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Comment Re:Who defines truth? (Score 1) 155

This gets to the heart of the problem around post-truth. Just who defines "truth"?

How does that fit in to the checks and balances in a democratic society? Does everything have to go through the courts?

Apparently real world data and scientifically proven facts are not considered "truth" any more.

We are now free to define our own alternative truth, like when you say someone wiretapped you, your subordinates who you say would have been responsible for doing so refute your claim, the people who you say will back you up also refuse to do so and say there's no evidence to support you, yet you keep repeating the same thing as your official spokesperson says you misspoke and/or didn't mean it the first time.

I thought truth was universal and limited to what has actually occurred, in a factual sense, rather than a matter of opinion, but a lot of people seem not to agree any more. Pretty scary.

Comment No more free speech? (Score 1, Insightful) 155

I think Donald Trump is silly and orange, and I don't like him. My previous statement is irrelevant. Please fine me for it, I dare you!

We already have legislation prohibiting libel and slander, so this new bill is not only "excessive" (goes way to far) and inadequate (way too vague), it is also "irrelevant" (due to being unconstitutional and unenforceable, as well as unnecessarily duplicating enforceable laws already on the books). What a stupidly reactionary waste of time.

Comment Re:What if..... (Score 1) 542

they told you they were rebooting the Matrix and .... no one showed up.

I'll probably skip it, and just take some pills I got from some creepy strangers who ran from the Feds, or something.

There was a little-known version of the original that featured an alternative ending. Neo took the blue pill, and the movie was only 20 minutes long. Bad movie, but it would have had an upside: no Matrix 2 or 3.

Comment Re:They could save it (Score 1) 542

Look the first one was kind of a twist. But to save it they need to go 'down the rabbit hole'.

The first one was great. Lame acting and dialogue, but an interesting movie that was pretty well done overall. The best thing they can do with the reboot is already a given - cast a better actor than Keanu as the lead.

Comment Re:Star Wars ? (Score 1) 542

How do you figure? The Force Awakens was a pretty blatent remake of A New Hope.

The plot lines were obviously weak, but the Force Awakens doesn't fit any definition of "remake." Yes, same characters behaving similarly, with similar foes, but it is a continuation that can not possibly be mistaken for a remake. If you disagree, then you must consider any sequel or subsequent movie in every series to be an unoriginal remake.

Comment Re:Star Wars ? (Score 1) 542

Thanks, I knew I couldn't be the only one who thought the summary's inclusion of Star Wars was inaccurate. Star Wars has not been reimagined or rebooted on film, as all of the eight current movies cover different parts of a continuous timeline (aside from some overlap with the original at the end of Rogue One, which merely added detail and did not attempt to alter it or retell the story).

With Lucas stepping away, we may see reboots eventually, but that won't happen any time soon. Spin-offs, on the other hand, will likely proliferate. I've heard little to nothing about the upcoming Han Solo movie or any other future Star Wars movies, but I'm eager to see what they'll be like.

Comment Half truths (Score 2) 88

Total construction costs were $10,134 (USD)

"Total construction costs" does not mean "it cost this much to build a complete house," in this case. You could not realistically wire that house for the stated $242 and have it be legal here, and surely the other finishing work would cost more than the supposed $1178 if you weren't in Russia. So maybe it is $10k when built in Russia, with Russian labor and to Russian standards, but I bet you'd be looking at double that to build it to code in the US, with questionable profitability for the builder. I didn't see any mention of whether it was heated or connected to a sewer system or not, and what sort of foundation it is on - looks like it's just on a concrete slab.

This is an impressive tech demonstration, but we're a long way from complete $10k western homes. Plus, the square footage is about a third of the current US minimum for new single-family homes. So for this to be competitive with what an American would consider a house, you'd be looking at more like $30k if you did some work yourself and bribed the local inspectors, and that's without land. This may have a future, but you aren't going to be buying one of these any time soon, so keep saving your old bottles and tires and build an Earthship instead!

