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Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 452

Everyone with two brain cells to rub together expects Trump to be a complete fuck up.

So all Trump has to do to exceed expectations is be a lame duck that didn't break anything.

I expect this comment to be modded down due to it disagreeing with the Trump Groupthink. Ironic that they'll protest trumps right to speak his mind without consequence but would seek to censor their critics.

Comment Re: Another step toward tyeanny (Score 1) 236

USD is common in Iran... Converted on every street corner, you could post for things such as your hotel bill with USD direct.

I'm sure not state supported, but that goes to demonstrate that if the state got rid of hard currency, it would just be replaced by someone elses hard currency.

However the USD is not unique or even preferable as a getaway currency. Due to the high number of counterfeit notes out there, US notes are subject to more scrutiny. Americans I know who travel a lot tend to go to banks specifically to get late series of notes that aren't popular for counterfeiting.

If you were fleeing the law or whatever, you'd be just as safe, if not safer by taking Euro, GB Pound, Japanese Yen or even Australian Dollars or Yuan Renminbi. In fact if you were being smart about it you'd take several currencies.

Comment Re:Just what we need. (Score 1) 100

Is this because people are being forced to sit and watch Facebook videos?

They're incapable of averting their own eyes?

So you've never been fooled into seeing a Goatse claiming it was Natalie Portman naked with hot gritz?

Same thing happens with video.

Besides, who is forcing you to go to Facebook. Instead of whinging about it, why don't you just ignore what Facebook is doing.

Comment Re:Another step toward tyeanny (Score 1) 236

eh, where is the USD not accepted? It's preferred over local currency in many of the third world places I've been.

I have never been to a nation that prefers USD over a local currency. The only one I can even think of is Argentina. Anywhere else you always pay more when paying in foreign currency .

Given the high occurrences of counterfeit US notes, merchants tend to reject them in most countries and you have to change them at a bank or cambio/FX office. You might be able to pay with USD in somewhere like the Philippines where a lot of Americans travel, but you'll be paying a lot more than if you changed it and paid in PH Pesos.

Most countries you'll find almost all merchants will refuse to accept USD notes. Same with trying to use Euro in Australia or even British Pounds in France.

But to answer your question, Iran, North Korea.. Just about anyone the US has put on their shit list.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 75

Actually, the new BSG was pretty good

I take it you haven't actually seen the final episode of BSG. I couldn't decide if it was cheesy, lazy writing or just plain crap. The writers had definitely given up after the first half of the season and were just continually pulling Deus Ex Machina out of the backsides (the series tended to skirt that a lot, but it just became too obvious after they found (fake) earth).

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 361

1984 was made about a Collectivist (Leftist) dystopia.

Here you demonstrate you dont know what Leftist is... or have actually read Nineteen Eighty-Four (the title is in words, not numbers).

Nineteen Eighty-Four was Orwell's diatribe against Nazism and Fascism, which is far right. Animal Farm was his diatribe against Stalinist Communism.

The society in Nineteen Eighty-Four was definitely not collectivist. The society was clearly separated into 3 groups, Inner party members, Outer party members and the proles. Each group had a different level of rights. The idea of mass surveillance was to demonstrate how quickly people turned against each other and became isolationist under an oppressive state. It was akin to Nazism which tried to control everything in their citizens lives in order to mould them into what the Nazi's considered to be the ideal German. IngSoc which was doublespeak because it was neither English or Socialist was a play on National Socialist which was also not socialist by modern or 1930-50's definitions. It was a clever use of words to demonstrate the hypocrisy of such a state.

And Islamic

Ironically, the other central theme of was the perpetual war and the type of propaganda that followed it. The propaganda was deliberately designed to dehumanise and make people irrationally afraid of their enemy du jour. A bit like you're trying to do with Islam, but the book was much better at it.

Also, you should know that theocratic depositions, such as the one in Iran are far from collectivist. In fact they're pretty much the epitome of extreme right-wing governments. The few (religious leaders) hold the power whilst the masses are expected to follow and are punished for questioning. Collectivist societies like the Soviets or Khmer Rouge always tried to eliminate or reduce the role of religion. Pol Pot raided ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples to fund his state.

Comment Re:Disturbing, but practical (Score 1) 361

In my 20s I downloaded a copy of the big book of mischief. I never tried to make anything from the book, probably good I didn't or I might not be here now, however by the logic that convicted this guy I could have faced years in prison... for curiosity. No matter which way you cut it this is wrong.


I also downloaded that book you spoke of in my teens. As well as possessing a lot of other literature that certain groups (mostly religious) would happily have seen me locked up for if they had their way.

