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Comment Re:Lock implementation sounds like a simple flag (Score 1) 54

Rather than shutting down the whole OS, it should be enough to prevent the rendering of or accepting input for most views while the device is locked. I would have assumed it already worked this way and there was some simple 'AccessibleWhileLocked'-type flag on view controllers. Thus whitelisted screens (lock screen, apple pay, camera, etc) would be available on locked devices, but everything else (home screen included) could be walled off until the device was successfully unlocked.

Not that I'm surprised; to paraphrase H.L. Mencken, nobody ever went broke underestimating the security of critical software.

Comment Re:Labor Participation Rate, the Unmentionable... (Score 4, Insightful) 533

The US baby boom occurred between 1946 and 1964.

Add 18-25 years, and a baby boom becomes a 'employee boom'.

Add 60-65 years, and a baby boom becomes a 'retiree boom'.

The workforce participation graph is just a chart of the lifecycle of 'baby boomers'. It really has fuck all to do with who's siting in the oval office.

Furthermore, it's a good sign for the economy that labor participation is falling. It means that 'boomers' are choosing to retire and leave jobs for younger workers to fill, as demonstrated by the falling U3 unemployment rate. The downside is that those retirees are putting more burden on the Social Security and Medicare programs, but we've known that would happen for the past fifty years.

Comment Re: Crybabies (Score 2) 524

Being unable to change isn't the same thing as accepting. In virtually every poll, people have supported the idea of the national popular vote by a large margin, but as long as the party in control of most states benefits from the current system, they're not going to change the laws.

Why don't voters just elect new representatives? Because of project REDMAP. The GOP has been funneling money disproportionately to down-ballot state races to gain governors and state congressional majorities, and from there, appoint friendly justices, gerrymander the district maps, and change voting laws to entrench Republican control, ensuring future victories even with a minority of votes. It's a deliberate nationwide effort to override the votes of a steadily increasing Democrat majority, through local representatives bought and paid for and beholden to the national party.

This isn't a conspiracy theory; this is straight from the GOP:

As the 2010 Census approached, the RSLC began planning for the subsequent election cycle, formulating a strategy to keep or win Republican control of state legislatures with the largest impact on congressional redistricting as a result of reapportionment. That effort, the REDistricting MAjority Project (REDMAP), focused critical resources on legislative chambers in states projected to gain or lose congressional seats in 2011 based on Census data.

The rationale was straightforward: Controlling the redistricting process in these states would have the greatest impact on determining how both state legislative and congressional district boundaries would be drawn. Drawing new district lines in states with the most redistricting activity presented the opportunity to solidify conservative policymaking at the state level and maintain a Republican stronghold in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade.

After REDMAP’s success on Election Day 2010, Republicans held majorities in 10 of the 15 states that gained or lost U.S. House seats and where the legislature played a role in redrawing the state legislative and congressional district map. In the 70 congressional districts that were labeled by National Public Radio as “competitive” in 2010, Republicans controlled the redrawing of at least 47 of those districts; Democrats were responsible for 15, and a non-partisan process determined eight.

REDMAP’s effect on the 2012 election is plain when analyzing the results: Pennsylvanians cast 83,000 more votes for Democratic U.S. House candidates than their Republican opponents, but elected a 13-5 Republican majority to represent them in Washington; Michiganders cast over 240,000 more votes for Democratic congressional candidates than Republicans, but still elected a 9-5 Republican delegation to Congress. Nationwide, Republicans won 54 percent of the U.S. House seats, along with 58 of 99 state legislative chambers, while winning only 8 of 33 U.S. Senate races and carrying only 47.8 percent of the national presidential vote.

Republicans enjoy a 33-seat margin in the U.S. House seated yesterday in the 113th Congress, having endured Democratic successes atop the ticket and over one million more votes cast for Democratic House candidates than Republicans.

You can read more from their old site: http://www.redistrictingmajori...
Or see the results here:
And yes, it's still going:

Comment Re:Cadmium based LEDs (Score 2) 46

Perhaps, but it's used in terribly small amounts; you could coat a thousand or more big screen TVs with the cadmium in one NiCad AA battery.

Like mercury in CFLs, the increased efficiency of QD also means less cadmium gets spewed from coal plants worldwide.

Finally, there are cadmium-free QDs—not quite as efficient as cadmium QDs yet, but still an option.

Comment Re:Marrakech, Morocco (Score 3, Informative) 328

It comes from cuckold, a derogatory term for the husband of an adulteress, and from Cuckoo, a bird which lays eggs in others' nests to be raised and supported by unsuspecting parents.

The alt-right started calling moderate conservatives 'Cuckservatives', claiming that there were like the Cuckoo, sitting in the 'nest' of the Republican party and feigning conservatism to win votes, but voting for progressive policies while in office.

It was later abbreviated to 'Cuck' and took on more connotations as it spread through the alt-right, most to do with some kind of perceived emasculation, submissiveness, or 'selling out': Men who allow women to hold too much power ('feminazis', 'SJWs', etc.), people who are accepting of foreigners (to 'steal our jobs' and leech off our social services), globalists who sell America out to the Jews, socialists who would turn the country over to freeloaders, etc, etc.

Comment Re:So Trump was right? (Score 3) 432

And they've been at it so very long, too...

When Britain really ruled the waves -
(In good Queen Bess's time)
The House of Peers made no pretence
To intellectual eminence,
Or scholarship sublime;
Yet Britain won her proudest bays
In good Queen Bess's glorious days!

When Wellington thrashed Bonaparte,
As every child can tell,
The House of Peers, throughout the war,
Did nothing in particular,
And did it very well:
Yet Britain set the world ablaze
In good King George's glorious days!

And while the House of Peers withholds
Its legislative hand,
And noble statesmen do not itch
To interfere with matters which
They do not understand,
As bright will shine Great Britain's rays
As in King George's glorious days!

(hey, it's not often I get to post a relevant Gilbert & Sullivan!)

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