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Comment: Re:Smokin observation (Score 1) 275

There is not discrimination against smokers.

There are companies that will not hire you if you have nicotine in your system, if that isn't discrimination I don't know what is. I don't even smoke, but I do chew nicotine gum so I wouldn't be even considered for a position at these companies.

Comment: Re:Data suggests only suck so bad since 2000, 14 y (Score 2) 382

by Enigma2175 (#47463799) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

There's certainly hope that we can get another Kennedy/Reagan/Eisenhower* next time. Maybe if we try to choose based on COMPETENCE rather than just whoever most extremely mirrors our favored ideology.

* (Not an actual Kennedy of course, the good one is dead. HW Bush / Bush Jr. should have taught us something about electing a guy because he was related to a decent president.)

Good fucking luck. It's looking like 2016 is going to be Hillary (yet ANOTHER person who's only qualification for president is that she is related to one) and whatever republican manages to out-crazy the rest of them. It's going to be yet another episode of giant douche vs. shit sandwich. You can vote for the corporate tool or the corporate tool.

Comment: Re:Some shops already have (Score 4, Insightful) 753

by Enigma2175 (#47446469) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Why not? I was on a Delta flight the other day and the only way to purchase in-flight cocktails was via credit card. On another flight the same day, the same purchase could only be made in cash. I am not aware of any laws that require businesses to accept a certain form of payment, and why should there be? If a business doesn't accept cash (or credit cards, or chickens, or bitcoin) and their customers prefer that method of payment, it will show up in their bottom line. Why would the government need to intervene in such a transaction?

Comment: Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (Score 2, Informative) 265

If you buy gasoline, it was probably your money they used.

No, it is their money that they used. Once you traded your money for gasoline, it's no longer your money. If you don't like that then don't make the trade, nobody is forcing you to do so.

Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 1) 247

by Enigma2175 (#47386317) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

I've always wondered how big of a generator you would need to keep an electric car running continuously, and whether it would be feasible to just tow it behind you on a trailer. Maybe make those available to rent so that people can make long trips on their electric car. It would probably be cheaper to rent than an actual car, and the money you'd save from using an electric car for most of the year would easily offset the cost of renting the generator once in a while.

Back when they first made the RAV4-EV there was a trailer that you could pull behind it to extend the range. It used a 500cc motorcycle engine and was not too big. I have been interested in this concept for a long time, it seems to be a great way to alleviate range anxiety.

Comment: Re:On this 4th of July... (Score 2) 349

by Enigma2175 (#47386239) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

No, it is not. It sounds like a great way to earn a whole bunch of money from somebody who is having repeated brain farts about what the law actually says.

Even if you win (and that's a big if, considering you are an individual vs. a company with armies of lawyers on staff) the most you will ever see is that your copyright gets upheld and you MAY recover attorney's fees. Unless you can prove Qualcomm maliciously and purposefully filed an false DMCA claim you aren't getting jack. If you are a contributor to an open source project are you really going to give up hundreds of hours of your life and thousands of dollars out of pocket to defend your portion of the copyright on the code? On the slight chance that judge says "yep that's your code" and pays your lawyers? Seems like a huge risk for a very modest reward, if you win you are only out the years it took to litigate the matter but if you lose you could wind up liable for damages for infriging copyright on your own code (now Qualcomm's code).

This is why the DMCA is bullshit, it's not enough that corporations have extended copyright to life+infinity, even if they don't own the copyright laws like this allow large corporations to abuse the already fucked-up system. Like global thermonuclear war, the only winning move is not to play.

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

by Enigma2175 (#47338599) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Really? You think we need to raise pay for cops? While it's true that the base salary is kind of crappy cops get all kinds of other income from other places. For example This New York Times article says this about the NYPD:

"annual pay for city police officers ranges from $43,062 for a cadet entering the academy to $90,829 for an officer with five and a half years on the job, including overtime and other earnings"

What other job do you know of that doesn't require a college education where you'll be making 90k after 5 years? That's disregarding the very generous pension and insurance benefits that police receive. Plus other benefits, like the guy who walked down that line ssssof non-violent protesters during an occupy rally at UC Berkeley getting $38,000 for "depression and anxiety" instead of being fired like he should have been. Police get paid plenty, the solution isn't more money for them the solution is independant oversight.

Comment: Re:IF.. (Score 1) 561

by Enigma2175 (#47324529) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

The fact that a computer can beat a human at chess does not mean that chess ability isn't correlated with intelligence. A computer can also easily multiply several 10 digit numbers together and "remember" a list of one million items, if a human performs those feats there is a good chance they have a high intelligence. Nobody says Usain Bolt is a slow runner because my 1975 Pinto can go faster than him.

Comment: Re:huh (Score 1) 83

by Enigma2175 (#47316417) Attached to: What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

Does your average voyage contain a zip-lock bag big enough to house a body?

Weight is a huge concern for space voyages. It's something like $10,000 a pound. Quite a lot for a even a simple bag that doesn't have a dual, or tri, purpose.

I know nuclear submarines don't have airtight bags big enough to hold a body and they're much more free with what they can bring aboard. I was reading an article about one where a guy, what do you know, had a heart attack and died while they were submerged for a long duration. They ended up having a "feast" as a wake, because they cleared out one of the food freezers and chucked him in there.

Yes, the big zip-lock back is called a space suit and most missions will have several onboard.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce