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Comment It's got to be better than Maps (Score 1) 47

Driving back from Miami using Google Maps, it would show us where traffic was slow...once we got there. But show us congestion in time to choose an alternate route, no way!

My wife was mocking the app. "Traffic is slowing down now," she prompted. Thanks, hon, I never would have noticed traffic conditions out the window.

Comment Think about it (Score 3, Insightful) 279

We got to the top of the food chain by being the grand champions of the solar system at killing shit. We're so good at killing things that we pass laws against slaughtering animals to keep us from wiping them out. The Dodo Bird and Carrier Pigeon are examples of species we've exterminated and we nearly killed off a bunch of others.

It makes sense to guess that the dominant species on other worlds got to the top of the food chain because they're also the most skillful killers. It's wishful thinking to suppose that a more technically advanced civilization would be more peaceful and tolerant. Just like it was wishful thinking for the Aztecs to give the Spanish gold and hope they'd go away.

He's right. We should be careful about broadcasting our presence around the 'verse.

Comment You can't be okay with this (Score 0, Troll) 271

Whatever Wikileaks was in the past, you can't be okay with them acting as a front for Russian espionage. Does anyone think for a second that the Russians are going to turn over emails they acquire illegally without editing the content? They're okay with hacking government and political party servers but they're going to be honest about what they turn over? Not a chance.

This isn't just hackers run amok. If it's state sponsored this is bordering on an act of war and Wikileaks is party to it.

Comment Then there's the Russians (Score 1) 306

There's also that matter of cooperating with a foreign power committing espionage in an effort to influence an election in the U.S. We're supposed to trust that the Russians haven't altered any of those emails? When the source is a foreign intelligence service, that makes Wikileaks a tool.

Comment Conservatives are professional complainers (Score 1, Insightful) 236

I know conservative publications make a living by complaining about the president, but fabricating something new to be offended about every single day eventually leads to some really bizarre complaints. Like the $400 million payment to Iran that was part of a deal announced in January.

It's just not working anymore.

Comment Perspective (Score 4, Insightful) 177

That it takes $90,000 worth of equipment and then always doesn't work right is pretty darn impressive to me. Where I live a good 30 percent of drivers are too old to be behind the wheel and another 10 percent are functional alcoholics. Share the road with south Florida drivers long enough and you'll be begging for autopilot.

Comment Re:In other news, water gets things wet... (Score 2, Insightful) 639

It clear to anyone with any objectivity that conservative ideas get obscured, hidden, or simply misrepresented on a daily basis...

It's also clear to anyone with any objectivity that conservative ideas have their own billionaire-funded media outlets to promote and distribute right wing propaganda as news. I totally understand any group that wants to screen out the right wing noise machine. You are entitled to your own opinion, you are not entitled to your own facts.

While you're at it explain how Rush Limbaugh has been able to stay on the air for so long with nothing but music playing during commercial breaks.

Comment Re:And the election was handed to Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 605

She just lost another primary state.

She stopped campaigning in that state and spending any money to oppose Bernie Sanders and still got 48% of the vote. There's no reason for her to spend time or money running against Bernie Sanders.

By November Hillary will be a quivering mass of regret.

Then you don't know Hillary Clinton. You're also underestimating the monstrous negatives for Donald Trump and the end of what was formerly known as the Republican party. You're also underestimating the number of Republicans who will vote for Clinton. The only thing Sanders supporters are really good at is marginalizing themselves.

Hillary Clinton's people are not going to take shit the way the Obama administration did. The Republicans are going to be wishing for the good old days of president Obama right about February.

Comment Re:Leave the Wasteland (Score 5, Interesting) 561

the "Bay Area" is filled with a lot more drama than you will find in any workplace outside.

I live outside the Bay Area and experienced the exact same thing when I hit my mid-40s. Anyone who denies ageism is a factor in tech is either naive or part of the problem.

Ending the H1-B program completely might not solve the problem but it would be a good first step. Sure, companies would still outsource but that's a real pain the ass compared to having a galley slave right on site. After companies pay a couple times for untangling Bangalore Spaghetti Code that comes in late and doesn't run right they get a lot more practical.

Comment Wait (Score 2, Informative) 186

Isn't this the guy wanted in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a former neighbor? I'm not sure I'd take anything at face value from Mr. Stability.

If he's talking about the Chinese, they don't need an NSA back door to hack systems in the U.S., they've been porking government and contractor systems for years. The Chinese have the designs for every nuclear weapon in our arsenal and the personnel records of hundreds of thousands of government workers, including their security clearance applications. What would they get from an NSA back door that they don't already have?

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 5, Interesting) 675

How is selling ads "abusing" them?

I serve up ads on my website and adblock has never been a problem. The images come from my domain and I write ads inline with the copy and make them relevant to the posted topics. Not only does adblock not stop them, they're far more effective being embedded and relevant to the content.

So, what I hear sites like Boomberg and Wired saying is we want to dish out obnoxious ads from third party advertising networks. They want to outsource advertising income and don't want to work at it themselves. They can't be bothered to make advertising deals for products and services relevant to what their readers want.

This discussion isn't about ads, it's about dictating the terms on which those ads are delivered.

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