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by Dauric
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

I may be cynical, but most people will vote entirely based on the (R) or (D) next to the name on the ballot. But are they wrong? If someone agrees with the Republican platform on most issues, then surely Trump is a better president (in their eyes) than Clinton? Even if they also think that he's a l...
by Dauric
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3120
Views: 356402

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A problem with fundraising "for" a disaster the funds will never go to is it sets up a policy of "little white lies". Everything goes to a general fund, and if the institution has a policy of being not entirely transparent with how money is going to be used, it at the very least ...
by Dauric
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3120
Views: 356402

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh gee. Condemning the violence "on many sides", hm, Mr. Trump? That somehow manages to be even *more* depressing than the usual headline doublethink of "suspect killed after confrontation with police firearm discharge" being printed in place of "cops shoot dead someone the...
by Dauric
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

As far as approval numbers we're wayyyyy too far out from the elections for short term outcomes to be a major effect with the U.S. public. Keep in mind we haven't even reached the 25% mark of Trump's presidency. There's plenty of time for some other event to be more significant before people have to...
by Dauric
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

As for the nukes thing, I think it's unlikely that NK would use them, even if it has them in an available state, even in the event of a large conflict breaking out. The reason - and this is just my own personal opinion - is that above and beyond all else, the regime wants to survive. They talk ...
by Dauric
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

As for the nukes thing, I think it's unlikely that NK would use them, even if it has them in an available state, even in the event of a large conflict breaking out. The reason - and this is just my own personal opinion - is that above and beyond all else, the regime wants to survive. They talk a lo...
by Dauric
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

Wut? (And is he using the same "transparent" as when defending his "open" family member? Really, I don't think Trump can substantiate his claim to "know the best words"...) "This wall is a tremendous wall. And when I said I want a wall you could see through, these...
by Dauric
Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

On a side note: just remember that Trump asked for all the names, addresses, and the (last four) social security numbers of every voter in the previous election . An aside on that aside: I'd missed that he wanted the names and addresses, and was wondering what the last four digits of the social sec...
by Dauric
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3120
Views: 356402

Re: The Darker Side of the News

public service was a vocation so we glean our rewards in job satisfaction I get that bullshit as well in the biomedical research field. The day i can pay my rent in "job satisfaction" is the day I'll accept that argument. I swear it's an excuse they teach in some upper-middle management c...
by Dauric
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

where at the end of the budget year any surplus goes back to Treasury, Does Trump then get to pocket it? Because if not, I don't think he'd see the point. I don't think Trump has the political savvy to be this intentionally Machiavellian. As Sardia points out Trump's businesses are all about land d...
by Dauric
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

In a way, Trump not nominating federal department heads is an interesting (if utterly accidental) way to adhere to the Republican "Small Government" platform. If you can't get the government agencies removed by law, just don't hire anybody to fill them. Put a hiring freeze in place, lay of...
by Dauric
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

Republian measures try to tackle this issue directly. Most of the Republican plans provide a way around the above situation by saying "If you were on insurance in the last X months... then the new insurance company has to take you despite preexisting conditions". The Democrat's approach i...
by Dauric
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

...and making insurance actually make things cheaper for you instead of just making them more expensive for everyone else . Unfortunately any kind of market-based medical insurance system will do the bolded, simply by increasing the amount of money in the system to be used to purchase healthcare wi...
by Dauric
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 4
Replies: 158
Views: 21789

Re: Fallout 4

Ok, all I really want is to stop being pestered by having to defend every single settlement. For me it's not just Fallout 4, but this, oh by the divine binary, this! Defensive plans shouldn't hinge on one (admittedly heroic) character. If a settlement requires the great and mighty Vault Dweller to ...
by Dauric
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

Special counsel Robert Mueller is apparently now investigating Trump for obstruction of justice and various Trump associates for possible financial crimes. Have to love how Trump and his business/brand weren't fodder for investigation, as the investigation was about Russia meddling in the election....
by Dauric
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 4
Replies: 158
Views: 21789

Re: Fallout 4

The Minutemen are the good guys, mostly, and unlike the Railroad they actually have a sort of vision to resettle the wastelands, but the problem is they don't have the industrial base nor technology to form a society. That's not really the problem with the Minutemen though. They've got the organiza...
by Dauric
Mon May 15, 2017 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 7040

Re: NHS cyberattack

IT became like the HVAC systems Dauric mentions above. If it works it works, and you just want to keep it that way for the next 30 years. And apparently, XP is not quite designed for that attitude. It's early on a Monday and I'm amused by the juxtaposition of real-world duct-work is actually too sm...
by Dauric
Sun May 14, 2017 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 7040

Re: NHS cyberattack

IT Systems need to sit in more boardrooms. At the moment, IT Teams are often hamstrung by the organizations they serve. People think that IT Teams can just "solve that computer problem", but that's not how it works. IT Teams need to have a say in the organizational structure of a business...
by Dauric
Sun May 14, 2017 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 7040

Re: NHS cyberattack

There's plenty of blame to spread around here guys, including the Tory government for starving the NHS of funds. Mostly this. This, but I think the rabbit hole goes deeper than any one political party or company leadership. IT tends to get lumped in to a category of "Non-core" business ex...
by Dauric
Wed May 10, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Low Income Housing Tax Credit Kickbacks
Replies: 1
Views: 1354

Re: Low Income Housing Tax Credit Kickbacks

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/poverty-politics-and-profit/Frontline: Poverty Politics and Profit.

