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Comment Re:You may not like this (Score 1) 357

No, this is not promoting race hatred, it's an explanation of the political differences between two parties and what they mean to the little people.

It's not only the Blacks who are having their chains forged right now. Loss of privacy, loss of social safety-nets, loss of ecological protection (so that people who breathe bad air or drink polluted water get sick all of the time), each one of those is a link in a chain.

Comment Re:As someone who grew up disadvantaged (Score 1) 357

Uhm... okay, so care to explain to me how you know all the kids at the library are rich?

It's the designer sneakers, iPhones, and the glow of good nutrition and medical care.

Go out on the street and see what you can tell about the people who walk by from what they wear and the appearance of nutrition and medical care. It's pretty easy.

Comment Re:Background and the real issue (Score 1) 357

Allowing states to block issuance of lifeline broadband to the poor influences how they vote, whether they get jobs, and many other aspects of their lives.

Some providers just got ordered to disconnect their poor customers and let those customers wait for the states to provide them another way to connect - or more likely for the states to not provide them a way to connect.

Comment Re:Background and the real issue (Score 1) 357

Yes. If you had some variant of Condorcet as the voting process, you would have cast a valid first choice for Stein and a second choice for Clinton, and perhaps Clinton would have gotten the same number of votes overall but not more, and Stein would have had a fair chance

The proposition here that I have a problem with, however, is that Trump would have gotten more votes if some people were convinced that those votes did not matter. He would at best have gotten the same amount of votes, and other conservative candidates would have had at least a fair chance against him if they didn't win.

Comment Re:Background and the real issue (Score 1) 357

Supression of the Black vote is well documented, and doesn't particularly concern the race of the Black people, but the fact that they tend to vote Democratic and are an easy target for suppression because they are already disenfranchised and poverty-stricken.

If the Republicans suppress someone's vote, they can not shield themselves by saying that anyone who fights it is accusing them of racism. They have to face the well-documented evidence that those votes have been suppressed, and continue to be suppressed.

Comment Re:It has a security hole every week (Score 1) 213

This is no longer true, And via eMail or a web browser and cut/paste this was always possible anyway.

Actually, it very much is still true.

3.3.2 An Application may not download or install executable code. Interpreted code may only be used in an Application if all scripts, code and interpreters are packaged in the Application and not downloaded. The only exception to the foregoing is scripts and code downloaded and run by Apple's built-in WebKit framework or JavascriptCore, provided that such scripts and code do not change the primary purpose of the Application by providing features or functionality that are inconsistent with the intended and advertised purpose of the Application as submitted to the App Store.

This is the current policy as of today (2017-03-30).

But there are plenty of Applications, e.g. "CS At Once", that directly download JavaScript Code from the internet (and install it as a local library)

Apps running JavaScript code do not provide their own interpreter. They use the JavaScript interpreter built into iOS. All the rest of your examples fall squarely into that exception. None of these things are relevant to the issue of Flash.

There are several browsers that just do that, in the Apple AppStore.

No, they do not. Please read my previous comment about how those apps work. Some might try to use one of the experimental Flash-to-JavaScript transpilers (Shumway or Swiffy, neither of which is still in active development), but those only works for a subset of Flash apps. Others run Flash on a remote computer (e.g. Puffin uses Adobe Flash-Over-Cloud). Others just do Flash video DRM using their own code. None of them run a native Flash interpreter on the device. None of them. And when you're talking about full compatibility, that's the only approach that actually works robustly. Adobe, Google, and Mozilla all tried other approaches to work around the iOS Flash blockade, and none were fully successful.

Comment Re:I hope this trend continues. (Score 1) 357

Yeah no, not buying that if you actually believe anyone chooses to be poor. But I'll pretend for a second you aren't lying. If you work hard, but don't have the opportunity to make a better life for yourself, you will still be poor.

Everyone has opportunities if they know where to look—even people barely scraping by on minimum wage. They just have to make the right decisions by the time they reach high school—living with roommates to keep their costs down, waiting to have kids until they can afford them, and saving every penny they can so that they can afford to go to college. Once they've passed that hurdle, it gets somewhat easier, but many never even get to that point, in large part because nobody instilled in them the importance of saving money.

Mind you, the poor don't have the same opportunities, and it is harder for someone starting out poor—particularly if their parents are also poor—but having fewer opportunities is not the same as having no opportunities, which is why I think it's important to spend at least as much effort at educating the poor to take advantage of the opportunities that they do have as we spend on trying to artificially create additional opportunities (which is, at best, a temporary solution that only helps the current generation and must be continuously funded).

And learning money management skills isn't just important for the poor. I've known highly intelligent people working in high tech who are at both extremes—people who spend almost every penny that they earn on getting new cars and computers almost every year, and people who are the polar opposite, never buying a new car because they don't want to lose half their investment in the first year. One of those groups is going to be in a position to retire early, and the other is probably happier right now. On the one hand, you want to retire early enough to enjoy your retirement years. On the other hand, you could die in a car crash the day before retirement and not get to enjoy any of your savings. It's a trade-off.

The important thing is not the particular balance of spending versus saving that any given individual chooses, but rather that the individuals intentionally made the decision after carefully considering the alternatives by looking at the numbers after gaining enough knowledge to understand the ramifications of their decision.

Every dollar that you put into a 401k at age 22 will be worth more than twenty dollars at 65 (statistically). So whether your personal goal is to retire at forty or live a more luxurious life and work until you're 70, whether you plan to have no kids, one kid, or ten kids, it is important to start thinking about financial planning for retirement by the time you take your first job. Unfortunately, many people (both rich and poor) don't do that. The critical difference is that people with high income can mostly get away with burning through most of their income, whereas people with low income can't. And that's why we need to spend more effort on financial education of our young people; education is the great leveler.

Comment Re:I hope this trend continues. (Score 1) 357

They and their children are raised to execute suboptimal reasoning.

I don't think suboptimal reasoning has anything to do with it. For the most part, ignoring people who are poor because of some disability, most poor people are poor because they were not taught good money management skills by their parents, and therefore made bad financial decisions at every possible opportunity by doing what their parents did, with each bad financial decision making things worse for them.

I think that if you presented money management skills to those same kids early on, they would easily be able to handle the actual reasoning required to recognize that those skills are valuable and are a way to avoid being poor long-term. So the real problem is that nobody bothers to give them the facts required to start that reasoning process in the first place, and by the time they realize it, they're deep in debt and their bad habits are so ingrained that it is hard to change them.

We haven't had true home economics classes in high school since my parents were kids, and it shows. We need to bring that back. However, even if we do bring that back, it still isn't enough. IMO, money management skills need to be taught in school starting in first grade when kids learn how to count currency. That way, kids who don't learn those skills from their parents still stand a fighting chance. All it takes is one teacher to change a child's future.

Comment Re:[cough]poor education on display[cough] (Score 1) 357

And further to that, that isn't the only place "regulate" even appears in the Constitution, with the clear intent that the enumerated powers were meant to be *governing* powers. In fact, the word appears FIFTEEN times in the Constitution, and each and every instance indicates that "regulate" is being used exactly in the definition I gave.

Even your example is absurd, since it's pretty clear a "voltage regulator" is meant to "control" voltage, in other words govern it. It is exactly the same usage.

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