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Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 526

It's time to start thinking about how a society which want a social safety net can incentivize people people to not have children they can't afford.

Because we have such a problem with criminal lawlessness and uncontrolled breeding among trust-fund kids?

You already have a segment of people with, effectively, no need to ever provide for themselves. They don't seem to be causing any more trouble overall than anybody else, and most of them seem to manage to find something worthwhile to do with their lives.

Comment I used to work for an "Idea Man" and it sucked (Score 2) 332

I used to work for a (bigger than small but smaller than medium) family owned business doing web development.

The CEO and President were brothers, they were the sons of the owner.

One of the two was the idea man. He'd see something on a competitor's website or he'd read about it somewhere and call a meeting to find out what would be needed for us to do it too. We'd discus it, start developing a plan and get to it and three days later, there'd be another newer, shinier thing that he wanted us to work on. It was soul-crushing because we never got to follow through on anything. I was very happy to leave that place.


Comment Comparison of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (Score 4, Interesting) 123

Here are CVE details for each browser:


It looks like each of them has had their fair share of significant security flaws. Does anyone track how quickly flaws are patched for each?

Comment Re:Remind them that one day, their opposition can (Score 1) 359

I think that many of them don't realize the future implications.

I can only use the US's political landscape as a point of reference but I think the point will be clear...
We've been hearing about the GOP's "Demographic problem" for more than a decade. Basically, as America is getting younger and browner, there is dwindling power for those groups who have traditionally been the Republican party's base. People with left-of-center politics really did think that we wouldn't see another Republican president for a generation or more.

Now that Trump won the presidency and Republicans control both houses of congress, I have heard grumblings on the right-of-center side who think that the Democrats are now over and done.

They're both wrong.

Giving more power to the government is a bad idea, no matter who is in control of it.


Comment Remind them that one day, their opposition can win (Score 5, Insightful) 359

During the Bush administration, I used to remind people of the dangers of giving too much power to the executive branch by reminding them that one day, another "Clinton" will have control.

During the Obama administration, I reminded people that one day, another "Bush" will have control.

Eventually, I'll remind people that another "Obama" or "Trump" will have control.

Never give anyone, even your allies, the kind of power you would fear in the hands of your enemies.


Comment Re:Spiritual successor of Nexus 5 (Score 1) 55

I replaced my Nexus 4 with the OnePlus 3 in July and have been very happy with it. The OnePlus 3 has great battery life, it runs and charges super fast and it can get a GPS lock outside nearly immediately without any network assistance. I used the OnePlus 3 during a weeklong backpacking trip in August and was shocked that it was able to log GPS all day and still have plenty of battery left at the end of the day. I imagine the 3T will work even better due to the Snapdragon 821 (~10% performance increase over the 820) as well as the higher battery capacity. Just be aware that Verizon and Sprint networks do not work with OnePlus devices.

Comment Toyota already has it (Score 4, Insightful) 361

At least Toyota already has this in their hybrid vehicles. And in Japan you have a toggle to temporarily turn it off (for when you arrive home late, for instance, and want to minimise noise). The "whine" you hear from a Prius or Aqua at low speed is actually the speaker; with it turned off they're almost completely silent.

Comment Re:I still telnet for usurper (Score 1) 181

I don't remember the version number of the change change but I remember the game mechanics of the change. Back when they first make it so you could wear more than just an armor.

Back when the most Usurper could handle was a signed 32 bit integer. I had a crew of guys and I managed to amass over a billion credits. I saved up and bought a supreme protector. Then I saved up and got the best weapon (It's been so long, I just don't remember what it's called) and we took over the city. Everyone who tried to fight us lost miserably. I passed on a billion to my next in command and he sat on it, earning interest. As he began to approach 2 billion, I started messaging him furiously. He HAD to spend that money. Don't be greedy. Buy the stuff and give it to the next guy.

He didn't listen. There was an overflow and his bank balance went to something like -900,000,000.

The next day he started screaming and crying about all of his money and all I could say was "I tried to tell you".

With the next version of Usurper, they made it so there was different armor for different parts of the body and in the waning days of BBSs, I lost interest.


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