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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 20, 2016, 13:39 Scottish Martial Arts
NetHead wrote on Nov 20, 2016, 10:57:
I never understood what people or companies expected from "wearables".

One device (interface/display size allowing) can do everything. So what exactly do they expect the second, third etc devices to be doing.

The short answer is additional sensors.

Consider the GPS on your phone: it's an input source which your desktop PC does not have, and consequently there's a whole host of things which your phone can do which your PC cannot. We're used to thinking of human computer interaction in terms of input devices such as keyboards and mice, but with sensors you get automated input that doesn't directly depend on you doing anything. Wearables at least have the potential to support computer interaction that otherwise isn't possible right now. However, in order to realize those possibilities you need to think less in terms of a screen you explicitly interact with and more in terms of having a computer seamlessly support your daily activities with minimal direct interaction on your part. So far the only genuinely useful application to emerge is fitness and activity tracking but that doesn't mean this is a dead end. It just means there's no killer app yet. Clothing with temperature regulation or augmented reality contact lenses are all possibilities over the course of our lifetimes.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 18, 2016, 21:20 Scottish Martial Arts
I encountered a house centipede in the bathtub for the first time about a month ago. Scared the crap out of me since they're uncommon in this part of California and the most exotic bug I'm used to seeing is a spider. From what I can gather, this variety is completely harmless to humans, but he got sprayed down the drain before I was willing to test that out.  
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55. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 14, 2016, 20:03 Scottish Martial Arts
BA in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek), and BS in Computer Science.  
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41. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 14, 2016, 09:37 Scottish Martial Arts
Retired wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 07:35:
If you only knew how wrong you are.....

I haven't said one hateful thing, yet because of my political affiliation, it is assumed I hate several groups.....tell me, oh party of "tolerance" that is ripping this nation apart with hate - please educate me on my evil ways.

Look Bats, neither Beamer nor I have accused you of being a bigot. We have accused Trump of being a bigot. Given the easily accessed record of Trump's own words during the campaign the only defense for Trump against that charge is "well, maybe he didn't mean it?" To the extent that we have accused you personally of anything, it's that we think you're too credulous in assuming that Trump doesn't mean what he says or won't follow through on it. Further, we have suggested that perhaps your credulity stems in some small part from the fact that as a middle-aged straight white dude who used to be a cop, you're not on the list of people to be harmed should it turn out that Trump did in fact mean what he repeatedly said. We're not saying you're a bigot, we're saying that perhaps your identity insulates you from how real the fear of Trump genuinely is among those who would be most hurt should he execute his campaign promises.

Now perhaps you're right, perhaps Trump didn't mean anything he said and people are upset unnecessarily. I certainly hope that's the case. But the fact is that no one knows, and Trump isn't taking action to assuage that uncertainty. That's why people are upset and in the streets: it's not hate, it's genuine fear at a very scary unknown.

Finally, if you do not believe that the fear of minority groups is genuine or justified, I would again recommend reading Thucydides. Not because it explains minority fears, but because it shows how fully capable democracies are of tearing themselves apart once basic norms are disregarded and the wrong leaders are in power. I think you are wrong to trust that "the system will prevent it" when we have elected a candidate who campaigned on the promise to blow up that system. In the end, a political system depends upon people abiding by its norms and being committed to its ideals and its defense. Take that away, just like Trump took away the norms of campaigning, and history has shown that very, very bad things tend to result.

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35. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 13, 2016, 21:42 Scottish Martial Arts
Retired wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 20:38:
At the end of the day the hateful rhetoric must stop. All that crap you guys think Trump will do wont happen. Our system doesnt allow it.

I wish I had your (probably unjustified) faith. A political system is only as good as the actors who inhabit it, and we just elected a very bad actor: a man with no self-control, no policy knowledge or aptitude for learning it, a pattern of scapegoating minorities and of avoiding responsibility, approving comments for authoritarian governments and leaders, etc. A brief survey of the history of democratic governments shows that we are not the first to have picked such a leader, and likewise that the consequences of doing so are rarely good. The founders knew their Greek and Roman history, and they designed the Constitution precisely to avoid an American Alcibiades taking power. We now have our Alcibiades, and if his comments today about immediately deporting 2-3 million people are to be believed, our Sicilian Expedition could be arriving shortly.

