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Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 2) 392

Actually, it is a bit of a surprise (well, not really):

The thing about Bernie is that he could actually win the election: his polling numbers are much higher than Hillary's when you poll everyone, not just Dem voters. He was a lot like Obama in 2008: he energized the youth vote (youth apathy has long been a big problem for the Dem party), and if he was on the ticket they'd be out there in droves voting for him, and also for down-ticket Dem candidates.

This just isn't the case with Hillary: the younger people either despise her or at least have no enthusiasm whatsoever for her.

She's still likely to win (but it's not a sure thing), but only because the Rep candidate is so awful. If she were running against McCain or Romney or even Jeb, I'd fully expect her to lose.

So the only thing that's surprising is that the DNC is so dumb that they'd double down on such a lousy candidate, banking on the Republican candidate being even more horrible (and they decided to back her *long* before anyone had a clue that Trump was going to win; most people probably assumed that Jeb would).

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 1) 392

I'm not endorsing Trump or anything but lets not pretend the last couple Democratic administrations knew what they were doing.

Bush wrecked the economy too with his various actions (including two big wars).

The simple fact is that none of the administrations (D or R) in the last 20 or so years have had any clue what they were doing. And it's not going to change for the foreseeable future either, no matter who gets elected.

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 2, Insightful) 392

WikiLeaks has shown great interest in anti-US material, and comparatively very little interest in anything that disparages Russia. Their bias has been analysed pretty thoroughly, and it calls their motives into question.

No, not necessarily. You're assuming that it's equally easy to get damaging materials from both countries. That's an incorrect assumption.

The explanation is simple: the US government does a horrible job with data security, and the Russian government is actually competent at it.

Anyone who's worked in or with the US government and dealt with USG computer systems and IT people knows just how incompetent they are. It's no wonder they're constantly being hacked. And also remember, here in the US, if you're a competent computer security professional, there's plenty of great-paying work for you in the private sector, since the tech companies are doing so well in this country. Why would you waste your time going to work for the government for lousy pay and having to deal with ridiculous bureaucracy? You can't even purchase a $5 piece of equipment you need for your job without filling out a bunch of forms and then waiting 6 months (I'm not exaggerating). So the only people who take these jobs are the ones who are utterly incompetent.

Over in Russia, things aren't the same; they don't have a booming tech sector like we do, so it's probably a pretty good move to go to work for the government there.

If hackers can easily steal emails from US government systems, but Russian government systems are locked up tight, then it stands to reason that WikiLeaks would post lots of US stuff instead. You can't get blood from a stone.

Comment Re:Smartphone size? (Score 1) 467

This is Apple we're talking about. They're not going to standardize a new audio jack, not the way you're thinking at least. Their idea of "standardization" is to make up their own all-new interface, patent it, then charge every huge licensing fees to use it. So a $5 set of minibuds will now cost $45, with $40 of that being Apple's licensing fee.

Comment Re:Bluetooth simply doesn't work in most metro are (Score 1) 467

Cars with BT audio usually also have USB ports. Does yours not?

My 2015 Mazda has BT audio as well, and a USB port. I've never used BT audio (though I do use BT for making phone calls through the hands-free system, and also for reading texts sometimes; the system will read them to me aloud). Instead, I just bought an inexpensive 32GB USB thumb drive, copied my whole music library onto it, and that was that.

No, I don't want to listen to streaming audio from the internet; I don't have unlimited data so that would be quite expensive.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 467

So instead you want to break your power charging plug hole, the one you now generally use once per day and that with a fixed battery. So instead a potential proprietary socket, that will wear out, destroying the phone because no it connects to nothing and you can not pull out a flat battery and replace it with a charged battery. Yep, gullibly being sold another B$ marketing line. So with an existing ear socket phone you can listen through the usb socket with the right hardware and software but not fucking while you are charging the phone but that's OK you can swap out the battery and charge it separately, oh wait no you fucking can't.

Yep, this is what Apple buyers are happily signing up for.

Comment Re:Anything incriminating? (Score 1) 446

Context is important here, and left vs. right is relative. Here in America, Democrats are "left" because there's only two parties with any real strength, so one's right and one's left, and it's undeniable that the Dems are to the left of the Reps (the degree is what's debatable). But yes, compared to politics in Europe, or even compared to the Green Party which is active here in the US, the Dems are definitely right-wing.

So no, not everyone who votes Democrat is a right-winger; anyone who's seriously left but wants to vote for a candidate who actually has a shot at winning has to vote Dem. Of course, this is what leads us to the current predicament too.... There really isn't any way around it though, thanks to Duverger's Law; it's very rare (though it does happen once in a while) that a 3rd party can rise up and gain power in a system that uses first-past-the-post (plurality) voting. The last time it happened here was when the Whig party died out and the Democratic-Republicans split into two.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 446

It's worse than that: the law references birth certificates, so a "package inspection" isn't going to catch people who have had transition surgery. So this means they need to require everyone to carry around a birth certificate and present it when using the restroom, and they need police at every public restroom on government property to check this.

Comment Re:Justice? (Score 1) 299

How so, if they're adults? Now if it's a father and a daughter that just turned 18, yeah, I can see that being problematic as he may have been molesting her before that age and no one knew (or did anything).

But if it's a brother and sister and they're both 35, I'm sorry, that's none of the government's business or anyone else's. Really, once you get over 30, I don't see how it's complicated at all, because by that age, someone who didn't consent has had plenty of time to leave the situation.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 446

WTF??? This is patently absurd.

Klingons have a rich warrior culture that values honor above all else. They made that abundantly clear in countless episodes.

Humans (in this universe we inhabit) do not have a warrior culture, and definitely do not value honor. If we did, we would not be about to elect Trump or Hillary (or almost anyone else that was running).

The Klingons most resemble various old traditional cultures, such as the Japanese Samurai culture, which of course is long dead.

The ST race that was meant to most resemble modern humans is the Ferengi: profit above all. However, even the Ferengi had some real values; they thought it was important to properly assist underdeveloped cultures to develop economically and technologically, so that they could become good trading partners. Bombing them into submission was not part of their ethic.

No, I think the Terran Empire depicted in several ST episodes (not just "Mirror, Mirror", but also an excellent ENT 2-parter called "In a Mirror, Darkly") is a very accurate depiction of modern human culture transposed into a future with warp drive.

But I do agree with your final assessment about good humans being the tiny tiny minority.

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