BTW, I did make bombs when I was young, but I had plenty of empty bush to set them off in. Just a bit of common sense really, if you're going to do something a bit silly, go somewhere where no-one is going to be bothered by you.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 75

To be fair, I blame the hype.

The blame should be equally split between the company that creates the hype and the consumers who eat the hype.

This is why I never buy a game that I produces too much hype, it doesn't matter if it's a good game or not, it can never live up to the hype.

Its the same with TV series, I refuse to watch a lot of popular ones in case they end like Lost or Battlestar Galactica (TWD is pretty much a given it ends with everyone you like dead).

Comment Re:Not suprising (Score 1) 110

Moore's Law is dead. Lone gone and buried. There is no compelling reason to replace your PC at this point.

This and bad economies are to blame.

You no longer need to upgrade your PC or laptop every 2-3 years to run basic software... Hell, you barely need to upgrade your gaming rig every 3 years to play the latest game. I just built a new rig in 2016, the last one was made in 2009 between then I only upgraded the graphics card and to an SSD.

But the larger cause are businesses, they are deferring upgrades because of shrinking budgets. Businesses that would upgrade every 2 years in the 00's are now upgrading every 3-5 years.

Comment Re:{game of the year} (Score 1) 110

Well, I just decided to get a console. I use it more than my dual-boot computer. You put a game disc in and it works.

Housemates tried playing FIFA16 on the Xbox.

1. It had to connect to Xbox live.
2. It had to download an update.
3. It had to verify the disk.
4. It had to download another update.
5. Then it started the game.
6. Unstoppable into videos.
7. Logging into Xbox Live.
8. Now they have a start menu.
In the same time I downloaded an entire game from Steam.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 547

Some of us cannot turn off our phones at night. I had to deal with my Father dying of leukemia for 3 years or so, then an over-anxious Mother who was having panic attacks and then we found she was developing Alzheimer's. For 10 years, I had to be on call 24/7 because I never knew what would happen or if that out-of-town phone call was a friend or an EMT or someone calling on their cell phone to tell me she needed help or was in serious trouble.

It must be a wonderful privilege to live in a world where it's easy to imagine not having to be on call 24/7.

Imagine what we did before the rise of mobile phones... If we were on call and didn't get to the phone on time, they'd leave a message or call us back in 10/30/60 minutes.

So get your whinging arse off my lawn.

If your employer is abusing your off time... that is because YOU have not set limits with your employer.

Comment Re:Valid (Score 1) 585

isnt canada still technically ruled by the queen of england??, and didnt the UK just institute draconian surveillance laws

Canada, like England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the Commonwealth, is a constitutional monarchy.

This means we are ruled by an elected government.

The Queen and royals are entirely figureheads. People who throw charity balls and make Christmas statements once a year, I don't expect Americans to understand this, but it's nice to have a leader who you dint have to be disappointed in all the time.

Comment Re:Hey, just drive Lyft!!! (Score 1) 304

Uber and Air B&B really had turned into something different than their initial business. These were for people who wanted to do some Parttime work. Rent out their home when they are away. Drive additional people when commuting to work. The the Recession hit, and this became more of a source of income, vs just getting extra spending changes. It didn't help with these companies changing their buisness structure to compete against Hotels and Taxis.

Not really, Uber was always a scam and BNB's always worked that way.

In places were Bed and Breakfasts are legal like England, AirBNB just became a new method of booking them.

Uber only started out in other countries after the GFC, they operate the same. Uber advertises to their drivers that they'll make money, they use examples of 10-12 hour days earning hundreds of dollars. It is definitely not advertised as a part time job (probably has something to do with part timers dropping off after a few weeks). As Uber has been targeting the taxi industry, many of their drivers are taxi drivers who have been forced out of their job. As such, this kind of thing is to be expected.

Comment Re:It helps the economy too (Score 1) 350

Actually, it won't ruin many engines. Certainly none built after the late 90's.

Most people don't know that the only difference between an eco-fuel ford car and its non eco-fuel badged - is a software setting.

I used to be one of the people that thought the increased alcohol content would ruin gaskets, hoses, and cylinder walls, but the auto industry has already addressed it years ago.

Also, for around 150 bucks - most cars can be converted to run on ethanol, e-85, or methanol.

Yep, the big problem with switching from leaded fuels to unleaded fuels then to E10 fuels were the fact that before the 90's, a lot of cars were still built without knock sensors and ECU's that couldn't adjust for variations in detonation temperatures (RON). In fact, many were still using carburetors instead of EFI.

Then the 90's came along and your cheapest Hyundai were fitted with EFI, modern ECU's. so on and so forth.

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