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Comment Re: Shorter summary (Score 2) 144

Hypocrisy- I don't think that word means what you think it means. Well that or there is a lot more to this story than what is printed on this page.

Even if we buy into the suggestion that the GP is a "lock her up" fan (there is evidence in word or text of law of wrong doing, Comey inserted a mens rea test into the application of a law which the law in question specifically avoids in order to say no charges are warranted because Hillary didn't mean to break the law. The only people not questioning that are Hillary supporters and never trump'rs) , I still don't see the hypocrisy here- or even a connection to the new AG or some Alt Right team member- whatever that is supposed to mean anyways.

Comment Re:Slashdot silence on Trump & Russia. (Score 3, Interesting) 273

Those of us with memories also know that Hillary as secretary of state took credit for parts of the Arab Spring and was trying to take credit for the Libya uprising until it went south. This was so prominent at her time in the State Department that Putin even accused her of interfering in Russian affairs and organizing protests after a parliament election.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12...

If Russia was involved in the US election, it was likely retaliation for that. People who remember that don't worry that their involvement was to help trump but assume it was little more than to defeat Clinton who has been accused or similar crap.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 3, Informative) 273

No, someone doesn't need to be convicted to be pardoned. President Nixon was never convicted (or even impeached) and he received a pardon from President Ford over the Watergate charges after he resigned.

There is an implicit admission of guilt in accepting a pardon. But my understanding is that you really have no choice in the matter as once a pardon is issued, it is valid from the perspective of the government whether you accept it or not (they will no longer attempt to prosecute or detain/punish you for the crimes you were pardoned over).

Comment Re:If you always seem to have bad roommates... (Score 1) 433

If you know it was the other guy and not you, why are you dealing with depression and second guessing yourself still? Seems to me that you would or should have moved on and recovered or something by now.

I've had jobs where I had to deal with asshats. I was unhappy and probably depressed under a clinical definition. But all that changed when I changed jobs and didn't deal with assclowns. I actually enjoyed my job and was happy until they hired new bean counters and started scrutinizing everything which I left for yet another job.. I even had one job that turned around and was great after the asshat wrecked his car and took 4 months off to recover from life threatening injuries.

If you are letting someone who has no contact with you continue to influence your life or mental state, perhaps you need professional help or something. I just don't understand how it is possible.

Comment Re:Well that's a hell of a security hole. (Score 5, Insightful) 254

It's more like the little girl told the echo what it wanted for Christmas or something and the news caster paraphrased.

In case he wasn't though, Amazon's own voice ordering fact page says that when you attempt to order something it searches

Your order history - only Prime-eligible items.
Amazon's Choice - Amazon's Choice items are highly rated, well-priced products that are available to order immediately.
Prime-eligible items - including delivery by Prime Now for eligible items.

in an attempt to find/idntify what you ordered. If a dollhouse was on the Amazon's Choice list, it would have been ordered under this policy.

Comment Re:What I do (Score 1) 433

You need to do a little more than that to make it believable. Break into his car and look for hair strands around the seatbelt and head rest area. Or get into his bathroom and find a brush or comb they use- the trash can in there is a gross but good place to look also. Sprinkle a few strands of hair on the corpses. You could also follow them to a hair cut but make sure you pull the hair apart to make it appear it came out in a struggle and not just cut off. You also want to rig something they use to cause it to scratch them somehow. Taking a screw loose on a desk or something. After you notice the scratch or them bitching about it, collect the removed skill cells and try to stuff them under the fingernails of the victim.

Finally, you want to do something to make the person seem like he is loosing his marbles. Pay the local gang members to carjack him, shoot him up with heroin or some other street drug until he passes out, and leave him parked at a stop sign on a side street without taking anything from the car. Let him explain his DUI charge was someone else' fault.

Comment Re:Clearly a fake (Score 1) 124

That is because they purchase most of their military planes and parts and generally do not build them themselves (except one- T-35 PillÃn) . The
USA manufactures the bulk of them with one version from Spain (the CASA C-212) and one from Canada (the DHC-6 Twin Otter).

This is not counting the surveillance drone made in Israel (the Hermes 900 Star) or the two trainer aircraft the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano made in Brazil and T-35 PillÃn made in Chili. Although the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano is capable of a light combat role.

However, even if that wasn't the case, some names, words, or terms used in industry or trade settle on a common name widely in use even though a local language may have a term similar enough to be used in its stead. Suppose there are 20 different terms for altitude and heading, instead of a commercial pilot learning 20 different languages, they just learn what is needed specific to flying like altitude and can understand flight control anywhere in the world even if they couldn't sit next to the guy at a bar and hold a conversation with them without a translator.

