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Comment Re:Gov't data (Score 1) 284

By the same token you have to decided about how aggressive a definition of labor participation you want to use. An "I am not looking" answer on the survey excludes you from the labor force numbers. Why are you not looking though? Is it because you want to stay home? Is it because you are discouraged? Is it because you lack marketable skills?

If you are employed are you underemployed? Suppose you have a degree and decades of experience, but are working in retail or fastfood because you can't afford to sell your home with its underwater mortgage and there are no jobs in your field were you currently live because the facility you worked at was closed? Should you be counted as fully employed even if you are working full time?

We do have some BLS numbers around these things but there is all kinds of shades of grey and subjectivity to them and its very much the case that politics govern how they are reported. Its not they are lies, but those grey areas are interpreted one way or the other to best tell the story the current administration wants to put out there.

Comment Re:Gov't data (Score 3, Insightful) 284

Exactly what so many people seem to missing about all the hubub around presidency is the deep state is real, our bureaucracy for good and ill are quite resilient.

Just because you change out the man at the top and couple handfuls of his direct reports does not suddenly mean all the procedures, methods, systems, opinions, etc in use by all the 2,804,000+ federal workers and enumerable contractors both direct and corporate suddenly change too. That stuff is cultural and other than a few hot button issues that might get attention from POTUS directly takes decades to change, literally outlasting a single Presidents term of office in many cases.

In a lot a ways we are still feeling the effects of not exactly policy but popular opinion that dates to the Clinton Presidency and that of Gorge W Bush. People choose to get into civil service or not often depending on their admiration or lack their of for the top man in charge at the time they are ready to start a career. The people who started their careers in the late 90s and early 2000s are now the folks who have risen to positions where they are decision makers and mid-level bureaucrats. We have yet to see the real influence of Obama's millennial voters here yet (sadly IMHO, not looking forward to that all).

So the data is probably as trustworthy as it was 4 weeks or 4 years ago. Its probably as trustworthy as it was 8 years ago, or 16 or 20. That is to say its really not very trustworthy at all but probably less bias than you might imagine. There is a constant battle being fought between the left and right with the pendulum swinging both ways ever 8 years or so, but not as a far either way as the top men appear to swing. The real issue is that assumptions on either side are never really challenged or well examined because of the tug of war fought over the superficial stuff. So some labor statistic remains calculated they way it has been for the last 40 years when some probably well meaning person made a judgement call based on the information they had at hand. It never gets revisited in a serious scientific way because everyone is to busy doing studies and bickering over a handful of top line numbers that make for good headlines like the employment rate.

Comment Re: Good bye to Solaris (Score 1) 164

I've never seen problems booting due to systemd

Systemd is pants-on-head retarded when dealing with Network Manager and waking from sleep. It /never/ reactivates the network.

It is also pants-on-head retarded when a sound service won't start and it will just fucking /wait/ there while it won't start, instead of just failing it and moving on.

These are issues I've personally had to deal with. With Ubuntu LTS, no less.

And the whole point of systemd, so I've been told, is to make it /easier/ for workstation users. I don't see any more ease over sysvinit. Systemd is a solution looking for a problem, as far as I can tell. Unfortunately everyone is under the spell of Red Hat and Poettering these days.

This off-topic post was brought to you by the letters F, U, B, A, and R.

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Comment Re:I wonder if the realize... (Score 1) 65

Politicians in the West are also typically as dumb and just as threatened by technology.

By and large, politicians still don't like the Internet, regardless of location and political ideology. They think it takes power away from them. It's a generational issue - most politicians, when they reach national power, are my age, at least, and probably never actually touched a general-purpose computer themselves.

The quicker my generation dies, the better.

I'm OK with that.

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Comment Re:3D was a thing? (Score 1) 398

I am going to throw in with the parent here. When I watch TV I want to be comfortable and relax. Glasses don't maximize comfort, and in fact kinda suck a lot if you decide to stretch out on the sofa and need to lay on your side to face the TV. Pillows and glasses are basically incompatible.

If I have to wear glasses to watch something, I am going to watch something else

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 1) 409

Trade school can be a good thing. There are a lot of people who are plenty capable and interested that can for whatever reason not manage to learn to learn on their own. They simply need to be lead. There is an even larger number of people who are interested in something but simply could not invest in the technology and equipment need to learn on their own. Trade schools are a good match for both groups and there is a lot of overlap between both groups as well.

