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Comment Re:Streaming from the Dark Corners of the Web (Score 1) 209

It runs on the FireTV 4K boxes quite nice, and yes even Fire Sticks (a bit slower though). If you are worried about trace-ability, that is what VPN is for.

As for legality, I won't comment, but consider for a moment, that chances are even if you've pay for "legal" content, there is a high likelihood that you have still probably viewed some of those things in an illegal fashion before anyway. Considering the content makers practically consider the act of inviting a few friends over to watch a movie on PPV or DVD a "public viewing" which isn't covered under the normal fee you paid. Most practical people do it anyway because that's what happens when licensing and laws get too draconian, they start getting ignored.

Comment Re:Trump is already a uniter (Score 1) 637

So just because I support requiring ID to vote, you assume I'm a Republican? I am not, I'm registered as an independent.

I'm don't take that stance because of what some crooked republican politician says, and I don't buy the excuses that some crooked democrat politician says either.

Common sense says that we have millions and millions, anywhere from 10M - 30M (maybe more at any single time, but no one is sure) of non-citizens in this country, caused from illegal immigration, overuse of work visas in tech, and legitimate visitors to the US. Our system makes it too easy for those who have no right to vote to do so. How do you suggest we make sure that votes aren't affected by the votes of non-citizens of the US.

This is not a racist question, but a constitutional one. Only an idiot would take a face a value the response of "well, they aren't voting, so don't worry about it"

Comment Re:Trump is already a uniter (Score 1) 637

And if your a Military family, you probably have moved all over the US or farther most of your life, but you don't see excuses being made in that case. That's what it is in almost ALL cases against requiring an ID...excuses.

There have even been YT vids of interviewers going around in poor and minority communities asking if they have an ID or DL, and if was too difficult to get one, and I think all the respondents already had one, and quite a few minorities thought it was racist, in and of itself, to suggest that they were too poor, uneducated, or lazy to get one. If price is the big hurdle, then maybe we can cover "State ID" (not driver's license fees), for poor people. This shouldn't cost a lot in tax money to give out. Most people use a DL as ID rather than a State issued ID card anyway. If you get a DL, then it shouldn't be free as I assume if you have a car to drive, you can pay the $20 to get your own DL.

So what if it takes a bit of time, we are talking about a vote that happens every 4 years. Local elections are a bit more often, but either way, you have plenty of time to get one if you want one, it's not like major elections are announced 2 weeks prior to them happening. They happen on normal, routine schedules that can be planned for well in advanced. Occasionally there might be an unscheduled one when some politician dies or is arrested/fired for corruption, or some other unforseen, but in 99% of the cases, there is plenty of time to obtain an ID and register to vote. A Birth Certificate is something you only need to get once, then you keep it, and can re-use it if you move or need to get other documents that require it, it's not a big burden at all.

In fact, I think it's almost better to require at least SOME planning ahead of time before voting. I don't trust that the type of person who registers to vote the day before the election is going to be the type that is fully educated in the people or measures on the ballot. Last minute registration like this reminds of "impulse buys" at a grocery store, which are something you didn't plan, and don't think through very well. This is dangerous when it comes to something as important as voting. Before anyone chimes in about some people needing to register last minute because of their age or something, then this could be solved separately. I'm not suggesting that if you turn 18 just mere days before an election you are out of luck, but if you've had 4 years since the last election, then you have a planning problem, not something else.

People of lower income are also less likely to move out of their districts, so while they may be renters and more likely to change addresses or such (don't know, but that is what is posited by OP), most lower income families and people don't make big moves, but more local, like hey the rent is cheaper over in this part of town, or the next town over, so in many of these cases, they are still within their district. Heck, I've moved 4 times before buying a house, and all of these moves stayed within the same district, so voter registration didn't change except for an address change.

Comment Re: Lets call Bullshit (Score 1) 299

What I want to know, is when they recount, are they going to toss out any votes from non-citizens and dead people as well. Because it could make the difference even larger than it currently stands if so. The Democrats need to be careful if they want to look closer at the votes and are claiming a rigged election. We know Clinton already underhandedly eliminated Sanders in the primary, so who does not think it isn't likely there were other shenanigan's going on in the real election as well.

Would be hilarious is they find out that Trump actually won by a larger margin after correcting for the voter fraud that Clinton's side is claiming happened.

Comment Re:great news (Score 1) 238

I would recommend the Asus lineup, they are pretty sweet and feature rich. I haven't had problems with mine. They also are running an ASUS version of WRT on them (they call Asus-WRT) stock. I believe they can be reflashed with an open source OS as well.

For large upscale homes in my industry (automation/control), Umbiquity UniFi seems to be the go-to as they handle roaming nicely on bigger properties without dropping out. However, homes that size start getting network requirements that can also justify installing Cisco gear into as well, which is overkill for us average Joe's.

