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Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 63

I followed it for a year or so, but it got old. Don't know what it's like in recent decades. Schlock is an alien with a number of useful talents, but beauty isn't one of them. There is (or was) also a handsome captain, a (slightly) mad scientist, a "beautiful" nurse, etc. And they get in a lot of fights. (I may have misremembered some of that.)

So it's pretty much a standard formula, but not too bad. https://www.schlockmercenary.c... thanks to Google.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 462

Point. I thought that was probably true, but couldn't find a reference, so I went with the more inclusive term. (You can't get a 2/3 vote without also getting a majority vote.)

As I said, the chances are extremely remote, and it could only happen if a large number of Republican legislators get extremely upset.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 462

Well...no. I learned to distrust the media by observing an event that I later saw covered on the media. This has happened three times (not a large sample) and in each case the media grossly distorted the event. A bad fire got turned into a city destroying nightmare, e.g. You'd be surprised at what can be done by careful selection of camera angles and framing.

Comment Re:Bug Bounty (Score 1) 57

It seems they succeeded in their goal and were hoist by their own petard. Of course, had they recovered the funds then ZeroCoin would have failed at its purpose. I wonder who took the loss.

My intuition was that it would have the same effect as any other currency counterfeiting operation has on the "genuine" currency: i.e. all holders of ZeroCoins took the loss, in the form of a certain amount of extra inflation caused by the increase in "supply", which reduced the values of their ZeroCoin holdings. Possibly also they might take a further loss if people start to lose faith in ZeroCoins and start selling them (or stop buying them), causing their value to decrease some more.

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 2) 397

Your argument is that he is qualified to be in the White House because he inherited a bunch of money. Essentially, he is in the White House because of an accident of birth: you are arguing for something like a hereditary monarchy if his money qualifies him to be there.

His wealth and possessions are not impressive because he inherited the bulk of his wealth and would be wealthier had he not managed it himself.

Why do you think he refused to disclose his tax returns? We know he didn't pay taxes for a decade, so what worse information is there in his returns? Since image is everything to him, I suspect that his tax returns would show that his wealth is far smaller than he claims.

He's someplace I wish I could be, with resources I wish I had. To me, that's pretty damn successful.

I suspect that many, many people could be in the same position as him, had they got the same start in life as Trump had.

Comment Re:Attack Software (Score 1) 397

Well if you want to be a pendant, it works better if you are correct.

So the 5V on my arduino is a measure of its ESD tolerance? Bullshit!

In datasheets, they specify ESD tolerance as a voltage: A standardized capacitor (with a specified capacity, ESR and possibly ESL) is charged to the indicated voltage and the device is supposed to tolerate the discharge.

But voltage in itself has nothing to do with ESD.

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 2, Insightful) 397

What, exactly, are the factual mistakes in my post?

Do you dispute that he inherited a large fortune? Do you dispute, perhaps that his father bailed him out? Do you dispute that he claimed revenue rather than profits for his Scottish golf course?

Because all of these things are documented facts. Not "alternative facts", or fake news, but real, actual facts. But then, I should not be surprised that an enthusiastic Trump supporter would have difficulty recognizing facts.

You are simply uninformed. Perhaps you are wilfully blind to facts? Or perhaps, just stupid?

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 5, Interesting) 397

He has some skills, but the idea that he amassed billions is laughable. He inherited a large amount of money and his investments have not performed as well as the overall market.

And that's based on the best estimate of his wealth. It's quite possible that his wealth is significantly less than he claims. As a concrete example of this, in the disclosures he made as a presidential candidate, he listed some $20M in income from his golf course in Scotland: problem is, it's losing money. The $20M is revenue, not profit.

So, let me throw that back at you and suggest that you are not as smart as you think you are.

Comment Re: Ways around this (Score 1) 397

Seems like one way to deal with the problem would be to wipe your phone before crossing the border, so all Customs ever sees is a (more or less) vanilla OS install. You could then restore your data again once you're on the other side.

Currently doing that is a hit of a hassle, but I think an app could be written to automate the process nicely.

Comment Re:Rights are inherent, endowed by our Creator (Score 1) 397

That's not the constitution, but the exception for the border isn't the constitution either. I could see an argument in favor of it if they left it up to the states, but when they make it federal they blow it. And the constitution certainly never said that anything within 200 miles of the border, or other access point (international airport, e.g.) was a part of the border, but that's what the feds have been claiming for decades. Without any right to do so, but with the power to make it pretty much stick.

Comment Re:Why should it need real-time internet anyway? (Score 1) 108

The hardware is probably expensive...the databases, not so much so. To correct that, building ONE database is quite expensive. Copying it to lots of dolls makes the incremental cost cheap.

The question that might make this wrong is "Does the doll understand human speech, or the speech of one particular person?". If each doll needs a separate specialized database, then it would, indeed, be expensive, but then one wonders "Who's paying for all these customized databases?".

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