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Submission + - Wasserman Schultz won't Speak at Dem Convention After Wikileaks Revelations (cnn.com)

HughPickens.com writes: CNN reports that the head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Comment Re:Analogue vs Digital, and DRM (Score 2) 471

USB Type-C allows for analog out to a pair of dumb headphones. You can either connect a pair of native Type-C dumb headphones (dumbphones?) or a 3.5mm set of dumbphones to a $3 adapter.
 
There will also be digital headphones and powered dumphones, but USB Type-C can totally be used to pass an analog signal from inside the phone, directly to a tiny set of speakers strapped to your head. There's no DRM in analog audio signals.

Comment Re:Read some Engels (Score 1) 469

Well, in my school we learned the differences of political systems: democracy, monarchy, republic ... tyrany, economic systems: free market, regulated marked, governed market and social systems as fashism, socialism, welfare state ... or what ever you want to call it.

E.G: the real existing (not communist) socialist states where democracies, too. Albeit mostly on paper, and with restrictions as having only one party.

How can that be democracy, you ask? Well the idea was, that every citizan has to be political and participate and vote. So all should be members of 'The Party'. Democracy would be mainly executed inisde of the party, voting for 'leaders' and positions. Obviously that did not work and was probbaly a dumb idea anyway. However: when that system was invented, they did mot know better.

I think one of the greater turn offs of Communism is just how much reason has to be fucked up in order to embrace the system.
Quite insightful.
When russia had its revolution about 80% of the population (1912 or something) where still bond slaves. All the land was owned by noblemen and super rich super farmers. Everything else was owned by people who became rich somehow and became 'traders', 'industrialists' or mine owners etc.
However there was no 'free market'/'capitalist' infrastructure. Russia is a huge country, really huge. So if there was starvation in one corner: no one cared The Zar had more important matters to attent to. And the 'rich' already where rich. Why the fuck should they sent food on a 4 weeks rail road trip into a starving area if they could not earn anything on that? With the risks associated to a four weeks trip?
When the revolution came and 'the masses' got the promise that they now rule and starvation is gone and as such is the upper class, ofc they embraced the new system.

Similar in China. When China had its 'Revolution' it basically where two revolutions. The whole country was in the bronze age. Western luxury, like a telegraph or even telephone, only the Emporer, some noble families, very few rich 'traders' and other interested people had. The revolutioners fought on two fronts: transforming China into a modern western oriented society/industrial nation and keeping the western influence out (think about the boxer uprisings etc.) China was at that time basically occupied by western nations bribing the nobility and extracting/extorting everything they could out of the populace. So the main fight was on perhaps four frontires: preventing the russians to get into China, throwing out the foreigners (mainly british, but also americans, netherlands and other nations), destroying or at least hindering the 'establishment' ... aka imprisioning the ruling class, and the fact that two 'revolution armies' their fighting each other. Ah, yes, and if you take 1949 as the official date of the revolution, coping with what was left of the war with Japan

Anyway, in most of the cases none of the later 'citizens' even knew about 'somewhat working' democracies in France or America. They got promised a new system where they had power and the formerly rich oppressors not.

So imagine, you lived your live as a bond slave, are asked to join a/the party and now you can vote about the leaders of the party and about what the party is going to do in what order: sounds like a deal, doesn't it?

That the leaders of the revolution and 'the party' are just mafia like cronies not really much different to the former aristrocratic rulers ... well, that is unfortunate ... no?

Comment It's about the battery backpack, stupid. (Score 2) 56

The clip on backpack battery represents a throwback to the old StarTac (pre-RAZR) days where you could get a slimline battery (which was for chumps) or this mutant cancer battery bulge, which gave you something like a week worth of standby. It was ugly, but holy wow it was an official manufacturer-built battery backpack, not unlike what they're making now.
 
Being able to buy a phone with a first party batter backpack puts Motorola on the radar of a lot of people who crave a true all-day phone. I'm certainly looking at it now.
 
I have a Nexus 5x which while having an average battery life, I went on a company offsite outing today and had to bring a USB battery bank to keep it from running out of juice. I suspect there are other people out here that demand more battery life than the average phone is capable of giving.
 
Nobody actually cares about the pico projector or... whatever the other one was. Everyone paying attention to this as a positive attribute is totally focused on the first party battery backpack. If I bought a Moto Z, I'd buy three backpacks, one for current use, one for the office (on a charger) and one at my house as a backup, all ready to hot-swap. I can live with a thicker phone, but using ride share services as often as I do, I can't function without my phone these days.

Comment Re:Parenthesis (Score 1) 228

You still have the '?' misplaced :)
And frankly: the '(' and ')' add nothing fo me, they are just PERLish line noice IMHO.
On the other hand: I never counted levels of precedence either.
Never had guessed it is 15 or 16.

(You know, I had math in school, albeit it is over 30 years ago, if it is not a language like SmallTalk, which is strictly left to right, I have no problem to grasp the meaning of a complex expression at first glance ... but that might be just me).

Comment Re:Whenever I want really... (Score 1) 228

Well, if you need assistance, I call my self 'Software Generalist' on my business cards.
I gladly assist,

I'm especially good in shoulder massages, fetching coffee and siftdrinks and as I have a martial arts education, I can keep every one - unless armed with a Panzerfaust - out of your office room.

Deal?

P.S.
I'm a retired gamer, too. I can easily tell you which games are mot worth supporting anymore. E.g. Pokemon.

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