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Comment Sauce for the goose (Score 1) 613

"Giving more power to someone whose ascension and behavior strike fear into so many people is unacceptable."

This statement equally applies to Hillary Clinton.

Both are absolutely unacceptable, and I can not in good conscience vote for either of them, and won't.

I'm currently wavering between voting for Johnson, or writing in Cthulhu.

But this witch-hunt going after anyone who expresses support for Trump is outright fascism.

Comment Re:Built In Doesn't Warn You About Police (Score 1) 310

The only time I was in a vehicle with built in navigation it was a rental and the system would lock the GPS system while it was in drive - and I was the passenger, not the driver, trying to punch stuff in. Truly annoying, and indeed, caused me to just use my phone.

This. The built-in navigation on many cars locks the whole dang thing into read-only mode whenever the car is moving. My phone doesn't have this nonsense limitation. Yet another reason I will never by a built-in navigation system ever again. (That $300 map update thing is another.)

Comment Re:Maximum yield (Score 1) 813

>California seems to have the most uniformly good & adequate roads
Not my experience. It might seem that way with comfortable automobile suspension, but when I drive my RV (truck suspension) the contrast when I cross the border -- any border, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon -- is astonishing. "It's suddenly quiet... Must be in Arizona now."
There's a stretch of I-280 between Highway 87 and Highway 85 that is just plain horrific. The first time I hit that in the RV, I thought I'd blown a tire. I have to drop to 45 mph just to keep from getting my fillings rattled loose. I've never encountered this on any Interstate highway in any other state. (Several long road trips -- California->DC->Florida->Texas loop, Glacier NP ->Banf->BC->Washington loop, round trip to Olympic Peninsula)

Comment Re:This is why the polls might not be accurate (Score 1) 523

I won't even answer the phone if I don't recognize the Caller-ID, and a lot of people I know are doing the same thing, especially in this season of incessant flood of bogus political "push poll" calls. (One of the reasons I stopped picking up the phone for any caller I don't recognize. The other was gadzillions of "handyman" cold callers. Not to mention the "You owe the IRS $$$, send us a Moneygram" and "I am calling from Microsoft, your computer be having a virus" callers.) That may be skewing the polling numbers a bit. (So, in my case, there's either a vote for Johnson or a write-in for Cthulhu they're missing; i haven't decided yet.)

Comment Re: Great (Score 1) 689

Trump would be a very soft target impeachment bait. At least half the Republicans, and all the Democrats, would be aching for any excuse to remove him from office. The moment he does the first thing that can be construed as a "high crime or misdemeanor", the impeachment in the House and the removal from office vote in the Senate will bounce him out of the White House so fast he'll crack the sidewalk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Comment Re:ISP's need to hold each other more accountable (Score 1) 237

One of the major things that needs to be fixed is to put an end to IP address spoofing. Generally, the worst of these attacks are some sort of amplification attack, where the attacker sends requests to some legitimate service that comes back with a large amount of data, and spoofs his IP address to the target of the DDoS. The first thing every ISP router should check on any packet is "Is it reasonable for a packet from this IP address to come in on this wire?" and if not, drop it. And at some point, "If you allow packets with spoofed IP addresses out of your network, we won't talk to you. At all."

Yeah, there may be some legitimate uses of spoofed IP addresses for diagnostic purposes, but as has been said elsewhere, "This is why we can't have nice things."

Comment Re:Slashdot needs that too (Score 1) 220

Kill files based on keywords and users would be a boon. It's not so much about being "offended", it's more about killing a lot of crap.

This. I want to kill file , for starters, any mention of Trump, Clinton, anyone associated however remotely with the Kardumassians, football, and celebrity gossip.

Comment Re:Analysis of the videos (Score 1) 251

Maybe some of the outer walls would fall off, but there would be a central core at least 1/2 to 1/3 of the height of the building sticking up.

I don't know why I'm attempting the hopeless task of trying to educate a "loose change" type person, but this shows you don't know how the Twin Towers were constructed. The outer walls were the structure. It was not hanging off of a central core. And before you do the tired old "fire can not soften steel" thing, google "Sherman's Neckties".

Comment Re:the H1B salary level needs enforcement / direct (Score 1) 338

My modest proposal -- if a company does the "lay people off and replace them with H1B workers" thing, they completely lose the right to hire ANY H1B workers, not now, not in the future, not ever. And any H1B workers they already have on their payroll get converted to green cards, so they are free to go elsewhere.

Comment Re:Unions are needed! (Score 1) 338

Beats me why many people think one of these is a great thing and the other is a problem.

One reason: Compulsion. "You are not permitted to have a job unless you join the union, submit to all our rules, work based on strict seniority as if everyone in each particular job were identical interchangeable worker-units, and activities rigidly controlled by job description, including requiring you to call a Union Electrician when you want to unplug your desk lamp and plug it in on the other side of your desk, you must walk off the job and bad-mouth the employer when and how we tell you to, and pay us a substantial percentage of your pay for the privilege, much of which goes to political candidates you despise. And if you don't like it, tough cookies, you don't get to have a job unless we say so."

Remove the compulsion, and I don't have a problem with them. Cue shrieks of outrage about "freeloaders" from all the totalitarians at this point.

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