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by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

trpmb6 wrote:
Thesh wrote:When you are talking about Fox News literally making up quotes to support the President, "both sides do it too" is complete and utter bullshit.

I really get tired of your antics.

That's nice.
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 919
Views: 154171

Re: Controversial opinions about food

The bad pizza joints I'm familiar with, it's less "too much cheese" and more "not enough anything else" - parodies of thin-crust pizza with paper-thin smears of tomato paste and pepperoni that might reach a micron thick.
by commodorejohn
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

I always liked Bill Bryson's characterization of the House of Lords: "It is an arresting fact of British politcal life that a Briton can enjoy a national platform and exalted status simply because he is a residue of an illicit coupling 300 years before between a monarch and an orange seller.&qu...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

From this , it sounds like he made the right move to kill it (at least for this year)? I'd be curious to hear from someone with more direct knowledge of the subject, because it sounds from the Wikipedia article on reconciliation like only one bill per topic can be passed per year - and since this w...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

It has nothing to do with patience or timeline; it has to do with his conviction that he's above accountability and nobody has any business looking into this - note especially the part where he makes a veiled threat about the special counsel staying out of investigating his/his family's/businesses' ...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Didn't you get the memo, Angua? They're just new at this! Cut them some slack!
by commodorejohn
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

It's something that's been heavily rumored for a long time, before anybody ever thought he'd be running for president, but yeah, I don't know whether there's a solid corroboration available for it.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

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 D...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

I mean by a strict reading Me (in Canada) supporting Hillary or Trump in any public way could be considered illegal. I think that's what "thing of value" is meant to be there for. No sane judge would interpret, say, stumping for a candidate on a forum to fit that criteria, but if you were...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Good thing 24 hours isn't nearly enough time for a malicious actor to do any real damage.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Sorry, but you'll just have to excuse me if I'm not enthusiastic about the prospect of J. Random Web Developer getting to run code on my computer from a page I'm not even currently on. If the developers did consider the potential for attack exploits and still concluded this was a good idea, then, we...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Un-fucking-believable.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Well that's the worst idea I've heard today, and today was the day where the President's son tried to use "yeah, I attempted to collude with the Russians, but I didn't get any useful dirt, so...no harm no foul?" as his official line of defense.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

I'd like to ask the anti-Trumpers what they think they'd actually gain by either having Trump removed from office or having him step down. What do you really think would be different with Pence running things instead? On a lot of issues Pence is to the right of Trump. Throw in that Ivanka is whispe...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

That's just his lawyer talking. It's probably true, but you can't trust anything he says now that Trump is lawyered up. Like do you believe Trump's statement that he isn't under investigation after he admitted that he was? On top of which it's still pretty transparently (attempted) witness intimida...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Okay, I'm pretty sure that's the hat of someone behind him, but I like your interpretation better, because it fits with his apparently in-progress transformation into Steven Seagal.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 368269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Considering there were supposedly some 500 tenants living in the building, I guess it could've been much worse. Still, I can't imagine what their friends and families are going through right now.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Sessions already spent an entire morning covering Trump's ass (not to mention his own) on this, so I'm not gonna place a lot of stock in his principles, plus he's (at least nominally) recused himself from the matter. Rosenstein at least has (nominally) committed to supporting Mueller to a fully reas...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, fingers crossed for sure - but as cynical as I am about these people, I have to think that at the very least, when faced with their own doom they'll turn on the person most directly responsible for it.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

I kinda doubt he will. That would, for one, quite clearly be obstruction of justice. It would also be like letting everyone know there was some ...fire, not just smoke. Oh, without a doubt. But: nothing has stopped Trump from stepping on his own dick before (see: the public comments laying bare the...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