Comment Database Optimization Effort (Score 1) 218

A lot of what I had done for years (I moved to a new project last year) had to do with database queries and the next layer or two sitting on top of them. Periodically, it was my job to look at what queries were taking too long. While much of the time that involved in database optimization like adding indices, etc, sometimes there was truly horrible code sitting on top of the database. One of my favorites involved a list coming in, and the code created the first item on the list. Then it deleted everything associated with that list and created the first two items, etc, etc. Yuck.

Comment Re:Baby brain (Score 1) 280

I know there are studies on the changes in the brains of people doing third shift work, who I imagine don't sleep nearly as well as people who get to sleep during the night, since no matter what there are noises. But yes, I began to feel much more like my old self once my daughter was down to waking just once during the night; unfortunately, that was at about a year in, and she only started sleeping through the night more than half the time at at least 18 months. I remember how I freaked out one morning: I had finally gotten enough sleep in one go that I had a dream again, for the first time in months. (Since, after all, in late pregnancy I was waking up 2-3 times a night for the bathroom.)

Comment Re:Personal recollection (Score 3, Interesting) 280

My husband recently suggested I start making a list of computer games that look like they would be fun so I can play them in 10-15 years... ;) (I have a two year old with a new baby coming in February.) We're going to try to see our second movie at the theater since she was born on this coming Thursday; both Stars Wars movies, which seem like the kind that you just have to see on the big screen.

Rather than make a new comment elsewhere, particularly with all of the vitriol being spewed on this thread, I'll also add that pregnancy hormones really, really suck as someone with an engineer's brain. Imagine that you suddenly burst into tears for relatively minor things being wrong, or occasionally for NO REAL REASON. It's horrible.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

Perhaps one of the issues now is that very nearly all depression seems to be treated as something that anti-depressants can take care of. I'm not sure what the ratio of people with "I have a chemical imbalance" depression is versus "my life sucks because, say, I lost my job or my spouse" depression, but talk therapy sounds like it's become a rare, rare creature.

Unfortunately, you also get regular doctors prescribing those anti-depressants, rather than mental health experts. Shortly before my divorce, I was definitely depressed, and my GP prescribed anti-depressants... which became completely unnecessary once he was out of my life. I mean, yes, I had moments of sadness, but with discussion with friends I pulled out of it.

Note: that is not a commentary that all depression just needs talking or sunshine and fresh air and that kind of thing. I fully believe some people have issues that are not due to their situation but to their brain chemistry. I just think we have become very bad at telling which is which. I would think supplementing the use of anti-depressants with talk therapy would be another good way to go, but we don't seem to be mainly doing this.

Comment Re:and it should be (Score 1) 470

While I do not agree with your first argument as twitter is a private company/service that just happens to be popular, I couldn't agree more with your second argument.

Letting these idiots speak their mind is the only way to know who they are and it allows arguments other than name calling to show the errors of their ways. This may not influence them, but it sure as hell will influence those reading or listening to them. And if it doesn't, then we know who they are and can take steps if and when they get into any positions over others and act on that racism.

Racist views should be in the sunlight for everyone to understand their idiocy. Unfortunately, even a bling squirrel finds a nut but that is a price that needs to be paid.

Comment Re:Higher Minimum Wage push brings results! (Score 3, Interesting) 414

There are two minimum wages. One is a minimum the government sets for all employees to be paid and the other is the market minimum in which must be paid to attract and keep employees working under the conditions presented.

The government minimum is largely static outside acts of government but the market minimum is largely moveable with unemployment. The easiest and best way to raise a minimum wage is to reduce unemployment and let the market for employees demand a higher wage. This is a problem however because the economy has crapped out so badly that fast food jobs are seen as careers now instead of first jobs and stepping stones on a path to bigger and better opportunities. The worst part of this problem is that instead of looking at the situation and saying we need more and better jobs, a lot of people are content outside of wanting to raise the pay for these menial jobs.

When I got my first legal job (other than mowing yards and crap), unemployment in my area was low. I started at minimum wage but quickly progressed above it. All I had to do was basically show up on time and put a bit of effort at doing the work. My second job, which hired me away from my first employer at a raise, I went the extra mile for them and did pretty much anything they asked to the best of my ability and my pay quickly reflected it too. I was making 13 dollars an hour rolling burritos and flipping steaks on a charbroiler in the mid 1990s. $13 an hour might not seem like much but according to an inflation calculator one dollar in 1995 had about the same purchasing power as $1.56 in 2016. So in contrast, think of it as being paid almost $20 per hour in today's world and the minimum wage at then was $4.25 an hour (it went up from $3.35 when I first started working a few years prior).

If employment was there, by necessity, the minimum wage an employer could pay to keep an employee would by higher than the minimum wage. Those fast food jobs would go back to first job experiences and as stepping stones for people to show they can show up to work and follow directions enough to be hired at someplace that pays more.

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