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Comment Re:The cure (Score 1) 302

Do you really think the TSA would be able to remain funded and functional without having the airlines and airports actively consenting to their presence?

https://www.tsa.gov/for-indust...

"The Passenger Fee, also known as the September 11 Security Fee, is collected by air carriers from passengers at the time air transportation is purchased. Air carriers then remit the fees to TSA. The fee is currently $5.60 per one-way trip in air transportation that originates at an airport in the U.S., except that the fee imposed per round trip shall not exceed $11.20."

Mind you, if people don't fly, Congress could just retask the TSA to collecting fees from buses, trains, and ordinary citizens trying to use the highway in order to keep their special interests afloat...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08...

Comment Re:In other news, water gets things wet... (Score 2, Insightful) 639

It clear to anyone with any objectivity that conservative ideas get obscured, hidden, or simply misrepresented on a daily basis...

It's also clear to anyone with any objectivity that conservative ideas have their own billionaire-funded media outlets to promote and distribute right wing propaganda as news. I totally understand any group that wants to screen out the right wing noise machine. You are entitled to your own opinion, you are not entitled to your own facts.

While you're at it explain how Rush Limbaugh has been able to stay on the air for so long with nothing but music playing during commercial breaks.

Comment Re:SpaceX's Next Big Challenge (Score 1) 150

There's one other possibility that's a variation of the possibilities that you've listed:

Buy a used rocket fleet from Elon and launch those. That way ULA can leverage all of their launch provider infrastructure while getting the benefits of lower cost.

If SpaceX manages to continue cores, they're going to have a backlog to refly. If they successfully refly their cores multiple times (validating reuse), but are not able to step up launch cadence because of staffing/location issues, it creates a window for someone else to say, hey, do you mind if we buy some of your excess rocket inventory?

Comment Re:And the election was handed to Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 605

She just lost another primary state.

She stopped campaigning in that state and spending any money to oppose Bernie Sanders and still got 48% of the vote. There's no reason for her to spend time or money running against Bernie Sanders.

By November Hillary will be a quivering mass of regret.

Then you don't know Hillary Clinton. You're also underestimating the monstrous negatives for Donald Trump and the end of what was formerly known as the Republican party. You're also underestimating the number of Republicans who will vote for Clinton. The only thing Sanders supporters are really good at is marginalizing themselves.

Hillary Clinton's people are not going to take shit the way the Obama administration did. The Republicans are going to be wishing for the good old days of president Obama right about February.

Comment Re:Leave the Wasteland (Score 5, Interesting) 561

the "Bay Area" is filled with a lot more drama than you will find in any workplace outside.

I live outside the Bay Area and experienced the exact same thing when I hit my mid-40s. Anyone who denies ageism is a factor in tech is either naive or part of the problem.

Ending the H1-B program completely might not solve the problem but it would be a good first step. Sure, companies would still outsource but that's a real pain the ass compared to having a galley slave right on site. After companies pay a couple times for untangling Bangalore Spaghetti Code that comes in late and doesn't run right they get a lot more practical.

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Wait (Score 2, Informative) 186

Isn't this the guy wanted in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a former neighbor? I'm not sure I'd take anything at face value from Mr. Stability.

If he's talking about the Chinese, they don't need an NSA back door to hack systems in the U.S., they've been porking government and contractor systems for years. The Chinese have the designs for every nuclear weapon in our arsenal and the personnel records of hundreds of thousands of government workers, including their security clearance applications. What would they get from an NSA back door that they don't already have?

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 5, Interesting) 675

How is selling ads "abusing" them?

I serve up ads on my website and adblock has never been a problem. The images come from my domain and I write ads inline with the copy and make them relevant to the posted topics. Not only does adblock not stop them, they're far more effective being embedded and relevant to the content.

So, what I hear sites like Boomberg and Wired saying is we want to dish out obnoxious ads from third party advertising networks. They want to outsource advertising income and don't want to work at it themselves. They can't be bothered to make advertising deals for products and services relevant to what their readers want.

This discussion isn't about ads, it's about dictating the terms on which those ads are delivered.

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