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by cphite
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

I did say "more like", as in, in the direction of: Greens are generally more socialist and egalitarian, Libertarians are generally more, well, libertarian, and I'd like to see the extreme poles of the political spectrum be extreme liberty and extreme equality instead of moderately-both an...
by cphite
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 10 Automatic Update
Replies: 11
Views: 6086

Re: Windows 10 Automatic Update

One simple way to prevent these if you're using a wireless connection is to set it to metered... Open Settings Open the Network & Internet section Open Wi-Fi and click Advanced Options Toggle Set as metered connection to On Windows won't automatically download stuff over a metered connection, an...
by cphite
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Empty Suit Presidency

That clock expired at the buzzer unfortunately. They have nukes. They could pop a submarine up in Tokyo harbor at any moment. Detonate remotely or have the crew give it all for the fatherland. Even a fizzle would send a very powerful message. And if they can do it there they can do it on the coast ...
by cphite
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

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 cphite
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

To take that to the next level. Do we cut our losses and take them out now, knowing there will be some casualties. Or do we wait and risk a potential conflict in the future where North Korea may have a nuke at the tip of one of those missles with the ability to take out an even larger population. M...
by cphite
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Have to be careful when making comparisons between how we fought the gulf war vs how we will fight north korea. North Korea may have a large standing army, but they don't have the vehicles, etc. to support such a large army. Iraq had very strong armored divisions with a lot of tanks and support veh...
by cphite
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

order for a military strike to be successful, it would have to be absolutely staggering. We'd need to deal massive damage, very quickly, all along the border to take out their artillery; while at the same time hitting several very well fortified missile sites all simultaneously. And the thing is......
by cphite
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah... I find that one pretty hard to believe. Best case scenario, China is flooded with millions of starving refugees; worst case, they're flooded with millions of starving refugees while also dealing with the fallout from the US nuclear response. I've always found the idea that China, with a pop...
by cphite
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

From a comment on that news article (not my words): There is another possibility that people never seem to recognize. What if China is OK with NK using nukes against SK and Japan? that would take out their two biggest economic rivals in Asia and make China dominant. NK would hurt us if we hit them,...
by cphite
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

North Korea actually has an army, unlike the other locations we've invaded. And since we haven't completely pulled out of Iraq / Afghanistan yet, its unlikely that we have the military strength to wage war against NK. Iraq had the 4th largest military at the beginning of the second Gulf War; so it'...
by cphite
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 39815

Re: How would you change the U.S. tax system?

One solution: communism No. Communism is a terrible system. (I'm very young, forgive my ignorance and upbringing) Couldn't everyone be taxed %10 on all the money they make? Deductions(refunds?) could then be given based on that persons situation. Why should the rich pay a higher percentage? They al...
by cphite
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unnecessary SWAT Use
Replies: 9
Views: 5798

Re: Unnecessary SWAT Use

In the third example, it's not SWAT that really caused the problem. The police were in a tough situation - they have a kid who they know is armed, barricaded, and who has already threatened to shoot someone. At that point they are obligated to stay until the situation is resolved. No matter how sure...
by cphite
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

The ACA already has minimum coverage / catastrophic plans defined . The ACA has plans that it calls "catastrophic" plans but they are not - they are still subject to the "essential benefits" defined by the ACA including things like maternity, substance abuse, mental health - whi...
by cphite
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

I'm not fluent in politics - do they need 51 (or 50+tie breaker) votes to repeal, or do they just need a majority? And does a repeal have to go through the house as well? I have heard conflicting reports on this. My understanding is that they can only repeal the parts that deal with revenue generat...
by cphite
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

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"...) And I'll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs...
by cphite
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 8473

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

I would worry less about them mistaking fiction for fact, and more about them basing their impression of our species on our fiction. Imagine you're an alien scientist looking through Earth fiction... where probably 90% of stories that involve aliens (beings non-native to Earth) involve humans fight...
by cphite
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 8473

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

CorruptUser wrote:Three Rules Church? I belong to the Church of Three Rules. Fuck those splitters. And the People's Rule of Three Churches.


Church of Three Rules, or Church of Three Rules Reformed?
by cphite
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 8473

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

If they are so advanced that they can read our sf, i'd assume they are smart enough not to take it as description of reality, galaxy quest style. https://what-if.xkcd.com/47/ That whatif sort of touches on, at least, the radio side of transmissions. Which gets me to my main point of, if aliens are ...
by cphite
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

I mean, IANAL, but arguing that arranging a meeting with someone you're directly informed is acting on behalf of a hostile foreign power with the express purpose of helping them influence an election is no big deal because you didn't actually get what you were promised is like breaking into a Home ...
by cphite
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

I mean, IANAL, but arguing that arranging a meeting with someone you're directly informed is acting on behalf of a hostile foreign power with the express purpose of helping them influence an election is no big deal because you didn't actually get what you were promised is like breaking into a Home ...
by cphite
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

