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Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 2) 1321

I'm waiting for the electoral college to flip to Clinton.

Technically possible, but politically impossible. The Electors from the states won by Trump are state and local Republican party functionaries, similar to national convention delegates. Some of them may not like Trump, but pretty much all of them harbor a deep and abiding hatred for Clinton. Aside from that, it would be political suicide for them to flip. By the way, the Electors, although "bound" to their party's candidate, are not constrained to casting their votes only for people whose names appeared on the ballots. This has happened several times in the Nation's history.

Of course, as pointed out in a recent article, Congress could always flip it back to Trump (or Pence if Trump keeps walking back his promises).

The only way Congress gets involved is if the Electoral College fails to award the minimum 270 votes to any candidate. Like the Electors, House members can vote for anyone they want to. You could end up with President Romney. Or McCain. Or Ryan. Or literally anyone else with an (R) by their name. I believe the appropriate phrase is, "Katie, bar the door."

Comment Re:Brought to you by excessive tracking (Score 1) 64

Wonder how long it will take for someone to implement a "rent a crowd" service to boost popularity of a location. This time it's First Life rather than Second.

This is Slashdot.

Knowing where the crowds are will be used to know the places to AVOID.

Indeed. As Yogi Berra said, "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.

Comment Re:Sturctural Failure (Score 3, Insightful) 45

Are you fucking shitting me? No aircraft designed since 1990 should ever have a structural failure unless the pilot deliberately took it over structural mach. The FAA was grossly negligent to throw away a century's worth of aviation safety experience and just let any fucking idiot put anything in the sky and call it a drone.

Actually, aircraft structural failures, while not common occurrences, aren't all that rare. They sometimes result from, and nearly always end with, an unplanned encounter with the ground. Sometimes they result from a control failure that causes the departure controlled flight. Sometimes they occur due to fatigue. And they happen a lot with uncertified, experimental, developmental aircraft.

Comment Re:Gaming (Score 1) 191

I've been using gimp for years. I recall my reaction to the UI as mostly surprise, not confusion. I've used Photoshop on Windows a few times, maybe 5 years or so ago, and I recall the UI as being a bit frustrating and obscure; that's probably because it was unfamiliar. I would think that any person who uses a tool on a regular basis is going to find a tool with a radically different UI a bit off-putting. As far as performance goes, my impression is that on equivalent hardware, gimp runs much faster than Photoshop for most functions.

Comment Re:I'll wait for a third party review... (Score 1) 428

From TFS: Tesla's new solar roof product, he proclaimed, will actually cost less to manufacture and install than a traditional roof -- even before savings from the power bill. "Electricity," Musk said, "is just a bonus."

a traditional 'high end' expensive roof product. Not a common roof product like asphalt or metal.

Maybe. It's not definitive, from the way TFA is worded:

“So the basic proposition will be: Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and—by the way—generates electricity?” Musk said. “Why would you get anything else?”

Make no mistake: The new shingles will still be a premium product, at least when they first roll out. The terra cotta and slate roofs Tesla mimicked are among the most expensive roofing materials on the market—costing as much as 20 times more than cheap asphalt shingles.

Note the phrase, "The terra cotta and slate roofs Tesla mimicked". Mimicking doesn't result in something that "looks better"; at best, it results in something that looks the same, but that was the article's author speaking, not Musk. Musk said, "looks better than a normal roof". Not clear what he meant by "normal", but the most common meaning is, "conforming to the standard or the common type". In the US, the most common roofing material by far is asphalt shingles. Hard to believe he meant it that way. Hard to figure he was actually trying to be clear about anything. For sure, it will outlast asphalt shingles. Doubtful it would outlast a terra cotta or slate roof.

Comment Re:Lower costs than a traditional roof? (Score 1) 428

if they cost 1.98 times the cost of a shingled roof, but he says he expects them to last 2x the number of years.... = "cheaper" (cost of total ownership)

Which is what I bet he is doing.

Sorry, you lose your bet: Tesla's new solar roof product, he proclaimed, will actually cost less to manufacture and install than a traditional roof -- even before savings from the power bill. "Electricity," Musk said, "is just a bonus."

Comment Re:I'll wait for a third party review... (Score 1) 428

I believe the actual cost equation also includes energy costs - the roof may be more expensive than a traditional roof up front, but if it reduces your energy bill to zero for the next 20+ years, the overall cost is lower.

From TFS:
Tesla's new solar roof product, he proclaimed, will actually cost less to manufacture and install than a traditional roof -- even before savings from the power bill. "Electricity," Musk said, "is just a bonus."

Comment Re:Poor Nazis (Score 1) 978

The freedom to harass isn't in the Constitution. The freedom to threaten and harm others isn't in the Constitution.

I'm always amused by people who think the peoples' rights are denied on a blanket basis unless specifically enumerated in the Constitution. You'd be better off citing laws prohibiting the things you don't like rather than citing Constitutional silence. In the meantime, take look at the 10th Amendment ("The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."). Insightful, mods? Take a civics course.

Comment Re:Washington Post Amazon (Score 1) 294

Technically if you have a clearance it might be illegal to read wikileaks depending on the link used, since that would technically be facilitating the distribution of classified material. Make no mistake about it. Posting something classified on wikileaks does not remotely make it unclassified.

Correct that publicly publishing classified material, whether on Wikileaks, a newspaper, or on Slashdot, does not declassify the material. It's not illegal to read such material whether or not you hold a security clearance; however, if you do hold a clearance and you suspect that classified material has been made public, you are obliged by law to report it to the appropriate authority (usually that would be your Facility Security Offficer).

Comment Re:Constitutional rights (Score 2) 345

Then there is the "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" mission statement part where life and liberty can be pretty miserable and so that last inspirational phrase was included.

That would be the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. The Constitutional reference to life and liberty (and property too, but not happiness) is in the 5th Amendment, which prohibits the Federal government from depriving individuals of those things without due process.

Comment Re:social media site (Score 1) 232

I wish more people had the time and/or inclination to fact-check what they believe and pass onto others.

No kidding. Maybe then I wouldn't receive so many texts, emails, and FB posts warning me about the latest faux virus that will destroy my phone.

"Caveat emptor" doesn't only apply to things you purchase.

Comment Re:No, not fake news (Score 1) 232

The one election-related Facebook post that sticks in my memory was from OccupyDemocrats. Can't remember it well enough to quote it verbatim, but it was roughly, "If Hillary were found in the parking lot of a 7-11 in the Middle East trading blowjobs and state secrets for crack cocaine, I would still vote for her over Cheeto Hitler." I guess that sums up "the lesser of two evils" for some people. Personally, I didn't see it as a choice between two evils, but as a choice between two unacceptable alternatives. Best I could come up with on election day was to check the box for write-in, and leave the write-in space blank.

Comment Re:Then you should of voted for Bernie. (Score 1) 1368

Sanders never praised Chavez and certainly never said Venezuela was an economic model for the US.

I suppose if you just make things up anything is possible though.

"These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger."

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