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Comment: Bahahahaha (Score 0) 580

by KamikazeSquid (#48116483) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

What a bunch of fucking morons. They're eliminating a huge number of potential candidates who would otherwise be qualified for the job. I just ... I don't even have the words to describe how ridiculous this is.

Of course, if all they want are upper middle-class drones who follow every rule that has ever been made, just because it's a rule, then I suppose this is effective.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 3, Informative) 410

No, that's a terrible idea. With income tax, you can lighten the tax burden on those most affected by using tax rates that scale with your income. If everyone just pays a flat sales tax rate, the poor bear most of the economic burden. Plus, if we eliminate income tax, we have to raise sales tax to cover the deficit, so pretty soon we'll all be paying 20% (or higher) sales tax.

Think of it this way; if you make $24,000 a year, a 20% tax that reduces your income to $18,000 a year is a much greater burden than it is to someone who makes $200,000 a year and has their income reduced to $150,000 a year.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 5, Insightful) 643

by KamikazeSquid (#47768261) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

What if the police got to the scene of a crime after the victim (a black man) managed to turn the tables on the attacker (a white woman) and the only thing the camera saw was the victim (a black man) attacking the attacker (a white woman) in a panicked frenzy? Camera and the police says the victim (a black man) is the attacker, therefore the victim (a black man) gets arrested. Investigation? Why conduct one when the police (partly) caught a black man beating a white woman on camera?

How is this any different from the current situation? Currently, said officer will simply testify in court, "I arrived at the scene and the only thing I saw was a black man attacking a white woman in a panicked frenzy."

At least, with the camera solution, we can be 100% sure that the officer isn't telling a flat-out lie when they say something like that in court.

Comment: Re:Short term (Score 1) 506

by KamikazeSquid (#47761497) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
I'm 26. I started driving when I was 17, and my Dad gave me a used car when I moved out at 18. By the time I was 19, I sold the car. In the past 7 years, I've relied almost exclusively on public transportation, and only operated vehicles on a couple of different occasions; these were rental vehicles that I used to move my furniture from one apartment to another.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 1) 441

That analogy doesn't work, at all. Immigration reform has nothing to do with the social construct of property ownership. I have no objections to the concept of property ownership. I just think that all of this anxiety about letting people into the country is completely illogical and rooted in irrational fear more than it is rooted in an actual understanding of economics and national policy.

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