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Comment Re:Politics vs. Reality (Score 1) 21

I had a similar thought to "regulate all you want," only I was thinking more along the lines of "if security of networked devices is so important, why have we not had similar regulation for the last 20-30+ years?" I mean, we've all seen the movie Sneakers. I know it was a bit fanciful, but the very first time someone decided to connect a power plant, bank, or air traffic control tower to any sort of external network, the world changed. The problem is I don't think that the general public understood just how dramatic that change was until only very recently, decades later. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is a combination of "quick, the horses got out, close the barn" and "that ship has already sailed."

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 0) 262

1) money will come back into the US and help our economy

False. Many of those who brought money back into the U.S. cut jobs. From the U.S. Treasury itself:

In assessing the 2004 tax holiday, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reports that most of the largest beneficiaries of the holiday actually cut jobs in 2005-06 - despite overall economy-wide job growth in those years - and many used the repatriated funds simply to repurchase stock or pay dividends.

Also, as the New York Times pointed out, using the government's own reports:

About 92 percent of it went to shareholders, mostly in the form of increased share buybacks and the rest through increased dividends.

In other words, no help to the economy.

2) whoever does it will be crucified for being easy on big business income taxes

Which Bush was but then again, this was the same guy who handed over $700 billion of taxpayer money to banks and Wall Street firms so they could pay out their bonuses. Obviously he didn't care about being crucified or what the people thought. It wasn't his money.

Comment Question (Score 2, Interesting) 63

I know amber is fossilized tree resin, but at this point is it possible to somehow dissolve the amber without destroying what's inside it?

It would be interesting if it could be done so we could see the tail and feathers in real light without the amber being in between.

Also, from the picture, there are bits and pieces of vegetation not to mention at least one ant inside the specimen which could be recovered.

Comment "Sources?" (Score 1) 75

Did this sentence..

Eighty-four percent of Americans with online access through three sources -- home broadband, smartphone and tablet computer -- say they like having so much information available.

..strike anyone else as a weirdly alien concept of what the word "source" means? It's so incomprehensible, that I can't even say for sure that it's wrong!

Comment Re:After Criticism (Score 0, Troll) 72

And all this while fake news sites like CNN and the New York Times and the Washington Post continue to operate.

Probably because they're real news sites, with real reporters, who go out into war zones, or visit earthquake survivors or flood victims or report on government waste. You know, what real news organizations do.

Unlike those fake news sites like Breitbart who twist other people's work to suit their propaganda needs.

Just because CNN, the New York Times and so on report facts about Trump's crimes and lies doesn't make them fake news. They're doing their job. Or would you prefer to hear from Fox which which routinely reports fake news such as porn being shown on CNN?

Comment Re:magic internet money (Score 1) 254

My understanding is that the president can unilaterally launch a nuclear strike.

Your understanding is wrong. The president can't simply press a button and launch missiles. There are numerous steps that have to be done and cross-checked by a series of different people who all have to give their approval.

If any one of them give a reason not to launch everything grinds to a halt. And I'm not talking about someone who doesn't want to do it simply because. They will be replaced. I mean a legitimate, military or other reason not to launch.

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 0) 322

Finally with an entrepeneur taking the reins we may be staring down a new golden age for America...

A) Trump is not an entrepreneur in the strictest sense. He had daddy give him a few million plus ready made contacts to get started. A true entrepreneur would be like Jobs and Wozniak or Gates or Musk.

B) The only gold we're going to see is the hideous gold paint Trump will plaster the White House with.

Unemployment at less than 5%? Puh-leeze. I guess maybe if you count crap work and part time jobs with no benefits.

Those people are working, aren't they? That means they are not unemployed. Therefore the number is correct. The survey only asks if you're working, not what kind of work.

Trump is going to take the world by the balls and basically start squeezing and say "stop fucking us over OR ELSE. Now would you like to talk?"

And in turn countries, such as China, will say, "Give us our money for all the bonds we've been buying from you." That then sends us into an economic depression as we have to come up with ways to pay those bondholders or do what Trump thinks is good business sense and throw up our hands and default.

Because the U.S. defaulting on its obligations will have no impact whatsoever.

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