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Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 225

Nailed it with "or carry cargo". Every week I drive to the supermarket and pick up 20-30 kg of stuff[*]. It pretty well maxes out my Golf trunk. I couldn't possibly lug that stuff even 30 meters, let alone 10 km to take it home. No; sorry; not even with a hopelessly cumbersome cart. I'm 69 and pretty-well busted-down. I'm doing pretty well just to walk through the store and COLLECT the stuff. And no, nobody will deliver it, even if I had two pennies to rub together to pay them with.

You can say I'm not worth society "allowing" me to live at this point; I'll just say I'm self-sufficient as long as I can make that short drive, and the drive to the post office. I use no more than 1/2 gallon of diesel fuel per week.

[*] 3-4 gallons of spring water (I drink a lot of water), other bottled drinks totaling at least a gallon, a pack of 12 Ensures, cans of soup, etc., etc.

Comment Re:More holes than swiss cheese (Score 4, Informative) 71

>How can *one* piece of software have so many fucking critical vulnerabilities over the years?

Because it's spaghetti code. It's so bad that the single Linux maintainer flipped his shit years ago and wrote an angry blog post about it. I tried looking for the article, but that is too much of a needle/haystack problem.

Apparently it's been a fucking mess from the beginning.

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BMO

Comment Re:I doubt this is correct (Score 1) 283

the battery design was too aggressive for current technology

Battery "design"? The phone company doesn't "design" the battery. They just call up the Ching Chong Very Fine Battery Company and say "we want 10 million LiPoly state of the art batteries x by y by z mm". All the manufacturers call up the same battery company. There's nothing "special" about the batteries any of them use.

That said, you may be right that these batteries are all ticking time bombs. We know that all models of all brands of cell phones (and vapes, and "hover" boards, and ...) have had instances of fire. But it does seem that the Note 7 stood out with a statistically much higher than average incidence. Pretty sure the researchers are on to something with their packed-too-tight theory. But it's not the whole answer. As long as you put bombs inside of every cellphone, some of them are ALWAYS going to find a way to blow up.

Comment Re:Predictable... (Score 1) 359

>All they're doing is hiring critical US journalists and satirical comedians to report facts however they want to (as long as they're not critical of Putin or the Kremlin). It's not that hard to do.

RT, DW, BBC, Al-Jazz, etc., don't have to make shit up to make the US look bad. This "hurr the Russians were fucking up our election" bullshit pales in comparison to the actual shenanigans (seals on WI voting machines *visibly* broken, the latest news... and going back to the restriction on voting venues in many states, even my home state, Rhode Island, during the primaries, as just two examples off the top of my head) that took place during the election season.

And the US media mindlessly repeating Clinton gas lighting was particularly infuriating to Bernie voters so much that much of them stayed home, because ... "fuckit, we don't need your vote" and "deplorables."

The only people who buy this "russian" nonsense are low-information people that get their news /only/ from the OTA broadcast networks. Or something. I don't know. Whoever keeps forcing this issue expects everyone to be dumb, I guess.

And one of the latest "we don't fucking get it" things is that Nancy Pelosi is now Minority Leader. Because the public didn't shout loudly enough that they're tired of the same old shit by electing Trump.

So yeah, it's all the fault of the Russians.

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BMO

Comment Re:Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

>Left-wing government-funded "news" service

If you think that NPR is left wing, you are a fucking idiot. It hasn't been left wing since the end of the Clinton administration. Indeed, it has become completely corporatist since then.

There isn't any"left wing" on media today except outside of the us and random YouTube channels. It's all corporate oriented programming, especially considering that the mainstream media is owned by just a handful of companies.

Lastly, the Koch brothers are major donors to NPR.

Wake the fuck up.

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BMO

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 240

You cannot haul loads of people or freight on batteries

Logic and reality means nothing to these officious, ignorant twits. They just pass laws requiring vehicles to get a billion mpg and one part per trillion trillion trillion of "pollution". We'll see what happens when everybody in these hovels starts to die because their food can't even begin to be delivered.

Those who built the industrial revolution would toss their cookies to see their offspring committing mass suicide by throttling themselves to death as their standard of living plummets.

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