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Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 480

I'd love for him to be a good president. The issues with predicting what he might do are many, here's a few off the top of my head:
(1) He has no record as a statesman. (although his businesses have a long history of fucking over employees and clients a la Trump University. That's just the tip of the iceberg, there's a plethora of less-interesting lawsuits about people not getting paid, deliverables not going out, etc)
(2) His position on issues changes on a near daily basis (It's a Muslim ban.... no wait, it's not a Muslim ban! His pontificating on that subject was actually used in the judgement that halted the initial ban... the competent Republicans at least try to hide the discriminatory/unconstitutional aspects of their policies, in the interest of getting them passed)
(3) His personal concerns seem to come before the nation's - No sense of patriotic duty. (Decades of tax returns still being hidden - is it because he doesn't pay taxes, or because foreign business interests have him by the balls? Probably both.)

Even if his actions could be predicted, and his campaign promises were consistent, I don't like a majority of them. Of the good things he proposed, many are either low-profile enough for him not to care vis-a-vis his popularity ratings (H1-Bs), or they are in conflict with corporate interests, which he's going to choose every time. Look at how the Keystone XL pipeline was approved a few days ago - his campaign promise was that it would all-American, built with American steel, etc... those requirements did NOT make it into the approval. That would hurt the oil companies' bottom line, and we can't have that.

What it sounds like is that you've been listening to (some of) what the man and his alt-fact cronies are saying, but paying little attention to what he is DOING. In other words, you got duped by a politician. As time goes on, people will become more familiar with who he really is and what he wants for the country, which is not going to help his re-election. I think one of Trump's strengths this election was his lack of a governing record - people could project whatever they wished for in a president onto him. As long as you didn't like Muslims, none of his speeches or rhetoric would acutely turn you off. For the record, I don't like Muslims. I'm never going to be close friends with a Muslim and some of their philosophies are downright disgusting to me. I'm probably prejudiced too - if I see a bitch in a hijab I'm not going to talk to her. What I am not is a fascist. I recognize that we can't legislate this religion into irrelevance, and that trying to do so will be counterproductive. Leave the mosques alone - the ones here, and the ones in Iraq. Just recently we had these airstrikes in Mosul that hit, among other places, a mosque, killing several hundred civilians. How many families are going to grow to hate America just from that one strike? I've actually heard libertarian types use our engagements overseas as reasons to vote for Trump - as if he will do anything to stop it. By the way, his budget proposal has the military's budget increasing by 10%. What happened to letting other countries defend themselves so we could reduce our budget? Another broken campaign promise, it seems. The arms manufacturers wouldn't like that. Corporate interests trump the nation's interests - again. And it won't be the last time. You will see this over and over.

We are still in the honeymoon period and his approval is already dipping into the 30s. Trump 2020? I doubt it.

Comment Re: Uhm... (Score 1) 480

I don't think they will be cheaper in the long run, once our economy collapses from within (it's not just for Communist countries!), that's going to hurt every company. Of course, the guy who hired the H1Bs will have finished pumping&dumping by then, and will be secluded in his castle somewhere.

Comment Re:Please stop (Score 1) 259

I'm fine with Slashdot reporting on sexism if there is actually some news there. New studies, new ideas on its causes/effects, hell, even a big lawsuit may be notable. But this article is nothing. The woman said "sexism is systemic in tech". Seriously, who doesn't know that? She wasn't even defending the sexism, merely making the observation that it exists.

Comment Re:Two things: (Score 2, Insightful) 226

I can't remember ever borrowing or watching someone open their phone and there wasn't a lock on it. Yes, an actual lock with some kind of code, not just "slide to unlock". Actually, and I'm really really thinking deeply now, I did see one phone without a lock on it. It was a flip phone that was owned by my mother and never used.

I would wager that the number of unlocked phones at a violent protests is about the same as the number of flip phones. Very low, but non-zero. Will you see one in a sample of 100? Maybe, maybe not.

Now, what may have happened to skew the sample is that people who unlocked their phones for the cops weren't arrested. Or, their phones weren't confiscated as evidence.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 249

If they've got to pack more checked luggage, that artificially creates more demand for TSA-like "security" services to check that luggage. It's what they call "genius" nowadays. Or "courage". Someone was able to "innovate" within an existing market.

Comment Re:/. editors: why do you maintain this shit hole? (Score 1) 1149

The shift is apparent to anyone who has regularly visited the site. What I wonder about is the nature of it. How much of that is, uh, "paid programming"? Various intelligence services around the world have had programs to sway public opinion for years. In my estimation, we started seeing their focus turn more outward, more global, around 2012 - 2014. We had a story here in Slashdot around 2012 about Russian intelligence having a building full of people doing nothing but writing and disseminating messages on different web sites and social media services.
They've taken the expertise they cultivated doing this stuff to their own population and turned it out to be used on the European and US populations. We never saw operations this effective during the Cold War because there was no Internet. They had no way to tap directly into the media and social fabric of a nation without getting control of their TV and radio transmitters. They had no way to tap into our political institutions, short of a physical break-in.

Comment Re:One word (Score 1) 474

Shit, my build is from 2007. I upgraded it a few times over the next few years, as far as it could go... which isn't very far, being limited to DDR2 and socket AM2. GTA 5 is totally playable on it. In fact, I didn't start running into games it wouldn't play until a year or two ago. And that's not even because the hardware isn't powerful enough, it's just because of the feature set. Some newer games are requiring DirectX 11 support on the GPU, mine is 10.1.

Comment Re:PS/2 wasn't hot pluggable (Score 1) 332

I'm probably leaning less on recollection here, considering I am typing this on a PS/2 keyboard. But they will *sometimes* work after being plugged/unplugged, sometimes not. What I'm curious about is the reason for that inconsistency. I don't remember a computer ever frying from hot-plugging PS/2, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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