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Comment Re:Transfer the Responsibility (Score 1) 62

That's the long-term solution, which wouldn't do much for the current problem devices that are out there.

We'll get over the current problem. We always do.
But we never seem to get around to that 'long-term solution.'
I think at this point implementing the long-term solution is more important than stopping the bleeding. Otherwise the neverending cycle will continue.

Comment Re:Its not the thinner fonts... (Score 1) 328

The problem is application software. Try running steam on even a 1920x1080 screen. The font is absolutely tiny and they don't provide any option for changing it (at least not that I've found.)

The Steam network is pretty nice. The client even does some cool things. But I have never seen a worse instant messenger / chat platform than the steam UI. It is... I mean, we throw the work 'horrible' around often, but the Steam client is horrible I use it on a monitor with a 101 DPI, and it's horribly tiny and it can't be adjusted. And unlike Skype, telegram, AIM, gchat, IRC, and just about every other chat netowkr out there, the protocol is entirely closed and there's no way to access it with a third-party client. So... so long, Steam friends!

Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 1) 116

Perhaps I am just jaded as an American, but in the US political parties aren't like that. They change their stance according to whoever is the leader of the party.

Political parties in the US tend to band together under a common political view, but they aren't uniform. On the Republican side, you'll have the Neo-Conservatives who are the party of intervention, of projecting American strength abroad and of proactively dealing with threats to the country and its allies. On the other hand, you'll have the Tea Partiers, who are the more Libertarian wing of the party and may have strong disagreements with the USA sending troops and money to other countries. Like Rand Paul, they might even be isolationist in comparison. You'll have the evangelicals who can belong to either camp, though they'll sometimes get a cold welcome from the tea partiers, many of whom won't share in the Dominionist sentiments. The Tea Partiers will be more for privacy rights (against the government), while neo-cons will be more likely to engage in domestic spying.

Yet they almost all agree that most local decisions should be left to local and state agencies rather than the federal government. They almost all will agree that federal taxes are too high, and they'll think that federal spending on social programs should be cut and either moved to the states, be shifted to charity, or eliminated entirely. They'll all tend to be against gun control and abortion, and for strong border security.

Similar factions exist in the Democratic Party, where you'll have the more business-friendly moderates, the more socialism-favoring left, and varying levels of anti-war or interventionism. What seems consistent across the two parties is that with some exceptions, most people can overlook a candidate's position on a single issue if they agree with much of the rest of his platform. A Democrat who is anti-war could still vote for Obama despite his mixed record on that front, an Occupy Wall-Streeter could vote for Hillary even if she's a bit too cozy with business for their tastes. For me, the most frustrating part of trying to find a third-party candidate that I like is that so many of them are single-issue candidates, while the President and Congress have to be adept at a very wide spectrum of issues and policies.

Comment Re:Only because of the Organians (Score 1) 116

Which companies do you propose we bust?

I'd like to see more collusion-busting. IE, when entire industries band together under a trade group that makes all the companies act in concert. Seen most often in the entertainment industry like the RIAA/MPAA, but it's seen elsewhere as well. I'm not sure HOW you would break up collusion, but that's the direction I'd like to see things go.

Comment Re:Fuck the Government (Score 1) 116

And you think you can live in a world without someone from the government telling you how to live and what to think, creating nice little safe spaces for when you get triggered.

Oh yeah. Our world is soooooooooooooooooo horrible.

How have we survived for 240 years with a government of some type? Oh it's terrible, TERRIBLE.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 576

That example goes directly against the narrative!

It's an interesting digression because the film version switched roles of the kids around.
In the book, the boy was the dinosaur expert AND the computer expert. The girl had some interest in sports but otherwise contributed nothing to the plot and whined a lot. Spielburg saw that and thought.. "why don't we give a reason for BOTH of them to exist.."

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 576

If computer programmer Barbie involves the girl doing some design, but the actual coding being done by boys.

It was worse than that, Computer Engineer Barbie said:
" 'I'm only creating the design ideas,' Barbie says, laughing. 'I'll need Steven's and Brian's help to turn it into a real game.' "
Barbie then gets a virus on the computer, which then infects another computer, and the boys wind up fixing it for her.
After class, Barbie meets with Steven and Brian in the library.
" 'Hi, guys,' says Barbie. 'I tried to send you my designs, but I ended up crashing my laptop — and Skipper's, too! I need to get back the lost files and repair both of our laptops.'
" 'It will go faster if Brian and I help,' offers Steven."
Brian and Steven take over — and, at the end of the day, Barbie takes credit for the boys' work.

Note that this wasn't an actual Barbie, it was a book "Barbie: I can be a computer engineer". Amusingly enough on the book cover it had a computer monitor with a bunch of 1s and 0s, and a Tux Penguin sitting underneath it!
Picture Here

Comment Re:11 minute of action per game (Score 1) 236

Throw the damn pitch already; it shouldn't take two minutes to toss a ball 60'6".

It shouldn't, and the MLB is experimenting with fining pitchers if they take excessive amounts out time. Batters have to keep their feet in the box, no wandering away anymore and rechecking their gloves, cleats, etc.

Here are experiments they've tried:
1) Revising rule 8.04, requiring the pitcher to deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he recieves the ball with the bases unoccupied. A violation is an automatic "ball" from the umpire. If the batter steps out of the box during the 20-second period (they had a clock on the field), the pitcher may deliver the pitch and the umpire may call a strike, unless the batter was first granted time by the umpire.
2) Batter's Box Rule: batter must keep at least one foot in the batter's box unless a predefined exception occurs.
3) No-pitch intentional walks. You want to intentionally walk someone? Just say you walk him and it's done. If a pitcher has control problems though, he can screw up an intentional walk, which I've seen in person. This would sadly eliminate that situation too.
4) 2:30 inning break clock.
5) 2:30 pitching change break clock.
6) Three "time out" limit.

#4 and #5 are opposed by TV networks because it cuts down on the number of commercials they run. Major league players had difficulty adjusting to the rule changes, so the rules are going to be rolled out in the lower leagues first: first Double-A baseball, then Triple-A, then the MLB. Unfortunately it's not yet a given that all these rules will enter the MLB. However, in having them enforced in the minor leagues first, major leaguers will get used to them.

Comment Re:FINALLY! (Score 1) 132

We had a pretty good 20 years in the phone industry since Ma Bell was broken up. Lots of competition, new services, better prices.

I used to use PacBell DSL Internet and it was pretty good! (for the time)
Then they got bought by SBC and they were not.. quite as good, but still ok.
Then SBC bought AT&T, but apparently AT&T absorbed and corrupted them from within, becoming the AT&T behemoth once again, and their DSL service went to shit. As did their billing department.

Comment Re:Cartel socialism (Score 1) 132

Thank to all the media blunders, Trump is more powerful now than he ever was as a simple business man.

Trump is done. He won't be President, but worse than that (for him), it destroys his credibility as a businessman. He's now a "toxic figure." Other businesses won't be willing to book conferences at Trump hotels since he's too partisan a figure now. He needed to be non-partisan as a businessman, since you can't afford to piss off a large proportion of the country without getting anything for it.

Who will want to do business with Donald Trump now when there are so many other successful businessmen without the political baggage?

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