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Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 157

by JustNilt (#39774235) Attached to: How Good Are Robo-Graders?

Can you image if cashiers had to figure out your change without the register telling them how much money to give back to the customer

So it's hard for you to imagine someone using basic math? Did you know they do still teach math in school? Most people surely can handle basic subtraction by 3rd grade, including cashiers.

While that would seem reasonable it doesn't reflect reality. You don't actually even need to "do the math" if you know how to count change but it's my experience that the majority of folks simply can't handle making change without the computer. Heck, even WITH a computer they can't always figure it out.

Comment: Re:Darn that dirty hydrogen (Score 1) 406

by JustNilt (#39582607) Attached to: Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor Creates Clean Hydrogen

To heck with scaling this up. Lets scale it down so I can have one in my back yard, or at every corner gas station. A small reactors working any time there is sunlight and water scaled just large enough to keep your car topped off makes a lot more sense than trucking hydrogen around.

You must live somewhere like CA where there's lots of sun. Here in Seattle it is less feasible and don't even get me started on Canada, much of Russia and so on.

Comment: Re:Gid Rid of All Sales Taxes (Score 1) 229

by JustNilt (#39574215) Attached to: Federal Court Tosses Colorado's Amazon Tax

Here's an idea to clear up this mess nicely: get rid of all sales taxes. They're extremely regressive and complicate and impede commerce. Increase income, property, and capital gains taxes to compensate.

I agree sales taxes can be harder on the poor in some cases but it's a manageable risk. Blanket statements suchas yours do little more than expose the lack of depth of your understanding. They're only harmful if you assume sales tax is charged on the basics of life. Food, for example, is not taxable in many states. There's no reason the poor shouldn't pay sales tax on a television, however, or a car.

There are ways to make the taxes more fair overall. I'm a fan of the Fair Tax myself which offers a rebate up front every year to everyone that covers the tax paid for everyone up to the income level for poverty. That way nobody pays anything out of pocket until you make more than that base level. I also like that it wouldn't tax used goods. There may be other issues with the Fair Tax that I don't recognize as I am not an expert in the field but that method would seem to work well.

Anyhow, saying a regressive tax is inherently bad ignores that other forms of taxes are too easy to avoid for those wealthy enough to pay accountants and attorneys to do so. How's that any more fair?

Comment: Re:This seems reasonable (Score 1) 747

by JustNilt (#39564255) Attached to: Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

RTFA:

Again displaying their infinite law-and-order wisdom, the US Supreme Court has ruled that anyone arrested for any offense, however innocuous, can be strip-searched, even if there's no suspicion that they are concealing contraband.

He wasn't convicted.

He didn't commit any crime.

Yes, he was. This is detailed in the actual ruling so if you RTFR you'd have gotten that.

He pled guilty to several offenses earlier and was paying off some fines associated with that. When he fell behind on those payments, a hearing was scheduled. When he didn't appear at that hearing, a bench warrant for failure to appear (FTA) was issued. While he may have paid his fine later, the FTA is a wholly separate issue and officers likely had no discretion in that case. FTA is kind of like contempt of court; it's a separate issue from whatever you were supposed to be there for to begin with.

He was publicly humiliated.

Stop apologizing for the complete and total gutting of our rights.

You may have that view, of course, but I take the view that should I be arrested I want to be safe from other inmates. That's one of the duties of an incarcerating agency!

Comment: Re:Canada Here I Come (Score 1) 747

by JustNilt (#39564035) Attached to: Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

Not hate speech, but copyright, and used to silence critics with lawsuits;

Eh, as those critics are still there I wouldn't really call the "silenced". Also, it wasn't criticism that was targetted, but publishing a pages from a Church manual online. I imagine if they'd instead tried to summarize the content in their own words there wouldn't have been a lawsuit.

Disclaimer: IAAM

I am not a Mormon and I agree. That article is dealing with specifically posting content. The same information could easily have been summarized, and may now be, on the website without actually infringing the copyright. I can't say I agree with everything any church does regardless of denomination but in that specific case I side with the church's position.

Comment: Re:Duh? (Score 1) 327

Not a perfect analogy; most mortgage contracts lay out the foreclosure process very specifically. Choosing to stop paying your mortgage doesn't necessarily break the contract, it simply allows them to potentially foreclose on the property. Of course, every mortgage can be different so this may not apply universally.

Comment: Re:I have a very rare disease... (Score 1) 556

by JustNilt (#39343161) Attached to: Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

Do you have Stalkeritis? Do you need that special "treatment" for this serious "medical condition" and just can't manage to convince your preferred provider to, well, provide it? Just call 1-800-Girl-Now! We have genuine look-a-likes for all your medical needs. Offer not valid in all areas, some restrictions may apply. Satisfaction guaranteed, assuming you aren't finicky.

(You may not want to actually call that number; I have no clue what it goes to for real.)

Comment: Re:Medicare, not Medicaid (Score 1) 556

by JustNilt (#39342901) Attached to: Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

There are already many, many opportunities for arbitrage in legal pharmaceuticals, but I don't think anyone has hard evidence about how much of a problem in the North American and EU markets this really is. Typically seniors on Medicaid don't buy their drugs out of the back of El Camino that has a bunch of Folexes and Foakleys in it...

Sorry, that should be Medicare...

No, that'd be the seniors on Fedicare ... ha!

I'm not opposed to Medicare, BTW.

Comment: Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (Score 1) 556

by JustNilt (#39342605) Attached to: Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

Just like Apple needs patents on rounded corners for smartphones

I could be wrong since I haven't looked it up but rounded corners on a phone wouldn't likely be patent-able but can certainly be considered part of the "trade dress". While both matters covered by "IP law", patents and trade dress are wildly different from each other. I think conflating the two is a bad idea in general.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_dress

Comment: Re:Not smart Enough? (Score 4, Informative) 1276

by JustNilt (#39251235) Attached to: Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

before spouting off about it.

There are other parts that apply but this is pretty specific:

(a) Notwithstanding the prima facie speed limits, any
vehicle proceeding upon a highway at a speed less than the normal
speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time shall be
driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable
to the right-hand edge or curb, except when overtaking and passing
another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing
for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or
driveway.

I'm not entirely sure but you may have just demonstrated the Dunning-Kruger Effect nicely. :)

Comment: Let's all be realistic (Score 3, Insightful) 160

If this new interface is successful

As with so many articles I see about "breakthroughs", this is the key bit. The researchers probably just needed another round of funding so they released some information about it. Call me when we actually have serious trials and it's about to start final testing.

Comment: Re:Two separate things here (Score 1) 482

by JustNilt (#39212313) Attached to: Photographing Police: Deletion Is Not Forever

That officer MUST provide a warrant issued by a court, or have probable cause to enter your home. Period. End of discussion.

While your basic premise is sound, it is not entirely accurate. A law enforcement officer needs a warrant to enter a home, or other private space, uninvited except in cases of exigent circumstances. Now, whether all officers are truthful regarding exigent circumstances after the fact may be debated but the law is pretty clear. We're talking US law, of course.

Comment: Place is OK (Score 1) 82

by JustNilt (#39186725) Attached to: Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)

I went once, not long ago. I'm of the opinion it's stretching the term "museum" to its breaking point. I wish they had more museum-like displays and the owner, when I asked, said they're working on funding. The place is well worth a visit for any pinball fan but don't expect too much "history" other than old machines.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer

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