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Comment Re:Background and the real issue (Score 1) 63

Oh bullshit.

1) they're not talking about cancelling the lifeline subsidy (which provides basic phone and 911 server) they're talking about not using it to give poor people BROADBAND.

2) if they don't have a job they CAN damn well spend plenty of time at the library, enough to get a job. It's not like they have anything else to do, nor that getting a job involves livechatting the moment a position becomes available. And let's be honest: the people who need this help aren't applying for COO or IT manager jobs...they're applying for waiter, janitor, or housecleaning positions. What you seem to miss is that broadband ISNT 'basic connectivity'. Where are they getting the computer by the way to run this?

3) The suggestion that the GOP doesn't want the "poor" to vote is a canard the Democrats have been pushing for several elections. That articles implication that Trump courted the KKK vote is just an example of how the mainstream media dispensed with any pretence of objectivity this time around. If you want to talk about historical Republican strategy, don't you find it curious that REPUBLICANS were the ones that wanted to end slavery? Or that it was Democrats that invented Gerrymandering? Maybe if people would stop pitching EVERYTHING into us vs them we'd get more done?

PS: despite seeing them consistently for the last 8 years, I can't seem to find a *single* major media article complaining about gridlock anymore? It must have ended then?

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 513

I know it's asking a lot but...Maybe read the REST of my post?

The part where it says for Scotland to be admitted, the admission must be unanimous, and there's NOT A CHANCE IN HELL that the many EU countries who have their own separatist nationalist movements will invite in Scottish irredentists.

I'll even give you the link...again: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

And I'm American. I don't honestly give a flying fuck what happens to Scotland.

Comment I know it's crazy but... (Score -1, Troll) 63

...some people might recognize: you know, no matter how much we try to change it, the fact is that poor people get less stuff. Shrug.

If a poor person needs to use high speed broadband (they have computers, right?) then they can go straight to the public library and use it. For free. But generally not for whacking off. Unless you're at the Minneapolis Public Library. Then it's nearly protected 'free speech'.

Comment Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 0, Troll) 212

Obviously, privacy of police officers is less equal than that of Planned Parenthood officials. Whether the said officials have broken any laws or not, it should not be illegal to record them:

In California, you generally need the consent of everyone involved in order to legally record a private conversation.

Unless they are police officers?

Are PP's employees "entirely different" from policemen? Well, if school vouchers are anti-Constitutional — as the so-called "Liberals" would like us to think — because parents take them to religiously-affiliated private schools, receiving even a little bit of tax money changes everything.

Comment Not precisely correct (Score 1) 146

What we have is a new generation that:
- believes they are ENTITLED to have what they want
- has never been told "no" by their parents
- believes Social Media can effect change

1 + 2 + 3 = people who believe "thumbs up"ing some petition is actually going to change anything.

Hint: nothing changes in a company unless a) you can show them how it saves money and doesn't cost anywhere else, or b) threaten their income.

Other hint: be careful with b because you're ENTIRELY REPLACEABLE and any company worth their salt can figure out who actually posted that 'call to action' on Reddit, even if you used your 'totally unbreakable' burner id.

Submission + - Scientists Discover Way to Transmit Taste of Lemonade Over Internet (vice.com)

schwit1 writes: With the use of electrodes and sensors—and zero lemons—a group of researchers at the University of Singapore have announced that they can convince you that you're drinking lemonade, even if it's just water. Plus, they can send you a glass of lemonade virtually over the internet.

In an experiment that involved 13 tasters, the subjects' taste buds were stimulated using electricity from receiving electrodes; LED lights mimicked a lemony color. Some were convinced that the water they were drinking was, in fact, almost as sour as lemonade.

"We're working on a full virtual cocktail with smell, taste, and color all covered. We want to be able to create any drink."

Why would anyone want to drink a virtual lemonade? Advocates of virtual eating say that virtual foods can replace foods that are bad for you, that you may be allergic to, or that you shouldn't eat because of a medical condition.

