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Comment: Re: Dry Counties? (Score 1) 453

by AK Marc (#48640451) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

So, your argument is essentially, "because one police department was derelict in their duties and got away with it, we should force *all* police departments to be derelict in their duties."

Yes. Like all cops are bad cops. 1% of the cops are dirty, and 99% of the cops are bad cops for covering up for them. Note when the police sued in court for the right to never enforce the law, other departments came to stand with them, not against them. That makes *all* cops culpable.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 2) 112

by AK Marc (#48638213) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program
And if everyone used these stations, the state of the batteries wouldn't matter. You'd get a better one one time, and a worse one the next, then back to a better one. The range may varry 5% or so, but more than that and the cost of the charge would cover replacing the bad cells. People get more variability than that now with fuels, but don't care or pay attention because range and usage statistics are so poor for gasoline cars.

Personally, when I ran the numbers on these, they should be charging people a time fee. If you come in once a year for a battery refresh, then you get charged more than the person that fills-up every day.

Comment: Re: Eyes? (Score 1) 297

by AK Marc (#48637653) Attached to: Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"
Studies have shown that pretending to have an emotion end up in having the emotion. This is used where people are given an exercise to argue the "pro" side of a topic they are on the "con" side of, or vice versa. The people end up liking the side they said they didn't like. Saying something enough, makes it true in the mind of the speaker. Emotions are behavioral justifications, people seem to think they precede the action, but studies show that they don't necessarily.

Also, the memory of them is maliable. You can hate killing someone in combat your first time, but 1000 kills later, look back at your first kill fondly, believing you liked it at the time. That's also true for watching movies, or other more mundane things.

Comment: Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (Score 1) 134

by AK Marc (#48636581) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

You're ignoring the huge infighting in the GOP, for what reason, exactly?

Because at the end of the day, they vote together in 99% of the elections (excepting the few where both sides field a candidate). They are internally divided, but 100% unified when the question is, "will you vote for Nancy Pelosi, or her opponent, who is a marmoset dressed in drag". They'll vote against the Democrats every time, no matter what.

In the question of far-right Republicans and off-the-charts-right Republicans, it doesn't matter. Alien Vs Predator's tag line comes to mind. Whoever wins, we lose.

Reading the examples in your link, they look to be Teabaggers vs Republicans. The Teabaggers are more conservative than the Republicans. So the fighting doesn't matter. Where are the liberal Republicans? The small government Republicans don't have a voice in the fight.

Or are you one of the ones that thinks the Teabaggers are small-government Republicans? I've been to meetings, they are pro-religion Republicans looking to impose religious worship on us all. The reason the country is failing is that women can have abortions, whites can marry blacks, and taxes can buy something other than guns. Higher taxes for more guns is a good thing, to the Teabaggers I've met. They don't want a smaller government. They just want everyone on welfare to be dead (and by everyone, I think they really mean the blacks, as there are more whites on welfare than blacks, but that never is brought up).

I've been a member of the Libertarian Party, and the Republican Party and attended Teabagger meetings (back when they actually called themselves teabaggers, and so long as they claim they never did, I'll never stop using it), but on Slashdot I'm continually told that I don't "understand" them. Often by people who have never been to the actual meetings where people stand up and say stupid racist stuff, to a cheer of people.

Oh, and I've never been a member of the Democratic Party. And didn't vote for Clinton or Obama (though I never voted for a Bush either).

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 1) 453

by AK Marc (#48636423) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
Is that an official policy? Cops are brainwashed. All harm they see they are told "drugs caused this" regardless of cause. And so they "want" to stop drugs. Drugs didn't cause it though, that distincton goes to 20+ year old economic policy, and 200+ years of racism in the courts. There were two lynchings this year, both quickly ruled suicides, with evidence destroyed before independent investigators could examine the evidence. Both were black men hanged for dating white women. Why aren't the police investigating/enforcing the laws in those cases? Oh yeah, the Chief knows that enforcing an anti-lynching law against a white person will cause race riots, so the black man beat himself up, rolled in an ant hill and leaped up into a noose with no step stool, obviously suicide.

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 1) 453

by AK Marc (#48636365) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

"Discretion" is one thing. Completely ignoring their job requirements and the mandate of their bosses and the public (who in Nebraska, still want marijuana to be illegal) is something else entirely.

Are you familiar with the cases the police used to get "discretion" essentially coded into law?

The example I heard is where a woman had a restraining order out against an ex. He threatened her life, "I'm coming to kill you tonight at 7" kind of specific threat. She called the police and told them that he violated his restraining order by making the threat. He made the threat. He was arrestable at that point. She gave his last known address. She gave the time and place of her death. The police went out hours after her death, on the call of a neighbor. He showed up at the appointed time and killed her.

The Police discretion was used to ignore a whiney bitch who probably deserved what she got. If you think that not arresting someone for violating a restraining order, not going out on a call for help, and letting people die is not "completely ignoring their job requirements" I'd like to know what is.

On a more personal level, my uncle (rich white guy, elected judge in IL) was pulled over at least 10 times for DUI between #2 and #3 because he'd be let off every time by the police, knowing that a felony conviction would end his career. They finally gave him #3 when he crashed his wifes car, stumbled home, and got into his car and drove back to see how bad it was. There was a crowd of civilians around the crash site, as well as the officers that recognized his wife's car and his car as he drove back, and with all the civilian witnesses, decided it was finally time to arrest him for #3.

Police have long fought to never enforce a law they don't want to, and to get to enforce knowingly bad laws. They almost always win.

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 5, Interesting) 453

by AK Marc (#48632875) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

"I don't care if you go to Colorado and smoke pot, but it's still illegal here and if I catch you with it, I have to arrest you." Law enforcement officers I know are mixed on whether they think pot is okay or not, but they all agree that if you're caught with it, they can't just let you go.

But the police have argued all the way to the Supreme Court that "discretion" is a right of the cops, and they are *never* required to enforce any law.

Comment: Re:NSA (Score 2) 64

by AK Marc (#48630155) Attached to: Ars Reviews Skype Translator
That's a solved problem. I've used speech to text, text to speech and translate to do the same thing. Rolling it into a popular program is the "new" thing. But there are some very basic things it can't do that should be higher on the list than solving an already solved problem.

Comment: Re:NSA (Score 3, Interesting) 64

by AK Marc (#48629703) Attached to: Ars Reviews Skype Translator
Skype was never P2P, it was always connected through a central server. And the voice to text was always there, and will likely be how the NSA spies, as it's easier to search a transcript for "shiny bomb" than searching unindexed audio for the same thing.

The "new" thing here is reading the transcript real-time (well, real, after the translation is done).Voice to text is solved (not perfect). Translation is solved (not perfect), text to voice is solved (not perfect). This may be the first one to tie them all together, but doesn't break new ground.

Call me when Skype supports P2P connections, or IPv6.

Physician: One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. -- Ambrose Bierce