much exhausted my attention span :-(

Comment Re: Not everyone is happy... (Score 1) 106

What happens if you can't find the heirs? The code has to be abandoned, rewritten from scratch, or otherwise replaced or superceded. How would a stranger contact your heirs, given only your email address? Given that plenty of people don't have an email address that consists of only their proper name, you're going to be looking at a lot of potential candidates for email addresses of heirs. And it's not like you can just shoot off an email to the dead person and expect their heirs to answer it.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 269

And you're so fucked up being unable to understand that UBI, properly designed, includes claw-backs as your income rises, so that most people will actually not be net beneficiaries of UBI schemes. So, everyone gets the same amount, but most people end up with that same amount clawed back at tax time, along with their regular personal income tax amount. And the UBI is a taxable income. If your total income, including UBI, exceeds the basic exemptions, you're also going to be paying tax on it.

Here, I'll make it simple for you with some numbers. If everyone gets a basic UBI of $800 a month and a 50 percent claw-back, anyone earning $1600 a month ends up having to give back all their UBI, as well as paying tax on that $1600 a month of earned income. So anyone earning more than $19,200 a year doesn't end up costing the UBI scheme a single cent.

It can be made to work. It has been made to work. It's all in how it's implemented.

Besides, I don't see you offering anything better. Either do so or STFU, because you're not contributing to improving the situation, you're just making noise.

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