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bytehead
Jacksonville, FL, USA
Father, Alpha Geek, Consultant
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I'm not sure that the Tea Party is the Republican base. The Tea Party seems, to me, to be nothing but a reaction to having Obama as President. And by "having Obama as President", I'm saying, it doesn't really matter if it's Obama or another black dude sitting there, doing exactly what the Tea Party wants (except for resigning...). Racist? IMNSHO, yes. That is the way that I see it, and I don't care who knows that I think it is. I think it may have started out as a non-partisan thing (or at least as small as possible), but it got co-opted early by the Koch brothers, and we have what we see today. An Internet acquaintance, full blown libertarian, that claimed that he was working on the Tea Party, and then the big bucks came in and changed everything, and he dumped it. I don't think he would lie to me... They can point to Herman Cain and Ben Carson, but seriously, does anybody think that the Republicans are going to put a black man on the Presidential ballot any time soon [even as Vice President and expect to win!]? I just don't see it. Maverick McCain tried to spice things up with a woman as running mate. That may have gone better than Ferraro, but the result was still the same. And unfortunately, for pretty much the same reasons, although those that would have voted down any female candidate have now passed. Much like my Reagan Democrat father. When Obama has stepped down, I think that the Tea Party will have lost most of the wind in its sails. Of course, a woman in the job may fire them up just as much (HRC or Warren), and so it may be a bit longer before they officially go away, but they will go away, as soon as either it's a Republican (by definition Straight White Male)or a SWM Democrat there. They will have lost their "bitch" point then. The call for more fiscal conservatism may last, but I don't really think anybody with half a brain expects there to be any kind of major reduction in federal spending. That's power, and only the stupid (i.e., Tea Party) would call for diminishing their own power. And if somehow there becomes a Congress that does do so, expect there to be quite the turnover when elections come around the next two years, and possibly for the next six years. And of course, Koch's fiscal conservatism seems to be a driving force, but unless it's all about lowering the taxes and to hell with the spending, I just don't see a point where anybody can point and say that the Koch's won. If anything, the money spent on campaigns will just reach higher records. Sorry when you spend $2 billion on 300 million people, don't tell me that is line with what has been historically with past elections, it simply falls flat on it's face. Maybe it's about getting rid of the social net, but I'm not even sure that the average Tea Party even knows enough details to know how badly that would turn out for them. Fox News would switch sides in a second if it meant better ratings and therefore more money from advertising. So I really don't see it as representing a side as much as it just currently is their best fiscal interest to do what they do. So I think that's a big divide between Fox News and the Republican base, right there. And I guess I'm one of those lefty's who think that Obama is more of a Republican than a Democrat.
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I got the unadulterated bill for my cardiac ablation. Which I've had done three times. 180K. The biggest part went to the anesthesiologist. I pad a $40 office visit copay. I'm on a pacemaker, of which I didn't get to see the unadulterated bill for, but it had to be just as much, if not more. I wasn't, and never am, an easy case. Waking up to having them pulling the arterial monitor out of my arm wasn't exactly pleasant. And now, I have regular trips to the hospital scheduled every few years for the rest of my life, since the batteries run out.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2014 on Your binge-watching open thread at Obsidian Wings
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As to whether Democrats are American. My answer is, no. Yeah, you're a nit wit alright. NitWitTroller. Good bye.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2014 on Nickname owned, lawsuit pwned at EdCone.com
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Defamation or otherwise writing with the intent to harm others. It's freaking satire. Which most certainly is protected speech. And if that were excruciatingly true that this matter gets to that point, then you should be able to stop any and all negative campaigning. Funny how that works out. And why is it that Americans anger Democrats? Why is it that Republicans don't consider Democrats Americans? I'm doing it right now! I normally do a much better job of doing that, but it's been a rough week for me.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2014 on Nickname owned, lawsuit pwned at EdCone.com
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Billy Jones, where is it in the any constitution or law that it is illegal, criminally or civilly, to make people angry? If this were true, I think every Tea Bagger should be swept away into a blackhole, never to appear again, never to be remembered again. Fecund Stench, indeed. Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! Yeah, that is exactly a counterexample.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2014 on Nickname owned, lawsuit pwned at EdCone.com
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I'm still amazed at the idiots that rail against the ACA and keep claiming that the current system is maintainable. Gee, I've had my insurance premiums go up how many times, the office copays go up how many times, the drug copays go up three times just in one year (last year, I'm not sure what I'm going to see this year!) all in the past ten years, and you think the system is maintainable?? Any and all raises that I've seen haven't even begun to cover the increases in the insurance premiums, let alone the other copays! Sheer insanity!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2014 on Own it, Kay at EdCone.com
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I would buy an e-ink tablet. In fact, I own a Nook Simple Touch myself, and have used the hell out of it. That said, I would wait to buy anything. Kobo has just come out with their new models, and it seems that within the next two months or less, we'll be seeing new models out of Amazon and B&N. The iPad is a walled garden, and many $s will be spent behind those walls. Plus, I just don't like Apple products. If Apple actually put in some work on iTunes so that it worked a lot better under Windows, I might change my tune. That said, I will not hold my breath for that to happen. As to arguments about piracy and whether or not it is theft, that is too complex to argue, especially here. As regards to piracy and customers, it really only hurts their customers while the pirates seem to have no trouble at all defeating the DRM and distributing as many copies as they wish. And that really should be the death knell of DRM. It doesn't work, it does not stop the pirates, and it really only hobbles the users that actually paid for the product.
