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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) 1089

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.

Comment: Re:I am not able to find that disproof (Score 1) 263

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49721753) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq

Well...ok then. "Statistically impossible" might be a better choice.

A (smallish) finite number of monkeys would be worse than a computer program to generate every possible text, since the monkeys rely on randomness and will repeat a lot of stuff, where an infinite number of monkeys will generate it in as long as it takes to pound out ~100,000 keys at random.

Still, the bottleneck is the evaluation function to sort out not just intelligible plays, but high-quality ones, applicable in both scenarios. This means humans for now, and far more than particles in the universe.

To be honest, the stench in a room filled with near-infinite numbers of computer and English geeks must be terrible.

Comment: Re:"Cashless" is meaningless (Score 1, Informative) 294

You worthless, echo-chamber, meme-regurgitating sack of shit. India requires expats returning to pull all foreign accounts back into India at the theft-based government exchange rate. You get ripped off and the government gets your dollars.

Why do brain-dead buffoonery like you always think the opposite of pituitary gland tumor gigantism in government is solved by an anarchy? What lovely straw men you set up in your economic disasterbation fantasies!

A good supervisor can step on your toes without messing up your shine.