Frontline documentary, about an hour, covers aspects both of the corruption, and the difficulties in getting affordable housing in affluent neighborhoods.
by Dauric
Tue May 09, 2017 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

freezeblade wrote:Sounds legit.


No, no, It sounds Tremendous. a really really great firing, there's been no better firings in all of American history, really this was a marvellous firing...(ad nauseum)
by Dauric
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

That all sounds about right to me. I think a lot of Democrats are hoping the backlash to Trump will be of unprecedented scale, and I just don't see that. I think part of this is that when Trump was early on signing executive orders and such there was such a backlash that smacked him in his easily b...
by Dauric
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13953
Views: 1884621

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/business/burger-king-tv-ad-google-home.html?ref=business Google defends itself after a declaration of war by the crazed monarch Burger King. No word of Google's plans of retaliation. a marketing stunt on Wednesday by Burger King, which had introduced a television ...
by Dauric
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3120
Views: 356402

Re: The Darker Side of the News

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/richard-florida-winner-take-all-new-urban-crisis/522630/ Homeowners and landlords are driving inequality. Inefficient home owners are holding back the economy and manipulating the government for their benefit at the expense of everyone else. Just...
by Dauric
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

As the Trump administration grows longer the probability of the press secretary making a comparison to Hitler approaches 1.

... I'm just trying to figure out how we apply the corollary where this ends the thread and whoever mentioned Hitler lost...
by Dauric
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

Is there really anyone who thought: yes, that Trump guy is exactly the type to resist the lure of bombing? Surely you jest, but yes. This has been the first major departure with Trump's "America First" message, and the majority of the Trump supporters I have talked to are shocked that he ...
by Dauric
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 9498

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Another possible angle to examine (which I haven't found numbers for) is the "appliance repair industry". IE: how many stores are out there that do appliance repair. Anecdotally it seems to me there's less storefronts that house appliance repair businesses, many of the ones I used to see h...
by Dauric
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 10569

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I mean seriously, having the highest obesity rate in the developed world isn't really helping us with medical costs, just for one example. Except that obesity is a can of causational worms, with a lot of the factors involved in it being related to factors that are outside the individual patient's c...
by Dauric
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 3187

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

And it works the other way around of course: If you plump for the cheapest vendor for a product (which I invariably do), you could well be supplied by one of the higher-end vendors. In theory. But I don't see the incentive. Jose This. If the odds worked out that more value in high-end items (not nu...
by Dauric
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 10569

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It's not a cost-plus system at all. No, it's a market based system. They charge what the market will bear. It's hard to compare with cars, as each patient case is different but cars are pretty fungible. It's a bit more like pricing artwork, which is another example of "not a cost-plus" sy...
by Dauric
Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 10569

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It's not as if there's some sort of critical shortage re: cancer treatment; someone getting chemo doesn't mean someone else can't . That's why it seems kind of fucked up to me to talk about this in terms of how much we're willing to spend to save a life -- the only reason we're even having that con...
by Dauric
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13953
Views: 1884621

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I happen to like the Dymaxion map, but not because as Randal Munroe claims I have a thing about the segway or own virtual reality goggles (though I do like Issac Asimov)..

It wraps around a twenty-sided die.
by Dauric
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 2766

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

It's subtle but after reading the Vox article I see how it works. It allows health insurance or workplace health programs to provide 'discounts' (pretty steep ones at %30) if you provide the information. Technically you're not 'required' to provide that data, you provide it 'voluntarily' and in retu...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 2766

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

In a way it's worse than that. THe part you bolded says that if you have a relative that comes down with some kind of genetically related disease, then either their wellness program, - or the employer provided health insurance - can demand the genetic screening information of that relative. IE: your...
by Dauric
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

...but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership, but finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power, but to draw attention away from it. -Douglas Adams: &q...
by Dauric
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205160

Re: Trump presidency

The question is not whether it happened that way, but whether some people could conceivably believe that it happened that way. ... Well, I believe the current on-topic consideration is whether there's any equivalency between what Hillary was accused of doing and what various members of the Trump ad...
by Dauric
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 23172

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

I wonder which political party will be brave enough to stick their neck out. Right now our populations seem to have swung in a fear-based/authoritarian direction in their voting patterns, so it probably won't be any time soon, but the pendulum will eventually swing back towards a libertarian approa...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3120
Views: 356402

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is that really new though? They may not have actually used the term "fake news" before, but Xinhua complaining about the west lying and misleading the Chinese people is not uncommon. Not new, but it does give them an additional avenue of credibility: "See, Even western leaders say th...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 730653

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I support everybody getting a defense. It would be horrible to have a legal system in which this wasn't the case. However, the defense they are using doesn't seem particularly strong here... Granted, I didn't see the event, so I don't know the full story, just what has been reported. I agree, but w...
by Dauric
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 96
Views: 11484

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

Honestly the only thing that seemed to be in the movie ONLY for drama was the damn claw machine to get at the plans. Why an archiving system would work like that I have no idea. Maybe if that was the way to get the actual hard drive sure, but it seemed to imply that was the standard way anyone woul...

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