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Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 455

These alt-left stories do nothing but galvanize the other 60% of the country that voted for Trump.

Are you looking to build a fake news story because with those numbers you're off to a good start

Almost 50% of eligible voters in the US did not vote in the 2016 General Election, and Trump captured 46% of those votes which comes to about 23% of all eligible voters.

23% of the country is 160% less than the 60% you claim.

Comment Re:Those who something, something (Score 1) 455

I'm going to have to call bullshit on that. There isn't a single majority Muslim country on the planet that isn't a dictatorship or a theocracy. Majority Muslim countries despise minority religions in their borders. Where is this 'decent Muslim majority' hiding?

The fourth-most populous country in the world, Indonesia, is a republic and is majority Muslim.

Comment Re:Fat chance o'dat (Score 3, Informative) 215

You're missing the GP's point.

If your phone can be searched without warrants and without technical encumbrance it's fairly certain that there will be something on it that can be used to implicate you in a crime of some sort.

Federal and municipal law is not only filled with arcana but also with many outdated laws that could be used to convict people who are basically upstanding citizens.

Until 2003, for example, sodomy laws were valid in 14 US states. Another example is that it is illegal to discard mail delivered to you but addressed to someone else, a federal crime punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

tl;dr: chances are very high that a search of your smartphone could provide incontrovertible evidence that you have violated a crime.

Comment Re:mountains of diamonds (Score 2, Insightful) 365

I'm sorry but name for me just one majority-black nation (or hell, even a city) that is a pleasant, safe, prosperous place to live. Hell, do you know the history of Haiti? It had a prosperous mostly agrarian/plantation economy with relatively safe cities and farms, public sanitation, well established law. This is when the French were in control. Then the blacks intercepted a shipment of muskets and revolted. They quickly took control of a "made" nation! It went to shit soon after and has never recovered.

You come so close but can't see the forest for the trees.

That is, you basically outline the problem with colonialism and the extraction of resources from colonial lands and the socioeconomics of decolonization and the best you can come up with is that "Blacks just can't organize peacefully at those scales"?.

The effect of European colonization of black-majority lands and the socioeconomic problems that result from post-colonial conditions where foreign individuals and powers own the resources of those decolonized lands has been discussed by economists, scientists, politicians, journalists, and writers for the last 50 years. Here's a few Google results regarding the "effects of decolonization in Africa".

Maybe something other than the facts of political history prevents you from understanding why formerly colonized peoples who no longer own the resources of their homelands would struggle economically and sociopolitically.

Comment Re:You gotta love yellow journalism (Score 4, Insightful) 63

To be fair, the cited (and likely incomplete) list from the summary is "compromise servers and devices running platforms like Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Jetspeed, Exarid, AirOS." The takeaway here is pretty much this: widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps strikes again ... -PCP

This isn't a problem of the "widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps". The vulnerability which this Trojan exploits is CVE-2014-3704 and was patched by Drupal Security Team on the 15th of October in 2014

The circumstances and agents which have led to this Trojan exploiting Linux systems and Drupal frameworks in the wild is, as with many such things, are multiple and varied. They include installations that are underresourced, shops with critical dependencies that cannot easily upgrade, web apps that at first and second glance do not have interfaces outside an intranet, etc. etc. and so on and so forth

The key is to stop pointing fingers and laying blame, unless the fingers point to the creators and distributors of the malware. The exploitation and abuse of computer infrastructure is part of territory. Blaming failures on the vulnerable is a sysadmin's version of victim-blaming and does little to mitigate the problem and much to generate community dysfunction.

Instead of finger pointing, spread the word, inform your unknowing and unwitting colleagues, train junior developers about how to remain secure for multiple computing environments with complex layers of computing infrastructure.

Our great-great-great-great grandchildren will thank you.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

Here's some of what Google turned up for "celebration simpson verdict".

Law school reactions, filmed at American University with hearsay (not documented with video) reports from Howard University.

This video of the crowd reaction from outside the Los Angeles County Superior Court might be characterized as partying in the streets, but seems restricted to a few enthusiastic individuals (some of whom are not black).

Thinking more on this, I do think the Simpson case is relevant to Chahal's in cultural terms, but I'm not convinced race played a positive or negative factor in Chahal's.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

I don't recall a domestic abuser of color (i.e. non-white) whose undeserved exoneration led to "parties in the street that the charges have been dropped". (This is ignoring the fact that Chahal has not been exonerated.)

Oh, come on! There's even a 'Root Window' animator for one such abuser.

I'm aware that there have been accused abusers of colors who have been exonerated.

My question in this particular instance would be "Did Simpson's exoneration (mistaken in my opinion) lead to 'parties in the street'?" I don't recall such celebrations happening.

If such celebrations in the street did not happen, my question for you would be why bring up the Simpson case at all. Why?

