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Comment: Re:Fristy Pawst! (Score 1) 322

by Bodhammer (#48031325) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
Didn't you just describe the progressive, individual tax scheme in the US?

"Lets say you work really hard and do everything right. You keep a reasonable budget, work hard, behave sensibly , and generally just do a good job.

Then lets say your neighbor is a complete fucktard that spend more money then they have, slack off doing nothing half the time, engage in dumb counter productive activities, and generally make every mistake possible one after the other...

Should I be punished for the incompetence of my neighbor?

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 257

by operagost (#48027241) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time
The problem is that searching now requires hunting for a hidden menu, which rarely appears even when you know where to point (especially in a remote session). Then, when you have it, you have to click again to change where you search, then type what you are looking for. I've gone old school-- I've relearned all the hot keys (Win+F for search) and treat Windows Server 2012 like it's a DOS app, because the GUI is unusable.

Comment: Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (Score 1) 450

by operagost (#48027169) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
If you have a battery bank, you are either off-grid or you have a very, very expensive hybrid system. It is horribly expensive to be grid-tied AND off-grid; that is, with the ability to run off the panels and/or batteries alone. It costs almost as much as having two entirely separate systems-- totally off the scale. That's an area I'd like to see improve.

Comment: Re:Depending on local ordinances... (Score 2) 450

by operagost (#48026835) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
"Progressives" are the worst reactionaries around. They'll impose regulations like this under the guise of Depression-era ideas of "modernization" that were aimed at enlightening the poor, ignorant hicks in the backwoods. Meanwhile, we've moved past that, but you just try to take back your liberty and see what happens.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 450

by operagost (#48026713) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
In the USA the road taxes on diesel fuel are higher than on gasoline-- and our adoption of diesel passenger cars is very low-- so de facto we have higher taxes on the heavier vehicles. Of course, toll roads also charge by axle. Won't be a big change in the status quo.

Alternatively, one could just realize that many government fees are not about proportionately recovering costs, but influencing certain behaviors that have a variety of costs and benefits elsewhere.

I don't like government trying to modify human behavior, other than to keep humans from harming other humans.

Comment: Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (Score 1) 331

by danbert8 (#48024451) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Election fraud is claimed to be rare because there is no way to quantify it if you can't verify the identity of the voter. I could vote for my whole family and no one would know. All my friends who are lazy and I can't get to go to mid-term elections I might as well vote for them too. All I need is a passable signature and their home address (which is public record). Now when people are polled, do they admit to committing a crime? Probably rarely...

I believe we need to make election processes simple, efficient, sensible, and communicated well in advance of the election. In other words, NOT what the republicans are proposing... They should be implementing these laws for the NEXT election cycle at a minimum, and make it well known to the population well in advance of any candidates even being proposed. You shouldn't campaign on election laws at all.

As for making it harder for people to vote. Maybe it'll be called racist to say this, but people who live in the United States of America in 2014 without a form of photo ID are EXACTLY the people who shouldn't be voting. There are plenty of other people WITH photo ID who also shouldn't be voting, but I will not shed one tear for someone who can't vote because they can't come up with proof of their identification.

Of course, the alternative that I would be happy with is the simple ink on the hand that 3rd world countries do that is more effective in preventing voter fraud than what we have now...

Comment: Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (Score 1) 331

by danbert8 (#48024423) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

While I agree with the AC that the majority of regions lean republican, the reality is that this problem is a result of gerrymandering. I believe in addition to restoring the states appointing senators, the house should move to an MMP election system to more accurately represent the political beliefs of the people. More people might lean democrat than republican at this point, but the reality is that most people are against the two party system (but despite that won't vote that way under the current system).

Comment: Re:highly damaging to linux on the server (Score 1) 323

by operagost (#48020009) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Except that Windows probably has just as many holes only you dont know about them because they aren't public or because Microsoft has decided not to invest the engineering resources to fix them or because Microsoft has fixed them in a patch but the actual security flaw is still unknown publicly.

An unprovable assertion.

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