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Comment: Re:What a nightmare (Score 1) 328

I don't know if JJ can do worse than Old George did with E1 through E3,

Well, Lucas stuck around for all three movies. JJ is going to make two movies, realize he screwed up the setup so there cannot be a satisfactory conclusion, walk away, and blame the next director for fucking up his trilogy.

At least Lin has experience keeping a franchise going.

Comment: Re:Hope they win this case. (Score 1) 482

by Actually, I do RTFA (#48635263) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

The kid in Ohio who was shot because he had a toy gun,

A toy gun that had been painted to look like a real gun. That he was pointing at a cop... a rookie cop. I don't think there's much dispute that a better trained cop (like his partner) would not have shot the kid, but of all the incidents, it seems the most reasonable.

The police in NY clearly should have gone to trial, and, based on what I saw, jail

I assume Michael Brown became the poster child because the local community organized, which gave news crews something to film, which lead to more people, etc. in the snowball effect. And the facts of the case seem to be disputable.

Why you choose to further the narrative that gun owners are somehow racists or bigots is beyond me. here is no basis in reality for it...

Okay, first, there seems to be a correlation, esp. among people who don't know many gun owners, between gun ownership and crazy racist. Look at Cliven Bundy, or Ted Nugent. Now, that's a skewed sample, but it's the sample most people have.

Second, the NRA itself promotes this. The most recent 35 ads I could find for the NRA feature white people. Same with the first few pages on their website.

I'm not saying they're correct, but it's easy to see how those views could form.

Comment: Re:Hope they win this case. (Score 1) 482

by Actually, I do RTFA (#48635051) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Here's my question: why doesn't the NAACP stand up for the right of black people to keep guns?

Because a more important goal of theirs is to stop the police from shooting/killing their constituents. And the message conflicts with "and also, they will be carrying one to three concealed weapons"

Comment: Re:America! (Score 4, Informative) 230

by Actually, I do RTFA (#48629943) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

I think everyone who believes in free speech ought to buy a ticket,

The movie is neither courageous nor a triumph of free speech. It would be both if North Koreans had made it. But it's not.

It didn't even look like a good movie

And giving money to corporation for a shitty in return may be an American way, but it's not one I want to encourage.

Comment: Re:hooray for the government (Score 1) 68

by Actually, I do RTFA (#48629071) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Regulations aren't the best solution for every problem.

Never said they were. I do think they are (a part of) the best solution for these problems.

This action is going way too far though

The outright ban may be, but the ban on going to high, flying out of sight or flying at night?

Look, either the city needs to license drones and/or drone pilots, or they need to limit the damage that can be done.

Comment: Re:Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (Score 2) 110

You're both right, you're both wrong.

The burden is on the bank to force you, via the law, to repay them. The burden is on the person to clear their credit report of the issue.

Now, the desirability of having a large system that operates under "guilty until proven innocent" and, while not having the force of law, is still pretty vital to living in America.... well, that's a different story.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 604

by Actually, I do RTFA (#48605675) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Other less dysfunctional cities either have better mass transit

LA is supposed to actually have quite good mass transit. Just underrated.

I seem to recall there was some reason a lot of people were off the roads, leaving them clear. And there were some races between mass transit and driving. The results (again without traffic) were within the margin of error.

Not sure if the test was rigged, or what, but it was interesting.

Comment: Re:It's called "evergreening" (Score 1) 266

Interesting. The only time I had heard 'evergreen" before was in reference to characters/worlds/other fictional material, and referred to ensuring continued cultural relevance (e.g. Mickey Mouse).

But it explicitly talked about the pragmatic issues... I suppose they already assumed perpetual ownership of the IP.

Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 1) 266

did anyone consider the possibility of the government backstopping insurance companies for high-expense patients, by (for example) putting a cap on the amount of money an insurance company must pay out in the lifetime of an individual (call it $1 million)--then when you hit that cap, the money beyond that cap comes from the government,

The problem with this is similar to the problem with saying "The emergency room is a special case!". Different payers at different levels give rise to different, conflicting incetnives that raise the cost for the system as a whole.

Imagine Patient A is ensured by Company B. Any costs beyond X are picked up by the government. Now, A gets sick, and has two treatments available. The first (costs X/2) has a 50% chance of working off the bat, and a 50% chance of costing 10X if complications occur. The second costs X (or any number higher than X) and pretty much is assured of working. Maximizing societies total pool of resources devoted to insurance says the second option. Maximing Company B's profits says take the first.

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.