At this point, I will be very surprised if Trump doesn't fire Mueller. Ditto that. If there's one consistent pattern we can observe from his presidency, it's that every time he feels cornered, he inevitably lashes out in the dumbest, most self-destructive way possible. And firing Mueller (just to c...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Probably depends on what specifically constitutes "the rest of the media." I don't follow TV news, but the Washington Post has been running regular coverage on it (in addition to breaking a good half of the stories) since before the inauguration.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Have to love how Trump and his business/brand weren't fodder for investigation, as the investigation was about Russia meddling in the election. Firing Comey opened up the obstruction of justice charge against Trump himself, which in turn opens up his whole business dealings (as they need to be inve...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, I have no doubt Sessions is going out there to spin and cover asses, but since he'll be under oath and at the mercy of the committee it could get interesting.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 919
Views: 154171

Re: Controversial opinions about food

You're right - that was a wildly unfair statement on my part.

Maximum-security prisons in Alpha Centauri treat their prisoners better than that.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 368269

Re: The Darker Side of the News

"Mod voice" really needs a Pratchett-style small-caps font.
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 919
Views: 154171

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Avocados: the most pointless "food" on Planet Earth. Empty, tasteless filler glop that looks like it should be served to inmates at a maximum-security prison in Alpha Centauri.
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Well, they only need a chain of custody once after they have come to the official notice of prosecutors, right? But if push came to shove, then they would probably want the devices that recorded them and the unaltered hard drives that have them as files or the original tapes. Failing to supply thos...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Oh, they try, for sure. I mean, they kept him off Twitter for a whole day and a half when his original plan was to do a running live-response feed during the entire Comey testimony! But sooner or later he manages to wrest his phone back from whichever of his handlers is playing keep-away with it and...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

That's definitely possible. On the other hand, there was a lot of discussion when the "tapes" thing first came up about the fact that he does have a history of surreptitiously recording conversations at his properties, and one of his staffers strongly implied to a reporter that goings-on i...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

Definitely. But we've seen no limits to his powers of self-delusion up 'til this point - why would he stop digging himself into holes now?
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3622
Views: 226952

Re: Trump presidency

RCT Bob wrote:I just wonder if Trump realises how risky this move is,

Any time this question is asked, it's a safe bet that the answer is "no."

Now, about those tapes he publically implied he had...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Good book to learn bass on?
Replies: 1
Views: 1361

Re: Good book to learn bass on?

Rather than a book, here's a video with Billy Sheehan covering the basic stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3iCSlPbLxQ Also, a video lesson from bass god Chris Squire, because why not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cprcYnffK_o But really, there's no substitute for just getting an instrument a...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1554
Views: 217925

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Consider the evolution of computers in the last fifty years - isn't that an argument that computers will never be able to {insert your favorite benchmark}? Only A. again, there are hard physical limits on that shit - there's only so much CPU you can cram into a given die size before you create a bl...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1554
Views: 217925

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

sardia wrote:Wait, don't you think we could get human level intelligence from a computer in less than 10 years?

It depends on the human. I mean, we could already replace Donald Trump with a chatbot and hire out the golf to Tiger Woods.

But I'm not holding my breath for anything beyond that.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1554
Views: 217925

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The constraints on machine "evolution" are far less restrictive than those of animal evolution. Subsequent generations of machines do not have to be almost-identical copies of existing ones. They are not constrained by size the way animals are. True, they are dependent on us for their con...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1554
Views: 217925

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

ucim wrote:And whatever computers (and associated machines) can achieve, they can surpass us at.

On what basis do you make that claim?
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1554
Views: 217925

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

And you're assuming they haven't already reached parity. All the available evidence suggests they have already exceeded us. KnightExemplar just listed an example that suggests that's not as broadly the case as you seem to think. Besides, you're going to have to explain why improvements would taper ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1554
Views: 217925

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The most important question is 'whose stupid decisions will cumulatively have the least worst effect?' and AI will inevitably win that battle as they are improving rapidly and humans are not. They're improving rapidly from a baseline of total ignorance, sure, but (like all good Futurists) you're as...
by commodorejohn
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 162
Views: 15723

Re: Look away from your monitor.

Korg ARP Odyssey reissue, because sometimes you just need to reach over and noodle around on a whim.

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