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Comment Re:Sad to see Trump... (Score 1) 254

Two wrongs != right

That's great, so long as those who do wrong get punished accordingly, so that there is a disincentive to continue doing wrong. But what happens if someone's getting rewarded for it? Do you think that they're going to do anything but continue acting that way? And what message does it send to others?

Consider if I had two sons, Bobby and Johnny, and Bobby hit Johnny and took Johnny's lollipop. And then when Johnny went to hit Bobby back I stopped him and said, "two wrongs don't make a right", but I let Bobby keep the lollipop? What if I then gave Bobby another lollipop? Do you think he's not just going to steal the next lollipop Johnny gets, too?

The Republican party has placed gaining and staying in power over the good of the country, and unfortunately, they've been rewarded for it. It's up to us, the voters, to punish them for it, but we've thus far refused to do so, whether because of general agreement with Republican morals/issues, fear, tribalism, economic pain, or otherwise. The US political system is not designed to be so blindly tolerant of such gross self-interest by a political party, and we're all going to suffer for the destruction of political norms that it engenders, because doing so incentivizes retaliation in kind, not cooperation or compromise.

It means that when and if the Democrats come back into power, they will have zero fucks to give about taking Republican wishes into consideration. This is a bad thing for the country, because we need input from all sides, even the minority - and the refusal of that minority to participate in governing has set precedents that will be very difficult to overcome.

Comment Re:Back Up! Back Up!... (Score 1) 113

Can cloud backups be encrypted by local server infection of ransomeware?

The short answer is "yes".

If it's not literally offline (disconnected) then it's susceptible to corruption, period.

I keep three sets of backup drives, rotating through them periodically with the last two drives stored in a safety deposit box at a local bank.

Comment Re:Obviously... (Score 1) 58

Those were the good old days... when setting the all the IRQ, IO port, DMA and address jumpers for the the expansion cards in a decked-out PC was like solving a soduku puzzle.

Good times.....I used a plug-in card called the Discovery Card to wrestle with IRQs. Best gadget ever back then...it had a bunch of LEDs that would light to help you determine what IRQ was in use for a given slot.

I've still got it in a drawer but there's nothing with ISA slots still around that you could plug it into.

Comment No no no no (Score 1) 53

"Cervical Cancer Just Got Much Deadlier -- Because Scientists Fixed a Math Error"

No, it's just as deadly as it always was, it's just being measured more accurately now. The perception of the mortality value changed, but nothing else.

The headline would have you believe that scientists changed a physical property of the universe because they moved a decimal point or something.

Comment Re:Deliberately missing the forest for the trees (Score 1) 378

Why do you feel the need to look down your nose at them?

I'm not, but if that's how you want to interpret it, that's fine.


I think you're not as confident about your life situation as you are trying to pretend to be.

No pretending here, I feel very fortunate to have spent most of my life in the PNW and I have no real complaints. Different strokes for different folks.

Comment Re:Deliberately missing the forest for the trees (Score 1) 378

Now I could spout off about how I cannot comprehend how someone would want to live in a place where the housing is cheap because it mostly sucks there, but I won't.

You won't? Because you just did.

Anyway, like I said in my original post, if you feel some dire need to live in a place with a reputation for being trendy and popular then be prepared to pay dearly for it. If you want to spend a huge chunk of your income to live in a specific place, feel free, I'm not stopping you.

Comment Re: The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 168

So, almost by definition, if IBM or any other company is making money they're also making the world a better place one computer or pot or pan or refrigerator or jet airplane at a time.

That's demonstrably untrue. There's entire industries that actually make the world a worse place, while making money doing so. Telemarketing is one good example here, payday loan stores are another (plus actual loan sharks), Nigerian scammers are another, and patent trolls are yet another. I'd also argue that there's many other industries that are really bad for the world too and only exist because of bad government regulation: tax preparers and car dealerships come to mind here. Both of these are just parasites, though the tax preparers are frequently necessary for many people because the US tax code is such a complicated mess. The real estate bubble in the previous decade is another great example of people and businesses making lots of money while making the world a worse place, driving up the cost of real estate while not providing any actual value.

