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Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 1) 958

Explain to me again why this is more reassuring than someone who is an old hand at foreign policy and a known commodity?

Because while he is thin-skinned, he doesn't have Hillary Clinton's decades of history of corruptly exploiting public office to enrich her and her family while baldly lying to your face about it. She's made herself rich - not by building hotels or other constructive things, but by selling political access to people like overseas dictators who don't mind things like throwing gay guys off of rooftops to please Allah.

So we don't like his manners, but we do like her serial lying, corruption, and incompetence ... because she's been doing it for a long time and we're used to it? No thanks.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 41

Not only do things like this take batteries, but the human body is a surprisingly well evolved "machine". If you got one of these merely as a preventative measure the odds are likely great that the device would break before the heart it was supposed to assist did.

Granted, for people already having trouble I'm sure it'll be great, but I don't see it as being some routine precautionary thing.

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 199

We bomb brown people because we can get away with it. That's more opportunist than racist, but it's still racist.

As soon as "white" people start doing the same crap, it happens to them too. I'm guessing you're wishing away that pesky little Balkan conflict a few years back, where we bombed white people for, among other things, slaughtering olive people.

Pretending that it's skin color that makes ISIS a fair target for air strikes is the worst sort of craven intellectual laziness.

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 2, Funny) 199

Our Nobel Peace Prize President dropped 26,000 bombs (real bombs, not little hand grenades)

Probably a lot more than that. You're not understanding the usefulness of air strikes on this sort of combatant.

on various brown people

Right, right. It's because of their skin pigment! For reference, resorting to lazy race baiting doesn't really win arguments (see the most recent election results as an example)

(even though we are not at war).

Yes, I can see you're having some trouble grasping current events. Please don't do anything dangerous to other people in the future. Like, voting.

Comment Re:Top priority? Always? (Score 1) 144

If your companies top priority is to keep data secure, they how/why did you get hacked. They always say that, but clearly that is not the Top Priority

I see you're doing your part by not using dangerous apostrophes where they are needed!

Implicit in any company's statement that security is their top priority is the large bundle of compromises that don't go away whether or not that is your top priority. They could make the data perfectly secure by disconnecting the servers and putting them in a bank vault. They could make sure the data can't be breached by simply destroying all of it. See?

Security can be your Top Priority, but it has to be done in the context of things like still making it available to users across the internet. Doing it while not going bankrupt. Making the service competitively priced so that it can actually be afforded and put to work.

They could have said that the system could only be used on equipment they ship to their clients, connected to the back end through a hardware-based dedicated VPN with biometrics, dongles, and constant nagging by three-factor comms surrounding every time someone hits the enter key ... and of course nobody could or would want to use the system or pay the monthly fee needed to keep something like that alive.

They may very well put security at a higher priority than chipping away at a long list of UX updates, performance under load, documentation, multi-language support, and a thousand other things. Doesn't mean that doing so means they'll be perfect in their security results. Ever run a business like that? No? Give it a whirl. Make security your top priority, and then start paying attention to what that decision means in real life - including in your ability to get and retain customers during that balancing act.

Comment Re:Huge numbers! (Score 1) 273

What? Tens of millions of people routinely bitch, in public with their names attached, about every possible person, agency, posture, act, policy and purpose of government across the spectrum from the local PTA to city, county, state, federal, and international governance. There is nothing "brave" about parroting a lazy meme about freeing Snowden from prosecution for some very cut and dry real crimes. Your sense of drama is wildly disconnected from reality. Show me a single person, ever, who has been put into any sort of legal jeopardy for saying out loud, "Snowden should be pardoned." A single example. Specifically.

Comment Re: Mod parent up (Score 4, Insightful) 538

These are solid middle class jobs that are not super specialized anymore.

If they're not super specialized it shouldn't be an issue to find someone locally to do it for less than $100k. The H1B program was supposed to be for filling those really difficult to fill jobs.

And if you truly can't find anyone to do it locally, then it should be worth $100k to you.

Comment Re: Conclusion: (Score 1) 373

It kinda reminded me of a funny scene I saw once. There was a healthy restaurant (it was a non-chain place - can't remember the name but they served a lot of vegetarian dishes and almost nothing fried). Next to it was a Captain D's.

Despite the fact that one was supposed to be good for you and one was supposed to kill you, everyone at the Captain D's was 65+ and it seemed like it was almost all 20-somethings going into the health food place.

I'm not saying it's not bad for you, but those old people still got up there eating that unhealthy stuff. Heck my grandfather made it to his late 70's and I don't think he knew you could cook meat any way other than frying it.

Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 1) 373

access to above high school education isn't a given in a rural area

Poverty aside, the most people who attend a traditional college live on campus anyways. I grew up in a VERY rural area (the nearest gas station was 15 miles away - don't drive home if you're close to empty) and was actually from a poor family but when it came time for college I took out loans and lived on campus.

When I was done I ended up moving back to the general area (I live in a small town of about 8,000 people now, but it's within 20 miles of where I grew up). Having had a taste of more urban life in college I decided that I wanted to live somewhere a little more developed (ie, there's still stores and restaurants and such here), but still in the same general location. I've got broadband and the cost of living is low (my house payment is right at $700/month). There's hunting land close and within 15 minutes I can have my boat on salt or fresh water so the fishing is great.

I don't fault anyone for wanting to live in a bigger city, but I'm perfectly happy where I'm at.

Submission + - County's Claims That Its Social Workers Didn't Know Lying In Court was Wrong (

schwit1 writes: Using taxpayer funds, government officials in Orange County have spent the last 16 years arguing the most absurd legal proposition in the entire nation: How could social workers have known it was wrong to lie, falsify records and hide exculpatory evidence in 2000 so that a judge would forcibly take two young daughters from their mother for six-and-a-half years?

From the you-can't-make-up-this-crap file, county officials are paying Lynberg & Watkins, a private Southern California law firm specializing in defending cops in excessive force lawsuits, untold sums to claim the social workers couldn't have "clearly" known that dishonesty wasn't acceptable in court and, as a back up, even if they did know, they should enjoy immunity for their misdeeds because they were government employees.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 285

There's nothing wrong with cutting costs and reducing pollution.

No, but I have a STRONG suspicion that these bullets will not "cut costs" and will be significantly more expensive than their old versions.

I have no issues going green when there's a financial incentive to do so (ie, LED bulbs over their lifespan are now far more cost effective than incandescent - I'd use them even if energy saver bulbs weren't mandated).

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