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Comment Re:Own goal! (Score 2, Insightful) 109

Except, it's a non-fungible choice.

The US has led the free world for 70+ years, and is taken for granted by its allies and even the neutrals - the US military protects them, so they can spend $ on butter not guns (and then out-compete US industries). The US taxpayer's checkbook funds their social spending so they can complain freely about what a shithole America is.

We're spending $billions on foreign aid...that we have to BORROW FROM CHINA. That's like taking out a mortgage so you can continue making donations to United Way.

I've always been an internationalist, moreso than most of my peers but even I recognize that while of course there is enlightened self-interest in foreign aid, we've built a culture of world-addiction to American sacrifice. We're done spending blood and treasure to try to drag some shathole country into the 20th century, to say nothing of the 21st. ISIS is a problem? Yep, maybe fix your own country instead of fleeing to a nicer place. You're overwhelmed with troublesome refugees? Maybe a coast guard or even some semblance of border security is YOUR problem, we're not taking any of them.

No, I would say instead that a few years of China will help the US enormously

Comment Cheaper than Shipping? Hardly. (Score 4, Informative) 357

In case anyone was wondering, shipping costs have NEARLY NOTHING to do with this.

The Ocean Freight industry - particularly Trans-Pacific East-Bound (ie China to US) has had long term overcapacity issues for a decade, Depending on who you're talking to, essentially for every $100 they make, the industry has been spending $105-$110 for more than a handful of years.
It got to a point that last year, you could ship a truckload of cargo from Hong Kong to Brazil port to port for $50.

https://www.flexport.com/blog/...

They're not quite that bad anymore but still, you can ship a truckload from China to Los Angeles cheaper than the cost of delivering that load from the port to a point in Metro Los Angeles.

Comment Because voice apps are, by & large, stupid. (Score 4, Interesting) 201

There, I said it.

It doesn't mean they're totally USELESS; no. For the majority of situations, they're more trouble than they're worth.

First, you have to be in exactly the right situation - there cannot be background noise or crosstalk - so essentially, a nearly SILENT room. How many of us spend a substantial amount of time in silence? I'm certainly not going to use a voice app on a bus, plane, or in public even if it was quiet, because anyone who does that is an obnoxious asshole.

Second, you have to know exactly the syntax the system is looking for. On my stupid car (BMX x5) it has voice activation but I'll be damned if I can ever remember what phrases it wants. "CALL HOME" (doesn't work, oh yeah, have to kick it to the phone menu) "PHONE" phone connected "CALL HOME" many results pick one.
Sigh. Oh, and my wife's name is Dawn, so fuck me if I don't have to sort through every damn "DON" in my phone book, distracting me away from the road while I do that - what am I *saving* using a voice app, again?

Third, you have to inevitably put up with a substantial failure rate. If I try to use a voice app for the simplest thing, dictating a slowly, clearly spoken text, I have to expect to spend the next few moments re-reading, editing, and correcting the text. If I'm trying to use it to come up with harder info - like names, in the example above - it's just a crapton easier to dial the number myself.

And I'm a Minnesotan (a region reputed to have a relatively clear style of speaking). I can't imagine how hard it must be for people with less intellgible accents.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1) 654

I'm a conservative, and you might be surprised but I'm all for your proposed basic income.*

*as long as it is what it purports to be: a basic, living amount of $. ALL OTHER BENEFIT PROGRAMS END. There is no need for AFDC if people are getting a basic income. No need for welfare, no need for social security, no need for food shelves, no need for homeless shelters, no need for subsidized medical care. No subsidized student loans. We can stop subsidized public transport.
If people then starve, freeze, whatever - then they die. They had the money to avoid it, if they were stupid or wasted it, then they suffer the complete consequences of those choices.

It's far simpler, and I suspect economically positive for the country and taxpayers.

Of course, I know that's not what you meant. Because if you advocate a basic income - which purportedly would eliminate extreme economic hardship - WITHOUT in turn eliminating all the programs that are in place specifically to do the same thing? Then you're just looking for another free-money handout.

Comment Re:Trump honest? (Score 2) 282

"In August he was a nobody"

This is the sort of statement that illustrates your point ... is nothing more than a political screed.

Michael Flynn served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from July 22, 2012, to August 7, 2014.

It's really not astonishingly shocking that a new president would select a former head of the DIA as National Security adviser, PARTICULARLY when most of the upper-level Washington insiders that might be ahead of him for the job signed one or more "NEVER TRUMP" letters ahead of the election.

BTW, Flynn's a registered Democrat. That doesn't get reported much.

I simply disbelieve that you did the financial checking you claim.

Mr Obama set the new tone for politics when he told Republican senators who objected to his railroading legislation: "I won".
Now Democrats get to see what that feels like, as well as a Presidency even *more* enabled with executive hubris and centralized power than Bush's 8 bad years of executive overreach.

I don't like Trump, but the Left's ceaseless whinging is going to cost them more elections if they don't learn to fucking shut up.

Comment Re:Enter the casual, brazen SJW injection (Score 1) 495

"lefties overcompensating in their horror of the Trump phenomenon"
Except that it's been going on for at least the last 20 years.

Not that you're wrong, it's certainly gotten worse since Nov 9. But it's been a thing generally since the 90s, and canon in US colleges at least since the days I went to school (1986-1990).

Comment Congratulations,your PC is now a governance device (Score 3, Insightful) 172

The camera "sees" the user and even knows which user it is seeing. The camera then locks the screen immediately when the user is not present.

How long before the computer "sees" the user and notifies the police that they can pick up their known dissident. I mean, really, given the kind of governance we're about to enter into, this (not to mention Alexa-like audio surveillance "features") are the last thing I'd want on any equipment in my home.

And no, I don't have anything to hide. But conversely, I also don't use the restroom in the middle of 5th Avenue. Privacy is a thing, even in a world full of morons who think it isn't.

Comment "Misinformation" (Score 4, Insightful) 119

I'll start to believe this hoo-ha about "fake news" being a SERIOUS effort to raise the standards of journalism when I see one reputable mainstream outlet reporting that 'hands up don't shoot' in Ferguson was ALSO 'fake news'.

Until then, it's just "my party lost" biased after-election whinging.

Comment How is this news? (Score 5, Informative) 133

I've read about this role for the appendix for at least 5 years? At LEAST.

Here's an early article I found on the subject https://blogs.scientificameric... - and if SciAm had it in 2012, it had to be relatively established information, they're not anywhere near cutting-edge reportage.

And here's a Discover magazine thing saying the same thing in 2008: http://discovermagazine.com/20...

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