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Comment Re:well well well (Score 1) 769

First off - the email content isn't all that shocking. At least, not to anyone who understands how parties work. Sure, they'd love to project the illusion that the Democratic Party is actually democratic, but it's not. And simply because deflecting attention is a desirable outcome, that doesn't mean the charges are bogus. Trump has ties with the Putin government. That is a fact. Putin has tried to influence elections in other countries through hacking. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss these charges.

Comment Re:well well well (Score 1) 769

"...the "who did it" does not matter as much as "what the emails say".

Really? It seems to me that, compared with "what the emails say", the fact that the Russians might be colluding with, or even simply manipulating a US election in favor of Trump is the lede here. I mean, it's not like the emails are telling us anything we didn't already know. Of course the DNC wants a party member for the nomination, and would do anything they could towards that end. They didn't want to end up like the Republicans, who lost control of their own party. The Democratic Party is not a public, democratic, institution. It just seems that way to the uninformed.

Comment Re:A journalist does not know what is going on? (Score 1) 318

A journalist (of the WSJ no less) has no idea what is going on in their country?

Journalists ain't what they used to be. It used to be a working-class gig, but now it's been given over to college-educated, middle-class people, who get there with the experience of the world you'd expect. I mean, look at the kind of reporting you get when the topic is recreational drugs. Don't get me wrong. There are still good reporters. They're just fewer and further between.
You're absolutely right - this is old news. But, I have to admit, I really enjoy the outrage of middle-class people when they get the same treatment from law enforcement as the rest of us for the first time! I forget which NPR show it was, but one of their producers got the special treatment at the US/Canadian border, and, for me, who used to cross that border quite often, and spent many an hour as their guest, it made for a most enjoyable podcast.

Comment The World's Getting Worse (Score 2) 203

"...there's a general perception that the world's getting worse..."

Well, yeah, amongst people lacking any historical perspective. And maybe amongst politicians, although I'm not always certain they actually believe what they're demagoguing about. I mean, there are people - many people - who think that crime is worse today, when it's actually at record lows. Whether it's you, me, or Kurzweil saying it, these people's minds won't be changed. Let's face it, most people are not all that educated, and get most of their knowledge about the World through the television.

Comment Re:Piracy lets you share with unlimited users. (Score 1) 57

Piracy lets you share with unlimited users.

So does real stuff. Not that I'd ever lend someone a record again, but at least I can play my records on any, and as many, turntables as I want. I can even sell 'em if I want. Digital data simply has no intrinsic value because it can be reproduced endlessly for nothing. If you want people to pay for it, it'd better be really cheap, and really convenient, because that's all it has going for it.

Instead of trying to bring real world convenience to digital, they're trying to bring digital inconvenience to real objects. Call me old-fashioned, but I want to own the crap I buy.

Comment Re:He is lucky he did not get shot on the spot (Score 1) 235

there are armed police at all UK commercial airports now, have been since 9/11.
(source: asked an armed police officer at Nottingham East Midlands Airport last month as I was passing through).

Yes, but, guns do not kill people, people do. That is the difference between the US and the UK, particularly when it comes to police.

Comment Re:On the Contrary (Score 1) 392

Where it most definitely does not make sense is in passenger cars, where the moronic part of our population (that is, most of it) will assume it to be far more capable than it really is, and who will choose simply to ignore the system once it is operating. In passenger cars, nothing less than a 100% reliable, full-time autopilot function is acceptable, and we're not even slightly close to that being a reality.

This. Like the first idiot, who circumvented the Tesla's inability to play movies while driving, (why do we even have video players in cars?), people will quickly get the notion that they don't have to pay attention. They will get bored sitting there with nothing to do. Shit, nowadays people can't concentrate on anything, and play with their phones even when they're supposed to be in control of their vehicles. And we're going to put people in a vehicle that can miss a 13'5" high, 70' long vehicle because the Sun is shining?
BTW, I drive trucks. I do about 130,000 miles per year, so I see every kind of idiocy, about five times per day. I would love to see driving taken out of the hands of most car drivers. But we'll never have a system that is one-hundred-percent fool-proof. Even if the technology were there, people have a genius for fucking stuff up.

Comment Re:No offence intended (Score 1) 71

I don't see what intelligence has to do with it, unless you mean the ones who got caught. I agree, that wasn't too bright. As far as I can tell from having personally known a few cops, (in the US), they've always accessed the information at their disposal for their own purposes. It's just human nature. They've certainly done it for me when asked. I think the lede here is that there is simply gobs more information for them to play with, and thus misuse.

Comment Re:Why does Slashdot celebrate Guccifer 2.0? (Score 3, Interesting) 114

Republicans/Democrats can only give you more of the same old shit.

So true. I mean, they're in the business of maintaining the status quo. People worry about "throwing away their vote", but your vote is already wasted if you're voting for the slightly less worse candidate instead of the best candidate, whoever you might think that is. It's almost never a Democrat/Republican, am I right? As Eugene Debs once said, "It's better to vote for something you want, and not get it, than to vote for something you don't want, and get it", (apologies if the quote isn't verbatim).

Also, not entirely unrelated but, isn't "Gluecifer" the coolest band name, ever? "Guccifer" isn't bad, either.

Comment Good Products, Bad Corporation. (Score 1) 227

Two things. Number one, I can't understand why "thin" is so damn desirable for a phone. I mean, up to a point - you don't want to carry a brick in your pocket - but they're already plenty thin enough for me.
As for the mini-jack, this is a problem for me. For one thing, I won't be able to connect the thing to my stereo, which is analog. Presumably, I'd have to buy a DAC, or some kind of wireless receiver, neither of which I'm planning on doing. Nor would it be convenient, perhaps not even possible, to use the iPhone with my truck's stereo. In my Peterbilt, the stereo, GPS, and other things are all integrated into one touch-screen display. It does have an interface to operate an MP3 player, but it's not designed for Apple devices, and it's a pretty piss-poor interface. It has no way to deal with podcasts, except as MP3 files, so I already have to work around that. Much easier to use the mini-jack and the Apple device's interface.
Here's another thing. I'm glad my old iPod "Classic" is still working. I looked at getting a new iPod, but the hard drive sizes are all smaller. As it is, I can't fit all my music on the 160 GB hard drive I have. Aren't we supposed to be getting more storage with newer devices, not less?
It seems people either love to bash Apple, or they're fawning fanboys, but here's my take after using their products for thirty years: Great products, (usually), bad corporation. I've always hated Apple, but I certainly wouldn't switch to Windows.

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 249

IQ scores are more or less meaningless in this context. A nation does not have an "IQ".

In this context, at best it is a measure of how well the country's culture conditions people to taking standardized tests.

There's that, and how this national IQ quotient correlates to higher wages/better jobs. That is to say, more money.

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