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Comment Re:I almost believed in WordPress (Score 1) 119

Kudos to you. I did a quick survey of most of the checked modules in our site outside core. Drupal 8.0.0 was released November 19, 2015 according to Google and close to 60% of the modules we have in use have no D8 equivalent. A few have something at some stage of development, but nothing at even a alpha or beta release level. Some that do have D8 equivalents are only at alpha or beta stages.

The core developers do Drupal. The plugin developers generally work on drupal modules as a sideline or fun project. I realize that relying on the second tier has this associated cost, but core Drupal without some of the addons really doesn't work in most environments. So making the upgrade easier would be a benefit to everyone (even if the automated solution wasn't optimal). The 5 to 6 and 6 to 7 paths also had very long delays for plugins, so this isn't new. Some were abandoned, sometimes with a different module suggested that may or may not handle the database the same.

Security in core is good. Security in the whole Drupal eco-system has the same risks that WP has when the learning curve takes a new bump every couple of years for people not involved in core development.

Comment Re:I almost believed in WordPress (Score 1) 119

Drupal does have it's advantages and security is one of them. It's biggest disadvantage is that with every major release the core developers change large chunks of API so any add-on you are using has to be upgraded to a stable condition before you as a website maintainer or developer can move forward. After X major rewrites of their plugin because the Drupal developers decided method Y was now the best way to go, many plugin developers give up - understandably - leaving you with no upgrade path if you were using a particular plugin. There is a lot of debate as to the feature load in core - KISS and make everyone rely on plugin modules or actually make core useful. Drupal would be a really, really good choice if they'd just stop re-inventing the API with each release or make an automated conversion tool that would work with all changes and plugins to at least make a stable working version of the plugin on the day of release. It might be able to be done a better way in the new wonder method Y, but at least it would work.

Comment Re: Irrelevant (Score 1) 502

I'm pretty sure we do. Wind farms aren't pretty to look at. Reclaimed coal mines don't look any different than the prairie did before they dug the coal out. I don't know about all the power plants in WY, but the one near us has pretty good scrubbers to help with pollution controls. The wind farm, however, is right next to town and we get to enjoy all the tower's red aviation warning lights on the horizon all the time.

Comment Re:Wyoming = big coal country (Score 2) 502

11% of electricity produced in WY does come from wind. Around 2/3 of generated electricity is already exported according to google searches. The biggest objection to wind farms is disruption of scenic views. The biggest problem with export is again building infrastructure to export the electricity and again scenic views.

People probably wouldn't object as much to the wind farms if the power was needed by the state's residents. When there is a large oversupply, it's a fair argument to not reduce our quality of life by building ugly wind farms. There has been particular resistance in the SW corner. FWIW we now have a wind farm north of town and it really isn't that nice to look at. Another consideration is that wildfires can put a wind farm out of commission for quite a while whereas power plants with a smaller footprint can be better protected. With increasing drought, that's a real concern.

Comment Re: I thought state and religion were separate in (Score 1) 1560

Perhaps that is why God had Peter record in First Peter

4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

not that there isn't a lot of other good stuff in the rest of the chapter.

Comment Re:I thought state and religion were separate in U (Score 1) 1560

You may be right about the improbability of an atheist being elected, and I, for one, am glad. It isn't like we've had a great many presidents who actually followed Christ's teaching. Some have certainly done a better job than others. If more Christians lived up to what He expected of us, perhaps you wouldn't be so bitter.

God doesn't care about political correctness. He cares about being correct according to His precepts and His commandments. God loves everyone. He just hates what everyone does for part or most of their lives. If you don't wish to avail yourself of His method of reconciliation to Him and try to live up to those standards with His grace covering those times you fail to measure up, that has and always will be your choice. He's laid out the consequences of the free choice you are making. Hearts are rarely converted with torches and pitchforks.

Comment Re:Casio ToughSolar Pathfinder (Score 2) 232

I have an older model, but I agree. Never having to set the watch and never having to worry about a new battery has been the nicest thing ever. Selecting time zones easily is a plus as well. As for the rest of the bells and whistles - well they're cute, but the other features are really the best for me. If you're out climbing you don't have to worry about getting a phone out to see the time and worrying that it will drop someplace inaccessible or just fall on something hard and break. I'll grant that phones "may" be more useful in a problem situation if you can get cell coverage where you are at (many places around here you can't), but I try not to be that wedded to a phone that one is always available to see the time on. Watches still serve a useful purpose if you are outdoors much.

