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Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1011

Those childless couples, regardless of their sexual predilections or ability or decision to reproduce, are paying for the basic intelligence of the people they interact with on a daily basis with those taxes.

Do you want a cashier that can count your change? How about a taxi driver (omit obvious joke about international drivers please) that can read street signs? What about neighbors that have been exposed to the cultural implications of lawlessness and violence through studying history? Maybe even the expediency of using actual spoken English to conduct business in your workplace, instead of various dialects and pidgins based around different localities in the US?

You can thank our education system for that. If you don't want to participate in civilization I suggest you move somewhere without taxes. You pay your taxes and in return you receive civilization. Thinking that the education of the citizens of the US is merely the responsibility of the people who have them is so incredibly moronic and short sighted I can't even believe you would utter that nonsense in public, even on a relatively anonymous board like this.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1011

I remember enjoying sexual play with both males and females from the age of around 4 onward. I certainly don't remember choosing to enjoy looking at both male and females as attractive, yet I do. I certainly do remember all of the snide comments about homosexuality, all of the subtle pressures and expectations wrapped in coded language fomenting heterosexuality, and all of the overt actions and words used by parents and peers that conveyed a heteronormative presupposition. All of that could be considered cultural hypnosis, a psyche mold forced on to myself and others without the knowledge of the ones doing it or the consent of the ones they are doing it to.

If you are used to going with the flow, following the herd, and submitting to authority I can easily see how you would not see a choice there. You would do what was expected of you, as most do when presented with pervasive subliminal persuasion compounded by cultural norms and standards. I have been distrustful of humans and authority since I was very young - that I did not choose. As for my sexuality, I still haven't "chosen." Also, just because you don't remember your imprinting doesn't mean you didn't participate in it.

A further example: A friend of mine was raped at gunpoint by a man most likely in his mid 20's to early 30's. He was 17 at the time and identified as heterosexual and had heterosexual experiences with young women. As he relates the experience he enjoyed the rape so much that he now identifies as homosexual. He has not been with a woman since and has had, by his account, innumerable sexual encounters with men. He is in his 40's now. He calls it a choice. Who am I to question him?

Comment Re:Better up the Military Budget (Score 1) 198

A wall won't stop them, but it will slow them down enough for people behind the wall to shoot them dead.

Don't be naive, if refugee/migration pressures are this severe do not think of a second that the people with will demand the invading hordes without be stopped by any means necessary.

I'm of the opinion that it's happening already. We argue around the margins about immigration, pretending it's about jobs, racism or some other bullshit but I think at the heart of it people really are nervous about long-term resource access. It's low level and you can easily rationalize away any kind of urgency about it, but I think the level of news coverage about refugees into Europe, the noticeable increase in Hispanic populations in the US over the last 10-20 years, etc is invoking something of a panic mindset.

We laugh about Trump's wall now for all the obvious reasons but it wouldn't surprise me at all if fortifying the border specifically against mass refugee influxes doesn't become something more than a fringe idea.

Comment Re:DEA already has rescheduled and overruled itsel (Score 1) 144

I'm on board with most of that, but if economics was a good enough explanation we wouldn't have seen the DEA making opiates much harder to obtain -- more intensive prescription databases to get doctor shoppers, more intensive audits of prescribing physicians, and the rescheduling of hydrocodone from III to II. The irony, of course, is that it has jacked up street prices and moved many low-level pill users accustomed to uniform dosing to street heroin, which despite DEA enforcement has become cheaper than made-in-the-USA pills, and with all the worse addiction and overdose outcome you'd expect.

I'm more inclined to think that the DEA was largely a political creation designed to attack the counterculture of its founding era, using criminalization of LSD and marijuana as an excuse for law enforcement action. This I think goes a long way towards explaining the DEAs aggressive moves against any substance with recreational value.

Comment Re:DEA already has rescheduled and overruled itsel (Score 4, Interesting) 144

Given that the FDA's purpose is to approve drugs for their therapeutic value, why don't they have the ability to overrule the DEA? Why does the DEA have the authority to block access to drugs with a compelling case for therapeutic value to the extent that you can't even perform research to prove their therapeutic value?

I mean, I can't escape the (only slightly) tinfoil hat explanation that they do it to perpetuate and expand their power and ensure they have a near immutable list of banned substances to justify their power and budget. And of course they hang onto marijuana as schedule I because it provides the vast bulk of "illegal" drug use, and complete legalization might usher into public consciousness the idea that the entire premise of the DEA is suspect.

It seems highly likely that most drugs with a recreational potential are likely to have some kind of therapeutic use as well. I guess we're just fortunate that opiates, amphetamines and tranquilizers had a long and mostly irrefutable clinical history of therapeutic value before the DEA existed or they would have long ago scheduled them away.

