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Comment Re:Coal is a campaign punchline (Score 1) 292

That's possible, but I think it's unlikely. If Trump were to regulate wind and solar into oblivion, local energy prices would go up and the power companies would simply import power from Canada and Mexico where wind and solar would still be legal and still be cheaper. They'll buy whatever energy is the cheapest. If that's not domestic power then so be it. Money will cast the final vote.

Sadly we don't have the same freedom of choice with internet yet.

Comment Coal is a campaign punchline (Score 4, Insightful) 292

Coal isn't coming back. It's something that sounded good to Trump's fans on the campaign trail, that's all. The coal industry employs fewer people than freaking Arby's. Fixing the coal industry would be like using a teaspoon to bail out a sinking Titanic. Middle America has far bigger problems that the dwindling coal industry.

Only reason why it's an issue at all is because it sounded good on the campaign trail for Trump's supporters. It's dog whistle politics, not an actual energy plan. To everyone else it sounds like Trump is saying "Coal is the future and will meet our energy needs cheaply and effectively!" Which it absolutely won't. But to his fans, it sounds like this: "Rust belt and former mining communities will get their jobs back and be prosperous again!" Sadly, it doesn't actually mean that either. Deregulate all you want, wind and solar are still going to be cheaper.

I feel bad for those folks in coal country counting on this guy to fix things for them. He isn't going to. He isn't able to. It'll be pretty bitter when they realize that.

Comment Re:Article sounds like B.S. (Score 0) 114

No, you're an idiot and the guy is wrong.

I don't need to improperly code a program and be all pretentious on github to use the strings utility.

Here's literally everything that came out of the Windows 10 explorer.exe file:

8$iTXtXML:com.adobe.xmp
<?xpacket begin="
" id="W5M0MpCehiHzreSzNTczkc9d"?>
<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/" x:xmptk="Adobe XMP Core 5.6-c014 79.156797, 2014/08/20-09:53:02 ">
  <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#">
      <rdf:Description rdf:about=""
            xmlns:xmp="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/"
            xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
            xmlns:photoshop="http://ns.adobe.com/photoshop/1.0/"
            xmlns:xmpMM="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/mm/"
            xmlns:stEvt="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/sType/ResourceEvent#"
            xmlns:tiff="http://ns.adobe.com/tiff/1.0/"
            xmlns:exif="http://ns.adobe.com/exif/1.0/">
        <xmp:CreatorTool>Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Windows)</xmp:CreatorTool>
        <xmp:CreateDate>2015-05-04T15:40:01-07:00</xmp:CreateDate>
        <xmp:ModifyDate>2015-05-05T10:55:34-07:00</xmp:ModifyDate>
        <xmp:MetadataDate>2015-05-05T10:55:34-07:00</xmp:MetadataDate>
        <dc:format>image/png</dc:format>
        <photoshop:ColorMode>3</photoshop:ColorMode>
        <xmpMM:InstanceID>xmp.iid:656c488a-1b92-8a4c-b879-5a834d7f5164</xmpMM:InstanceID>
        <xmpMM:DocumentID>xmp.did:656c488a-1b92-8a4c-b879-5a834d7f5164</xmpMM:DocumentID>
        <xmpMM:OriginalDocumentID>xmp.did:656c488a-1b92-8a4c-b879-5a834d7f5164</xmpMM:OriginalDocumentID>
        <xmpMM:History>
            <rdf:Seq>
              <rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource">
                  <stEvt:action>created</stEvt:action>
                  <stEvt:instanceID>xmp.iid:656c488a-1b92-8a4c-b879-5a834d7f5164</stEvt:instanceID>
                  <stEvt:when>2015-05-04T15:40:01-07:00</stEvt:when>
                  <stEvt:softwareAgent>Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Windows)</stEvt:softwareAgent>
              </rdf:li>
            </rdf:Seq>
        </xmpMM:History>
        <tiff:Orientation>1</tiff:Orientation>
        <tiff:XResolution>720000/10000</tiff:XResolution>
        <tiff:YResolution>720000/10000</tiff:YResolution>
        <tiff:ResolutionUnit>2</tiff:ResolutionUnit>
        <exif:ColorSpace>65535</exif:ColorSpace>
        <exif:PixelXDimension>24</exif:PixelXDimension>
        <exif:PixelYDimension>24</exif:PixelYDimension>
      </rdf:Description>
  </rdf:RDF>
</x:xmpmeta>

If that's a full 20% of all bytes in explorer.exe, then Microsoft should sure as hell be congratulated for writing one of the tightest pieces of code known to mankind.

Comment Article sounds like B.S. (Score 2, Interesting) 114

So Adobe photoshop puts metadata in PNG images that can cause "bloat".

OK.

Riddle me this batman: Why the hell should the Explorer.exe binary compiled from C code have 20% of its bytes be from an Adobe photoshop metadata tool? Ditto for a DLL that's not a PNG asset?

I think this guy ran a program that misinterpreted some bytes in a binary since it's not really designed to be a general-purpose parser and then jumped to a really really dumb conclusion.

Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 1) 335

At 60+, it's exactly part of my personal retirement plan... Take the equity out of my house in a high cost of living area, move to one where I'll be able to buy the house outright, and pay less than half of my current property taxes for a similar home. I've already got an area identified (I'm less than 2 yrs away from doing this), with good healthcare, amenities, lower crime rate, etc., etc. The only downside is having to make new friends/neighbors.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 4, Interesting) 646

1) do you think the bare ancient common word "doctor" should be reserved for people who have completed a doctorate degree? Or is it cool with you if some high school dropout starts calling himself a doctor and dispensing medical advice despite not having any education, experience or certification to do so?

Doctors with a doctorate? It's a funny word that way, but at least in my country, medical doctors are technically masters.

2) He was fined for claiming to be an engineer when he was not registered as such. As someone who has an engineering degree (but is not a professional engineer) I find it difficult to believe he's a legitimate engineer and yet had no idea you can't claim to be an engineer without being registered. I don't know where he was trained, but it was made expressly clear to me that I am not allowed to do that.

Of course you can. In non-stupid places. (Another thing is that "engineer" is actually also a degree level in my country, in addition to all the other meanings you know from English, but I digress...)

3) It was decided that applying math and physics to problems requires registration because if you let just any asshole that swears he knows what he's doing sign off on it, bridges and buildings collapse and people die.

So because of falling bridges, you can't solder your own radio? Isn't it much more meaningful to require certifications and such for specific projects rather than for extremely vague words such as "engineer" in a broad sweep?

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 4, Insightful) 646

1) Reserving bare ancient common words such as "engineer" is idiocy of the highest order.

2) In the state of Oregon, James Watt would have been apparently fined for not being "good enough", so this man is in a mighty fine company.

3) Again, what brainless assmonkey came up with the idea that applying math and physics to problems requires registration?

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