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Comment Re:USPS Investigation? (Score 1) 113

USPS is bad for many other reasons, too. The post office where I live (a major city) is basically open in a narrow window from 8:30 to 5:00 on weekdays and a short four-hour window on Saturday. Need to ship something out? Unless it can wait until Saturday, you'd better plan to take time off from work unless you're willing to leave it on the side of the road for hours. And if the sender requests that something be held for pickup, that means you have to pick it up during that window, too. By contrast, there's a local UPS store that's open until 7 M-F and until 5 on Saturday, and a major FedEx depot that's open until 8 M-F and 5 on Saturday. It's just a much better experience.

And USPS tracking is borderline useless. It typically provides little more than a delivery confirmation. UPS and FedEx track it at every point along the way so that you know almost exactly where your package is at all times, and so do they. This makes package loss much less likely.

Comment Re: Sounds too simple to be true (Score 1) 306

This is what is being lost beneath the racism, the Indians, Mexicans, Chinese, etc. are not your enemies, they're just people trying to make a buck. Your enemies are Americans.

Specifically, the wealthy ruling class. Of course, some of them have also managed to trick a lot of Americans into believing that immigrants are the enemy by pushing an exaggerated sense of nationalism. I'm still trying to figure out how they win by damaging the income of other members of the ruling class, but I'm sure there's a financial explanation somewhere if you dig in deep enough.

Either way, the whole system is rigged, and the people at the top always win. It's just a question of which group of people at the bottom get screwed when they do.

Comment Re:Obama is to blame (Score 2) 306

Murder an innocent man because you think he's middle-eastern? Clearly the fault of the VA,

It is because he couldn't get the treatment he needed. Without that he became unhinged.

I believe in personal responsibility, but I also believe that if peel cannot get the help they need society is partly to blame. You apparently feel no blame at all should fall on anyone but Trump, even though Trump didn't come into the picture until recently and the shooter has been falling for years. Yet you twist the truth to blame Trump for a tragedy much longer in the making - sick man, you are as sick as the shooter or heading that way. How long before you punch a Trump supporter because you think they are racist? How long before you yourself are gunning down those you are against?

Comment That will die down (Score -1, Troll) 306

when it has clearly devolved into one of the worst, most openly racist

With Obama out of office the racism will die down, without a part in power to fuel it for their own gain. With Trump in power the country can finally move past race again and let real healing begin.

There will be a few more incidents like these though as long as Trump Haters continue to fan the fires of race.

Comment Obama is to blame (Score 2) 306

Pretty much all Trump supporters are not racists, that is yet more Fake News meant to make people hate each other who really should not. In the face of a shooting why are you trying to make people hate others more, not less?

What triggers this shooting was a vet who couldn't get assistance from the VA. After eight years, that is on Obama - as is Obama and supporters stirring racial tension and giving focus to a violent angry drunk man.

Mathews apologized to the family's in her statement, calling Purinton's actions "senseless." She said he had a drinking problem that became worse since his father passed away in October 2015, and he'd been trying to get assistance from the VA.

Comment This is not really javascript's fault (Score 4, Interesting) 58

If this issue were a problem in Javascript it (or some variant) would work in a lot more browsers than just IE11.

But it's not. The bug here boils down to Microsoft adding an ActiveX call into Javascript, then that call activating some native HTML ActiveX component and using it in a super bad way.

That's not Javascript's fault, that's on Microsoft for punching such a large hole in the sandbox.

Comment Essentially they do that already (Score 1) 126

I think it should be mandatory that all college freshman students participate in one hour of basketball dunking per day.

PE is required in most schools as far as I know.

Even in college I had mandatory physical education classes I had to take. I could chose the subject but I had to take something.

I actually don't think it's bad to expose all students to coding, even those who might be bad at it - because you also never know who might be good at it or enjoy it. If it were a whole class I would say it's probably too much, but at least an hour seems fine to just expose kids to some possibilities...

Comment Re:Not exactly take, but augment (Score 1) 337

It's not about what's likely. It's about not lying about what's happening.

Is a deferred hire, because of increased efficiency, when nobody was fired or laid off, a "replaced person"?

No human uses those words that way, unless they are pushing an agenda. A replaced person is a human who was hired to do a job, then was fired. Theoretical job losses through shrinkage shouldn't count.

Comment Re:Also mine vs. others (Score 1) 337

Nope. Young workers being more efficient from tools allows the business to hire fewer and do more business. This doesn't "fire" anyone, and the reduction is in the number of workers per unit work. Not in active firings of people due to automation. That still only happens in manual labor, factories and mining. Though in mining, the number of workers isn't greatly reduced, but moved to safer top-side jobs.

The fear of job loss is not borne out by layoff numbers. It simply isn't happening.

Comment Re:Far from it (Score 1) 337

Sadly the highest demand will be for the sexiest bots, so I fear your cherry 2000 will be among the first to enter the arena.... you will receive compensation from the AmChiCan world government of course, but it will not soothe the deep ache in your soul for the hyper perfection and sexual delection of the Cherry 2000.

Comment Brilliant! Wait not (Score 1) 88

the iMessage client on Phone1 (sender) should be attempting to contact Phone2 (recipient) in the background asking them "have you been actively connected to iMessage in the past X seconds?" and if it does not get an immediate answer of "yes" from Phone2 it should be sending over SMS.

Wow, I love your universe where no phone loses power or connectivity ever...

That said, the system DOES do that. If my phone is somewhere I can't get data I get messages via SMS instead of iMessage. But if the system just doesn't know what happened to the phone, it has no good way to know it should give up on iMessage forever and some very good reasons not to send it via SMS (because that costs Apple real money vs. queuing the message up on iMessage to send out as devices connect).

The whole system is a lot more complex than you are thinking it is, it does handle real world failure cases very well. Just not complete disconnection, erring on the side of "they may still want to use iMessage" and like I said I think that's good call because there are other ways to use iMessage other than just a phone. If you even reset a phone (like you should do before sale or transfer) it will even know that number should be disconnected from iMessage...

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