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Comment Re:And masterfully so (Score 1) 369

Obamacare isn't imploding though, for the most part it's working much better than anything that can't before it.

Damn, tell me more about this alternate reality where you live. Sounds like a great place!

Meanwhile, back here in actual reality, Obamacare is imploding badly. Arizona is seeing a 125% increase in exchange premiums this year (that's more than doubling in a single year for those of you who are bad with math, which would include anybody who thinks Obamacare is doing well). Here in TN, we have Humana pulling out of the exchange at the end of the year, leaving one single insurer. That's what's causing the death-spiral rate increases everywhere.

Comment Re:Con or Confirm (Score 0) 249

Goodenough & Helena Braga surely know they were going to be painted bright orange as frauds without additional proof.

They surely know they had to follow up with a public display of a cell under charge, then discharge cycles with component weights and measurements to confirm the claims.

Anything else would be a lifelong purgatory in an engineering gulag of con artists.

When you're in your mid-90s a "lifelong purgatory" probably isn't that big a deal.

Comment Oakhurst Dairy is correct (Score 2, Insightful) 331

The dairy is correct.

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods.

If "packing for shipment or distribution" was one item, then there would be another "or" before "packing":

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, or packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods.

Because that "or" isn't there, the "or" before "distribution" makes "distribution" the final item in the list:

1. canning
2. preserving
3. freezing
4. drying
5. marketing
6. storing
7. packing for shipment
8. distribution

The meaning is plain and the court really needs to go back to elementary English class if they ruled otherwise.

Comment Interesting (Score 2) 239

So, we're criticizing Trump because he hasn't gotten around to this in his first 50 days. At least he acknowledged that there's a problem and has proposed a very good solution.

I have to wonder what all the Trump bashers would be saying now had Hillary won, because her handlers had her dancing to the tune of "we're going to expand the H-1B program". I don't know if the IEEE leans left, but was this ever an issue for them before Trump became President?

Comment Re:First Month of Trump's Presidency? (Score 3, Insightful) 398

So what exactly did the US Government do in that first month to create all those jobs? After all, if you can implement policy on day one and see that translate into an economic boost within a month, that is some good policy that governments would want to imitate all over the world.

It's actually quite simple - you have a leader who says he wants to put his country first and that makes investors and business people feel good enough to expand existing businesses and start new ones. That's why the stock market rallied after Trump's election - it's not based on an actual policy but a feeling.

Obama's "you didn't build that" bullshit cost more people more jobs that you can imagine.

Comment Re:He's lucky it wasn't Canada (Score 1) 553

And then the officer who fired the tazer went to prison for 30 months. Nice of you to leave that out.

He didn't go to jail for 30 months for the death or firing the taser.

He went to jail for 30 months for perjury and colluding with his fellow officers before testifying:

Nice of you to leave that out.

Not only that, there were four perps and only one even faced criminal charges. This is, sadly, normal in the US and Canada.

Comment Re:Interesting story (Score 2, Insightful) 553

I had something similar although less exciting happen to me in early 2004. On claiming to be an electrical engineer, the immigration agent or whatever the US calls him scrawled a physics equation on a piece of paper and asked me what it meant to me. He was satisfied with whatever explanation I gave and let me through. I don't know if they've always done this, or if it's a post-9/11 thing, but it's been happening for more than a decade.

Of course it's been happening for a long time. Obama sent more illegals back home than all previous Presidents combined.

None of that mattered.

When Trump became President, suddenly this is a big deal.

I heard the news today talking about the SEAL operation in Yemen where one of our sailors died. They're picking it apart trying to figure out if the operation was a "success", "worth it", etc. What a welcome change after 8 years of nobody talking about *anything* that happened in the Middle East because we had to pretend that the Nobel Peace Prize winner wasn't actually bombing the shit out of something like 5 different countries with drones, killing kids and anyone else who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I'm guessing that's going to suddenly be a big fucking deal again.

Comment Re:All my friends in NSA are looking (Score 4, Insightful) 251

This is completely anecdotal; I'm a mathematician and I know a lot of people who work for the NSA. Almost every single one of them right now is quietly or not so quietly looking for other work. At least one of them has an undated resignation letter in their desk ready to go if they are asked to do anything that they find morally questionable (and this is someone who has generally defended NSA's actions in the past).

So, he was fine with Obama doing anything illegal, he's just worried about Trump.

As someone else said, your "friend" is a liar and a hypocrite if he stayed on past Snowden's revelations.

Comment Re:Radio is dead (Score 2) 203

Radio died January 3, 1996 with the passage of the Telecommunication Act of 1996. It basically allowed big corporations to buy up all of the smaller independent stations in a region and homogenize the content to the same bland mush that advertisers like and which generates the fewest angry letters to the station. Luckily we have the internet now so broadcast radio can go quietly into the night.

Hey, except for JackFM - they're a local station that just plays whatever they want!

Comment Re:Eat Fat, Get Thin -- Refined carbs makes you fa (Score 1) 242
"Many of us have long been told that fat makes us fat, contributes to heart disease, and generally erodes our health. Now a growing body of research is debunking our fat-phobia, revealing the immense health and weight-loss benefits of a high-fat diet rich in eggs, nuts, oils, avocados, and other delicious super-foods."

Don't forget your veggies though!!! And there are many plant sources of protein and fat...

Most plant sources of fats and proteins are also full of carbohydrates, putting them in the same position.

Another good book is "Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health" by Gary Taubes:

In it, he shows that the research has *always* showed that carbs make you fat, and dietary fat isn't the culprit. Not only research, but a body of circumstantial evidence so huge that it can't be ignored. The linked article here is the sort of circumstantial evidence that I mean: indigenous populations do just fine until western food shows up - first comes obesity and 10 or 20 years later their teeth are falling out and they're all getting diabetes.

Comment Re: Mandatory (Score 2) 301

It's whatever the installer sets it to. The installers around here typically set it to your street address - the added bonus is a dumb robber might try that to disarm your alarm and it'll appear to work until the cops show up.

Huh? If you're using an alarm system with codes that aren't end-user defined, then you're doing it WAY fucking wrong.

During installation, the installer can set the master code. What the guys around here do is call me over, type in the setup and then have me type my code in twice while they walk to the other side of the room and look away. Same thing with the duress code. They suggest the street address. I guess I should have been more specific about the exact steps taken. And, yes, I can change my master code at any time (of course, I have the installer code as well so I can change *anything*).

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