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Comment Re:Down with Putin - Down with Trump (Score 2) 272

Actually the US caused the issue, by not acting in a rational manner.. All Snowden did was do what most people do.. read the signs (ie: "My life is in danger.. and the guys I thought were my friends are trying to kill me.. Let me go someplace they can't get to me")

You can't tell people "Come forward and talk with us" while grabbing your bat and gun when you don't like the answers given and expect them to stick around to be "silenced". In short, whistle blowers are treated like traitors when in fact, they are trying to HELP by talking with you instead of selling secrets to the highest bidder.

Comment Re:Good. Its a freaking epidemic. (Score 1) 455

You do realize a patent does not inhibit others from using the tech.. all it does is prohibit that use for "FREE". You can use it all you want.. just pay me.. (now comes the question of how much and on what terms). I have the feeling apple would have made it nominal since then its far less about the money, and more about when the lawyers come a'calling (and they would have).. the nominal charge could not be used against them as a knowing its a power grab that apple sanctioned. (ie: made a profit on).

Personally I disagree with ANY and ALL tech that assumes a solo driver in the car and tries to act as a nanny. If you are too stupid to not video call and drive (and that goes up there with no drinking and driving, or drugs and driving, or minecraft and driving, etc...) then I'm sorry, your genes do not belong in the pool.

Comment Re: This is fucking awesome (Score 3, Interesting) 455

You would have to prove malicious intent.

Having a patent on an idea is not the same as implementing it.

At its simplest, it would be based on the accelerometer.. which means anyone traveling in ANYTHING would be barred..
On that Bus trip to see the family with the kids but want to facetime grandma (who's not along).. sorry.. We don't know its YOU driving, or YOU are just a passenger.
Want to facetime a co-worker/family member because you are scared in a bad area of town.. Sorry.. you are going to fast.. slow down to sub 5 miles per hour and then try your potentially life saving call with VIDEO evidence.

Basically having an idea and implementing it in a way that prevents the invention from turning a phone into a brick when going over 5 miles per hour is not the same. If you want to start from the premise that any patent not implemented is an attempt from banning others, then technically ALL R&D is warfare.. when in fact, most are capturing ideas for potential but are so costly and risky to implement, you would rather sell the concept to others (For them to implement, and take the heat)

Comment Re:Failure of imagination (Score 1) 370

Your argument assumes people can keep jumping from role to role AND that there is a role to go to.

As you shift from Role/Job to Role/Job (due to automation), you are now also in competition your fellow shifters as well as new people coming into that role as well + automation of that role. Given that populations are rising, skills are shifting, this is not a sustainable path and its accelerating.

Its like trying to scoop water out of a leaky boat while raining. Eventually, the elements will win as the rain falls more and the waters rise.. but the pace looks good as the levels don't rise THAT fast.

Comment Re:Obama pull your fucking head in. (Score 2) 110

Umm.. so lets see a sitting president wants to slap a foreign government's hands for obviously attempting to meddle/influence the election and by extension its own government.. a fact that to be fair, we've had for months/years (increasing evidence and cases) and this is "stirring up anti-russian" sentiment?

Your argument is akin to someone being abused for months in school and NOW that they are finally taking action towards the end of the semester (when a new teacher is coming in), you side with the blamed party, without regard to the months of abuse that they inflicted? Yeah.. that makes sense.

Given how volatile the situation is, the US is not going to make a bold proclamation like this without evidence. (this is not Iran that is a small country and COULD be wiped this is Russia, the #2 Super Power and one that is not particularly shy about using its military or other weapons at its disposal).. so you don't toss theory and supposition about.. you work on facts.. because when the shit hits the fan (and it will).. you need data to back it up.

Comment Re:"Likley grow" - Bullshit (Score 1) 275

People like to assume that "developing nations" must do the SAME as they did..

ie: Fire -> Steam -> Coal -> Oil -> "natural sources" (i.e.: Solar/Wind/Hydro) and/or Nuclear.

