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Comment Re: Oh boy (Score 1) 368

"The legitimate reason for saying that is that Trump is modeling much of his campaign on the campaign of Hitler."

Exactly. I don't believe Hitler was sincere any more than I believe Trump. Both exploited flaws in human nature.

"One important thing to note is that despite the official recovery from a recession, most of the population isn't seeing much recovery."

Yes. We are seeing a new shiny bubble.

Comment Re:Selling for $5B is sexist (Score 0) 84

We are subsidizing Obamacare for almost everyone.

The middle class (taxpayers) are subsidizing Obamacare for the poor, while the rich are opting out because they can afford to. Which is why over 10% still haven't signed up. They're part of the middle class, and they can afford rent or insurance but not both.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 120

My wife had a foggy dream of being self-sustaining. I wasn't interested in being a farmer. She gave up on the idea very quickly.

The robotic revolution is finally at hand. Food production is going to become a job for robots like everything else. The problem isn't going to be where food comes from, it's going to be whether the elites let you have any.

Comment Re:Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used... (Score 2) 120

10 million people live in, say, around Los Angeles. But to supply those 10 million people with water a fair percent of the watershed of California is tapped.

Yes, and that is especially wrong because it is unnecessary. Believe it or not, Los Angeles receives enough rainfall to account for more than 90% of its water use. But about 99% of that water runs straight into the ocean (where it causes brackishness during rains, because so much water is shed so quickly!) because Los Angeles has been paved all to hell, and has no ability to retain water. It's like a runner that's skipping salt.

In, say, parts of New York of the south, water is more abundant. But to feed 10 million people anywhere takes land to grow food, to find a place to dispose of their sewage and trash, etc. etc.

Sewage is a big issue. At best you need enough room to compost the poop, and since nobody here wants to be a night soil man we have a whole expensive infrastructure for piping the shit around... using water. A lot of water. And then, the water is maybe used for irrigation. But we could at least be using AIWPS and getting clean water out of the other end of the system, albeit at some cost in space. Which brings us back to what you were saying, of course.

Food is actually a much smaller issue. Vertical gardening on aeroponics can produce a whole lot of produce in a very small space with very little resources. There are dozens if not hundreds of such operations across the country so far, and they are reproducing rapidly.

Trash is a huge issue, but it should be a lot smaller. Notably, all packaging should be recyclable, and what isn't recyclable should be compostable. It should be outright illegal to sell anything that comes in a non-recyclable package. That would go a long way towards solving this problem.

Comment Re:Maybe he writes from an Amarican POV (Score 1) 120

Wow - Europe is even more oppressive than I realized.

Try being one of the people whose house burned down in for example the Valley Fire, which occurred in Lake County, CA. First, the permit process is taking around a year. Second, permits for a single-bedroom dwelling are $30,000 and they go up from there, and you have to fully repermit if there are no plans on file. There aren't for most of them, because most of them are remodeled hunting cabins. Third, a lot of these places can't be permitted for a leachfield under current laws because of the size of the lot, and there is no sewage service in most of the county; for the most part it happens only on the town grids, almost everyone else is on septic. Except in Anderson Springs, where about four out of over a hundred houses didn't burn. They're getting a new sewage system... in a year.

The truth is that there's plenty of housing oppression in the USA.

Comment Re:Pegg's Star Trek is an abortion (Score 1) 91

There are only three scenes with Sulu's "husband" and daughter in the Star Trek Beyond. If I haven't heard about the controversy before seeing the movie, I could have assumed that the "husband" was Sulu's brother and maybe the daughter was his niece. The scenes are quite subtle. No kissing, no glory holes, no rainbow flags.

Why even bother unless it affects the plot in some way? Just to be fucking lame. The problem isn't making him gay. The problem is making him gay for no reason other than to pander.

Comment Re:In O'Brien's defense... (Score 1) 91

He did have a hot japanese wife to look forward to banging every night,

But he did have a whiny and unreasonable Japanese wife he had to listen to every night, and he could have been banging Japanese chicks on the holodeck if that's what he wanted. I know this comment sounds sexist AF but seriously, Keiko was the most shit character in the whole universe, and the actress who played her overemphasized every line so badly it was like she was reading to preschoolers. We watched TNG religiously when it was coming out in the geek house I lived in at the time, and we always cheered when it looked like she might die.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 2) 281

I do not, nor have I ever, used my personal cell phone for work purposes. Key work people may have the number for emergency purposes, but it's made clear that me providing that number is a serious point of trust, and that it should never be used except for the most dire circumstances. My work cell not answering doesn't count. Clients are to *never* get that number.

About a year ago, I took a job where they don't provide a phone. I chose instead to purchase a separate line that is used entirely for business. Only a few personal contacts have the number (parents and wife, basically). If I ever leave the company, the line gets disabled (phone was purchased off contract) so I don't have to field calls from clients. Even if I choose to use the phone with a new employer, it will get a different number. The cost of the phone and extra line comes off taxes each year.

When traveling internationally, the phone gets backed up, wiped, and reinitialized with a separate ID that has no links to the old except for necessary work contacts. Something similar happens to the notebook. After returning home, what little new data is present is backed up, then the pre-trip backups are restored.

All devices are fully encrypted, so reinitialization gets a fully clean start.

Comment Re:Most advertising is geared towards idiots (Score 1) 6

From Kurt Vonnegut's 1962 short story 2 B R 0 2 B:

âoeIn the year 2000,â said Dr. Hitz, âoebefore scientists stepped in and laid down the law, there wasnâ(TM)t even enough drinking water to go around, and nothing to eat but sea-weedâ"and still people insisted on their right to reproduce like jackrabbits. And their right, if possible, to live forever.â

Also, there was a telephone booth in the story!

And slashdot STILL mangles unicode. I'd be ashamed to work there.

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