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Comment Re:cheap shot from the cheap seats (Score 2) 634

Pretty sure insurance doesn't pay off in case of "suicide".

Taking the contention seriously for a minute: I can cite from personal knowledge that it did in at least one case I know of. I think the policy was of long enough standing that a "no suicide" provision timed out. Don't know if that was due to that particular policy or some regulation, but the claim did get paid.

Comment Re:Because that would be unimaginable CENSORSHIP? (Score 2) 832

Huh, wut?

Why does Trump get a privilege (in fact a right enshrined in the constitution) that I don't just because he's a candidate?

One reason is that Twitter might fear him. He's been proven time and again to be petty, vengeful, and egomaniacal, and according to his rhetoric, not too concerned with what the law says. Not unlike the present occupant of the Oval. If he became President, why wouldn't somebody like that weaponize every 3-letter agency at his disposal and launch them at his enemies? IRS, FBI, SEC, FDA, FTC, etc. could make the lives of whoever crosses him a living hell. The IRS scandal shows that it's already happening, and a guy like Trump could refine it into a tool worthy of a Torquemada.

Comment Re:It's not about safety (Score 1) 151

It's about revenue. Anything CA can do to get a bit more revenue - it will do.

I'd put greater weight on it being a gift to the plaintiff's bar. With a fat insurance company to go after instead of maybe just some unemployed schmuck with $1.14 in his checking account, there'll be a nice payday for everyone.

Comment 1984++ (Score 1) 276

It occurs to me that self-driving cars are rolling camera platforms, and I can foresee a future in which recordings and the coordinates of where they were made are kept and are mandated to be accessible by the police or government (or even more likely, Google/Tesla/GM/etc). The world of tomorrow will likely be one of unrelenting, unavoidable surveillance, infinitely more than it is today, bad as that already is.

Comment Please stop helping (Score 1) 276

I see a vibrant private sector effort along these lines already. Government can do the most by eliminating unnecessary regulatory barriers (or in rare instances putting up a few for safety, perhaps), but otherwise should stay out of the way. Government programs have a way of becoming jobs programs and therefore hard to shut down. The example of the Pentagon not wanting a new weapons system but Congress mandating it anyway comes to mind. Let the private sector risk its money and direct its deployment toward the most promising uses.

Comment Rewrite it (Score 1) 197

Once I can't bear to look at my old code any longer, I don't even feel like investing the time in trying to bring it up to snuff. I just rewrite it, which usually works out well because I get more experienced over time and have thought of different approaches that could have been used originally. Fortunately I'm almost always the sole author and I deal mainly with embedded apps, so the code is fairly short. I'd never dare to use this approach with more complex programs, assuming I could even talk anyone into letting me.

Comment The faster way (Score 1) 189

Sabotage the camera (if you don't want to do actual damage, tape a laser pointer to a sign post and flood the lens with light, spray the lens using your drone, float a helium balloon in front of it, etc.), wait to see who comes to repair it, then follow them back to their office.


Americans would also never steal peoples land on the principle that they're just a bunch of savages as well, nope they found an empty continent and just moved in. And today Americans would never blow up weddings and such on the chance that there might be a bad guy, with bad guy being defined as someone not happy with having their home blown up, in the name of freedom of course. Another thing is that American business would never move their manufacturing to 3rd world countries where workers are treated like commodities just to make more profits.

Those things don't happen because the people doing them are Americans, they happen because all human beings are self-interested assholes. That's what regulation and political systems are for, to curb the abuses while retaining the beneficial elements.

Comment On governments too? (Score 1) 21

Governments are always coming up with these requirements for others, are they going to impose these same rules on themselves as well? The only time my data has been compromised was when the United States Office of Personnel Management managed to lose every scrap of data it had on millions of people, including the intimate details of their lives necessary for security clearances. If Google or General Motors or some other private business had done this, there'd have been resignations, firings, huge fines, prison, etc. OPM does it and there's a little public handwringing, some Congressional Shame Hearings, but nothing too drastic.

Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 240

Deregulation has brought in a society that is as inequal as the French ancien regime.

I don't know why I'm supposed to care that some rich guy has a yacht while I don't. Nothing that the complainers about "inequality" want to happen is going to get me a yacht, just take away the rich guy's while leaving nobody better off. I'd rather know that it's possible for me to have a yacht if I ever wanted one badly enough to work hard and accumulate the wealth necessary.

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