Developing nations that have capital and resources (China and India) have the option of skipping "legacy" tech in favor of newer forms of power to leap frog into become giants.. (they don't have any legacy infrastructure or group that are fighting to keep "old tech" so they can go directly to newer/better forms.. If you are starting from scratch, technically speaking with the exception of nuclear (only because the materials used are expensive), they are all relatively the same cost. Solar/Wind/Hydro don't scale as fast/easy as some others.. but they can be cheaper to implement and you can build "micro grids" rather than larger grids.. (with many micro-grids its easy to tie a macro grid on top later).

A lot of economists are banking on China, India and other large developing nations will other tech simply because it doesn't help their long term goals and puts them into the SAME problem the US and others have with Coal/Oil/Gas.. namely legacy tech that now is in competition of newer tech.. (its like buying motorcycle because you are single, but knowing you are dating someone (and will eventually need car, then a larger car).. The Motor cycle is slightly cheaper than the larger car, but if you are smart (knowing the sort of person you are dating) will save a little longer and get the larger car (saving a lot of money in the long term for some short term pain)

Comment Re:An idiot wrote this (Score 1) 275

China's building coal plants because the tech is practically public domain, and its cheap.

But as they get experience on rolling out nuclear power plants (the work being done in the UK is pretty much a test), coal is dropping out. China wants to be a super power.. and you do that one of three ways:

Beat the hell out of them (i.e.: military)
Beat them economically (they are doing a marvelous job of that already)
Beat them technologically (hence why they are ramping up so fast)

Coal production helps items 1 and 2.. but won't help 3, and is causing more pushback on 2.. so other forms of power (Nuclear as an example) give them the holy grail of 1, 2, and 3.

Lets remember, China like the US has some major geographical advantages (lots of USABLE land).. and unlike the US, its a communistic tightly controlled group, so if it wants X done, it will make X happen.. no talk, discussions, public debate, etc... Next best thing to a dictatorship, except more hands on the wheel. It has lots of usable materials (coal, oil, natural gas, wind, water, etc...).

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 1) 275

Given that trump WANTS to kill them, couple that with the increased lobbying of the coal groups, and DT's insistence on cheap/easy solutions to putting people back to work means, yes its going to grow. The government is paying for alternative fuels because in a capitalistic nation, everything is always up for what gives the most profit for the least expense. Coal (and oil) have been around for a VERY long time.. so the manufacture/processing is relatively cheap. "new" energy forms are more expensive by comparison because its new.. (like all technology, costs will drop over time IF you jump in and keep moving forward).

Its like dating new girl/boy A but you keep looking back at your crazy ex (of 10 years).. Yes, things were easier (in some ways) and you have a history there.. but you broke up for a reason.. and the constant looking back does nothing more than holding "new" to an unrealistic comparison to "old" when in fact, new has its own merits and benefits. Anyone can tell you that doing that means you are ultimately doomed to repeating the EXACT same mistakes because of a misguided notion of nostalgia rather than accepting the new and figuring out if she/he is best for you.

Comment Re:Blah blah blah (Score 1) 667

The argument against that, nothing was really revealed in the emails.. having read most of them that wikileaks put out.. it ALLUDES to many things.. but none of them have proven a cause for legal action. and also if there any truth in much of this, the feds would have been all over it (not to mention the media which loves a juicy story). Yes,about the only damning thing in it references to the fact that the DNC wanted Hillary to win so they favored her over Sanders, which is wrong (its supposed to be a free for all and the best/most popular candidate win)

This is akin to a couple (not married to each other) whispering in hushed tones.. we don't know what they are talking about specifically, but we do hear snippets (words really) and the words SOUND incriminating.. but in reality the conversation could be banal.. but we take from it what we want to believe.. and many people want to believe that if they smell smoke, there is a 4 alarm fire when in fact it could be your neighbors cooking (ie: nothing at all).

Comment Re: Typical (Score 1) 1368

Be that as it may,CA would do what all other countries in the same boat do.. IMPORT what it lacks.. (like it already does).. it already pays fees to other countries.. again the main difference is as an independent country, it has a LOT more freedom to choose where to import/export to at rates that may be more favorable to it.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 1368

Lets see.. California takes relatively little in federate aid (https://ballotpedia.org/California_state_budget_and_finances), returns more to the federal government (https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-least-dependent-on-the-federal-government/2700), and tries to insure ALL its citizens have at least a safety net. And given that most of the "poor" states are republican (the notable exception being Texas).. Texas, CA and NY could leave the US would tank.

