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Comment Re:Editors, you stripped the original title (Score 1) 483

I normally use, "raving loon," figuratively, but in this particular case we're getting dangerously close to literally.

Literally? As in she is actually a bird? Was her aunt a mallard duck or something? Your use of literally here fascinates me.

Comment Re:some things should be trivial for any expert (Score 1) 363

If you're an expert pianist, you ought to be able to reproduce a simple tune on the piano, by ear and blindfolded.

You'd be surprised how many very, very good pianists can't do this, because they've spent all their lives reading music instead of listening.

Comment Re:Not very effective, anyway (Score 1) 363

What do programmers actually do? Try testing that!

Once you get basic programming skill out of the way (which you seem to have done well), then in my experience it's more important to figure out if the programmer can self-manage. Are they going to get things done on time? Are they going to come at you with a bunch of excuses, or figure out a solution? Are they going to spend all their time surfing the net, like a kid? Most importantly, are they able to get things done, or do they need me to watch over them to ensure progress?

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 175

the NSA Utah data center should be evacuated and then nuked. A Constitutional Amendment should then be ratified that specifies the site should be nuked every 100 years at the nation's Centennials -- as a radioactive warning to all future generations of what a free society never builds.

No nukes is good nukes. Besides, I'd rather give that hardware to the Internet Archive. Also, you really don't want to see what happens if we actually eliminate all those TLAs. Cutting them back severely might be a good thing, though. All laws and all jobs should come up for periodic review.

Comment Re:Obama Loyalists (Score 1) 175

Nice strawman you built there.

If anything it would be false equivalence. A straw man is where you attack an argument which wasn't presented. What I'm saying is that much of mainstream news is just anecdotes. So and so said such and such. And then some other so and so said some other such. If they're smart, they present them by asking a lot of leading questions rather than declaring what it all means before it's obvious. Then other people ask questions, and demand answers. In this way, the media can lead the populace to do good... or ill, as is more likely in this post-consolidation news landscape.

Still, there are some media-related victories now and again, such as recent changes in administration at Davis and Berkeley (on a local tip for me) or more broadly, what's going on recently in Trump's cabinet. He's not getting it all his own way, and lots of people have figured out that they don't want to be associated with him, or that particular rogue's gallery. Even Faux News is now occasionally being critical of His Orangeness. That's the kind of thing that will change hearts and minds among those who seem most heartless and mindless.

Comment Re:Help them leave (Score 1, Troll) 175

Any person in any agency that refuses to support the current administration should absolutely leave, and do so in a hurry.

Those people are hired to serve their country foremost, not their president.

Taking a crap on administration was never before seen as okay, yet that is what the current leaks are designed to do.

We The People must distance ourselves from Trump if we are to retain any credibility.

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