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Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 176 176

If unions are obsolete, what does it matter what they spend their time on?

Because they distract people's time and effort from actually working on worker's rights, and always derail conversations about rights for all workers into how everyone else should unionize. Of course union reps would say that, it creates more jobs for union reps. But it's bullshit.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 176 176

The Unions were a necessary phase in worker's rights, but now they are holding us back and they need to go away and be replaced by rights for all workers. If the Union leaders spent half as much effort to raise the minimum wage on a meaningful schedule as they do on padding their own pockets I might feel differently.

If unions are obsolete, what does it matter what they spend their time on? They aren't preventing you from lobbying for those rights, are they?

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 33 33

you seem to know absolutely nothing at all about them, so your ignorance will protect you.

I'm talking about average models, not massive ones. That one would hurt someone if it just fell on them, so there's already plenty of reason not to permit you to operate it in crowded areas even if it didn't have big fans on it.

you seem to know absolutely nothing at all about them, so your ignorance will protect you.

You seem to be a coward, so I will not bother insulting you. You already know what you are.

Comment: Re:Back when we called them "model airplanes" (Score 1) 33 33

Possibly it is time to start looking at licensing fly-toys.

I've suggested before that models capable of illegal flight (basically anything with 500' or more range) should carry a transponder. That would let people keep their kiddy-grade drones that represent little threat to anyone, and also help provide a framework within which more serious hobbyists could operate their drones outside of current legal limits.

Comment: People Die (Score 1) 70 70

Actually, the question is going to be whether VR kills more people, or saves more people, or has no statistical effect. People die at fairly predictable rates, so if you have a given number of people you can assume that a certain number of them will drop dead if you let them sit around long enough. But wait, the kind of people who go to any particular event will skew the results considerably; the death rate at Burning Man is below the national average in spite of it being more dangerous conditions than average, probably due to the particular nature of the people who go. If you're ill and/or infirm, you're less likely to go in the first place.

If VR kills anyone it's going to be because their display crashed or freaked and they walked off a roof or into traffic. Don't play VR games on the roof or near a road unless there's a good fence, railing, etc., problem solved.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 323 323

Your opinion is not the one that is objectively right, as opinions cannot be objective.

So what makes you think yours is? Redditors seem unusually proud that they are a place where people can express total shitbag opinions.

So stop trying to pretend you're a good guy to everyone else being "evil".

You don't know how quotes work. I didn't say shit about "evil". Don't try to put words in my mouth: the record is right there, and you will fail.

Comment: Re:I've seen this movie (Score 1) 11 11

This is actually why some of the best videogames take so long to complete, even after it *looks* like they're mostly finished. Instead of rushing it out the door the moment someone can play through it without crashing, the creators took the time to rework aspects of the game that were not testing well. It's pretty obvious which game companies regularly do this, and which don't.

Ironically, though, it would be better to release a game which doesn't crash and patch the story later than to release a game which has a complete story and patch the game engine later. If they change the story then I can play it again, and I get another replay out of it. If the game is crap when I get it, I may well take it back and swear off buying their games, too... and at minimum I will swear off preorders. R*, I'm looking at you, if only because I never preordered anything from Ubisoft.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 33 33

Observe that those sorts of fans are too feeble to lift off. The same is not true of drone propellors. They can, and will, give you a pretty decent slashing.

The reason that 120mm fans are more dangerous than 80mm fans even though they tend to rotate more slowly is their rotating mass. The mass of quadcopter props tends to be minuscule, so I doubt they're any more dangerous than cooling fans.

I'm more worried about taking a drone moving at full speed to the face, or the neck.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 33 33

Jackasses seem to keep ruining it for everyone.

yes, just like slashdot. when I clicked on the title to read this story, it just collapsed the summary. I literally had no way to get into this story without middle-clicking the title to open it in a new tab.

Comment: Re:There should be a wavier on birth (Score 2) 70 70

Way to some crazy how insert your fucking politics on healthcare into another situation that doesn't merit it.

You can't even construct a sentence with sanity, kid.

Then you'll love public healthcare!

I would love public health care. What we have now is public health insurance.

Here's the reality chump, the problems with the cost of healthcare in the US are largely due to government regulation.

Bought by insurance companies, that bastion of capitalism.

That people like you consider the previous or current healthcare system to be a free market system is indefensible.

Show me where I said that, kid.

You baffle me, sir... why is your brain not floating in a jar of formaldehyde?

I'm still using mine.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 176 176

A history of sexual predation should never be erased from the public memory. I don't give a rip if this particular guy is "living a new life" -- if your brain is broke in such a way as to be attracted to kids then you should no more be allowed to walk the streets than a lion who thinks kids are tasty.

The difference between lions and humans is that lions can't reconsider their life, while humans can. So it comes down to the risk: what are risking if we trust this person to be changed? What are we risking if we don't?

But perhaps the risk is too high in the case of child molesters, or we simply decide they deserve to suffer. In that case, that needs to be spelled out explicity in the form of a life sentence. Pretending the sentence is, say, 5 years while letting the "unofficial" system inflict a de facto life sentence is dishonest and against the rule of law. Society should have the balls to admit its own true character to itself and then change if it can't live with it.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.