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Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 2) 463

by Amtrak (#47732435) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Advancements in medicine (drugs) have reduced crime (they have almost eliminated the need for insane asylums)

Tell that to all the homeless schizophrenics on the street due to deinstitutionalization. We have not eliminated the need for forced institutionalization we have limited it some but mental health is a seriously neglected part of american society. Here's a less sensational article if you don't like the other one.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 463

by Amtrak (#47731943) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

At the bottom of the reference I linked to, they mention that there are conspiracy theorists that say that Lay faked his death and he's still alive.

I got a fake I just made it up conspiracy theory. His heirs killed him by inducing a heart attack because they knew him dying before appeal would complicate the civil suits so they might be able to force settlement and keep more of the inheritance. That seems much more plausible than he faked his own death. But like I said I just made it up so it's probably not true.

Comment: Re:Growing pains. (Score 5, Interesting) 233

super corrupt elements of the government(like unelected senators) were run out

See I always saw that as a misunderstanding by the majority of people as to what Senators really are. The US Federal Senator's job before the 17th amendment was to represent the interests of the State they were appointed by not the people of the State. (We have the House of Representatives for that) So if your senators were corrupt then it meant that your State Legislator/Governor was corrupt. (A very distinct possibility i.e. Illinois) All we have done is taken the part of the Federal government that was supposed to be stable and turned it into the US House of Reps part II.

Also I contend that it is easier to buy a Senator now than it was before the 17th amendment. Now instead of buying off the majority of a State Legislator you would only have to buy off one man. Of course given supply and demand (There are more State Legislators than Senators.) the price of buying a Senator may be such that it isn't any different.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 3, Insightful) 276

by Amtrak (#47714185) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars
There are times where a personal elevator might be nice to have. Like if I had a really tall house. But I think you are thinking to small. Elevators are the trains of vertical transportation. The helicopter is the car. I would love to own a helicopter if they were practical/affordable/not noise polling gas guzzling monsters. WHERE IS MY FLYING CAR?!!!!!

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 3, Informative) 115

by Amtrak (#47694115) Attached to: Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo
Oh it's worse than you think. The Chicago Tribune has already caught the city randomly changing the rules of the cameras so that there are occasonal large spikes of tickets generated. The rule changes are things like removing turn on red or changing the speed approached to the light for ticket triggering. The Chicago Tribune's website has a whole section on the ongoing red light issues. Sorry some of it is pay walled but not all of it.

Comment: Re:This helmet scares me. (Score 1) 126

by Amtrak (#47664939) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Who said we were making calls.... maybe I just want that sexy Google maps voice in my head telling me to turn into a lake just to test me. Or it's for music you know whatever.

On the music note that always seemed like a cool idea to me until I got my new pipes on my bike. Now the idea of hearing music while at speed is a joke. All I feel is the rumble of my bike and I love it.

Comment: Re:Hand Gestures? (Score 1) 142

Your prank idea sounds great... well until people figure out the old coke can for hands trick.

But seriously I never understood this both my hands must be on the wheel at all time crap the safe driving nazi's think about driving these days. I mean have any of you people ever driven a car with a manual transmission? I think if I can handle driving a manual I can manage to take one hand off the wheel to make a quick gesture without killing myself.

Comment: PLEX + 9TB Raid 5 = Media Heaven (Score 1) 152

by Amtrak (#47531627) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
So I don't get much content from the internet, well unless you count ordering blu-rays off Amazon getting content off the internet, but I almost never place any physical media in the machine I watch it on. When I get a new movie in I rip it down to my hard drives as a loss-less mkv, add meta data, and then update my PLEX library. This lets me have a large library of movies that I can watch anywhere I have a reliable internet connection via the PLEX app on my phone, tablet, PC or HTPC. It works great and I get to keep all my physical media locked as a hard backup.

Comment: Re:just follow the rules people (Score 1) 229

by Amtrak (#47485851) Attached to: Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets
Obviously you don't live in Chicago and have never driven on it's roads. But odd driving practices aside as a Chicago resident I have to say that I wouldn't be surprised at all to find out that the city was quietly adjusting the thresholds on intersections occasionally to make a quick buck. I mean it is Chicago we are talking about, the only city where the officials are more corrupt is probably Detroit and the corruption never stops at the top.

Comment: Re:Caregiver... (Score 1) 509

by Amtrak (#47468433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Whoa! Wait a minute who ever said anything about solving overpopulation. I'm just saying that from a career perspective caregiver can be rewarding. Also, to really be a caregiver you are going to probably have to be married with your partner working, unless you want to be one of the government dependents but then why are you asking about jobs.

However, I do have some issues with your points.

Food scarcity is normally not caused by society not being able to produce enough food. Well maybe we can't produce a enough meat for everyone to eat like a fat American, but we could meet the current worlds total caloric needs with some work. However, due to war, oppression, terrible government, stupidity, and callously choosing to say screw the poor I want double Steak we make that hard.

Energy scarcity: We have tons of Uranium and Thorium. If we could get off our asses and actually use it to build useful things like Modern power plants instead of bombs we might be able to have a sensible energy agenda.

Pollution Levels: The modern world needs steel and steel is dirty. Unless you want to go back to a pre-steel world we are going to have to put up with some pollution for the foreseeable future. But with good management we can limit the pollution.

Disease Susceptibility: People get sick. Always have always will. Poor people get sick more than rich people due to malnutrition or improper hygiene. Things are still better now than they were though. Maybe we should raise the standard of living in the rest of the world some.

Psychological Disorder: Always existed, society just killed people with this because they were "Possessed by the devil" before the enlightenment. I am not for a return to that idea even if it puts stress on society.

Political unrest: Come on wars are as central to human activity as breathing. As long as humans exist there will be war or at least arguments over something. If you think otherwise have fun in your utopia fantasy land. I welcome getting proven wrong.

Overpopulation in the Western World: Most of the western world is in demographic decline. (I'm assuming this is a predominantly western audience being English language and all.) The US and EU only skirt by with immigrants. So clearly we are not prolific reproducers anymore. Now for the rest of the world, they may have to tone down the reproducing, but unless we want to use that war thing to stop them I'm not sure how we could. And I'm not sure I can support a government that would go to war against the breeders it sounds to Nazi like to me.

Though in the end I agree with you. If we keep growing our population we will eventually run out of resources to support that population. In the end the only real answer is to get off this rock and colonize space. But that's not really an answer to the problem. It's just kicking it down the road for a really long time. (Universal Entropy and what not) Any other form of forced population control will require some form of world government. Otherwise the countries that don't comply will just swallow you up in a few generations.

"The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults." -- Peter De Vries