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Comment Re: Trump is worse (Score 1) 100

Where in that clause says anything about owning businesses and removing control over them?

"Owning businesses" is not the problem, and hopefully you know that and aren't just being a hyperbolic turd. The problem is that several state-owned corporations, the money from which is considered to be a payment from a foreign government according to the emoluments clause, have ownership or other interests in various Trump businesses or properties (including the hotel in Washington DC, just a few blocks from the White House - that's a Chinese corporation in that case). Even if his kids have a controlling interest that is not enough to free him from the clause, because he and his family are still benefiting from payments from foreign governments. So he can either remove all of their interests in his business, turn all of his businesses over to a truly blind trust (not his kids), or resign. Any of those will satisfy the emoluments clause. But there's a problem when he has his daughter sit in on his meeting with Prime Minister Abe from Japan while she's also in the middle of negotiating a deal with a Japanese corporation with ties to the government, where Trump himself will directly benefit from that deal. There's a major problem with situations like that, and you can either educate yourself or just be a hyperbolic partisan idiot and instead shout about things that Clinton is or may have done, as if any of their shit has anything at all to do with whether or not Trump is in violation of the Constitution as soon as he takes the oath.

Comment Re:Retards (Score 1) 44

When your power grid management interfaces are directly connected to the Internet you must suffer. There's no excuse for that.

There are plenty good reasons. You're being extreme.

The grid management has to be connected to *some* network. That's so you can monitor the health of the grid from a central location, and coordinate a distributed response to events. (Heck, it's also useful if you can connect to control it even when weather conditions make it too hazardous to travel on-site).

[1] You could do that with suitable VPNing over the public internet. That way you benefit from its extensive reach, its cheap price, its resilience, the rapid repair time that ISPs offer. All you need to build is a network connection from each of your grid nodes to the nearest internet.

[2] Or you could do it with dedicated leased lines that aren't part of the internet. You'll pay a heck of a lot more, and loads of grid nodes won't have convenient connection.

[3] Or you could put up your own network. (You're a power-grid so you're used to putting up networks!) But this isn't your core competence, will suffer from longer outages, and will be most expensive.

Bear in mind that every subcontractor who prepares a bid using the public internet will produce a *LOWER* bid with *INCREASED* functionality. The only way that a higher-priced bid will ever win is if they someone demonstrate that the downside costs (in terms of expected cost of future hacks) will be significantly larger than the higher upfront bid. And any such attempted demonstration would be instantly met by the answer "why not use just a secure VPN to get best robustness at the cheapest price?"

So I think that infrastructure like this *can* and *should* be connected to the internet.

Comment Re: Trump is worse (Score 1) 100

"The Trump Administration" is going to last a few months. Trump will decide that, instead of comply with the emoluments clause, he would rather keep all of his business interests and then he'll resign to avoid impeachment while claiming some sort of victory over haters, losers, etc. Then we'll have The Pence Administration.

Comment Re:Down with Putin - Down with Trump (Score 1) 100

Who do you think hacked the DNC? Who had a motive to do so and then not claim credit for it?

Everyone who dislikes Hillary. I'm one of them, for example. I'm a programmer who dislikes Hillary, and I bet there are a lot more of us on this site, so apparently all of us are possibly suspects. You don't even need to like Trump to have a motive, you only have to dislike Hillary.

Not that programming has much to do with breaking into email accounts or servers, but whatever.

Comment Re:Verizon is going to get in trouble (Score 1) 91

Do you have your clothes dryer vent professionally cleaned every six months?

Did you know that, in the US alone, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss?

By comparison, only 96 credible reports of Note 7 fires exist, causing 13 burns and damaging property 47 times, making the known-defective Note 7 roughly 30 times safer than a non-defective clothes dryer.

Are you willing to accept the responsibility in case your clothes dryer results in injuries and death to others? Just to avoid a MINOR inconvenience?

Comment Re:Verizon is going to get in trouble (Score 2) 91

IF he keeps the phone at home, AND he can guarantee that any fire damage will be confined to his own property AND he doesn't have guests come over without warning them of the risk, then yes.

He will also need to be prepared to continue making his mortgage payments on the burned out shell.

Comment DVD drives? (Score 1) 271

My latest laptops all have no DVD drive, I think this is what is killing DVD sales.
And: every DVD I ever put into one of my laptops needed 5 minutes or more to start the movy or main menu due to "anti piracy *advertisements*'

In other words: I rather watch a pirated DVD than a real one. Not to mention that one of the DVDs I bougth was for no apparent reason a blue ray, I missed that fact and had to gift it away as my laptop at that time could read DVDs but not blue rays ... so bottom line I guess I bought 3 "DVDs" ... one 1978 martial arts movie, one 2012 martial arts movie which I had seen on youtube before and I realized later, oops it is a blue ray, and another movie where I forgot what it was :D

Comment People have a crude form of telepathy. (Score 1) 104

Not actual radio-like telepathy like in sci-fi stories, but an inbuilt capacity to actually experience what our brains think other people are experiencing.

One of the classic experiments like this is to get a subject wearing goggles to identify with a mannequin. Of course this is artificially induced; we didn't evolve in a world with 3D goggles and cameras. But there is a condition called "mirror-touch synesthesia" in which this occurs naturally, in which people spontaneously experience what someone else is experiencing.

The parallel element I see is the brain somehow generates a sensation without an appropriate physical input, and the phenomenon of mirror touch synesthesia suggests to me this isn't just a curious bug in our brain architecture. The 1.6% of people who report spontaneous mirror synesthesia also score higher than the general population on measures of empathy. I suspect it may also be linked in some way to our ability to learn by copying what others do.

This is a really exciting time in neuroscience, and synesthesia seems like an interesting target for DIY brain hackers. Mirror-type synesthesia particularly so because it's easy to induce. The rubber hand illusion is probably the easiest dramatic effect to produce at home.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 679

Scruttocks? No, man. Regardless of gender, it's a taint. I'll also accept "chode" and "gooch". If you're trying to get all linguistic on me and want a term that isn't "crude" then go with perineum. Scruttocks is right out. If you want to invent a new word then "scranus" sounds about right, but there's no reason to be gender-specific.

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