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Comment Re:Interesting quote in article (Score 1) 237

Obama wouldn't have had to fight anyone when he took office since his party controlled congress. How do you think we got Obama care? Every progressive idea for the last several decades could have been pushed through when he first took office - higher taxes on the rich, gun control, spaceships, free everything!. Why do that when you can use your "ideas" to beat people over the head with for decades.

Comment Re:Microsoft is never going to get ahead (Score 2) 140

Your list is true but of course, MS does more than PCs and PC hardware. If Apple were so awesome we'd all be using them at work but those of us old enough know that Apple failed at the business market in the 80's and 90's and is still not a competitor for enterprise. They still don't have a competing email server or office productivity suite or DB or enterprise domain management or robust user access controls or server OS or print servers, file servers, collaboration environment, web server, development language, etc.
btw, I HATE my surface 4. It's massively flawed, primarily due to the Intel Skylake failures with sleep mode that they're still trying to fix with UEFI updates. I HATE going from the doc to tablet and back. I always have to reboot just get the screen resolution back AND I have to continually resize the windows. The doc has an weird 10 second time out for wireless adaptors that causes missed keystrokes and delayed mouse response - solution is to move the adaptor to the tablet. It's maddening, especially considering it performs rather well as a PC once all the annoyances are dealt with and it's portability and keyboard cover are nice and very usable.

Comment Re:Can it really be that bad? (Score 1) 59

... and the Surface Pro 4 seems like a worthy successor...

Unfortunately, it's not - or at least you have a 50% chance of getting a completely bad one apparently due to the Intel Skylake processor problems. Sleep mode is completely jacked. The UEFI bios has been under constant updates to try and fix the processor problem but it just results in more frustration - especially if you use the docking station. I'm frustrated every day at work with mine. I could go on an on but just read the Amazon reviews because they're pretty accurate. The 3 was a much better unit.

Comment Re:Stupid thinking (Score 2) 260

If you're a slick dealer then you know a $10 credit is very generous compared to how most pricing errors are handled with just a complete cancellation. I watched this event yesterday and most everyone expected a cancellation. Some went to the length of completing the download/install and disconnecting their xbox so they could play through without it being removed.

Comment Re:Parental education is a large factor (Score 1) 222

Thanks to American's sad history of racial discrimination, having educated parents is also highly correlated to being non-Hispanic white and negatively correlated with being anything else, at least with respect to people whose parents were raised in the United States.

The rest of the free, non-racial discriminating world is more than welcome to hire anyone other than a white American and out perform Silicone Valley. Now where exactly in the world would this non-racial, non-cultural biased utopia be?

Comment Re:Likely a Number of Causes (Score 2) 222

3) Females & Sciences - Women in general are under-represented in the sciences, especially within IT. IT has built itself a nice little sausagefest.

Um, yeah...seems this problem has been going on for decades and not by choice. I would have loved to have more girls hanging around us nerds but alas, they were busy with the jocks. Am I now supposed to feel sorry for them being under represented in IT? No one felt sorry for the under representation of nerds with dates at the prom.

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 1) 178

It's interesting and that you refute my claim by assuming I'm referring to giving to charity - which I made no reference to. You've provided absolutely no evidence to refute my original assertion that the continual stream of government help is actually hurting more than it's helping. And you completely side stepped my request for you to clarify how someone in the US could start from below nothing. So, I guess this fruitless discussion is over. Maybe this would be worth a read http://jasonrileyonline.com/me...

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 1) 178

Wow, It saddens me that this was modded +5. The poor aren't asking for a handout, their asking for a hand-up and a level playing field. Not everyone has your opportunity, although I'm sure you'll tell us all how hard you had it, a great story about how you started out with nothing. Plenty of people would be glad to start with nothing, instead of deep in the negative.

And I'm sure your answer to all of this is more government "help". The real question is, if you actually care, then what are YOU personally doing to help someone "deep in the negative"...if you care to define what that means in the US anyway. It's not like we're born into a caste system or communism here. Again, a faceless "handout" from the government is not a hand-up. A hand-up can only come from an actual personal interaction of help that includes humility and appreciation from the receiver...not the entitlement handicap that government handouts have created.

Comment Re:arbitration != court (Score 1) 163

For people to resolve their disputes by private arbitration, however, is fine; that's a private choice and no government force is involved; therefore, there is no justification or need to have such resolutions be public.

Unless, of course, you're going on Judge Judy.

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 2) 178

There's a popular conspiracy theory that says Planned Parenthood is secretly carrying out a eugenics program. The theory survives for much the same reason: Planned Parenthood does try to focus resources on low-income communities, and low income communities in the US do tend to be black communities, so it gives the impression of an attempt to contracept or abort an ethnic minority out of existence.

Maybe that theory comes from the founder of Planned Parenthood - Margaret Sanger -

from Wikipedia "After World War I, Sanger increasingly appealed to the societal need to limit births by those least able to afford children. The affluent and educated already limited their child-bearing, while the poor and ignorant lacked access to contraception and information about birth-control.[98] Here she found an area of overlap with eugenicists.[98] She believed that they both sought to "assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit." They differed in that "eugenists imply or insist that a woman's first duty is to the state; we contend that her duty to herself is her duty to the state."[99] Sanger was a proponent of negative eugenics, which aims to improve human hereditary traits through social intervention by reducing the reproduction of those who were considered unfit.[100] In "The Morality of Birth Control," a 1921 speech, she divided society into three groups: the "educated and informed" class that regulated the size of their families, the "intelligent and responsible" who desired to control their families in spite of lacking the means or the knowledge, and the "irresponsible and reckless people" whose religious scruples "prevent their exercising control over their numbers." Sanger concludes, "There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped"

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 2) 178

As somewhat of an off tangent matter, he's Persian, which means that if he ever fills out a typical questionnaire asking about race/ethnicity in the US, the closest option he can pick to his ethnicity is either caucasian or white, even though neither precisely fit. You may as well call a Native American an Asian at that rate.

News flash, most people don't get to pick their ethnicity. Caucasian is a race, not an ethnicity. Hispanic ethnicity is made up of a lot of people of the Caucasian race, etc. The whole ethnicity/race thing has been completely blurred by the 70's and 80's PC introduction of "African American" which is not a race and certainly confusing to people who actually come from Africa that could be of Negroid (black), Mongoloid (Asian) or Caucasian (white) race. When does "American" become and ethnicity anyway if we're all supposed to be equal in the end.

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