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Comment Re:Swearing (Score 1) 173

People who don't swear scare the fucking life out of me.

I don't, except in circumstances where I'm deliberately trying to shock, or at least surprise. It's not a matter of "repression", it's that profanity is not part of my vocabulary. You assume that people who don't swear are "repressing" or "censoring" themselves, but that assumption presumes that they actually do swear in their internal dialogue, but then don't say it out loud. But I don't use profanity in my internal dialogue, either, though I suppose I have some stand-in words (dang, etc.) which fill more or less the same purpose.

To put it another way, a good friend of mine like to say "If you don't scream FUCK when you hit your thumb with a hammer, your head will explode." My response is "When I hit my thumb with a hammer, I'm in way too much pain to go to the effort of remembering to scream FUCK." He's assuming that the curse word will be naturally present and that if you don't scream it it's because you're holding it back. For me, the curse word just isn't there, so what happens when I hit my thumb is a wordless howl of pain. No repression involved, and my head remains intact.

In addition, I think profanity is generally counterproductive. Rather than saying that something is "fucking stupid", why not spend two more seconds thinking, and articulate why it's stupid, or what about it is stupid? Your phrase accomplishes exactly nothing other than to make people understand that you're angry. It conveys no other information and does nothing to rectify the stupidity. Also, it's pretty common that when people bother to think about what exactly it is that's making them mad, they discover that, in fact, it's not stupid and that they just hadn't thought the whole situation through.

Finally, I find that the fact that I hardly ever use profanity makes it a really powerful tool on the rare occasions I do choose to use it. Those who use it constantly have basically nowhere to go when the situation deserves a really strong statement.

Comment Re: most vulnerabilities != most vulnerable (Score 1) 147

because people report vulnerabilities against very old versions of Android which, while they do still exist in the wild, constitute a fairly small number of devices...

Android KitKat, which was released in 2013, is still being used on 22.1% of the devices out there. And 36.3% of the devices out there run KitKat or older versions of Android.

Gingerbread 1.0% Ice Cream Sandwich 1.1% Jelly Bean 11.6% KitKat 22.6%

Very true, and part of the reason that the Play store and Verified Apps protections are so important.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 1) 476

The problem is that nobody goes after manufacturers that violate the GPL. If Google were to put their money where their mouth is, they should pursue ALL the manufacturers that refuse to release the GPL code to their Android software.

Here are some of the big GPL violators: Amlogic MINIX Samsung HTC ...

What would that accomplish? The only thing that you could get is whatever kernel modifications they've made. Do you really think there's a lot of really innovative kernel work being done by those players? And, AFAIK, they do publish the kernel changes to comply with the GPL. Samsung and HTC do, anyway. I'm not sure about the smaller ones.

The rest of Android is under the Apache2 license, so OEMs have no obligation to publish their changes. Not even to Google.

Comment Fungi are doing the same thing FYI. (Score 1) 289

I got something at the gym which resisted every OTC anti-fungal.

The doctor finally prescribed me something for it that killed it.

Fungi are creepy because they live on you as a food supply like you are walking dirt.

If you get enough and have a fungal bloom tho, they can kill you quickly.

Likewise, medicating a bad infestation too aggressively results in a toxin overload and can kill you.

I quit the gym when I got a second fungal infection about six months later that was also resistant (I was able to use the prescribed stuff to kill it).

Comment Re:Making America great again (Score 2) 128

What do people mean when they say "make America great again"?

I think most of those people actually mean "I want the world to revert back to how it was X years ago". With X depending on personal experiences.

Of course, that's impossible.

Very true. And I think what Trump is thinking of when he says it is the greatness of the captains of industry, like Rockefeller, Sinclair, Carnegie, etc., with himself and his friends in the leading roles.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 2) 476

Remember the original PC was "open" because IBM were forced to under anti trust law.

That's not true. There was no anti-trust ruling against IBM related to the PC (though when they created the PC they were already operating under the terms of a consent decree related to anti-trust prosecution for actions in the mainframe space), and the PC's openness was really a result of Compaq's careful cleanroom reverse engineering of the BIOS, rather than any legal constraints on IBM. The previous anti-trust action against IBM probably did have the effect of making them more circumspect about trying to control the PC, but that was less of a factor than Compaq's work.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 1) 476

Boy, I was wrong :-( Android we all hoped would be a GNU OS with all rooted phones and terminals and hacks back in 2009 when we read about it. Nope. Is it too late and why won't Google be more open?

