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Comment Re:He would have been better off ... (Score 1) 95

I agree.

If you think you have the ego of Jupiter you may put down some key stuff on a VeraCrypt partition/drive requiring a password or key file to unlock. Not everything, just some small pesky parts that's an annoyance if it's not in place. Like scripts for automatically mailing key users when stuff goes down. When it's no longer running they have to check everything manually. Such small details that can bug the heck out of people without stalling the operation.

The point of an effective sysadmin is to keep stuff running without people noticing that stuff has broken down. If your sysadmin looks idle and relaxed then all is good. If he looks stressed out you have a real problem.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm more anal-retentive than most (Score 1) 99

I'm always careful to grab mine, but with all the bullshit rules these days I have FOUR FUCKING BINS plus my bag to take through TSA.

It's complete fucking security theater. Stop requiring removal of all these devices that just slow down lines and lead to lost items. It's all bullshit.

...This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home.

How about we leave the TSA at home? And DHS along with them? They don't actually keep US citizens safe, they keep the US government safe from citizens.


Comment IQ and attention to detail are different things. (Score 1) 99

"How hard is to remember to unload your weapon before packing it?" I guess there's no I.Q. check for firearms purchases, maybe there should be.

IQ and attention to detail are different things.

Also: Even the best-trained, most reliable, gun user can have a lapse when in a hurry, as in when packing for a flight.

That's why firearms training stresses redundancy, with rules like "A gun is loaded as soon as you put it down and look away". Or "Don't point (even an "unloaded") gun at anything you don't want to destroy."

The phenomenon is referred to as "a visit from the Ammo Fairy". That entity is similar to the Tooth Fairy, but instead of leaving a coin under you pillow it leaves a round in your chamber. B-)

Comment I have read much of it, as I would an encyclopedia (Score 2) 182

My wife and I each had a copy of the first three volumes when we married. Yes, there are female computer nerds. B-)

I first encountered it when assigned one of the volumes as a text back in 1971. Of course the class didn't consist of learning EVERYTHING in the volume. B-)

I use it from time to time - mainly as a reference book. Most recently this spring, when I needed a reference on a data structure (circular linked lists) for a paper. I've found it useful often when doing professional computer programming and hardware design (for instance, where the hardware has to support some software algorithm efficiently, or efficient algorithms in driver software allow hardware simplification).

I don't try to read it straight through. But when I need a algorithm for some job and it's not immediately obvious which is best, the first place I check is Knuth. He usually has a clear description of some darned good wheel that was already invented decades ago, analyzed to a fare-thee-well.

I only see him about once a year. He's still a sharp cookie.

Comment Re: "Super-Efficient"? (Score 1) 96

Of course nature has a feedback method to automatically correct the damage we do: extinction (or a major culling at least)

It couldn't possibly be some other mechanism or combination of mechanisms nobody has thought about or understands yet coming into play. That's unpossible. The science is settled. It has to be extinction. Because alarmism gets attention and funding.


Comment Re:Hillary lost because people don't like her (Score 1) 250

Fake news ... it's a problem because it's being systematically and purposely used to poison discourse and destroy the entire political system of your country

For a lot of us, it was poisoned to death at least 10 years ago. And we said so at the time, and no one cared.

A cataclysmic one, for which the whole world will pay dearly.

Speaking of "truth", please explain how you know the future.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 2) 250

Like I'm going to go "have a reasonable discussion with someone I don't agree with".

How would anyone know whether they disagreed with you? A "reasonable discussion" requires explanations of your thoughts. A list of half-articulated observations isn't something people can "reasonably" discuss.

I'm sure some people will react and emote with you though. And congratulate themselves for being righteous because ... well, mostly because they enjoy thinking they're righteous and better than other people.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 3, Insightful) 250

Ahh yes. "My side is sensible. The other side is extreme/insane/[insert slur here]." That's some well-reasoned analysis there.

Does your side actually do things to help the people whose votes you want? Maybe telling them to vote for you because you helped them might work better than telling them to vote for you because otherwise you'll call them names.

Comment They let the ban on propagandizing citizens expire (Score 4, Informative) 250

Three and a half years ago the US government, under the Obama administration, let the ban on propagandizing US citizens expire - and immediately began writing and spreading "fake news".

From an FP article dated July 14, 2013:

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. governmentâ(TM)s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts.

So the only thing new here is US citizens noticed one of the government's renewed, official, domestic propaganda operations.

Comment Re:Hillary lost because people don't like her (Score 1) 250

Given a different system, people might have voted differently. Hillary might or might not have won in that case. Anyone can make up whatever story they want about something that might have happened but didn't.

She still lost because people don't like her -- the "more than" or "less than" someone else doesn't change that.

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