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Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 1) 1201

Explain to me again why this is more reassuring than someone who is an old hand at foreign policy and a known commodity?

Because while he is thin-skinned, he doesn't have Hillary Clinton's decades of history of corruptly exploiting public office to enrich her and her family while baldly lying to your face about it. She's made herself rich - not by building hotels or other constructive things, but by selling political access to people like overseas dictators who don't mind things like throwing gay guys off of rooftops to please Allah.

So we don't like his manners, but we do like her serial lying, corruption, and incompetence ... because she's been doing it for a long time and we're used to it? No thanks.

Comment Re:Wait who's computer is it again? (Score 2, Insightful) 128

Just yet another reason to uninstall Windows 10.

While I agree, I get just as pissed at Google that I have to close a advertisement for Chrome any time I use gmail or youtube for the first time from a new browser. It would be one thing to use the normal ad space to hawk their own stuff, but no, they have to be more intrusive.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 2) 1201

America's strength is the diversity of cultures. Having the culture of any one area dominate the country is bad. The electoral college does a good job of balancing this - to the extent that state boundaries reflect cultural boundaries, which is reasonably close.

As far as comparing states - compare Cali and Washington. Similar culture, totally different tax scheme and implementation. Sure, Cali is bigger, but taxes and services are per-capita to begin with, so that doesn't seem to matter. You can have the government services you crave without Cali's amazing taxes and overbearing government intrusion into life (local as much as state).

Comment Re: I thought state and religion were separate in (Score 1) 1201

The problem with you is not your philosophy, it is your attitude.

Let's rephrase the argument:

I despise modern art. I find it to be utter, utter crap. Blobs of color that a 3 year old could paint if they had no taste. However, there are people willing to waste literally millions of dollars on it. There are two approaches I can take to this.

One, I can not go to Modern Art galleries, not purchase modern art, and generally avoid it. This is called "consumer choice" and is the mature approach to the situation.

Or, two, I can go to galleries, berate people to their faces and call them morons, throw feces and urine on their most respected pieces of "art", and petition the government to remove all modern art from all government places, and sue if they won't comply. This is called, "Douche-baggery" and is the choice you and many other atheists and atheist groups have made.

If anyone gets in your face, it's because of your attitude.

Yes, there are a lot of deluded people in the world, but pointing out their delusion does not endear you to them. Don't believe me? Try pointing out to a group of programmers which editor is better, vi or emacs, spaces or tabs, or C++ vs. Java.

And, by the way, the biggest delusion anyone has is that they know the absolute truth and are totally right in any situation, on any social topic.

Comment Re:Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Score 1) 304

Harvard has a $37.6 billion endowment. Even with the abysmal 1.38% return in the S&P 500 in 2015, that would translate into $518.9 million in profit. Across 22,000 students, that's $23,585 per student.

So yeah, Harvard is in the unique position to be able to offer something like this. In a better year like 2016 (11.74% return), their endowment would've raked in over $200,000 per student.

Comment Re:I Explain This to Millennials Constantly (Score 1) 62

I used to run my own personal email server, so when the small business I worked for wanted its own domain and email in 2004, I offered my services to set it up for them. The setup part is easy. The PITA is that every time there's a problem, you have to fix it. Server down? Figure out what went wrong and get it running again. Mail being bounced? Contact the spam list to get you removed. Someone not able to access their emails? Walk them through to troubleshoot the problem.

I lasted less than a year before throwing in the towel. I was spending more time babysitting the email server and acting as email technical support than I was doing my actual job. I signed up the company for Google Apps for Business (basically email hosting for your domain using gmail - it was free back then). Google's staff takes care of all these problems now. I did suggest a pay email service as an alternative, but the company wanted free even if it meant they might be giving up privacy.

Comment Missed opportunity (Score 1) 356

1080p 3D TV needs at least a 120 Hz screen refresh rate. 60 frames each second are used to show the left image, 60 frames each second to show the right image, 120 frames per second total. (If the set is designed to eliminate judder when displaying 24 fps movies, it needs a 240 Hz refresh rate to do it in 3D movies shot at 24 fps (48 fps for both views).

The problem is, every 120 Hz or 240 Hz TV I've seen has made this refresh rate internal-only. They only accept a 60 Hz input signal (which is 120 Hz for 3D-only). Probably because HDMI only supports a maximum of 60 Hz (120 Hz for 3D-only). A few times a week, I run across a gamer asking if they can hook up their 120 Hz TV to their PC and play games at 120 fps. And I have to tell them it's not possible - the TV isn't designed to accept a 120 Hz non-3D input signal.

If they had designed the 3D TVs to accept 120 Hz non-3D input, you'd have gamers tripping over themselves to buy 3D TVs to use as 120 Hz monitors, with the 3D stuff being a "free" added capability. A few of them would then probably experiment with playing their games in 3D (where the depth perception can actually be advantageous), and that might have been enough to make 3D displays catch on.

Comment Re:Summary makes no sense (Score 1) 280

He made a standard court filing to identify the owners of the few parcels of land that are completely surrounded by his property so that they can choose whether they want to pay any back taxes and continue to own the land, sell to him (or someone else they choose) or officially abandon the land to the State. Apparently some of these half acre plots can have hundred of owners, most of whom have no idea they even own the property, so no one bothers to do anything with them.

From the article it appears only one even had a resident, who left a few years back, and he's actually supporting Zuckerberg's filing so that all the owners can be properly identified and paid.

Comment Re:May not be as bad as the clickbaity headline sa (Score 1) 280

He followed standard Hawaiian procedure for identifying land owners of essentially abandoned properties. The suit requires the owners to be identified and served before any actions are taken and if they choose to they can simply ensure all property taxes are up to date (or make arrangements) and then continue using/not using the land as they desire.

Zuckerberg isn't forcing anyone off their land; most of the owners don't even know it exists but after this they will and can possibly make a few dollar off of it.

Comment Re:May not be as bad as the clickbaity headline sa (Score 1) 280

From the article, this is exactly why this process is used,. By filing they have to notify the owners (most of whom have no idea they own anything) and then they get a chance to settle up (if in arrears) and sell before the government just seizes the land and auctions it off.

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