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Comment Re: missing info... (Score 1) 411

I agree there are not easy answers to such situations, but I'm a lot more afraid of a/my government, than a few radicalized domestic terrorists. I'm still a lot more likely to be killed by drunks/autos/name-your-favorite accidental way to die than by a domestic terrorist. But the quick downward trend towards fascism that we're seeing all over the "civilized" world is truly frightening to watch...

obligatory Ben Franklin "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety" quote suppressed.

Comment Re:Well that's terrifying (Score 1) 411

nice job, frenchies. smart. real smart.

The US has thrown people in Gitmo for nothing more than wearing a Casio watch.

Yes, and we should be as embarrassed about the whole Gitmo thing as we should be about putting American citizens in concentration camps during WWII.

Something about two wrongs don't make a right?

Comment Re: Well that's terrifying (Score 1) 411

The problem is, if they did nothing, in 2 months he would have committed an atrocious act of terrorism.

Maybe. Maybe not. You certainly seem to agree with the government's viewpoint, which is it's better to jail innocent people, than take the chance that they might actually do something illegal in the future.

So I'm kind of thankful they just arrested the asshole.

So, Minority Report?

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

And yet another country loses to terrorism and fearmongering. What a shame. I've been to France before, it used to be a nice place.

I agree with grandparent - this is a terrible shame. Imagine if libraries worked this way - if they were well stocked with books but when you read the wrong book you go to jail. You don't need to burn books with that policy - not only will people self-censor what they read, they'll be afraid to read at all for fear of opening the wrong book.

And how do we discriminate between "terrorism" and government criticism? If you can be jailed for reading a terrorist web site, at what point does reading material critical of the government land you in jail? I'm discouraged that writing pro-ISIS material might land you in jail, but reading material lands you in jail? That's shocking.

We're quickly running out of countries where basic human rights exist.

Comment Re:Back to the old model (Score 1) 70

I'd be surprised if Amazon would give a shit if Clarkson did punch someone else

Amazon's lawyers give a huge shit about Clarkson's capacity for future violence in the workplace. Hiring someone who is known to have a propensity for physically abusing co-workers produces a huge legal liability for the employer. If he punches someone on the set of the new show, that person will sue Amazon and in court, there will be a huge claim paid by Amazon for criminal negligence.

That's really why he got fired from BBC. It's not about being PC. When he punched the first person at work, that victim could only win a suit against Clarskon. A second attack would bring the employer into liability for knowingly maintaining a dangerous workplace. If they didn't fire Clarkson at BBC and someone else punched another co-worker, the BBC could be liable because of the inaction against Clarkson sending a message to other employees that punching your co-worker is tolerated by the BBC.

I would not be surprised if Amazon's risk-management department has assigned some kind of bodyguard or conflict resolution expert(s) who are on set for each filming. Amazon is a public company and this is a typical sort of precaution that would be insisted upon by the risk management department.

Comment Re:Back to the old model (Score 0) 70

Seems like Amazon is going back to the old TV model of releasing a new episode every week

When you've got a host who during production of the season might punch a producer and you have to cancel the show, you want to immediately air the shows you've produced ASAP. Too big of a liability to sit on those episodes and hope Clarkson doesn't punch anyone while filming the rest.

Comment Re:A different position (Score 5, Informative) 469

...a candidates spouse taking hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign interests, which Trump was accused of but Bill Clinton actually did.

I suppose that depends on your definition of 'actually.' Checking Politifact, this claim does not hold true.

Per an article in Fortune magazine in October 2015 that traced both the Clintons' tax returns to estimate their net worth:

On the low end, the Clintons reported assets of $11.3 million. On the high end, they might have as much as $52.7 million. The couple listed no liabilities.

How is it that Bill Clinton 'actually' accepted HUNDREDS of millions of dollars from foreign interests, yet he only has assets totaling as much as $53 million?

This is a classic example of the disruption that Trump has brought to the political process.

Unrestrained fiction presented as facts to smear opponents requires an update or replacement to the term "truthiness."

Comment Re:Self Reporting is not accurate (Score 1) 57

Alternatively, employees appear to already be doing that to try to get salaries raise.

I am aware of anecdotal information where people on a team at a tech company did not get a raise that even covered cost-of-living increases for their community. They each went on Glassdoor and submitted salary surveys inflated by $50k or more for their roles in the hopes that it would make it difficult for their employer to recruit others at a lesser salary.

Poison pill.

Comment internal memo from Satya Nadella... (Score 1) 245

My friend works as a developer within Microsoft and he just texted me saying he and his coworkers have all received a memo from the CEO using a metaphor of being on a 'burning platform' and asking if anyone knows of another company that can buy Microsoft and then after spending more billions of dollars just close the whole thing down out of frustration.

Any ideas?

Comment Re:Best attempted on Earth first! (Score 1) 222

I think automated mining is more viable than remote-controlled mining.

Terrastrial mining incorporates humans to optimize the energy / yield ratio. Since the target materials are not very valuable, energy efficiency is critical to the equation- earth mining operations can't afford to process a million cubic yards of material to extract a couple pounds of gold.

In a space / Mars mining operation, the input energy will have to be solar. The target materials will be as valuable as the cost of sending them from Earth to Mars, so very valuable- an ounce of water on Mars is far more valuable than an ounce of gold on Earth. These target materials (elements like iron or molecules like water) will likely also be easier to efficiently process out of the surrounding material. These dynamics make automated mining an attractive proposition in space (or on Mars).

Comment fellow F150 Lariat Owner Here... (Score 1) 292

I'm enjoying a used 2007 F150 Lariat I bought a few months ago. I intentionally shopped trucks without a touchscreen because I didn't want to haggle with a seller asking higher prices because of 'premium audio.'

I installed an Alpine ILX-007 bought off eBay for $480 along with a Camera Source backup camera purchased directly from the manufacturer for $268.

The Alpine is a CarPlay head unit that works great. It's a wired connection - NO BLUETOOTH. You can still do hands-free phonecalls. I have had several problems with bluetooth unexpectedly stealing my phone calls when my wife shows up with one of our cars in the driveway. So far, I am very happy with the Alpine CarPlay experience in the F150.

We also own a 2013 Ford Flex w/ the myTouch and I have literally punched that screen a few times. Consumer Reports initially gave the 2013 Flex a very enthusiastic review, then later retracted it due to the flawed myTouch system. I hope Ford gets a kick in the nuts over this garbage head unit.

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