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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

PseudoCoder They could save on energy costs (252 comments)

Instead of systematically targeting conservative groups by sitting on their paperwork, they should burn it for fuel.

2 days ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

PseudoCoder Returning to their roots & getting with the ti (314 comments)

They could have "gone back to their roots" by dumping all the common electronics that you can get anywhere and addressing the do-it-yourselfers by hopping on the robotics/Arduino bandwagons. Turn the retail floorspace that used to be occupied by crap TV's with a robot combat ring or workshop, focus on hands-on projects again, have in-store Arduino workshops and local demos of user projects and robotics competitions. Connect with the local high/middle-school to supply robotics/coding extra-curriculars, sponsor robotics workshops and have those kids drag their parents into the store after class to build their own projects. I don't even participate in most of that stuff, but I could see those would have been great paths to pursue a new market share.

They would still need to close many locations and better compete with the mail order business, but they would have created a different customer segment that would be more enthusiastic than the "I need another charger for my phone" crowd rather than reduce their own business to carrion for the vultures. This was a missed opportunity.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

PseudoCoder Re:Better way (289 comments)

Of course, there's a better way. Just ignore the small error until it adds up to an hour, and then skip a DST transition.

That will lead to more and bigger instances of being affected by the error. The error is always there to a degree, no? But you are only affected by the error when you read the clock and produce a "bad calculation" based on that reading.

Not sure what the answer would be software-wise, but maybe more use of elapsed time routines (vs absolute time) that would account for the corrected clock.

about three weeks ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

PseudoCoder Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (187 comments)

Assuming that you're referring to actual babies that have been born...

It seems you too are missing the point, just like the aptly named Anonymous Coward above. Why was this actual baby born, or why should it not be? The criteria used to answer this question is at the heart of the matter, and you're standing on legal definitions.

"Congratulations, new human! We've decided not to run you through the blender! Since you've made it this far, here are your inalienable rights!"

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

PseudoCoder Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (187 comments)

Law? How shortsighted! No; it's about what we value, and how we make choices about life and death, and what makes us human.

That woman opened up her body to her mate and that little person ended up there through no fault of its own. Mommy and daddy decided to ignore basic human physiology and now it is, in fact, the end of the story for that kid that ends up like it went through a blender. Your hand is a part of your body; ever tried to put your hand in a blender?

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

PseudoCoder But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight... (187 comments)

Wondering; what are these "basic human rights" that actual human babies are denied at the rate of 50 million a year?

Take for example the right to freedom. Nobody has to take care of the orangutan for it to exercise this right. But for a baby to exercise its right to freedom, it has to be nurtured for around 18 years or so, and that's much too inconvenient. It takes work and selfless sacrifice, both of which suck. (Speaking as a parent of one, and another on the way)

So how exactly does this make us more compassionate people? When we're willing to free a monkey because it's easy, and prefer to to stop a human heart because keeping it alive is harder?

about a month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

PseudoCoder What's with this separation of powers thing? (137 comments)

"The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo's technology..."

De-facto trampling of the separation of powers seems to be the order of the day. If I go into a bank with a weapon and tell a cashier I'm going to take money without declaring and announcing I'm committing a bank robbery, I'm still robbing the bank, right? Doing something informally or explicitly has the same effect. Maybe it should open up the possibility of an appeal.

From the President, to Congress, to the Supreme Court, nobody seems to be taking seriously the bit about defending and preserving the Constitution. It seems that when you come from the Ivy League you don't need to keep your oaths, or even think about what they mean because you know better anyways. "Why should I obey boundaries and go through a process when I can affect change right now with the stroke of a pen! That's getting things done!" That's only part of the problem and there's plenty of blame to spread around.

about 2 months ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

PseudoCoder Re:Bad sign. (222 comments)

It's good old fashioned human pride. Ignoring human experience to inflate our own egos. We have so much more useless information and new ways of sharing it now that there's no way we can't make things better. We're doing it with politics, education, social/cultural norms, etc. We don't need the insight of history when we have all this information and an infinity of new ways of connecting our collective ignorance. And we call it "progress".

about 2 months ago
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Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

PseudoCoder Well, well we want to get some work done now... (127 comments)

The Democrat-controlled senate hasn't scheduled any votes for some time now, and even other Democrats have been complaining that senate Dems aren't doing anything, for fear of votes coming back to haunt them in the elections. If it's good policy, why do you have to fear your how your electorate will respond at the polls?

