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Comment No, it's not reasonable (Score 2) 131

Is every justice system in the world subservient to the American system?

It seems more reasonable to return him to where he committed the crime (Kosovo?) and have him dealt with there, doesn't it?

Kosovo is a dysfunctional pseudo-state that exists in limbo between two states that don't really want that mess to be integrated into their polities: Serbia and Albania. Serbia is Orthodox Christian and Albania is an extremely moderate predominantly Muslim country. Neither of them are comfortable with ISIS supporters in their backyards. Malaysia sure as heck doesn't want ISIS supporters either. So what you call subservience is rather simply all of the parties involved except Kosovo effectively saying "this guy targeted the US Government, the US Government wants him and we sure as hell don't want him. Let the US Government spend the time and resources to clean this guy's clock."

Comment Re: Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

Exporting cars to the UK will be fine, even if we go back to a WTO-type deal and tariffs need to be paid. Germany exports cars to many countries outside the EU after all. But building cars in UK will be a big issue, as most suppliers are within continental Europe and while the overhead is reasonable for something as big and expensive as a car it isn't if you need to import many small car parts. The UK is too small to build their own complete car supply chain.

Comment Re:Meanwhile the EU is saying... (Score 1) 315

Exports from the UK to continental EU are ~13% of the GDP of the UK, while exports from continental EU to the UK are 3% of the GDP of continental EU. The impact of a BREXIT without a replacement trade deal on continental EU would be large but manageable. The impact on the UK would be much more massive. Continental EU can afford to play hardball in the negotiations, the UK can't. The UK absolutely needs a deal. Continental EU could even benefit in some areas, if no deal is done, as many international companies and banks would move their headquarters from London to Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin or Brussels. While continental EU also wants a good deal with UK because of their own economic interests, they will still make sure that the UK will be significantly worse off than without a BREXIT to prevent the next exit. If the UK will not accept free movement of people within the European Single Market than access to that market will also be limited in other regards, e.g.: free-trade with goods, but UK banks will not get access to the remaining EU. If they accept free movement of people they might get the deal that Japan wants them to get, but they will be likely have to contribute more to the EU budget than pre-BREXIT and will have less influence on EU regulations and standards while still being forced to adhere to them.

Comment Here's a simple thought (Score 2) 332

Maybe all of that social justice stuff is really just a ruse to get people to think they're not a bunch of greedy monsters who have more in common in their attitude toward paying workers with John Calhoun than Bernie Sanders. One reason I'm voting Trump is Trump is precisely the sort of asshole who might call up the AG, ask if the statute of limitations under the criminal component of the antitrust laws has expired on the anti-poaching settlement and if the answer is "no," might say "bring indictments." Will he? Who knows, but it's a possibility and would be hilarious to watch some of these self-righteous fuckers face the full wrath of the federal government in criminal court.

Comment If they want to make an impact (Score 5, Interesting) 105

They need to go to Arkansas and Alabama, not California and NY. The reasons are simple. Most "red states" would welcome this stuff with open arms. If they faced organized opposition to innovation in teaching, the political class of most red states would be more likely to curb stomp that opposition than support it. These are states where support for vouchers, homeschooling and other education reforms are extremely high.

Comment Might be on purpose (Score 1) 241

Washington Post compares Apple's progress to other Silicon Valley giants, claiming that rest of the industry is mostly sitting idle. (Alternate source: Reuters) From the report:

Probably due to the realization that diversity is only good for a company as at most a secondary good. Unfortunately, the prevailing rhetoric about diversity is generally closer to the assumption that there exist plenty of qualified black and non-white Hispanics who are just chomping at an opportunity to prove their worth. However, when one looks at the pipelines coming out of academia, that doesn't appear to be the case there at all. That's particularly problematic because the industry often has a real credentialist elitism so if God forbid some black kid taught himself to code but could only get into a HBC because it was a cheap and safe route to a degree, they'd probably never consider him. Because Stanford, CMU and such.

So if Apple is becoming more racially diverse in those demographics it means one of these things, though possibly both is true:

1. Apple is poaching a lot of good black and non-white Hispanic talent, leaving less for the industry at large.
2. Apple is accepting candidates below their usual standards.

If I were involved in strategy at Google, I would make it clear that if you aren't getting #1, you aren't going to accept #2. That's a route to risking mediocrity for your company, but awesome when your competitor does it to themselves.

Comment I don't mind buying another console (Score 1) 114

What I mind is the incompatibility. I can almost excuse the 360 -> One incompatibility due to CPU architecture changes. Project Scorpio, however, had better run all XBox One games unmodified as painlessly as moving a Windows game from an old gaming PC to a new gaming PC. I don't want to have to have a One and a Scorpio device hooked up at the same time to play games released since 2014.

Comment Re:But they pay more to the EU than they get back. (Score 2) 517

The paperwork is really not that bad. You need to report your results and how you spend the EU money. Other research project would generate a similar amount of paper trail. As soon as your project is greenlight, the amount of documentation is fair given the big amounts of money most project receive. The bigger issue is that to get your project funded you need to send in big and really well written project proposals and your chances of actually getting money are rather small.

Comment Activists have no place (Score 1) 182

That's because there are two vacancies on the commission, including one for a commissioner who is supposed to represent the environmental community.

Show me your credentials. Enthusiasm and passion don't count. I don't give a damn what you have dedicated your life to as far as causes go. The only thing that an unelected regulatory board should have on it is qualified experts whose regulations can at least in theory be assumed to be based in professional experience, verifiable by private individuals with similar qualifications (informal, but substantial education, formal credentials, etc.)

You want to push your activism, push it through the democratic process which elects the people who run the executive and legislative branches.

Comment Or the easy route (Score 1, Troll) 406

Just don't give them visas, green cards and all that. If we don't let them come to the US legally except under strict regulations, no one's rights get violated. Not ours, not theirs because foreigners have no right to enter our country. Discriminatory? Sure, but I don't see any mainstream party in the Islamic world batting an eye at the policy of Saudi Arabia of "No Jews, period."

Comment Enough bullshit (Score 1) 1010

People are prosecuted for intentionally releasing top secret material to enemies or to the public.

People are not prosecuted for being careless or incorrectly configured servers.

It is not true that "anyone but hillary" would do prison time for what happened here. They would get butt hurt and it might even hurt their career (and might get them fired and their clearance withdrawn) but federal prosecution for all practical purposes does not occur in this kind of situation.

Doing what she did was precisely what got Petraeus prosecuted and sentenced to a few years of probation.

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