California's federal aid goes towards programs required by the feds, but as those programs would end (or be selectively implemented if desired), their budgetary requirements would shift. And as an independent nation, it would be free to seek other interests and partnerships with other countries to make up that shortfall. In short, its not impossible for it to depart. it would take some planning and sacrifice in the near term, but definitely possible.

Comment Re:False Advertising (Score 1) 499

But that's just it.. the Media never called him on his shit. He was the clown, the "verbal kent" in our game of "usual suspects" in that no one suspected him because he's "too stupid to be a threat".. so ever fumble, outlandish, crazy, lie he's ever told was just laughed at as "he's just trump and no one is going to seriously believe him" . But they underestimated the masses in that they wanted someone that was not "part of the establishment" (which his actions proved) and they wanted someone that would put america front and center (and they won't understand what tiger they have unleashed until its too late). The "establishment" they (the media) know the lines they can cross so when they cross them they called them on their shit 100% (like smacking an adult for saying foolish that you let slide with a 2 year old), never realizing that the baby in diapers telling the stories was a Baby Herman, not a Baby Huey.

Comment Re:As funny as NPR (Score 1) 499

Its not any ONE thing.. It it was ONE thing, it would alienate ONE segment.. but the reality is its multiple things..

She's a woman, that's going to energize one segement but alienate another one (I've heard publically many people say they don't trust A woman (not Hillary) to lead the country because they feel A woman stand up to the other world leaders).

Facebook - Yes, its true, facebook doesn't do any filtering, so fake/false/slanderous stories masquarading as "true" are going to alienate many people (in particular those that get their news FROM facebook, which is a large segment of the population these days)

Because she's going to be Obama Lite 2.0 - Yes again, a large segment of the population don't want another 4+ years of Obama... He's done good for a lot of people, but in their opinion "Not fast enough" and it "hasn't helped ME any".. When in fact in a country of 324,118,787 (based on 2016 data) people, you are NEVER going to help EVERYONE.. (everyone, just think about 4 people close to you, they all need your help (sometimes in conflicting ways).. you won't be able to help them all.. you can help solve SOME problems.. but others you may not be because its going to hurt others. Now add in the fact that you have ACTIVE forces preventing you from doing some actions that COULD help (not saying they WILL, but they COULD), and you have former and current legal obligations to others that again, may conflict with your goals. How successful are you.. Now, lets scale that up about 81,000,000 times.. and just see how far you get. Governments (and its impacts are NEVER felt immediately but over years.. especially in a democratic republic.. in a dictatorship you can do whatever you want and its impact (domestically) maybe felt in weeks to months.. but in the US, years to decades.. its like steering a cruise ship... turning on a dime will collapse you, but if you want to turn, your starting that turn 20 - 30 miles out and slowing down so you can resume "normal" speed at the end. A lot of people don't get that.

All of these things COMBINED = the voting public didn't like her.. for a lot of assumed issues, but also some that she actually has..

Comment Re:They're worried that they didn't control the ne (Score 2, Interesting) 499

Its not a matter of "control" but getting the truth out there.. so much of what he said was pretty slanderous (blantent lies) and would under any normal circumstances (including him) be actionable in the court of law.. but no one did that.. and rather than keep FAKE news out, it was a matter of, let the disinformation flow.

If I started a campaign against you and lied (literally) at every turn, you would be firing up your axe and had your lawyers on speed dial. If I called out your flaws (not a lie, but kept calling out the actual flaws in you as a candidate) then that would be a different thing.

Virtually every fact-checking site has shown that 98% of what he uttered was a lie (most medium, quite a lot large, and some small), which is being regurgitated as "news". And Facebook (the "news" site it is (even though they keep claiming they are not) is doing nothing to stem the tide. And I say this not just for campaigns but also in general.. (my wife gets more scams and just false stories about so many things that even a single check the link shows its all false.. BUT.. most people don't).

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