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And here I am with Firefox 14.0A1 (Nightly) without any issues. Probably not enough issues to be different from Firefox 11.0 I guess.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2012 on Geekery at EdCone.com
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I would like to see the chart from the actual Presidential budget, not from when they took office. That's three quarters that they didn't have any real say in the spending.
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"The simplest short-term (but also long-term) stimulant to employment would be to reduce the minimum wage" The first problem is that a lot of states have their own minimum wage laws, at least 16 (18?) of which are higher than the federal rate, and another 23 that match the current federal rate. I count 9 states that have lower or no minimum wage laws. http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm Good luck on coordinating with the rest of the states. Second, the real problem with trying to do so, have you actually looked at entry level jobs lately? As a parent who's had both of his youngest get entry level jobs recently, entry level jobs are already paying more than (state) minimum wage to start with. And this is in a state where the minimum wage is higher than the federal one. (Florida) Why? Because nobody REALLY wants those jobs. To fill the need, employers have HAD to pay more than minimum. It might sound like sound conservative thinking, but the reality is that lowering the minimum wage isn't about to affect any kind of decline of unemployment. I also don't understand the thinking that shoving a bunch of people into even lower paying jobs just to make the figures look better. And when I say figures, I'm talking about the U3 figures. Such a position doesn't even begin to budge the U6 figures. Lowering the U3 figures this way may make it look better in a cosmetic way for the politicians in DC, but it does exactly nothing for the country as a whole. Add in the negative factors that you talk about, and I can't see the positive factors becoming reality. Yes employment for teenagers and blacks is problematic. I don't understand the black problem (or maybe I just don't want to), but the problem with teenagers is pretty simple. Why hire possibly troublesome teenagers when you've got a ready supply of adults that have already been in the market and can do the same job for the same price with much less supervision? Get the adults out of the typical jobs that teenagers used to do, by getting them higher paying jobs, and the teenage unemployment numbers will drop. "But if government expenditures were reduced in ways that did not significantly increase unemployment" That, indeed, will be pulling a rabbit out of the hat. By an untrained and unprepared bystander, I might add. In fact, just finding the hat might be the problem now.
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Transporter accident on that hand? I bet the Weasley's could fix that with a wave of the wand!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2010 on Happy New Year. I'm on a boat. at WWdN: In Exile
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I find their attitude a bit puzzling. A friend who went the permanent way spent a year getting her diet and system down to handling it without issues, and she isn't diabetic. And I can relate to the depression. I've been having heart issues (a fib), and after undergoing my third catheter ablation in 13 months, and STILL not keeping rhythm, I was thoroughly depressed for a couple of weeks. It didn't help that I hurt from the last try (why, nobody really has a clue, I shouldn't have), the only time my left leg felt good was when I laid down, then I developed cellulitus on the leg, and after seeing my leg and finding out I was still in a fib, they scheduled a cardioversion the next day (ablation just isn't an option now, he took out all the tissue he could already), with my wife still out of the country for work. Now, two weeks later, it still has me in rhythm. Knock on wood.
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OK, I guess while we wait on the third person, I'll tell you that I got my basket today. Thanks! And no, no unboxing video or pictures. :-p
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You have email. :)
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First! er, Second! bytehead@gmail.com (I have no idea if you can even get the typepad email or not...) The biggest impact, (aside from losing access to carbs -- the only think I really miss is bread and pasta -- I know...), is that fact that my current drugs are packing the weight on me. I seem to have stabilized finally. Too bad I couldn't stay with the Byetta (still willing to try LXR if it ever gets released!). Thanks!
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"If I want to fly somewhere, I put up with a pat down and a swab down of all of my belongings. It happens EVERY time I fly." I've had my hassles through security myself, and I'm one of the few ones that actually got home from a flight on 9/11. And I probably will endure them again the next time I fly. I'm lucky that I currently don't have a lot of medical equipment that I need to take with me, my glucose meter is about it. In fact, it was rather chilling to find out what happened, when I made the mental note as I was going home that security certainly seemed to be lackadaisical, and that it had been years, if not decades, since the last time I could remember a hi-jacking. But in the end, it IS their decision. There really isn't any "Get over yourself" to it. They want to complain about it. I follow your blog enough to know that you complain about certain things as well. I complain about things myself. It's your blog, you own it, and you can complain about anything you want. :) I do the same on my blog. But following rules just because there are rules with nothing truly underlying them is silly. And if they are so mercurial that they change without notice, then they've passed from being silly to down right stupid. And I, for one, have enough stupidity in my life to deal with. I fly only when I have to. Alaska because that's too much of a drive, Indiana because I had to get there fast, and South Africa because you can't even think about driving to there from Florida. That's this year. Times before 9/11 I would normally have taken a plane, I drive now. But again, that is my choice.
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Show me that the rules have any reality and basis with this stupid War on Terror, and you might have a point. Otherwise it has done what it seems to have meant to do. Antagonize people such that they don't want to travel by air anymore.
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Then pendulum swings. I can remember a time in the 70's when all the songs on the radio sounded like they were being sung by castratos or constantly in falsetto. Not today.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2010 on The Misandry Bubble at The Futurist
@edwardo: They did. They took that remix, and made it their own commercial. Not only do they have slapchop.com, but slapchoprap.com. I was on the couch suffering from a cold this morning when it popped up on the TV -- as a commercial.
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This is an interesting program. The interface needs a little work. You really don't need to put a dialog box to tell me that it saved the input, that would save a click, especially when you enter the number of drugs that I needed to enter (and that's the current list, not my complete history). I don't see the need to put WHEN I started something, because after a year, does it matter? Or just allow entering the month and year would be nice. I find the requirements for user ID and password to be a bit extreme. An Excel spreadsheet/template would do everything this does just as well in my opinion, and easier to make corrections and enter the information to begin with.
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I've had a little thought about, http://bryanlprice.com/infinet/SETI.html That was back in July 1997. (And the email in the feedback is wrong, but I'll correct that later! That's what I get for changing ISPs!) This gets back to your fourth postulate. The problem is with encryption and compression. Efficient encryption and/or compression takes a signal that has a pattern to it and makes it a pattern not too discernible from white noise. So, the only thing we're going to have to go on is signal strength. So we may find a noise maker somewhere that's stationary (or not), but if they are just a few more years ahead of us, good luck trying to decode it without any other kind of reference. There are two other, possibly related, situations that I've thought of, I just haven't thought hard enough to probably write cogently about, but I'll try. The first is that the technology might exist to push the signal through to where you want it, just. In other words, instead of blasting something out with 1KW transmitter, the transmitter knows it only need to send out a 20W signal to reach the intended receiver. Those numbers are just guess, and place fillers, don't be jumping on me for them! :) The second is, they've decided that they do not want to be found. I've already heard about the people that have decided that we need to be proactive and pushing out our own signal for us to be discovered by somebody else, than wait for us to discover them, and the backlash against them. (I'm on the side of caution, we don't really need to be spewing out more signals when what we are already putting out should be sufficient. Maybe it's too many Berzerker ™ novels, or too many Space Marine novels from Ian Douglas...)
Toggle Commented May 24, 2009 on SETI and the Singularity at The Futurist