Android is open, rootable and hackable. Most OEMs make phones that are locked down, but Google's Nexus and Pixel line have unlockable bootloaders (note, however, that Verizon required the Pixels to be locked down; buy from Google for the open version), and full source code to the OS is available, including build toolchains. There are binary blobs for firmware (as is the case for lots of PC hardware, too), and Google's own apps are closed source, but the operating system is absolutely open and hackable. There's also no cost for writing your own apps, and nothing requiring you to use Google's "walled garden", the Play store. In fact there are other play stores out there, and you can download and install individual apps.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 2) 268

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Wilson You can refuse a presidential pardon and still be convicted.

The precise Supreme Court ruling is kind of interesting. The holding was that a judge cannot recognize a pardon unless it has been introduced into the court. The mere fact that a judge knows the pardon was granted isn't enough; someone has to actually bring it up in court. So, you can be prosecuted even if you've been pardoned, but all you have to do is to say "Hey judge, I've been pardoned" (more or less) and the judge will dismiss the case (with prejudice, I'd expect). But if you refuse to bring it up, the trial and sentencing go forward as normal. Unless the prosecution brings it up, but that would be dumb.

Of course, in most cases if you've been pardoned and haven't rejected the pardon, the prosecutor won't even bother trying to prosecute you because he knows you have a get-out-of-jail-free card. But in theory he could try to prosecute anyway... until the defense files a motion to dismiss.

Comment Re: Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 527

Most of the money leaves the economy to pay for the automation which is not provided locally- and many of the robots are manufactured overseas in part or in whole anyway until robots start building robots due to labor costs.

So a small amount goes to construction locally. The job "savings" for automated is typically on the order of 100:1, so the 700 jobs saved might turn into 7 locally plus another couple dozen as overseas factories are also closed and their manufacturing is brought home.

Meanwhile trucks still carry the same amount of product over the roads. The factory uses the same amount of water, eletricity, etc. Police still have to patrol around the factory and provide police protection. The fire department still has to provide fire protection for the factory. But less money goes into the local economy to pay for these services because (currently) automated factories don't pay income taxes. So the remaining humans with income must subsidize the company by paying higher taxes to maintain the roads. By removing human workers, under our current set of tax laws, the company's billionaire owners (who probably live in another state or country) will have externalized almost all their costs onto the populace while offering almost no local employment (after construction ceases).

On the plus side, I also oppose helping NFL billionaires wanting new stadiums so we share that.

The wave of automation coming is going to more than decimate jobs. It's likely to destroy 90% of trucking jobs over the next 15 years. After 20-40 years of job destruction, we'll reach a new steady state. But the nearest comparable situations are the luddite situation and the horse situation. Most luddites were refused training and as a result died of starvation and exposure after the army killed a bunch of them during their revolt. And the horse population dropped by 95% in under 30 years after automation destroyed their job categories. Many of them were simply put to death tho the bulk was from restricted breeding since there was no profit in breeding as many horses.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 527

It's already been reported that shops see increased sales and profits greater than their increased labor costs when the minimum wage is increased.

It's a complicated problem, but in countries without a minimum wage you see violent civil unrest break out. You really don't want half the population to be hopeless.

Comment 100k is a bad solution. Use a quintile or percent (Score 1) 527

Firstly, it should be 108k adjusted for inflation since it was first set but whatever.

More importantly, it's going to be a waste of time if they fix it because it'll be broken within a few years (unless we have deflation in which case things are much worse anyway).

$100,000 is basically top 20%.

So instead of setting it at $100,000, set it at "Must pay a salary equal to the lowest income in the highest quintile for the prior tax year".

That way it will naturally increase with inflation. When $60,000 was originally set, it had purchasing power of over $100,000 today.

And if these are so special, rare, and talented then shouldn't they be making top 20% pay?

Keep in mind that Google and similar companies are often unable to hire the truly rare genius's they need because all the slots have been taking by bachelor's degree candidates with "C" averages for that year by large consulting firms.

The goal of H1B was to bring in labor unavailable in the U.S. at any price- not to bring in labor that undercut local market prices.

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