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Comment Re:Unrealistic for you, maybe (Score 1) 523

The US Govt (at least on the Federal level) is mandated by the US Constitution to provide for defense...that is one of its few enumerated responsibilities and powers.

That's for *defense*. We send almost half our budget on defense, but maybe about 5% of our budget actually goes to defense. The remaining 45% is for buying expensive toys from defense contractors to assuage our tribal concerns that the country is undefended. Although we pay our soldiers burger-flipping wages (partly to justify not raising the minimum wage for actual burger flippers), the Pentagon is actually complaining about being overloaded with so much expensive equipment that they can't even keep all of it out of the rain. We aren't safe if our military can only end life on the planet- it should be capable of destroying three or four planets, and at least ten by 2030. That's not defense, it's a parasitic industry that gobbles up nearly half the budget. But people are so entranced by it- guys like Brian Williams who ejaculate when they see a couple dozen Tomahawks being fired- that's almost always a cheap political win. Every government that does nothing for its citizens (e.g. North Korea) resorts to military displays. It's an opiate for the masses.

The Constitution was written when health care costs were not even a conceivable issue at all. For most of American history the Constitution has been considered a working document, designed to be amended as times change in ways that could not have been forseen. That was the 18th-20th century view of the Constitution, but it went out the window several decades ago. At this point, Americans have fetishized the U.S. Constitution like it's an appendix to the Bible, and they quote the Founding Fathers like they were apostles. When amending it is now considered sacrilege, it has completely lost its usefulness. You have the rights you have (and might have needed) up until this originalist attitude set in during the 80s. Now you will never be given any more Constitutional rights, no matter what changes in the near or distant future. Since health care only emerged as a serious problem in more recent decades, you'll never have a Constitutional right to free health care. But you can always kick a British soldier out of your house. That's fucked.

Comment Re:I'd happily pay $5 more for a SATA port (Score 1) 80

32K? Christ, your generation was spoiled.

I still have my old ZX81 with the 16K RAM pack. You have to put ice cubes in Ziploc bags and rest them on the plastic above the heat sink, or else thermal expansion makes the edge connector lose contact with the board. Of course you can always go old school and just use the onboard RAM chip with 1024 bytes.

Of course by 2050 we'll be cracking up at the thought of a Raspberry Pi- another British computer.

Comment Re:MS pushing more into older OS or Linux/Mac (Score 3, Funny) 238

I had a laptop running Windows 7; Microsoft came in the dark of night and replaced it with Windows 10. Within a week it got trapped in a bootloop, but at least I had my excuse to finally ditch Windows for good. Once Steve Ballmer left, Satya Nadella turned Windows into something that doesn't resemble an OS so much as a paywalled porn site with AdBlock disabled.

Comment Re:Speaking of airlines (Score 1) 135

The man should not feel entitled to fly just because he thinks he is more important than every other passenger on the plane.

Um, I think he assumed he was as important as every other passenger, not more important.

The job market for Russian trolls must have slumped after the election, nice to see you're working again.

Comment Re:BASIC (Score 1) 467

Kids today don't seem to appreciate 8-bit machines quite like previous generations. I learned to program a Sinclair ZX81 in assembler because I could read BASIC faster than its interpreter. I got it to count to 65536 in less than a second which was so amazing that I was bragging to all the other kids. They thought I was lying.

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