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Posted in: Mexican drug lord El Chapo gets life sentence in U.S. See in context

Overwhelming evil only gets life? If anyone needed the death penalty, it is this man. Think of the hundreds of humans he ordered killed.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey See in context

Unproven allegations can ruin someone's career. Sad.

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Posted in: How would you define racism? See in context

Whenever anyone, anywhere, is offended, it must be racism, even if the people actually involved don't think it is.


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Posted in: ACLU files suit to block Trump rule to stop asylum seekers See in context

If you believe in rule of law and personal freedoms, you should be donating to the ACLU.

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Posted in: Trump aide Conway asks reporter, 'What's your ethnicity?' See in context

a) Trump was wrong. On this. Picking on someone based on their physical characteristics is wrong, but Trump never learned that.

b) Reporters get to ask questions. Any question they like.

c) Politicians don't have to answer the specific question asked. About 95% of the time, they do not. They rephrase the question for their trained talking point. Conway failed to do that.

Feinberg appears to be a Jewish (ethnicity) name. I have know guess as to his religion. My last name has a specific regional origin as well. It is just a fact. I don't see how it is relevant.

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Posted in: Trump says 'not fair' that U.S. can't sell F-35s to Turkey See in context

stormcrow: Lockheed doesn't make commercial airliners and hasn't since the 1970s. The L-1011 was their last.

Lockheed doesn't have a say in this. The military should have the final say.

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Posted in: ACLU files suit to block Trump rule to stop asylum seekers See in context

I've been donating to the ACLU annually for decades. While I don't agree with all their stances, they are right probably 90% of the time and definitely deserve the support for anyone who believes in rule of law.

If Trump doesn't like the current law, get it changed in Congress and sign a new bill into a law. He isn't "King" or "Dictator." 2 yrs in and you'd think someone claiming to be so very smart would have learned that by now.

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Posted in: Amazon workers strike as 'Prime' shopping frenzy hits See in context

If you don't want to work at Amazon for the benefits and salary offered under the conditions provided, get another job.

I worked in a warehouse for minimum wage while going to University. We had specific start times, a mid-morning 15 min break, 30 for lunch, and a mid-afternoon 15 min break. We had quotas for the number of parts packed to be shipped. Meeting the quota required hustle and brains to plan the order parts were retrieved intelligently. It was a dusty, dirty, job, but at least it was indoors. In the winter, it was below freezing outside. In the summer it was VERY hot inside. I've never met anyone who enjoyed putting parts into boxes and boxes onto trucks.

There's a reason they call it "work."

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Posted in: Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide See in context

Atheists are persecuted around the world too through blasphemy laws.

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Posted in: Trump defiant as lawmakers blast his 'racist' attacks on 4 congresswomen See in context

All people in the USA have freedom of speech. Political speech is especially protected. Doesn't matter if you are a citizen or not. Doesn't matter if it is positive or negative towards any politician. Use your speech rights.

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Posted in: All Japanese customers banned from restaurant…in Japan?!? See in context

No soup for you!, just like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld.

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Posted in: 62 U.S. border employees under internal investigation amid posts See in context

Law enforcement (i.e. people carrying weapons) needs to meet a higher standard of impartial conduct, at least on public forums. It is one thing to have opinions, provided those opinions don't alter the way your job is performed pro or con.

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Posted in: Leaked UK memo says Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama See in context

Lots of people believed that deal was a bad idea. Nobody expected Iran to actually follow it, since they had been violating other, prior, agreements.

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Posted in: LGBT community hopes election spurs gay rights debate, legislation See in context

"Rights" are very different from legal protection.

In most countries with rule of law, humans have the "right" not to be killed without due process.

"Due process" in legal proceedings is usually a "right." There are many behaviors that are not actually "rights", which different minority groups would have everyone believe as "rights."

Any "right" specially granted to 1 group is dangerous unless that group is "humans", since it may often be used against other groups. This is why the list of true, legally protected, "rights", must be small. Things that are just a really good idea, aren't rights, for a reason. Those are legal protections.

Lots of religious texts have negative suggestions for handling people who are different. Somehow many of those are ignored, except by a tiny subset of fundamental followers of the text.

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Posted in: Mall clashes at latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march See in context

Beijing thinks this will all go away, eventually.

At least 1M Hong Kongers need to plan to take to the streets every Sunday for the next 6 months calling for everything they want.

Hong Kong police need to be protesting on their day's off and providing guidance to the peaceful protestors for how escalation can be avoided. The HK police need to want the democracy just as much.

Regardless, the violence has to stop.

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Posted in: Trump defends border detention camps See in context

Changing the immigration laws to address unexpected immigrants is the only solution.

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Posted in: Old software makes new electoral systems in U.S. ripe for hacking See in context

In Georgia, the next voting system will have a paper trail that voters can visually validate and can be used for later audits, if needed. Security experts and the GA-EFF are actively working with the Secretary of State department to ensure accurate and audit-able voting systems are in place ASAP.

Hacking voter systems is something I would rather deal with than what happened in Georgia where they purposely instituted a law that surpressed (sic) the voting ability of over 30% of the people.

This isn't true. In Georgia, anyone registered to vote can request an absentee ballot for ANY REASON. It is trivial to request an absentee ballot by mail, by internet, or by fax. Trivial.

