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Comment Well... (Score 1, Interesting) 406

...I think Hilary and Bill are as dirty-rotten & blatantly corrupt as the day is long...but if we've had what now, 2 dumps of "info" from the leaks and AFAIK nothing has jumped up obviously to bite her in the ass?

I have to either
a) commend them on the rigor of their operational security, or
b) expect that all the very best bits are still yet to come in Sept or Oct, when the splash will be large enough.

I honestly don't know which I hope. I really, truly don't want her as president, but then I don't want Trump EITHER.
I'm hoping for the enormous asteroid 2016.

Comment The High Tide of the American Empire (Score 4, Insightful) 184

...was the direct result of the unique experiences of WW2.

First, the US - despite the existential military challenge from the Soviet Union, which was only possible due to the disproportionately cheap annihilatory threat of nukes - was basically unchallenged as Earth's superpower economically, culturally, and militarily.

The rest of the world was still recovering from the aftereffects of WW2, from which the US had emerged largely unscathed but with a newfound taste/appreciation for the power of its science & industry marshaled by a central government (again, born of WW2).

At that same time, you had an entire generation of men that came back from war with a "we can accomplish anything" confidence (which in some cases tragically proved to be a dangerously entitled arrogance) AND an understanding that some things in the span of human events were WORTH the sacrifice of life and treasure. They accepted that.

I doubt we'll ever see such a time again.
We live in what remains the wealthiest, most comfortable society ever in human history, yet we still can't afford everything we buy.
47 years ago, we celebrated the triumph of landing people on the moon. In a short time, it became so pedestrian that it wasn't even front-page news anymore.
Today's triumphant news is about a new Tinder app that lets you 'hook up' with multiple people.
I know it's very "get off my lawn" but where we had an outward-looking, achievement-oriented society 50 years ago, today I see nothing but an enervated country suffused with ennui and a narcissistic obsession with carnality that leaves us paralyzed like a heroin addict on a buzz.

Comment Re:Somebody didn't get the memo... (Score 1) 279

One thing about the studies on software inconsistencies, I admit I didn't DEEP DIVE into it, but it seems like they were focused on the inconsistency of result between different software systems analyzing the same data set?

That's a valid point, absolutely. Personally, I'm not sure fMRI are all they're cracked up to be myself. But certainly it's possible that the results of the 000's of "now questioned" studies might still be useful IF they used a single fMRI system consistently and the results were relative.

For a simplistic example, imagine every student in a classroom had a different-length ruler (all saying 12"). Even though comparing results BETWEEN students would then be problematic, and individual student could still provide useful single-source data about X is 2x the length of Y, and A is 1/3 the length of B.

Comment Re:John Deere is evil. (Score 0) 635

It's not just John Deere though. They're merely a symptom, the much earlier first signs of the disease were software makers whose assertions (from MS on down) have become almost canon that "you don't own it, you merely have a license to use it" compounded by the MafiAA of the media industry.

I agree with your overall point though: it's a fundamental subversion of capitalism, and unless we or government (ha ha ha) actually takes a stand against this, it will permanently change our system for the worse.

Comment Or phrased a different way (Score -1, Flamebait) 236

"President Carter sustained and protected a poorly-conceived, poorly-designed, underperforming, overpriced intrinsically more dangerous launch platform that would go on to hobble the nation's entire space program by sucking it financially dry and condemning a generation of space progress to near-earth programs that the program could barely technically support."

Yay?

Comment Re:I call bullshit! (Score 1) 255

Only the first of a couple of questions that makes this smell like lawsuit bait.

- 16 month old that "never cries"...ma'am, then you may want to have your child tested for autism.
- 16 month left to 'wander' while 300+ lb autonomous machine is trundling by
- I listened to an interview with the mom, she wasn't even sure which foot was hurt. We had 4 kids and my wife could categorize with astonishing certainty and accuracy what parts of them were hurt, and what parts they THOUGHT were hurt but really weren't.

Comment Not really (Score 1) 75

If the hypothesis is right, the point isn't the thumb-sucking or nail-biting, it's the exposure to bacteria, and there's a ton of other ways to do that.

Thumb-sucking in particular often correlates with tooth alignment issues later in life, so perhaps just stop sterilizing the shit out of everything around your kid and they'll get the same benefit without needing braces later?

Comment No shit, Sherlock (Score 1) 726

What is being described isn't "PC Gaming" - it's BUILDING a gaming PC.

Those aren't the same things.

Yes, sure, if you buy your components and build it yourself, you might save a little money (less now than you used to, IMO). But guess why? The difference is ... THE LABOR $ to build it. Surprise!

Want to do "PC gaming" without that effort? Just BUY a gaming computer. You don't even need a particularly great one anymore, unless you want to run your games at 4k.

Sager makes great laptops, or just go buy that Alienware freaky glowy-case one from Best Buy.

This is a really stupid article.

Comment Re:The fear (Score 1) 138

I'm just going to say it: this is how spooks should work/be regarded.

If what I'm doing is directly inimical to the interests of country X, then I *should* be terrified that country X's spooks will 'deal with' me.

Unlike the CIA, whose reputation is basically incompetent dilettante technocrats who 'missed' the collapse of the single giant entity they were tasked pretty much solely to watch for the previous 50 years.

Then again, that's exactly the reputation a witchalock would WANT us to believe they have...

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