Submission + - Obama allowed use of NSA data in politics (circa.com)

mi writes: Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats.

Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures. Sometimes the Americans’ names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible.

Some intercepted communications from November to January involved Trump transition figures or foreign figures' perceptions of the incoming president and his administration.

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 513

Of COURSE the Scots want another swing at independence, they weren't happy at the first result and only grudgingly accepted it in the first place.

The fact is that Scotland is a proto-Socialist state with exceedingly generous programs and benefits NOT supported by their own industry or tax base. Their fanciful extrapolations of a post-Scotcession world are sheer fiction, pre-supposing every possible advantage (Scotland gets to keep every drop the North Seas oil at no cost to themselves; Scotland gets to keep using the GBP; more or less free access to the EU) and hand-waving the rest. In fact, the economic picture now is even MORE bleak than it was then with oil at half the price it was. Their golden goose is laying eggs distinctly non-golden today.

OF COURSE they want to stay in the EU. They need to make sure whatever udder they're latched onto is on the healthiest possible cow.

But be clear:NOBODY will accept them into the EU. There are so many nascent disaffected minorities from the Basques to the Bretons to the Flemish that NO major state will want to validate the quixotic secessionist movement by granting it the recognition of admission to the EU.
cf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Cute idea, but they misunderstand the data (Score 3, Funny) 278

Source: I work in programmatic audience targeting for a Fortune 100. (I promise we're not evil, we just want to sell you stuff you might actually want)

"Programmatic audience targeting" for a Fortune 100... evil-wise that sounds like it would be somewhere between clubbing baby seals and the guys who voted in favour of this bill.

Comment Re:Lack of privacy (Score 4, Interesting) 128

That's another huge advantage of email: businesses can run their own email servers, ensure that their internal communication never leaves the premises and isn't harvested by the likes of Google, be in control of account creation and naming, apply any other policies they deem necessary, while still ensuring that anyone in the world can contact them using their choice of email client or service.

That's how email was designed, as opposed to all those others that are proprietary and locked down cloud services. And any smart company using those will ask themselves: "what do we do when this service goes tits up?". If the service is proprietary and is your primary internal and external communication channel, then there are no pretty answers to that.

Submission + - English redefined: the term "mankind" is now illegal (campusreform.org)

mi writes: An English major at Northern Arizona University had a point deducted from her grade for using the term "mankind" instead of the sex-neutral "humanity". The professor appealed to the authority of Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association in order to justify the decision.

What Killed Adobe Flash? (daringfireball.net) 198

An employee, who claims to have worked on the development of Flash, writes: Apparently, the world settled on the "One True Cause" for why Flash "died". Take for example this blogpost by John Gruber about FedEx... it ends with this consideration on Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Flash": "If it had been an angry rant, it would have been easily dismissed without needing to be factually refuted -- "That's just Jobs being a prick again." The fact that it wasn't angry, and because it was all true, made it impossible to refute."

Impossible to refute. There's no doubt that this was the beginning of the end for Flash, right? Except that this is utterly wrong. I worked on Flash, and I worked on the thing that actually killed Flash. It is my strong belief, based on what I observed, that Steve Jobs' letter had little impact in the final decision -- it was really Adobe who decided to "kill" Flash. Yes, Flash was a bad rap for Adobe, and Steve's letter didn't help. But ultimately, what was probably decisive was the fact that developing Flash cost Adobe a ton of money.
John Gruber, responding to the blogpost: To be clear, I don't think Jobs's letter killed Flash. But I don't think Adobe did either. Eventually Adobe accepted Flash's demise. What killed Flash was Apple's decision not to support it on iOS, combined with iOS's immense popularity and the lucrative demographics of iOS users. If Jobs had never published "Thoughts on Flash", Flash would still be dead. The letter explained the decision, but the decision that mattered was never to support it on iOS in the first place. It's possible that Flash would have died even if Apple had decided to allow it on iOS. Android tried that, and the results were abysmal. Web page scrolling stuttered, and video playback through Flash Player halved battery life compared to non-Flash playback.

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