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Comment Re:Showmanship (Howard Stern, Lady Gaga) vs sociop (Score 1) 128

The problem with your attempt to define Hillary as a psychopath / sociopath (both deprecated terms, they're not long enough) is context. In the setting of politics, media and business those traits are actually highly functional. That's how you get ahead in those fields. Then you run into the Peter Principle but that is another problem.

You missed the preamble to the personality disorders. They are spectrums and they can only be really defined as a disorder when they cause harm. As far as politicians are concerns both Hillary and Donald are at the top of their respective fields. For the rest of us, not so much.

Hillary is certainly sociopathic as it relates to the vast majority of humans - but that's why she is where she is. Donald is most assuredly a narcissist and again, it's gotten him to the Republican candidate for the President of the United States, something hundreds if not thousands of other people are actively aspiring to. The line between all of the personality disorders is a pretty soft one, there is often a lot of overlap.

It is an unfortunate part of the structure of human nature, but that's how we roll. We're not Vulcans. Which version of crazy to you want running the country?

Comment Re:Resonating with Americans (Score 1) 171

Other that during World Wars, when has a majority of the population thought 'we're going in the right direction'? The 1800's when we were moving west, finishing off destroying the rest of the indigenous flora and fauna (including humans) that European settlers started in the 1500's? Perhaps the Native Americans and the African slaves might venture to disagree if anybody bothered to poll them.

How about post WWII and the wonderful burst of economic growth that comes after destroying a quarter of the planet? If you were black, poor white trash or pretty much anybody in the South you might take exception to the idea that the country was doing wonderful things. If you were white, lower middle class and / or a veteran, you had a 25 year burst of economic Good Times. That bubble got popped a while back.

If you were of the moneyed class at any time you did OK. Amazing how that seems to happen.

So don't go so much on 'polling' data. That is a fairly new, fairly narrow view of how the country is doing. Of course, trying to come up with a better way to figure out which direction we should be going is pretty much of a fool's errand. There are so many different aspects to life in this country (or any other) that the simplistic rose colored glasses / Red, White and Blue / USA! USA! metrics are perfectly useless.

Unless, of course, you are Donald who sees a giant group of disaffected people who are just waiting for some demagogue to lead them out of the swamp. His campaign has rolled on two correct assumptions. First, there IS a fairly homogeneous and large demographic that feels downtrodden and upset. Perfect fodder for his cannon. Second, the Republicans have, yet again, failed to create a candidate that isn't a complete cartoon. And they failed worse than the last two times which is pretty impressive. And sad.

With all of that said, all the Dems could do is pick Hillary. I understand it completely, she'll make a fine statist president and Murphy's Law (along with the laws of thermodynamics) will continue to be the driving forces in the Universe.

Murphy was an optimist.

Comment Re: The three debates (Score 1) 171

My assessment is that clinton will smoothly lead the whole world into world war 3, if all her posturing towards Russia is to be believed.

Right. The planet is sitting on a powder keg with a couple of smoldering fuses. So, who is going to try to lead the country with the majority of powder, fuses and cannon? A corrupt politico with deep ties to every other corrupt politico on earth or some insane narcissist who cares not a whit about anybody else?

It would be an easy decision if you could figure out which one was which.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 482

Restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft?

What? Copy a backup (and bootable) image to the hard drive and you're done. No digging into the Registry. NO sacrificing goats or chickens (management gets made because they're vegetarians).

About the only satanist thing I've done restoring a Mac is to draw a pentagram. USB drives can be pretty slow and I get bored easily.

Comment Re:My personal Mac anecdote (Score 1) 482

Gee, I have, lets see, a 2008 MacPro that's still running strong, a 2011 17 inch MBP that had a motherboard failure that Apple replaced in 2015. For free. A 2009 15 inch MBP that worked well until my wife's Jack Russel Terror spilled a Grande Latte on (never feed JRTs expresso....). The used replacement is still going strong. I have a one year old iMac that is just silently working.

I have a lot of issues with Apple. Both the Mac Pro and the 17 incher are really getting old and Apple's support of the apparently small market that likes powerful computers is rapidly waning in favor of this weird approach to making computers thinner as the populace widens.

But hardware support and build quality isn't among Apple's big problems despite the Sturm Und Drang this and every other Internet forum engenders.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 482

Next time you do that, save everyone time and money and get grandma an iPad (or Android equivalent, it really doesn't make much of a difference). Back it up to iCloud (well, the iPad, Android users have to let the NSA do it). About the only thing you're going to have to worry about is replacing the power cord when it gets lost.

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