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Comment Re:Computers against "prosecutorial discretion" (Score 1) 200

Italy has these too, particularly on small roads away from major population centers. Interestingly, most of these are painted bright orange with little flashing lights at the top so you know exactly where they are. The Italians routinely spraypaint over the lenses or cover the lenses w/ stickers. The Italian government takes at least two months to get around to fixing them. I've routinely seen Italian drivers zip by a camera in a 50 kph zone doing 80 kph because it's assumed the speed cameras aren't working.

I've seen photos of newer cameras designed to look like garbage bins or something similarly innocuous but I've yet to come across one on any of the roads I bike on.

Comment Re:Probably not a coincidence (Score 1) 214

Not necessarily. A rental agency ran a credit check on me a few years back. State law required they give me the results. Turns out I share a social security number with a dead guy from Alabama and a woman twice my age from eastern Texas. The names and birthdates of the other two folks were nowhere close to mine.

Comment Re:OSS is not compatible with businessmen. (Score 1) 213

He's making the point that he doesn't owe these companies his time merely by liscencing some software to them. These are not companies merely submitting bug reports. These are companies screaming at this guy to drop whatever he is doing and fix their issue right now, as if they are somehow entitled to his immediate and undivided attention at no cost.

Comment Re:People with jobs... (Score 2) 674

I don't disagree, but what constitutes "the basics"? To my way of thinking the basics are
1) Food - simple staples like flour, root vegetables, legumes, inexpensive proteins, milk, and seasonal fruit. No chips, soda, factory-made pastries, etc. The WIC program is a good starting basis for this.
2) Clothing - no luxury brands, just the basics.
3) Climate-controlled shelter (heat in the winter, A/C in the summer)
4) Transportation appropriate to the area - a mass-transit pass for cities with functioning mass-transit, a bicycle, or fuel-coupons to help off-set the expenses of gasoline.
5) Healthcare - preventative medicine, yearly check-ups, emergency surgeries.
6) Landline phone - for calling employers about jobs when you've decided you want a better standard of living.

Payment for this should be in the form of vouchers, rather than cash to the individuals. If the taxpayers are footing the bill, then the taxpayers have a right to know their money is being spent on the things they approved it to be spent on.

The problem I foresee is people continuing to stretch the definition of "basic" to include things like cable/satellite TV packages, or high-speed Internet access, or smartphones. To be clear, I'm not saying everyone on welfare has an entitlement mentality, nor am I saying entitlement mentality exclusively applies to those on welfare. However, unless we, as a society, figure out a way to either curb the entitlement mentality or have the backbone to say "no" to folks who continually attempt to stretch the definition of "basics", the minimum income is always going to get stuck in the craw of those who work.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

Since my statement was not adults should stop playing games where the hero is prepubescent, but rather it was the question why are adults still playing with Pokemon?, what you could have done is try and convince me.

I'm almost certain you're trolling now. No one owes you an explanation of why they enjoy the hobbies they do, so why should they have to convince you of anything?

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

You said that I set myself up as the arbiter of what's appropriate. (Which I didn't.)

I wrote that you have the right to ignore my opinion, since... I am not the arbiter of what's appropriate.

Congratulations, you can reguritate past events. Now, for your next challenge, can you form a coherent counterargument?

We can. Or you can ignore me, since... I am not the arbiter of what's appropriate. It's all the same to me, since my self-image is not wrapped up in ensuring that adults don't play Pokemon.

Yes, I certainly could ignore you, but I'm not going to do that. Instead I'm going to continue to press the issue since you suddenly very defensive and incapable of backing up your opinion with anything more substantial than more opinions and flimsy rhetoric. Or you could keep your opinions on Pokemon to yourself since no one asked for them and they're completely tangential to the original article.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

When I was young, I hated broccoli and squash. As I matured, I started liking them. Why? My tastes literally changed.

Since we're throwing around anecdotes, I liked lasagna when I was 6. I still like lasagna as an adult. No one's calling into question changing tastes. We're calling you out for declaring someone else's taste is wrong. You didn't say it outright, but your original post pretty heavily implied it.

Adults playing a game with a 10 year old protagonist is a creepy as old men staring at little girls.

I can't tell if you're deeply insecure or just an exquisite troll. Are you seriously going to equate adults playing video games with child protagonists to paedophilia? If you'd said "adults playing games with a 10 year old protagonist is as creepy as adults who watch My Little Pony", I might have been willing to let it slide as rhetoric. Instead you went and implied that anyone over the age of 18 (or whatever age you consider an adult) who plays a video game with a child protagonist is harbouring paedophilia tendencies.

Just to be clear, are you saying everyone who played and enjoyed Child of Light (with a female child protagonist), The Last of Us (that features a barely-pubescent Elle as a co-protagonist), or the The Legend of Zelda (Link is described as "a young lad") is a paedophile? If you want to make that argument, by all means, go for it. I'll hear you out and we can debate it like adults. But at least have the courage of your convictions and say it as a declarative.

Or, you know, you could not shit on someone else's hobbies in order to give yourself a sense of superiority.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

My opinion is my own, and I have the right to write it. Your opinion is your own, and you have the right to ignore it.

You seem to be implying that if I disagree with you, then I should just ignore you and move on. You're leaving out the part where we have the right to call each other's opinions into question. You posted something I found stupid. I responded. Now we have a short (and probably pointless) debate on the subject. That's what adults do.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

And what "other, more mature, interests" do you suggest Pokemon players pursue?
For the record, I don't play Pokemon and was never really that into it. I get irritated at folks who look down their noses at other folks' hobbies because it's "not something adults do". Who made you arbiter of what's appropriate?

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang