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Comment Re:Why Wasn't Karl Rove Imprisoned As Well? (Score 1) 409

You're correct, that's why they used that server for non-governmental emails.

So why did they use that server for governmental emails? And why, when they were being investigated, did they announce that they "lost" 22 million of the emails on that server? (These facts were mentioned in the article that you claimed the GP didn't read. I recommend reading more than just the intro next time.)

The Bush administration did the same thing as Clinton did. It's just as terrible in either case. The main difference is that the people who are convinced that this act makes Hillary evil are also convinced (like you) that Bush's actions were no big deal.

As for me, well, it means that I'm quite sure I would never hire Hillary to be a CSO.

Comment Re:No updates = no purchase (Score 1) 168

So buy a Nexus. Or an iPhone, if you'd prefer more-polished-less-flexibility.

I don't really understand people who complain that Samsung/Lenovo/LG/whoever don't provide security updates. You're right, and it's terrible, but it's always been that way so you knew it before you bought your last phone. But you still chose to buy one that would never get regular updates rather than one that would.

Comment Re:3rd party candidate time! (Score 1) 271

Not if they ever wanted to be elected again. Not after spending multiple decades convincing their followers that the Clintons are evil, despite (mostly) failing to find evidence of this.

It will be the same as the republican convention. The stop-trump movement will be "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 569

Bush did the same thing? Then where's the evidence? Here's the problem. You're just wrong here. Bush+ didn't use a private email server

Dear god. Are you telling me you know that Hillary is evil because of her email shenanigans, but don't know about the Bush email controversy? And also could not google "bush email" and see the first link?

This is what I'm talking about. Both Bush and Hillary screwed up their email handling. Rational people are unhappy about both and complain about both. Partisan idiots wail about one of them but give the other a pass. Or don't even know about the earlier one, which takes some effort since it is often brought up in comparison to the current one, except on news sites aimed at partisan idiots.

Citizens look at all the evidence. Partisan idiots parrot their favorite news site. Please be more of a citizen; we need more. A lot more.

Comment Re:Free space wiping controversial? (Score 1) 569

I haven't seen any evidence that the wiping was done during the email investigation; do you have a citation that says otherwise?

And Slashdot posted this a bit after it hit the mainstream news. The fact that you think that the timing was a plot by Slashdot implies that you are less interested in facts than in political conspiracy theories. When you look around and complain about all of the political mudslinging, now you can think "hey, I'm causing all that! Cool!"

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 0, Flamebait) 569

You're building a strawman; you made a fake argument designed to be easily knocked down. The actual argument being made is: If you complain that Clinton used a non-governmental email server, but you did not complain that Bush+ did the same thing (and "lost" a lot more email), then you are not concerned about the potential email-server crime; you're just a whining partisan idiot.

A similar situation: The tea party folks were incredibly upset that Obama ran a big deficit. You wouldn't know it to listen to them now, but for many years the deficit was the most important thing in the political world and proof that Obama was trying to destroy the USA.

But the deficit under Obama shrunk every year, while the deficit under Bush Junior grew every year. Yet the tea party folks never made a peep of complaint when Bush grew the deficit.

So the most likely explanation is that the tea party folks never really cared about the deficit; they are just whining partisan idiots.

There are of course partisan idiots on all sides of the political spectrum, but the republicans seem the only ones who let the partisan idiots set their policy and talking points. Odd way to run a railroad.

Comment Re:"free" * (Score 1) 990

Sure, but so what? Yes, we all know TANSTAAFL, but we also all know that charging at work is just a minor workplace perk. Pedants shouting TANSTAAFL!!!! are just trying to derail the conversation without all that pesky "adding meaning" or "thinking".

I'm guessing that as EVs become more common, we'll get a lot more parking lots with first a few, then 20%, then 50%, then 100% of spaces with EV plugs. It will add a bit of cost to the parking lot but not much (once it happens at scale), and it will usually be included in the cost of the parking. Some places will meter it, but I'm guessing that even then it will cost far less than the equivalent in gas, and it will be far more convenient than finding a gas station once a week or so.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

And you are misinterpreting the statistics.

On average, sure 10% of vehicle days cannot be served by current electrics. But that's not an even distribution.

Most hauling trucks (both long-haul and local delivery) need the energy density of gas. So 100% of such truck-days are non-electric.

On the other hand, my wife and I each have a car. We occasionally drive more than a single-days charge, maybe 10-20 times a year, but never in both cars at once. So for us, no more than 2.7% of car-days must be non-electric. We also have motorcycles; my touring bike probably needs a gas engine but the others don't.

So it's not 10% for everyone; it's 100% for a few, and a few days a year for most.

Comment Re:Hottest on record ... again (Score 2) 271

The problem is ... I've heard it enough times that it must be at least 5 degrees C hotter on average per year than just a few years ago ... which seems ... catastrophic ...

