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Comment Re:Mount Tambora (1815 volcano eruption) (Score 1) 567

They've realized that with oil being cheap, the non-oil energy sources margins are too thin, or at a loss. With an USA oil tax at the pipe line, or from imports at oil carrier ship (unless the importing country has already taxed it), would then increase oil prices, and the market would then put more money non-oil energy sources.

Higher fossil-fuel prices will also assist in reducing the numbers of old, sick, and poor (especially the poor) through attrition as the prices for heating and A/C go higher and higher and more and more deaths from heat/cold exposure and starvation (many will have to choose between food and heat/AC). Luckily it won't much affect those that matter...the rich and the politically-connected who can easily afford outrageously high energy costs.

Increasing energy costs have a very real and serious affect on the lives of people, and price increases are extremely regressive as they hurt the poorest first and worst.

Can't we come up with a solution that doesn't involve forcing poor, sick, and elderly people to die of exposure?

Strat

Comment Re:65 million? (Score 1) 127

Just imagine how much we could accomplish with all that welfare money? (3 trillion a year).

Where are your priorities, man!?

Don't you realize that $3T is what keeps the status quo the status quo and contributes heavily to a 90%+ incumbent reelection rate?

Why, I just heard about the new program being proposed by the administration to help quell the recent riots. It's sort of a spin-off from the 'Cash For Clunkers' program.

They believe that access to safe and stylish transportation will both assist in their financial mobility but also in bolstering self esteem.

They've floated a few possible names for a vehicle giveaway program for inner-city "justice-involved" individuals at risk:

"Caddies For Baddies"

"Navigators for Violators"

"Lugs For Thugs"

"Escapes For Rapes"

They briefly considered but abandoned an identical plan with motorcycles for those involved in gun violence they considered calling "Scooters For Shooters".

Strat

Comment Re: Elect Trump for Honest Government (Score 1) 524

Trump isn't too big on breaking laws, he mostly just likes to hurt people's feelings. The problem with Trump is 90% his mouth. With Hilliary it's the fact that she honestly thinks that the law is whatever she decides it is at that moment and that it never really applies to her. Hilliary never breaks laws because laws weren't meant for her and she never lies because the truth is whatever she says it is.

Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

I can't quite tell what you're asking. Are you asking if I've used a Linux distro? Yes... a significant portion of my work career involved using (and sys admin stuff, too) SLES 9.x+ and RHEL 4.x+, in addition to AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and Windows. I've personally run OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary, and Fedora. I currently have a Elementary on a laptop (personal use), in a VM (contract work), RHEL 6 and 7 in VMs (full time job), and use a MBP for work. Which I wish ran a Linux distro, but I can't. :)

As for the devices themselves ... most of the unrecognized issues I've run into, to be fair, are with wireless network dongles, and it was a while ago. I was joking. I haven't had trouble lately, though I didn't even try to get my Fujitsu ScanSnap s1300i (according to link, it's technically possible, but looks like too much of a pain).

But, due to some other software restrictions, I really haven't used Linux as my primary home computer for a while, so I haven't been exposed to trying to use too many USB devices lately.

In reality, I would guess that Linux is a better bet with older USB stuff that conformed to standards, Windows with newer (but Linux will probably work, too, either out of the box or with some effort).

Oh, in the past I'd also run into annoying issues with USB drives and caching if you forget to eject, which I never ran into with Windows (though I've heard it's theoretically possible to encounter it).

Comment Re:"More Professional Than Ever" (Score 2) 306

Except when they don't work. Which happens.

Or when your shiny new MBP (from work) suddenly stops working, and you reboot, and it just stops booting partway. With no explanation. Or console output (that I could find), of course.

Or when you want alt-tab to cycle through all windows, not just window groups. I guess I'm using it wrong?

Or when you double click to maximize, but it only maximizes vertically and leaves a gap on the right side. I guess I'm looking at it wrong.

I could go on. There are annoying quirks. Sure. the hardware is nice (and overpriced), the OS seems generically stable (about as stable as my Windows 10 desktop), and it's an ok UI. But I would actually much prefer a Linux distribution on well supported hardware. I have my eyes on the XPS 13" from Dell (for personal use/contract work).

And don't get me started on the ridiculous package management - well, the lack of it (I mean when installing something outside of the App Store). Or even the funny installation process to begin with... :)

Comment Re: Using Satellites to Do What Satellites Already (Score 1) 159

Some of the equipment is even capable of ssb, eh? All of the last generation of tube based transceivers from the 70s/80s had the same basic functionality as todays rigs - that certainly includes SSB, AM, CW, digital modes, slow scan TV, and some FM. Even now, most brand new high powered RF amplifiers for hams sold today are still tube based, though solid state amps are getting more popular.

Sorry, was talking to younger people that likely have no clue and think if something uses tubes it's a step above the abacus at best. I've owned walls full of all sorts of old radio gear and used to have a repair shop back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Usually had a table at the hamfests upon which such things as E.F. Johnson transmitters/amplifiers, Yaesu FT-series transceivers, Collins Radio gear, Hallicrafters gear, all the old classics, might be found on any particular occasion, but I almost invariably ended up going home with as much or more gear than I brought, heh!