Comment Re:The question is this (Score 1) 637

I do support the EC. I don't support winner takes all. I really don't support the entire primary process of either major party.

Do the primary election just like the general election. All states vote on the same day and no caucus garbage. Let the state's individual party votes in their respective party convention be broken down based on that state's popular vote for each candidate. At the end of the day, we'd probably know who the candidates for each party would be, but allow some time for mail-in ballot processing as now. After a couple of weeks, hold the convention for each party, add up the totals, and make the results official. No super delegates are allowed.

If you want to make it interesting, allow individual voters to write in an opposing party candidate for a particular office - and have that vote actually count for the opposing party at the cost of no say in that race for your own party candidates. If necessary, scale the cross party vote by some percentage to keep party A from messing with party B which is much smaller. That way people don't have to switch parties for the primary just because of one race and the party benefits by seeing just how many voters think the candidates they selected were truly awful. Four weeks or so later after the individual party conventions - maybe a bit longer - vote in the general election.

The primary process is really the biggest problem we have. The self funded candidates can make it to the end, regardless of their positions. The well connected can as well. Everyone else is eliminated long before some states even get a choice in the matter. The problem is not how the EC decides the election after the damage is already done. Fix the primary system, and all of this uproar about the EC would largely go away.

Comment Re:The question is this (Score 1) 637

Wyoming isn't ignored because it only has 3 electoral votes. It is ignored because it is reliably Republican. It voted (sadly) for Trump by the highest margin of any state. If I remember Time's graph, it's about on par with how heavily Democratic the District of Columbia is. Republican candidates don't need to come here because it is already wrapped up. Democrat candidates don't need to come here because it is hopeless. Advertisements aren't going to change any minds. In many locations in the state, there is only a Republican candidate for office for some state offices. That is how Republican Wyoming is.

Comment Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 1430

I'd say the main argument for leaving the EC alone is that the lone Representative to the House in Wyoming (and other single Representative states or even the two Representative states) can't get much of anything done for their states compared the the huge number of Representatives from each of the bigger states. Having a bit of advantage - if it can even be called that with only 3 votes in the EC - gives a little balance to the difficult position smaller states like Wyoming have in all other aspects of the the House of Representatives in Congress.

If California wants something badly, they start off with 53 votes in favor. That's not a majority in itself, but it's a good start.

If you want to fix the EC, make all states allocate their EC votes based on the actual outcome of the vote in the state. Eliminate the winner takes all crap.

Comment Re:Solutions (Score 1) 531

Going directly to the source is always useful when it is possible to do so. The thing with all solutions is that they take time. Sometimes going directly to the source can be the most time consuming - but you may get an unfiltered account assuming the source hasn't been itself manufactured or altered to change context. Technology is getting good enough to create really good illusions of fact. You tube is not necessarily better or worse at this. A couple of lines taken out of context there can be just as jaded as a news account if you don't see the entire speech or parts are selectively omitted.

Even trying to keep up with multiple sources as I mentioned on a continual basis can't really be done. But if something strikes you as off, you can always seek a second source from an alternative spectrum source. Pro Republican vs pro Democrat for example.

The older you get, the more cynical you get. You've simply seen too much and read too much and heard too much. If it is something that really matters, see what God says about it. He's a pretty solid arbitrator of what is truth and what is falsehood. Course, there's a lot of stuff I don't imagine He cares about that we get really worked up over...

Comment Solutions (Score 1) 531

So subscribe to both a very liberal and a very conservative newspaper that are well known that actually still do news - I know - that's getting tougher and tougher as more and more go to just running feeds. Pick up a local paper subscription as well if you don't live in a major city. Hard to pick good examples but maybe the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times/Washington Post. Read all three thoroughly. If the facts of a story are similar in each, then there is a greater chance (not in any way approaching 100%) that what you are reading is truth. If they are diametrically opposed, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

Pick a few more diametrically opposed pairs for variety (Christian Science Monitor vs. Freethinker). Extend as needed.

It's not perfect, but it's certainly better than just relying on a single source for news.

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