More Americans should read Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War in general, but it is particularly apropos after this campaign and this election. Don't see what the fuss about Trump is? Read the history that the Founders knew well and then you might.

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31. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 13, 2016, 11:34 Scottish Martial Arts
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 10:28:
The protestors are about sending two messages:

1) To their friends, family, and loved ones that Trump's rhetoric impacted, that they are still Americans and still have a place in this country. Trump and Pence discussed overturning Roe v Wade, overturning gay marriage, deporting immigrants, creating government lists based upon religion, etc. All the protestors have friends terrified due to these things. Terrified about the rhetoric, terrible that most voters probably overlooked it and didn't get why it was terrifying, and terrified that some were enamored with it. This is a message to those people that they're still Americans, and not all of America feels that way.

2) A message to Trump, that if he tries to do anything to take away civil rights that people spent decades fighting for, it won't go easily.

Well put. Trump's campaign rhetoric frequently wandered into explicitly authoritarian territory ("I alone can fix it"), and his overall campaign theme was one of us vs. them, where "us" frequently seemed to exclude blacks, browns, Muslims, Jews, and gays. That, combined with the fact that many voters found that rhetoric and those themes tolerable, has many ohter people wondering if they still belong in this country, and who will stand up for them if it turns out they don't. That seems like as good a reason as any to be out in the streets.

Edit: Apparently Trump's campaign manager doesn't think it's his responsibility to calm these anxieties. This is going to get worse before it gets better.

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29. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 13, 2016, 10:17 Scottish Martial Arts
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 09:05:
I'm guessing a Trump administration will at best, have a minor decrease (say less than 15%) in deficit spending and debt will almost undoubtedly continue to rise.

His tax plan is conservatively projected to grow the debt by 4-6 trillion over ten years, with less conservative estimates suggesting more on the order of 10 trillion. Toss in the promised infrastructure and defense spending increases, and it's clear that this will be a government that does not care about deficit spending or debts. Which honestly I'm somewhat okay with, at least with regard to, for example, borrowing to spend on infrastructure, but the hypocrisy of a GOP that goes along with it will truly be something to see.
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28. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 13, 2016, 10:12 Scottish Martial Arts
Retired wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 07:50:
I am utterly confused as to those that are wearing the safety pins and worried about their future.

Congratulations on your white penis.

In fairness, you have a point: our system is designed to constrain any one individual's ability to fuck things up. However, most of those systemic constraints depend upon A) the other branches of government providing checks and balances and B) the individual in question actually understanding and respecting those constraints.

With regard to the former, the GOP will control both houses of Congress and soon the Supreme Court. They showed no ability to effectively stand up to Trump during the campaign when, among other things, he proposed a national Muslim registry and withdrawing from NATO; why should we hope they will do so now that Trump has much more power, and much more influence with the voters who determine whether GOP office holders stay in office?

With regard to the latter, legal and democratic institutions depend upon mutual buy-in to be binding. There is no divine mandate that gives the Constitution its authority: it's the fact that we've all agreed to treat it as the supreme law of the land and, in all but the most extreme circumstances, to abide by the law and seek redress through legal, political means. Trump, in contrast, has shown no evidence of actually having read the Constitution, of understanding the principles of limited government laid out in it, or of grasping the values which animate it. This is the guy who was rooting for the Chinese Government at Tienanmen Square after all. Do I trust him to control himself with regard to the Constitutional limits of his office? Nothing in the campaign suggested he can control himself period. Do I trust the GOP to hold him to account if and when he oversteps his bounds? See the former paragraph.

