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Comment Re:Communism (Score 1) 134

Lenin advocated for revolution, which is the problem. Communism, as loaded as that word is, boils down to an economic model that may or may not work. Mostly, it doesn't, because there are too many opportunities to cheat, and too few incentives to play ball. But communes exist, here and there, among like-minded individuals who take it upon themselves not to fuck each other over. But on a broad scale? I wouldn't bank on it.

But none of that matters. Because large-scale communism has never existed. Not because communism is evil... it's because communist revolution is evil. The revolution part gave Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pot (Pol), Kim, whomever, the carte blanche to do whatever to whomever they decided were enemies of the "revolution" (i.e., their rise to power). Even today, years after they've been established, the enemies of the "communism" they supposedly practice in China and N. Korea are called "counter-revolutionaries", because once in place, the "revolution" is never finished. The goal of the "worker's paradise" is never accomplished because of this enemy or that enemy, foreigners abroad or traitors among us. And as N. Korea has shown, it can perpetuate down three whole generations of decadent leadership without an end in sight, even when the citizens are literally starving to death.

Why the fuck are we talking about this? This thread is supposed to be about open-source Darwin from Apple. But I've seen the light. Communism, real actual "communism" as an economic model, is not "evil"... let alone, it will just fade away for the inefficient, unworkable mess that it is (unless your Amish, or hippies, or some other group of super-like-minded individuals who just get up each day and make it work). Revolution is the evil. The U.S. got real lucky with theirs, having only to defeat an enemy a continent away after centuries of working, civil self-governance behind it. But lots of innocent heads rolled in the French Revolution before they got that all sorted out. Since then, every "revolution" I can think of has become a complete fucking blood-bath that propped up a tyrant, and it didn't matter what the reason was... communism, socialism, Islam, cultural purity, racial purity, even (the promise of) democracy. As soon as some leader shouts "revolution!" waving an axe-handle or an AK-47, that's code to angry young men for NO RULES! Loot, rape, kill, pillage, turn-on-your-neighbor, eat-your-children, shave you head, run for the hills, complete fucking ANARCHY. All is us vs. them (and you, probably, ain't in the "us" department).

In the end, like a wildfire, it burns itself out, since revolutionaries generally SUCK at producing anything, especially things that take time (and therefore capital), like food. Sometimes it takes a few generations (U.S.S.R., N. Korea), sometimes it takes less than one (watch... the days of ISIS are numbered, particularly as they lose control of those oil fields, the only source of hard currency they need to buy shit like ammunition and... food). China has been successful because Mao died and his successors have largely let the population do what they've done well for millennia... get shit done, and occasionally throw a bone at whoever is occupying the Forbidden Palace THIS time.

So, don't get your panties in a bunch over trip-wire words like "communism" or "socialism". That's just people thinking people oughta chip in a little, for the good of everyone. Get real suspicious of the guy who cries "revolution" or "overthrow", or anything else that gives him some self-authority to kill people and set himself up as herr Führer who will lead all proper people to paradise by eliminating the riff-raff. THAT's the guy who's gonna fuck everything up.

Comment Re:Helloooo? Comcast?? (Score 1) 116

Where were these fears when Comcast and NBC Universal got together?

Chalk it up as hindsight. Enough people thought Comcast/NBC wouldn't be so bad, Comcast arguing that the magical Internet itself created the competition, and the old men bought it. Now, we should know better. We can actually see that prices didn't go down, that service didn't improve, that Comcast leverages its content ownership like... duhhhh.... of course they would.
The question is whether it's too late, get-used-to-it, mega Comcast companies are the reality now, or whether denying TimeWarner would make Comcast technically too large to exist.

Comment Re:If being the biggest company wasn't right (Score 4, Insightful) 116

Correction: a free market without the FCC is nothing BUT monopoly.
'cause if the FCC ain't there to police things, the big companies are going to cheat.
Buy all the shit up, shut out competition.
Why? 'cause if one don't cheat, another one will, so that in the end, there can be only one.

Fair competition? Feh. Playing fair, if you don't HAVE to play fair, is for suckers.

Comment Re:If being the biggest company wasn't right (Score 2) 116

Sounds like you don't have children, or you're raising them in an abandoned mine-shaft or a "Village" out of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. It won't last. Some day soon, your kids will come across an old bottle-cap with "Fanta" written on it and turn on you like "Children of the Corn". Hell hath no fury like a child craving that stuff all the other kids know about.

Comment All My Idea (Score 1) 331

We've been playing the Trump Drinking Game based on his "compulsive behaviors" at the debates.
Each debate, someone does a shot when he sniffs, interrupts the moderator, or says any of "let me tell you," "I'm very proud of it," "it's a (total) disaster," "worst [something] ever," "disgusting," "believe me," and "sad" (may have been others, but I may have passed out).
Everybody drinks if he leans into the microphone and says "wrong", boasts about his company, or says "nobody respects women more than me."

Great times. Wasted inside the first 40 minutes.
No more debates.
Sad.

Comment Re:I've come to dread these events... (Score 1) 142

I feel this. I'm desperate for an upgrade for my 2010 model. If Apple fucks this up, I'll be torn between a refurbished previous model or an XPS 15 (which is pretty great except, well, Windows).

