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Comment Leveraging half truths [Re:And on that subject] (Score 1) 105

Part of the reason this "story" got play is that it contained a partial truth. CNN did actually inadvertently air a very short segment having mild nudity, or at least "ambiguous" nudity, not "30 minutes" as the fake story claimed.

A lot of dodgy news stories are like that: they contain enough truth to give it some legitimacy and to make it hard to outright refute. Disputes are nuanced, and nuanced doesn't sell and spread in the age of sound-bites.

Another common example was Hillary's alleged "illegal server". It had not been found illegal in the court of law, but some legal experts claim they can make the case it would be determined illegal if a full trial happened. (The State Dept. policy manual is not considered official Federal law by itself.)

But generally if you go by "innocent until proven guilty", then it's premature to call it "illegal". But being "possibly" illegal is enough to make it difficult to summarily say such phrasing is outright wrong.

Comment Re:Trump is Retarded (Score 2) 248

Fucking up every part of the American economy, one step at a time.

Maybe some disruption is good. It's hard to see how yet, but I'm hoping his ad-hoc trial-and-error style will accidentally find new optimums, like a genetic algorithm.

I realize there's a good chance this view is wrong and that he turns out to be a bull in a china shop (pun half-intended), but I'll keep an open mind.

Trump is such an unusual specimen that we don't have enough precedents to say what will actually happen. Get some pop-corn, and enjoy the Great American Experiment. (Just don't forget the safety goggles.)

Whatever happens, it will make for a Yuuuuge entry in future history books. You can brag to your grand-children that you witnessed and (hopefully) survived this most notable period of history.

Comment Re:No Innovation in China (Score 1) 248

China will never innovate until there's a culture change. In China, decisions come from the top. Those below do what they are told and do not challenge authority...This has been engrained in Chinese culture for centuries...

While true for large companies, entrepreneurship is alive and well there. If you don't like what the boss is doing, become your own boss.

They are arguably even more innovative because they are less burdened by the over-broad patent laws/judges we have. They are freer to mix and match technologies. Our patent system is killing us. It arguably made sense in Edison's day, but software is different.

Comment Re:This works for me (Score 2) 248

The one advantage of the Chinese setup is you don't get a demagogue rising to the top purely by promising the ignorant and hateful everything they hope to get...

Apparently you didn't study the birth of communism or the later "Cultural Revolution".

If factory automation gets inexpensive enough that it starts replacing all those factory workers in China, the country will again be ripe for some potentially ugly revolutions and demagogues. The Chinese citizens have shown multiple times they are not afraid of protesting and civil resistance, at least.

Comment Confusing economy with politics [Re:Fake news?] (Score 2) 248

Remember, China is (nominally) left wing, so for the deluded liberal left, just as with the Cuban regime, it can do no wrong. Human rights violations, oppression of free speech, torture? So what, who cares.

You are confusing political system with economic system. The dichotomies of the 1950's are mostly dead. Capitalist economies can and do have authoritarian political systems, and socialistic economies can and do have a democratic political system.

As far as what kind of economy China has, it looks pretty mixed to me. They didn't become the manufacturing power-house they are using mere socialism.

Comment Re:Nah! (Score 1) 675

No one on Slashdot would ever promote right wing conspiracy theories! How absurd...

As an experiment let's start GoatGate: Facetweet that goat.se is really a QR-Code to get access info to a Roswell warehouse where Obama stores saucers to be launched to collect all guns.

I can just imagine all the suckers trying to scan that image with their phone at gun parties.

(Warning: if you don't know what I'm talking about, google with browser images switched off. Trust me.)

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