You're right that we all shouldn't overreact. The outcome of this election wasn't democratic (he'll end up with substantially fewer votes), but it was fair and Constitutional, and won under the rules we all agreed to play by. But if Trump does use the powers of his office to harm personal enemies, or if he does create an explicit religious test for entry into the country, or his words and actions do create a climate where anyone who isn't white, straight, and Christian is under a cloud of suspicion and "other"-ness, then the protests occurring now should rightfully get a lot bigger.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 11, 2016, 16:03 Scottish Martial Arts
unfortunately wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 15:38:
here we see some of the usual self-proclaimed continue to ply their failed pol narratives. keep that evidence of your disconnect flowing. your miserable self-aggrandizing projections make the grass grow.

You know, if you want to counter the coastal liberal elite impression that Trump supporters are morons worthy of disdain, it helps to capitalize your sentences. Sorry to break the news, but Trump isn't going to make your shitty life great again, and if you were hoping to send a message to the part of the country that rightfully looks down on you, you've only cemented their contempt in perpetuity. The present and future have left you behind for good, and your beloved leader's transition team decisions are making it clearer by the hour that you fell for his con. Enjoy Trump: he's exactly the leader you deserve.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 11, 2016, 12:07 Scottish Martial Arts
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 11:38:
From that, the recalling of CA National Guard enlistment bonuses and VA funding cuts, it's a national disgrace. I recommend that kids these days stay far away from military service.

That and being in an indefinite state of war for 15+ years while the rest of the country has moved on and stopped paying attention. Saying "Thank you for your service" at a sporting event has taken the place of any serious engagement with questions of war, peace, and how we run the military. Likewise, in the post 9/11 era we've lost all ability to be critical of the military and military policy, presumably out of shame for not serving and not paying attention. The military is a great institution in many ways, but it is still composed of (mostly) well-intentioned yet flawed human beings, who neither deserve nor want to be treated like super heroes. If we don't acknowledge that the military is capable of making mistakes or underperforming, we preclude the possibility of improvement, and we say that it's okay for a 19 year old to die for the sake of an ineffective Afghanistan strategy. And that's a disservice that no amount of reflexive "thank you's" can fix.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 11, 2016, 11:56 Scottish Martial Arts
Necrophob wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 09:34:
Wishful thinking. They're gonna get some mileage out of the "Thanks Obama..." meme for a long time. Mark my words, they'll say something like "it will take a long time to get us out of the mess that Obama created". Oh, and as for 2018, there are 6 democratic seats up for red states.

I'd characterize it as optimistic thinking rather than wishful. Certainly, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better, but I have doubts about getting mileage out of blaming Obama. Consider that A) in comparison to 2009, things aren't bad at all, B) the GOP Congressional agenda is so extreme (look up Ryan's "Better Way") and so contrary to what Trump voters thought they were voting for, and C) Trump is so out of his depth that he will crack, badly, at his first crisis in office. As for the Senate seats located in red states, the cohort of Senate seats that are up in 2018 are the exact same seats that were up in 2006, when Democrats took decisive majorities in both chambers, and in 2012 when they gained Senate seats over all. That's not to say the Dems have an easy task ahead, just that there is recent precedent for them pulling it off.

Politics is cyclical, and just as the country started moving away from the GOP in 2005 -- following the Bush administration push to privatize Social Security (an item on the Ryan agenda!) and the Katrina debacle -- eventually culminating in the election of Obama, so has the country gradually been shifting away from the Dems since the Obamacare debate, culminating now in the election of Trump. The GOP is at it's zenith right now, and there's no where for them to go but down. The question is what they're able to smash to pieces with bad policy and governance along the way.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 10, 2016, 20:38 Scottish Martial Arts
The thing I'm taking solace in at this point is that since the GOP will control all three branches of government, they will be 100% responsible for their actions. That means that if and when they take regulatory and legislative action that actively fucks citizens and consumers, there will be no one to blame but the GOP. Governing parties always lose seats in midterms, and if the GOP follows through on their stated agenda, they will quickly find themselves in the minority. The only question is how much of the damage they inflict will be reversible, such as common carrier classification, versus irreversible, such as abandoning NATO.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 10, 2016, 15:47 Scottish Martial Arts
NegaDeath wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 15:35:
If we're going for authenticity then the games should start randomly becoming garbled at some point until you restart it enough times. Just don't blow on it.

