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Comment Re:Lovely...with no pressing issues... (Score 1) 133

Monsef herself is *not* an illegal immigrant.

Immigration law actually says this is *not* true. Her parents filed incorrect information, she willingly filed the incorrect information and didn't correct it either. There is an actual process before Immigration Canada that's offered as a clemency when a parent illegitimately files the wrong country of origin. The only difference between her and someone else? She's got political leverage because she's in cabinet. It was still illegal, and Trudeau waved his hands over it along with the media.

Comment What would have been different? (Score 0) 66

Allow everyone to vote in BOTH primaries

In most states non-party voters could vote in any primary.

You know what happened in states where Democrats could vote for the Republican primary candidate? Many of them came in and voted for Trump. Because they thought, who could possibly lose against Trump?

Then they went back to the Democrat primary and voted for the one person that could...

Ranked preference / instant-runoff voting in primaries and in the November general election

Why would the results have been any different? If you add up all the Stein/Johnson votes it's not enough to have the whole election results turn out differently, even IF all such voters listed Hillary second - many would not have.

Eliminate Electoral College

And have all candidates spend the whole time in Texas and California, ignoring the rest of the country? No thanks.

You have no idea what a wildfire you are trying to ignite, to have the entire rest of the nation feel utterly ignored.

Possibly also eliminate President/VP "ticket" and let #2 vote-getter become VP

You remember the VP from the movie Dave? Yeah.

Comment Re:Gotta say (Score 1) 59

On the plus side, think of the opportunities for yanking their chains!

Me: Hey, wife! Did you use up the cocaine without replacing it?? You KNOW you're supposed to get more if you use up the last of it!

Wife: Husband, I haven't touched the coke in weeks. Either the kids or the dogs are getting into it. Or you're just blacked out from when you used the stuff up. In any case, there's still plenty of Ecstacy and Heroin, so I don't see what you're getting so excited about....

***and on and on for ten minutes or so, before turning to the football scores.....

Comment Re:tail feathers from bird (Score 1) 59

And, incidentally, the same people are quoted in that article, also about amber from Myanmar.

Yeah, but no one reads the article :)

I used to write +5 moderated comments over and over, merely by reading the article, and restating some interesting points here in the comments. Easy mod points, and the mods hadn't read the article.

Comment Re:More likely medical practice, not evolution (Score 1) 258

if cesarean became the normal method of delivery for an extended period of time (many generations) could humans end up at a point where natural birth was not possible?

Possibly.

Or not.

Such a situation would allow larger-brained humans to be born with increasing regularity. It would not require that larger-brained humans be born, just allow for the possibility.

Would that qualify as "evolution"? *I* think so, but I am not an evolutionary biologist, so what do I know?

Comment But that's the why the bonds even sell. (Score 1) 224

Government bonds don't give a very good return, and honestly at this point I start to question their stability a little bit.

So what reasons would anyone have to purchase such bonds? The fact that you could buy them pre-tax s the key, and the reason why the bonds do not have to have much of a yield to find a lot of buyers.

If you "fixed" this problem you would pretty much have to have the government start paying a much higher yield on bonds which would create an immediate cash-flow disaster for the government.

Comment You know who else we are paying? Nazis. (Score 5, Insightful) 224

Far worse than Apple being given our hard-earned money, is the fact that somewhere, sometime, a real life Illinois Nazi has bought a government bond. Who knows how many DECADES we taxpayers have been paying these loathsome groups?

Clearly what the government needs to do to cut off the funds to monsters like Apple and Nazis is default on all government bonds today and declare no more will we be paying anyone these ill-gotten gains labeled with the seemingly innocent moniker "interest".

Comment Why not have your cake and eat it too? (Score 1) 309

Even if services that offer same-day movie screening as they hit cinemas arrive, I would rather go to a theatre and watch it on the big screen.

So would I. That's why I got a projector.

The actual viewing field is not as big as a (real) iMAX screen, but it's bigger than many smaller theaters, especially when you try to sit back in the middle of the theater.

The sounds system at home is arguably better even with cheap speakers because I can tailor it to hear more details instead of just going for OMG LOUD. As long as you have a subwoofer, close enough.

The only aspect of the theater experience I can't really replicate at the moment is 3D, which is only because something between the PS4, projector, receiver, and the 3D glasses I bought simply does not work and the 3D flickers on and off. But I'm sure if you put more thought to all the components of the system before you bought you could have a home 3D experience that worked quite well.

I do have tickets for RogueOne in a real theater on opening day, but that's really because I don't want to have to avoid spoilers after that day. If I could pay to watch it at home on release day (which I'm pretty sure would cost less or at least about the same than the $19 I paid for my own ticket) I'm pretty sure I would do that - especially since I'd probably be able to watch it a few times.

Watching a movie, in my opinion, isn't just about watching the movie. It's the experience, something I feel I wouldn't be able to replicate on my smartphone or TV at home.

Well you could always put up flyers around downtown and nurseries inviting homeless and children in your area to come to your house for the evening. You could also go to Target, buy some candy then leave your wallet in the parking lot.

Comment Smart defaults from Epson, but bad programming (Score 1) 71

If there is a silver lining in this cloud it's Epson's choice of printer defaults - I just set up a ew Epson printer at home a few days ago and in browsing though the settings I noticed "Google Cloud Print" was set to "off".

"What's that"? I wondered, but made no move to enable it... now I'm rather glad.

So it seems like not nearly as many Epson users will be affected as might have been...

It's interesting to think about where blame should be apportioned in all this. At first you might think it's Google, but honestly can they be expected to test every device that uses an API they publish? It seems more like Epson should have had better safeguards against the API changing or getting responses that were nonsense.

You can just imagine a failure to catch an exception somewhere in the code leading to a code path that shuts the printer down entirely so that turning it on again will reset the system...

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