Posts by ctdonath2

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • "Arachne's Web" - ambient music

    12/14/2017 12:11:18 PM PST · 3 of 4
    ctdonath2 to Slings and Arrows

    Probably what I need to listen to right now. Which I am.

  • Hallmark Christmas Movies Under Fire for Spreading “Caucasian Cheer”

    12/14/2017 11:58:14 AM PST · 48 of 73
    ctdonath2 to Scarpetta

    Black Entertainment Television.
    BET Her.
    Cinemax.
    Cinemax Spanish.
    Galavision.
    HBO.
    HBO Latino.
    LOGO.
    MoreMax.
    Ovation TV.
    Oxygen.
    Primo TV.
    Showtime (a dozen variants).
    Starz (a dozen variants).
    Sundance.
    TV One.
    Univision.
    We TV.
    And a whole lot more.

    Can’t caucasian women with classic American sensibilities have their own movie channel, when practically every other ethnic/gender group has several devoted to them?

  • Cuomo: Remove firearms from domestic abusers in New York

    12/14/2017 10:20:31 AM PST · 25 of 39
    ctdonath2 to mrmeyer

    The law of ignored obvious consequences is lost on this man.

    NY’s SAFE law (register or surrender assault weapons, no more transfers) has a paltry 4% compliance rate.
    Making felons out of well-armed otherwise-law-abiding citizens is a bad idea.

  • Planned Parenthood Could Care Less About Women

    12/14/2017 10:18:13 AM PST · 8 of 14
    ctdonath2 to Oshkalaboomboom

    COULDN’T.

    It’s “COULDN’T”.

  • Las Vegas massacre survivors: 'We're in the dark'

    12/14/2017 10:16:54 AM PST · 34 of 50
    ctdonath2 to dragnet2

    If there is no evidence of any other explanation, that’s pretty much what you’re left with.

  • Las Vegas massacre survivors: 'We're in the dark'

    12/14/2017 10:15:37 AM PST · 33 of 50
    ctdonath2 to CondorFlight

    Police justifiably withhold evidence from the public while an investigation is underway. Release would be interesting, but if it’s not actually helpful (instead hurting innocent survivors/bystanders) then I question publication.

  • Las Vegas massacre survivors: 'We're in the dark'

    12/14/2017 10:13:05 AM PST · 32 of 50
    ctdonath2 to cicero2k

    Alas, publicizing that which need not be publicized rarely ends well. Innocents involved will be harassed. Businesses will be sued, if only for doing normal business.

    The only group here that need be scrutinized is the police: the long response time means every responsible agent should be fired for incompetence, setting an example for the next group to deal with scenarios decisively, removing every barrier thereto.

    “Measures taken by hotel & security”, beyond actually putting video cameras in every hallway, will do little short of extreme intrusion. I’m not going to a hotel if I have to go thru metal detectors to enter. For similar reasons I rarely fly, preferring to drive 1500 miles than submit to 4th-Amendment-violating “security theater”.

    Yes, every outdoor gathering is a potential killing field. That’s exceedingly rare.
    Yes, sometimes the dragon wins - that’s no reason to hide in caves and disarm the knights.

  • Eric Holder warns GOP: 'Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated'

    12/14/2017 8:57:15 AM PST · 18 of 200
    ctdonath2 to x1stcav

    Holder would do well to keep his piehole shut, lest he give others reason to prosecute & incarcerate him in a fast & furious manner.

  • Las Vegas massacre survivors: 'We're in the dark'

    12/14/2017 8:56:03 AM PST · 5 of 50
    ctdonath2 to LouieFisk

    Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde.
    Rich guy presents a laudable front, dabbles in secret evil, gets bored, decides to end all in spectacular fashion.
    The banality of evil is not satisfying to victims.

  • CAIR and Muslim Groups to Hold HUGE RALLY in Washington DC to Protest Trump’s...

    12/14/2017 8:29:22 AM PST · 33 of 68
    ctdonath2 to yoe

    Can any of them articulate why a nation shouldn’t locate an embassy in another country’s capital? and what interest they have in opposing _our_ embassy being in _Israel’s_ capital?

  • Media celebrate Moore loss, blame Trump, but did party dodge a bullet?

    12/14/2017 8:19:56 AM PST · 26 of 38
    ctdonath2 to ontap

    Yeah, the Left need realize that their candidate was not substantially more desirable than a smeared opponent, and required 10x spending to win.

  • Media celebrate Moore loss, blame Trump, but did party dodge a bullet?

    12/14/2017 8:18:27 AM PST · 24 of 38
    ctdonath2 to dfwgator

    Yes, I’m an ass. My wife reminds me of that often.

    Nonetheless, methinks an off-year special election featuring an unenthusiastic* candidate giving the opposition a chance to barely win through heroic effort and enormous spending is an anomaly. When the GOP realizes candidates must be carefully vetted in ways not previously considered, and voters have a reason to show up for a normal election involving more than one race, the Rat will be thrown off the ship.

    (* - As some pundit noted, Moore pulled a Hillary and just stopped doing big promotional rallies in the few weeks before the election. This while his opponent was doing 3 a day and drawing crowds (albeit anomalous ones). If you’re not enthusiastic, your base won’t be either.)