Seriously, now that HP and Dell are making some decent laptops, Apple has got to start taking their computer line seriously again. Their tendency to take more away with each update, and then sleep on them for months and months while CPU and GPU tech forges ahead, has made for an excruciating experience. I appreciate that Apple products have lifespans and support far longer than your typical "consumer electronics" product, manufactured in bursts and then dropped (is that a revision CA582-J or a revision BB354-Q... Sony and HP were particularly egregious at this), and Apple DOES have excellent support (last Winter, they swapped out the motherboard of a 2010 model for a buddy of mine for free... who the fuck else does that for a 5-year-old product?) but Apple doesn't upgrade anything for well over a year, even their "flagship" Mac Pro. FUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKK. And when they do upgrade, will they ditch something people like... slots in the Mac Pro? MagSafe, SD and USB Type-A ports in the Macbook Pro? I'll need to carry an adapter to plug in... thumb drives? Camera cards? Like nearly everything?

On location, the man says, "here, look at this" handing me a card out of his Nikon, and I gotta say "No... I got a new Macbook Pro... and forgot my dongle..."

Comment Re:Cheap wha? (Score 1) 228

I could add this club soda to my gin, or I could use this cool catalyst to turn the club soda into... stronger gin!
Kids will be turning Sprite into kamikaze shots in their bedrooms!
The liquor cabinet's locked, and yet the child is wasted....
Pbpbpbphhhh.... itza zience pppprrojeckt, Mommmm... A P Kem-isss-Tree!

Comment So... in a few years... (Score 4, Insightful) 170

Can I rig Call of Duty with an AI auto-pilot plug-in, and just sit back and watch it steam-roll over all the sucker humans in the game? If I play an online game like Overwatch and get smeered over and over by an opponent(s) with perfect aim and lightning-quick moves, will I just assume someone's introduced a bot into the game and I'm wasting my time with my hopelessly inferior carbon-based reflexes? Gaming may need its own version of the Butlerian Jihad.

Comment Re:Why does anyone update? (Score 5, Interesting) 172

NOT (quite) CORRECT. You can defer updates in the PRO version.
Settings-->Update & Security-->Windows Update--> Advanced options-->Defer Upgrades
Been working for me for months, whereas my one guinea-pig system that I didn't switch did upgrade eventually.
Security updates continued to come through.

Why they don't offer Defer Upgrades in the Home version is... I don't know. Cockiness. Force features on the Home-version Plebes.
Why they don't vet these updates better is... bizarre.
Apple pushed out five (I think) public betas before releasing Sierra, and the only thing I've noticed wrong is they yanked out PPTP VPN (they sent out warnings, but I didn't get the memo). Maybe the right thing to do, but it still messed me up. OTOH, I yelled at M$ through the Insider Program that their latest wasn't installing, and DID THEY LISTEN? If they'd only just do exactly what I tell them exactly when I say at all times... but noooooooooooo, 'cause we're Microsoft and we all went to Harvard we want to get into CELL PHONES 'cuz Uncle Pewterschmidt says that's where the money is!

Hey, Microsoft, if you that CEO position becomes vacant again, gimme a call. Fix everything, for 1/10 what you pay Satya. Maybe 1/3. We'll talk.

Comment Re:Damn this is inconvenient (Score 2) 81

800K 3.5" drives worked fine with the Apple //c later //e's... it was called the UniDisk 3.5, and compared to a 140K 5.25" floppy it was practically a hard drive (well, a Zip Disk, if you remember those things). The //c+ had an 800K disk built-in.
The UniDisk was a little-bit smart, had it's own processor if I recall, which allowed it to be plug-n-play with the // line. External 800K disks for Macs, in contrast, wouldn't work on the //'s (except for the //gs).

Comment Re:Why would you want tech companies in the downto (Score 1) 305

Manhattan has three basic divisions, "uptown," "midtown," and "downtown." The financial district is contained within the geographic area of "downtown" (which starts at the Battery and has a nebulous northern border somewhere between the Village and 34th St).

The "Financial District" is not really "contained" in downtown anymore. The only major players left: Goldman, the NYSE, the AMEX. And Chase still has a building. The other major financial players have moved to midtown on Park Avenue, uptown from Grand Central and the Helmsley Building. For a while, they were building office parks in New Jersey. And what's taking their place? Residential. Yeah, those old office buildings have turned into luxury condos and co-ops.

For me, the upper limit of "Downtown" is the City Hall and Park Row where J&R used to be. Anything North of City Hall Park isn't proper Downtown. It's lower Chinatown, around Columbus Park where the old people do Tai Chi, whereas on the west side is TriBeCa.

Canal Street is the major dividing line running east-west, and hooks up with the Manhattan Bridge. North of that, you have more Chinatown, what's left of Little Italy, and SoHo to the West, and the Lower East Side to the East where you used to be able to get a cheap roach-filled apartment. Then you reach Houston Street, another major dividing line - North of it is Greenwich Village to the West, East Village to the East. The numbered streets start (Houston Street is essentially "0" street). It's all Village until you reach 14th Street.

It's kinda Midtown from there, 'cause it's no longer Village and damn-well ain't Downtown. But really it's Chelsea, Gramercy and Stuyvesant. Midtown, really, isn't until you get past Flat Iron to Nomad, Kips Bay and the Empire State Building at 34th Street. Then it's really Midtown, stretching up Northward until 59th Street which marks the lower end of Central Park... dividing the City between the Upper East Side to the East, and the Upper West Side to the, you get the idea. Get past the Park, you're in Harlem. North of that, Washington Heights and the GW Bridge to Chris Christie-land. Once you reach Inwood, there's nowhere else to go except across the Harlem River to the Bronx.

The town so nice, they named it twice. What I'd do for a slice.

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