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Comment: Re:Why a government site? (Score 2) 61

by smooth wombat (#48195721) Attached to: Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags
Why should the government be the main source for recall information?

One central point of information.

Shouldn't that come from the manufacturer/importer?

They do but most people ignore the mailings or emails. However, by pointing to a web site, that somehow triggers people into looking (considering how much people are online to begin with).

Besides, if you're buying a used car, this is an easy way to see if it is on a recalled list since you wouldn't have been notified by the manufacturer.

Comment: Re:So it's like Colorado (Score 1) 246

by smooth wombat (#48195327) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Yes, it is an insignificant figure considering they said they would get $184 million. Do the math, that's less than a quarter of what they said they would get (21.7% to be exact).

But thank you for playing and proving my point of people's hypocrisy when it comes to something they don't like (red light cameras) and things they do like (legalizing marijuana).

When something you don't like doesn't meet its expectation it's a complete and utter failure. When something you do like doesn't meet it's expectation it still got something.

Comment: So it's like Colorado (Score 0, Offtopic) 246

by smooth wombat (#48194859) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
Colorado made a big deal of how much money they would take in by legalizing marijuana. They, the state, predicted they would take in $184 million in the first year and now it looks like they'll be lucky to hit $40 million.

This doesn't include the associated costs with the increase in crime or loss of productivity which have to be taken out of that amount.

So using the inevitable whining from people on here, Colorado's experiment is just as much a failure as Chicagos.

Comment: Integrity? (Score 1) 137

by smooth wombat (#48194537) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals
threaten the integrity of our community,"

Considering Facebook vacuums every tidbit of information about a person (name, location, sites they visit, friends, etc), I don't think claiming the integrity of your community is at stake when law enforcement uses it to catch criminals is the way to go, especially considering the numerous times Facebook has already been caught manipulating results or running secret tests on users.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 44

by smitty_one_each (#48193437) Attached to: It's Official: Joe Biden's Son is a GOP Candidate
The only tangible suggestion I've ever gotten out of fustakrakich is total randomization of elected officials. I seem to recall asking if he was willing to accept President Sarah Palin. The memory is distant, but I think he rejected "random" randomization, if it meant That Awful Woman would take office.
In fustakrakich's world, you and I offer the same absolutist arguments, and HE'S the straight man.
When you pick at his ideas a little further, he oscillates between pseudo-Zen statements about how you just need to open your eyes, and a kind of watered down solipsism. I guess if fustakrakich were a little more clever, he'd be a script.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 44

by smitty_one_each (#48193365) Attached to: It's Official: Joe Biden's Son is a GOP Candidate

Impressed? No, I am not.

Oh wait: my task was to impress you? Who knew?

From your replies it seems you read at most 10% of the words.

Let's be perfectly clear here: you're going to accuse me of having failed to read with understanding unless I agree with whatever it is you want. IOW, this is not an actual dialogue.

In fact I expect you would have been just as well off finding a Mandarin translation from the original German, and then attempt to read it in a mirror while gargling hydrogen peroxide and juggling flaming chainsaws.

How would such an arrangement have affected the fundamental sucktacularity of the material in any way?

Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs. -- N. Alexander.

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