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Comment Re:But of course (Score 4, Insightful) 445

I suffered a few minutes of NPR over the weekend while they happened to be covering the flood news. Apparently the only officials from Louisiana or the feds that NPR has any interest in hosting are climatologists. No FEMA, no state first responders; just climatologists.

While discussing the floods with the climatologists, both the federal and state climate guys made the mistake of mentioning the fact that the high costs and displacement are as much to do with recent property development as the amount of water. You could clearly detect the host's frustration as he attempted to get these hapless officials back on the rails speculating about climate and saying disparaging things about fossil fuels.

Whatever. You people want to eat all the crap they're feeding you and furnish your rulers with the ammo to manage you're decline, go ahead. Enjoy. I don't care anymore. Bill Nye lives in a nice $1,000,000+ home in Studio City and I'm all set with my nice property and neither one of us are giving it up for the benefit of your virtues, so fuck off.

Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 1) 445

If only buggy whip manufacturers had had the political clout to have trolly/car/bus operators taxed for their benefit. We'd have buggy whip shops filled with beautiful buggy whips that no one buys. Perhaps we'll have taxis that no one actually uses, but gainfully employed taxi drivers standing by nonetheless.

Comment Re:Linux is far worse than Microsoft (Score 4, Insightful) 538

a major distro with systemd removed (with broken functionality)

While this is mostly true for those hosting their own systems, one of the larger pieces of the Linux `ecosystem' today is AWS. The heavily used Amazon Linux AMI has the traditional SysV init and Amazon has not indicated that they intend to move to systemd. This at least ensures that it will not be possible to entirely neglect SysV init methods; if it doesn't run on EC2 it's broken for many people, and indeed there are cases of commercial software vendors discovering that their paying customers need SysV init compatibility for this reason.

I personally haven't had problem with systemd anywhere I've had to deal with it, and I've become comfortable working with it. The doomsayers predicted all manner of problems with systemd. They were wrong as far as I know. A minor bug here and there, quickly fixed. Journalctl is very handy; a lot nicer than chasing creatively named log files hither and thither. On the other hand, when I deal with EC2 instances and SysV init I'm fine with that as well. I understand both the rational for systemd and the reasons behind Amazon staying with SysV init; I'm happy to live with both.

Comment Re:The problem is easy to fix (Score 1, Insightful) 236

Look, this is simple. We just need government workers to show up and actually work. Yeah, crazy talk, I know.

They're underfunded. Just ask them. By the time our Federal LE's have analyzed all the consent decree paper work from racist police departments and processed all the refugee cases and sued enough states for voter ID laws and attended enough white privilege awareness seminars there is precious little time or budget left to pursue these criminals. Congress can outlaw whatever it wants but if the Republicans won't supply the billions upon billions needed to employ enough departments full of lawyers to pursue the robocall menace then what is the point?

Comment Re:If I thought it would help... (Score 0) 279

I'd be all for it. I just don't take DHS as being competent enough to actually make a real difference.

I am certain they'd make a real difference. That's what this is about.

Who is asking for this? When has our election system ever been threatened by any foreign power or terrorist? All of the sudden, 90-ish days out from big Federal elections, DHS suddenly discovers this brand new jurisdiction and starts floating trial balloons about 'critical infrastructure?' WTH?

The answer is right there in their talking points; "that [the secretaries of the states] should pay particular attention to close races." They want any close races investigated by the "right" people. Having key minders in the process determines the outcome of disputed elections e.g. Al Franken. When a dispute appears — and a few probably will — the SoS's will have a suitable number of (D) appointed DHS lawyers breathing down their necks.

They're not leaving this one to chance. Critical Infrastructure indeed.

Comment Re:If I thought it would help... (Score 0) 279

would mean the introduction of voter ID laws

I really don't see how you get there. 'Elections' could be designated 'Critical Infrastructure' without imposing any ID requirements, and that is exactly what I would expect would happen. Remember, the default position of the feds will be to assume the most liberal possible stance wrt voter identity and they will bend themselves into pretzels to avoid noticing any fraud. In fact I imagine DHS facilitating fraud by nationalizing control over voting infrastructure (booths, etc.) to keep any state or local LE out of the loop.

Remember, this is Obama's DHS; the exact same mentality that was installed in the IRS is running this outfit too; these people know the score and they don't have to be told who to target and who to wave on through. And they aren't floating this trial balloon on a whim either. There is absolutely no possible way they have in mind impeding whatever part of their constituency might cast a vote for their side, legitimate or otherwise. So no, they aren't planning on imposing any voter ID anywhere. You can take that to the bank.

Comment Magical missing (D) (Score 1) 254

Good 'ol Vance Jr has been fucking up the country since Carter.

And he's doing it wrong too. Hey Cyrus; all need to persuade the bulk of these hapless government worshiping twits that your back door is a great idea is to convince them that you need it to prosecute wealthy tax evaders. Unbreakable iPhones are a tool of Those At The Top(tm) to keep from Paying Their Fair Share(tm).

Comment Re:Why do companies do this? (Score 1) 42

It makes the industry more liquid. The investors that hold these companies don't just hold AT&T. They also invest in Verizon and Deutsche Telekom and a plethora of smaller telecoms. The more standardized the systems are among these companies the easier it is to merge and consolidate them. That has real value for major share holders. The end state for a successful telecom company is getting bought by some politically connected monster.

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