* Conspiracy to Defraud the United States -- This seems like a stretch. I'm not buying it. Huge stretch. * Federal Election Campaign Act however... looks pretty bad for Donald Trump Jr. Ehhh... maybe? Frankly, I think that even if you found a prosecutor willing to charge him, it'd be a very hard se...
by cphite
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

My initial thought was Trump Jnr was too dumb to realise he'd actually done something wrong by going to the meeting, despite (according to him) the Russian lawyer not actually having any info. But, he'd already spoken to a lawyer at this point. Reading an analysis earlier, the only possible wriggle...
by cphite
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 27654

Re: Wealth taxation

To a limited degree. Saving hundreds of thousands of dollars or more is not for peace of mind; it's hoarding. That really depends on where you live and what your expenses are. If you're planning to retire, hundreds of thousands isn't necessarily all that much - especially if you throw in some unexp...
by cphite
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/10/donald-trump-jr-russia-lawyer-white-house-reaction-240358 Trump team is in full defense mode as Trump Jr admitted that he almost colluded with Kremlin lawyers because he wanted dirt on the Clintons. Donald Trump Jr. initially said the meeting was a discussio...
by cphite
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

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 cphite
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?
Replies: 23
Views: 5419

Re: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?

Hypothetically speaking, if there was a zombie apocalypse type scenario, how long would it last? what would stop it, and could humanity possibly survive it by living in cold areas? Slow undead zombies... Societal collapse would happen quickly, but more due to other people than the actual undead... ...
by cphite
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

The FBI director is one position out of several hundred that need to be filled, and that should have been filled months ago. The FBI director is not one out of any set of positions that should have been filled months ago because it was filled months ago. Criticizing someone for not doing something ...
by cphite
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, it takes time... which is kind of the point. It's why most administrations start the process months in advance. They don't wait until after they're inaugurated to get started; so that they don't find themselves six months into their term and still needing to fill hundreds of important position...
by cphite
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Good, he finally did it. I guess I missed the news. So it took 1-month and 17-days before the President started the process of appointing a new head of the FBI. Trump is incompetent. Period. It should have been much faster than that. Congress is out this week (now that its 4th of July break), so I ...
by cphite
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

have such high deductibles that they might as well not even have coverage in the first place. Note cphite: this was the explicit design of the ACA. By encouraging high-deductibles, we encourage price shopping on consumers. By encouraging high-deductibles, we also put care completely out of reach fo...
by cphite
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Or in some cases: insurance companies are deciding the risk is too great and just leaving the market all together. Let's be clear on this; the risk isn't from health care, it's from the new administration; to wit, Trump's deliberate interference with the system that was in place, in order to cause ...
by cphite
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What would happen if $-1 bills were minted?
Replies: 20
Views: 5826

Re: What would happen if $-1 bills were minted?

Would this have an effect on the economy, or would they somehow become collector's items with, ironically, positive value? Nah, it'd just be sort of a standard value debt... basically, there'd need to be some means of recording the transaction and identifying you (so that you don't just toss the th...
by cphite
Wed May 17, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Your position is that dozens of veterans of the counter-intelligence community are wrong -- this was irresponsible and dangerous -- and that the most important thing here isn't that the President might have leaked classified information to the Russians, but that somebody else told us the President ...
by cphite
Wed May 17, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

No. We wouldn't expect that at all. We would expect them to do exactly what they are doing, which is to decline comment. So, anyone who could back up your point can't back up your point. Their silence about this problem is evidence that it is a problem. No. Their silence is simply evidence that the...
by cphite
Wed May 17, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

As an organization? No. A couple of unhappy people with a political agenda - quite likely. If this were true, we would expect the rest of the intelligence community to step forward and point out that these are the actions of a few unhappy people with political agendas -- and that they're endangerin...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Um, no... they're not. The people who are in danger are the folks out in the field, actually living among the enemy and reporting on them; they're the ones who are risking their lives. The ones who leaked this information most likely live and work in the Washington DC area, in some of the safest fa...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

...you do realize that the people who leaked this information are probably the people most endangered by the President's leak, right? You're basically complaining that the CIA endangered the CIA by deciding to reveal that the President is leaking intel on the CIA. Um, no... they're not. The people ...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

Basically, what the president "revealed" is that we're on the lookout for explosives built into electronic devices. No, what the President (allegedly) revealed was the source of this information. The President isn't being accused of saying "We're on the lookout for explosives built i...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574996

Re: Trump presidency

The fact of the matter is: Donald Trump has revealed classified information before it has been declassified. That's big. Could you elaborate? Other than making him look terrible, what actual repercussions will he face for this? Honestly, I'm so cynical that I don't think he'll face any actual reper...
by cphite
Mon May 15, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 21852

Re: NHS cyberattack

Administrators need to balance the risk of a critical patch with the risk of that patch screwing things up on it's own. I agree its a concern and your situation is realistic from my understanding. That's there's work to be done in Information Systems. With that said, Microsoft rates patches on how ...

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