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Comment Re:Thank you Donald! (Score 1) 70

I vote for Trump because I believed there was about a 30% chance he would actually deliver on his promises to stand up to the corporations in favor of the working class. The odds were, and still are, in favor of him being full of shit on those promises. But that 30% chance is still better than the 0% chance that Hillary would have ever stood up for the working class.

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 1) 70

"Disagreeing" is one thing. Imprisoning your opposition, threatening them with violence, getting them fired from their jobs, banning them from speaking engagements, harassing them, calling them racists and sexists, etc.--well that's something else entirely. The left stopped merely "disagreeing" some time ago.

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 4, Insightful) 70

The sad thing is that patriotism and nationalism have become dirty words on the left. It's even worse in Europe, though. Members of the "Britain First" movement are being arrested and persecuted pretty heavily. Shit, you can get into serious trouble there just for selling stuff with the British flag on it. Such is the insane world we live in.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 2) 70

Since the bill supposedly "explicitly prohibits the replacement of American workers by visa holders" this would presumably not be necessary. If Americans are able and willing to do the job, companies shouldn't even be allowed to hire H1B visa holders. Of course, that has never stopped companies from finding a million loopholes and tricks to get around this in the past.

It all comes down to how strictly and consistently the law is actually enforced. Send a few execs to prison for trying to cheat the system and the rest would quickly fall in line. But, campaign promises aside, the odds of THAT happening are slim to none.

Comment Re:Dramatic contemporary issues (Score 1) 144

Stark Trek has always been socially progressive, but that's NOT the same as SJW.

Socially progressive = being tolerant of all races, genders, creeds, etc.
SJW = lionizing certain races, creeds, genders while villainizing others.

And, sadly, ST:Discovery has all the earmarks of an SJW smug-fest. Notice how there isn't a single straight white (human) male in the crew? Nope, but you can bet they'll get plenty of the villain roles. In SJW-world, straight white males are ALWAYS the villains now.

This is especially disappointing as Bryan Fuller was once one of the most talented writers and showrunners in Hollywood. His Trek writing cred was top-notch. And most of his earlier shows ("Dead Like Me," "Wonderfalls" etc.) were fucking brilliant. But, like milk, every creative talent comes with an expiration date. And I think Fuller spoiled some time ago. Unlike his early works, this whole shows reeks of SJW fart-sniffing in its most smug and bigoted form. It's sad to see that come from Fuller, of all people.

It's possible that the show could still surprise us. But all signs right now point to a new Star Trek universe where the sign "Straight White Males Need Not Apply" is placed clearly in the window.

Submission + - Obama's Parting Gift to Trump: Expanded Surveillance Powers (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: In his final week in office, President Obama made several feel-good moves that played to his base. He transferred 10 Guantanamo detainees to Oman. He commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning. He donated his children’s swing set to a D.C. shelter. And then he quietly expanded surveillance powers—effectively handing Donald Trump a much easier path toward a frighteningly strong surveillance state. At Backchannel, Ben Snyder examines the legacy of public discourse affecting policy when it comes to surveillance, calling on the media, the tech community, and the public at large to insist that mass, warrantless surveillance is a problem, and demand that it stop.

Submission + - Senate bills ends visa lottery, gives U.S. grads preference (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: A new bill in Congress would give foreign students who graduate from U.S. schools priority in getting an H-1B visa. The legislation also "explicitly prohibits" the replacement of American workers by visa holders. This bill, the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act, was announced Thursday by its co-sponsors, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), longtime allies on H-1B reform. Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which gives this bill an immediate big leg up in the legislative process. This legislation would end the annual random distribution, via a lottery, of H-1B visas, and replace it with a system to give priority to certain types of students. Foreign nationals in the best position to get one of the 85,000 H-1B visas issued annually will have earned an advanced degree from a U.S. school, have a well-paying job offer, and have preferred skills. The specific skills weren't identified, but will likely be STEM-related.

Comment Re:Devil's advocacy (Score 1) 129

First, though Steam has sales. PlayStation Store also has sales. Second, console games have historically been more likely than PC games to support same-screen multiplayer with two to four gamepads, and if you have more than one gamer in the house, one copy of a $60 game that supports multiple gamepads is cheaper than three copies of a $30 game that requires a separate copy per player. Third, if everybody were to wait for the sale instead of buying in release month at full price, publishers would have no money to continue to fund development of high-production-value games.

Not to mention the fact that, unlike PC games, you can often find dirt-cheap used physical copies of console games on Amazon and other sites. A while back I bought a used copy of Battlefront for PS4 for $10 on Amazon. Good luck getting it for sale on PC for that price.

And even if you could, big Steam sales only come a few times a year and many devlopers don't even support Steam (including big names like EA and Ubisoft). By contrast, cheap used copies of console games can be found anytime.

Comment Re:so what? (Score 1) 129

Since PS4 and Xbox One have both adopted similar x86 architectures this generation and have similar hardware specs, the issue is largely moot now. Developing a game designed for both systems is pretty easy and so a developer would just be throwing away money if it just developed for one or the other.

Now as for Nintendo, on the other hand....

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 4, Insightful) 175

The problem is that, human nature being what it is, a lot of drivers will come to rely too much on autopilot and will stop paying attention just like this guy apparently did. That will cause a lot of crashes just by itself. This isn't DIRECTLY the fault of autopilot, but is rather an INDIRECT consequence of having it (combined with human nature).

Submission + - Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaiians to force property sales to him. (msn.com)

mmell writes: Apparently, owning 700 acres of land in Hawaii isn't enough — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has filed suit to force owners of several small parcels of land to sell to the highest bidder. The reason? These property owners are completely surrounded by Zuckerberg's land holdings and therefore have lawful easement to cross his property in order to get to theirs.

Many of these land owners have held their land for generations, but seemingly Mr. Zuckerberg can not tolerate their presence so close to his private little slice of paradise. Landowners such as these came to own their land when their ancestors were "given" the land as Hawaiian natives.

If successful in his "quiet title" court action, Mr. Zuckerberg will finally have his slice of Hawaii's beaches and tropical lands without having to deal with the pesky presence of neighbors who were on his land before he owned it. Who knew that Hawaiians were just another kind of Native Americans?

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