  • SCOTUS and the Spy in Your Pocket

    12/14/2017 8:11:37 AM PST · 26 of 33
    ctdonath2 to Grampa Dave

    I finally consented to a “fast pass” when (A) I rarely have enough cash for tolls I’m not expecting, and (B) mapping programs often route you thru no-cash toll booths. With EZPass and SunPass tucked behind my mirror, and auto-pay set up for both, I don’t have to care about toll booths at all now. Yes they could abuse the data (say, send me a fine for driving too fast from one toll to the next), but so far they don’t and the convenience way outweighs the paranoia.

  • SCOTUS and the Spy in Your Pocket

    12/14/2017 8:08:17 AM PST · 25 of 33
    ctdonath2

    Upshot: assume you ARE being tracked, and all your information accessible, but nobody cares because your life is boring.

    ...unless you make your life interesting for some reason, at which point you should carefully consider exactly what you’re doing, how you could be tracked/reported, how that monitoring can be evaded, and why you’re doing whatever may attract that kind of attention.

  • SCOTUS and the Spy in Your Pocket

    12/14/2017 7:33:55 AM PST · 21 of 33
    ctdonath2 to US_MilitaryRules

    They exist. A simple foil bag is enough. Fancy pouches are available.

  • SCOTUS and the Spy in Your Pocket

    12/14/2017 7:17:59 AM PST · 15 of 33
    ctdonath2 to grania

    Question is what do you consider “off”?
    There’s usually several levels of “off” for these complex devices, most leaving at least some capabilities running.
    If the screen is blank, and the device instantly activates when “on” (or some other button) is pressed, it’s just in “sleep” mode - turns off the user interface to save power, but otherwise ready to work and likely monitoring location, network, etc.
    If you really turn it OFF (say, long-press the power button and then swipe the OFF indicator) it should really be off - as in not collecting location data or responding to phone call requests, not consuming any power. Users rarely turn their phones OFF.

    Simple cell phones probably won’t _record_ your locations, but the cell service company may very well track your locations. Cell phones _must_ check in with local towers periodically (every few minutes) so the system knows where the phone is so calls can be delivered. Having that data, and plenty of storage to record it, the service company will probably keep that data indefinitely so they can “data mine” customers’ behaviors so they can provide better (and more profitable) services. Side effect is: when the police ask for that data, they can provide a map of where you’ve travelled.

    A car GPS probably doesn’t store past location info, at least not for long. It’s not particularly useful, and there isn’t much storage available to keep it. If you’re actually worried about someone using it to prove where you don’t want them to know you’ve been, you’ll have to turn it off (like pull the power connection) to ensure it doesn’t gather location data - without the exact model we can’t tell you if or how much it records.

    EZpass is just a tag that’s read when you pass by a reader, an easy way for the toll booth to say “oh, it’s you” and record that you were there at a particular time. Tollbooth records can be correlated to figure out where you’ve probably been, but can’t prove it beyond “you were here at this time, and there at that time”.

    You want convenience services, you have to let other people know where you are. Not hard to be anonymous, but inconvenient in modern culture.

  • Media celebrate Moore loss, blame Trump, but did party dodge a bullet?

    12/14/2017 7:05:34 AM PST · 14 of 38
    ctdonath2 to dfwgator

    I don’t think the Rats will keep Alabama. This was a off-year special election for a single seat contested by a baggage-laden* “good ol’ boy” that few were enthusiastic for, vs a Leftist who had to outspend by 10x and rally a special-interest group that now wants their payoff ... and the Rat won by a minuscule margin.

    * - the unproven-but-stuck “pedophilia” label was just one repulsive point, veiling a bunch of other stances that frankly are distasteful to a great many conservatives - things which might be overlooked in an otherwise good candidate but just deflated what was left after the flurry of accusations made him hard to approach.

  • Media celebrate Moore loss, blame Trump, but did party dodge a bullet?

    12/14/2017 6:59:23 AM PST · 10 of 38
    ctdonath2 to OttawaFreeper

    “Had Moore won Tuesday night, the screams of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, etc would be even more louder now. ... I wonder if all of that would have been that major unneeded distraction.”

    This.

    All else aside, we’d hear a solid year of endless baseless accusations, making progress difficult. Losing outright is certainly bad, but winning with a baggage-laden Republican isn’t much better.
    That the D won by a ridiculously small margin against a seriously damaged-goods candidate should encourage the Rs to properly vet their next candidate and take back Alabama.

  • Single shot .45-70 Rifle takes down Hog

    12/14/2017 6:53:38 AM PST · 20 of 34
    ctdonath2 to Mariner

    That’s the point. Fast (usually light) bullets are traveling fast enough that they don’t drop much by the time they get to the target, so the drop can usually be ignored or minimally compensated for. Slow (usually heavy) bullets take so long to get there that they fall a significant distance, hence the pronounced arc which must be accounted for.

  • Open Carry at The Vertical Church with AR15 and Radio

    12/14/2017 5:49:13 AM PST · 14 of 29
    ctdonath2 to marktwain

    George Bought, Pilgrims Going to Church