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Comment Re:It's the economy, etc. (Score 1) 145

Don't confuse fee-for-advice financial planners with the crooks at full-service brokerages. You describe the later, but most people (even near retirement) don't have the wealth to attract those sharks.

Actual financial planners, or just plain old-school investment advice, has you mostly out of stocks at retirement. I can't vouch for "keep your age as a percentage in bonds", but it's very common advice.

Comment Re:It's the economy, etc. (Score 1) 145

, I want stop complaining about Trump. He's neither a conservative nor Republican,

He's not establishment conservative nor Republican. He's very much channeling the political will of the American working class, plus those of us fed up with the corruptness and political theater of the "establishment-media complex".

Establishment Republicans, Democrats, and the old-school media (but I repeat myself) are all utterly dismissive of a very large chunk of voters in this democracy, talking down to them, calling them ignorant and racist, and in general saying "let them eat cake". A sentiment frequently repeated by Slashdot posters, I might add.

Fuck that. Trump may be far from my ideal candidate, much like Bernie was, but the vast hatred for him by the establishment, and all the self-described elite who think they're just better people than those working class brutes, demonstrates he's a "good enough" choice. I'm not a big Trump fan, but I loath the modern hipster-pseudo-intellectual progressive crowd, so: you go Trump, kick some ass.

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 1) 145

I don't know a single gen Z that is conservative, not a single one, and I live in the middle of the red-state midwest.

It's quite rare for kids to be conservative. Rarer now that schools have become progressive indoctrination facilities. People tend to become conservative around 30, once they have a job, a family, a mortgage, and generally become stakeholders in the country.

Comment Re:Again like I said! (Score 1, Insightful) 201

Stop being taken in by political theater.

The mainstream of the Dems and GOP is the same party - the Deep State. They have the same goals - protect the financial interests of large donors (most of which donate to both parties, of course). They stage these pretend-fights to give have of the entirely corrupt crowd cover on any given vote.

The Dems won the toss, and got cover for this enriching of donors. It means little.

Both parties have outsiders trying to overturn the Deep State. You can see the old-school media is 100% onboard with the uniparty by how they treat the likes of Trump and Bernie.

Trump and Bernie aren't faking. They desire actual change to this whole fucked-up corrupt system. Don't fall for the extreme-izing, the other-ing of these guys. They both have a lot of support from mainstream America. And stop being taken in by political theater.

Comment Re:sell movie theatre stock now (Score 1) 99

2 seats in a theatre. With a 75 foot screen and high-tech sound.

I like the experience of watching a movie at home better than in the theater. I have a plenty big screen and like my sound system. I also have better snacks and no one talking turning the movie.

$30 to watch a newish movie in your own home is terrible value when compared to literally every other in-home viewing option. This will interest some folks, but I suspect not very many.

I think you'll find that people with good home theater set-ups, and people for whom $30 doesn't even register as an expense overlap considerably. Not everyone is a broke student, after all.

Comment Re: Thanks Hillary! (Score 1) 108

However, there is an important distinction to be made between a media company

That's the exact point the SCOTUS considered and rejected. What about political blogs? Just in general, if you give the government the power to decide which corporation is and is not in some special category when it comes to free speech, you've ended free speech. Surely you can see that? If we trusted the government not to abuse its power, we wouldn't need a constitution in the first place.

Comment Re: Thanks Hillary! (Score 1) 108

No, that's what people don't understand. CU wasn't some general-purpose corporation, it existed just to pool resources to run a political film. That ruling did not allow normal corporations to buy political ads.

If you allow newspapers to run political commentary at all, then the very rich can get their message across by simply buying the whole thing.

Another point the court made is that the New York Times is a corporation, and does quite a bit of political speech, as directly permitted by the 1st. Do you really want the government saying this corp that exists to publish speech can publish political speech, but that corp that exists to publish speech cannot? That would be the end of free speech.

Comment Re:Too bad Muslim terrorists don't go on strike (Score 2) 145

Terror attacks are rare in the US because we've kept the terrorists out. Now there's a concerted effort to ship terrorists to the western world. Europe has changed from attacks being just as rare as here, to attacks being common. Let's not have that here. Islamic terrorists killed over 22,000 people last year, and it's an ongoing and increasing campaign. Keep the attacks here rare, please.

Comment Re: Thanks Hillary! (Score 1) 108

Most people misunderstand Citizens United. It actually helps level the playing field. I can't buy an ad spot big enough to matter, but if there are a bunch of like-minded people who can pool are money, we can. The alternative is the far-reaching political speech is limited to the likes of Jeff Bezos, who can buy an entire newspaper (this was the norm in the age of the robber barons).

Comment Re: Evil bugs (Score 2) 251

Fundamental library code is either as fast as possible, or useless. You know know who or how the library code will be used, so you have to assume plentiful use cases where every instruction matters. The std::map code is particularly bad (even in CLANG) .

When you're delivering the end product, sure, don't optimize until proven necessary. That's a different world than library code. Not every thing is your thing, surprising as that may be.

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