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Comment: Re:The cost of anti-terrorism (Score 1) 635

by russotto (#49346391) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

But of ALL the crummy things that have come out of post-9/11 security policy, reinforced cockpit doors are not a mistake.

Really? They may have been involved in two airline crashes (this one and Egyptair 990 -- not Helios 522, and there's no evidence on MH370). How many other security measures can boast such a death toll?

Comment: Re:Reminds me of one thing (Score 2) 635

by 0123456 (#49345911) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

We (almost) have self-driving cars. Aircraft generally self-drive themselves almost all time now. Why not have self-driving aircraft?

Because then everyone dies when the computer fails. Autopilots regularly fail and expect the pilot to take over; sometimes, like AF447, the pilot flies it into the sea, but most times they resolve the problem and continue.

This is particularly problematic when sensors fail, as they did in AF447, and the computer doesn't know what's going on any more.

Comment: Re:Let them sell cake (Score 1) 810

by BlueStrat (#49344807) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

It doesn't matter how the fuck the government wants to tax individuals vs. businesses. You can comply with the law or suffer the consequences of not doing so.

So you would punish a gay owned & operated photography-for-hire that refused to take on a job photographing the next Westboro Baptist Church anti-gay protest? You would punish that business if it were owned by Muslims and refused to photograph a gay or Jewish wedding?

Being a law does not make something right. It was the law that blacks sat at the back of the bus. So by your reasoning Rosa Parks should have 'suffered the consequences'?

You really should try thinking farther than your knees can jerk.


Comment: Re:Let them sell cake (Score 1) 810

by BlueStrat (#49344663) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Correct me if I am wrong, but do they not get to deduct the cost of running the business from taxable income?

They also on average generate far more in taxes than the average working individual. Do you generate 100's of thousands in taxable income on an hourly wage job? They also foot the costs of both employer and employee. Do you pay the full costs of labor (both the employer portion and employee's portion)?

If you lose your job, you are likely to be eligible to collect unemployment benefits. The owner of a sole proprietorship does not receive unemployment benefits if the business fails.

As to your muslim example, if he operates a business selling hardware he will experience legal trouble if he refuses to deal with people who want to buy hardware for use in a non-halaal butchery.

Muslim cabbies have refused on religious freedom grounds to take fares who carried alcohol or were accompanied by guide dogs.

I've noticed that no Muslim businesses have been targeted in this manner. Why don't they attempt to force a Muslim business to participate in a gay wedding, for example? Note that in the Middle East, with the equally-notable exception of Israel, killing/stoning to death of gays is common practice.

The other side of the coin, however, is work-to-order. Should a muslim/xtian/jew photographer experience legal troubles in advertising "I choose what work I will take on"?

IMHO, no, they should not. However Christian photographers for hire have found themselves in legal trouble for refusing to take on photography jobs for gay weddings. Should a gay-owned/run photography business be forced to take on work from the Westboro Baptist Church?

It seems many here want the knife to only cut one way.


Comment: Re:Let them sell cake (Score 1) 810

by BlueStrat (#49342837) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

A sole proprietorship is a business...

Then they shouldn't get the tax relaxations that businesses get.

Income to sole proprietorships is treated as individual income, no different than any working stiff, for tax purposes. They pay individual income tax rates.

The government classifies and treats them as private citizens. Why don't they have the same religious freedom to not participate in another private individual's religious ceremonies/activities/practices as a private citizen does?.

Should a Muslim who operates a shop be compelled against his religious beliefs to participate in another religion's religious ceremonies/activities/practices that conflict with and violate their own religious beliefs?

This road does not end in a good place. For anyone of any beliefs, or even of no beliefs.


Comment: Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 5, Informative) 481

Before I bought my house, I went down to the Comcast office to confirm that I would be able to get broadband there. Multiple people told me yes, but I still wanted to speak to a manger, just to be sure. And they did assure me, over and over again. So I bought the house, moved in, and then they finally told me it wasn't available yet.

Since I was doing software consulting from home, at the time, I made it clear to them that I wasn't going to move there if I couldn't get it. I ended up going over a year before they decided to turn it on (the wiring was all there, it was a new development). It really hurt my business, at the time. I'm still bitter about it to this day. I couldn't have been any more thorough in checking before moving in. They are absolutely incompetent.

Comment: Re:Our laws (Score 1) 125

by 0123456 (#49337691) Attached to: Do Robots Need Behavioral 'Laws' For Interacting With Other Robots?

It would be like the end of Logan's Run, or those bad SF movies of the 70s where you ask the computer to tell you the square root of minus one and it goes into a loop and explodes.

'Our laws' are illogical, contradictory, and impossible for a human to understand. A robot trying to follow them to the letter would be unable to do anything, if it ever reached the point of understanding them all.

Comment: Re:It depends (Score 5, Insightful) 471

by lgw (#49337255) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

How in the world? Trivially. They're doing it in an O(n^2) way - it's the only explanation.

If you use string concat library code naively, you can end up "copy the string, add one byte, repeat" easily enough in languages like Java. And it's not exactly breakthrough research to discover that O(n) disk can be faster than O(n^2) memory for large enough n.

Comment: Re:In Other News (Score 1) 183

by BlueStrat (#49336353) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

House Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) caught up in gay sex scandal according to anonymous government sources.

Future Testimony, House of Representatives-Government Oversight Committee

"I don't know, maybe some rogue extremist US intelligence operatives were taking a Predator out for a stroll one night and decided to fire a couple Hellfires at some US Representatives they disagreed with!

What, at this point, does it matter?"


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