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Comment I have never understood (Score 0, Troll) 130

Why is that a common criminal who swindles federal money, a total of $0.2 million, who, based on the description, was working in aviation industry, perhaps at Boeing or some other related company is so much more important than Boeing wasting billions and billions of dollars, doing it consistently, over a long period of time, and using nice euphemisms as budget overruns or increases in cost. Presidential plane $4 billion project has been called a wastefully excessive (in price) and nobody got interviewed by FBI. Last time I have checked the mugshots in the newspaper, a person has been arrested in my town for $100 shoplifting. Why so much publicity on individual cases of private individuals?

Comment No, they are not (Score 2) 562

Cassetes have died long time ago and were totally pushed out by CD's.

CD's, at the same time, have been conquered by mp3/digital audios.

Now if you are talking about a bunch of retro aficionados, who collect vinyl, collect tapes, collect 35mm cameras. I am glad I do not hear that VHS tapes provide a more reliable image and have a soul.

Realistically, 140% increase is not enough to sustain increased interest in retro technology.

Comment More prospective (Score 0) 111

Can we all agree that Comcast really sucks, because there is no real and adequate competition?

Comcast sucks. Just sucks big time. Sneaky price increases, connection issues. Where I live, in residential area, they just disconnect in the middle of the day regularly. When I work from home I no longer rely on comcast for the connection during working and conference calls.

As such, do we agree, that the service sucks?

If you do, I challenge now you to think how will Universal healthcare will suck in the USA.

I was born and grew in a country where there many things "universal". Including healthcare.

Reality is that "healthcare" is a commodity, not a right as some people are trying to portray. If you will call commodity a right few things will happen:
1. To keep the costs low the services will be consolidated in "big" healthcare centers. There will be no real competition.
2. Since healthcare will be "free", there will be excess demand and there will be rationing. Let's say your mother is 74, has chronic disease and needs hip joint replacement. Your family will be told that it is not practical for people who have remaining life expectancy of less than 5 years to get replacement because it will be considered as waste. You will be offered unlimited painkillers though.
3. There will be excessive demand for free services. In some countries with universal healhcare to get a dental service (non-emergecy), the wait time could be 1.5 years or more. You will be places in a que.

As much as people despise current US Healthcare system, there still are some elements of competition (not many though, as pricing levels do not support existence of meaningful competition). For believers in free healthcare, please consider what people are saying about other de facto competition - Comcast.

Comment Many are missing the point (Score 0) 211

This is the glimpse to the intelligence operations, basically a tiny tiny fraction of what NSAj, and many other agencies, do. Basic data trawling operations.

Yes, only selected torrent sited were melt into the honeypot, which means if you shared torrents of boxing matches of the racing hamsters, from specialized websites, your torrent is not included.

If somebody is using VPN, yes, IP will be shared by many users, however there are additional fingerprints left by facebook/cookies/instagram/email and you have a unique fingerprint.

Now those Russians. They are trawling all the data, and keep all the data, so that when they have target an intelligence object they would have some compromising data to be used. Ten years ago Russians filmed you in your hotel room with the prostitute and kept the footage for their private collection. Just in case.

They still film you in your hotel room. In addition to that they also keep your download history and they can customize for you next time for your taste (they will know that you like tall, brown eyed, blondes, for example).

Comment Double edged sword (Score 5, Interesting) 164

Could have stopped. Should have stopped.... Technology is evolving fast.

If this technologically non-savvy terrorist had no idea about automated braking, just think about technologically savvy terrorist who will be able to program automatic trucks to ignore collision by hacking certain sensors. We are talking about automatic road killing robot.

How would you stop such autonomous cargo truck with no driver to shoot at?

Comment One additional symptom (Score 5, Interesting) 297

That is denial.

Denial that social isolation is harming. Look, even in this thread there are so many people who are saying that they are happy alone.

More importantly, many magazines for women are pushing never ending message (never supported scientifically), that older women, after divorce are just better off.

Increase in mortality by an average of 30% would normally be declared an epidemic health hazard, on par with smoking and obesity.

Another fascinating fact is that probably a fifth of adults in USA are (or were) on antidepressants. Other studies have shown that having a partner, or a friend, to whom you can talk to, drastically reduces depression risk.

Finally, the ultimate statistical fact. In USA average life expectancy is 79.3 years (source: wiki). Costa Rica has life expectancy of 79.6 yrs, and Albania has 77.8, while Costa Rica spends one tenth of US healthcare spendings and Albania spends one thirtieth of US healthcare spendings?

Perhaps there is something wrong with US? Also, it is so difficult not to be suspicious that many purely american phenomena are known to the number crunchers, yet are allowed to stay the way the are intentionally.

Comment Re:automated tracking (Score 1) 134

Vehicle will transmit speed.

If a vehicle can transmit, then on the road sensors will also be deployed ... "to better manage and monitor traffic and safety". On the road sensors will be able to monitor you and issue a speeding ticket every time you were driving 66 miles per hour, when only 65 mph is allowed.

Also, to cover the cost a per mile tax will be deployed.

Comment Re: (Score 2) 858

I am sure that Hillary Clinton will have her day one way or another. She will successfully run in 2020, she will win against Trump, and she will be a president. It is simply her turn and it will be historic justice. By 2020 all these scandals will be forgotten and people will be rushing to polls to vote against Trump. There is no more qualified and seasoned person to campaign.

Comment Re:Liberals Can't Win Elections (Score 2) 858

Democrats did get more votes than Reps. However this argument is moot and irrelevant.

You can lose chess even though you still have more pieces. This is checkers game, where you have to have more pieces. In chess, number of pieces does not matter if you have been checkmated.

Can this argument about winning more popular votes be no longer used? 2020 will come and we will show Trump real democratic candidates, our gold team, such as Sanders/Biden 2020!

Comment Insubordination (Score 1) 858

Unfortunately, insubordination does not go too far.

No organization can survive insubordination. I think he will sack entire agency, and you cannot find a better reason. Fraction of the agency will survive and some key functions, and some survivors will be merged with other agencies (commerce, defense).

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