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Comment Re:Livable minimum wage makes a difference (Score 1) 403

The fact that a lot of people in the US have multiple jobs working many hours just to be able to buy food and pay rent is not something you should be proud of.

Those people already collect EBT and welfare. Frankly if they have the tenacity to work multiple jobs then I really don't worry about them. The ones I worry about are the 95 million people presently out of work entirely.

Comment Re:that would be the opposite of intelligence (Score 1) 70

well, yes, the word intelligence means to choose based on comprehension. But this is choosing from data. Having data is very much the opposite of intelligence.

Figuring out how to drive across the city by reading a map, is all that this is doing.

I'm intelligent. I can navigate my way across a city without a map -- even without a compass. I can hike across a wooded area without a trail too. It's getting from here to there without knowing what's in-between; that's intelligence.

This is data.

But you can make those choices because you have previous experiences (data) for doing so. You learned what a sign is (data), and how to read said sign (data). You learned what streets are and sidewalks. All of this is data.

Intelligence is just stringing together all of the previous data, such as what you've learned, memories etc. and coming to conclusions. I'm not calling Deep Mind intelligent yet, we're just not there. But your interpretation I think is off.

Comment Re:surprising lack of coverage (Score 2, Informative) 357

The large-media coverage on this has been near nonexistent. NYTimes is carrying one AP wire story about it, but no editorial comment. CNN has literally *nothing*. This has been news for weeks (thought the charges were changed from trespassing (after it seemed hard to make that stick) to rioting). Rolling Stone had been reporting on it, but really? Why do I have to get important political news from a music mag (or from, say, a tech website)? Why do I hear so much more about Trumps hand size and sexual escapades than I do about obstruction of freedom of the press? I mean, yeah, I know why, really (a generation fed on intellectual pap); just whining, I guess. Now GTF off my lawn, 'k?

Because the press doesn't care anymore. James O'Keefe broke a story today with video evidence of Hillary's campaign working illegally to create violence at Trump protests and the media won't report it. Wikileaks has broken so much info the last 3 weeks that Hillary should already be under indictment but the press won't report it.

If you look at who runs the news orgs, every single one of them are either a brother of a DNC operative or married to a DNC operative. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Who's in power right now? A Democrat President. No way are they going to report anything negative to the political power base that they favor right before an election. Our media is now just Pravda for the US. It's pathetic.

Comment Re:Time for the average folks (Score 2) 212

To start running OpenVPN and letting anyone they know personally abroad connect in and view the content they want. My connection should be able to handle 2 or 3 more regular HD Netflix streams in and out. They block my IP? Big deal, I can convince the ISP's DHCP server to assign me a new one. Once they've blocked enough dynamic residential IPs to piss everyone off, they'll most likely just give up.

It's easy to play whack-a-mole when there are only a handful of very visible moles. Put millions of them underground and see how much effort the rent-seekers are willing to spend on blocking.

1) Securing your own network from a foreigner connecting to it would be a pain.
2) Data caps in the US make this untenable.
3) Why should US citizens pay so that foreigners can watch our videos? Shouldn't you just unsub from Netflix and let them know why?

Comment Re:Augmented Reality... (Score 2) 55

...isnt iPhone specific. Technically any smartphone with a camera can become "augmented reality" with the right software.

In the phones case its simply just 3D graphics overlay, with plane/movement/motion tracking software.

You're missing the part about the headset. Microsoft really kicked this into gear with HoloLens. Apple sees the writing on the wall with that. Google Glass was pretty inspirational, if you look at the videos they put out early on where glass was constantly reporting to you visually things in your surroundings. Those things never came to pass unfortunately.

Apple has a real opportunity here. If they can put all of this together (which is their strong suit) then we could really see a revolution in tech. VR has no appeal to me and I suspect most others. Its really only useful for gaming. AR on the other hand has so many possibilities that it is really incredible if we can truly get there. In a sense AR will do for us what internet searches originally did. Truly AR feels like the logical extension of todays technology.

Google failed to do it and Microsoft is slowly doing it. Apple is looking to make a big splash for the iPhones 10th anniversary next year so I wouldn't put it past them to do something like this.

Comment Re:Why not covered by insurance? (Score 1) 195

The Affordable Care Act did a couple of things - dropped the 'pre existing condition' clause for private insurance (if you're sick, we aren't going to cover you, but you're certainly welcome to pay into the program in the event you get some other illness down the road - while you're still healthy enough to pay the premium), made insurers create lower (not low by any means) marginally useful insurance policies and tried to force everyone to get some sort of medical insurance. It also gave insurers the ability to lock in double digit profits for another decade. And gave me even more reasons to write run on sentences.