I don't have a lot of experience with the Apple Airport's, but the one thing that made my want to throw the crap away was the fact that Apple forces you to install their craptastic software on your computer in order to set them up. They have NO web GUI for setup, which is the ONLY time I've seen this from any of the dozen's of manufacturer's. I'm not in the Apple walled garden for anything, so I don't have any Apple software installed on my machine, but had to setup one for a client, which I needed to setup and connect a couple devices together, and was forced to install the dang Apple software. Wasn't happy, and was even more pissed after installing it to find that it installed a service on my PC that wants to keep the software up to date, as well as keep iTunes up to date (even though I don't have iTunes installed!). WTF apple. I can't speak to the quality of the devices, but they missed the mark by not allowing a simple web GUI for setup. I setup routers and AP's for clients all the time at various sites. If I had to install software for each brand of router, and have those routers linked to my PC forever after that, I'd have hundreds of routers in dozens of peices of software resident on PC, no way I want that. With a web UI, I login, setup, record the settings in a document that I can hand off to client and keep for future service visits, but I don't have my PC getting bogged down with more applications and auto-start services that want to update software that I don't even have installed. Good riddance to these things.

Comment Re:What about the far-left? (Score 1) 978

That's exactly what the bakery did. In one instance, an interview with the owners said they would NOT refuse service to gay people, and they have and still would bake a cake for gay customers. It was because of the 'kind of cake', or the fact it was specifically a wedding cake, which they didn't support, is why and what they refused. But it didn't seem to matter to the courts.

Comment Re:What about the far-left? (Score 1) 978

But a gay bakery would be just as compelled to bake them a cake even if they had a (much better, IMO) reason to not want to deal with religious conservatives.

Oh REALLY? How about this:
where a baker refused to bake a cake for religious customer that had bible scriptures on them referring to gays... Now I'm not condoning the messages requested, I'm simply pointing out the face that it has been done, and the court ruling was opposite. In fact, if I had to guess, I think this was done to prove a point, and that point was that these are biased judgments, and both sides are not being treated the same.

Submission + - Press begins to apologize for mistreating Trump's supporters ( 1

mi writes: Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.

Maybe, there is still hope for the Fourth Estate...

Comment Nothing new... (Score 1) 174

While this is new news for Tesla perhaps, it's nothing new or surprising in the scheme of trying to get people to go all electric before it makes economic sense for everyone.

Just look what the states carpool lanes did, first they offered the carpool lanes up for use to ULEV ICE vehicles, to incentivise buying hybrids and similar cars, then a couple years later, removed that "perk" from the deal. Then they allow full EV cars to use the HOV lanes, and soon it will be taken away (just watch...).

When full EV cars started getting pushed hard, with the Leaf and Tesla, companies (at least in Silicon Valley and Bay Area), were quick to convert the best parking spots closest to the building and right next to the handicap spots to EV charging stations, (mostly free of charge). Malls and other public parking spots started doing the same, to make it more attractive to buy EV vehicles even though they make little sense to much of population (economically speaking). Then most of the free chargers got turned into pay chargers (they still have primo parking locations though).

Now Tesla announces that the free SuperChargers are going to cost money... big surprise, as it follows the same pattern that been done for years now by state governments and local businesses with agendas to push.

I'm sure people will still act surprised when Roof Solar and EV purchases stop getting government subsidies to help prop them up to falsely compete in the market when it can't otherwise compete with existing technologies due to performance or price.

Submission + - All New 'Starship Troopers' Reboot in the Works 1 writes: Hollywood Reporter reports that Columbia Pictures is rebooting Starship Troopers, the 1997 sci-fi film directed by Paul Verhoeven. The studio is not remaking the film but is said to be going back to the original Heinlein novel for an all-new take and no personnel from the 1997 film are involved. Verhoeven’s film, which starred Casper van Dien and Denise Richards, received critical acclaim for its surprising satire but was a disappointment at the box office, making just $121m worldwide from a $105m budget. The original movie, considered a mixed success at the time of its release went on to achieve a cult following and during the DVD boom of the 2000s, it became a mini-franchise for the studio, which produced three additional direct-to-DVD movies. The newly announced reboot is said to be more faithful to Robert A. Heinlein's original book, but is that a good idea? "Starship Troopers has been decried as promoting fascism and being racist in its creation of a society where democracy has been severely restricted and warfare against the alien "bugs" comes with its own coded terminology that hews too closely to real-world racism for many," says Graeme McMillan. "The question then becomes: in updating Starship Troopers to make it more acceptable to today's audience, can it still manage to remain faithful enough to Heinlein's original to please the existing fan base?"

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 4, Interesting) 200

The problem with I see with how they described it is a big one... "I don't care what channel it's on, I just want to watch xyz". However, over the years, whether I had DirecTV, UVerse, or cable, is that the same show is duplicated on a variety of channels, some of which are in the "Guide" but that a user might not get. For instance, with DirecTV, if you wanted to watch Big Bang Theory as an example, the show would be populated on half a dozen channels in the Guide and different times.

