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Comment Re:It's not just money (Score 1) 118

In other words, Republicans got exactly what they wanted, and they're pissed.

Somehow the Republicans completely got what they wanted at a time when both houses and the Presidency were under Democrat control and not a single Republican actually voted in support of the bill. It's incredulous.

Yes, the Heritage Foundation had a concept and then Romneycare was implemented in MA. Democrats completely embraced it in that state and then in the entire country. Perhaps the entire situation is simply a trojan horse of irony?

Comment Re:Its pretty important... (Score 1) 307

The White House no longer recognizes man's effect on climate, which means there's little hope of policy directed at mitigating man's effects on climate - and still probably none even if they acknowledge the climate is changing and are merely ignoring man's role.

Seriously? The White House is not omnipotent. All hope does not rest on who runs the executive branch. Write your congressperson. They pass the laws. They can take the power back if they can decide to work together and steamroll the current administration.

Comment Re:tracking (Score 2, Informative) 366

There are all sorts who want information on your shopping history. The NSA is passe. We know the government has access to most digital shopping data. If you are an undocumented immigrant or buying anything tangentially illegal or without paying the appropriate tax they can look it up. Today's argument is generally more marketing or blackmail oriented.

I pay cash for just about everything. I often get discounts so the merchant doesn't have to pay the 3% charge. Win win.

What this kind of paranoid person doesn't understand is that they can already track you to an incredible degree

Who is "they"? The NSA probably has access to my credit card transactions. But my neighbor doesn't, nor does my mother-in-law, nor do the local police.

Comment Re:Read the response in detail & between the l (Score 1) 244

Is it me, or does it seem like you are getting mostly bread and paying more for it? Don't get me wrong. The other sub making sandwich companies are many times worse than Subway, those guys empty your wallet and fail to fill your stomach. With their "fancy name, or appearance" sub sandwiches.

I eat subway maybe once a week and load up on all of the vegetables. The $6 footlong deal with carved turkey and all the veggies is two meals. I consider it a decent deal.

Comment Re:HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (Score 1) 48

Die, you misbegotten fucking idiots, die!
Seriously though, they'll be using BB as a textbook example of how to completely miss an emerging market for decades to come.

Sigh. Your jovial flamebait disappoints although your final conclusion is accurate. You must be a fan of the clickbait headline strategies.

Comment Re:Licensing deals... (Score 1) 48

Brand licensing deals need to be outlawed. The notion is absolutely ridiculous in the modern age, a world where international boundaries mean little. How are consumers supposed to know that their Blackberry manufactured in India is different from another Blackberry manufactured in China, in fact coming from two entirely different companies? This is absurd. Either sell the entire company, or just let it rest in peace.

Nobody wants to buy the company. They tried. They failed. Instead of laying off the remaining few thousand workers they let other companies give them some revenue for the brand name while they target other markets with other brands like QNX. It also means the consumer brand Blackberry will suck unless some vendor can do something novel. It was a mistake and a waste of money to change the company name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry about 3 years ago.

Comment Re:Stupid. (Score 1) 248

so you can prove you voted the way you were paid to vote

Since every jurisdiction that I've heard of allows you to request a replacement ballot, only a fool would pay for a picture of a marked ballot.

I think you underestimate how many fools there are. How many people know they can get a replacement ballot? How many people will just do what they are asked when there is money involved?

Comment Re:But Apple has made life better for you (Score 3, Insightful) 311

If you really care about audio quality, you should be pretty excited about headphones that can draw power from the lightning connecter... that allows for better processing, better noise cancellation, and so on all for headphones that never need a battery.

That's something that couldn't happen if Apple stuck with audio jacks.

This doesn't make sense. The DAC is the most important component of digital audio quality. Moving it to the headphones does none of these things (digital processing is still in the phone) and takes the control of audio quality entirely out of Apple's hands. This seems counter to their general philosophy.

As for the wireless part, it seems like Apple is trying to make that as nice as possible, with as high a quality as possible. That too is better if you care about audio at all.

So why so down on such an obvious improvement that helps wired AND wireless users?

This also doesn't make sense. Bluetooth compression is known for reducing audio quality, even if you ignore the various reported connectivity issues.

Replacing an old standard without an improved solution (even if proprietary) is very unlike Apple. My only conclusion is this is a money grab. It shows them struggling to differentiate themselves in the market. I think they may have jumped the shark.

Comment Re:The DNC overlords always get their way (Score 1) 644

If you support Hillary, you're supporting Hillary. It's obvious. If you give your approval to candidates like that, you're going to get candidates like that.

So Hillary is one of "the most corrupt and reprehensible people imaginable"? Citation needed.

She has been under investigation almost continuously for more than 20 years by both legal authorities and very rich political opponents. During that time, the only thing which has been proven is that she sucks at email security. If she had done anything serious, SOMEONE would have sold out and given proof.

She doesn't do much obviously illegal (the email security breaches would have gotten anyone else fired or in jail), she helps out her friends, and knows more dirt on people than J Edgar Hoover. Why would anyone sell her out? This doesn't mean she is an ethical person and the sheer volume of suspicious activities specifically involving her and not other people in similar positions, say, Condoleezza Rice or almost everyone else I can think of actually, should raise some suspicions. There is simply a tremendous volume of things to overlook. One of my favorites is the security trader who donated at least a million and got appointed to the ISAB. Nobody knew why he was there and he resigned as soon as reporters started asking questions.

I looked up the definition of "evil" on M-W and found two definitions. The two candidates seem to be particularly well suited to the roles.
a : morally reprehensible : sinful, wicked
b : arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct

Comment Re:Erm... We already have HVDC arteries (Score 1) 346

There is a national grid, or rather two of them, east side and west side. The split is roughly from Montana down to Texas. It's been like that for decades. Are they talking about upgrading it or what exactly do they mean? Power is sold back and forth all over the east and all over the west.

There are 3 continental grids: East, West and Texas.

Comment Re:Not without storage (Score 5, Informative) 346

Nukes don't vary output well. Thus storage is needed in a nukes only system.

This is a common misconception based on old nuclear designs that were designed specifically to be base-load-only. Fukushima was one. Nuclear power is extremely flexible and has minimal constraints due to technological reasons. France is 75% nuclear and has load-following generation III reactors capable of daily load cycling of 50%-100% capacity at a ramp rate of 3-5%/minute.

The new AP-1000 is a gen III+ reactor rated to change from 30%-100% at a response time similar to coal or gas turbines. There are many other different and smaller reactor designs that could easily be used to supplement the large reactors, as a complete power solution.

There are many valid arguments against nuclear, but this isn't one of the stronger ones.

Comment Re:Trees in desert die? (Score 2) 88

OMG, trees in a desert are going to die?

Most of California isn't a desert, and most of the desert parts of California don't have trees (because, you know, it's a desert).

It's not a desert yet. If the drought continues and they continue to pump every last drop out of the ground it might become one.

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