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Comment Re: Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 48

I completely disagree. I blame the Democrats for everything.

I don't blame the Republicans. They're just being Republicans. It's like blaming a rabid dog for biting someone.

But the Democrats brought all this down on us with their shenaningans and their insistence of coronating their queen Hillary instead of working to give us a candidate worth voting for. So a bunch of people voted 3rd-party, or sat at home, and we got this.

Comment Re:Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 48

Yes, and what exactly is the problem with this? If you don't like it, don't subscribe to AT&T. I don't.

Personally, I use Ting. There's no activation costs at all, and I can activate my phone myself from their web site. (Not an employee, just a happy customer.) Why anyone continues to use the mainstream cellular companies instead of the MVNOs I have no idea.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 30

This is some seriously delusional thinking. Microsoft not critical or relevant? What are you smoking?

First off, IBM is still here if you haven't noticed. They got out of PCs, but they still do lots of other stuff and are a huge and profitable company.

But back to MS: they absolutely are critical and relevant, because everyone's PC runs on their software. That isn't going to change, probably ever. If Windows 10 couldn't convince people to dump them, nothing will. They might not have gotten anywhere in mobile devices, but that doesn't matter because they still have their Windows and Office cash cows, and those aren't going anywhere, and there's no threats to them (do you see businesses switching all their workstations to OSX or Linux? Nope).

MS is doing the right thing: cut employees, and cut all long-term investment, and just keep slapping some new lipstick on the Windows and Office pigs. Corporations in particular will happily continue to pay through the nose for MS's enterprise products, and consumers are happy to use Windows 10 with its built-in spyware and advertising which MS makes money from indirectly. MS doesn't need to invest long-term, they just need to keep milking their cash cows. They can do this indefinitely, because the whole Windows 10 experience has proven, without a doubt, that customers simply will not leave that platform no matter what, and no matter how much it costs them.

Comment Re:Merit over Intersectionalist Bingo Quotas (Score 1) 308

implement fascism

I suspect we have different definitions of "fascism", which I don't want to delve into here.

Good luck firing Jews that exceed their quota

What specifically is this in reference to? I would note that quotas should be based on what's available in the workforce. For example, if group X gets 20% more college degrees in finance, then we should realistically expect 20% more of group X in finance careers.

good luck firing 87% of the Blacks (13% in the US) employees at the all Black Entertainment Television.

I'm sure the laws can work out some exceptions, such as entertainment or political shows catering to specific ethnic groups, at least for the parts of the business that relate to cultural issues.

Drawing perfect lines in the sand may be unrealistic, but that's civilization: compromising and cutting deals to keep the peace.

Comment Trade Wars [Re:Now lets see.] (Score 1) 1322

If a trade war starts, we've already lost.

In the short term, maybe. But I won't rule out that we can get a "better deal" than what we have now when the war finally plays out.

However, I do think it unlikely that we'll get a sufficiently better deal to compensate for what's lost during the battle. It's like winning a physical war only to realize half your population is dead.

If T is such a great negotiator, why are there still about 500 people richER than him, most of whom don't claim they have super-human negotiating skills.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1322

How was Biden a buffoon? After Obama totally flubbed in his debate to Romney, Biden beat the pants off of Paul Ryan in his debate, making it look like maybe the two should trade places.

And Cheney was no buffoon either, in fact quite the opposite. It was GWB who was a buffoon, and Cheney seemed to be the evil puppetmaster running things behind the scenes.

Comment Re:Not impulsive at all (Score 1) 1322

There's nothing impulsive about anything Trump does; it's all extremely calculated.

If so, nobody has published an algorithm to test his actions against to verify it. It sure the hell looks ad-hoc to most of us.

I will agree that to some his off-the-cuff remarks make many feel he's genuine: telling the world exactly what he thinks. This could be considered a legitimate "plan": to gain trust by saying what you actually think, although I see it as merely his inherent personality. He was a compulsive child also: it's why his family sent him to a military school.

The upside of this is transparency: we see his actual thoughts as they are formed. The downside is that much of his thoughts are petty, vengeful, ill-informed, overly-simplistic, and based on inaccurate assumptions.

H was careless with emails; T is careless with everything. If T does well, it'll be a Jar Jar moment in history. May The Force be with us...

Comment Re:Now lets see. (Score 3, Interesting) 1322

I'll echo Seth Myers in saying that I've been wrong about him so many times that, if this trend continues, he'll be a great president.

People have been wrong about how voters react to him, not really wrong about the man himself.

As far as what he'll actually do in office, we still don't really know. It's like getting in line for a roller coaster covered up with sheets. We don't even know if it's fully constructed yet.

For example, he wants tax cuts, larger military, and infrastructure spending. Together these will likely exasperate the budget deficit. He hopes he can grow the economy enough to expand tax revenue to pay for it all, BUT if the optimistic plan fails, what will he give up to keep the budget in line, or will he just blow the budget, setting us up for a crash without enough in the tank for an emergency stimulus?

The real test of a leader is not when their plans go right, but how they adjust when they fail.

On trade, what if trade-wars start and it becomes clear after a while those wars are hurting our economy? Will he back down, and double down?

And what will he do if Russia invades more territory? If he keeps ignoring it, we may get Soviet Union 2.0. Those were scary days with too many close calls; we don't want them back.

Add to that his ability to agitate countries and ethnic groups.

Spock impression: "This is a fascinating experiment in leadership. I just hope we can watch it from a safe distance, Captain."

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