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How is the RW lying about the effects of the tax bill on Medicare ?

Reference: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/29/1719511/-The-Republican-tax-bill-will-end-cancer-treatment-for-Medicare-patients

I'm sure they are lying their ass off about this. Thank you in advance!


Did anyone else get a letter from Wikipedia ?

I gave them a lifetime donation (meaning no more money, period, ever) and I get this fundraising letter. I'm a bit annoyed.

You too ? Don't they have plenty of freaking money to do their thing ?

very well said

I'm expecting you to be scolded any day now for trusting anyone with your data. Like you said, a human is NOT going to go looking through my data to find stuff. Google has every incentive to safeguard data and I'm sure you really have to have a top-level clearance at Google to do that in case of the feds.

Security discussions get way too close to the truly paranoid for me at times. Yes, you want to take reasonable measures but jesus, if you're THAT worried, go live in the Montana woods like Ted Kaczynski and don't tell anyone anything unless there's a gun to your head.

I've been on the net for 21 years being reasonably careful and OMG (sarcasm) I'm still ok. Could the NSA get me ? Hell yes, but if the NSA wants you, they WILL get you, it's only a matter of time. The only way to avoid the NSA is to go offline completely. AFAIK, they have even cracked Tor and probably crack everything.

Not ranting at you, Egnever, just the people who just get a bit....off...about this whole privacy thing.

I can't say enough good things about Vivaldi browser

The only very trivial thing I don't like about is, the top bar turns the same color as the web page and sometimes I don't like that. I might be missing how to configure that, if you can. eta: nvm I think I fixed it.

The CEO of the company used to run Opera, so he's trying to recreate it under a new name and make it better. AFAIK you can turn off all the Google-related stuff that people hate. ETA2: I meant Google Chrome's data collection. Sorry.


On a sidenote, this guy is remaking Opera 12: http://otter-browser.org/ It's still in beta.

Cat pulling snow skier


1- Is that a Maine Coon cat ???

2- Is this considered animal abuse ???? I almost didn't post it.

Rinse repeat: 21F at 72.67 N (well into the Canadian Arctic)


Naw, no global warming/global climate change. Nonsense!

Profile of an incredible woman in software


Before I copy/paste the article, I just want to say that I know a lot of people on DU and in RL hate Microsoft. Fair enough. They definitely deserved it back in the bad old Bill Gates/Balmer days. At any rate, try to read the article and put your hatred for the company aside. She's pretty freaking incredible. I talk to her on Twitter a bit.


Children love bubbles and water fountains. Most adults tend to find more exhilaration from an incoming text. Sometimes, however, there’s that rarest of souls, a grown-up who manages to find beauty in both. Those are the types of people you want to be around, because their contagious joie de vivre delivers a jolt of energy to your ho-hum day.

Laura Butler, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, is one such person. Currently she’s standing in harm’s way for a photo shoot, underneath a massive metallic fountain at the Seattle Center. As the waterworks cascade down, Laura just laughs and twirls her umbrella, a modern-day Mary Poppins. “If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong.” Inspiring words to live by indeed. If I had a second umbrella, I thought, I’d probably join her.

Such is the magnetism of Butler’s personality. She’s a funny and self-deprecating force of nature, given to free-form monologues that display humor, pathos and massive amounts of brainpower. “Laura’s incredible energy, intelligence, and dizzying stream of analogies leave you awed in the first five minutes of meeting her,” said Microsoft Corporate Vice President and former boss, Darren Laybourn. Microsoft Technical Fellow Richard Ward, a longtime peer, concurs, adding, “You never walk away from Laura without learning something new.”

She’s quirky, a pop kitsch queen who freely mixes references to '80s anthems ("Safety Dance", cult comedies ("Team America: World Police”), and Miss Piggy with nods to high culture (Dostoyevsky, “War and Peace,” and Horatio Hornblower). Her cats are named Pavlov and Curie, after the scientists. She’s a Star Trek fanatic with an autographed picture of William Shatner and a Spock cookie jar by her desk. She readily admits that she has a thing for the pointy-eared Vulcan and his logical, yet emotional charms. Butler always carries a journal to scrawl notes. There’s a page devoted to television shows, movies and books she wants to “consume,” another for book ideas she wants to write, to-do lists, little tactical notes for work, and one for potential inventions, such as an umbrella with a cup holder, that are brilliant in their simple utility. As one of Microsoft’s early employees, she’s worked on products dating back to Word for Windows (she jokes that it was just a single Window back then). During her tenure at the company, she has helped design a laundry list of features, including a new user interface in Windows 95, multi-monitor support, and Application and Desktop sharing in NetMeeting, a forefather to Lync. During the Windows Phone 7 revamp, she was the driving force behind the “Buttery Smooth” metro user interface, including the phone’s elegant home screen, live tiles, modern interfaces and touch capability. As a Distinguished Engineer at a company filled with brilliant minds (or, as she puts it, “people who got beat up in high school”), Butler takes her corporate role very seriously. “With authority and power comes obligation and responsibility.” That’s why she’s constantly self-evaluating, not in her own interest but on behalf of her team, wondering: What’s the right thing to do by them? “Each person gets that feeling that she’s personally invested in their success,” said Ward. “She knows what everyone’s working on and the issues they’re having.”

Comcast deleted net neutrality pledge the same day FCC announced repeal


We wrote earlier this week about how Comcast has changed its promises to uphold net neutrality by pulling back from previous statements that it won't charge websites or other online applications for fast lanes.

Comcast spokesperson Sena Fitzmaurice has been claiming that we got the story wrong. But a further examination of how Comcast's net neutrality promises have changed over time reveals another interesting tidbit—Comcast deleted a "no paid prioritization" pledge from its net neutrality webpage on the very same day that the Federal Communications Commission announced its initial plan to repeal net neutrality rules.

Starting in 2014, the webpage, corporate.comcast.com/openinternet/open-net-neutrality, contained this statement: "Comcast doesn't prioritize Internet traffic or create paid fast lanes."

That statement remained on the page until April 26 of this year, according to page captures from the Internet Archive's WayBack Machine.

Parts of Siberia are Colder Than Minus 60 Degrees Fahrenheit, and It's Only November


As mild temperatures encompass a large swath of the contiguous United States this week, parts of Siberia are experiencing temperatures colder than minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit – and it's only November.

A low temperature of minus 69 degrees was recorded early Tuesday in Delyankir, Russia. This is colder than the all-time record lows in every U.S. state except Utah (-69 degrees), Montana (-70 degrees) and Alaska (-80 degrees).

If that wasn't incredible enough, the daytime high in Delyankir Tuesday failed to rise above -60 degrees.


A weather pattern change a week to 10 days from now could cause some air from near the Arctic Circle to spill into the central and eastern U.S.

Of course, too cold in Siberia is part of our crazy climate changes.

When I read GD, I can just feel the anger, hatred, bitterness and frustration


I can only take X minutes of it and then I have to leave GD for a while. Sometimes I just like to peruse the Lounge. Some times I just have to leave DU for a while. This place, while I love it, gets me angry and depressed after a while, because of our Narcissistic-Psychopath-in-Chief-who-has-dementia-and-delusions (maybe, don't quote me lol)

Let's all remember to take care of ourselves during this period of horrible national crisis. Best wishes to all lurkers and all our lovely regulars here.

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