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Comment Re:What's wrong (Score 1) 93

I've been trying to figure out the cheapest VPS provider that has the bandwidth I want for VPNs. I want to use a US VPN provider because we might have problems with my kids' multiplayer gaming if we're bouncing our traffic across continents. Our biggest month for data is 900GB, so unrestricted bandwidth or very high bandwidth caps are essential.

So the US requirement eliminates Scaleway (dammit). I'm looking at OVH, Kaiju Hosting https://kaijuhosting.com/vps.p..., DigitalOcean, Linode, Codero. Any good options I'm missing?

Comment Re:Guarantees. (Score 1) 93

Seconded. VPN providers can write whatever they want in their public policy, but unless you work for the provider you have no way to know if they're telling the truth. And even if they're being honest today, a shady executive or a national security letter from Uncle Sam can change their policy tomorrow.

And further, as others discussed earlier there is the risk that the VPN provider's ISP is collecting the information. Traffic from your home IP goes to the VPN, and then the VPN ISP logs all traffic from there. They can trace the traffic patterns. ("Hey look, IP 1.2.3.4 hit the VPN node, and then the VPN node sent a request to that Craigslist URL for cleaning services, then Craigslist responded to the VPN node, then the VPN sent a message the same size as the Craigslist response to 1.2.3.4. We can now sell anyone that cares evidence that the homeowner at 1.2.3.4 is shopping for cleaning services!")

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 546

The current situation is pretty shitty, but - at least for the moment - we still have nation-wide abortion rights and no remaining enforced laws jailing people for non-heterosexual behavior. My guess is that if the country splinters, the coasts might turn into Denmark but the rest of what used to be the US will turn into Uganda.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 546

He's not self-made. His initial investments were with multi-million dollar loans cosigned by his multi-millionaire father.

And we can agree to disagree that he cares about the country and they don't. I would take any one of the ones I listed save Nixon over Trump.

But in any event, I was responding to the assertion that Trump is more honest than all of the others. He's not, he is the biggest liar out of all of the major national leaders in modern history.

Comment Re: Uhm... (Score 1) 546

If you review the numbers of outrageous political lies shared on social media over the course of the last election, in terms of the number of lies and the amount of shares, the alt-right had more than double the numbers of the ctrl-left.

So you're still left with tens of millions of more reasonable people on the US left than the US right.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 2) 546

An alt-right fanatic isn't going to listen regardless of whether you're smart or stupid, civil or obnoxious, logical or wildly emotional. Don't engage them at all, it wastes your time and gives you stress for quite seriously no benefit.

Logical argument is for people in the middle. I hate Hillary Clinton. I think she's the flag bearer for corruption in the Democratic Party, and cares almost (but not quite) nothing for the middle class and working poor. I think her string of expensive speeches to Wall Street is a clear sign that all of the progressive aspects of her election promises were lies told to try to get the vote from Bernie Sanders supporters. She only came to support gay rights after enough popular sentiment shifted that it hurt her chances to oppose it. But I still voted for her. At her worst, she was still a better option than Donald Trump with respect to gay rights, abortion rights, issues of clean air and water (fuck global warming, but I care about reduced pollution because I have severely asthmatic children and the Flint Michigan lead scandal terrifies me), and appointing judges that have a reasonable perspective on those topics to the Supreme Court. I tried to convince the people who stayed home or voted for Jill Stein that Clinton, as bad as she is, is clearly not a Republican clone, much less a Donald Trump clone.

Comment Re:You're wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 546

I think you're giving them too much credit. While what you write is true with respect to the long term effects of using imported educated workers, most companies and executives are strictly focused on the current fiscal quarter and year. They don't care what the impact of importing H1-B workers does to their own company in five years, let alone have interest in examining what it does to the country or the world.

And that's capitalism right there. If it's cheaper to poison the water, poison the air, have the laborers work in unsafe conditions, cut medical benefits, cut education costs, etc... for the next year, then the decision is automatic.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 4, Informative) 546

Nonsense. Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon all lied plenty but none - not even Nixon - have come out with as much nonsense as Donald Trump.

Or do you really think there was spy tech in his microwave, he won the most electoral votes since Reagan, his inauguration had the biggest crowd of supporters in the history of inauguration, the murder rate is at a 45 year high (stated in early February, when in fact the US murder rate is half of its 1980 peak), he only lost the national popular vote by over three million votes due to massive organized voter fraud, Kuwait has the same kind of Muslim immigration travel ban as the one he supported, the federal court block of his travel ban means any traveler can enter the US whenever they want with no screening, etc... etc... etc... etc....?

Comment Re:I'd prefer a less beautiful superman. (Score 3, Insightful) 395

I don't mean to downplay the actors, but a lot of the problem is the writing.

I suspect given the same script that Christopher Reeve would still be a better Superman than Henry Cavill, but Cavill's biggest problem was his scenes and dialog in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. Reeve would have been every bit as dumb with "save Martha!" and Cavill never got the chance to play the bumbling but adorable country boy with lines like, "Well gee, I don't know, Lois!" and "Golly!". Cavill never got to play off the transition from bumbling, awkward Clark in his disguise to Superman. All that is not his fault.

Likewise, the biggest thing that made Val Kilmer terrible as Batman was just the scenes and dialog as Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever. Keaton had much better writing in his two Batman films. Keaton and Christian Bale couldn't have done much with the stupidity Affleck had to deal with in Batman v Superman either.

And while we're at it, while I think Leto was especially bad in Suicide Squad (probably the worst super-powered movie I've ever seen), even Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Cesar Romero, or for that matter Denzel Washington, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, or Tom Hanks would not have made that Joker good. The story, scenes, and dialog for the role were just as unbelievable pointless, boring, and stupid as the rest of the movie.

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