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Comment Re:What selfish bastards (Score 1) 95

Just increase immigration to compensate and better outcomes for all.

Maybe, or it could me a worse outcome for all. I won't talk about race, race has been more or less scientifically proven to be a not a real thing. While there may be some clustering toward the lower and upper bounds of the normal range for various characteristics in some populations its not big enough to be relevant.

Culture on the other hand is. Europe has had a huge problem with 'multiculturalism' you can't allow just any immigrants to show up and form ghettos. Its curcial to recognize and value ones one culture and probably ones national identity. I am all for legal immigration but the people who come here (speaking as an American) so do so because they want to be Americans, not ${former nationality}-Americans, no ${former continent}-Americans, or ${ethnic-population}-Americans but just plain simple Americans. I am all for freedom of religion and am okay with whatever they want to do inside their homes, or at their meeting place on ${Weekday} or if they don't want to ${food item} etc. In general though they need to join the rest of secular society, see the same movies, talk about the same sports, eat most of the same foods, date people no from their orign group, etc. Its simply wrong to place equal value on other cultures. Western civilization is superior its brought like to a dark world that other cultures frankly have not made lasting contributions to in terms of thought and ideas since before the fall of Rome.

'We' as individuals are not better than 'them' but 'we' as a culture certainly are. If 'they' want to immigrate grate as long as their desire is to be like us. If its to come here or to Western Europe just to live in Little-${whatver} but collect a bigger public assistance check than is available back home, no we should not want them and we should not let them come. Recently cultural appropriation has been branded a bad thing. Its not its great thing, imitation is the highest form of flattery! Cultural appropriation is in fact the correct and proper way to value other cultures. You recognize what is best about them and perhaps better than our traditional way and adopt it! That is the melting pot model, we take the best ideas from everywhere and made them our own! Everyone should be welcome who wants to add and integrate. Unfortunately this idea that we have to allow them to instead replace, in the name of respect has taken hold.

Comment Re:More to the point (Score 2) 57

fraud was it? You are required to disclose know problems with most assets prior to sale, at least to the degree you are not misrepresenting the nature of thing.

If I sold you a car and did not mention that when I had the head off the other weekend I noticed the block was cracked that would be fraud. On the other hand if I fail to mention its due of an oil change nobody is going to come after me for violating a lemon law let alone fraud.

This is where the wicket gets sticky with Yahoo! Is a data breach a serious impairment? I mean with the exception of Avid Life Media most companies end up not being really harmed from a PII related breach. Look at all the retailers that have bounced back just fine, look at the social media platforms, etc. Its a short term problem most of the time. Any of the security professionals will tell you its not if but when you are breached anyway. So if "it happens to everyone" and you are not an especially sensitive use case should have to disclose a breach at all? I would argue: No!

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 234

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't. Before digital, in America a high fidelity stereo (let alone quadraphonic system) would cost your a couple grand.

I used to have an audiophile-quality system I bought stationed in Thailand, but it was stolen in a burglary. I have a pair of JBLs now, three way with twelve inch woofers. I miss my old stereo.

But I rip from YouTube occasionally, and rip from KSHE every Sunday night when they play six full albums. With Windows all it takes is Audacity and a setting in mmsys.cpl to capture a signal sent to your sound card, you don't need those goofs' web site.

I make CDs from KSHE's albums for the car, and they sound as good as factory CDs -- in the car. Their difference in quality in the house with the JBLs is marginal. It's a LOT better sound than a cassette recorded at home.

If you're in St. Louis (I'm not) you can plug your digital FM radio's "out" jacks into your computer's input jacks and you actually will have CD quality music.

The labels are fighting a losing cause.

Comment Re:Lefties? (Score 1) 11

If "not being a sociopath" is left, than I guess you're right, I'm a leftist. It comes from too much Sunday school, I suppose.

Comment Lefties? (Score 1) 11

If not being heartless is being a leftist, then I'm leftist. Letting children die so you can become even more filthy rich is just pure evil.

