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Comment Re:75% of california's poeple are brain dead (Score 1) 393

No, just that they're bad at water management.

See also: Flint, MI.

Which was being run by a fiscal emergency manager appointed by a Republican governor [Snyder], backed by a Republican House and Senate, and overseen by a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality run by a Snyder hack [Wyant], where the state agency and not the city was responsible for the technical decisions and implementation of a switch to Flint river water (without adequate corrosion control).

Blaming democratic officials for the lead contamination is like blaming your wife for failing to dodge your fist.

Comment Re:Many people WANT to believe fake news (Score 1) 243

No, I've figured it out from his bio, a quick review of Texas expat voting laws, and his posting history.

First, he's an expat living in Japan, but too obtuse to mention it. Apparently, he's also too dense to consider that the fact that he can't vote in state or local elections doesn't extend to vast majority of us.

Second, he's registered in Texas as an expat that is "indefinitely away (older form) / do not intend to return (newer form)," but deeply resents the State of Texas for denying him the right to vote in a state system that he's neither subject to nor has any plans to return to. Of course, if he'd declared an intent to return he could have voted in state and local races, so I'm not feeling much sympathy.

Third, his comment history screams world class asshole with an inflated opinion of his own intellect. Not just once in awhile, but all day every day.

I'll take his all too frequent declarations of things being "pointless and closed" as a blessing and move on.

Comment Re:Many people WANT to believe fake news (Score 1) 243

I do not appreciate being called a liar. I saw the ballot. I filled in the ballot and mailed it.

I did not call you a liar. I said that you were wrong. Name your county in Texas as we can see exactly which state and local races your ballot included. Or don't -- anyone selecting multiple counties on that site can identify the state-wide races that were on your ballot for themselves.

Comment Re:And how is this not a legitimate point? (Score 1) 243

It can most certainly work that way. If States indeed choose to count absentee ballots when they can only make a difference in the outcome, that would make some economical sense.

No, it cannot, because the ballots cover multiple races at each of the national, state, and local levels. Also, various laws are based on percentage thresholds of all persons who, for example, voted for governor in a state (referendum petition signature requirements, for example). Finally, they do not. EVER.

Name your state, and I can cite the state code section that requires the counting of absentee votes after some trivial research. On the other hand, I have no fear that you'll be able to cite even a single U.S. law that permits what you've proposed.

Comment Re:Many people WANT to believe fake news (Score 1) 243

Most importantly, my own ballot only had two races on it.

Provably wrong. Name your county, and we can even look it up for you.

Some years ago, it was actually reported that the election boards in Texas did NOT count the absentee ballots unless there were enough of them to potentially change the outcome of some race. Of course, in those days there were far fewer absentee ballots...

Well then, that reporting was wrong as well.

later than the time of the local canvass, the early voting clerk
shall deliver to the local canvassing authority a report of the
total number of early voting votes for each candidate
or measure by
election precinct. The report may reflect the total for votes by
mail and the total for votes by personal appearance.

Section 81 states that "A reference in a law outside this code to 'absentee voting' means 'early voting'," in the event that you have any additional doubts.

Comment Re:And how is this not a legitimate point? (Score 5, Informative) 243

If it really works that way (and I could not find information to prove or disprove that theory), they might have a point.

But it doesn't really work that way, and if you applied even an iota of critical thinking, you'd realize why it can't.

Did you vote on Tuesday? Did your ballot really only have a single multiple choice item for President of the United States? Because mine didn't. My had president, senator, representative, state senator, state representative, city council member, state supreme court justice (multiple), municipal court justice (multiple), family court justice (one or two), and multiple local millages.

My wife's absentee ballot, being that she lives with me and all, was identical. Which means that whether Trump defeated HRC by several hundred thousand votes or a few hundred, there were many other races where her vote was relevant to the outcome, and the presidential election was not the end-all-be-all of whether all those little bubbles would be scanned by the county's equipment.

Your inability to find governmental information concerning this myth is as ridiculous as this Michael nonsense.

"The media often will report the projected outcome of the election before all of the ballots are counted. In a close election, the media may report that the outcome cannot be announced until after the absentee ballots are counted. However, all ballots, including absentee ballots, are counted in the final totals for every election - and every vote (absentee or in-person) counts the same."

The ability to project a winner in a top-of-ballot race does not eliminate the need to count absentee ballots in all other races.

And suspicion is reinforced by their (The Verge) obvious attempt to discredit the messenger by noting (Michael also believes that Trump has been singled out by God to be president of the United States).

Tell you what, why don't you actually telephone your county board of elections as ask them yourself rather than settling for discrediting the messenger only when it suits you.

Comment Re:Google very helpful (Score 1) 174

The Representation of the People Act of 2002 made it a crime to report exit poll results before a state's polls have closed.

Who on earth moderated this as informative? There is no such thing as the "Representation of the People Act of 2002," unless you happen to be living in India.

There is an informal agreement among U.S. media outlets to hold back exit polling results until the polls close in a state -- which, incidentally, Fox News broke in 2014 in certain respects.

There is a constitutional amendment you may have heard of that sets a really, REALLY high bar for any law which would prevent the news media from reporting information. It is completely legal to report exit poll results before a state's polls have closed. The proof: the linked article.

