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Comment Re:I don't think it matters at this point (Score 2) 124

Only 20 years?
Are you only 20 years old?

There has always been a gap between the big boss man and the workers. Communism started because of these issues.
During the 1990s we were at a peak. Cold War ended we were for the most part at peace with the world. People were working to fix the Y2K bug or replacing their infrastructure.
It was mostly due to circumstances and the tech bubble. Not politics.

Part of the issue from getting out of the 2008 Recession is the fact we do not have too many major players that came up with something new. The few exceptions are the gig economy jobs. Were people can empower themselves to make some extra cash on their free time. The problem became when these people made it their full time jobs.

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 266

I don't quite get the point of the article.
US bonds are a low return but safe investment. Most companies do some bonds on their portfolios just to make sure their money is diverse.
Currently bond returns are under standard inflation so the government is getting money for cheap.
Now the real question is if the government is taking advantage of this cheap money and using it to fix things that can have a greater return then what the bond price is.

Comment Re:You know what? (Score 1) 575

It isn't going to work.
People will keep denying even if they are swimming off the torch from the statue of liberty. Once you get into conspiracy logic, nothing is going to change their minds.

While I am a fan of free speech. These people need to get their soap boxes removed, as they are just confusing the issue. Plus the fact that Trump won in spite of the poll numbers, causes the people on the edge to slip into conspiracy reasoning, and not trust the data.

What I think we needed is some trusted method to broadcast the validity of a statements people makes over our media. To let people know what the BS Meter is.

Comment Re:Experts? (Score 2) 83

But it is a big company changing something that we took for granted in the 1990's. There has to be a motive behind it that is meant to screw with us.

Granted I remember back in the good old days of the 1990's where printers were setup with a static outside address. And when there was that LPR buffer overflow hack there were hundreds of wasted pages from people trying to hack the printer in hope it was an old unix server with the LPR flaw in it.

Comment Re:Perceptual or cryptographic hash? (Score 1) 256

They will SAY it's a proprietary learning algorithm.

What it will BE is a string of four sweatshop warehouses in the Philippines full of people at desks sitting on folding chairs looking at each image, video and post who get a few extra points toward a 3 cent raise for every thousand instances they do correctly.

Comment Re:and tomorrow (Score 1) 256

The problem is some radical views are helpful to society. They are often considered radical because it is demanding a change to a problem that is failed to be recognized. However with "Fake News" we are getting people radicalized over issues that do not exist.
Like that nut who recently shot up the sandwich shop, because fake news made it seem like they were doing human trafficking from those Evil Democrats.
Other than blind censoring where the radicalized people just discuss off the grid, and build up their anger from not feeling the ability to speak their believes. I would like to find some way to flag truthfulness of stories. So we can get a good idea on the nature of the story.
Opinions-Unvalidated: some guys rant of the day without any valid facts to back it up.
Opinions-Validated: some guys rant with with valid facts to back it up
Opinions-Untrue: some guys rants with facts shown false
Parodies: Meant as a joke or exaggeration of an event for entertainment purposes.
News - Unvalidated: News from facts that cannot be validated
News - Breaking: News with facts that are incomplete and open to change
News - Validated: News with validated facts
News - Untrue: News with facts shown false

If we can fairly classify such articles where people can trust them. And properly educate people to realize the difference.

The article about the sandwich shop seems like a parody to me, trying to pinpoint the perception of Clinton's untrustworthy nature.

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 278

Probably not. However there is a problem that wealth in states isn't equally distributed per individual and per area. So while some States may have sufficient funding from its own tax income for such programs, other states do not. I would much rather see a lot of our federal taxes go to money to the states without strings attached. So yes the New York City citizen may be funding services for Arkansas for a service they may not agree with. It puts what is done and not done back to the states, where the individual citizen has more political power to control and say that I do or don't want that.

Every State has a different culture and needs. When the federal government Right leaning or Left leaning, push out these initiatives undoubtedly some states are going to be getting the short end of the stick because such policy doesn't match that state's culture and priorities.

Cities to operate need a large infrastructure to operate so government support is needed to keep all the gears rolling. Rural areas need less minute infrastructure but their sparsity requires them to try to solve the last mile problem. Where they find that it may be easier for them to do it themselves.

The problem with today's politics on the federal level is they all talk about the idea that all states are equal and need the same things to operate. But things are different.

Here is a simple example.
To survive in the Northern US you will need heating. If you don't have heating during a harsh winter you could die. In the southern portions of the US Heating is something you can for the most part go without for your home. You may have a few cold days where you can bundle up, but home heating is a luxury item. However in that region AC is far more important, while up North it is a luxury item.

Comment Re: You Can't Do The Time (Score 2) 133

It would depend on how well the prison is ran.
Often the jails are just filled with drug offenders. Not the harden criminals. For a nerd it would be like being at high school again.

However many IT Guys are just as big and tough as any other person who goes into prison. This is 2016 not the 1980's Revenge of the Nerds movies.

Comment Re:$50 - an hour? (Score 2) 121

Well it was done on the guys personal time. It may had made sense to not to try to get too greedy. If he needed to hire an outside contractor to do the work, over $100.00 is not unreasonable. However most companies who have to do the random residential fix, usually tries to cut them some slack and do the work at cost, as to not garner bad reviews.

Comment Too bad we can't own software anymore. (Score -1, Offtopic) 121

Now this is actually a tricky concept. The GNU People think software should be owned by anyone with. While most companies who make their money writing software wants controls on what is happening so they can support and make money off it.
Then you get to the problem where these systems are all hooked up to a network and are communicating with other systems. Where we need to be sure that we get constant updates to these systems otherwise we will be part of a problem of creating more insecure networks and makes it easier for malware and hacks to become really common.

You could use the same argument that is used for Vaccines, that you should be forced to update as to help keep the overall network secure and operational. However unlike vaccines, there are good reasons to not upgrading. Mostly due to backwards compatibility issues that occur, and for the case of going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 switching to an interface that is dramatically different and not necessarily optimized for your work.

If we were to own our software again... We will need to be responsible for any problems that we may cause to the outside public. And most people are just not savvy enough to do this.

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