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Comment Seems to me (Score 2) 14

It seems to me that the stewardship of Java in the past few years, particularly it's security aspects, have rendered it useless and undesirable.

I must use java in my employment with well - let's just say "a lot" - and all over the world. It is not simply my own conclusion, but the conclusion of many people I consider more facile and accomplished than myself that Java is undesirable. My employer has gone to the point of shutting down a planned services introduction. That product, instead of launching, was shut down and the teams re-assigned to other tasks.

The workarounds to use Java in the current environment are such that we commonly create VM images to spin up and destroy for tasks requiring Java.

Going forward, I will carefully review employment offers - if it deals with Java, they're going to have to work very hard for me to accept it. I don't need the pain and heartache dealing with it causes if there are alternatives.

I am being intentionally careful not to give out details, and I'm sure there are many that will start off a reply "You stupid idiot, you can do X!" - again, these are not solely my own conclusions, but shared with many people I consider to be very, very good. I assure you, anything you may think of has surely been considered if not by myself, then by others in the same situation. Please do suggest if you wish, but also consider that a lot of other, very smart people, have looked at this same situation for more than a few years.

Like all opinions, this may or may not fit your situation and exact needs. It can even be quite wrong.

Comment Re:Shipping and Handling (Score 1) 235

Somebody forgot about shipping and handling.

And Economics 101. If you somehow managed to bring that much iron to the Earth, it would completely change price structures. Iron would become essentially free as a raw material, with only transportation and processing costs. People would develop all kinds of new applications for raw meteoric iron to take advantage of its low price, etc.

Comment Re:Distracted (Score 1) 181

This is what you are replying to...

Yea, I was skeptical when it was put that way too.

After the accident the truck driver went over to the car and the movie was still playing. So he (the truck driver) didn't know at the instant of the accident- he (the truck driver) found out after the accident.

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To which you said:
Your point being? Do you really suggest it is even possible that the guy, as his last act in this world, started playing Harry Potter _after_ the accident?

That is beyond stupid.

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Now... from my original statement, how the heck do you get that I said the tesla driver started the movie playing after the he was killed instantly accident. I didn't even come close to your statement so I have no idea how you interpreted that way unless you misread it.

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My point being that the TRUCK driver said, "the tesla driver was watching harry potter" and our first thought is, "How can the truck driver know that!?! That's impossible!" and then we hear "after the accident the TRUCK driver went over to the tesla and the movie was still playing on a dvd player" and we understand that the most likely reason is that the TESLA driver was watching the movie or else the TESLA driver would have braked.

There are other (rare) possibilities...
The DVD player flew around the car and somehow hit it's own "play" button at random.
The TESLA driver's hand flopped around and hit the "play" button randomly starting the movie. meanwhile prior to the accident ...
* the tesla driver fell asleep
* the tesla driver had dropped something and was distracted picking it up.
* the tesla driver had died or became unconscious (but not asleep).

But - and I am only saying this because I care - there are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market today that are just as tasty as the real thing.

Comment One problem... (Score 1) 127

I get all your comments that it violated copyright. And I agree that he was selling model kits and taking a salary.
It was a bad scene.

The problem is that Axenar was one of the best star trek treatments I've seen since Wrath of Khan.
It felt RIGHT.
It sent shivers up and down my spine.

In a different world, CBS and Paramount would have have had Peters and the original crew make it as a real film as their employees in a regular setting.

And that would have also probably ruined it. Too big a budget ruins so many films.

And the premise may not have stood up to a full 90 to 110 minute film.

I could even see a partnership between kickstarters willing to invest money so it got made and recieve blue/ray copies on release into theatres and cbs/paramount who wouldn't have to spend nearly as much and just distribute it for profit.

They could have had stretch goals funded by higher box office gross receipts. (like a copy of the ship... a uniform... props. etc.)

As a star fleet battles player, it was really nice to see the battles were implemented with star fleet battles in mind (and perhaps actually played out with SFB in mind).

