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Comment 21st century version of payola? (Score 5, Insightful) 81

Isn't this another form of payola? Isn't the principal the same, where a company influences people promoting a product with money? I don't see the difference between a 1950's DJ pushing a song after getting paid by the record company while the listener doesn't know it's being promoted and a 2016 overenthusiastic Internet reviewer getting paid by the company making the product while the reader doesn't know it's being promoted. Same marketing mechanism, same ethical problem, same net result.

Of course, you know paying online reviewers will never be made illegal because politicians are now doing this in droves!

Comment Re:Shillary will be "pivoting" back toward TPP (Score 1) 231

Hillary provably flat out LIES on her position on trade agreements. If in election cycle, she's against them. If in office and election cycle is at least a year away, she's the biggest cheerleader for trade agreements. Google "Hillary Colombia Trade Agreement" (oh the irony of doing this) and read for yourself on her modus operandi. Here's an article which lays out her flat out lies.

Comment Fuck Karma, Hillary was (is) backing this too! (Score 4, Informative) 231

Fool me once, shame on Hillary
1980's-1992: Served on board of Walmart, union buster. Nobody there ever heard her support unions.
1990's-early 2000's Hillary: I support my husband's push for NAFTA
Democrat Party supporting Unions: This is (provably) not good for us
2007-2008 Election season Hillary: I think NAFTA was a bad idea and I oppose free trade with Columbia
2007-2008 Hillary supporters: Hillary is allowed to change her mind (sound familiar?)

Fool me twice, shame on me
2011: Emails show she LOBBIED Congress to push for free trade with Columbia, which passed!
2012-2014 Hillary: I'm fully behind the Trans Pacific Partnership (she said this publicly 45 times claiming this is the 'gold standard')
Democrat Party supporting Unions: This is not good for us
Sanders said TPP was not good!
2015-2016 Election season Hillary: I'm (now) against the Trans Pacific Partnership

Comment In high school. In 1977. On a Wang microcomputer (Score 1) 515

11th grade my math class started a programming class in BASIC along with the math curriculum. This is the computer I used. Please note, this is about 40 years before all the big hype about teaching kids to program. Nothing is stopping schools from doing this, nothing except the schools themselves.

Comment Re:It's not safe... (Score 1) 271

I and many people I know ride a couple hundred miles a week on public roads for years and years, and surprise, we're still alive, have all our original body parts, and aren't scared little rabbits while we're doing it.

You haven't met your "driver looking at their cell phone at facebook of fate" coming directly behind you yet. Like you, I have been riding along with traffic for 40 years. I've done it in bicycle hostile territory such as western Pennsylvania. 6 months ago I very narrowly missed getting rear ended by some ahole in a BMW and wound up with a broken rib / punctured lung. Don't ride during the work week anymore, just the weekend and in low traffic density areas.

I've talked to a person who trained for RAAM and he's not riding as much on the street anymore either. Mostly mountain biking now.

Have you paid attention to the number of people talking on their cell phones while driving lately? TONS of them in Southern California. This should scare the shit out of any sane cyclist. Just today I had to slam on my brakes when some cell phone ahole almost ran into me as he erratically cut in front of and into me to turn off a freeway. Just because you have not encountered one of these people yet, does not mean the problem does not exist.

When you put an electric motor on a two wheeled vehicle and start inserting yourself into this stream of traffic, things get worse, a LOT worse. I also ride a motorcycle and have seen what can happen already.

Comment What about those which already had it installed? (Score 1) 376

Based on "customer feedback", Microsoft said it would add another notification that provided customers with "an additional opportunity for cancelling the upgrade". Microsoft told the BBC it had modified the pop-up as a result of criticism: "We've added another notification that confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade. If the customer wishes to continue with their upgrade at the designated time, they can click 'OK' or close the notifications with no further action needed."

OK MS is now adding more boxes for cancelling a scheduled update. What about the people who already HAD their computers upgraded?
There is a way to go back through the settings, but I don't know how well that will work.

Comment Depends upon the scheduling (Score 1) 192

Programmers don't usually stay long hours because they're told to - they stay long hours because they are into what they're doing.

That's assuming they are working on a project that has been scheduled well. Usually a lot of people I've known (including myself) had to work long hours because a project which has been allocated 12 months had 11 months doing nothing due to management indecision and then 1 month to cram in doing actual work. This has happened to me more often than any other scenario.

Comment Re:Harsh laws... (Score 4, Insightful) 293

And as a cyclist AND a motorcyclist, you are deluding yourself to think you have total 100% control over all situations. If someone flies around a corner from behind and hits you from behind, there are times where there is absolutely nothing you can do to influence the outcome. In my case, had a broken rib and collapsed lung. I did everything I was supposed to in order to protect myself and still nearly got killed.

I'm tired of this it's all our own personal responsibility fault bullshit. Personal responsibility and attention is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for me not getting killed on the road when I'm on two wheels. At the end of the day our safety is dependent upon others acting responsibly as well. We need everyone's cooperation and not text/drive, else it will just be chaos out there.

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