This is a drug that costs less than ten bucks to manufacture that stops children from dying a horrible death from a severe allergy. Charging six hundred bucks for it is beyond criminal and wel into Evil with a capital E. Satanically evil.

Comment Taxes are punishment? (Score 1) 4

If taxes are punishment then the rich need their taxes tripled after all the unpunished evil they've done so far this century. The poor are being punished enough - by the rich. If having to pay for roads and bridges is punishment, then having to pay for food and water is, too.

As a Christian, I have no problem with taxes (Mark 12:17). Of course, if you worship mammon rather than God, taxes would indeed be punishment.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 219

Right to for the right job. A dedicated video player should be just that. It should not be a PC. You would be way way better off with some purpose built raspi image on that hardware. I would not even recommend using full linux distro for such a chore.

Your best bet would have been to spec out a smart TV that could play the videos without having to hang anything off the back. Sure those things have their own security issues but if put a few switch port ACLs on there to make sure it only talks to the file sever or DLNA server that has the videos on it, than the risk is low.

Comment Re:No, it's fine (Score 1) 117

No its not indicating a problem status.

Its green if the device is safe. Effectively and everything is ok alarm.

Why they would not make the update show the battery icon as red or have a ! accross it or something if the device has one of the faulty batteries escapes me. That would both comply with Googles license and probably make people with the faulty batteries take more notice.

Comment Re:yes, the level of testing / stability (Score 1) 30

Pulzee Cisco releases firmware with major bugs ALL THE TIME, ask anyone who has run a network of moderate size like at a F500 or something. As soon as you start doing anything moderately complex with a handful of routing protocols, nested VLANS, other tunnels and authentication methods its effectively all 'corner cases' so its not really surprising.

Actually I am amazed they don't have more problems. Lets not kid ourselves though, bugs even pretty bad ones are common. I myself have been provided with a special engineering build or two along the way after some long TAC calls. Cisco does a good job but shit happens.

Comment Re:Never (Score 2, Insightful) 389

The thing to recall here is the Manning is not Snowden. Manning had access to a bunch of embarrassing information and he had an axe to grind. When Assange came along and afforded him the opportunity to grind said axe he took it.

It turned out that there ware some revelations in the documents that probably indicated criminal action by the state however that does not a whistle blower of manning make. Intent counts a lot here or should. Manning did not come forward with information because he wanted to prevent a crime, expose a moral outrage, bring to light critical facts that stand to reshape a societal debate; rather he did it because he was pissed off at the system in general. That falls below the whistle blower standard considerably.

Its also true that unlike Snowden who despite what CONgress says he did compromise the safety of others in the field. The Snowden leak might certainly have undermine an investigation and harmed other intel gathering efforts but it was really all about technology and its hard to see without evidence which does not seem to be forth coming how it could have lead to anyone getting hurt directly. Again congress concluded otherwise but I assume they are lying and they should put up or shut up. After all the harm is already done right so why should it still be secret? Manning's leaks on the other hand provided enough information to out individuals who were undercover.

Manning most certainly does not deserve a pardon.

Comment Re:Sucks to be her I guess (Score 4, Insightful) 412

Teenagers are tricky create they often have little empathy of their own yet are highly sensitive to perceived slights and are easily embarrassed. They are also impulsive and easily convinced to do things that are ultimately only going to be self destructive like suing ones own parents over a relatively minor thing.

I can understand both attitudes here. As a parent you need to show that it is you are in control and you who make the rules. You don't have to stop doing something because your children don't approve, but they will not be permitted to do what you find objectionable beyond the leeway you might be willing to afford them.

On the other hand if it was my kid this isn't the hill I'd pick to die on (well I never would have posted the stuff in the first place). I think I would say well mom and I posted those pictures because we are proud of you and our family but if they make you uncomfortable we will mark them private so only us and your grand parents can see them. Seem like this would be a good moment to show some empathy and hope the kid models in the future.

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