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Comment Whoosh (Score 1) 98

Passive monitoring isn't 'getting involved'.

That is the "understanding your community part", second section.

The first part is using Twitter to reach out to people, which IS getting involved. That is true of my own local police department.

Where do you guys even come from with this logic?

It's called "reading comprehension", you should try it sometime. Maybe if someone diagrammed out the single sentence for you?

Comment That's the best reason to buy bitcoin (Score 0) 71

I don't know who wants this stuff other than the criminals

But that's exactly the point; buying BitCoin is a lot like being able to buy into a mutual fund solely dedicated to criminal profits!

It's the ultimate hedge, the worse off society gets the more rewarding crime (and therefore your Bitcoin) becomes!

Comment I agree and what does this mean for next year? (Score 3, Insightful) 375

An unlike what gavron thinks, this is not a god damn "gift". This is a "reward".

To me that is exactly right. Going forward will Google donate different amounts of money to charity at the end of each year depending on employee performance? That would seem to be the case if they really are taking bonuses and giving them away.

No matter what I can't see how this is good for morale, or retention in a pretty hot hiring environment.

Comment Better up your office supply budget Alphabet (Score 1) 375

The first stage of anger from employees is the traditional "stealing of the pens and post-it notes". Be prepared for massive re-stocking come the current year!

Also on a side note what would be really funny is for an employee of Alphabet to go work for a non-profit for six months, demanding his original salary because he was donating his time on behalf of Alphabet...

Comment Hello, liability... (Score 1) 188

We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season.

Isn't that kind of exactly when you'd want to reduce the risk to others from potentially hazardous devices traveling in larger numbers?

I guess it will not matter as much if a few cars burn out, since the Note7 is already banned from air travel...

Comment What would have been different? (Score 0) 88

Allow everyone to vote in BOTH primaries

In most states non-party voters could vote in any primary.

You know what happened in states where Democrats could vote for the Republican primary candidate? Many of them came in and voted for Trump. Because they thought, who could possibly lose against Trump?

Then they went back to the Democrat primary and voted for the one person that could...

Ranked preference / instant-runoff voting in primaries and in the November general election

Why would the results have been any different? If you add up all the Stein/Johnson votes it's not enough to have the whole election results turn out differently, even IF all such voters listed Hillary second - many would not have.

Eliminate Electoral College

And have all candidates spend the whole time in Texas and California, ignoring the rest of the country? No thanks.

You have no idea what a wildfire you are trying to ignite, to have the entire rest of the nation feel utterly ignored.

Possibly also eliminate President/VP "ticket" and let #2 vote-getter become VP

You remember the VP from the movie Dave? Yeah.

Comment But that's the why the bonds even sell. (Score 1) 263

Government bonds don't give a very good return, and honestly at this point I start to question their stability a little bit.

So what reasons would anyone have to purchase such bonds? The fact that you could buy them pre-tax s the key, and the reason why the bonds do not have to have much of a yield to find a lot of buyers.

If you "fixed" this problem you would pretty much have to have the government start paying a much higher yield on bonds which would create an immediate cash-flow disaster for the government.

Comment You know who else we are paying? Nazis. (Score 5, Insightful) 263

Far worse than Apple being given our hard-earned money, is the fact that somewhere, sometime, a real life Illinois Nazi has bought a government bond. Who knows how many DECADES we taxpayers have been paying these loathsome groups?

Clearly what the government needs to do to cut off the funds to monsters like Apple and Nazis is default on all government bonds today and declare no more will we be paying anyone these ill-gotten gains labeled with the seemingly innocent moniker "interest".

Comment Why not have your cake and eat it too? (Score 1) 336

Even if services that offer same-day movie screening as they hit cinemas arrive, I would rather go to a theatre and watch it on the big screen.

So would I. That's why I got a projector.

The actual viewing field is not as big as a (real) iMAX screen, but it's bigger than many smaller theaters, especially when you try to sit back in the middle of the theater.

The sounds system at home is arguably better even with cheap speakers because I can tailor it to hear more details instead of just going for OMG LOUD. As long as you have a subwoofer, close enough.

The only aspect of the theater experience I can't really replicate at the moment is 3D, which is only because something between the PS4, projector, receiver, and the 3D glasses I bought simply does not work and the 3D flickers on and off. But I'm sure if you put more thought to all the components of the system before you bought you could have a home 3D experience that worked quite well.

I do have tickets for RogueOne in a real theater on opening day, but that's really because I don't want to have to avoid spoilers after that day. If I could pay to watch it at home on release day (which I'm pretty sure would cost less or at least about the same than the $19 I paid for my own ticket) I'm pretty sure I would do that - especially since I'd probably be able to watch it a few times.

Watching a movie, in my opinion, isn't just about watching the movie. It's the experience, something I feel I wouldn't be able to replicate on my smartphone or TV at home.

Well you could always put up flyers around downtown and nurseries inviting homeless and children in your area to come to your house for the evening. You could also go to Target, buy some candy then leave your wallet in the parking lot.

Comment Smart defaults from Epson, but bad programming (Score 1) 73

If there is a silver lining in this cloud it's Epson's choice of printer defaults - I just set up a ew Epson printer at home a few days ago and in browsing though the settings I noticed "Google Cloud Print" was set to "off".

"What's that"? I wondered, but made no move to enable it... now I'm rather glad.

So it seems like not nearly as many Epson users will be affected as might have been...

It's interesting to think about where blame should be apportioned in all this. At first you might think it's Google, but honestly can they be expected to test every device that uses an API they publish? It seems more like Epson should have had better safeguards against the API changing or getting responses that were nonsense.

You can just imagine a failure to catch an exception somewhere in the code leading to a code path that shuts the printer down entirely so that turning it on again will reset the system...

Comment Re:Fake! (Score 1) 237

Well if you had read the article you would have noticed the migrants got evacuated to the countryside a month ago.

Well if you had thought at all you would realize that's enough time for camps to re-form.

Furthermore in the pictures you would not have seen any trace of a wood fire because you would just not find any wood to burn in Paris.

I was in Paris this summer, when was the last time you were there?

Never mind the wide abundance of trees everywhere, and in the winter so much dead foliage from which a camp could easily pull material to burn, you could keep a campfire going all night every night simply by burning trash people leave along the river pathways every evening. I imagine that's reduced in the winter but there are still a ton of trashcans everywhere you could raid for flammable material.

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