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Comment Re:Trump honest? (Score 2) 222

"In August he was a nobody"

This is the sort of statement that illustrates your point ... is nothing more than a political screed.

Michael Flynn served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from July 22, 2012, to August 7, 2014.

It's really not astonishingly shocking that a new president would select a former head of the DIA as National Security adviser, PARTICULARLY when most of the upper-level Washington insiders that might be ahead of him for the job signed one or more "NEVER TRUMP" letters ahead of the election.

BTW, Flynn's a registered Democrat. That doesn't get reported much.

I simply disbelieve that you did the financial checking you claim.

Mr Obama set the new tone for politics when he told Republican senators who objected to his railroading legislation: "I won".
Now Democrats get to see what that feels like, as well as a Presidency even *more* enabled with executive hubris and centralized power than Bush's 8 bad years of executive overreach.

I don't like Trump, but the Left's ceaseless whinging is going to cost them more elections if they don't learn to fucking shut up.

Comment Re:Enter the casual, brazen SJW injection (Score 1) 481

"lefties overcompensating in their horror of the Trump phenomenon"
Except that it's been going on for at least the last 20 years.

Not that you're wrong, it's certainly gotten worse since Nov 9. But it's been a thing generally since the 90s, and canon in US colleges at least since the days I went to school (1986-1990).

Comment "Misinformation" (Score 4, Insightful) 119

I'll start to believe this hoo-ha about "fake news" being a SERIOUS effort to raise the standards of journalism when I see one reputable mainstream outlet reporting that 'hands up don't shoot' in Ferguson was ALSO 'fake news'.

Until then, it's just "my party lost" biased after-election whinging.

Comment How is this news? (Score 5, Informative) 133

I've read about this role for the appendix for at least 5 years? At LEAST.

Here's an early article I found on the subject https://blogs.scientificameric... - and if SciAm had it in 2012, it had to be relatively established information, they're not anywhere near cutting-edge reportage.

And here's a Discover magazine thing saying the same thing in 2008:

Comment well, that's a few questions: (Score 4, Insightful) 433

Were early 3D TV sets too highly priced?
- Yes, WAY overpriced for the perceived value to anyone but marketeers.

Were there too few 3D films and 3D TV stations available to watch (aka "The Content Problem")?
- No, because nobody cared about the 'feature'

Did people hate wearing active/passive plastic 3D glasses in the living room?
- I'm not sure many people even GOT to this point, but that was certainly the kiss of death.

Was the price of Blu-ray 3D films and Blu-ray 3D players set too high?
- didn't even hit the radar by this point

Was there something wrong with the stereo 3D effect the industry tried to popularize?
- yes, that nobody wanted it and the industry INSISTED IT WAS THE GREATEST THING EVER.

Did too many people suffer 3D viewing related "headaches," "dizzyness," "eyesight problems," and similar?
- Again, didn't even tickle the needle - the so-called consumer had lost interest for several reasons before this step.

Was the then -- still quite new -- 1080p HD 2D television simply "good enough" for the average TV viewer?
- Yes, and largely still is. 4k only sells when the upcharge is nearly insignificant.

Another related question: If things went so wrong with 3D TVs, what guarantee is there that the new 3D VR/AR trend won't collapse along similar lines as well?
- None. I expect it will tank almost completely. cf: Internet of Things.

Oddly enough, consumers are starting to understand that they don't need shit simply because some website, magazine, or tv show says they do.

Comment Re:Harness economic self interest (Score 0) 502

Data: there is a (in geologic terms) near instant pulse of CO2 and temperature apprx every 120k years. This goes back at LEAST the last 3 million years, arguably back 5+ million years.

Data: the last such pulse was about 120k years ago. So we're due.

Clearly, none of the previous pulses was caused by SUVs and nasty humans. If we observe a cycle happening dozens of times, but assert that THIS TIME it's somehow being driven a different mechanism, certainly the onus is on us to explain conclusively how & why the previous mechanism stopped and a new mechanism took over.

Data: The bulk of earth's history has been at ambient temperatures higher (sometimes much higher) than the Pleistocene and Holocene. If one was to predict a planetary 'norm' over history, we're certainly currently far below it.

Data: There have been countless FUD-alerts since the 1970s identifying the bane of the human species for any number of reasons, ALL of which have been proved either completely false or grossly overblown: peak oil, nuclear power, fresh water, DDT, overpopulation, food shortages, etc. The 'Cry Wolf' effect is a real thing. Things blamed on global warming: http://www.whatreallyhappened....

Data: the promulgators of AGW have been repeatedly 'caught' massaging data (hockey sticks), creating data ('interpolation' of missing stations), adjusting data (, and when called to produce it, saying "the dog ate my homework" ( Hell, they've flat-out lied about the "97% of climate scientists agree" line for years (
To be clear, AGW deniers have /at least as long/ a record of misleading, data manipulation, out of context interpretation, or outright lying.
The "data" here is that reliable, objective interpretation of this information - much less policy formulation - is no longer reasonably possible.

Comment Re:And let's remember... (Score 1) 145

Sorry, I had to add this: I've watched the games promotional video and looks pretty bad.

It would have been great when it came out, and I sympathize with the submitter's not-so-subtle effort to pimp their "fave game", but today? No, bare-naked hills, empty minimal-polygon buildings and clumsy models are so may be great gameplay, but so was Atari Tank Battle: but nobody's playing that anymore either.

Comment And let's remember... (Score 1) 145

...that once a game is released, it's on the short track to OLD NEWS.

Sure, some MMOs remain in the news, but this is more like the exception that proves the rule.

Today, with the (stupid) pre-Alpha, open Beta, soft-launch crap, the marketing engines are desperately front-loading their coverage. NOBODY promotes games that are out and released, there's little milk available in that cow (at least according to conventional wisdom).

If a game takes 6 months of patches for it to become "not suck" then it's too late, the only ones still giving it a go are the die-hards that will not stop beating a dead horse anyway.
And, let's be honest: there are so many games out there with new cutting edge stuff being released, I can hardly fault the gaming public for not giving a hoot about some game from a couple of years ago that doesn't stink now.

There are TONS of games that fall into this category: single player games like Vampire the Masquerade, or MMOs like WW2OL. Games that released just a bit too underdone to be worth sticking with, but that eventually became terrific...too late for anyone to care.

Life's not fair.

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