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Comment Re:Get over it! (Score 1) 1544

Notably, when the Democrats held the majority they completely failed to lift a finger towards improving the Electoral College and our voting systems in general, despite the fire and brimstone they raised over the results in 2000. No, once they were back on top the system was suddenly A-OK, and its only now that we have an outcome that didn't go their way that they start frothing at the mouth over it once again.

But you won't see any of them actually take action to improve it, should they ever regain the majority.

Comment Re:Divided Country? (Score 1) 1544

Which is why a major effort of any politician who wants to "unify" America should be moving away from winner-takes-all, first-past-the-post voting, and replace gerrymandering with some sort of algorithm to draw district lines. It will lead toward far better representation of the people as a whole; while they might not be happy that "their" candidate lost, they will be content because their #2 pick is in office (and, hey, whadda know, that also happened to be the #2 pick for most people on the "other" side) and we can function much better as a country.

That won't happen, of course, because Democrats and Republicans are just roughly equal halves of the Establishment Party and our broken election system enables that party to remain in power.

Comment Re:Whaaa! We don't want those jobs. (Score 3, Insightful) 249

If manufacturing jobs inherently made countries great (at all), then China and southeast Asia would be The Best. What made America great during the golden years of blue-collar workers wasn't manufacturing per-se, it was in finding productive use of a workforce which happened to be manufacturing at the time. Today, the economy is more focused on services than products[1], and we should be focusing on how to expand service jobs rather than easily outsourced and automated manufacturing jobs.

By the way, unemployment is below 5%[2], which is quite healthy. More important than jobs is that wages for all jobs are above a subsistence level so that people actually have discretionary funds at the end of the day. We don't necessarily need more jobs (although there's nothing wrong with having them), but we *do* need better wages. Adding jobs (and demand for labor) is one way of achieving that, but it's not the only way. Minimum wage is another. Capping CEO and executive total compensation as a multiple of company-average pay is another. And for what it's worth, I'm not someone who needs better wages, but I recognize that it's important nonetheless.

[1] http://www.businessinsider.com...
[2] https://data.bls.gov/timeserie...

Comment Re:Overpriced (Score 1) 78

As someone stuck on 4G as my best option for home internet, I would pay $300/month for unlimited (and unthrottled) bandwidth in a frickin' heartbeat, and that even limited to purely domestic use.

As it is, after overage charges, I usually pay half that for 10+10, and that's living about as close to the "digital bohemian" life I can stand.

And FWIW, AT&T currently considers 22GB/month "unlimited", beyond which they "prioritize" your data to a trickle.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1) 539

The problem with UBI is if we replace food stamps and medicaid with UBI and the people just blow it on drugs and are then starving on the streets and filling up emergency rooms what do you do?

I'm fine if they starve on a UBI. They can visit the local church soup kitchen.

Medical care is a different story. No one has said that a UBI is meant to handle health care.

Comment Re:Is it true? (Score 4, Informative) 271

I never saw that in the many years I was working primarily with C++ and a regular reader of the related newsgroups. When Bjarne did contribute in any forums I followed, he generally seemed direct and reasonable, and it was usually in the more advanced discussions about tricky areas or the future of the language.

Comment Re:Go Wireless (Score 1) 71

How many competing standards are there for wireless charging? You can be an early loser (the 67% + accurate spelling of "early adopter") on this. I'm perfectly content to let you waste your money on a system that gets dropped. I'll wait until I can't count the number of global "wireless charging innovation" billion pound bankruptcies without taking my shoes off.

Comment Re:Just a guess.. (Score 1) 194

It's amazing to see something totally off the wall. The silver could be a conductivity thing? It's about 10% better than copper I think,

You think that you can get better than 10% cross-sectional area consistency when soldering something by hand? Without having to do an individual test on every component made, and re-work on ... well, rework on any of them would probably destroy the cost saving from whatever solution your peculiar solder was trying to achieve. There's a reason that, for example, you build voltage divider networks from k-Ohm or M-Ohm components linked by connections with joint resistances of fractions of an Ohm - it reduces the effect of soldering errors.

Comment Re:3D was a thing? (Score 1) 397

I still wear glasses. You can only get the laser operation once, so I'm waiting until I need it.

Which is why the idea of laser eye surgery is a non-starter. Almost everyone whose vision needs correction will find that it continues to drift - generally further away from "perfection" - through their life beyond the mid-30s. So, if you get your eyes lasered at 30, by the time you're 40 you'll be needing to wear glasses again. Repeat every 5 to 10 years.

Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 1) 397

Nobody liked having to wear glasses to watch a movie in the 1950s, and the same is true today.

Nobody who doesn't wear glasses normally. Not everyone over the age of 40 wants to wear TWO pairs of glasses. Or have a stinking headache. Or both.

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