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/200228-house-dems-to-senate-dems-pass-our-bills

Now all of a sudden it's time to get something done? That's what happens when you play politics with public policy. Now we know you were too busy looking out for your own hide and not serving the public. And check out Landrieu all of a sudden being a "driving force" in passing Keystone pipeline in the face of a tight runoff election. This would be hilarious if it wasn't such a sad reflection of the state of the US.

about 2 months ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

PseudoCoder How else do you jump the shark? (164 comments)

When you've already got a whole week dedicated to them?

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

PseudoCoder Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

If I'm reading the intent of your point correctly you look to absolve Bush and co of all blame for the mess Iraq is currently in, and blame Obama for not cleaning Bush's mess up properly despite massive public calls to bring everyone home from Iraq.

Let's cede the argument that Bush made a mess in Iraq. If Obama's planned and announced withdrawal of troops basically took the bandage off the wound and it took the scab with it, then there's plenty of blame to go around if it gets infected. Public calls for a withdrawal could have taken a backseat to ensuring gradual stabilization of the country and reduction of forces. Obama was still adored by the masses and could spare a little political capital to go along with the military and intel leaders. But he slowly replaced those leaders with "yes" men who painted a withdrawal with no consequences.

Second, Bush didn't set off Tunisia, Syria, or Libya; those were all internal revolts starting with people pissed off at dictators. Seeing the pattern in the region and considering the Shia minority was actually more populous than the Sunni minority in power under a brutal dictator, there's a good chance Iraq would have been another country embroiled in civil war all by itself, with a brutal dictator still in place and trying to further a WMD bluff against the Iranian regime. How's that any more stable? How long did it take Qaddafi to admit he was pursuing weapons after the invasion of Iraq? North Korea did the same thing within a matter of months. They saw that if they're serious enough to invade Iraq to call Saddam's bluff, they very well could have concluded that it wasn't worth keeping it under wraps.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

PseudoCoder Re:Every time I hear the word 'lobbyist' I feel si (485 comments)

Foundationally, lobbying is a good thing. It allows for a certain form of representation. What lobbying has turned into these days is disgusting. I know a lobbyist and know the difference between the two.

This kind of lobbying would have a lot less influence if we repealed the 17th amendment (direct election of senators). While popular election of senators is sold as "the people's voice", that is already achieved by the House of Representatives as originally intended. And what really happens is senators get elected and stop representing their constituents as soon as wheels hit the runway in DC and come under the influence of lobbyists, and other congressmen offering them deals, committee positions, etc. If senators were once again commissioned by their state legislatures, the state could recall them when they stop representing the state's interests.

Instead, the existing power structures will cry about "muffling the voice of the people" if you repeal the 17th amendment, but in reality it would keep a leash on these supposed public servants who somehow end up staying in power for decades and becoming disproportionately richer at the end of their senatorial run by way of things like shady land deals that benefit them in roundabout ways (I'm looking at you Harry and Nancy; both have favored legislation that effectively increases the value of their land investments - shock!).

about 3 months ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

PseudoCoder Is this the first death in commercial space exp? (445 comments)

I take it this is considered space exploration. Is this then the first death in commercial/private space exploration? I know in aviation one of the Wright brothers died during a test flight, and a great many busted their asses trying foolish stuff for centuries, but I don't know about space exploration.

