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Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 588

These alt-left stories do nothing but galvanize the other 60% of the country that voted for Trump.

Are you looking to build a fake news story because with those numbers you're off to a good start

Almost 50% of eligible voters in the US did not vote in the 2016 General Election, and Trump captured 46% of those votes which comes to about 23% of all eligible voters.

23% of the country is 160% less than the 60% you claim.

Comment Re:Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

I'm going to have to call bullshit on that. There isn't a single majority Muslim country on the planet that isn't a dictatorship or a theocracy. Majority Muslim countries despise minority religions in their borders. Where is this 'decent Muslim majority' hiding?

The fourth-most populous country in the world, Indonesia, is a republic and is majority Muslim.

Comment Deleted it (Score 1) 403

I had Windows 10. Gave it a honest try. Piece of shit. Reminds me of Vista and Me...but slower and uglier. And they had to "move" everything. After 10 months or so I just realized I hated using it. So I deleted it -- last week actually.

I have really only one need (left) to run Windows anything -- accounting & reporting software @ work. Windows for me has just become an annoyance appliance required to run a couple of windows.

My "go to" today would be Windows 7. 32 bit is still faster (?) and 64 bit is problematic for the one 16 bit app __still__ in use. Ugh. I was just this past week deciding if I should just go back to XP to run the required apps. XP is still WAY faster than all of the above. It's not like Windows is used for web access anymore (or even has access to the Internet). It's just a intranet app layer...

iOS in my pocket, MacOS on my desktop, and Linux for literally everything else -- IoT and every damn server I have.

Fuck Microsoft.

Comment Another good product gone (Score 3, Interesting) 238

I find this disappointing. For me the AirPort Express was *THE* choice to use -- and I still use AirPlay on them too.

My biggest problem was covering 90 thousand square feet area (indoors and out). I bought thousands and thousands of dollars worth of various router brands (and returned them all) trying to do this. Key word would be reliably. They all suck. Except Apple's. The AirPort's ability to relay / extend the network wirelessly made it the winner. They just work...

Their form factor made them easy to deploy too -- no ugly antenna's all over the place. Sure, lack of antenna may have limited their range ... I just bought more of them.

Now I'm back to square one again. Ugh.

Comment Re:Fat chance o'dat (Score 3, Informative) 215

You're missing the GP's point.

If your phone can be searched without warrants and without technical encumbrance it's fairly certain that there will be something on it that can be used to implicate you in a crime of some sort.

Federal and municipal law is not only filled with arcana but also with many outdated laws that could be used to convict people who are basically upstanding citizens.

Until 2003, for example, sodomy laws were valid in 14 US states. Another example is that it is illegal to discard mail delivered to you but addressed to someone else, a federal crime punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

tl;dr: chances are very high that a search of your smartphone could provide incontrovertible evidence that you have violated a crime.

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 5, Insightful) 1081

Why do we level the playing field between rural and urban, but not along any other axes? There are plenty of demographics that are disenfranchised by their relative size, and they would gain important safeguards against oppression by having a louder voice. But we don't, for example, count black people's votes eight times to put them on a level playing field with whites. The electoral college doesn't make the whole system more fair, it just tips the scale in one particular direction.

Also, the idea that if you don't like a state you can just move is meaningless in this case -- we're talking about the results of a federal election. You can't move anywhere to escape those, so that suggestion doesn't weigh on electoral college considerations.

Comment Re:should or could? (Score 2) 1081

Yes, the goal of the electoral college was to make sure that sparse rural areas weren't disenfranchised. However, if we really wanted to follow that logic through then we'd have to re-enfranchise other minorities that might get overrun in a pure one-person-one-vote democracy: why don't we count each black vote as eight, for example? That seems another important safeguard. The answer seems to be that we're not seeking to equalize the playing field, but to tip it in a particular direction. I think we'd be better off with a straight popular vote.

