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Comment Victim of a troll? Not how I'd see it. (Score 1) 820

I take it you haven't seen the so-called Pied Piper memo?

It wasn't Daddy's money and influence propelling Trump over the past year, it was Hillary's. As disturbing as that revelation was to me, I can only imagine how Trump took it. He must feel like the victim of the world's most elaborate troll.

I don't think the president-elect feels like a victim of anything. The Democrats thought they were being clever when they had their media allies pump him up in the primaries, but they ended up only helping him win the election in the end.

Comment Citation? You read the FBI reports, didn't you? (Score 1) 459

Hillary is a criminal

[citation needed] And no, Fox News does not count. Deliver evidence of a successful prosecution or STFU.

You can review everything released by the FBI yourself. They didn't prosecute her because she was incompetent, and for her*, they decided incompetence mitigates reckless behavior when it comes to criminal prosecution. Clinton is damned by every line of everything released by the FBI except for this part :"Oh, we decided not to recommend prosecuting her."
You people cling to that line like it's solid gold when every other sentence incriminates her. And why did she have that server to begin with? To evade the requirements of federal records retention laws. Why would she want to do that? I have my guesses.

Anyway, back to the last remaining defense of HRC. What a ringing endorsement:
Hillary Clinton: certifiably incompetent to protect national secrets.

or maybe:

Hillary Clinton: She's so stupid, we can't hold it against her.
The FBI could only recommend prosecution to a corrupt DoJ- you know, the one with the Attorney general who met with Hillary's husband the week before the announcement.
*"To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now."

Comment Re:Won't work in America (Score 1) 630

"That does mean food and housing"

And what they need does include entertainment, social connection and interaction, and VARIETY of foods. This may not be required to produce the physical meat of the body but it is a requirement for proper mental function.

And thus 'need' becomes the only, and most important, 'virtue.' That's the underlying problem with (honest (snicker)) communism and socialism- there's always justification for a greater 'need.' However, the mental and verbal gymnastics that justify that greater need cannot produce anything to meet that 'need.'
I agree that there should be a baseline existence that we don't let fellow citizens fall beneath, but where we draw that line is the difference between creating an idle, trouble prone permanent dependent underclass that bankrupts the country, and a bare-bones safety net that makes sure people are fed enough to be able to figure out a way to serve their fellow man.

Biotech

Should We Kill All The Mosquitoes? (bbc.com) 470

If scientists could send Zika-carrying mosquitoes into extinction, should they do it? Several science and business journals are now exploring the question, and Slashdot reader retroworks asks if scientists will ultimately target "not just the most deadly species of the animal, but all 12 species of human-biting mosquitoes in the world, responsible for 500,000 deaths per year." The headline on today's [paywalled] Wall Street Journal article begs the question, "Why Not Kill Them All...?" [M]ore business journals are exploring private sector investments to eradicate the species of mosquito entirely, [and] most articles seem to find extinction of the indoors-attacking, dengue fever- and malaria-spreading Aedes aegypti a tantalizing prospect...

The BBC weighed the approach more carefully, noting that mosquitoes make rain forests uninhabitable (and consequences of human populations in rain forests are usually disastrous)... Will capitalism make the itch of mosquito bites be forgotten... Forever?

Comment Re:No --- really --- it isn't (Score 3, Insightful) 38

Check out this list of mostly obscure and unknown software that uses Qt.

Most software is obscure, full-stop. Just because you don't use most (or even any) of the packages on that page doesn't mean that Qt isn't a viable mainstream library, or that there's anything wrong with it.

Qt, like any other large framework, has a learning curve. If you're writing an application that works just fine using whatever libraries you're already using and you're only targeting one OS, then you probably aren't motivated to go climb that mountain. On the other hand if you're writing software (possibly with a complex UI) that is intended to target multiple operating systems, then Qt is probably the single best framework out there for doing so. Otherwise you're in for a long haul of writing your own less functional version of some subset of Qt features in order to abstract platform specific code away from the rest of your application functionality.

Comment Re: How many people really support her? (Score 1) 528

The "theoretical" aspect you deride was terribly important to potential Democratic party competitors when they were deciding whether or not to run.
Sure, Hillary beat an angry old communist in a two person primary. Woo hoo. Why was it only a two person primary? Because everyone else saw the writing on the wall.

Comment How many people really support her? (Score 4, Insightful) 528

Democrats... what the hell were you thinking when you supported Hillary?

The super delegate system, plus some rigging at the DNC, ensured there was never really a choice. Potential qualified competitors realized that Hillary had all the super delegates bought and paid for, so they didn't even bother. Bernie was dug up as an 'opponent', a sham primary was had- it got a little out of control- and in the end, the pre-determined outcome was obtained.
I think few people really support Hillary. They're just being obedient to the party.

Comment Re:UBI (Score 2) 367

Automating every last job is the correct path to a future where nobody has to work and we can just exist as humans, bettering ourselves.

Ideal society if you ask me. Working for masters is overrated.

I think we can look to children of the rich (and how they busy themselves when they don't have to look after their needs) to figure out where this road goes.

Comment Re:As a former journalist, this isn't a big deal (Score 1) 134

I can't help but notice

Of course you can help it. You are actively looking for things, regardless of how small, allowing you to redirect blame to people you dislike. You are a partisan twit and part of the problem slowly but surely destroying our country from within. I do not care what "side" you are on (Democrat or Republican) but you are the real enemy.

You sound like a partisan democrat that doesn't have an actual response to the charge levied.

Comment Re:As a former journalist, this isn't a big deal (Score 2) 134

"I feel like Iraq was stolen from us," said Mr Jabouri. "Bush and Blair are liars. They destroyed Iraq and took us back to zero, and took us back to the Middle Ages or earlier. If I was a criminal, I would kill them with my bare hands."

I can't help but notice that his statement comes a few years after Obama abandoned Iraq and consequently allowed ISIS to take over a third of the country.

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