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 2) 1404

3) The right to abortion. First off, this is a legal right, which Republicans have been trying to whittle away in a very sneaky manner for decades. For a party that is supposedly all about "law and order", and a party who considers itself pious, religious and morally upright (I know, I know), this is hardly honourable. At least attempts to outright repeal Roe v. Wade via Constitutional amendment are honest and forthright.

You guys complain when we try to whittle away gun rights; you really can't complain if you do the same thing with abortion.

But I digress.

Let's say you're a "good person" who is "pro-life". You believe human life is sacred. So you believe abortion should be illegal.

Sounds great, right?

Except if you try to actually apply science to this, it all falls apart. First off, a human fetus is no more sentient to pain than, say, a baby monkey, and certainly less aware of pain than the adult cows and pigs you kill to eat your food. If you claim abortion should not be allowed because it causes pain to a fetus, you should be a vegetarian, if not a vegan. But you probably aren't.

And then there's that whole pesky "self-determination" thing. Again. What you're saying is "I believe that OTHER PEOPLE should not have the right to make their own choices about their own lives" (or, rather, their own fetuses' lives.) See, us liberals aren't stupid. We know that a fetus is alive. We just recognise that it's a living FETUS, not a living PERSON. We have the basic understanding of scientific principles to recognise that a fetus is not a baby, and we believe that, up until a point (or if the life of the mother is in danger, at ANY point) the person bearing a fetus should have the right to choose whether or not to continue to bear said fetus.

It isn't murder, because a fetus isn't a baby. It's a fetus. We recognise this, because we aren't blinded by religious dogma. But you... well... ARE.

And as a result, you attempt to force every woman who gets pregnant-- with or even without her consent-- to carry any resulting child[ren] to term, regardless of her OWN WISHES for her OWN BODY. Some of you even go so far as to say there should be no exception for the life of the mother, which is basically saying "I'd rather a sapient woman die for the slight chance of a nonsapient fetus surviving". And yet, most of the conservative people I've talked to are pro-death-penalty (and it's been proven that plenty of innocent people get executed), so... again. Good people? No, not really. You really aren't.

Let's look at the OTHER end of life, shall we? Most "pro-life" people are against assisted suicide. You claim that you are against abortion because it causes pain and suffering to the (again, non-sapient, not-yet-a-baby) fetus, yet you are completely okay with, say, cancer patients being forced against their will to suffer in endless pain rather than being allowed to kill themselves.

Because you're... good... people? No... no, you really aren't, and yes, us liberals are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT to see your hypocrisy as hateful.

Let's go on.

4) Universal healthcare! Oh, but this is a good one. I know the "conservative" argument backwards and forwards. "You're entitled to buy your own healthcare; you're not entitled to force me to pay for anyone else's healthcare." Which is just a fancy way of saying "if you can't afford healthcare, then I am okay with you dying." You brush this under the rug by saying things like "if you can't afford healthcare, you should appeal to charities" or "if you can't afford healthcare, you can get a loan", but this is, again, contrary to reality. THE REALITY IS THAT THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE PEOPLE WHO CANNOT AFFORD HEALTHCARE, AND UNLESS HEALTHCARE IS UNIVERSAL, SOME PEOPLE -WILL- FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS.

But you can't be arsed to care, because "muh money!" You'd literally rather let some people suffer, die, or go without healthcare than be forced to... have a bit higher of a tax bill.

So... not quite "seething wraith" material, but you're definitely a hateful asshole, yes.

I could go on and on, but my point is, basically, that nowadays the definition of "conservative" in the US is basically "the party of selfishness." You regularly ignore the findings of science in favour of religious dogma; you preach selfishness as a virtue (thanks a bundle, Ayn Rand); you are all for self-determination when it's YOUR self-determination and those of people who believe JUST LIKE YOU. But for the rest of us... well. You really don't care.