We don't know just what insurance he had (TFS implies that he had some) but if he had a standard commercial policy with a 1-2 million dollar limit, let me point out two interesting points:

- A year long illness can easily kick you into the million dollar club. A bad MI, a couple of weeks in the ICU, a couple more weeks in a step down unit, rehab, a few more procedures, a couple of expensive drugs and a host of billing errors and you're there. Hell, I'm an ER doc and I can run up $100,000 easy peasy. That's for the first couple of HOURS.
- MOST insurances have a 20% copay. Crappy ones don't drop the copay until you get to the quarter million dollar range although most have an out of pocket limit of at most $10,000 or so.

So, lets say he had 'OK' insurance. He's limited to $10K out of pocket plus an enormous number of 'little' expenses. Things that weren't covered, billing errors (did I mention that before>?), lost time, wages, home assistance, family issues .....

He's a lawyer, but probably not that kind of lawyer that has 20K sitting in his savings account.

Yeah, the money goes fast. The most popular thing at our local Elk's Club is drinking, the next most popular is various fund raisers for somebody or others medical bills.


So maybe lead the charge as an ER Doc to bring those costs down? 100,000$ for a few hours? That's criminal, nothing on Earth can possibly cost that much without someone committing a crime. The fact is hospitals charge the fuck out of everything they can. I've never seen people so rich as hospital administrators. They know they have everyone by the balls and don't care because the ones their billing are to sick to do anything about it.

People bitch about Martin Shkrelli but he's got nothing on the hospital admins I've met.

Comment Re:Maximum yield (Score 0) 813

Maybe in your ghetto Democrat run shit holes in LA and NY but the rest of the country is merrily enjoying the greatest infrastructure man kind has ever created.

Yes, because CA and NY and other Democrat-run states give financial assistance to conservative states instead of fixing their own infrastructure. Google "red state socialism" and learn how conservatives are this generation's biggest welfare recipients.

Even within a city, the poor but tax-efficient neighborhoods heavily subsidize middle- and upper-class sprawling neighborhoods that pay less in taxes per acre and cost more in infrastructure per capita--and this kind of reverse welfare is just how modern conservatives like it.

And Democrats are stupid for allowing Republicans to get away with it.

I know right? Best to give that money to non-tax paying illegals and mudslim rapists from third world countries.

You sir are a fucking idiot

Comment Re:Good for India (Score 0) 813

People in India need to eat something, too, and most of them are piss poor in comparison to US standards anyway. It's hard to find a reason why they shouldn't deserve to get work on an international labor market. I bet I'm going to be downvoted for this, and fully understand the personal problems of the workers who get fired, of course, but there is also another side to these kind of stories.

So what you're saying is India is a fucking parasite. Got ya

Comment Re:Maximum yield (Score 0, Flamebait) 813

You're so full of shit its coming out your eyes. When people get sick in other countries they come HERE for help. America has the best health care on planet earth and because of that you pay a premium for it. If you want reduced costs go to your shitty third world communist paradise, please.

We have the best infrastructure on Earth too. I never understand what you fucking idiots mean by "crumbling infrastructure". Maybe in your ghetto Democrat run shit holes in LA and NY but the rest of the country is merrily enjoying the greatest infrastructure man kind has ever created. It's too bad your Democrat run cities are falling apart, maybe you should look into those idiotic policies to figure out why, though I suspect you're too busy blaming white males for it.

Comment Almost cut the cord (Score 3, Insightful) 198

If it wasn't for my wife wanting to watch The Bachelor the second it comes on I would have cut the cable a long time ago. I literally watch 3 channels and most nights not even that.

I really can't stomach whats on TV these days. I know I'm older and my tastes have changed but what I see on TV these days is just uninteresting, overly political correct and frankly the actors seem to really suck. On the other hand when I see stuff from 20 years ago the same can be said, but at least then it was cheap.

Netflix is really no better either. The choices are slim, the shows are mostly junk and the prices will eventually climb to the same as cable, and/or add advertisements. It is bound to happen.

Comment Re:If you search one's trashcan you will find junk (Score 1) 205

Publishing one's mailbox content, it is no surprise to find junk.

Thus I am not surprised a political figure in need for more funding is receiving frivolous solicitations from a person with questionable mental health. And guess what, when a public political figure has to smile and be kind with all ppl, even those that are disturbingly ill. This is even more important if your are in need for funding.

It's not frivolous. Podesta is a long time UFO nut. In fact he even publicly swore once to release UFO information the government has if he held public office.

Comment Re:Alt-right "heroes" (Score 1, Interesting) 369

While we're on the subject, what are David Duke, Jared Taylor and the rest of their KK buddies up to? How about the USA neo-Nazi movement? Are they looking to buy a strip mall somewhere? How about the Bundy clan? Are they looking to build a new outhouse at their compound? Does Dylan Roof have a special someone he is prison pen-pals with now?

I'm really, really not down with /. reporting on hate group leaders like they are the Kardashians.

You mean the KKK that was founded by the Democratic party and once headed by Democrat Senator Byrd? They've been superceded by the Democrats newest hate organization called Black Lives Matter. Rather than hang negros from trees though they've moved on to destroying their own cities and shooting cops.

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