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Comment Hillary is a mass killer (Score 1) 153

Let's start with Benghazi - 4 dead. Libya in general: 114 civilians killed and 445 wounded during Odyssey Dawn.
Iraq War: (voted for, supported) 4,424 US dead, 30k+ US wounded. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and other casualties
Afghanistan War: (same, same) 2,386 US dead, 20k+ US wounded. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan and other casualties.

After that, we can talk about the dozens of US dead after involvement in her scandals. Vince Foster, et al.

Comment Re:horse has left the barn (Score 1) 145

So you see the biggest problem is that people live in flood areas, not that the petroleum industry effectively is the most subsidized industry on the planet, and is insulated against the significant costs the use of fossil fuels is producing? Oh no, but we must punish people for living near sea level.

Comment Re:Everybody Panic! (Score 2) 145

The insurance industry isn't panicking, but it's building the effects into policies; whether it much more expensive flood insurance (if you can get it), or just general increases in premiums.

Just because it's not yet a panic-worthy problem, doesn't mean it isn't a serious problem, or that for some people it already is panic-worthy, or will be soon.

When the North American rain belt starts shifting several degrees latitude northward, I think you may find reason to be concerned.

Comment Re: Practice makes perfect (Score 1) 153

I do have a kind of dirty avuncular thing going on. I think in general I just get bored of their shit, though.

Sex is an attention getting scheme for many women, and when it stops working they lose interest. It stops working because when the hormones get satisfied, I have geekery to pay attention to. Far more interesting than most women.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 236

Either the Republicans run a tighter ship with better security, or there's nothing incriminating/shady to leak.

OR they simply aren't as heavily targeted - the Russian government is only interested in finding dirt on the Democrats after all. They may have even broken into the RNC/Trump campaign to the same extent but kept the information for themselves rather than leaking it.

Comment You broke it, you bought it (Score 1, Troll) 236

It's been part of the "conservative" orthodoxy for decades that corporations have First Amendment rights and money = speech. Remember, "Corporations are people, my friend"? It's unseemly for them to want to cry now because Democrats have done better under those rules.

I don't remember hearing anything from them when a top Trump donor (or Trump's son-in-law) used their newspaper to push pro-Trump stories, or when the Koch Brothers (and ALEC more broadly) were influencing elections from the national level down to local school boards.

Anytime they want to overturn Citizens United or pass a constitutional amendment asserting that only natural humans have guaranteed civil rights, I'll be glad to start taking them seriously.

Comment smartwatch backlash predicted in 1979 (Score 1) 282

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches.

Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans.

Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 1) 76

What you are describing is called "forced obsolescence" and it's nothing new, hell it predates (personal) computers. G.M. invented it as a businessmodel back in the 1960s. The computer world copied it by the early 1990s. Remember when the i486 was the flagship intel CPU ... for over a decade ?!

From the Pentium onwards they were bringing out new models almost every year with the previous year's model basically unusable within 3 years (partly because software requirements would chase the latest and greatest).

There actually seems to have been a slight shift to reduce that since about 2010 - at least in the PC market. I suspect the reason is the rise of tablets, smartphones, next-gen consoles and dedicated-use set-top boxes. All these things have reduced the market for PCs - people simply don't buy as many as they used to. So that gave the PC hardware companies a problem - if your PC fails after 2 years now - there's a very real risk you won't buy another. They have a better chance of selling you one if your last one has been going for 5 years.
So suddenly interfaces are backwards compatible - you can plug a PCIe3 card into a PCIe2 slot with almost no noticeable performance loss. I am about to upgrade to the new nvidia GTX 1050TI - my current card is a GTX550, and it has served me well until now. It's only in the last year or so that I started feeling a real need to upgrade it.
My 2013 model core-I5 CPU is still running everything I throw at it well, is overclocked and running at a stable temperature without hassle. I've expanded parts on this PC since I bought it in 2013 (like increasing the ram to 16Gb) but I've not yet replaced anything except one hard disk, which had been moved over from the PC before this one and was close to 5 years old when it failed.

Forced obsolescence as a business model only works if there isn't something else people will buy every year which can replace 90% of what you do and costs less. So PC's are actually becoming more stable and the companies are actually trying to maintain a perception of slowing change. Intel isn't even rebranding their next-gen chips anymore. You can buy a Core-I5 (same name as my computer has) right now - but it's a different chip, they haven't made mine since 2013. They are actually keeping the model names - while replacing the chips, to increase the apparent longevity of their products (not just in how long it's working but how long the company is supporting it).

It's a far cry from when the best chip in the world was the i486 for 10 bloody years, but it's a helluva lot better than it was circa 2005.

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