Lies. Everyone knows the best way to get it to work is to stick the cartridge under your t-shirt and then to blow on it.
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15. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 10, 2016, 15:03 Scottish Martial Arts
Do we know it's a one-off though? I mean, why wouldn't they make, for example, an NES Classic Action Edition, SNES Classic Edition, SNES Classic RPG Edition, etc.? Granted there's redundancy in having multiple physical devices, but when those devices are only $60 and literally fit in the palm of your hand, the idea of having several of the things, while not my first choice, isn't unappealing either. I guess I'm enthused enough about getting one of these things, that I'm willing to overlook the shortcomings, and am looking forward to more.  
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105. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 9, 2016, 21:54 Scottish Martial Arts
DangerDog wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 21:52:

That's the spirit, who needs healthcare just die already.

Nah, those of us who aren't yet fading into the past will have a lot of work to do cleaning up after your twilit temper-tantrum first.
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103. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 9, 2016, 21:49 Scottish Martial Arts
DangerDog wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 21:20:
Move to Colorado, they just voted in assisted suicide.

Fortunately, as a Trump supporter, you don't need the government's permission: alcohol poisoning and opioid overdoses will see things through for you on their own. Rising death rates due to suicide and drug overdose among middle-aged whites can't increase fast enough.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 9, 2016, 21:37 Scottish Martial Arts
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 20:53:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 19:40:
Russian Hackers Will Try to Impact More Elections After Trump's Win.

Haha, yeah, since its the bad Russians who are to blame, instead of the people exposed in those hacks.
If we, as so called democratic and free countries, need god damn Russians (!!!) to get the truth to the public, the problem is our system.

Killing the messenger has become trend again lately. Also shows where were really headed.

I would response but it would be a waste of my time. Suffice to say I think you are absurd. On multiple levels. Feel free to call me a sheeple, or whatever the preferred tagline is for people who aren't moronic enough to take RT at face value.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 9, 2016, 21:03 Scottish Martial Arts
Creston wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 14:58:
Net neutrality is done. The second Trump replaces Wheeler, it's over.

Look forward to getting 50GB caps for your $100 monthly internet fees, broadband being classified as 128kbps, and every single byte of traffic not owned by your ISP being charged with a dollar overage fee. Yay.

Oh, and here comes Wells Fargo for your money again, because after all, those banking regulations we got after 2008 clearly need to go. They are hurting America after all...

This. The policy implications of this election are pretty grotesque, and I doubt even a fraction of voters had them on their mind when casting the ballot: the campaign was purely about the character of the candidates, with barely a whiff of the profound policy differences between them.

My parents voted Trump apparently -- the only Trump voters I know -- and in talking with them this morning, it quickly became apparent that it hadn't occurred to either of them that Trump being elected -> ObamaCare being repealed -> them being uninsurable due to preexisting conditions and being on the individual insurance market. At best they're looking at returning to their pre-ObamaCare ~$2400/mo premiums, which they can't afford. Toss in Paul Ryan's plan to voucherize Medicare, and they can't even count on Medicare when they hit (the now soon-to-be-raised) eligibility age. They fucked themselves without realizing it.

I'm concerned that will end up being the story of the country writ large, and sadly all we can do is hope that Trump and the GOP don't govern as awfully as they have promised.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 9, 2016, 20:50 Scottish Martial Arts
It's concerning when you're global allies greet an election result with shock and horror, while your global adversaries greet it with delight and congratulations to the victor.  
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23. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 8, 2016, 14:13 Scottish Martial Arts
This was my first time voting in-person since... the 2004 election? Can't remember. I had been doing the absentee ballot thing the last several elections, but after moving two years ago, had never gotten around to requesting permanent absentee status with my new voter registration. My polling place had a short-line that was moving fairly quickly; in and out in about 10 minutes.  
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