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Comment Re:So the news is that it still doesn't make good (Score 1) 111

That might be a pretty good insight into whats gone wrong here. Hello games gets picked up by a big publisher. big publisher forces them to release game before its ready. nobody wins.

I kind of feel sad for hello games. The boss promised what the team could not deliver. Its not the teams fault, but they are not exempt from the rivers of shit that flowed forth. I've been in death march projects before from bosses who can't keep their mouth shut and wont focus on whats possible rather than a fantasy of it. Its hell,

Comment Re:Electoral college does reflect the popular vote (Score 1) 1424

The situation you're describing could still have happened if a few people in Wisconsin/Michigan/Pennsylvania cities had bothered to vote. The main reason why the electoral college might not be such a bad idea in general is what happens in case of a recount. Recounting Florida is already not fun, but recounting the entire country would be *really* annoying.

Comment Re:The science is settled... (Score 5, Insightful) 667

That anthropogenic climate change is real and caused by humans is undisputed and has been undisputed (by the scientific establishment, crackpot conspiracy bloggers dont count) for decades. Thats not actually whats being researched. What is being researched is how bad it is, what sort of time line we are looking at, what mitigation strategies do we have, are those mitigating strategies we already have working, what are the current effects, and how do we respond to the growing deleuge of problems already starting to occur.

Its *suicidal* to defund the most important agency in the world covering it.

Comment Re:I don't mean to sound like a downer (Score 5, Informative) 126

Yep. Margret Hamilton basically wrote the code that got us to the moon by literally punching binary codes into hunreds if not thousands of feet of tape with a hole puncher and sticky tape, calculating how long each assembly instruction would take and working from there to build failsafes all throughout the code in case the inevitable malfunction happened. And those malfunctions came, and her code self corrected and avoided plunging astronauts to their deat. Brilliant stuff.

Comment Re:Flip flop .... (Score 1) 559

If she didn't do anything wrong, then why does Obama need to pardon her?

Who said he does? She hasn't asked for it, just some speculating journalists.

My guess is its nothing to do with the emails or benghazi or whatever, but rather that its actually been standard practice for outgoing presidents for a while, in case some enterprising lawyer decides to go all in for a war crimes prosecution (drone strikes/extraordinary rendering/"enhanced" interrogation/etc) and to defend from crazy crusaders demanding birth certificates or tying the clintons up in endless discovery by conspiracy theorists looking for evidence of black helicopter assasins or whatever.

Comment Re:Flip flop .... (Score 4, Insightful) 559

dyed in the wool crazy career politicians

Its not the career politicians that worry me, its the "maverick" ones. Washington wonks are at least a known quantity. They are versed in bureacracy and doing things the washington way. We know those guys, we've had them for over a century.

Its the non washington people, trump, the breibart and daily stormer whackjobs, and the like that keep me up at night. Because those folks have a plan, and I'm not sure we're going to enjoy that plan very much at all.

Comment Re:Stop breathing! (Score 4, Insightful) 559

The fact that progressive policies have been implemented on working towards goals, open, rational and above all educated dialouge. Most importantly not idiotic pro-business, anti-middle class policies that counteract any attempt to deal with the main issues that would need to be in place for this: the consumer public and the actual economy, not the millionaire+ economy.

One of the things that kind of puzzles me about the idea that being "pro business" and "pro not-fucking-up-the environment" being mutually exclusive is that potentially fixing climate change could be great for industry, if it got past its short sighted myopia.

Switching over to a low/no CO2 economy doesnt just mean shutting down coal plants. It means shutting down coal plants and building solar/wind/nuclear plants. Surely this counts as "economic activity". Those wind farms don't build themselves and those solar panels wont service themselves.

European countries that have put effort into transitioning over have generated a tonne of jobs, money and economic activity in the process , so it seems strange that people seem to think the US doing so would mean the opposite of that.

Comment Re:Why are we even arguing about it? (Score 1) 395

Privacy and Free speech are the positive/negative (freedom to, freedom from) liberty two sides of the same coin. You can't have free speech without Anonymity (privacy!) and you cant have privacy without free speech.

We can carve excemptions into these. Shouting fire in crowded theatres, or intentionally inciting some crimes (ie calling a hit on somebody, or ordering a crowd to go burn down a mosque, or whatever) might be a reasonable excemption to free speech, and likewise we might throw a few excemptions into privacy (police investigating a murder might have pretty good grounds to tap your phone for instance), but when we make exceptions in one side we logically make excpeptions on the other side.

Thus the free speech argument for network neutrality (companies should not limit the content you read) is the same as the privacy right argument for network neutrality (companies should not spy on the content you read), just viewed from another side.

Comment Re:Amazing Disconnect (Score 2) 667

What do you think are the odds of voting illegally and getting away with it? Considering there's only a handful of cases that get detected for any particular election, and that you need a couple hundred thousand illegal votes to reliably rig an election, it would mean a party would have to devise a way to get people to vote illegally with only one chance in 100,000 of getting caught. And on top of that, you have to make it impossible to trace the fraud back to the party. That's just insanely hard. It's much easier to influence the results instead. Just hack a few servers and you're good.

Comment Re:Steve Bannon, not a racist? (Score 4, Insightful) 805

The summary of this article doesn't count, saying country is also it's citizens besides economy isn't racist

This is disengenous and nonsensical. He said "Asian". Splitting hairs doesn't change the intent nor the meaning.

Unless you believe theres a country named "Asia", in which case your probably beyond reason.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 445

It doesn't have to be all wrong or all right.

The problem with Collateral Murder isn't that Manning leaked documents to Wikileaks that then embarrassed the USG. The problem is that the U.S. military murdered a bunch of civilians, then murdered people who tried to help the victims.

The public indeed needed to know about these civilians being killed. However, the public did *not* need to know what ambassador is calling what head of state an asshole. The idea was supposed to be WikiLeaks giving the data to journalists who then decide what to publish. That is exactly what happened to the Snowden documents, but WIkiLeaks fucked up and put it all out there.

The problem with Wikileaks publishing Podesta's emails isn't the violation of his privacy (funny how Dems suddenly give a shit about privacy after years of defending Obama's warrantless surveillance programs), it's that Podesta was part of a corrupt organization of elitist assholes bent on rigging the general election as well as their primary.

Again, if only a few bad emails (like biasing against Bernie Sanders) were made public then there would have been nothing to say here. What's bad was making public everything, including the stuff that had no public interest. In some way, it was even counter-productive from the PoV of hurting Clinton since there was so much information that anything really bad just just buried.

Again, the way to do leaking is to have a *filter*. You publish the relevant/bad/incriminating stuff and you leave alone the boring stuff or the stuff that can cause harm to other people without being public interest. Just imagine if Snowden had sent his stuff to WikiLeaks and it had all gone public. The public would have known *less* (the story would have died more quickly) and the US national security would actually have been hurt (rather than just its image as happened).

Comment Caution, but optimism (Score 4, Interesting) 202

Theres good reason to be cautious, Microsoft doesnt exactly have a spotless record of playing nice with FOSS, but recent behavior , that is microsoft realising it can still make silly money selling Azure and various microsoft software packages to the linux world means that so far its been a pretty good citizen.

Now, I wonder if they'll eventually give us Office for linux. That'd make a LOT of suits happy.

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