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Comment Re:Yeah so (Score 1) 170

If you expected Sanders to be non-compromising, you clearly haven't done your research on him. The man has a solid track record of a pragmatic idealist - he has clear ideals that he strives to fulfill, but at the same time, he is perfectly able and willing to work with people whom he disagrees with, so long as it gets him one step closer to his goals. Look at what he did in Congress - constant scheming to add riders to bills. Go even further back, and look at what he did as a mayor.

And it's exactly what made Sanders such an awesome presidential candidate. Most "revolutionaries" dismiss incremental change outright. This guy realized that it's the only chance that he and his platform has, and mastered it. I actually put more faith in his ability to navigate through the gridlock in Congress as a president, than Hillary's. Alas...

Comment Re: Sounds Familiar. (Score 3, Interesting) 155

This was known and discussed. But they found microgravity to be a compounding effect of radiation exposure

This just drives home how much of a risk interplanetary flight is right now. And we really don't have great solutions that don't involve great masses of shielding. Artificial magnetosopheres for example are insufficient to deal with GCR.

Comment Re:Trump Trolling (Score 1) 1004

I don't think that it is actually a tactic, in a sense that he's not consciously trolling. If that were the case, he would not be doing it when the story-of-the-day is in his favor - but that's not what's happening. Remember that judge thing? Everyone was talking about Clinton's emails then, and it was a good thing for Trump - and if he were the master troll that some claim him to be, he'd be throwing gasoline onto that fire. But instead, he made a bunch of stupid remarks that shifted attention elsewhere.

No, I really think he's just a child emotionally, in a near-constant tantrum mode whenever there's any visibility afforded to him at all.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 1) 210

RICO also occurred to me when I read the following paragraph:

According to the suit, Getty and its affiliates have not only sold unauthorized licenses of Highsmithâ(TM)s photos, but they have sent threatening letters to people that they believe have infringed the copyright.

Then I see that someone here objects thusly:

RICO? Who did they conspire with?

That's a cool parlour trick you've got there: pack all the accused into one side of the court room, then wave your hand toward the empty half.

RICO dismissed.

So, I guess I'm to understand that if the Mafia were to incorporate itself, it would no longer be a conspiracy, because the collective decision to become a fictitious legal individual sloughs off all conceptual notions of with-hood.

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed LLC fig leaves together to cover themselves.

That makes so much more sense than the original version, and it's blindingly obvious in retrospect how easily the three "LLC" ink scratches could have been neglected at some juncture of the inter-generational hand-me-down.

Also, we're all sure the person receiving one of these shakedown letters has no feeling at all of being the one pitted against the many, aren't we?

Let me hazard a guess that what gives you the largest dopamine rush in any debate is to find something that costs you next to zero cognitive effort (you seemed not to even notice your use of the word "they" in your question "who did they conspire with?") while demanding that your adversary fill in the tedious technical blanks to your exacting and high standards of approval.

What gives me a big dopamine rush is to notice that the person attempting to wield this kind of argumentative posture has already failed to notice the nose on their own face.

But then I'm more interested in laughing than winning. Each to his own, I guess.

Comment Re:Not tech crisis - it's a general crisis (Score 1) 118

Interesting - thanks for that. It nicely addresses what I was going for with my "what kind of skills...?" question. It's also kind of telling that it belies the idea that you can teach everyone anything - forgetting that there are inherent capabilities and limitations that are different for each individual (I, for instance, will always be at a disadvantage in a height-dominated sport because "you can't teach tall").

Comment Not tech crisis - it's a general crisis (Score 2) 118

What skills are lacking in the first place? I would argue that it's not lack of 'tech' skills - there are many people who can read specs and often obtuse community posts and write software that meets some specs.

What is lacking is critical thinking, ability and desire to refine existing technologies (rather than reinvent things or try to come up with the next biggest thing), and failing to look at how everything is interconnected over the long term.

We don't need more computer science in schools, we need more critical thinking classes. I'd also say we need more classes in "how practice is different than theory" but that doesn't sound glamorous.

Comment Re:Basically... (Score 1) 370

and then they have to go and add a full Ubuntu kernel as a subsystem.

There's no Ubuntu kernel there. It's the other way around - the kernel is still NT, with a Linux syscall emulation layer. The userland is full Ubuntu sans the kernel.

All in all, very similar to FreeBSD Linux emulation that has been around for a while in principle, if not in low-level architecture.

Comment Hades 2026 (Score 1) 244

Last Week Tonight Winter Olympics 2022

The ending here is not one of his best, but the two bits with Brian Williams are priceless. The other good bit: 7000 pages of host-nation demands.

Apart from the women's hockey finals, I can hardly recall the last minute of Olympic coverage I've watched in ten years, just because I hate IOC with the burning intensity of a thousand suns.

You might think I'm exaggerating, but consider that it's only one sun per seven pages of arrogance from geriatric gargoyles that even the French don't want.

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