Comment Re:mountains of diamonds (Score 2, Insightful) 365

I'm sorry but name for me just one majority-black nation (or hell, even a city) that is a pleasant, safe, prosperous place to live. Hell, do you know the history of Haiti? It had a prosperous mostly agrarian/plantation economy with relatively safe cities and farms, public sanitation, well established law. This is when the French were in control. Then the blacks intercepted a shipment of muskets and revolted. They quickly took control of a "made" nation! It went to shit soon after and has never recovered.

You come so close but can't see the forest for the trees.

That is, you basically outline the problem with colonialism and the extraction of resources from colonial lands and the socioeconomics of decolonization and the best you can come up with is that "Blacks just can't organize peacefully at those scales"?.

The effect of European colonization of black-majority lands and the socioeconomic problems that result from post-colonial conditions where foreign individuals and powers own the resources of those decolonized lands has been discussed by economists, scientists, politicians, journalists, and writers for the last 50 years. Here's a few Google results regarding the "effects of decolonization in Africa".

Maybe something other than the facts of political history prevents you from understanding why formerly colonized peoples who no longer own the resources of their homelands would struggle economically and sociopolitically.

Comment Former Director of Software Development Here (Score 5, Interesting) 587

For my dollars, I'd much rather work directly with people who are a committed part of a team. It's tough enough to achieve that with direct hires; I don't think you can do it with outsourcing.

I think part of this relates to the nature of software. People always talk about writing software - but that's the easy part. The hard part is *expanding* and *maintaining* software. And generally speaking people who have a history with the code are going to do a better job of it: faster, and more precise. You can also have a much tighter development loop between developers, testers, and users if you have them all in-house. I used to have my developers spend some time using the tools they built with the people who actually used them for the job (I did this myself as well). You learn practical details that are hard to communicate any other way. And speaking of communication: I had a few outsourced workers (forced on me by upper management) and communication was always inferior.

I'm not saying that there's no use for outsourcing, or that it's always the wrong choice. But my experience is that proximity matters. And history matters. And personal familiarity matters. So one needs to factor all that in when making the choice. And yeah, I think I got about 4x the quality and productivity out of my in-house people as my outsourced people.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 2) 81

> Wireless charging is fucking stupid [...]

I have to respectfully disagree. Yes, you still have to plug something in somewhere (usually usb)... But beyond that it just gets so simple.

I still have to put my phone down -- before I was hunting for a cable, or always had a cable draped over something. Ugly. Now I put the cable away, plug it in (once) and decide where the charging pad is to be. I still have to put my phone down / charge it at night -- now it's easy. I rarely have to go hunting for it either it seems.

The car charger / holding dock has saved me a few times too. There have been nights I forget to charge and in the morning the phone is at 9%. Instead of leaving in my pocket as I usually do -- just dock it in the car and it's almost fully charged by the time I get to work. It's also a great location to hold the phone when using it for navigation (rare for me).

And the other benefit is I've never worn a plug (on the phone) out like so many around me seem to do all the time. Once every so often I'll have the need to plug directly in for iTunes, sure -- then just unplug the case from the phone (good cases won't require you to remove them from the phone IMHO) and plug in for iTunes (my choice :). Easy.

I gone as far as to add Qi receivers to old unsupported iPad's -- they're ugly as fuck stick on the back of the device / one size fits all ... but they sure do work. Just set the iPad down under the monitor (here) and it's charging. iPhone and old iPhone now used as a remote for TV more than anything too.

Ugh -- I'd always be unplugging and plugging shit in all day long. Instead I just set them down [charging]. Too easy.

Comment Which one? (Score 2) 81

I started out using Powermat -- had it on everything. Desk chargers, car chargers, garage, bookshelf, other office, etc.. Everywhere. I got tired of [still] waiting for a case / receiver for the iPhone 6s specific. iPhone 7 is out and still no 6s case.

Just got done switching all devices over to the Qi standard. Depending on what Apple does I could see opting out of their charging [if not Qi] option and ... wait for a Qi case to show up on the market. Or make it myself. :)

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