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Comment Re:China and India? (Score 0) 126

It's funny no one talks about Silicon Valley being overrcroweded after multiple generations of hundreds of thousands of illiterate illegals flooding in and having 3-4 kids each, and the local governments bending over backwards to provide carrots to them to keep doing it rather than deporting them.

Regardless of what the status is considered to be for tech workers in Silicon Valley, the other side of it is a burgeoning third-world savavagescape with through-the-roof levels of crime, tent cities, and destitution.

Silicon Valley's formula for success is more like a Ponzi-scheme, pushing the real costs of its unsustainable practices which depend on continuing floods of illegals and vast amounts of imported H1B labor - pushing those costs down the road for the clusterfuck future that anyone who resides there in the future will have to deal with.

Comment Re:rampant infantilism (Score 1) 352

I disagree though. What you describe is still tampering unnecessarily with the system. Even if it's slightly less critical, it's still tampering and against good philosophy. Also, I was thinking of all timepieces in the sense of being critical systems. Even the clock in my car or the one on my wall is critical in some way. A clock by defintion is critical. Don't fuck with clocks. Leave them alone. Let the NIST or whoever make minor tweaks every couple years to synchronize atomic time, but everyone else leave it the fuck alone.

Comment Re:We've known this for years (Score 1) 352

Which is why everyone wants it to change so we are always on DST. Basically it amounts to noone likes to "fall back" and have the sunlight become much shorter in the autumn (which admittedly has been shifted to be so late that it's not as bad as it used to be).

Looking at the clock change from the perspective of a systems administrator, it's just an extremely bad idea to tamper with critical devices - clocks - twice a year for such a frivolous reason. One basic axiom is that on critical systems you don't change anything unless absolutely necessary.

As someone above pointed out when the "critical systems" consisted of oil lamps or the time a farmer got up to work, or a stayed open to make money, it wasn't a big deal. But now it really is.

Not only that, but how many time keeping devices did people have back in the days of oil lamps? One if any?

Now, twice a year, I have to change no less than 8-9 timekeeping devices. I have a talking alarm by my bed, a timer/alarm in my kitchen, the clock in my car, and multple wristwatches which all must be changed. This is a massive pain in the ass and there's no way in hell any sane person or government would introduce such a law today. None.

Yet it is indicative of how incompetent government is that it is incapable of eliminating this ridiculous throwback to the horse-and-buggy era in a time when we have 747's and mobile phones.

Comment Re:Global Politics (Score 4, Insightful) 117

One thing that bothers me about the press coverage of this is that there's no discussion about why there was a call to stop using LiMux. I would like to know why - was it certain apps that underperformed? Certain features that didn't exist? What? Discussing this without describing actual details is worse than meaningless. People can suggest all kinds of things, but until anyone actually knows what the issues were, it's a moot point.

Comment Thank goodness (Score 2) 178

All I can say is: Thank goodness and it's way about time that now in 2017 this might get done.

I see ppl complaining about collateral damage, e.g. legit uses for spoofing but I say screw it. It's not worth it. If you need those features or whatever find another way to do it. Spoofing needs to be stopped completely once and for all.

I would also like to see more actual enforcement against spammers. Would be great to read about them being locked up which is where they belong.

Comment Re:Beyond the threshold of fast enough. (Score 1) 160

Unfortunately for me FF is still a bit laggy, but it is still the best browser overall. Vivaldi is the next best and is definitely snappier that FF especially with a resource-intensive site like Twitter. Vivaldi seems a lot faster for sites with video. I generally use both. I've used Konqueror but yes it looks like there's basically not much going on with it and it doesn't even have a lot of basic options one expects in a browser. Opera is ok but I had it blow up on me not long ago. I think Vivaldi is definitely edging out Opera.

Comment Re:Of course just knowing is gross, but... (Score 1) 215's 5 hundredths of a percent of the water volume. And since urine is 95% water, you're talking about less than 4 liters out of nearly a million liters of water. It wouldn't surprise me if the mass of dead skin or even hair was greater than non-aqueous urine components.

sounds like a cool name for a band

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