Now back to IBM, because this is really tangential: my argument there was that IBM doesn't need to be changing the computing market. Just because they did that in the past in a big way doesn't mean that needs to remain their mission forevermore. After the whole PS/2 debacle, it should have been pretty obvious that IBM was a has-been, and was never going to be the pioneer and world-changer in personal computing that they once were (entirely by accident I might add; they thought their PC would be a small thing and just help sell more mainframes). So they've moved their business into other areas, which is fine. To my knowledge, they still do a lot of mainframe stuff, along with professional services, along with research and patents (for instance, I believe they invented the copper-on-silicon process back in the 90s which is now critical to chipmaking). The OP seems to think they're somehow "failing" because they aren't trying to be a big force in the computing market (outside of mainframes), and that's simply silly. Lots of very old businesses no longer do the same stuff they started out in, yet remain highly successful. Nokia, for a while, was the leading mobile phone maker, but they started out making tires IIRC. There's a bunch of Asian companies that do entirely different things now than what they started out doing.

Comment Re:I'm Angry (Score 1) 113

It takes a special kind of asshole to attack a library; a place where people go to learn and access the internet.



Why go after one of the poorest resources and attack those that have the least to give?

Because the people that do this are scumbag losers without a shred of self-awareness. Sadly, some people just like to break things and fuck shit up.

Comment Re:What is up with airlines IT structure (Score 0) 112

I'm not sure about that - the 50 missing flights may not be able to re-book, but the original flights will still fly roughly on time, to the same places. Individual cabin crews know what the passenger count is to let more people on or not. There's nothing about an iT shutdown that SHOULD have to cause a complete failure of all planes to fly.

Comment Re:Deliberately missing the forest for the trees (Score 1) 378

Not lately. Usually it doesn't rain at all (not a drop) between April and November, not even in San Francisco.

I've been there a ton of times over the last 25+ years and the weather has been fine about 95% of the time. When it's warm it's not too warm, and when it's cool it's just that- cool, not cold.

I'd be the first one to say that the weather there on the whole is great, I wish we had weather like that here in the Northwest.

Comment Re:Regular Taxi Service fears.. (Score 1) 567

I know it's a terrible way to negotiate a car *price*, but I often find myself thinking about some of these bigger ticket items in terms of cash flow and "how little can I pay per month?"

There are some risks with this thinking, especially with depreciable assets with a limited lifetime, but there are times where I wish I could refinance my mortgage for a 50 year term just to cut the monthly payment down as low as possible to increase my cash flow here and now.

I'm biased, because my mortgage is half paid and I figure even if only added another 5% in equity over the next 10 years the present value of the extra cash would be more valuable than the savings on interest payments, plus by the time I sell the overall appreciation in value will still result in getting my purchase price back in cash.

Comment Re:Overpriced (Score 2) 82

Super overpriced. I got 30 days of unlimited talk/text and 10 gb of data for less than 20 GBP from ASDA mobile when I was in the UK.

The only drawback I saw was that I didn't get LTE speeds, "only" 4G. I wasn't sure if that was a radio limitation of my US-bought iPhone 6 plus or a limitation of the plan. It also didn't allow for tethering.

The practical drawbacks of that were nil for me, speeds were just fine for maps, email, web and every other smartphone thing I wanted to do and the hotel had free and quite good wifi.

And using a local SIM is hardly novel, either, you about trip over people trying to sell SIM cards in the arrival area of the airport.

Comment Re:So where are the criminal convictions? (Score 1) 110

Maybe explain it to me like I'm 5 how RICO doesn't cover an organized conspiracy to facilitate money laundering.

If these guys were named Juarez or Gambino they'd have so many bugs and wiretaps on them the fucking ISS could detect a warp in the Earth's magnetic field.

But because they're corporate executives they get to pay a fine and nobody goes to jail.

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