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Comment Re:Why would this concern Trump? (Score 1) 182

There is the very slim possibility that he will ally himself with Putin and Assad and finally take an active role in actually fighting back against ISIS and the radical Islamic movement that has come to dominate the region since the "Arab Spring." I'd give it a 10-15% chance, tops.

Other than this slim hope, I suspect it will be more of the same. He'll continue to suck up to countries like Saudi Arabia and they'll keep funneling the oil money we give them to movements that want to destroy Western civilization. Russia, Iran and Syria will continue to be the only countries really fighting ISIS. Turkey will continue its descent from the lone beacon of modern civilization in the region into just another radicalized Sharia-authoritarian shithole. And Western Europe will continue to keep their fingers in their ears in their own dreamworld where Islam is just fine and Muslims can't wait to come to Europe to exchange hugs with feminists and gay people.

Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 173

Exactly. If you are part of a group making financial transactions, that group needs to decide on a canonical time source. And yes, it's relation to the rest of the world is irrelevant to the transactions.

In any event, all time sources are wrong to some degree. If you're using NTP over the internet, you will perhaps keep the error below a tenth of a second. A directly attached GPS clock will keep it closer but the error will remain non-zero.

Comment Re:What, is Google new or something? (Score 1) 173

That's actually fairly close to the do-nothing approach used by default. When you run ntpd, it periodically checks th time and used adjtime, adjtimex or some equivalent to slew the clock as needed to get back in step. It does nothing special with the leap second flag since the system clock has no way to handle it anyway. After the leap second, the NTP client notices that the system clock is 1 second fast and so slews it back one second.

The clock slew is done by slowing the clock just a bit so it continues to provide monotonic time (it will never provide timestamps out of order) and comes into sync over the next few minutes.

Comment Re:Die (Score 1) 226

Well, it depends very greatly on whose definition of "harassment" they're going to use. There are plenty these days on the SJW left who define "harassment" as pretty much any public statement that disagrees with their views or challenges them in any way.

If they're just going to ban direct threats ("I'm going to kill you!"), doxxing, calls to violence ("We should go burn this guy's house down!"), etc. then I doubt most people would object.

If they're going to ban anyone who says "I think we should deport illegal immigrants" or "I support a border wall" that's a VERY different story.

It's also a very different story if they decide to get into the business of deciding what ideas and news are worthy and which aren't. One man's "conspiracy theory" or "fake news" is another man's "story that the mainstream media are ignoring, but shouldn't be." Right now, other media companies like Wikipedia are already beginning to ban "fake news" on the right, but not on the left. You can learn all about discredited pedophilia claims against Donald Trump, for example. But search Wikipedia for the equally dubious "Pizzagate" and you'll see that it's been blocked as "A conspiracy theory falsely claiming the existence of a child trafficking ring". It's that double standard that people are worried about.

It's hardly a secret that most of these media companies are located in SJW-central Silicon Valley and that their leadership skews radically left. So you would have to have your head buried pretty far into the sand to buy into the idea that they have any intention of applying their new censorship policies fairly.

Comment Re:Retarded (Score 1) 173

The defacto non-solution does much the same thing to the system clock after the leap second in order to correct for suddenly being 1 second fast but maintain monotonic time. That is, adjtime (or adjtimex) gets called to slew the clock.

In many cases, the defacto non-handling is the right thing to do. Although it compresses events very slightly, it maintains causality in the system logs and such.

Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 173

Handling your own timekeeping doesn't necessarily mean having your own atomic clock. In this context, it means deciding on who has the canonical clock and syncing with it.

Google is explicitly saying they are not serving UTC, so if your trading partners are on UTC, you're an idiot if you sync to Google.

Comment Re:Twitter, aka @Jack, doesn't care about hate spe (Score 2) 1011

I think having the courage and decency to stand up for what you know is right, being willing to put yourself on the line to speak out for the weakest and working towards a fairer and better society, are things to be proud of.

It would be something to be proud of, if working towards a fairer and better society were actually what SJW's were doing. But most people's idea of a fairer and better society isn't one in which the fix for discrimination is more discrimination.

A better society would be one in which everybody were united together, not one in which we continue to hate each other but just get to trade-out periodically on who gets to shit on whom.

but if you feel that your views are always being rejected, despite being well thought out, perhaps it is something in the way you present them?

No, they're not always being rejected. A majority of people in pretty much every state between California and New York seems to agree with them just fine. It's really only a problem when Silicon Valley and mainstream media become oblivious to the fact that these states exist (and aren't drinking the Koolaid, apparently).

Comment Re:Own your vote (Score 4, Insightful) 1011

I could maybe accept that argument if Trump were saying things that were truly racist, sexist, etc. If he were tweeting things like "I wish black people would go back to Africa" or "Man, I hate women" or "I think Asians are inferior to white people" then yeah, I could see your point. But when the SJW left has so expanded the definitions of "racism," "sexism" to include saying things like "I think we should deport illegal aliens" or "I think we should build a wall on our border" or "I love fucking supermodels" then the terms have lost all meaning. Calling someone a racist/sexist/blah/blah just because they disagree with a radical social agenda that's completely out-of-line with mainstream America is part of what got Trump elected (and what's probably going to help get him reelected in 2020).

And just remember that the same vile paintbrush can be used by the other side too. I'm pretty sure you don't appreciate people on the right labeling all Clinton supporters as "baby murderers" because Hillary Clinton said she supports abortion, do you? Well, it cuts both ways. The lower you sink, the lower your opponents will sink too.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 2) 1011

Believe it or not, there is this thing called "humor" that often involves someone saying something for comic or satirical effect that they don't actually believe and that their audience knows they don't actually believe.

Even Vulcans know not to take everything humans say literally.

Comment Re:If??!?!?!! Really, now Twitter?!?!?! (Score 1) 1011

the difference between berating someone based on their behavior, and berating them based on their skin color

Well, I don't recall hearing Trump ever say he hated Mexicans (skin color), or any other race (unless I missed that speech). He said he hated illegal aliens (behavior), which SJW's immediately asserted was some secret code language for "all Mexicans."

So, based on your own criteria, I guess you agree with me that Trump isn't a racist after all, huh?

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1, Insightful) 1011

If you can't see that Twitter is not banning white male Republicans

Sure sounds like they're about to start. I don't really see much functional difference between "I'm not going to ban you because you're Muslim. But if you espouse any Muslim ideas openly, I'll ban you for that." So you can't pretend that "I'm not banning you for *being* Republican. But I'm labeling all Republican positions as racist, sexist, and homophobic and anyone who espouses them will be banned for *that*." is anything more than a verbal sleight-of-hand.

It actually reminds me of the silliness of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards gays. Yeah, we * absolutely welcome* all you gays, just as long as you stay good and quiet and don't let anyone know you're gay. It was the kind of typical symbolic bullshit that was so symptomatic of the Clinton administration--trying to pretend to be liberal while stabbing liberals in the back at every turn.

How about we just let everyone speak and people can decide for themselves what to believe?

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