Strat

Comment Re: What is it that you say? (Score 2) 444

I think you mean, "Uber and the like are free to compete, but we're going to hamstring them so the antiquated taxi companies can still compete, because they're an extraordinarily powerful political special interest group."

Rather, at some point citizens wanted taxi services to be well regulated, but they can longer afford the cost of regulation given competition that isn't held to the same standard.

No, people only wanted the minimum amount of effective regulations of minimum standards of safety and quality with some assurance of honest fare systems. Although very heavily regulated, taxi services have only marginally improved in the last several decades in regards to unfair/deceptive/dishonest fare structures/practices and little else.

As has been pointed out repeatedly most taxis are disgusting, smelly, rattletraps that...if they show up at all...are likely in big cities to have surly and rude drivers that may even in some cases refuse you a ride if you have a guide/companion dog or you're carrying alcohol.

The system of laws and regulations which you insist that Uber, Lyft, etc comply with have almost totally failed to solve the majority of the problems for which they were created. That's why they exist in the first place. If the current system had not failed, Uber and their like would not and could not exist regardless of if it were legal or not. There would simply not be enough demand (both drivers and riders) to make such a system viable.

Yes, Uber, Lyft, and other similar entities are a response to demand for a better system, and that's because the current system of regulations, laws, and controls have failed. Attempting to simultaneously publicly vilify and force the same system that has already failed and continues to fail on those attempting to relieve the transportation stress caused by that failed system is not a solution. It's simply screaming "Sit down and shut up!" to maintain the corrupt and broken status quo.

Strat

Comment Re:A stupid idea made even worse (Score 1) 219

It can be done with a paper system. A rigged paper system is labor intensive and thus harder to handle. Usually large voter fraud in a paper system gets outed sooner or later. They're just now uncovering a lot of vote fraud from the 2008 election by going back and verifying signatures. People are getting charged and going to jail.

Comment Re: Will Internet Voting Endanger The Secret Ball (Score 1) 219

I don't want my vote to be anonymous. The fraud at the ballot box is out of hand in the US, similar to that of many "third world" countries. With the new digital age the opportunities for fraud have been magnified to an incredible degree with the ability to change or eliminate thousands of votes electronically. I think if you want an anonymous vote you should be able to vote on paper and if not then a verifiable digital vote. Leave the option to the voter. I'll vote online only if it's not anonymous. One thing, no fucking chads.

Comment Re:Security Cameras (Score 2) 67

That used to be true but now it's not. There's plenty of 1080p digital security hardware now. If you have enough of them even crappy old cameras are useful. They show who got into a vehicle, then some witness fingers the vehicle, etc. But now it's not unusual for a really good face shot to come from someone's security cam.

You're right in that it's not as universally true as it once was particularly with newer businesses and big-box stores etc, but among older sole proprietorships and Chapter 'S' corporations which still make up the majority of businesses and employers in the US it's still true to a great extent.

If they upgrade video security equipment it's usually because the old hardware stopped working due to age and the better stuff was what was readily available at a discount to replace it and/or the new insurance plan has stipulations regarding security systems covering minimum acceptable video quality capability (and plans and regulations vary widely from carrier to carrier and State to State, even town to town and county to county).

It's not necessarily because they're cheap or don't care, it's more a matter of being more concerned with meeting next pay-period's payroll/taxes and similar immediate and pressing business-life/death concerns that small businesses regularly face day-in and day-out.

Strat

Comment Re:Perfect Alibi (Score -1, Offtopic) 67

HRC intentionally kept State e-mails on her private server. Those e-mails are "born classified". There's your intent.

Thank you.

As someone who has worked for companies performing classified and higher projects under government contract, the excuses put out there by the shills are simply ludicrous and totally ignore decades of well-established laws and procedures regarding handling sensitive government information. Even the janitors at such facilities are briefed well enough to know what Hillary did was criminal in the extreme under multiple laws and official handling procedures.

It's obvious and blatant. If it were anyone else they'd be serving hard time. I'd feel the same about any politician of any party in a similar position who did the same things and we can talk about them too and likely largely agree, but this is here and now.

There is no more Rule of Law only Rule of Men...men (and women) who have wealth, power, connections, and hold themselves immune from the literally countless laws and regulations the masses are expected to comply with and pay a price for violating when they do not under threat of the use of deadly force with ignorance of any of the countless laws being no excuse.

That's literally countless reasons the government would use deadly force if it found it necessary to enforce compliance and/or to affect an arrest for violation if it so chose to do so, and the list grows at frightening speed. Those facts alone should frighten the hell out of any sane US citizen who was not already aware.

Strat

(My personal feelings regarding Hillary? From the looks I'd say the "Bug's" "Hillary-suit" is about done-in but it looks like she already has Will Smith flashy-thingied.)

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