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Comment Just as anti-Trump "Half Truths" Ramp Up (Score 1) 470

The irony of all may just be that the anti-Trump "half truth" system is ramping up as speculation runs rampant on what Donald Trump will do as President. Trump has said a lot of crazy things, so it works because then you can start adding other things to take it a step further and make it sound even more extreme. A classic example of what I saw recently was one that Trump was going to start making Muslims wear yellow stars in public (a la Hitler and the Jews). The sourcing is false on that, it's "merely" going to be registering them and maybe given them ID cards, but why not just give it that extra nudge to give a cleaner Hitler comparison?

Comment Why not Fight? Cowardly and Selfish (Score 2) 1368

If you care about the country so much and you believe it fell into the wrong hands, then why not fight to take back the Congress in 2018 and the White House in 2020? That makes more sense than selfishly plotting secession which is guaranteed to break the back of the progressive movement you claim to love by withdrawing one of its core financial and political bedrocks from the system.

Comment Re:addressing the wrong problem. again. (Score 4, Informative) 140

If you read the article, that's exactly what they're exploring: time limits and other ways to prevent monopolization. The wifi services, free calls, and maps are still enabled. This is just a temporary measure until they come up with a better solution.

LinkNYC says that it's working with city officials to come up with potential solutions, like time limits, so that it can allow users to browse the web once more. In the meantime, people will still be able to use the tablets to make calls and look at maps.

Comment Humans Still Behind Algorithm Setting Wages (Score 1) 178

While the article is a good description of what's going on in the new gig economy, I don't think it fully fleshes out the fact that the labor terms like wages, fees, etc. are still being set by human beings. If Uber or UberEats changes the wages, it wasn't an algorithm that decided this, but it was a manager somewhere who set these numbers. This is really no different than if you had a traditional employer who hires you at a promise of one wage but then hides a little clause in your contract that allows him to lower your wage on his whim. Maybe its a necessity, like in the case where Uber can't seem to make any profit, but that doesn't mean it isn't exploitative or misleading at best.

Comment Big Difference - US Restraint vs Soviet Aggression (Score 3, Insightful) 243

No denying that the South was very nasty from the 1950s through the early 1982s, from Rhee to Park to Chun. Purges, massacres, and even a nuclear weapons program. However, trying to draw too many parallels doesn't work either because the patron states behind both regimes had very different approaches. Given Rhee's unsavoriness, fear of a Southern led invasion triggering global war, and the broader political instability in the late 1940s, the United States never really bothered to equip the ROK with the heavy weapons needed to wage an offensive campaign. At the start of the Korean War, their forces were pretty much a glorified gendarmerie, and the United States held the leash tightly to prevent a war. The Soviets on the other hand, had no restraints and fully equipped the North Koreans with the latest heavy weapons and green lighted an invasion.

Even as you go through the Cold War, the United States played a very careful balancing act, trying to prop up the South while actively constraining them from launching a reunification campaign (that could spiral into WWIII) and actively squashed any efforts by the South to become a nuclear state. The North has always been much more openly aggressive, maintaining a forward positioned posture and threatening invasion at every turn.

There's also still no overlooking that the South has evolved into a relatively liberal, democratic society that is a responsible global player. Whereas the North is still very much an old school totalitarian dictatorship which continues to flout international norms.

Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 1) 1592

I don't think you understand what's been going on for the groups described. These are the populations that have born the brunt of the losses from globalization. They heard for decades politicians and elites promise that integration and globalization would benefit them while at the same time seeing their heavy industry shut down and outsourced, watched "foreigners" enter into the country increasing competition for unskilled work and depressing wages. They're bitter and cynical and no longer believe what the elites in London are telling them - yes, maybe their lot can get worse, but since status quo means continuing to stagnate or lose ground, from their perspective what do they have to lose in rolling the dice?

Comment Congress Created this Mess (Score 1) 266

In many ways, Congress created this mess, and it's frustrating that it's not getting more reporting. Back in 2013, TSA had 47,000 screening agents. Today, it has 42,000, a reduction in about 5,000 screeners. This reduction is a very large part of why TSA lines have gotten worse this year - fewer agents despite a trend of steadily increasing passenger traffic year-over-year. Why did they cut the number of screeners? Because since 2013, Congress diverted $13B of the 9/11 fee on airline tickets to spend on unrelated budget items. So it's no surprise that TSA screening times and quality have dropped: if you cut funding, which leads to 10% headcount reductions, it's not a big surprise that screening times increase.

Comment People Buy Apple for the Ecosystem (Score 1) 214

I think your comment misses the point of why Apple is so attractive. It's not simply the form factor of the macbook, but its the entire ecosystem. That's why a lot of people are so loyal to it; one of Apple's great strengths is their ability to seamlessly integrate the different pieces of their hardware universe into a clean, unified experience. There are plenty of products with better form factors or raw technical stats for more affordable prices, but Apple commands their premium because if you're inside their ecosystem, you can move between devices with little trouble, especially compared to other alternatives, particularly Windows and Linux.

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