Your rebuttal: point to a U.S. federal or state law, by title or code section, that says otherwise. Go...

Comment Re:A Master Password.... (Score 1) 234

That's not the complete corresponding source code to everything in the executable.

If you were as awesome as your paranoia suggests than you wouldn't need source code in addition to the debugger, now would you?

Step through the program and capture the traffic like a real security researcher. If the obfuscated C contest hasn't already proven that the things that you haven't actually bothered to do with the keepass source code can't save you, nothing will.

Comment Re: What's wrong with hate symbols? (Score 2, Insightful) 380

You beat me to it. Freedom of association is a wonderful thing to the left when it means boycotts and riots. In business and public schools? Not so much.

You're free to become a closed-membership baker. The fact that it's commercially infeasible is your own problem. If you want to sell to the public, then you have to sell to the entire public, not just white anglo-saxon protestant straights.

Next thing you know they'll demand that businesses sell to blacks. The nerve of some people...

Comment Re:really (Score 2) 145

the rate we purchase new phones, when the ones we have already are more than adequate, is a bigger travesty. so the note 7 had an accelerated eol, i think if people should be more concerned with the motto we learned when we were young, reduce/reuse/recycle, and actually do that instead of "oh new shiny, must get" fucking people

Now there's the answer, it seems: Use the things longer. You don't need a new phone every year. Oooh ... iPhone 7 .... gotta have it .... until the iPhone 8 comes out 12 months later.

Keep them until they wear out. Yes, there's an issue with limited recharging cycles ... but replaceable batteries should be the norm. Yes, there's an issue with software updates .... vendors need to be more responsible about that.

Facts be damned. First, the iPhone doesn't change major versions every 12 months, but rather every 24 months. Second, if you take decent care of your phone, it will not "wear out" before an amount of time has elapsed where virtually everyone will agree that it is functionally obsolete (e.g., my iPhone 4 that is now used as a glorified iPod and still going strong). Third, there's a secondary market for functioning non-obsolete phones; Gazelle is not offering $50 for good condition iPhone 5 16GB units (now up to 4 years old) only to landfill them or scrap them for $5 in recoverable materials.

Buy a new phone when you want a new phone. Someone will buy your old phone because they don't want to buy a new phone, just as I buy used cars because I don't want to buy a new car. Only a moron would think that Samsung's environmental problems in removing spontaneously combusting phones from the market are remotely analogous to the environmental impact of someone flipping a one or two year old telephone into the used market. Secondary buyers "deserve" flagship-type phones as much as the original buyers; many are simply willing to wait for them to become used.

Dollars to donuts I can find something you do that seems wasteful, unnecessary, and irresponsible. Just like you two have with phone upgrades. Odds are even better that it has a higher environmental impact, like your house in the suburbs, your two hour commute, or your air conditioning. You're not going to like those answers...

Comment Re:Down the rabbit hole (Score 2) 311

If your businessâ(TM) payment-system implementation is relatively simple with few or no customizations, then most of the Level 3 certification may not apply to your business. This includes simple implementations like single terminals, as well as specific, pre-made software packages that are certified to handle EMV transactions without heavy customization.

So for small places there is no onsite certification.. For some larger, and especially for the ones that do customizations there is a requirement for the site-certification

I must have missed the official announcement that "most" actually means "all."

"No onsite certification" is bunk. There is a suite of scripts that have to be run at each deployment to check for functionality and security. The Intuit material also says:

Level 3 is an end-to-end certification conducted between the merchant and the brand, with checks made with your processor, acquirer and any ISV(s) you are working with. It checks the integrity of the payment chain by testing every type of possible transaction that the terminal can do.

Depending on the types of transactions and CVMs you want to process, you could be looking at upwards of a few hundred tests, especially if you accept all four brands.

The problem is that EMVCo has been riding the "too may businesses waited to schedule certification until the deadline" excuse for more than a year -- as if that wasn't entirely predictable from the start. EMVCo is also owned by Mastercard and VISA (and JCB), which don't exactly have a lot of incentive to speed up the certification process now that transaction liability can be shifted to the retailers (they're not banks, but the banks are their largest and highest volume customers). They've cut down the number of testing scripts required and changed the rules to prevent chargebacks for low dollar transactions ($25), but otherwise haven't addressed the delays and their backlog of certification work.

Comment Re:Sapphire crystal lens cover (Score 1) 111

I woud suspect it was something like a epitaxial layer of safire to coat a glass lens. In fact, depending on how the measurement was done, the lens could be safire. Glass is a generic term to mean a substrate that is not a single crystal, and could be of many compositions, including Aluminum Oxide doped with titanium.

I'm sorry, but the specification "sapphire crystal lens cover" in ordinary English would mean that the principal component of the lens cover is sapphire crystal. Not a sapphire crystal epitaxial coating on a glass lens cover ("sapphire crystal-coated lens cover" or "sapphire-coated glass lens cover"), nor a "sapphire glass" lens cover.

GP quoted and linked to the specification. All that you're doing is proving the point of the article -- that the claims and specifications are materially misleading.

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