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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 27, 2016, 18:49 NKD
 
It's a sad statement on American culture that one of the most praised traits a person can have is "hard worker." Slaving away for shitty pay in order to make someone else rich is apparently the peak of human accomplishment.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2016, 15:15 NKD
 
You can evade CIA assassins... but time? Not so much...  
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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
29. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 26, 2016, 14:41 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Nov 26, 2016, 11:42:
This isn't meant to be snarky, so don't take it that way. The voted ID law would require you to provide a government-supplied (or sanctioned) ID before you could vote, right? So how could that disenfranchise so many legitimate voters?

People of color are less likely to have an ID that fits the bill. That doesn't mean they aren't US citizens entitled to a vote.

Why is that the case? They tend to be poorer and live in cities. A drivers license isn't a necessity in a city that has either a robust public transportation system, or lots of stuff within walking distance of your home. In addition, studies have found that both Hispanic and Black voters were far more likely to have a suspended or revoked license. Half of those cases were due in inability to pay fines or penalties.

There are other valid forms of ID, but many of these prove troublesome for black and hispanic voters as well. Some states accept your concealed carry permit, but black and hispanic voters are less likely to have these. Less likely to have access to their birth certificates and other supporting documents. Simply having enough money to pay the free to receive the identification is a problem for poor voters. Young college students are somewhat impacted as well, as many rely on student IDs, which are accepted as valid ID by just about everyone, including the cops, but not for most of these voter laws. Why is it that way? Surprise surprise, young college students tend to be liberals/Democrats.

Some good info here, courtesy of NYU School of Law

More information about a study in Wisconsin that shows more racial disparity.

I understand the kneejerk response to say "Well having an ID isn't a big deal, so if you don't have one you must not be a US citizen." But the truth is that there are a lot of small things that add up to big disparity in who voter ID laws impact.

Yes, the vast majority of white suburbanites have valid and current drivers licenses, but that isn't true for everyone, for various reasons.

For me, the most offensive thing about voter ID laws is that at its most basic, it creates a situation where a US citizen may be disallowed from voting until they pay money to a government agency. I'm very not okay with that. There should never be a situation where a person finds themselves having to choose between being able to vote, and being able to put food on the table that week because of some $50 charge for ID, or worse, some huge penalty or fine they accrued somewhere along the way that they'll NEVER be able to pay.

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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
21. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 26, 2016, 07:31 NKD
 
In person voter fraud does not exist in any significant way. No reputable studies exist showing that it happens or sways elections. The laws meant to fight this non-existent threat are largely accepted to be Republican ploys to disenfranchise minorities.

Voter ID laws, reducing the number of polling locations, reducing their hours, disallowing vote by mail, overbroad voter registration purges that erase valid voter registrationss, these things have all been shown to benefit Republicans, and are largely only supported by Republicans.

And the Democrats are at a distinct disadvantage because pushing people to vote is a lot harder than preventing them from voting.

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News Comments > Thanksgiving Metaverse
24. Re: Thanksgiving Metaverse Nov 25, 2016, 23:48 NKD
 
Wait people really believe that Pizzagate shit? I thought it was just some dank meme that they took too far. There's literally zero credibility or proof behind it. Just a lot of wacky theories I assumed people didn't genuinely believe.  
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Safety Dance
4. Re: Thanksgiving Safety Dance Nov 25, 2016, 10:32 NKD
 
I have no problem with recounts. Better safe than sorry. Personally I think Trump won the election fair and square. There's just a lot of angry white people in this country who are afraid of the world changing around them and they are looking to act out in any way they can, even if it means electing a rancid cheetoh who will work against their interests.  
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Metaverse
10. Re: Thanksgiving Metaverse Nov 24, 2016, 20:55 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2016, 15:48:
Why am I not surprised that Trump voters got taken in by fake stories.

Yeah, not really a surprise.

The Trumpets like to get mad that "them snobby liberal elites are lookin down their noses at us!"

But, despite Trump's status as existing outside the Republican mainstream, most of his supporters are still right wing conservatives.

Conservatives, at least American conservatives, have an entirely reactionary platform. The core of American conservatism is the desire to return to an idealized imaginary America that never actually existed. At the core, their ideas are at odds with reality. Hence the saying "reality has a well known liberal bias."

