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Comment Re:Vote for Gary Johnson friends (Score 1) 128

consistent, self-made millionaire

ROFLMFAO

Trump's father left an estate valued somewhere between $100 and $300 million when he died. Trump won't say how much he inherited (and he sure as hell isn't releasing his tax forms, despite demanding them from Obama), but he took over his father's business and most likely got the majority of the inheritance along with it. Trump is exactly the opposite of a "self made millionaire."

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 146

"A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you'd never even hear about it."

Huh? Maybe in the remote parts of Africa or some other place that was still stuck in the stone age. Maybe. In the parts of the worlds actually living in the (early) 20th century not so much.

Just to add to that, a century ago, about 30% of the people in the US had telephones and the first coast to cost long distance call was made. Intercontinental telegraph lines already connected North America, South America and Europe. In many cities, theaters showed hour-long newsreels during the day (commercial TV stations wouldn't show up for another 15 years or so). Newspapers and radio were everyday sources of information for everyone.

Also, a century ago was 1916. WWI was in full swing. There were millions of refugees trying to escape the war and 17 milllion people died before it was over. Because of the scale and horror of it all, people were extremely attentive to things like the next village over being wiped out.

Comment Re:thats (Score 2, Interesting) 128

1) Fiorina has not declared bankruptcy.
2) HP did not declare bankruptcy under Fiorina.
3) Hillary Clinton has not had to declare bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, Trump has had four bankruptcies and is the subject of multiple class action suits over the scam that was Trump University.

If the only choice is between a disaster that doesn't bankrupt the country and an apocalypse that does, I'll take the disaster.

Comment Re:Suuure (Score 1) 56

Since you failed to actually read my comment and took one phrase out of context, I shall explain it in detail to you:

I didn't say that either of those phones were low-end.

I started by posting the quote from the reviewer who said that Motorola should concentrate on value rather than features (i.e. make cheap, low-end phones).

I then used sarcasm to bring up the fact that the market is already flooded with cheap, low-end phones. It would be impossible for Motorola to make one and capture any significant portion of the low-end market. That race to the bottom has already taken place in that market and the profit margins are razor thin, so there is no big success to be had.

There, see? Reading comprehension is your friend.

Comment Suuure (Score 1) 56

""this company is competing in the global smartphone market, not a high school science fair, and its success will depend on presenting better value than the competition, not cleverer design."

Because there just aren't enough cheap, low-end Android phones with minimal features on the market, right? Surely introducing another of those is the path to financial success! /s

Comment Re:Consider the source (Score 1) 65

Either way, what about the story seems so implausible?

The part where someone working in customer support claimed to have knowledge about confidential deals that their management was making, for one.

And the phrasing, too. "We've been hired for jobs by a very important company. We can't tell you which one, but trust us... you are impressed." Yeah, sure.

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 3, Interesting) 449

these days the plurality of people are independents and not actually democrats or republicans. A fact that both parties like to ignore.

Not even close. The majority of people are fairly consistent in voting either Democrat or Republican. The concept of gerrymandering wouldn't exist and wouldn't work if most people were actually independent and voted along anything other than party lines.

Comment Re: In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 159

And the implied takeaway is completely wrong.

Hobbies are associated with better qualify of life and studies have found that seniors who stay active with hobbies tend to live longer than those who don't. This particular guy's hobby is collecting Star Trek memorabilia and he happens to have enough money to be able to do so on a larger scale.

Comment Re:In his Mother's basement (Score -1, Troll) 159

You think you're better off than someone who can afford to blow $1.5 million creating a play room in his $35 million house?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is apparently relevant to poor people's view of how well they're doing. Which, come to think of it, explains a lot about people like Joe the Plumber supporting tax breaks for the wealthy.

Comment Re:remember CJD? (Score 5, Informative) 252

Wow... so much incorrect information in such a small space.

First, CJD is caused by prions which can come from several sources including your own body if you're unlucky enough to have the wrong genetic mutation.

Second, the prion that causes Bovine spongiform encephalopathy cannot be destroyed by any level of pasteurization that would leave cattle feed in an edible state. It remains viable at temperatures below 600 degrees C. Trying to pasteurize cattle feed at that temperature would incinerate it and leave you with prion-laden ashes. Changes to regulations on the pasteurization of cattle feed would have no effect whatsoever on this.

Third, the outbreaks of BSE were caused by cattle feed containing the remains of sick cattle and sheep. At the time, it was seen as a way to minimize lost profits while disposing of sick animals, so it rapidly became a wide-spread practice which resulted in the huge outbreaks of the dease.

Comment Re:Pasteurization still? (Score 5, Informative) 252

Irradiation degrades the flavor of milk more than heat pasteurization does. Milk, as it turns out, is very sensitive to radiation and develops an off flavor very quickly with exposure.

In the US, at least, the FDA has also not approved irradiation as a treatment for milk. Because of the issues with flavor, it's also very doubtful that manufacturers will go to the expense of lobbying for approval.

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