I am not saying there isn't value in a liberal arts degree and that some people don't need them to do what they do. Most people can't put food on the table using their ability to critique of renaissance art however or with their knowledge of western history.

What everyone really does need is a solid foundation in reading, physical science, and basic maths (like up thru calculus), a solid grasp of chemistry and physics won't hurt but might be more disposable. We *should* be getting these things from our secondary education system. The trouble is many people are not, and rather than addressing the question why can leave high school without being able to apply algebra, they want to teach everyone python! That is a problem. Its been a problem too for decades now colleges have been simply reducing their exceptions for freshmen and adding remedial classes to compensate. The real reason nobody can get a job without a college degree now is: I really don't know that you have the skills to make a proper cup of coffee if you have only a high school diploma.

Comment Snowden (Score 4, Insightful) 382

Manning and Snowden are simply not comparable at all.

Snowden for his one personal beliefs about the legality and morality of the situation acted. Yes he did violate the law but that was after he attempted to use the proper channels and was shut down. When he finally did go to the press/public he made arrangements to filter, redact, and limit the release of the material with the help of a few trusted press agents. It was of course necessary to disclose some secrets because without doing so the public/press would have little to no way to affirm the credibility of anything he was saying about the existence of the invasive domestic spying programs.

Manning was entirely different. He basically was talked into doing what he did, and had help of an external actor. His reasons appear to be more born out of a desire to personally get even with 'the system' than to be a reformer. He made no effort to use the proper channels that we know of and little effort to control the release of material. He certainly took no personal responsibility for material handing it all to wikileaks with no judgement of his own about what was or was not to harmful to leak.

Finally Snowden's leaks might have harmed intelligence gathering efforts, disclosing methods and capabilities but they did not out people as Manning's leaks almost certainly did. There is cause to believe lives may have been lost due to Manning's leaks. That issue alone should make it a very different discussion about pardoning him, and the moral justification for his actions.

I can see a pardon or reduced sentence for Snowden but there is no way I would ever let Manning out of the clink.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1, Insightful) 382

No you are by referring to her as Chelsea. Manning has a number of serious mental illnesses and you are not helping him by enabling his delusions or lending credibility to the charlatans currently in charge of his care.

Rather than helping him get healthy so he can one day go on to have a family if he so chooses you are allowing him to do irrevocable harm to his body, that is sure to leave him sterile and shorten his own life. People like you are terrible human beings. Your willingness to prey upon sick to advance your political agenda makes you the worst kind of monster in my book.

Comment Re:Now this is just getting stupid (Score 1) 564

I had ones that could do that but it was very slow and you certainly could not just say "play track 5". I have a turn table with a laser that shines on the disk and a photo sensor that can detect the level of reflected light. Its able to find tracks about 90% of the time. It moves the tone arm to the edge of the disk, and scans across counting the blanks spaces, its pretty fast. Once it counts the right number of spaces it drops the tone arm.

Its not CD player fast by any means but its way fast than seek on any consumer tape desk has ever worked.

Comment My art is shit (Score 3, Insightful) 564

"Tapes were biggest mostly in noise and hardcore, where the fact that they were degraded was almost kind of an asset," says Keyes. "Because it made it sound muddier and screwed with the dynamics and the sound in an interesting way."

Translation the artistic works are so poor and of so little value its better if you don't look or listen to closely.

Comment Now this is just getting stupid (Score 1) 564

Compact Cassettes are nothing but entirely obsolete. Unlike vinyl which might in some cases have desirable audio characteristics compared with an compresses digital audio file, or even a CD. Cassettes just SUCK period full stop.

They are less seekable than even vinyl (which is quite seekable if you have good turn table) They are all sorts of problems with streching and temperature variation. They don't really have all that great a bandwidth, frequency response. They are fragile. All in all nobody should want to use one of these for anything anymore. It was nice when it was the only technology that could offer portability with good capacity, and good enough reliability (things 8-track did even worse).

What's next 8-track coming back too.

There is nostalgia and there is nonsense, and cassettes belong in the nonsense category.

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