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Comment: Are we so sure about that? (Score 2) 207

by KermodeBear (#49181903) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

automatic categorization processes that originate from unwanted, unconscious social and cultural biases

Are we so sure that racism stems only from social and cultural biases? Could there not be a biological component to this as well? How does one affect the other? Can we ever know?

I'm just sayin' - people lay all the blame on society but I wonder how much stems from base instinct.

Comment: Subsidized? (Score 2) 212

by KermodeBear (#49178503) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Any information on if this project is subsidized or not? I checked the articles briefly but I didn't see anything either way. If this project is being built without subsidies, that's great, it means that technology is catching up and this kind of energy is finally becoming economically viable on a large scale.

Comment: Re:Interesting Move By Mr Obama (Score 0, Troll) 431

by KermodeBear (#49124733) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

he never striked me as a partisan President.

Are you kidding me? The guy who, at best, is completely dismissive of anyone who disagrees with him? The one who likes to rub his victories into the faces of his opponents with snide, cheap remarks? The guy who isn't getting what he wants out of congress, so is trying to use executive orders to achieve his goals instead?

You have to be trolling.

Comment: Re:News (Score 1) 211

by KermodeBear (#49097683) Attached to: 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

It is an attack they use all the time. Someone will say, "The government is too big, it is too invasive," and the immediate response is, "You are stupid, you don't want government, you're an anarchist!"

Is that what the first person said? No, it isn't.

These attacks are infantile and they speak volumes about the person making them.

Comment: Life for Firearm Possession? (Score 2, Interesting) 215

by KermodeBear (#49013083) Attached to: Silk Road Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty After Federal Sting

Handel faces up to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and up to life for using and possessing a firearm.

So... He gets 20 years for trafficking substances across international borders that will rot your brain out, but he can get life for possessing an item for personal protection? Which item was doing more damage to society? It wasn't the firearm.

I know, I know... People like to tack on + as if having one or not having one changes what was in the first place. Thing is, it doesn't.

Rob a convenience store without a gun and take all the money: Store has an empty drawer.
Rob a convenience store with a gun and take all the money: Store has an empty drawer.

The end result is the same. Saying that it is somehow worse is such a farce.

Comment: Re:Just end the madness (Score 1, Informative) 119

The power to tax is the power to destroy. When all it takes is the whim of a the legislature to pass a tax...

Of course, this isn't nearly as bad as regulatory organizations that don't even have to pass a bill; executive fiat is all that is required.

Because of this, we'll never see a flat or fair tax in this country.

Comment: Re:Cue the GOP response... (Score 1) 825

Wouldn't it be easier to just abolish all of the taxes and do a simple national sales tax? Then any business done in the US is taxed here and cannot be escaped. Any business done abroad is done abroad and isn't taxed by the US.

That seems pretty fair to me, extremely difficult to avoid, and solves the problem of 10,000 pages of law that nobody can possibly comply with 100% all of the time.

Comment: Not a Control Freak? (Score 2) 458

by KermodeBear (#48946165) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Not because he was a control freak, but because he had a passion for perfection.

That is precisely what a control freak is - someone who believes that things should be a certain way and refuses to compromise. Everything must bow down to the vision of that person. You can try to spin it as a "passion for perfection" but ultimately it's exactly the same thing.

Comment: Re:Recycling Materials (Score 1) 128

Good to know. Where I live (semi-rural area) there's probably a half dozen junk yards within a 15 minute drive of me. Cars just go there and... sit around... Sometimes people will run in there and yank a part out for nominal amounts of money, but most of the time they just sit and rust away.

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