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

PseudoCoder Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

When you ask people who study the scripture they mostly say that the patriarchal focus of the scripture and the culture would have omitted female children. That does't mean they didn't exist.

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

PseudoCoder Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

So did the Ten Commandments go away? What happened to them? Paul warned that the new covenant of grace was not to make allowances for sin.

The covenant was not pertaining to the definition of sin, but the judgement of Sin and violation of laws and the disposition of God towards mankind's sin. If you study the points in scripture when covenants are made they address what God does for man and what man is to do in response. Not what is, or isn't allowed or forbidden. Covenants usually go something like "If you obey my decrees, I will..." etc. The decrees are predetermined before the covenant is to come into effect. You can see many examples of covenants in the Pentateuch.

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

PseudoCoder Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

Nope. The form of "slavery" that was prevalent at the time was a form of indentured servanthood when you got indebted to someone, and the master had obligations toward the slave according to the law; it wasn't a one-sided affair. Once the debt was repaid the master was obligated to release the slave. It's very different from the slavery we're used to hearing about. Incest of all forms is specifically prohibited in Leviticus. Human sacrifices are specifically condemned as a practice of pagans all throughout the Old Testament. The killing of infidels was a form of judgement that was no longer in effect as part of the reconciliation Jesus was responsible for.

You bring up those topical objections that are typical of those who don't study the scriptures but don't hold up to detailed study with proper context. It's understandable.

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

PseudoCoder Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

Jesus never commented on homosexuality in the New Testament. What the Bible does say about homosexuality comes from the Old Testament and Paul the Apostle in the New Testament. If the Son of God has nothing to say about homosexuality, it probably doesn't matter as long as sexual relations is kept within a marriage.

Your 99 cent theology sucks. Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh and as such, he was the one who created man and woman as part of the created order. Therefore, the OT stated exactly how strongly God felt about homosexuality and Jesus never redefined that. In fact, Jesus didn't redefine sin; he redefined the punishment for sin because he was to bear that punishment himself on behalf and in place of mankind. Jesus called out the woman at the well for adultery, which was also condemned in the OT, and he told the prostitute to go and sin no more. Paul spoke about unnatural relations which was understood at the time to include homosexuality, bestiality, incest, et al.

As for my opinion of Mr. Cook, it didn't change a bit. It's between him and God. He had big shoes to fill and I hope he continues to run the company well. Wish I had bought when the stock tanked into the $400's.

about 3 months ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

PseudoCoder SEALs possibly found WMD evidence early in the war (376 comments)

I've been on a SEAL/SpecialOps book kick for the last few years and some of the operators that went into Iraq in the early days and were tasked with finding these WMD's on the front end do think they found evidence of developmental weapons programs in addition to the caches of already developed weapons. They basically conclude that stuff was being developed, and hurriedly dismantled and relocated, in country as well as likely to Syria. One of them goes as far as suggesting the only effect of the "diplomatic process" before the war was giving Hussein the time to hide the evidence. The NYT piece only alludes to the old chem weapons they used against Iran, but the SEALS seem to think the stuff they found was part of development programs that were active before the war.

I guess what's really news is how many chem weapons were still available and the extent to which the Pentagon went to keep it hush. As to why, I can only guess.

about 3 months ago

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U.S. Central Command Twitter, YouTube, Facebook Accounts Hacked by ISIS

PseudoCoder PseudoCoder writes  |  about two weeks ago

PseudoCoder (1642383) writes "From The Blaze:

The avatar and background image for @CENTCOM was overtaken with the words “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS,” and the account put out a number of threatening tweets to U.S. military members... U.S. Central Command’s YouTube account was overtaken with the same pro-Islamic State avatar and several videos.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/12/u-s-central-command-twitter-account-hacked-with-pro-islamic-state-message/

From The Weekly Standard:

The hacker is claiming to be ISIS — and claimg to have personal information of U.S. military personnel.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/centcoms-twitter-hacked-isis_823501.html"
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