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Comment: Re:Already solved? (Score 1) 32

by 517714 (#47370419) Attached to: Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills
Technically, yes, there are solutions. Politically, no, the Federal Government would not allow BP to deploy booms and skimmers that, being under foreign registries, might not be unionized. In hindsight, BP should have used them and appealed to Congress, the courts, and the American people for relief from the Executive Department's overreach.

Comment: Re:Same lie, two people, different outcome (Score 1) 560

by 517714 (#47327999) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data
You said the data is on the tape, therefore it isn't lost . You said you deleted the unneeded data, therefore you didn't lose it, you disposed of it. I see nothing accidental in your actions - or those of the IRS. The part about your whole life may be true nonetheless.

Comment: Great Timing (Score 1) 216

by 517714 (#47249569) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

They waited until the competition was (largely) eliminated by smartphone apps, and Google and Apple were finally in a position to start monetizing the service again (you used to pay for navigation hardware and/or programs) so we will undoubtedly see worsening map quality since there won't be enough revenue for those greedy sumbitches once the regulations are slathered on.

Call your congress critter and tell him to think long and hard before voting for this act.

Comment: Re:For Republicans,... (Score 1) 216

by 517714 (#47249401) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Yeah, a Republican power grab sounds very plausible. We were all just wondering when the President would let his true colors show.

From the second link: "Earlier this year in St. Paul, Minnesota, President Obama and Secretary Foxx promised to present Congress with a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal, and with the unveiling of The GROW AMERICA Act today, they have fulfilled that promise." It is the first sentence on the web page.


Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by 517714 (#47200155) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'
"Armed" meant with the most sophisticated military weapons available. Several of the earliest engagements in the American War of Independence were made in response to the British seizing artillery and heavy weapons, that was fresh in the minds of those who wrote and signed the Constitution. "Armed" is used without limitation in the second amendment.

Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by 517714 (#47200115) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'
The number of (what you mistakenly believe are) assault weapons in the US has more than doubled in the last decade, yet their use in violent acts has not. If there were any truth in what you suggest, violent crime in the US would have risen with the increased per capita gun ownership. If people want them, who are you to suggest that they should not have them?

Comment: Re:We are being bred for slavery (Score 1) 364

by 517714 (#47197091) Attached to: Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue
Median income isn't a particularly relevant measure. If the incomes are now flatter below the median, that would indicate fewer people are being excluded from the middle (I'm pretty sure that's not the case except at the lowest incomes), if the incomes are steeper above the median it means that there is more wealth in the hands of more people (again, I am sure this is not the case except at the highest incomes). Show me the 10th, 25th, 75th and 90th percentile incomes and then we'll talk.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce