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Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score 1) 739

For the uninitiated, this is code for, "I voted for Trump, but I'm too ashamed to admit it."

Close. Very close. If by "very close" you mean voted for Hillary and Obama twice, then yeah, I guess you deciphered the code. Someone give this guy a medal.

I don't subscribe to the "not my president" bullshit, any more than I subscribed to the birther bullshit. Everybody's*** team wins once in a while, a balance that does reasonably well keeping our country in one piece. Conspiracy nutters and protesters (whiners) do nothing to further the cause of the people, the only serve as a distraction to real problems.
*** everybody, except 3rd parties, and the Cleveland Browns.

As far as Trump, the only thing he has actually done so far is pick cabinet members. While I am not impressed by his selections, I am withholding my judgment against him to see what him and his administration actually DOES while in control. The fun part of the next four years is going to be watching all of the Trump supporters blaming Obama for everything that is still wrong with the country, the same way that Obama supporters blamed everything on Bush v2, the same way Bush supporters blamed everything on Clinton, the same way Y blamed everything on X. I just hope I'm not enjoying my "fun" without a job in a fucked up economy, or sending my kids off to the next world war.

Submission + - Samsung to ditch the headphone jack too.

Pascoea writes: Following close behind Apple, and a number of others, it looks like Samsung will be omitting the headphone jack from the Galaxy S8.

From Business Insider

"Samsung will omit the 3.5mm headphone jack from its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, according to a new report from SamMobile. Instead, the report says, you’ll have to use headphones that connect over USB-C, which Samsung first adopted with the now-defunct Galaxy Note 7, a 3.5mm adapter, or headphones connect wirelessly over Bluetooth."

The article continues:

"While the outrage over Apple’s decision appears to have subsided in the weeks after the iPhone 7’s launch, Bluetooth headphones are still far less popular than traditional pairs, often come at a price premium, and tend to have lesser audio quality."

iPhone owners, has the "outrage" subsided?

Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score 4, Insightful) 739

[1] The only way he can fuck up is if he ends up being just like Hillary or Obama.

Really? Is that REALLY the only way he can fuck up?

Disclaimer, I was not a Trump supporter, but I'm willing to give him a chance. But if you think being "more of the same" is the worst way he can fuck up I truly wonder how far your head is buried in the sand. What about wars, foreign relations, economy? As much as some people may not like it, the US does not exist in a vacuum. Things we do and say (and by "we" I mean our leadership) can have direct and severe consequences. What do you think is going to happen when the administration places a %50 tariff on Chinese made goods? Do you think our country is magically going to find the money to buy non-Chineese made goods, or come up with the extra cash to pay for them? Or worse, how is the world going to react when Mad Dog decides it's time to "finally do something" about North Korea or Afghanistan?

Yeah, I know, the likelihood of either of those happening is pretty slim, but WW3 is never not a possibility. And we just elected someone with zero political experience, and he's filling his cabinet with unstable and inexperienced people. Yeah, now that I think about it, Status Quo is definitely the worst thing that could happen.

Comment Facebook != News Source (Score 1) 112

If you are getting your news from Facebook you have already lost the battle.

A dude holding a cell phone asking leading questions to someone at some protest isn't "news", it's usually a biased asshole looking for their 2 minutes. Some article about Obama getting impeached or Trump punching a Mexican posted by my dumb ass cousin isn't "news", it's an "article" they picked up off one of their dumb ass friends feeds and shared without reading it.

It's way easier once you realize that pretty much everything news-like on Facebook is at best horrendously biased, and at worst 100% contrived. A BS filter is pretty easy to set up to flag everything as crap.

Comment Re:Fake news (Score 1) 529

The labor force participation rate ticked down to 62.7 percent.

Come on man, it's right in the summary. But "statistically employed" isn't the term you are looking for, you are thinking of "Labor Underutilization"

If you don't care to actually google something, read this, it seems like a pretty reasonable explanation of what that number means and gives a whole bunch of other numbers and trends that are actually a more useful gauge of unemployment. link I have no idea if the source is reputable, but the charts are sourced from CBO numbers, so I assume it's accurate.

Comment Re:Everyone's demanding higher pay (Score 1) 304

Do you often eat burgers?

Yes

It's been my experience that most of the people unconcerned about the costs of a higher minimum wage never eat at McDonald's, never shop at Walmart, and basically aren't the poor people who will be hurt by it.

Really? What's your experience? Servants making your dinner and doing your shopping for you at only the finest stores? Meanwhile, the rest of us in reality shop where it's convenient and inexpensive and slum around a fast food joint once in a while when were too lazy to cook. And it's not going to take going to take food off my table when prices go up by a percent or two.

Go find someone making 8-10$/hour and ask them if they'd be OK paying 1% in exchange for getting a $5/hour raise.

And what's all this about "welfare and food stamps"?

I'm a democrat. I wholeheartedly support food stamps and welfare, when they are used as a safety net. I do not approve of them being used to subsidize shit wages so companies can turn a higher profit.

Comment Re:Too expensive (Score 1) 80

I'm curious, how much TV do you and your family watch in a month? I'm only asking, because the national average is 4:30 a day!. Realistically, if you are even anywhere near that (even say 1 hour/day) that's pretty damn cheap entertainment. There is literally no form of pay-for-use entertainment that is on-par with that.

Hell, if that four-and-a-half hours per day stat is accurate, $150/month for cable is still a good deal. I'm just trying to figure out how a person can spend that much time in front of a TV...

Submission + - EPA Increases Amount of Renewable Fuel To Be Blended Into Gasoline (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final renewable fuel standards for 2017, requiring that fuel suppliers blend an additional 1.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel into U.S. gas and diesel from 2016 levels. The rule breaks down the requirements to include quotas for cellulosic biofuels, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and traditional renewable fuel. Reuters points out that the aggressive new biofuel standards will create a dilemma for an incoming Trump administration, given that his campaign courted both the gas and corn industries. While the EPA under the Obama administration has continually increased so-called renewable fuel standards (RFS), the standards were first adopted by a majority-Republican Congress in 2005 and then bolstered in 2007 with a requirement to incorporate 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel into the fuel supply by 2022, barring “a determination that implementation of the program is causing severe economic or environmental harm,” as the EPA writes. Some biofuels are controversial not just for oil and gas suppliers but for some wildlife advocates as well. Collin O'Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said in a statement that the corn ethanol industry that most stands to benefit from the EPA’s expansion of the renewable fuel standards “is responsible for the destruction of millions of acres of wildlife habitat and degradation of water quality.” Still, the EPA contends that biofuels made from corn and other regenerating plants offer reductions in overall fuel emissions, if the processes used to make and transport the fuels are included. “Advanced biofuels” will offer “50 percent lifecycle carbon emissions reductions,” and their share of the new standards will grow by 700 million gallons in 2017 from 2016 requirements, the EPA says. Cellulosic biofuel will be increased by 81 million gallons and biomass-based diesel will be increased by 100 million gallons. “Non-advanced or ‘conventional’ renewable fuel” will be increased to 19.28 billion gallons from 18.11 billion gallons in 2016. Conventional renewable fuel “typically refers to ethanol derived from corn starch and must meet a 20 percent lifecycle GHG [greenhouse gas] reduction threshold,” according to EPA guidelines. Other kinds of renewable fuels include sugarcane-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol derived from the stalks, leaves, and cobs leftover from a corn harvest, and compressed natural gas gleaned from wastewater facilities.

Comment Re:But will it run Crisis at max settings? (Score 1) 59

I've been so busy adult'ing this past decade I've not been keeping up.

Yeah. That's a hell of a realization isn't it? I had the same one a couple years ago when my son asked me to help him build a computer.
Son: "Dad, whats a good video card?"
Me: "..."
Son: "..."
Me: "Hell idk, I haven't bought one in 5 years"
Son: "... Thanks. I'll just Google it."
Me: "You'll make a good IT guy."

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