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Comment Re:Nice Job HTC (Score 1) 205

Sorry, dude, but these people know where their bread is buttered and while I don't see a ton of value in removing a headphone jack they're not going swayed by a handful of neckbeards threatening to buy whatever. Every time tech takes a jump there is a cry from a couple dozen people like you about not wanting the new tech for any number of reasons (many better than what you're presenting here) but in a couple years even you will be on the bandwagon.

I live in two different worlds. I am a geek, so I do tech stuff but I'm also a gun guy.

Do you remember when Smith and Wesson signed a deal with the Clinton DOJ to get preferential treatment on government contracts? The backlash was so swift and severe, the owners had to sell the company to stave off bankruptcy and the new owners had no intention of honoring the deal. To stop this trend, there has to be this kind of a revolt among HTC's customers.

This one feature might not be a bridge too far for most buyers but I suspect that there's some cell phone maker out there cheering because they know that their sales are going to get a bump from the people who won't ride this wave.

But, I'm not opposed to tilting at windmills. I'm still continuing my 20+ year one man boycott of Nintendo. I stopped using Opera when they removed the menu bar and I won't use Chrome for the same reason.


Comment Re:Propaganda? (Score 0) 210

My Pre-ACA HMO plan was $440/month for me and my children. No deductibles. Just a co-payment for hospital and doctor visits.
After the ACA took effect, the HMO plan became too expensive for my employer so I had to go to a PPO plan. It cost me $250/month but everything cost more money. Higher co-pays, a BS deductible, less overall coverage. My daughter needed an EKG and that cost over $1,100.

I'm happy that there are people who didn't have coverage before that do now but my coverage was not as good after as it was before and I keep seeing assholes tell me how great the ACA is for me.

Comment Re:Welcome (Score 3, Insightful) 161

That's like saying you ate at a restaurant, so you're now partial owner of that restaurant and demand access to their secret recipes.

It's more like saying that since you paid for the food, you have the right to add salt, pepper or any other seasoning of your choosing in order to enjoy the food, that you purchased, in the manner that you choose.


Comment Re:The election is a poor barometer of relevance (Score 1) 284

As of the last time I checked, Hillary won the national popular vote by just over 2.8 million votes. She won California by at least 3.4 million votes.

Without California, she doesn't win the popular vote. This is precisely why we have the electoral college.

It gets even worse. Hillary has a national lead of 2.8 million votes, in just 10 California counties, she has an advantage of 2.9 million votes.
Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Bernardino, Sacramento, Contra Costa and San Francisco aren't supposed to choose the president for the entire country.

Again, this is why we have the electoral college.


Comment The election is a poor barometer of relevance (Score 4, Insightful) 284

Virtually everyone predicted a big Hillary win and virtually everyone was wrong.

I have a theory about that.

There was a palpable Anti-Trump PC thing happening. Anything that could possibly be interpreted as a Pro-Trump or Anti-Hillary statement could have ended in an online dogpile of people shouting "Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Transphobic, Islamophobic, Xenophobic" so people kept their thoughts to themselves until they got to the one place where they could express themselves without external pressure, the voting booth.

You can't fault Twitter for misreading the tea leaves just like pretty much everyone else.

Comment This isn't completely on the consumer (Score 1) 181

How many times have we performed an update to only lose functionality? How many times did something that just worked before stop working after an update?
How many times did we wish we could roll-back an update, only to find that there was no reliable and easy way to do so?

Developers need to address these concerns, and a few others, in order to get the kind of consumer confidence that would result in people allowing auto-updates or performing manual updates regularly.


Comment Re:Think about the coal miners... (Score 1) 220

I think I understand your position.

I'm an exceptionally conservative Republican and I too found Romney to be a bridge too far. I cast a protest vote in 2012.
I never believed that he had common ground with Tea Party groups, he was pandering.

I was raised in a family of Union Democrats my choice to become a Republican happened after the 1992 convention where, the Democratic establishment made it clear that people like me weren't wanted.


Comment Re:Think about the coal miners... (Score 1) 220

Reagan Democrat — fiscally conservative, socially liberal.

But would you have really voted for Reagan over Carter or Mondale? I doubt it.

That's why I changed my registration from Republican to Democratic last year.

Socially liberal, registered Democrat votes for Clinton over Trump just doesn't have the same dramatic effect, does it?

Not only did the GOP fielded the weakest candidates for president, they nominated someone who is neither a conservative nor a Republican.

Agreed. This was an enormous source of frustration for many Republicans, myself included.

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, "I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me."

As well it should have. Reagan didn't belong in the Democratic party anymore. Arlen Specter-types don't belong in the Republican party anymore.


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