Comment Re:Now THAT... (Score 1) 162

...is global warming.

A young hippie waitress just told me the other day that global warming is just the Earth's way of healing, since killing us off is what it wants and how it will recover. If I had told her the mantle just got a hundred degrees hotter she probably would have thought I was agreeing with her.

Comment Re:"Old School" (Score 1) 54

I also want notification LEDs to come back (and not be hidden and disabled). I loved the little ball on the Nexus One, too.

I won't buy a phone without a notification LED, but fortunately there are still plenty available, as far as I know. Samsung, LG and ZTE include them on flagships at least, off the top of my head.

Comment Choice is good (Score 1) 54

Of course, this wouldn't be Android without fragmentation, so Moto's method is slightly different (swipe left to go back, right for multitasking, and a tap to go home), but having tried both of them, I can say that they're improvements on the status quo and I'm glad the change is happening. For Android purists, this may all seem like an unnecessary distraction.

This isn't fragmentation in the sense that it doesn't introduce something negative. Diversity and innovation make Android great. I've never owned a Huawei or Moto device and probably won't any time soon since my ZTE Axon 7 is still very new, but neither of these new ideas would scare me away form either company's phones.

I like having three dedicated capacitive "buttons," but one space to activate three functions isn't a bad idea. The fact that each of these companies is doing something unique isn't a dectractor, it gives user even more choice. If these don't work or don't sell, we'll only seem them on the current generation, so no harm done.

Comment Re:Really (Score 1) 104

Back to the days of monopolies and kings queens and peasants. ISPs are utilities and should be regulated as such

I agree 100%, both with your vision of the future and that we need our government to be on our side. But I feel I should point out that this particular case isn't really about ISPs directly, since Time Warner Cable was already bought by Charter and is now being marketed as Spectrum, while AT&T (also an ISP, of course) is buying Time Warner's other business, which include TV networks and a lot of content. I know a lot of folks understand this, but many surely aren't as up to speed.

Comment Re:Thank your local trumper... (Score 1) 104

the tumpanzees will NEVER admit they made a mistake.

as long as they are STIGGINIT to the 'liburals' they are happy.

they could lose their health insurance, be jobless and still think that they 'won'.

That right there is exactly why this is so hard to stomach -- even when the current administration fails miserably, lies to us, lies about lying to us, claims everyone else is lying, and all of us non-rich folks suffer, the self-proclaimed conservative right will never admit their mistakes and will simply make excuses, and blame The Democrat Party. Hell, Rush Limbaugh still blames Bill Clinton for everything that goes wrong these days. I'm one o' them "liburals"(I say progressive), but I'd much rather have us all be healthy, wealthy, and wise than to be able to say "told ya so." Too bad we're only going to be able to go with the latter in a few years.

Maybe I've been spoiled by eight years of having a thoughtful, intelligent leader. THANKS OBAMA...

Comment Working backwards (Score 1) 104

Does anyone get the feeling that Pai & Co. are looking for justifications for not even reviewing deals like this, rather than actually looking for reasons to do their jobs? Maybe it's just me, but I see the FCC and EPA both turning a corner, and making it their mission to protect business interests from regulation rather than to protect citizens from unscrupulous businesses and practices. I hate being the doom and gloom dude, but a lot of things aren't looking so good for us little guys in the near future.

Comment Suicide (Score 1) 317

And this is why their budget will be cut again - focusing on expensive, relatively pointless shit that has been done before. SLS is dead, and why shouldn't it be? Incremental advances and dead-end projects are of no interest to bean counters. Of course I'd love to see a small percentage of our defense budget reallocated to double or triple NASA's annual budget, but that isn't going to happen, so trips to drive past the moon without even stopping are not going to happen.

This would be merely an unnecessary step toward using the moon or another orbital base as a launch point for a manned Mars mission, and one which would not generate enough excitement to spur budget increases or wider demand for such projects. I'm all for it, in theory, but the minimal benefit doesn't justify the cost, and heaven forbid it should fail or go way over budget.

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