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Comment Re:Let's hope they do arrest him (Score 1) 369

That'll shake up the establishment.

I can't see how; if the revelations of the past ~17 years did nothing to shake up the establishment, what could there possibly be that would make the majority of people (particularly voting Americans) suddenly "woke"?

Electing Trump may have been an attempt to shake it up, but it was a horribly ham-fisted one: he's done very little reforming on populist promises (but there was never any real indication he would), has appointed directly from "the swamp", and the people who elected him also saw fit to re-elect many swamp-members at the same time.

If anything, it seems that many people have been impervious to astounding revelations, and accept whatever deflection or lie is given in response to a problem.

Comment Re:Ah Robots taking jobs again. (Score 1) 396

Before an hour has passed we'll see half a dozen posts by people saying "they'll never take my job".

A large part of these claims, IMO, is that people forget long-tail effects. Okay, the robot who replaces the human on the manufacturing line is not going to also replace the developer... but the decrease in employees will lead to a decrease in (or elimination of!) HR and other supportive roles, and thus also fewer supplies and/or software. So if someone is a developer who focuses mostly on human-management software, then their job becomes at risk if the demand for the software drops low enough.

So, it's not that their jobs will be "taken", it's that they'll be rendered moot, a far better comparison for the "buggy whip manufacturers".

Comment Re: Liability (Score 1) 500

has to relearn that politics is not a matter of black and white

We have an election system that not only promotes tribalism, it promotes a duality: you are either the majority party, the minority party, or a rounding error. Which party is the majority just rotates every 6-8 years. The last time a major party fell out or was replaced was over a century ago, and it's only been the makeup of each that has changed since.

This has been a problem for almost as long as this country has held elections. Parties formed shortly after the country did, States, with few exceptions, all moved to first-past-the-post, winner-take-all based on the popular vote for the Electoral College. Only now is ranked/preferential voting being applied on a wide level: Maine voted it in with this last election. I'd like to say that other states will follow their lead, but Maine (and Nebraska, odd bed-fellows) has had Congressional District Method for the EC for a few decades now but no other states have picked up on it.

In short, American politics is black and white because Americans in general don't care enough to make gray options viable (and the elite for both major parties are all too happy to stay mum on the ability to do so.) I feel the Founding Fathers could have done more to stunt or blunt this, our election system being one of their few major failures (and one of the even fewer that has gone uncorrected.)

Comment Re:YouTube is filled with ads... (Score 1) 301

That's why I got Youtube Red. $10/mo might sound a bit steep, but since I don't consume media from Netflix or anywhere else I'm fine with it. Haven't even bothered to check out any of the "original" content, I just wanted to drop ads without also dropping financial support for the content creators I watch.

Comment Re:if apps had rights to there own folder then (Score 1) 238

these days geforce experience requires a sign in,

This seems to be avoidable, at least in the interim. Google "geforce experience avoid upgrade" or some such; I found a Youtube video that directed you to an Upgrade (Update?) folder, from which you rename or delete an EXE, and then the old version places nice again; no sign-in needed, and as far as I could tell I still downloaded the latest driver.

If you've already upgraded you can uninstall and put the old version back (the comments had links to "official" Nvidia installers, but other comments suggested these actually installed the latest version so you might have to roll the dice with "old version" file hosts.)

Comment Re:Hyperbole stew (Score 1) 514

I've always seen "hate us for our freedoms" to be a "true patriot" line: It's something that the authoritarians and/or warmongers bring out for the dimwitted masses to excuse whatever bullshit our government is trying to do at the moment. Everyone with critical thinking skills knows differently.

Sadly, it seems that latter group comprises only a simple majority of American voters, not a significant one.

Comment Re:I don't get it either. (Score 1) 437

Out goes the moderations, then.

it affects the 10% Christian populations of those countries and other religions

It does affect them, by giving them a special exemption:

(b) Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual's country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.

This is, in practice, Christians. (Muslims are the majority, other religions are almost non-existent in the given countries.)

(*) And for the record, Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952:

And, for the record, Section 202(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 :

No person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of his race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence

Emphasis mine. I haven't read the whole 1965 version, but unless there's a provision that creates exceptions for INA1952 212(f) I believe the 1965 version takes precedent. (There are exceptions to 202(a), but deal mainly with things like immediate relatives of citizens getting preference.)

Obama used this same law at least six times between 2010 and 2014 against people in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Crimea without even a whimper from the ACLU, ADL, John McCain, Gender Netural Graham, Chuck You Schumer, Hillary, Mark Zuckerberg, Hollywood elites, or the establishment globalist media.

I'm a little fuzzy on the others, but at least the Iraq action in 2011 was in response to an actual threat, was not nearly as broad (applying only to pending applications), and wasn't even a proper ban (just a delay of approval while they re-evaluated the process.)

But, by all means, continue playing down 45's bullshit by shouting "but the other guy!"

Comment Re:Bring broadband to all Americans... (Score 1) 292

Huh, thank you for telling me about that. I was completely unaware of the separate category (the Wiki page I linked to doesn't bother to mention what the "Presidential Memoranda" column is about...).

That's not very transparent.

Agreed. I was quite upset with Obama's failure in transparency, even before this.

Comment Re:Bring broadband to all Americans... (Score 1) 292

"I've got a pen and a phone" was how he phrased that whole "fuck Congress, I can do what I want" thing.

Which he did only well after Republicans in Congress said "fuck Obama". And even then Obama's Executive Order count (I presume that's what you're referring to, anyway) is still one of the lowest in the last century, by raw or per year.

If you want to talk about people who say "fuck Congress", President Trump has so far signed 12 executive orders, which makes his rate 285.7 per year, the second highest in the last century (to FDR's first). This will likely decrease greatly after the first 100 days, of course, but who knows what the future will hold?

In other words, this sort of thing has been something that the Feds have been doing for about 80 years now. get over it.

Okay, now I think you may have replied to the wrong comment. If Pai succeeds, excellent! I have no opposition to the general idea. My laughter was on the idea that the government (present or future) would reign in the abuses from entrenched monopoly ISPs when they (the Gov) have completely failed to do so for at least the last 20 years.

Comment Re:Get over it! (Score 1) 1560

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.

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