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Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

"After all, wealthier people have been shown to drive more recklessly than those who make less money. For example Steve Jobs was known to park in handicapped spots and drive around without license plates." Let me explain this to you. Reckless means an action that puts people in danger.

OK, let me make it more clear, you know, so that you can't take some disingenuous smart-ass dodge like the above...
"...wealthier people have been shown to drive more recklessly and to otherwise act like self-centered pricks more often then poor people." Seriously. Take a look sometime and see which group gives more, as a percentage of income, to charity. According to the account, Jobs was a self-centered prick and should have had to pay for it, at the same effective rate as the janitor who cleaned his toilet. The fines are indeed intended to change behavior. If it doesn't hurt, it won't.

Comment: You keep using that word... (Score 1) 205

by Jawnn (#49261593) Attached to: Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV
(audiophile). In the context of iTunes, which sells low-fidelity recordings in mp3 format, I do not think it means what you think it means. I'm no golden-ear audiophile, but even I can hear the difference between an mp3 and any of a half dozen lossless codecs. For all practical purposes, one can not buy quality audio in digital (no physical media) form. The reason for that is mp3, and the blame for that we may rightly lay at Apple/Jobs' feet.

Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 1) 230

by Jawnn (#49243599) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines
Agreed. A model is cool, don't get me wrong, but nowhere near as cool as a 3D-printed real working transmission. That's "working", as in could actually be connected to a real vehicle and perform somewhere close to the original. What we're tired of is breathless hype about something that isn't even a shadow of the claim.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

Also for the record, I expect that within a year, it WILL increase my monthly internet bill. I've never met a bureaucrat yet that didn't like a few more dollars of taxes collected.

I expect that ISPs will add a "fee" for net neutrality compliance. This fee will have zero connection to any taxes or costs incurred by ISPs -- it will be a hidden price increase and extra profits by ISPs.

Yeah, so what? This is 'murica and the free market rulez. If you don't like your ISP's fees, you can go someplace else. Right?

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 538

If you believe that Fox News is the voice of moderation, or that the major broadcast networks news bureaus are "left wing" you need to get yourself a better understanding of the terms right and left when applied to the political spectrum. Your assessment is badly off the mark.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score -1, Troll) 538

Yes, like every other political figure who has attempted to hide their activity from public scrutiny by breaking the rules that are there to ensure such scrutiny is possible. Let's be doubly clear, Hillary is as guilty of this crime as are any number of Republican crooks, but just watch the right-wing pundits whip themselves into a wild-eyed, spit-spraying frenzy of this particular offender.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 0) 194

by Jawnn (#49166185) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
Not very well I must admit. But it only fair to point out that the Supreme Court Justices who voted to grant citizenship rights to corporations (whose interest are, more often than not, quite apart from those of real citizens) were appointed by Republican presidents. The result? Laws are for little people. Shut up and take what your corporate betters tell you is best for you.

Comment: Re: thanks (Score 1) 211

by Jawnn (#49154011) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data
Yes, I have noticed that bad drugs reach the market. I've also noticed why - a steady erosion of the effectiveness of the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry. That erosion is paid for by that industry.
I have noticed the food recalls, too. Who do you think issued the recalls, you moron? That's right - government regulatory agencies. Without them fare more people would sickened or killed every year.

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