Conservatism isn't inherently flawed though. Sometimes progress can leave people behind, or result in societal imbalances, and these things must be considered. We can't just have a free-for-all.

But American reactionary conservatism is just invalid as a political viewpoint. It's inextricably linked to subjective religious views, and a nostalgic view of a past that never existed, and as much as conservatives hate to admit it, there's a huge amount of racism involved as well.

So why does this effect their susceptability to frauds? The mainstream media is always going to be inherently liberal or progressive. That's just the way Time's Arrow points. So these folks reject mainstream media, which leads them into the Land of Zero Credibility. In this magical land, your rejection of the liberal mainstream is more important to your credibility than your actual accuracy.

Sources that claim to "tell you what no one else wants to tell you because their overlords won't let them!" suddenly become gospel truth, and fact checking is just obfuscation perpetrated by the mainstream media.

America has a lot of non-reactionary conservatives, but the fact is most of those people are Democrats and a smaller number being Libertarians. America is a fairly conservative country and behind many Europe by decades on a lot of social and economic issues. Even the Democrats aren't actually a liberal party.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 20:12 NKD
 
He backed off threats he made during his campaign to prosecute his political rival, Hillary Clinton, over her use of a personal e-mail server while she was Secretary of State.

Bwahaha. What happened to "LOCK UP CROOKED HILLARY!"

But yeah, his ideas for job creation are inherently flawed. He wants to incentivize areas like manufacturing and mining that have been heavily automated. He isn't going to be able to get them to stop using their automation either.

You can't bring back jobs that have been lost to automation because the advantages are just too great. There's no incentive you can give that's great enough to go back to the old ways.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 23, 2016, 14:04 NKD
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 23, 2016, 13:46:
AI may beat us at GO, but it sure as hell isn't capable of intelligent behavior

Here's the thing: A lot of humans aren't particularly intelligent, or particularly good at their jobs, and don't need a SHODAN level AI to replace them. Narrow AI is obsoleting humans at an alarming rate.

We don't need truly intelligent AI, or AIs that can beat the best human at a given task, just computers that can out-perform the average at a single task. And that's a much more manageable task.

Actually, even out-performing the average isn't strictly necessary. Lower performance may be acceptable if the cost saving is high enough.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2016, 19:23 NKD
 
It always struck me as odd that conspiracies like the JFK shit, moon landing "hoax", etc, are the ones that stick around forever, while the more likely ones fall by the wayside and are forgotten.

Conspiracies that remain secret grow more and more unlikely the larger they are and the more people they supposedly involve. Any conspiracy involving more than a handful of people is going to eventually crumble. All it takes is one credible person with nothing to lose having a change of heart on their deathbed, and your conspiracy is blown. With a large enough number of people involved, this becomes a certainty.

If there were more to the JFK assassination, we'd have known by now. Too many people would have been involved, and most of those people are dead now, and died without saying a word. Same with the moon landing "hoax." Not to mention the sheer number of people nosing around actively trying to uncover shit.

Maybe it's because some people need to believe there is a larger plan guiding the stuff happens. Even if it is a malicious plan by mere mortals, it's somehow comforting. Some people fill that need by falling for religion, other people make up their own ideas for why things happen.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 22, 2016, 18:32 NKD
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 16:28:
Cutter wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 15:09:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 13:21:
'Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.'

Or you could, you know, never start.

Or maybe not obsess on it, or just use an account with a fake name so employers can't spy on you, or work for someone who understands your private life is none of their fucking business to begin with because you're an employee and not property.


Your comment has literally nothing to do with the thrust of the article author's argument. He says absolutely nothing about spying employers; he says quite a bit about concentration being a valuable skill and resource, and that social media is designed to foster compulsive breaks in your concentration.

Expecting Cutter to read the article? Come on SMA... that's just not fair, what are you, some kind of TROLL?!
 
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News Comments > Blizzard's Unannounced First-Person Game
19. Re: Blizzard's Unannounced First-Person Game Nov 22, 2016, 18:29 NKD
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Nov 22, 2016, 16:19:
So is this one of those situations where they had mandatory layoffs after their last release and now have to hire people back to start the next project?