Errr... If May, June, and July are all 0.5 higher than average, that doesn't mean the earth is 1.5 higher. And if 2015 is, say, 0.45 higher and 2016 is 0.55 higher than average, that doesn't mean that we're 1.0 higher than average. Statistics don't work that way.

Since you don't understand numbers and averages, the rest of your rant seems likely to be nonsensical. Which -- surprise! -- it is.

You can educate yourself on statistics, how they can be used to lie, and how to detect that deceit. Then your opinion may matter.

Or you can keep on believing that you are smarter and more informed than all of the people studying climate, and keep on posting misinformed rants. I suspect that you'll pick this last option, but I'm always ready to be proven wrong.

Comment Re:How can government be trusted to help? (Score 1) 618

I like how your one link contains the quote: "Although not all improper payments are fraud, and not all improper payments represent a loss to the government" but then goes on equating improper payments and fraud (and also equating the dollar value of improper payments with the dollar value of wasted money in the program). That level of logical rigor is common when you quote groups who like to justify their incorrect facts by mis-representing good studies. Seems like those groups assume that their believers won't actually read the studies; seems like those groups are, for once, correct.

Comment Re:How can government be trusted to help? (Score 1) 618

The problem is that government is absolutely the worst group to be distributing money like this. There is no oversight so any such government agency would be rife with fraud.

Do you have a citation for this, or is it just the usual anti-government religion? Because most charities have a lot less oversight than governments.

Folks have done a lot of studies on welfare, medicare/medicaid, and unemployment fraud. Many of the studies were funded by people who really want to prove that governments are inefficient. Most of the studies show very low fraud rates (low single digit percents, like 2%). The exception is that Medicare has a fairly high fraud rate, but that's mostly doctors defrauding the system for more payments, not the poor folks or government officials. Here is one story about this.

But maybe you have a peer-reviewed study that shows that governmental aid for the poor is "rife with fraud"?

Comment Re: So in other words... (Score 1) 312

With vehicles, most of the damage is now well understood. There is an accident, people die. Some issues took longer before we understood that they were a big problem (car emissions causing smog, greenhouse gasses, and other airborn pollutants; drunk driving claiming lots of lives) but now, after a hundred years of almost every american being in or near vehicles daily, we have a pretty good handle on it.

Consider tobacco. For a very long time, smoking tobacco was considered healthy. Even when studies started to show the terrible effects, corporations and deniers tried to deny the studies. I remember my best friend's dad saying "I'm not a lab rat, how they do testing is totally different than how people smoke, so obviously those studies are wrong." Now we know better.

And now we have e-cigs. We have studies which show, not proof yet, but strong cause for concern. We have a market full off cheap products which you say are dangerous, and expensive products which you say are not dangerous, and no labelling or education to teach consumers to avoid the cheap shit. And we have people saying "how they do testing is totally different than how people vape, so obviously those studies are wrong."

The harm from e-cigs isn't "you use a cheap one and you die". It's "some products, or maybe all products, emit toxins which are then inhaled". With cigarettes, we know that inhaling certain toxins has little immediate effect but extremely large effects over many years. Do the e-cigs cause the same issues? We're not sure, but it's not exactly rocket science to say "maybe we should study this and put some regulations in sooner rather than waiting until a few generations have damaged their lungs."

I do like your "Reputable studies that actualy say how they tested the e juice come back with no harmful toxins." Do you remember the reputable studies that tobacco companies did which showed no harmful effects? I don't know if the e-cig companies are lying or not; I don't know if they are fooling themselves or not. But I do know that I don't trust companies to regulate themselves; I've seen how that works out.

Comment Re: So in other words... (Score 1) 312

Do you drive ? Better not as more people are hurt and killed in cars than any e cig has hurt someone.

You are completely correct! Road vehicles are terribly dangerous, and most of us spend hours per week in them. They used to be much more dangerous per road-hour. But then we got:
    * Regulations for safety features in vehicles (seat belts, airbags, crumple zones)
    * Regulations for road design (traffic control, traffic calming, speed control)
    * Regulations for vehicle emissions (many and varied)
    * Regulations for driving under the influence of various chemicals
    * Regulations for amount of time you can drive per day (for commercial drivers only)
    * Regulations for licensing

Plus many more. And now vehicles are much less dangerous than before. The injuries and deaths per road-hour, or road-mile, or any other measure you'd like, are way down. So vehicles prove that regulation can be an effective way of taking a hazardous activity and making it much safer. Thanks for proving my point.

Maybe before shooting your pie hole off you should go and see what the regulators do for the ecig industry

If the choice is between letting an industry make lots of money or keeping people from suffering harm, well, I'm not sure I care about what happens to the industry. Fortunately, that's not the choice. We have many industries which are heavily regulated but make lots of money.

Regulations can be bad, and humans often choose dangerous activities. But bringing up driving means that you have no idea how we make tradeoffs and how regulations work. There is no perfect solution, but there are a lot of terrible solutions.

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