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Comment Re:Don't blame the publishers ... (Score 1) 8

Therein lies one of the biggest problems in the current situation - we are still in a job market that is toxic to the worker, and it is reinforced by a government that encourages bad behavior. Labor unions have - to be generous - only very marginal power in the US and we're going to see them lose most of what little power they still have soon. Blacklists are coming back in fashion in a big way - where is someone with a dishonorable discharge going to find employment when all their training came from the job that canned them for insubordination?

It doesn't much matter the consequences of following an order on a larger scale; right now the workers will follow damned near any order as long as it means the paycheck keeps coming in.

Comment Re:Does this mean... (Score 1) 87

I have an optimus laptop (Dell L502x) and run Ubuntu 14.04 on it. No issues. Installed just fine with the intel driver (Duh!). I do have the proprietary drivers installed now, but it works fine. Switching from Intel to NVidia and inversely does require a login/logout. Not very practical, but good enough if you really really really need that NVidia card for a game.

Comment Re:Don't blame the publishers ... (Score 1) 8

I will admit I do not have military experience, so I cannot back this up for all cases. My understanding though is that any time a service member chooses to disobey an order from a superior they are in very real risk of being charged with (at least) insubordination. In some cases they could lose their rank. pension, or more.

Comment Re:2020 campaign? (Score 1) 7

WTF is wrong with that sorry excuse for a man?

The shorter list is what isn't wrong. Indeed that list is so short that aside from "breathes in oxygen" I can't think of anything to put on it.

In that press conference a few days ago he mentioned Hillary Clinton sixteen times.

He - or his handlers - is smart enough to know a dog whistle when he hears one. Nothing excites the GOP base as much as the name "Clinton". He could mention Chelsea Clinton's child - or for that matter mention NY Governor Clinton (who was responsible for the Erie Canal) - and the GOP would promptly circle jerk themselves into a frothy frenzy. If a little bit is good, then obviously even more is even more gooder, right?

Comment Too bad it's Ubuntu (Score 2) 119

This distro seems to become a bigger train wreck with each passing release. The arbitrary bullshit that my current install (16.04LTS) keeps throwing at me boggles my mind at times. Who the fuck thought it made sense for a laptop to lock the display configuration files when it goes to sleep? Now any time I put my laptop to sleep I have to move .config, and .kde, and reboot the next time I want to connect to an external monitor. Otherwise it will happily detect and lock out any external monitor until the magic locked file is out of the way. A simple reboot doesn't resolve it, the files have to be moved manually out of the way.

I wish that was the worst thing they've done, that is just the problem I run it to most often. The long term solution to it seems to be to just never put my laptop to sleep (as I use a different external display configuration at home than I do at work, and there are times I need to use only the laptop display while at work or on the road).

Comment Smartphone life expectancy? (Score 2) 91

If 432 million smart phones are sold per quarter that is 1.6 billion per year. One group predicts around 4.77 billion cell phone users by the end of 2017, though that includes both smart phones and less sophisticated phones. If we said that half of those phones are smart that means the number of smart phones is somewhere around 2.4 billion. We already know we are closing in on saturation as the remainder of the world's ~6.8 billion people are not necessarily potential customers for cell service.

So if 1.6 billion of the 2.4 billion smart phones in use today were purchased in the past year, does that suggest that on average over half the world's smart phones last under a year?

Comment Re:Don't blame the publishers ... (Score 1) 8

Donald Trump's very public delusional break with reality at his latest news conference

I would be more surprised to see him say something that actually reflects reality. The vast majority of everything that comes out of his mouth is a significant departure from reality.

the chance of the military obeying an order to launch is now unofficially zero.

If the order makes it all the way to the military I don't know that they have the choice to disobey. As far as I understand the order would keep going through people - and anyone disobeying would be thrown from their post - until someone hits the button. If you have career military people and they are told to hit the button or lose their job, they will most likely hit the button.

Comment About Pence... (Score 1) 1

... as far as I know, we don't have anything we can pin on him. We can't force him out just for being a hateful bigot. Right now Trump goes out and Pence takes over. If he doesn't appoint a new VP, then Speaker Ryan becomes the next in line.

Hell there's hardly even been a picture of Trump and Pence together since inauguration day. Obviously that doesn't mean he doesn't know about the shit show, but it makes it that much more difficult to pin any blame on him.

And even worse if we could, then the GOP could drive him out first, put Ryan in as VP, and have Trump resign after that. Then we're stuck with someone who looks at Atlas Shrugged like it's a fucking how-to manual. I'll definitely be rooting for a giant asteroid at that point.

Comment 2020 campaign? (Score 1) 7

First of all, he won't make it that far. He'll be lucky if his administration lasts to 2018. Unfortunately that unleashes President Pence upon us, with a fair chance of speaker (Ron) Paul Ryan then being promoted to VP. At that point, CBP will need to quadruple in size to keep Americans from fleeing by land.

Second, it's hard to make a claim that Trump is campaigning for 2020 when he arguably hasn't stopped campaigning for 2016. The stupid shit that keeps storming out of his pie hole is no better or more refined than it was back in October. It's actually a tragedy that someone pointed out to him that he needs to start governing; we could have done semi-not-completely-fucked if he would have stayed in campaign mode instead of transitioning to actually being POTUS.
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Journal Journal: Like Owen Wilson in Armageddon 7

So the Fuckhead Of The United States is having literally the worst first month of a presidential term and his big idea is a 2020 campaign rally in fucking Florida this weekend?

Oughtta just nuke the whole country, it's the only way to be sure at this point. Fucking Yanks.

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