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Comment Public Speaking is Hard (Score 4, Insightful) 77 77

Science is hard too. I would argue that most scientists don't have both skills. Some do, like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but I don't believe most do. I know on my development team there's about two of six people who can clearly communicate their ideas to the outside world. And one of those I wouldn't trust to tell someone who didn't have some knowledge of code.

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067 1067

Was fire involved in the splitting? I'm just not sure how you divided up money and had no money at the end. I mean maybe you miscounted and divided $5 to 6 people by giving each person a dollar and then there was no money left for you... but that's a math error not 5/0. You cannot divide something into pieces and have 0 left. You can always recollect the pieces and get back to the original $5. If the division resulted in nothing left then you used fire to destroy the $5. Which is X-X not X/0.

Comment Re:heh (Score 1) 249 249

Those are some interesting points. I'm almost sold to your point of view but the allocation of labor you bring up I think is not as malleable as you make it sound. It's not that easy to turn a random hairstylist into a programmer for example. Maybe turning her into a cook might work... they are both considered low skill jobs, but if the local economy isn't supporting either of those positions, how do we mass retrain the work force? If we can't do the retraining then that person is going to be checking the unemployed box.

Comment Re:Pay Settlments from Police Pension Funds (Score 1) 201 201

That would make perfect sense if domestic abuse wasn't something where people are usually being restricted the ability to leave by their spouse or domestic partner. And that the person who did the abuse would realize he or she was wrong and wouldn't try to track down the individual and physically force or harass them to come back home with them by staking out these well known safe houses. Sometimes the person on the receiving end of domestic abuse often needs protection in order to escape the situation. And it is escape. I guess they could try to call Batman to rescue them.

Comment Re:Privacy? (Score 1) 776 776

What if the 24 hour surveillance wasn't one of the listed features of the application that I am being forced to install? I have a right to refuse a previously agreed to contract if there were conditions not revealed in the initial contract that I would take issue with.

Comment Re:QoS is hard but necessary (Score 1) 133 133

This thread is one of the best anti-net neutrality arguments I've seen. It's not enough to convince me since I don't believe the monopolies will ever be broken up or that they won't abuse their power, but at least it sounds rational and thought out and not "OMG Regulation is bad!" However, it does make it sound like a perfect world solution would not include net neutrality which is not what I used to think.

Comment Re:Honestly ... (Score 1) 342 342

Paper trail is only required for large amounts or if the customer requests a receipt. I've never had to present id when cashing in my chips since I never cashed in a very large amount at once. Thus I've never had any taxes on gambling income because on the books I have 0 gambling income.

Comment Re:Lobbying and Contributions (Score 1) 441 441

The more local you get the fewer people you have who are running. Most local mayors run completely unopposed. Heck even most State governments have many unopposed "elected" officials. I think this would make it harder to get Corrupted Carl to no longer be the Mayor.

Comment Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 886 886

In all honesty... I think it might be less about trying to punish those people for being homophobic and more about trying to make sure all guests feel welcome and able to attend the event. There may be gay people who want to go to the event, but businesses like hotels or restaurants may refuse them service thus making them feel unwelcome at the event.

I honestly can't understand why any convention would want to be located someplace where all of their potential attendees aren't welcome.

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

That's a fantastic idea that has 0 chance of unfairly punishing people who just missed the fact that the speed limit dropped by 10 miles back 1/2 mile on that sign they happened to miss. Let's make sure they cannot legally commute to work anymore as punishment. Mass transit isn't available everywhere in the US and Manhattan is pretty much the only place I've seen where it is a suitable replacement for owning a vehicle. (I've been in about 10 different U.S. cities using mass transit and most of them suck.)

I think fines are more fair for minor infractions than suspensions. I agree they have other issues, but I think we'd need to come up with some other non-crippling way of punishment than suspension or revocation for minor offenders. Maybe community service? I had a crossing guard who wore a fur coat for a while in high school. Pretty sure I know what happened there.

Comment Re:if that were true (Score 1) 348 348

Isn't another possibility of the "I won't pay that price, I'll stick with what I have." the company is less competitive and fails? This increases the local labor pool and decreases the demand for that labor. This wouldn't result in higher wages either. The worst situation for all parties is no deal.

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