Voting machines aren't connected to any network. Hacking them requires having physical access, so controlling access to the external ports is a key aspect to any voting machine. New software is more likely to be hacked than old software because new software will need new hardware with more external port connections.

There's a good reason that spacecraft don't use Windows. Why would voting systems trust any OS that NASA doesn't trust? A tiny, special purpose, OS based on a very small BSD or Linux kernel could easily be used. The real difficulty is in all the different political mandates within each different state which makes the software 1000x more complex than needed. It also means every state is forced to have a highly customized voting system to meet the political mandates.

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Posted in: Tokyo sees record 18th straight day with little sunshine See in context

So ... climate change is getting cooler?

Anyone using solar energy having issues with the reduced solar radiation hitting the panels?

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Posted in: The machine that made the moon missions possible See in context

I wonder if the word “sacrifice” ever was uttered at NASA. Possibly, but not as a motivator.

The NASA community does make sacrifices all the time for the mission they are working. I used to sleep in a closet when I worked 12 hr shifts supporting the STS program. It was the only place that was dark and quiet enough in my home to sleep during the day. The rest of the family still had school and work during the day.

I was on-call 24/7 for years, even when a mission wasn't active. The facilities were used 24/7 for training. I don't remember being called much during the daytime, but I do remember many of the 3am calls that required me to physically go into Bldg 30S and do something. Usually it a failure of our team's subsystem. Almost always it was user-error because they'd skipped our training classes.

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Posted in: Saudi Olympic official reportedly hugged female hotel worker in Tokyo See in context

Clearly the woman felt she was assaulted.

Read that a Saudi woman was sentenced to 2 yrs in jail for hugging a man on stage in 2018.

Japan can block his entry for 5 yrs (or life) if they want and deport him immediately.

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Posted in: The machine that made the moon missions possible See in context

The Apollo code was posted to github a few years ago.

Shuttle GPCs had 108KB of RAM until about 1990.

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Posted in: Crackdown on immigrant families facing deportation in U.S. to start Sunday See in context

Why the double standards?

Because anything that Trump's administration tries to accomplish is bad, bad, bad, according to people who hate Trump. The Dims think that denying any progress to reduce illegal immigration is better. It is not.

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Posted in: China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms that sell arms to Taiwan See in context

Would love to see Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan join together into a new free, democratic, country.

Beijing, you can't stop the signal.

The sanctions on Raytheon are gonna hurt bad, oh so bad. NOT! It isn't like Raytheon sells anything to the mainland. They don't make clock radios. Same for GD. Boeing might get a little, same for PW and GE - just a little, if anyone notices. After all, who is going to tell Beijing details about the purchases?

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Posted in: U.S. deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal See in context

Perhaps Turkey wanted out of the F-35 purchase and this was the easiest way to do it.

Glad I visited the Turkey already, though when the govt there tear gassed my group at lunch, it wasn't so nice.

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Posted in: Scent of vanilla helps to ease pain: Japanese researchers See in context

I use vanilla incense and in pancakes. Love the smell.

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Posted in: Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after 'American Carnage' excerpts See in context

Does this man-child ever shut up?

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Posted in: Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid See in context

I've worked in multiple mission control rooms - FCRs and POCCs. I've helped write software that ran in all NASA control centers around the world, in partner centers, and on both the shuttle and space station.

I've never been near the Japanese Space agency.

The ones you see on TV from NASA are setup in a very specific way and dedicated for mission support which includes training for missions. But there are hundreds of other people around the world seeing the same data, nearly real-time, using the same kinds of computers, running the same software. The protocol uses for sharing the real-time data is called ISP. It has changed data sharing worldwide. The US military uses it for wargames (can't tell if you are fighting a real tank/aircraft or a computer generated one). Online games use it (NASA software is public domain), for things like WoW and all the other massive online games with millions of players daily. There may or may not be a fancy "console" setup. Some have tower-like computers under a desk with a few monitors on top for each work location. The desks might be re-arranged for the cameras if the work locations are the persons normal work place. You just never know.

Plus, whenever something important to a mission is about to happen, about 4x more people "show up" than would normally be there. NASA controls access to their FCR to prevent that problem. There are plenty of other rooms nearby with a huge screen packed by people who have access to the building. The more missions that happen at a space agency, the more likely these extra access controls will become important.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 5 neighbors in Yamaguchi loses final appeal See in context

If rehabilitation isn't possible, what's the point of jail?

The Death Penalty isn't about vengeance. It is about deterring OTHER murderers. While nothing will stop the crazy people, it will deter norms thinking about it.

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Posted in: China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump See in context

Nobody wants to be forced into buying from suppliers who they don't like. Trump just makes business harder for everyone else.

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Posted in: Trump abandons effort to put citizenship question on census See in context

I can remember when Republicans used to be against answering any Census question other than "how many people live here", b/c it was "none of Da Gubmint's business".

Real Conservatives still feel this way.

Trump is majoring in the minor things. Wish he'd stop. Some things aren't worth his time or bad publicity.

It would be different if he were actually smart and good at everything, but he isn't. If he were even average intelligence, he'd realize this stuff. Saw that some website guessed his IQ to be 140-ish. Doubtful.

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