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Comment Trump is worse in every way (Score 3, Interesting) 188

She's a traitor, a habitual liar, incompetent, self-serving, and saggy-boobs deep in pay-for-play.

"Traitor"? Seriously? Can I have some of what you are smoking? And claiming that Clinton is less of a self serving liar than Trump is just idiotic.

Think on that. We elected an IDIOT because he's better than the alternative. If he gets our soldiers killed or sells us out, it'll be because he's dumb and incompetent, not because he's sleazy and malicious.

Trump is dumb and incompetent AND sleazy and malicious. It's not either/or. The man collects vendettas like a teenager collects Pokemon cards. Whatever you imagine Clinton's faults to be, Trump has matched or exceeded each and every one of them. Trump is a reprehensible, cruel, ignorant, narcissist, whose only real talent is self promotion.

At least with him, there's a chance.

If you actually believe that then you are dumber than you claim Trump is.

Comment Bizarro World (Score 1) 188

It's sort of ironic that you call Trump a xenophobe while the entire Democrat and press establishment go on a witchhunt for foreigners that makes Mccarthyism look like Mr. Rogers.

I'm curious what the sky looks like in the Bizarro World that republicans appear to inhabit where they actually believe this sort of crap. Tribalism at its finest people...

Trump's xenophobic actions and statements stand on their own. If you don't recognize him for the reprehensible human being he is then I'm not sure what I can do to help you. The best arguments against Donald Trump come right out of his own unfiltered mouth. He's on the record endorsing torture, denigrating women, opposing reproductive rights, calling for mass deportations,endorsing trade wars, cutting taxes on the richest but not the poor, removing health care from millions without a plan to replace it, supporting religious bigotry, and a whole lot more.

Comment Re:Agrument in favor of modularity (Score 5, Interesting) 80

How much thickness do you think the extra outer layer of plastic adds to the phone? If it has to be more than a millimeter I would be surprised.

Personally, I think it has more to do with the fact the lithium ion batteries have a finite shelf-life than it does with thickness. That means in two years you need a new phone even if you never added any software to it and managed the battery recharging perfectly. Even if the phone had been sitting in a box all that time it'd have significantly less battery life.

Comment From TFA: (Score 1) 158

The patterns were a mishmash of unrelated structures that were as misleading as they were illuminating.

This pretty much describes the state of every branch of science after a major influx of new data. Just look at the maps of the world produced after Europe became aware of North America. Early maps sometimes show California as an island; and it's not because the cartographer is stupid; he just put the data at his disposal together into what was at the time a plausible conjecture. And in fact the problem might not even have been that he was ignorant. He may have misinterpreted some of the (at that stage) imprecise data he had to work with.

New information confounds. The detection and resolution of conflicts in data is arguably what science is.

Comment Re:Dramatic contemporary issues (Score 1) 147

I've never been a Star Trek fan, it's an ok (collection of) series and I enjoyed most of the movies but it never really grabbed me to the point where I'd make sure to watch every episode. But for some reason I really got into Enterprise. Until the time travel story line, yes. Time travel is just the next level of flashbacks and foreshadowing; a device that can tremendously enrich a story and even be a central part of it, but it is very hard to do this well, and in most cases it ends up getting botched or serves as a crutch for weak uninspired writers. Especially in case of the obligatory "Back to present day Earth" episode or even season that so many SF series seem to require.

As for Star Trek:SJW: that has the potential of being unintentionally hilarious. But hasn't the franchise always dealt with "dramatic contemporary themes", as TFA suggests?

Comment Re:New flash - Bugattis owned by rich not poor (Score 2) 304

Except some poor and middle class kids get into Harvard -- in fact they get their expenses paid. That's not the case for Bugattis.

And it's for a good (or at least shrewd) reason: Letting the intellectual elite into your exclusive school lends the prestige of their academic accomplishments to the financial elite who attend.

Look at our president-elect, who likes to point to his attendance at Penn as proof that he has a very good brain. Well, I'm not one of those people who think he's actually stupid but he got into Penn because he was rich and had family connections in the admissions office. He's not in the same league as the kids who get into Penn on a scholarship.

Comment What DVR are are you using? (Score 1) 145

And between "you cannot tape this show" and "you cannot fast forward through this part", the whole DVR has become obsolete for most applications unless you know how to remove that bullshit from the equation.

I haven't run into a commercial yet that my Tivo can't fast forward through. I can't be bothered with services like Sling that won't let you skip commercials. Just not worth the money to waste my life watching ads.

Comment There will be commercials (probably) (Score 3, Interesting) 145

Netflix's boom in subscribers is a sign that the world is accepting internet TV, meaning without commercials and on-demand, said CEO Reed Hastings

Yeah we've seen the "no commercials" promise before when cable TV was becoming a thing and it was bullshit then too. They'll only stay away from commercials long enough to get a subscriber base. Commercials are where most of the money is and it will be hard for them to ignore that fact. I have a hard time imagining Netflix being immune to the siren's call of that much cash forever.

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