Comment Re: Valid (Score 1) 585

I could have stopped you early on. My jokes are bad and just keep getting worse the longer I go. The baseline you took could be indicative of the highest quality available from this source. To whit, your responses were infinitely more humorous than what I can generate. I particularly like the "since it's pure shit and didn't even make me twitch" part. I have no ego when it comes to my lackluster attempts at humor and I do appreciate a good roast.

It could be said that the funniest thing about my whole post is where I refer to Trump as the president elect. Hopefully its a lot funnier over there in Germany. Here its just sad and baffling. Kind of like my humor.

Also, props on your username.

Comment Re:Wait until they find out (Score 1) 112

That's just weak management or communication.

A real thin client deployment should have full management backing and a concrete criteria for establishing "need" for a thick PC. Don't meet the criteria? No thick PC, and it's not a line management override decision any more than carpeting or bathroom fixtures is.

And the "need" for thick PCs can easily be met by something like a micro form factor machine in many cases, because "need" will ultimately boil down to something like multiple displays or USB connectivity for 90% of grey area cases. Anyone with a functional need beyond that (3D rendering, massive storage, CPU or RAM) would be meet the thick PC selection criteria to begin with.

Any company not willing to make these decisions is wasting money on a thin client deployment, but if they do I don't see why it wouldn't succeed.

Comment Re:Wait until they find out (Score 1) 112

I think most of this will happen (wireless 10gb less likely unless some scheme for 40 gbe over copper becomes a reality, you have to feed the APs after all).

But why would it change most of the corporate desktop market? You won't bring your phone to work and do company business on it, they will still require/want you to use their equipment at work.

I'm actually surprised by this point that the whole business market hasn't gone thin client/RDP by this point. It's been materially viable for while, but maybe Microsoft has kept licensing costs so high that not enough organizations are willing to bet on intangible ROI gains from thin client to pay the licensing penalty over desktop. And of course licensing costs for RDP are kept high to keep desktop OS and application license revenue flowing in.

And it may end up that market distortion by vendors cripples mobile-as-desktop ultimately anyway, as it would generally mean far less desktop/laptop sales. I mean, I own a desktop, a laptop and a phone and if my phone really could do what my laptop does I might not own one. I went the other way when my iPad got old (and apple still refused BT mouse support) and got a laptop because a tablet didn't do enough because they vendor didn't want it to.

Comment Re: In other news... (Score 1) 225

Another lens to view this through:

The one commonality between religions of all types that kill people and political pursuits that also kill people: people that kill people.

Funny how stupid humans point out religions and political ideas as the definitive reason that people are persecuted and killed throughout history. When someone does this they prove they are compromised mentally. Humans strive to create power structures that allow them to do as they wish without recourse. The ideology changes constantly. The behavior stays the same. That is a human quality, not a result of some external force.

Even religions that say "Don't kill people. Love all humans. Treat other humans as you would treat yourself. Love your enemies" have resulted in power structures that wage war, commit genocide, murder, and destroy. Only the ignorant would attribute that to a religion that specifically forbids it.

You want a definitive reason why these terrible things happen? Look in the mirror. Quit passing the buck. Realize this is what humans do.

Comment Re:Give it a break slashdot (Score 4, Insightful) 548

Fear mongering is a gift to the fake news industry. Because it's speculation based on fact, it's technically not false. But it's also usually about three decimal places past the zombie apocalypse in probability.

As long as a segment of Democratic base continues to indulge in extreme paranoia, the news industry across all strata will continue pumping out stories to indulge this paranoia.

I predict next we'll hear that Mike Pence will be personally performing abortions on pregnant transgender people because the bible says it's ok.

Comment Re:It's not just Social Media (Score 1) 219

I also think the established media seemed to prop up Clinton throughout the campaign.

I think it's mostly because she was kind of the perfect candidate for them. The aura of the Bill Clinton presidency, she's a woman, and she's kind of the archetype of the competent, well-educated technocrat that liberal, college educated journalists believe makes government effective.

She's literally the projection of their ideal candidate, how can they not fall for her?

Comment Re: Valid (Score 1) 585

Jesus do you need the damn joke broken down for you?

You said they didn't have the resources. Now that Trump is elected they magically have the resources from donations. Why didn't they do it before? Because Trump wasn't elected yet and they couldn't scare people into irrationally thinking the president elect had magical internet erasing powers (Well one of the candidates did, ha-ha-ha that's a joke too, get it? Please don't make me explain this one too.)
Democrats were using fear of Trump (Racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, inexperienced, etc, ad nauseum) to garner votes. It didn't work. Now that he's actually been elected (You mean the mother fucker won?!?!? (This is a reference to a bit by Eddie Murphy about elections (also a joke.))) some people are really scared, and even more so than they were when he was just a candidate. So, now it is easier to use scare tactics to raise money. Therefore, fear of Trump is even more of a "resource" now that he has been elected than it was before he was elected, as it allows websites like the Internet Archive to pay for their backup system in Canada.

Ta da! Now laugh.

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