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Comment Re:In related news ... (Score 1) 364

How is this related to weather or climate?

The current anthropogenic climate change doctrine is that the single greatest contributor to global temperature is the level of CO2 in the atmosphere, and suggesting that the the level of irradiation the Earth gets from the Sun is a larger component of planetary temperature than any atmospheric condition is heresy of the blackest stripe, which must be cut out root and branch, because Obama has repeatedly declared that he doesn't want anyone not fully onboard with the pravda of CO2-driven AGC in his administration.

Comment Re:Why porn? (Score 1) 351

Except that it's not these 'repressed people' telling the state "I can't control my urges, stop me from doing this act that I find utterly reprehensible", it's these 'repressed people telling the state "I find this act to be utterly reprehensible, pass a law to stop everyone else from doing it". After all, their morality is so clearly superior that it must be imposed -- by force if necessary -- on everyone around them.

Comment Re:Good for them! (Score -1, Troll) 858

They show integrity by hiding who did what while in a government position? This information shouldn't be secret to begin with.

Particularly since Obama has been quite vocal about how he didn't want to have anyone connected with him who wasn't solidly aligned with the Anthropogenic Climate Change dogma; Trump can generically assume that the entire upper management of an agency that received any funding connected to climate change supported the AGC policies.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 403

Why the fuck would any Linux developer want to do this?

The quote in the original posting is incomplete:

"Fire up a Windows 10 Insiders' build instance and run your code, run your tools, host your website on Apache, access your MySQL database from your Java code"

...send telemetry data about what you're developing to Microsoft so that they can bring a competing product to market before you, making it look as if you're just copying Microsoft.

Comment Re:Change the law (Score 1) 1430

Those were both from the 19th century when voters didn't have the kind of access to the candidates and the candidates views that they have in the 21st century.

Not to mention being another compromise between the 'every state should have an equal say in electing the next president' premise, which gives voters in low-population states a disproportionate amount of power in selecting a president, and the 'each voter should have an equal say in electing the next president' premise, which gives high-population states a disproportionate amount of power in selecting a president. The same compromise that resulted in the different representation between the Senate and the House.

And as you say, Trump played the game better than Hillary did; he approached the state elections as business transactions, putting his effort into the places where he would get the best payoff for his money. And it worked for him. Hillary got a huge margin of victory in California, which didn't help her any more than winning by 50 votes would have, and she ignored or only half-heartedly campaigned in states that she thought she had locks on... and was wrong in too many of them.

Comment Re:This isn't even the first Republican (Score 2) 314

If you prosecute everyone who breaks the rules, they'll get more creative at writing loopholes into their rules for them to wiggle through.

It's not necessary to prosecute them; they've been discovered to have violated the provisions of their signed statement agreeing to the provisions regarding electronic security. Revoke their clearances. At which point they're no longer eligible for any government post that requires a security clearance... or any position with a civilian government contractor that requires a security clearance.

Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

You may not like apples or oranges, but you're going to have to choose one. If more choose apples over oranges, then fewer people disliked apples compared to oranges.

Except that there are kumquats and persimmons available to choose, as well; fewer people like either of those, so the most popular fruit is going to be either apples or oranges, but there is nothing forcing you to choose either of them. Remember that there's no way to nuance your vote. If you dislike both apples and oranges, but you dislike oranges more, you can't cast a vote that says "I don't like either of these two, but between the two of them, I dislike apples less"; all your vote says, regardless of how you intend it to mean, is "I like apples". The only way to make it clear that you dislike both apples and oranges is to pick a different fruit, even if you know that one isn't going to be the most popular fruit.

Comment Re: Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

The FBI said that she'd done nothing criminal; She violated federal regulations regarding maintenance of a private email server. Violation of federal regulations can get your security clearance revoked and get you terminated from your position, but it is not a criminal violation of the law.

Comment Re:AS missiles are risky (Score 5, Interesting) 432

Now picture this scenario in a cramped space like the Persian Gulf where hundreds of ships and their gigantic overlapping AOU's make targeting anything a downright pita.

Some years ago, I was sitting in on an exercise a group of TAO students were running on the ENWGS (Enhanced Navy War Gaming System); each side had a small collection of patrol craft and/or frigates, and they were in an area that had a number of merchies sailing around. The blue side had sent up a helicopter to search, the orange group had sent a Petya forward. Both sides discovered the other at about the same time, and there was a brief flurry of anti-ship missile launches. When the smoke had cleared, the sole casualty from both sides was the Petya, which was an 'own goal' from a missile fired down its bearing that activated its seeker head a couple miles too soon... but the missile exchange cleared out 3/4 of the merchant ships that had been in the area.

Comment Re:Interesting use of the word "indiscreet" (Score 2) 182

hurt my eyes to see discrete and discreet mixed up so freely

When I still read netnews, I would periodically process the alt.personals groups to see what the homonym quotient was for that word, to see how many people were looking for a "discrete" partner. It was depressing to see how bad it was.

Comment Re:Constitutional rights (Score 1) 345

But I think you could reasonably say the emission of any substance that causes harm to the environment is a "pollutant," even if a nominal amount already existing is harmless.

When we get the first defense in a murder trial on the grounds that the defendant was acting to reduce the victim's carbon footprint, we'll know it's gone over the deep end to where the "Twinkie defense" lives.

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