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Comment Re:Not equally (Score 1) 850

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Also this year, Bernie Sanders was a serious contender to succede Obama as head of the Democrats (and the country).
The ideology of the Democrat party, led by Obama, is similar to the ideology of Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders says Bernie Sanders is a Communist, the country's best-known Communist.
Obama might not exactly *be* a communist, but he's on the same team as the leading US Communist
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I've been reading online discussions for 34 years and that is one of the most amazing leaps of mis-logic I've ever seen.

Minor point: Sanders is a self-describe Socialist, not Communist. Bit of a difference.

Second point: Sanders' socialism is the good old fashioned 'democratic socialism' that rebuilt Europe from 1950-1970, not even close to the full-scale socialism proposed in the 1920s-30s (and at other times).

Third point: Sanders, although not a member of the Democratic Party, was a serious candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. He was not a "serious contender" and had a very small chance of actually winning (probably less than 10%)

Finally, being a serious candidate for a party office does not mean that one's ideology thereby infects that party, much less retroactively infect previously elected officeholders. Barack Obama not only married into a South Side family he became a standard South Side conservative Democrat and is overall to the conservative side of the median USian. He'd be the successor to Eisenhower if the Republicans could bear to let him join the country club.

sPh

Comment Connection? (Score 2) 111

= = = While this deal is being negotiated, Samsung's mobile phone business has been navigating a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over issues with batteries catching fire and exploding.= = =

I doubt there is much more connection between Samsung's printer and cell phone divisions than there is between their printer and guided missile destroyer units.

sPh

Comment Re:Apple CPU design (Score 1) 324

That's a good question. My guess is probably not, at least at the level where there is direct consumer interaction. I would think camera manufacturers would have been interested in the Lightning connector for example but I never heard a hint of discussions in the photo hardware press, leading me to think there were none. [presumably Apple in engages in the patent/technology horsetrading along with all other high-tech firms]

sPh

Comment Apple CPU design (Score 3, Interesting) 324

Apple's CPU design work doesn't seem to get much coverage outside the highly technical trade press, but they have and continue to produce great designs on the ARM base. Not sure if their license allows them to sell their chips to 3rd parties, but I'd think both the 9 and 10 series would be attractive to many systems designers (aerospace, etc). Also wondering if Apple is moving toward at least a dual-CPU (x86 + A10, say) design for the next generation of Macintosh.

sPh

Comment Re:What liberal arts actually means (Score 1) 420

A BA in a science is a BS with the math and other difficult parts removed.

I said that was true for institutions which offered both. And even then, it's not that math is removed -- it's that a couple of upper-level courses covering esoteria are removed to make room for a better grounding in the humanities.

My friends with BAs in math did the full gamut of differential and integral calculus, number theory, differential equations, analysis, linear algebra, statistics, and more. Even as a CompSci major I took differential and integral calculus, differential equations, and statistics.

Comment Re:What liberal arts actually means (Score 4, Insightful) 420

Liberal arts is rooted in theoretical nonsense...

I hold a B.A. in computer science from a fairly good private college. One of my best friends graduated with a triple-major B.A. in physics, mathematics, and computer science, from the same institution. Other close friends from undergrad received B.A. degrees in chemistry, biology, geology, environmental science, and botany.

In fact, my undergrad alma mater doesn't offer the B.Sc. degree at all.

In 20 years in the software industry, not once has anyone ever asked whether I hold a B.A. or a B.Sc. It's a total nonissue. Some institutions offer the B.A., some offer the B.Sc., some offer both but differentiate them on how many differential calculus classes you've taken.

Submission + - More than a million 'smart' devices part of a spreading botnet

beda writes: Based on traffic observed in a distributed network of honeypots, researchers from CZ.NIC discovered a large number of 'smart' devices, such as CCTV cameras or home gateways, attacking Telnet protocol throughout the Internet. It is very likely that these are part of a spreading botnet with more than 20,000 new devices appearing every day. The article contains a lot of details and also a dedicated website for testing if a specific IP address was captured in the honeypot.

Comment A New Individual Backup Paradigm Is Needed (Score 1) 366

In my view, people are too rigid with 'RAID Is Not Backup' and '3-2-1' schemes. I think these ideas are fine in an enterprise setting, but in an individual setting, people have different needs that depend on what they're guarding against. And the likelihood of what they're guarding against will vary depending on individual settings. For example:
1) For most people, the most likely risk is hardware failure. The first line of defense has to be a scheme that can survive the failure of a hard drive. In that sense, hardware RAID is ok, though something software-based (Storage Spaces, DrivePool, the various RAID-like schemes) is much better.
2) The risk of flood/fire will vary depending on whether you live in a flood-zone basement or a city high-rise. If you live in the latter, there's no point wasting sleep on guarding against an unlikely risk.
3) In 30 years of computer use, I don't think I've ever deleted something accidentally that was beyond recovery. Again, this may not apply to you if you're a command line jockey, but if you live in GUI world, this is not a risk you need to worry about.
4) It's hard to corrupt data in software. Programs can get borked, and OS installs/updates can be messed up, but data usually remains accessible unless there's a hardware failure.
5) How likely is a ransomware attack? What if you're careful about security? Is it worth it guarding against this risk?
6) You have to weigh the recovery effort/cost vs the protection effort/cost. Rather than spending time and money making sure you implement and maintain a 3-2-1 scheme, you might consider living with some small risks of data loss or time-consuming recovery.

Comment Re:Gotta coddle him! (Score 2) 308

Oooooh, the "teleprompter" attack. Not so popular since the 2016 Republican primaries when all the candidates were observed using Teleprompters extensively (as do all high-level executives and politicians). Still, one would have thought it would have been dropped after President Obama demolished the House Republicans in the 20-on-1 health care mini-debate. Takes some learnin' I guess.

sPh

Comment Re:A wasted vote... (Score 1) 993

Pragmatism and protest are not opposites. You can do both, and it's better if you make your protest as effective as possible, rather than just doing a lazy protest on election day.

A vote is a choice to hire one of the people who you can hire. If you want to undermine the power of the two parties, the way to do it is the way the Tea Party has done, or else to do the really hard work of building a new party from the ground up by getting elected in local elections, state elections, federal elections, and then and only then the presidential election. Choosing not to participate in the presidential election doesn't undermine the power of the two parties at all. It just robs you of the ability to say "no" to the candidate you dislike the most. That's really what your presidential vote is for--it's not like you're ever going to be faced with a candidate you can be completely enthusiastic about. Even Sanders had issues, although I supported him like mad in the primary.

If you like Sanders' politics, supporting what he's doing in the wake of the primary would be a good move. If you don't, get involved in the party you do like, and do things that will actually result in that party gaining power. Casting a protest vote in the presidential election is easy. Doing something that actually changes the system is hard. Please, do the hard thing. And if you dislike either of the two candidates substantially more, please consider holding your nose and voting for that candidate's opponent.

Comment Re:So what is YOUR plan? (Score 1) 406

Look up "IRA, Terror Campaign, History of". Also a few reference to mass- and targeted murders by members of certain sects of the Christian religion in the last 10 years. OK, so you don't like what I have to say. What is your solution?

Or is your solution to do nothing and ignore human history and the US Constitution?

sPh

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