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Journal Journal: Some post election clarifications 1

1. No, Liberals were not "in a bubble". Our reaction isn't because we were surprised by the Trump victory, we knew there was a chance of one, pretty much every liberal I knew in a swing state voted for Clinton because we knew how close it was. Our reaction post election is horror, not surprise. Insofar as we expected a Clinton win, it was because the opinion polls seemed to suggest that. Those of us who trusted Nate Silver knew there was a one third chance of Trump winning.

Comment Re: You Can't Do The Time (Score 2) 128

It would depend on how well the prison is ran.
Often the jails are just filled with drug offenders. Not the harden criminals. For a nerd it would be like being at high school again.

However many IT Guys are just as big and tough as any other person who goes into prison. This is 2016 not the 1980's Revenge of the Nerds movies.

Comment Re:$50 - an hour? (Score 2) 119

Well it was done on the guys personal time. It may had made sense to not to try to get too greedy. If he needed to hire an outside contractor to do the work, over $100.00 is not unreasonable. However most companies who have to do the random residential fix, usually tries to cut them some slack and do the work at cost, as to not garner bad reviews.

Comment Too bad we can't own software anymore. (Score -1, Offtopic) 119

Now this is actually a tricky concept. The GNU People think software should be owned by anyone with. While most companies who make their money writing software wants controls on what is happening so they can support and make money off it.
Then you get to the problem where these systems are all hooked up to a network and are communicating with other systems. Where we need to be sure that we get constant updates to these systems otherwise we will be part of a problem of creating more insecure networks and makes it easier for malware and hacks to become really common.

You could use the same argument that is used for Vaccines, that you should be forced to update as to help keep the overall network secure and operational. However unlike vaccines, there are good reasons to not upgrading. Mostly due to backwards compatibility issues that occur, and for the case of going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 switching to an interface that is dramatically different and not necessarily optimized for your work.

If we were to own our software again... We will need to be responsible for any problems that we may cause to the outside public. And most people are just not savvy enough to do this.

Comment Re:Onwards to victory. (Score 1) 353

I went to the supermarket today. According to the National Enquirer, Hillary Clinton has already been indicted for a whole bunch of illegal things she did. It was on the front page.

I'm still a little leery of jumping on the "OMG FAKE NEWS!!" bandwagon given there seems to be absolutely nothing new about the phenomenon. I'm inclined to blame a combination of an awful Democratic candidate (well, she was. And no, I don't think Bernie would have won either. Democrats had a dreadful choice at the primaries this year) and the seductive nature of Fascism, which has proven itself over and over again to be a message people respond to as long as they don't recognize it for what it is.

The supermarket tabloids have been peddling this crap for decades. TV news, especially local news, also has its own version of "reality", frequently mixing syndicated spots of dubious accuracy with genuine news. (And this is ignoring justified, if over stated, criticism of mainstream serious print media, which is a different category of misleading content.)

Comment Re:Hi , this is some random website called (Score 1) 583

The Intercept is a legitimate site co-founded by Glenn Greenwald. It has essentially the same reputation as Greenwald, it's truthful and focuses on certain issues to the point of obsession, but for fairly good reasons.

As far as not answering the question, the correct response to "Will you ever sell your services to make a registry for Muslims?" is the same one as "Would you build baby mulching machines in Toddler sizes?" or even just "If Trump asked you to make your workers wear militaristic uniforms with jackboots, would you do that?" - the answer is always going to be "Fuck no", not "At this time we'd prefer not to answer" or no answer at all. That's regardless of whether the questioner is from the New York Times or Breitbart.

Comment Re:Steve Jobs rather than Tim Cook? (Score 1) 118

To be fair since the release of the original iPhone. What really new technology had came out that really made us excited? The closest I can think of is the 4k tv. And the ultra high resolution displays where Apple introduced on the iPhone 4. Where for the most part is kinda of a yawn.

the MacBook today looks nearly the same as a Powerbook 15 years ago. Sure it may be thinner and lighter and some cosmetics. But there hasn't been a big change in design for a long time.

Much of the advancements in technology had been on the dull side. Better batteries, smaller components, faster networks. Removing the last bits of mechanical parts from computers.

Comment Re:Survey brought to you by (Score 4, Insightful) 118

Well out of the other leaders in the world he seems to be the only one betting a business model on overall cultural progress.

Zuckerberg - A platform where you can gossip and spy on your old high school crushes.
Bezos - A platform that can ship stuff you want to your door.

Musk - Focusing on clean energy, cleaner transportation, and space travel (that isn't so clean), but finding ways to make peoples lives better and push society to the future without it trying to wait for the other companies to change what they are doing only when they find out it is too late.

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