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-02-16-layoffs-at-activision-blizzard

Those layoffs were at other studios it looks like, and that was 9 months ago.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
28. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2016, 15:37 NKD
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 13:24:
Noticed something interesting the other day though, you see all those pictures of Clinton? How she suddenly looks so "ill and worn out" after losing? Smells a bit rotten to me, almost like they're trying to setup a "Look at her, she so sick, and ill. You shouldn't go after her for doing all those things! You should just pardon her, and close that chapter of history."

This is way too far into tinfoil land dude. There's no reason to do any of that, because no one gives a shit. I really doubt even Trump has any actual intentions of going after Clinton. It would be an incredible waste, and his VP and advisors are probably telling him as much, while they shoot down about 90% of his ideas. The Trumpsters will try and keep up the "But what about Clinton" to deflect any and all criticism of Donald Trump for a little while, but that won't even last until inauguration. And as soon as Trump officially comes out and says "No, I'm not going to try and lock up Hillary Clinton even though I made it a cornerstone of my campaign." even the Trumpsters will change their tune.

I think Hillary is as crooked as they come, but I also see her as a waste of time and a waste of breath. The whole system is crooked, why obsess over one crooked cog in the crooked machine? Even if Hillary Clinton spent the rest of her life in jail, the country wouldn't be any better or worse for it. People have been going after the Clintons for decades. Even if they were eventually successful, if that's the level of effort it takes to bring down one corrupt politician, what hope is there?

It's hard to see people bringing up Hillary Clinton's misdeeds as being genuine because there's just so little to be gained from doing it other than distracting people from other issues.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2016, 13:18 NKD
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 13:07:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 11:11:
I mean, those don't involve someone currently in government, let alone President, do they?

You mean besides someone who was once president. Someone who ran for president. Something that the media didn't cover. The very first scandal about "selling access" oh...there's quite a few of those people involved in government, many still in government. Several of whom are still in the clinton foundation, work in the DNC, and so on.

No one cares about Clinton anymore dude. Two failed runs for President, unlikely to ever run for public office again. It's only going to get more and more impossible to get anyone to go after them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: (no comment) Nov 21, 2016, 12:48 NKD
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 12:12:
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2016, 11:29:
It's funny because the only whining I hear is coming from the whiny babies on the left. Cognitive dissonance is great isn't it?


LOL oh christ.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
5. Re: res ipsa Nov 20, 2016, 21:48 NKD
 
There's really no mystery here. Most people popping off on the Internet making threats to public officials aren't charged, fewer still actually prosecuted, and even fewer still see jail time or get a felony on their record.

It's just not worth the prosecutors time unless the individual involved seems to be legitimately dangerous.

It's surprising that this guy was even formally charged, given the circumstances.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 20, 2016, 12:30 NKD
 
Setting up picket line at the welfare office where Cutter picks up his check. PM me for details.  
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games
15. Re: SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games Nov 18, 2016, 23:51 NKD
 
Steazy wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 15:00:
I know I shouldn't feed the trolls

Fuck off 87 post Suspect with the calling people trolls. Fucking insect.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games
11. Re: SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games Nov 17, 2016, 20:49 NKD
 
TheEmissary wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 20:17:
I have feeling what will happen is that the major studios will outsource the voice acting in other countries.

Maybe they can get the people who do tech support? I'm sure "Jeff" from Mumbai would be glad to voice your main character for pennies on the dollar.

I would be all for supporting Voice Actors getting better wages if they took to supporting software developers fight against unhealthy working environment in terms of hours worked and stress.

Who says they don't support that? If the software developers tried to unionize you bet your ass other union employees would support them. I come from a union family. My grandfather was a business manager for several decades in LIUNA. And my father and two uncles were also union construction laborers. Any union employee would support another workers attempt to unionize in any way they could.

But outsiders can't come in and do it for you. SAG-AFTRA have no contract with these companies, covering software developers, nor are software developers even in their umbrella of covered work. They have no negotiating power to help people who aren't actors. They don't have any expertise in what software developers needs are as far as workplace improvement.

The software developers actually have to start an effort to unionize before other workers can join them in solidarity.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games
9. Re: SAG-AFTRA Picketing Insomniac Games Nov 17, 2016, 18:31 NKD
 
Stick it to em ladies and gents. Games industry has been abusing its employee and contractors for way too long. Hopefully other groups grow some spine and start fighting for what they deserve too.  
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