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Comment: Re:I am amazed (Score 1) 193

For complicated c9mbos, perhaps. But random string generators should relatively quickly stumble across an elipsis in the middle of Latin or Arabic characters.

I wouldn't a priori suspect a string display routine to have a problem, but the guy who wrote it to do some gymnastics switching character sets should, and should have run such a test in a debugger ready to trap bad memory accesses.

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 826

This is the follow-up experiment to one run in the Netherlands over 20 years ago with LPG cars. (Did you know you can convert your car to run on natural gas, and have a switch to flip between the that and gasoline, for about $3000? Who knew?)

But rather than drive adoption of this by letting the much cheaper natural gas work its magic, they slapped a huge annual tax on said cars, so you would have to drive the equivalent of ~20,000 miles just to break even.

From that observation, pointing out how government concern for the environment was just lip service compared to its voracious desire for money, I predicted similar things for other developments in the future.

Well, here we are. Note in both cases they do this before, not after, achieving the ostensible goal of getting most, or even many, people on board such cars.

"They just want your money" -- 89,768-0 in predictive analysis of government action.

Comment: Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 1) 1090

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49738151) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

He also ignores that officials, happy to buy votes by spending taxes, will tax what the market can provide, so to speak, rather than what is needed.

This is why they mentally tie spending, taxing, and borrowing to the GDP rather than population or necessity. They want to be as high a fraction of that as possible. There's always more votes to buy.

It has nothing to do with necessity or population.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 5, Insightful) 319

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49725789) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

As long as the medallion and similar limiting systems continue to exist, all gloves are off as far as I'm concerned.

There's more to freedom than freedom of speech -- freedom to pursue your own business, and nobody has thr right to restrict entry for the purpose of limiting co.petition. "This here town ain't big enough to support two companies" should be left on the scrap heap of disreputable history.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 289

the FCC unlawfully inserted itself between the State and the State's political subdivisions

Regardless of the merits of municipal broadband, and bought-and-paid for legislators, the powers of local governments are given by state constitutions and laws. The feds simply have no constitutional say in it.

They can stop states or local from outlawing various bands or having jammers, but they can't grant powers to localities against state wishes. The state authorizes the localities and gives them life.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson