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Comment Re:No greenbacks for the Greenies? (Score 1) 198

She wants money to do a recount. Which is fine, if the recount is gonna change the results: they concede that it won't. Besides that, if there is cash left over after the recount is done, she ought to return it to the donors. She won't, but she can't tell people that she'll pocket it for the Green Party, so she creates this bs tale of 'election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.' Why will election officials anywhere - Republican OR Democrat - do those things her way, rather than whatever way works for them?

Comment laptops on the conveyor belt (Score 1) 40

In the past, when laptops used to be a part of my carry-on baggage, I'd make sure I was ahead of it, or I'd put it behind the bag(s) and other personal items, like shoes. That way, when I'm past security and waiting to collect my stuff, it has yet to come out and nobody ahead of me can steal it.

Ever since I got tablets, I just pack the laptop in the check-in luggage, and don't look at it until I have reached the destination. B/w the phone and tablet, I have enough material to keep me entertained during the flight - assuming that in flight entertainment ain't there.

Comment Re:Maybe, I should sue KDE? (Score 1) 44

Not the same thing. First of all, there's hardly a distro that normal users pay for, aside from maybe DVD costs of $5. Then again, while installing, people have a choice of DE w/ most distros, which again emphasizes the point that you only use KDE b'cos you want to, not b'cos you have to.

I'm actually pissed about something else: that there is no way for me to upgrade/migrate from PC-BSD 10.2 to TrueOS 11. They shut down the PC-BSD server that was used to update things. Again, I paid nothing for the original PC-BSD 10.0 DVD, so I have nothing to sue for. And they're not making TrueOS 11 DVDs either

Comment Re:HP Envy x360 15 (Score 1) 245

I won't buy a laptop *without* a number pad.

How often do you actually use the keypad, and is it worth the annoyance of having the entire keyboard shifted to the left? You can also forget about anything with a 13- or 14-inch screen if you insist on a built-in keypad.

For the few occasions where I might need to enter lots of numeric data, there are USB keypads.

Comment Re:same as it ever was (Score 1) 245

To be fair the machines with soldered on RAM are often that way because they already have the maximum that the chipset supports.

The thinnest notebooks out there use soldered-on RAM more than likely because sockets would make them thicker. It's not just Apple that's following this approach, either; I have a Dell Latitude 7370 that's fixed at 8 GB RAM. I wouldn't be surprised if a fair number of other "ultrabook" models took the same approach.

(Apparently the entire bottom panel is still removable with some screws, and the SSD is an M.2 (?) unit that can be replaced with something of larger capacity. Nobody's figured out a sufficiently low-profile method for accomodating RAM upgrades, though.)

Comment Re:Bah! They lost Michigan recount &... (Score 1, Informative) 198

Okay, so PA won't be recounted - they've passed the deadline. MI's AG has said he'll move to block the recount, so nothing will happen there. W/o PA, recounting MI and WI is worthless: even if they flip those 2 states to Hilary, it won't change the overall results.

So does Jill Stein have any mechanism and plan to return these donations when the recount ends? Answer is no: she's said that their costs are running higher, but the recounts ain't even happening in PA. Which is a way of disguising the fact that she plans to pocket the cash for the Green Party once the recounts end/get rejected/aborted.

Comment Russia vs the USSR (Score 1) 198

I agree w/ you about the Russians now, but as far as the Soviets went, your ancestors were right. You are conflating today's Russia w/ yesterday's Soviet Union, when in fact, Putin's Russia has more similarities w/ the Romanov empire than their communist successor.

The Soviet Union, particularly after WWII, had a worldwide goal to spread Communism wherever it could, w/ the ultimate goal of making all the world Communist. Which is why they had so many intellectual allies in countries as disparate as Vietnam to Angola to Ethiopia to Nicaragua. Communists in all those countries were happy to take Soviet aid in taking over their countries, and in return, be client states once they came to power. And they had a constant supply of cash from the Soviets once their economies tanked - like Cuba. In Europe, you had the iron curtain, and a nuke heavy border where the Soviets could march in anytime and trigger a war. And the Soviets did have a record of invading countries, be it Czechoslovakia, Hungary or Afghanistan. As far as the US went, the long term goal of the Soviets was to make more and more countries Communist until the US was either isolated, or Communist itself. And they were prepared to take that to a nuclear war if needed.

While it's true that Putin is an ex KGB agent, he is not a Communist: he is a Russian nationalist. For this reason, Communists or Leftists around the world have little reason to fawn on him. Putin's pet cause is Russian nationalism, and any sign of Russian glory anywhere makes him happy. For instance, he lauded Israel for being a country where Russian is the main second language, after Hebrew. That despite his support to Syria. His friction w/ Ukraine is based on his desire to co-opt Russians into Russia, and was triggered by Ukraine declaring Ukrainian its sole official language. While he did call the break-up of the Soviet Union a tragedy, it was b'cos it left millions of ethnic Russians in other republics, where they stood to become second class citizens.

So yeah, what Putin is doing in places like Ukraine is worrying, but he has a very specific platform of Russian nationalism. But it is far more localized than Soviet designs were.

Comment They let the ban on propagandizing citizens expire (Score 4, Informative) 198

Three and a half years ago the US government, under the Obama administration, let the ban on propagandizing US citizens expire - and immediately began writing and spreading "fake news".

From an FP article dated July 14, 2013:

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. governmentâ(TM)s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts.

So the only thing new here is US citizens noticed one of the government's renewed, official, domestic propaganda operations.

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