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Comment Re:I'll be skipping this generation ... (Score 1) 175

Fuck me you're easy to please. I want everything, I want it all powerful, and I want it the size of a tablet?

Your big problem is you think professional laptops include a use case which they simply don't do. 13" "professional" laptop? Hell no. You'll alienate more users with than then not.

This is a reasonable professional laptop, and what I've been using for coding and data analysis for the last few years. Tons of ports, upgradable SSD/RAM, and easy to constantly lug around at 4.5 lbs. I don't need a huge monitor in the field and just because someone doesn't want to drag one around doesn't mean that they're not doing real work on the laptop.

If Apple refreshed this system, I'd stay with them. That model is also the last system that is easily upgradable, too.

Comment Re:Expectations (Score 1) 249

At first I assumed the Germans were less friendly, but I was later told that when I did the typical 'American smile' to strangers, the Germans would assume I was attempting to sell them something or otherwise solicit them.

This, by the way, is the end result of marketing-types coopting positive interpersonal gestures and mannerisms for their own sleazy ends. By abusing the tendency for people to take a smile or eye contact (or any of the other aspects that they're destroying) as a sign of friendliness or trust, they strip those gestures of their genuineness.

Comment Re:"I Don't Want Your Money" (Score 1) 249

Virtue signaling is less about actually doing things and more about talking about doing things.

Giving a buck or a sandwich to a beggar on the street is a fairly private affair, so it doesn't really qualify as virtue signaling. Now setting up a charitable foundation and naming it after yourself or donating to a hospital/university/whatever and getting a building or wing named after you is probably the most extreme example that I can think of.

Comment Re:Nuke shutdown (Score 1) 76

Still, if I prevent human intervention for 48 hours, then I render a large portion of the country uninhabitable for hundreds (or thousands) of years.

What country are you talking about? Monaco?

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is only 2,600 km^2, or less than half a percent of the area of a not-that-big country, and even it is full of thriving wildlife and tourists. Modern reactor designs would be desirable, but no commercial reactor is going to make a mess big enough to render a large portion of the country uninhabitable. FUD.

Comment Re: Why even have elections? (Score 1) 432

I agree, but I'm voting for a third party anyway because I can't stomach the idea of voting for Trump or Clinton and I don't want my lack of an endorsement for either of them to written off as "voter apathy". Buffoons the others may be, but some of the third party candidates really are the lesser of the evils.

Comment Re: Election of 1968 (Score 1) 331

If that's your point, then I wholly agree with you. I thought that saying, "It's a disgrace to humanity as a whole," was you distancing yourself from from this monstrosity as if corruption was an American invention or as if the US has even exhibited corruption in its most perfect form.

This particular election (and nearly every other election in the US, at least in my lifetime) is a "shame on us" moment, but contemporary US politics don't represent the worst display of corruption in history or even in the modern world. I have no tolerance for it here, but don't make the mistake of pointing to our shit-show while letting your own fester, even if it isn't quite as bad at the moment.

Comment Re: Election of 1968 (Score 1) 331

It's almost as if the worst of your country represent you.

You must be new here (Earth). The top tiers of every government in every country are the worst of us, because the worst of us are attracted to the power and wealth that can be extracted from such positions and have no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get these positions. Where do you live where your politicians are angels (or even decent people)? Looking back through history, how many kings, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers can you name who were not monsters in one way or another?

Comment Re:because everyone carries a bag of 100 gift card (Score 1) 204

"If you click the link at the bottom of my post that's labeled 'Parent', you can actually READ the thread that you're replying to without jumping to the assumption that other people are idiots," is what I'd say if you weren't the exact person that I was replying to.

Seriously, did you forget the thread of the conversation? I was replying to your statement:

Then you should be able to provide evidence (receipt) that you bought those branded gift cards from a website instead of telling the police you bought it off from someone else?

In this case, the guy blabbed too much about his stupid scheme, but the AC upthread shouldn't have to provide any evidence at all if the police have no evidence that his hypothetical cards were involved in a crime.

Comment Re:Same ole tactic, different day (Score 1) 435

I'm not old enough to remember the Gulf of Tonkin incident, but this really is starting to feel like the lead-up to the War in Iraq, down to the vague and unsubstantiated "evidence" being unquestioningly parroted by the media. Who in their right minds wants to start a war with Russia, especially over something as inconsequential as this?

Comment Re:Same ole tactic, different day (Score 1) 435

As if a Russian or a Frenchman acting on the Russian's behalf couldn't register a domain in France?

*That's* the best you can come up with?

If you're the one claiming that it's the Russians, then you're the one who has to come up with better evidence; everybody else just needs to poke holes in your argument.

He's pointing out that there's no obvious connections to Russia here. That's more than you've come up with.

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