For instance, it would show up on West Coast local channel (which I would get) standard definition, it would also show up on Central Local channel (which I don't get due to regional restrictions), and same for East Coast Local channel... Then all 3 of those same channels are duplicated as HD channels in the Guide as well. All 6 of these would be the current latest episode, and all 6 were at different local times due to time zone differences, however only 2 of those are a channel I get, and I prefer recording in HD when avail, so only 1 is the 'correct' channel/time. If the DVR recorded the wrong one, I would be greeted with a blank recording. That's why I think most DVR systems make you select the show and channel you want to watch, and it will stick with that.

Another issue, is when you add in the complexity of syndication for shows that have current episodes on major networks, and older syndicated episodes on various other extended channels (sometimes playing more than one episode per day for those syndicated episodes), and what you would end up is the DVR trying to 'guess' which is the correct version of the show you want to record out of a possible 6-12 different possibilities on various channels, time-slots, resolutions, and new episode/re-run episodes.

The cable companies don't make it easy, and neither do the channel networks. Depending on the DVR/Set-Top-Box you use, sometimes the guide is customizable to eliminate channels, but this takes hours to go through and setup on each receiver. Some, like ATT UVerse, won't let your customized list be used as the default, so it takes like 3-6 button presses to get to your customized guide list instead of the "All channels we serve from all packages" monolithic channel guide, which is horrible. Why cable companies still serve you SD channels when you subscribe to HD package is something I've never been able to figure out, other than it makes it LOOK like you are getting twice as many channels as you really do. All of this is frustrating from a human perspective, DVR's can only make it so easy before they start guessing at what you want.

Maybe the example given is easy to do, when you are talking about live sports games (all though, those get blacked out locally many times as well) that don't get reruns, are usually broadcast on single channels who have the contracts... But I don't think a DVR can know what you're intentions are by just saying, "I want you to record Big Bang Theory" are, just as another person wouldn't understand your intentions either without a bit more specific information, like SD/HD, what is your current channel package, new episode or rerun, it's playing in an hour, but you have another recording already scheduled, which show is more important to you? etc...

Comment Re:Is This a Joke? (Score 1) 271

Just so the record shows I'm not a hypocrite... to answer your question, yes, I donate quite a bit to my local Church, who directly run a food bank (giving out groceries), a clothing closet, and also who take lunches to the homeless several times per month (actually go out to the parks and under bridges, etc to find them), Up until recently, we also hosted a substance abuse recovery program weekly (this was recently shut down after many years due to falloff and lack of attendees). This is one small church in a sea of local churches who are all doing different things to help many people that might be in a similar situation.

I am blessed that I have it as good as I do... As for exactly how much I donate, lets just say that is between me, my wife, and the Lord...

But it's nice to know that people such as you and the OP have to have it confiscated from you by threat of force before you'll help, since that is what you are implying when you say in not so many words, "I'd gladly give more to help, if only the government would step in, enact a tax, and make me give more with the threat that if I don't I will go to jail, or have everything taken from me by the IRS and end up like these people that I'm sooo willing to help."

Comment Re:Is This a Joke? (Score 2, Interesting) 271

This, I would give you mod points if I had 'em. I'm not against helping the less fortunate and homeless, but I would prefer where to donate my own money toward groups that I think my money will be best used, and not to a government that will spend to much for little gain, be taken advantage of by users, and have the fund raided for some other purpose eventually down the line, causing a request for yet more tax money to be raised for the 'solution'.

Now the more realistic problem: while there are a very small group of people that need assistance to 'get them back on their feet', there are unfortunately a larger group of people that for various reasons are homeless or in a state of 'constant need' that don't fall into that category. Most of the truely destitute out there, are mentally ill, and don't use the existing solutions that are in place currently to help them out. Many are substance abusers who aren't elegible for help or shelters because of a serious drug and alcohol problems. Nor are they willing to take advantage of free substance abuse programs to turn things around. There are dozens or more government assistance programs (federal and state) out there to give away money, food, subsidize shelter, free shelter, and so on, why will adding yet another program FIX this issue?

There are thousands of organizations, government and private, out there that help out the poor and needy. It's one of the main goals of many religious organizations, and tons of money is devoted to this cause. But many don't use those services, and end up in these situations anyway. In some cases, you lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink comes to mind. Throwing more tax money at the problem isn't a guaranteed solution, and is rarely a solution at all.

As the OP said, there is nothing stopping you from donating more of your money to any of these organizations to help the problem, no need to vote on a tax to do it, other than because you like to force how others spend their money.

Submission + - WikiLeaks cancels Tuesday announcement amid security concerns (

SonicSpike writes: WikiLeaks has canceled an unknown announcement it had planned for this week due to security concerns, according to an NBC News reporter.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was scheduled to make an announcement Tuesday from the balcony of London's Ecuadorian Embassy. It was expected to be connected to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

However, NBC News reporter Jesse Rodriguez reported that because of security concerns at the embassy, the event has been canceled. WikiLeaks hasn't said whether the announcement will be rescheduled.

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