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Comment Re:Biometric Gun Safe (Score 1) 184

I looked at those gun safes and rejected them for exactly the reasons you stated. I bought one that uses a quick entry combo. The downside, it requires a battery so it needs to be checked every now and then. Not really an issue since I take it out almost every weekend for a trip to the range.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 352


There is zero proof that the Russian government hacked the DNC. Zippo.

What this is, is a president desperately trying to stay true to his promise to not put more boots on the ground. (Commendably). But also keep favor with the war-party heading into an election where the Democrats are traditionally unloved. (Not so commendably).

But... The war-party knows only too well that this is a trap: A back-door into starting the war they've been dreaming about for decades.

Comment Re:Epic tone deafness (Score 1) 813

While I wouldn't attribute the form letter response to any intentional malice (likely just a keyword match from a script), it does highlight something politicians have been doing in their stump speeches for a while that really pisses me off.

They all act like "offshoring" and "foreigners taking American jobs" are problems exclusive to the manufacturing sector, and the solution is "retraining" and "more higher education."

The whole problem of IT-sector workers being replaced simply doesn't fit this mold. These people are already highly trained, already have that education, and yet their jobs are still leaving*.

(* though at least its sometimes cyclical, and its not like their entire career field and supporting infrastructure has left the country, but those cycles can still be painful)

Comment Re:Is this in the US only?? (Score 0) 191

Whoa careful now. That sounds like the kind of question a scientist would ask.

You're being far too logical. Are you a climatologist? Please leave the evidence-based questions to the professionals.

There's grant money on the table here and cogent questions like that can really mess things up.

Comment Re:Is "ship with" really the big takeaway here? (Score 1) 370

Best course of action --- ask female computer science people (and I don't mean a person who brought Microsoft Bob to an unsuspecting world, but real female computer science people) what obstacles they faced and what would they do to remove them.

I also wish that when people did ask real female CS people for commentary, or to show as representatives of their fields in a public forum, they actually did that. Far too often it seems like they hold up project managers and various support roles as shining examples of "women in tech", rather than actual software developers.

Comment Re:The death of the Candybar QWERTY (Score 1) 90

I'm still wondering what the Android-land replacement for the Q10 is.
My wife is still using a Q10, and doesn't really know what to switch to. And yes, she hates typing on touchscreens.
I personally switched from the Passport to the Priv, but the Priv is a bit to big for her (and the battery would likely die on her too quickly).

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