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Comment: CA requires commercial licenses for pickup trucks. (Score 4, Interesting) 202

No, but money changing hands (commerce) impacts whether it is "commercial", and requires a commercial license.

"Impacts", perhaps. But it's not definitive. Especially in California.

For instance: I bought a pickup truck, to use as a tow vehicle for my camper and my wife's boat. Then I discovered that CA requires pickup trucks to be tagged with a (VERY pricey) commercial license, regardless of whether they're used for business. (You CAN petition to tag a particular pickup truck as a personal vehicle - but are then subject to being issued a very pricey ticket if you are ever caught carrying anything in the truck bed - even if it's personal belongings or groceries, and regardless of whether you're being paid to do it. (Since part of the POINT of having a pickup truck is to carry stuff home from the store this would substantially reduce its utility.)

The one upside is that I get to park for short times in loading zones.

If we aren't going to require commercial licenses for commercial driving, then why even have them at all?

And if we ARE going to require them for clearly personal, non-commercial vehicles that happen to be "trucks", why NOT impose this requirement on putatively commercial vehicles that happen to be cars as well?

The real answer to your question is "because the state wants the tax money, and the legislators and bureaucrats will seek it in any way that doesn't threaten their reelection, reappointment, or election to higher office" - in the most jerrymandered state in the Union. The Uber case is one where an appraent public outcry arose, bringing the bureaucrats' actions, and public outcry about them, to the attention of elected officials.

The full form of the so-called "Chinese curse" is: "May you live in interesting times and come to the attention of people in high places."

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 0) 253

by cold fjord (#48881815) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

I looked for the words "untrue" in your post and didn't see them. That's the real problem, the reports are true, so you have to try to disparage the source.

And no, the Daily Caller isn't "extremist right wing." Forbes is an ordinary news source.

The problem is that you aren't concerned with truth, only political alignment.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 2, Insightful) 253

by cold fjord (#48875027) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 0, Troll) 253

by cold fjord (#48874881) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

you idiot.

they didn't falsely attack private citizens.
they weren't an attack tool of the DNC.
they ddnt lie to congress.

the entire IRS "scandal" was manufactured from whole cloth.

There seems to be a very large gap between your understanding of events and the facts. Here is a modest start for you.

IRS admits targeting conservatives for tax scrutiny in 2012 election

The IRS Scandal, Day 623

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner reportedly pleaded with her supervisor not to deeply inquire about whether the IRS had unfairly targeted Tea Party and conservative groups for tax-exempt status just ahead of the 2012 presidential election, according to new emails obtained by a government watchdog group.

Joseph H. Grant, former Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division deputy director, was specifically asked by Lerner to refrain from visiting the tax agency's Cincinnati office and keep from asking specific questions related to any Congressional inquiries, according to emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit.

Lerner wanted to work for Obama activist group

Lois Lerner talked about working for Obama’s group Organizing for Action while she had official oversight over it

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 0, Troll) 253

by cold fjord (#48874711) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

I was wondering how long it would take before the slashdot conservative majority brought out that conspiracy conjecture again.

So, you're here to "correct the record" and explain why the IRS really didn't do it even though they admitted it? Clueless and hopeless.

The question isn't "did they do it," but how much are they covering up and how close does it get to the seats of Democratic party power?

IRS admits targeting conservatives for tax scrutiny in 2012 election

The IRS Scandal, Day 623

+ - MIT Climate Scientist Dismisses Global Warming Alarmists->

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An anonymous reader writes "Breitbart reports, "An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists ... Last week, government agencies including NASA announced that 2014 was the “hottest year” in “recorded history,” as The New York Times put it in an early edition. Last year has since been demoted by the Times to the hottest “since record-keeping began in 1880.” But that may not be true. Now the same agencies have acknowledged that there’s only a 38 percent chance that 2014 was the hottest year on record. And even if it was, it was only by two-100ths of a degree. Lindzen scoffs at the public-sector-generated hysteria, which included one warmist blogger breathlessly writing that the heat record had been “shattered.” “Seventy percent of the earth is oceans, we can’t measure those temperatures very well. They can be off a half a degree, a quarter of a degree. Even two-10ths of a degree of change would be tiny but two-100ths is ludicrous. Anyone who starts crowing about those numbers shows that they’re putting spin on nothing.” ... Lindzen said he was fortunate to have gained tenure just as the “climate change” movement was beginning, because now non-believers are often ostracized in academia. In his career he has watched the hysteria of the 1970’s over “global cooling” morph into “global warming.”""
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Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 2) 148

by cold fjord (#48864445) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

There are guerilla wars, insurgencies, or even open warfare, going on across the world by Islamic extremists to impose their view of society, including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Phillippines and many other places. What makes you think Europe is immune to this?

16% of French Citizens Support ISIS, Poll Finds

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.

The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

Poll reveals 40pc of Muslims want sharia law in UK

Ignorance and denial are a poor basis for public policy, although they are often the fodder for moderation.

Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 0, Troll) 148

by cold fjord (#48863729) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Although it is commonly attempted, the use of traffic deaths is a poor metric to determine if a conflict exists. (Fewer Americans died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor than died in traffic that year, and yet that led the country to war.) There is a portion of Europe's population that rejects integration and aims to replace Europe's civilization even if it takes hundreds of years. This is probably as easy as they will be to contain. Since Europe is heading towards a demographic free fall and it keeps brining in the populations hostile towards European values something is going to change. Either a way will be found to pacify them or remove them, native Europeans will start having larger families, or eventually they will comprise a large enough element of the population that they will be accommodated in some fashion - probably one that grows over time.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 382

by cold fjord (#48863707) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

What makes you think that Airbus will be involved in a criminal investigation by the FBI? Do you have some inside information there?

As I previously documented, Boeing has already been the subject of European espionage. Does the method matter that much to you?

I find it amusing that you don't seem to understand that Airbus, like every other important part of European technical and defense industries, is already a target of Chinese espionage, never mind Russia or Iran. The Chinese have proven very successful and stealing and commercializing secrets from many nations, and may ultimately use them against your country if they haven't already.

Perhaps your experience is different than mine, but I doubt that relying upon hyperbole when evaluating arguments is going to produce a sound outcome. Your fancy is resulting in rubbish.

Comment: Re:Sounds about reasonable for once... (Score 0, Troll) 148

by cold fjord (#48863639) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

The US military isn't "too high strung," isn't "trained to kill everything that moves," and has been used on many occasions to aid the civil authorities in the restoration and maintenance of law and order. A few examples include the use of elements of the US Army 7th Infantry Division, 1st Marine Division in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, and the use of elements of the 327th Airborne Battle Group of the 101st Airborne Division in Little Rock to enforce a federal court desegregation order.

The US military seems to be another area in which your comments are highly subject to error. Your exit from the United States will prove more successful if you avoid commenting on it. Perhaps you could take up commenting on the mlitary of the nation in which you now reside?

Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 3, Informative) 148

by cold fjord (#48863607) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

The Maginot Line was largely successful in repelling direct assault. German forces were forced to go around it in the interests of time.
The meaningful difference between Dien Bien Phu and the nuclear plants is the possibility of rapid response by external forces to assist the garrison, and this time la Légion étrangère would be available for intervention rather than invested, as would the la Gendarmerie nationale.

Multiple zones are needed, including zone de sécurité, zone d'exclusion.

Comment: Re:Different trick (Score 1) 489

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48863083) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

A journalist ALWAYS needs to write something that is SOMEHOW different from what the reader believes. (If he's just reinforcing what the reader believes, why should a reader bother reading his output?)"

Actually, studies have shown that people tend to read authors and publications that tell them they are right. Echo-chambers existed long before the internet. So, while you ask why a reader would read that which reinforces his beliefs, the reality is he does.

Echo-chamber yes. But needs some difference, also yes. Even an echo-chamber medium is about giving the reader some new aspect to consider, new argument to use, etc. It may be primarily reinforcing, but it also adds or tweaks aspects to deepen the conviction and/or warp it into slightly better conformity with the common ideology of the journalist's in-group.

So I don't think there's really any conflict between our claims.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2) 382

by cold fjord (#48862709) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

I'm sure Airbus cared when the GCHQ snooped on the details of a bidding process and handed over the details to Boeing.

Probably not, since that doesn't appear to be what happened.

Boeing Called A Target Of French Spy Effort

The Boeing Co. was among the targets of a French government plan for a massive spying effort to learn U.S. technological secrets and trade strategies, according to classified documents.

The plan targeted 49 high-tech companies, 24 financial institutions and six U.S. government agencies with important roles in international trade, the French documents show.

The plan focused on research breakthroughs and marketing strategies of leading-edge U.S. aerospace and defense contractors that compete directly with French firms.

The French also sought advance knowledge of the bargaining positions of American negotiators in trade talks involving France. . . .

Among the most coveted U.S. secrets:

-- Research, test results, production engineering and sales strategies for Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas. Both compete against the French-led European conglomerate Airbus Industrie.

Why We Spy on Our Allies - By R. James Woolsey, ... former Director of Central Intelligence

The European Parliament's recent report on Echelon, written by British journalist Duncan Campbell, has sparked angry accusations from continental Europe that U.S. intelligence is stealing advanced technology from European companies so that we can -- get this -- give it to American companies and help them compete. My European friends, get real. True, in a handful of areas European technology surpasses American, but, to say this as gently as I can, the number of such areas is very, very, very small. Most European technology just isn't worth our stealing.

Why, then, have we spied on you? The answer is quite apparent from the Campbell report -- in the discussion of the only two cases in which European companies have allegedly been targets of American secret intelligence collection. Of Thomson-CSF, the report says: "The company was alleged to have bribed members of the Brazilian government selection panel." Of Airbus, it says that we found that "Airbus agents were offering bribes to a Saudi official." These facts are inevitably left out of European press reports.

That's right, my continental friends, we have spied on you because you bribe. Your companies' products are often more costly, less technically advanced or both, than your American competitors'. As a result you bribe a lot. So complicit are your governments that in several European countries bribes still are tax-deductible.

When we have caught you at it, you might be interested, we haven't said a word to the U.S. companies in the competition. Instead we go to the government you're bribing and tell its officials that we don't take kindly to such corruption. They often respond by giving the most meritorious bid (sometimes American, sometimes not) all or part of the contract. This upsets you, and sometimes creates recriminations between your bribers and the other country's bribees, and this occasionally becomes a public scandal. ...

The number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected. -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June 1972