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 2) 1404

Hi. You said: "I would love to have polite, civil discussions, but the left is going to need to stop shouting down, deplatforming, and physically attacking everyone who disagrees with them, and understand that it's possible to disagree with leftist politics without being a seething wraith of pure hatred wrapped in human skin. I don't see this happening any time soon though."

Let's look at the bulk of the left's platform from recent years, and let's see how possible it is to be a "good person" who opposes it.

1) Equal marriage rights for gay couples. If you're against this, then you believe that certain civil contracts should not be allowed to people who love the "wrong" gender[s] of person. Literally the best (and most common) defence of "straight only marriage" is "it's necessary for reproduction." Except the overwhelming majority of anti-gay-marriage people believe that celibate, sterile, or post-menopausal straight couples should be allowed to marry, so that puts the lie to that. Leaving... only bigotry. "Pure hatred"? Maybe not, but definitely bigotry. (To say nothing of how primitive the "marriage is about reproduction and only reproduction" notion is, but that's more of an opinion, so hey.)

2) The right of transgender people (like myself) to use the restroom they feel comfortable with, and not the restroom OTHER PEOPLE would feel more comfortable with them urinating/defecating in. If you disagree with this, then you disagree with a small and often-maligned minority's right to self-determination. The only valid reason to do this is to claim that it puts cis ("non-trans") people at risk-- so this is precisely what "conservatives" (bigots) do.

Except that's bullshit. Trans people use the restrooms of our choice every day, every week, every year, and we don't make a habit of victimising cis people in the restroom. IF WE DID, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SPLASHED ACROSS EVERY HEADLINE IN THE NATION.

At this point in the "debate", the "conservative" will usually say "well, if we let 'legitimate' trans women into ladies' rooms, then plain old ordinary men will go too, just to harass women!" Except harassment, voyeuristic acts, rape, etc. are ALREADY illegal, and-- to use the "conservative's" favourite argument about gun laws, "criminals aren't known for following laws", so if men wanted to do illegal things, they'd ALREADY BE DOING IT.

Leaving, again... you guessed it! Bigotry. Maybe you're not "a seething wraith", but you're not exactly bastion of respect for other peoples' self-determination.

Shall I go on? Oh, but I will.

Comment Re:Distracted (Score 1) 181

Absolutely. And unless he was blinded by the sun, he should have seen the truck turning across his path.

here are details
https://electrek.co/2016/07/01...

I'm not sure the truck should have turned across the path of oncoming traffic with no light.

I was told by a friend tonight that the truck driver was ticketed for the turn.

Comment Feeling the AT&T love (Score 4, Informative) 63

In a small town in Texas, AT&T removed the copper network. Those with POTS lines (nearly everyone as cell coverage is bad at best) were deprived of telephone service. AT&T's response: Here's a free cell phone. Oh, you want it to -work-? That'll cost you - double what your copper line did. More if you didn't sign a 2 year contract.

AT&T also removed the copper network and sold the scrap.

When I say "Feel the AT&T Love" - I'm not talking about the good kind of love.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 2) 206

What happens when Americans refuse to move to the jobs? Both here and on Reddit are multiple people "I can't find any ____ jobs near Seattle" and when they are suggested moving they can't because they have a bag of excuses. H1Bs are already moving to a new country and don't care they're taking a job in Iowa.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1404

I'm no fan of Al Gore.

The man is a genius. Anyone who can come up with a new stock market (carbon credits) put themselves at the top and actually get people to buy into it isn't a buffoon. Greedy, huxster, sell out, puppet bitch-boy of global interest, sure, but he pulled off a shenanigan on a global level that has given him tons of profit and still has people arguing and fighting about it.

He only lost the election against Bush because he got out-cheated. They both had plenty of people in place stuffing ballot boxes and rigging the vote, Bush just had better connections.

Comment Re:Need more info - (Score 2) 154

Of course the entire point of Windows 10 was to make them able to generate income from something other than OS installs. Why else would it automatically replace your Windows 7 with itself?

One more demonstration that I appear to have done the right thing by installing 7 on my shiny new HP laptop four months ago.

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