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Comment Re:This was a market failure (Score 2, Insightful) 428

The market wasn't efficiently allocating scarce resources.

It wasn't? Somewhere there is an eager cadre of volunteers standing by to drive their personal vehicles into the aftermath of a terrorist attack while expecting no more than the usual pittance for their trouble?

No, there is no such thing in my world. Perhaps you live elsewhere and such things exist..... I can't speak to the that. Uber mobilized drivers by providing an incentive. Result; the entitled shitheels that are complaining today had their lilly white First World asses rapidly ferried away. Total success for all involved, whether they appreciate it or not.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 1, Insightful) 428

First-world problems for sure.

Indeed. People poke at an app on thier Star Trek Communicators to summon transportation they expect to ferry them away from a scene of terrorism and they're pissed that this service comes at a premium. The only injustice here is Uber selling their drivers up the river by suppressing the surge price. The people complaining are entitled shitheels that deserve to be ridiculed.

Comment What's the problem? (Score 1) 251

Where is it written that FB must be a paragon of news excellence? Maybe we're better off if the place sinks to the tabloid level that the low-information debris that frequent the place prefer to see?

If the choice is between crap tabloid "news" and left-wing/SJW curated "news" I honestly can't say which is worse or that I care to choose. Fuck it; leave the dunderheads to their poison.

Comment Re:I'm so mad, I almost want to vote for (Score 5, Insightful) 618

Trump is...

Here is Trump's actual policy regarding H-1B, which you may read on his campaign site:

Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program's lowest allowable wage level, and more than eighty percent for its bottom two. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.

The last time anyone heard anything definitive about H-1B from Clinton was early in 2016 at which point she wanted a higher cap (more H-1B workers.) Not surprising given how much loot Silicon Valley has dumped into the Clinton coffers.

Comment Pixel (Score 1) 37

If these rumored specs are correct then the Pixel phone will be a winner. The same reasonable, non-phablet 5.5 inch size as the 5/5X with conservative improvements across the board. I don't care who builds it. It's all Google/Nexus to me as long as the updates are timely, the battery doesn't explode and the prices are reasonable. The rest of the Android world continues to be that same sad fail it's been since forever and I plan to continue ignoring it.

Comment Re:"could not recall" (Score 1) 409

We all know the plausible deniability angle. Yet we've heard definitive statements; "no classified emails." "The server was never hacked." (today we learn about logins from Tor exit nodes.) "No FOIA responsive emails we're deleted." (Thousands were.)

On one hand we're supposed to accept these unambiguous and informed claims, and on the other we're supposed to believe she — a professional lawyer going back to the Watergate investigation — was oblivious to her legal obligations. The appeal to ignorance is only plausible from a subject that is acting in good faith. That's not what we have here. It's all lies and she was lying to the FBI when she claimed ignorance.

The truth is her and Bill both know they can get away with things no one else can because they have the LEOs intimidated, the elites are banking one them and the electorate is bought and paid for. This is Rome and the Emperor does at he pleases.

Comment Re:But of course (Score 4, Insightful) 448

I suffered a few minutes of NPR over the weekend while they happened to be covering the flood news. Apparently the only officials from Louisiana or the feds that NPR has any interest in hosting are climatologists. No FEMA, no state first responders; just climatologists.

While discussing the floods with the climatologists, both the federal and state climate guys made the mistake of mentioning the fact that the high costs and displacement are as much to do with recent property development as the amount of water. You could clearly detect the host's frustration as he attempted to get these hapless officials back on the rails speculating about climate and saying disparaging things about fossil fuels.

Whatever. You people want to eat all the crap they're feeding you and furnish your rulers with the ammo to manage you're decline, go ahead. Enjoy. I don't care anymore. Bill Nye lives in a nice $1,000,000+ home in Studio City and I'm all set with my nice property and neither one of us are giving it up for the benefit of your virtues, so fuck off.

Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 1) 445

If only buggy whip manufacturers had had the political clout to have trolly/car/bus operators taxed for their benefit. We'd have buggy whip shops filled with beautiful buggy whips that no one buys. Perhaps we'll have taxis that no one actually uses, but gainfully employed taxi drivers standing by nonetheless.

Comment Re:Linux is far worse than Microsoft (Score 4, Insightful) 541

a major distro with systemd removed (with broken functionality)

While this is mostly true for those hosting their own systems, one of the larger pieces of the Linux `ecosystem' today is AWS. The heavily used Amazon Linux AMI has the traditional SysV init and Amazon has not indicated that they intend to move to systemd. This at least ensures that it will not be possible to entirely neglect SysV init methods; if it doesn't run on EC2 it's broken for many people, and indeed there are cases of commercial software vendors discovering that their paying customers need SysV init compatibility for this reason.

I personally haven't had problem with systemd anywhere I've had to deal with it, and I've become comfortable working with it. The doomsayers predicted all manner of problems with systemd. They were wrong as far as I know. A minor bug here and there, quickly fixed. Journalctl is very handy; a lot nicer than chasing creatively named log files hither and thither. On the other hand, when I deal with EC2 instances and SysV init I'm fine with that as well. I understand both the rational for systemd and the reasons behind Amazon staying with SysV init; I'm happy to live with both.

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