Like the grandparent, I believe your statements attribute exoneration with racial privilege, but I think this is wrong in Simpson's specific case. Exoneration was achieved in Simpson's case due to the O.J. Simpson's (and to a lesser extent Johnnie Cochran's) celebrity status. A lesser reason O.J. Simpson was exonerated (in my opinion) is due to sexism against Nicole Brown-Simpson.

In other words, from the perspective of race, if Simpson had been convicted it would have been because he was black. If Simpson had been exonerated (as he in fact was) it would have been because he was black.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 2) 287

Isn't it interesting how this PoC stopped being a PoC and has now become an Evil Male Oppressor[tm]? In just about every other context in the world, he would be the protected one due to his race, but apparently now he's just a generic male and can be treated as our society treats such. Police oppressing a PoC, hello? Where's the outrage about the police mistreating him? The evidence was ruled inadmissible. Judging by all the other recent incidents, there should be parties in the street that the charges have been dropped.

This is a man who beat his wife and video evidence exists of his reprehensible and cowardly behavior. He is a person of color and he committed a crime and deserves to be incarcerated for that crime.

Where's the controversy?

It's never been controversial that people of all colors are punished for breaking the law. What is controversial is racially-biased sentencing and conviction rates, to name two things.

I don't recall a domestic abuser of color (i.e. non-white) whose undeserved exoneration led to "parties in the street that the charges have been dropped". (This is ignoring the fact that Chahal has not been exonerated.)

You're erecting a straw man argument that people of color are, as a matter of course, victims when they are by means of due process prosecuted for domestic violence. You seem aggrieved the judicial system did not take into account his race when trying him for his crimes and you believe (?) this is because he status as a man prevents him from so being accounted?

I'll stop short of saying you have issues with race and sex, but I will point out that your thoughts, as you expressed them, are quite incoherent.

Comment Re:Can't wait (Score 1) 416

Can't wait for the those same drug companies to get their hands on MJ so they can start filling it with additives and making it as addictive/poisonous as cigarettes. By the time they're through with it, it'll be more dangerous than the synthetic stuff they're currently trying to outlaw.

Effects of intentional adulteration will be mitigated because pharmaceutically effective marijuana can be grown by individuals.

Comment Re:$16,000? (Score 1) 120

OK, so I was joking with my earlier comment about only 10 phones being stolen, but I started thinking about it (having purchased an iPhone 6 Plus for my mom on her birthday) and spec'ed out a new top-of-the-line iPhone 6 Plus at

It would only take 17 of these to break 16K. 16K is not an insignificant amount of money (to me, anyway), but 17 phones isn't really a whole lot of equipment.

Comment Re: Barrier to entry (Score 3, Informative) 344

Why the fuck would Canadian or Australian tv shows be subtitled in English ? They speak the language better than Americans. They can also use a knife and fork correctly too.

  1. Hearing impaired.
  2. Visual channel for poor/no audio environments.
  3. Screenshots in an educational (i.e. Fair Use) context.
  4. Other uses not anticipated by easily offended linguistic nativists.

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 1) 178

I don't think it's so much about whether or not they're minorities so much as it's about those particular areas having very low demand for services that cost more, thus they can't take advantage of economies of scale.

I don't think this has as much to do with economies of scale because the way in which deliveries are routed can be optimized if there are only a few deliveries in a low-demand zone.

The reasons cities want equal access for low-income areas are many and they include, for sure, non-discriminatory access. But they also include the preservation of future urban revitalization (aka gentrification). If highly-moblie affluent residents choose where to live based on amenities such as walkability, entertainment, restaurants, parking, cleaning services, etc, you can bet that same-day Amazon delivery will be one of those amenities.

If same-day Amazon delivery is not available in an area, it will be one more reason an affluent resident will not choose to live an a neighborhood despite that it may be more affordable in terms of rent which in turn would me revitalization efforts would be stymied.

So far, there are dozens of comments expressing confusion and anger that poorer neighborhoods would be guaranteed the availability of same-day delivery and much of that confusion and anger seem to signal race as problem (e.g. snide references to "SJW"s). To my mind, the issues of class and race have people so inflamed they cannot see that arguments that deprive citizens of access, for whatever reason, are actually bad for the economy, period.

Members of the socioeconomic middle class are not having a rough time because the Federal government is taking all their money and doling it out to poor people. They are having a rough time because they are shouldering the economic burden that the wealthy have shirked.

One day, all members of the middle class may realize that depriving the poor access to good actually accelerates rather than retards the economic disenfranchisement of the middle class. But given that the leveraging of racist and xenophobic sentiment by elites to pit the middle class agains the ranks of the poor, such a realization seems distant at best.

More likely, much of the middle class will continue to rage against the poor, arguing that the poor should be allowed to suffer and that the poor don't deserve access to the benefits of modern civilization. Unfortunately, these members of the middle class may all too soon find themselves among the ranks of the poor and disenfranchised and they may wonder why they deserve to suffer so and why they do not have access to the benefits of modern civilization all around them.

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