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Comment Re:Amber Rudd is dim (Score 1) 357

I'm sure she is fully aware there are other apps not covered by UK laws. All that will happen is that it will become illegal to use those apps without back doors and anyone suspected of extremist views will eventually be checked to see if they are using them. If so, they will be arrested and charged before they plow through a crowd of people or whatever. It isn't a hard problem to solve.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 543

You mean like federalism? You know, with a limited federal government and the states and local governments taking much of the role of governing the people where it is also easier to find like minded people and influence change? And if we limit those to state constitutionally mandated roles, we can preserve much of the liberty for ourselves as long as we do not trample on other people's rights in our pursuit of happiness.

But moving (voting with your feet) is not always an option for some people. Resources, family, and other obligations could prevent someone from seeking greener pastures. So it is important to have a strong federal government in respect to its limited powers to ensure some rights and privileges simply are not trampled on. I would suggest those within the bill of rights and later amendments are a good start.

I'm not trying to toss gasoline into a fire by smaller republics is somewhat how the country was founded. The original federal government superseded a confederation of countries (the original 13 colonies) and took over only the roles in which were seen as required to provide uniformity among the states in trade with each other and to deal with foreign powers.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 543

I won't say his lies are true, I will say they are unimportant to me or anything substantial. Obama wiretapping trump tower? Who cares? It is not like he will be prosecuted or anything. Lock Hillary up? Who cares, I would rather nothing be done at all than what she would have done if elected. It's insignificant if she is locked up or roaming the streets freely- she just cannot do the damage I expected her to do. Besides, most politicians do get away with murder. Just ask Ted Kennedy- there once was a senator from Mass. He went out in search of some ass. Lucked up and found it, but fucked up and drowned it, and that wasn't even the end of his ass. They say he was doing around 190 mph when his car left the road- because that is how more force from the impact it would take to knock her panties off and put them in the glove box.

But I don't care if he lies. He isn't pressing the reset button with Russia after criticizing the previous administration for frustrating their moves and then spending the next 7 years complaining about Russia running wild. So far, Trump's lies have only impacted the number of democrats in office and little more. I'm not sure that is a bad thing or a good thing but I'm sure it is insignificant in the bigger picture.

Comment Re:Is this news going to bring them more business (Score 1) 164

I don't think I was clear, people actually think that if you have nothing to hide, there is nothing to worry about. In response to the parent, it won't bring the Geek Squad more or less business because anyone in the know will already be in a habit of avoiding them in the first place (whether they have something to hide or not). Those who don't will not care because they "have nothing to hide" and don't believe evidence can or would be planted onto a computer for a $500 bounty so some FBI agents can look like they are doing something to justify their pay as they sit in the mall food court checking out the tween girls spending daddy's money and acting all grown up.

Comment Re:Is this news going to bring them more business (Score 2) 164

Not only did I read the summery, I read the article. But thanks for not reading the parent post who asked if this would hurt or help Geek Squad's business.

The answer to this as I stated is that a lot of people do not think they have anything to worry about because "if you have nothing to hide" and they will be oblivious about this article and its implications when they take their computers into best buy to get them fixed..The people in the know, are people who already would go somewhere else or do it themselves so it wouldn't likely affect their business at all.

Comment Re:Is this news going to bring them more business (Score 1, Interesting) 164

If you have nothing to hide, why should it matter either way?

Actually, it will likely not impact them at all because anyone who gives a fuck and knows about this likely wouldn't be taking their computers to the geek squad in the first place.

More interesting though might be a labor claim that Best Buy might have against these employees if they pocketed the cash and where working on the clock while doing the FBI's bidding. I don't know how it would be different than a company claiming ownership of a program you wrote on their resources while on the clock at their job.

Comment Re:Why didn't you jus publish the photos? (Score 1) 299

Why would it be contempt of court? Was he ordered not to publish them?

You can only be in contempt of court if you disobey or fail to faithfully follow an order issued by the court. There is no such thing as an implied order either.

The cops likely wanted the photos before the story behind them could be written and once the cops had them, it would become part of a trial and therefore public record if used as evidence. Doing it like this would be giving any news organization the right to publish the photos without paying royalties. This guys real reason seems to be motivated by monetary losses and not the stated reasons. If the events played out like he says, he is in no more of a position of confidence than a tourist or random stranger. He had no special access to witness the fight. The only difference is that he won't get paid for the use of the photos if they become evidence.

Comment Re:The idea's good, their mechanisms are a bit odd (Score 2) 238

It's concrete. They will not pour it all at once. Damns aren't even made that way because it would never harden correctly. The hoover dam for instance is 726 feet high with tubing behind and through it.

But we are talking the depths of several orders deeper. It's more like 69-70 atmospheres at 700 meters. This isn't virgin territory though. We have DSVs or Deep-submergence vehicles capable of going deeper with humans on board too.

A simple way to build this would be to set some barges up, use them to float it, build it in sections and lower the sections as they become heavy to allow the displacement of water to lighted the load a bit. All the pipes and tubing can be added as this goes on in a relatively easy fashion. It wouldn't be overly complicated. It then get floated to the destination, dropped and anchored, then wired up.

Comment Re:Edge is a disgrace (Score 1, Flamebait) 205

Firefox's problem is that they do not listen to actual users and their social agenda which many find distrusting (the entire Brendan Eich thing and the SJW rules in rust code of conduct).

I somewhat stopped evangelizing it a bit earlier when it became bloaty and started straying from the light and fast browser it used to be. Chrome filled the gap nicely and I became use to it from various android devices so I didn't need to relearn or re-familiarize myself with the layout every other release. Right now, I will use either, but if asked, I recommend Chrome over Firefox because of it's default on other devices and I know the agenda with google (you are the product not consumer).

Comment Re:The idea's good, their mechanisms are a bit odd (Score 1) 238

Why would they build it underwater? It could be built at the water's surface or even on dry land and floated to the location. All they would need to do is sink it then anchor it to the bottom or whatever depth they wish to keep it.

Although a slightly different set of complexities, it wouldn't be much different than building a boat or submarine.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 238

Oil and coal power generation is usually always base load with natural gas or some other fuel including hydroelectric adding demand capacity where available.Of course hydroelectric also provides base load too. You do not really see powering up and down of coal/nuclear facilities outside of maintenance.


I do not disagree with your premise though. This storage of energy fills a need just as you describe as well as preserving energy that would otherwise be lost if generated when not needed. That is one of the more complicated parts of wind and solar- having a need for the produced energy when the energy is produced or being able to store it for when it is needed. If this works out, it can go a long ways to making alternative energies more competitive on reliability and wouldn't need to be confined to just off shore farms as the same power lines to move the water can also return the power when it is in reverse and should be able to run as far as the service area of the generating stations. This makes it somewhat viable to create energy stores in the American Midwest with the great lakes servicing on shore wind and solar farms.

Comment Re: Best way to defend yourself (Score 1) 377

You are comparing the king of a third world country to the meager existence of a poor person with no assets trying to get by on Social Security. It doesn't matter that you used words like King- it is still the same shit experience sometimes. We are not the third world and we become accustomed to better qualities of life. It really is that simple. Even in prison in the US, people live better quality of life than some third world people have it.

As for Prison medical care, for the working poor in the US, it can still be better or more medical care then they currently receive. Even with Obamacare, the plans have deductibles so high that almost no one uses it to the point of benefiting them unless something major happens. They either walk it off or wait until they cannot ignore it any more just like they did before Obamacare except now they either pay for something they do not use or have their tax refunds confiscated for the privilege of being a citizen. Prison medical care is likely more than they get currently or no different than they would normally receive.

Obamacare did little to change access to care for a lot of working people. It mostly changed access to coverage which in some cases hurt more than it helped.

Comment Re:It's a gift to politicians and pundits! (Score 1) 440

A 60 year old couldn't touch anything other than a run down trailer sitting on some mud-hole they rent for 4k. More likely it would be ten times that amount for an old 3 bedroom A frame that costs more to heat in the winter than your mortgage payment.

The problem here is that when they (and I) were young, minimum wages jobs were only stepping stones held by teenagers looking for extra cash and people needing to prove or establish their work ethics and move on to bigger and better paying jobs. They were not careers you worked your entire life at or expected to work without raises for 10 or more years. There used to be jobs available that an unskilled worker could obtain and be trained on the job and work their way up in pay. It was expensive to train people so someone who has held the same job for a year or two in good standing was prefered over someone who has had 15 jobs in the last 3 years or no prior job experience. This isn't true as much any more for a variety of reasons but the better jobs aren't as available primarily due to offshoring and increased costs of doing business from regulatory and taxing costs.

It's is false to say more money that gets hoarded by the top X%, the less that flows into buying things like houses, cars, clothes, vacations, gadgets, etc. That assumes that money and wealth is finite and it has to be shared among existing people. First, the top X% doesn't hoard their money under a mattress or in a hole by the shed. They invest it into other ventures and loans for a return. When theses ventures create wealth at a value, more money is essentially created in that either more money is printed to match the value of the dollar or the value actually increases (deflation).

If your job is essentially providing a service that take wealth from one place and moves it to another, it creates only value and not wealth (fast food employee, lawyer, accountant, regulatory compliance and so on) . If your job is taking trees and processing them into sticks of lumber that in turn build things, it is creating wealth as well as value (although at the expense of natural resources). So is building the houses and so on.

What needs to change is not how much money people at the top hoard, get taxed, or how much the people at the bottom are required to be paid, but how the entire system is currently working. What needs to change is that more jobs need to create wealth instead of just value. This entire situation corrects itself in short order when that happens. Every generation can likely look back and find times when things were better, when nostalgia says we need a return to when it was great again. When there were more opportunities for higher paying jobs, when you didn't need to work 90 hours a week to maintain being in the middle class. Every generation can find times similar to this and one thing in common is that a lot of the jobs created wealth- they made a tangible product whether is was taking raw steel or aluminum and ending up with a car, digging holes in the ground mining coal, or building houses, picking cotton and turning it into a shirt or window treatment or whatever. While it is still found, it is a lot less than it used to be.

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