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Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 154

by Lab Rat Jason (#47917589) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Haha... same here. Last weekend my wife and I set out to test drive the brand new Sequoia. We made a bet before we got out of the car... I bet we wouldn't be able to walk from our car to the new car before being assailed by a hungry salesman, she bet that we wouldn't even see a salesman. She won the bet, and we were ignored for 30 minutes while we poked and prodded the SUV, and then we walked back to our car and drove away without a test drive since nobody gave two shits about us. The dealership model is dead.

Comment: Re:A good slice of luck. (Score 2) 35

My understanding is that gravity irregularities (caused by the lobular shape, as opposed to a spherical shape) are going to be one of the biggest challenges. How do you calculate the correct amount of thrust when gravity decreases as you get closer to your landing spot? All these things need to be accounted for, and there are plenty of unknowns still.

Shame we can't watch it real-time... that would be a popcorn moment no doubt.

Comment: Re:It's a Nanny State law (Score 1) 275

by Lab Rat Jason (#47880277) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

The problem is the clause isn't under it's own title in the contract, but instead is buried in the legal mumbo-jumbo fine print... If users knew that the clause was in the contract they WOULD walk away... but that's the strategy of the lawyers and that's why so many legal contracts are written in unintelligable legal-speak. So the people who do try to read them can't understand them, and the majority of people assume "It's just a few dollars worth of product, why would this contract have any teeth in it?" This law wouldn't be necessary if there were laws requiring contracts to be written in simple language. I think there is a line between people making dumb uninformed choices, and lawyers writing contracts with predatory language. This law is addressing the predatory nature of these contracts, because it's human nature to expect that the contract contains exactly the terms that are commonly understood. It would be like a car salesman chatting you up all day about a 2% interest rate that they can get for you through their financing... but then buried deep in the paperwork is a 7% rate... would that be legal? Yes. Should that be legal? I don't think so. It's why more and more, people are recording conversations (I'm looking at you Comcast) when they enter into some kind of contract or agreement... to protect against being told one thing, then being held contractually to something else.

This whole thing reminds me of a list I saw floating around the internet about things people had agreed to give up in a contract. It had things like "immortal soul" and "firstborn child" on it. Hilarious, and illustrative of the point.

Comment: Re:DMCA delistings are unconstitutional (Score 1) 275

by Lab Rat Jason (#47880157) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

I kinda agree with this... Google is only telling you WHERE something is... they're not the ones infringing copyright. The problem here is Google's monopoly on search... if we had more good search providers this DMCA crap wouldn't have looked like such an easy win for MPAA and RIAA. I support DMCA takedowns for actually infringing content... but I really dislike the idea of takedowns of search listings.

Comment: Re:We need more of this (Score 2) 275

by Lab Rat Jason (#47875943) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

+1 This! We're already guaranteed our freedom of speech through the first amendment, but having the cash to fight it can be tough for many people. Not to mention that in the case of financial transactions, often times the business gets the upper hand because they can report you to credit agencies, and then you've got even more garbage to contend with... the penalty clause for trying to put language like that in a contract is my favorite part of this whole thing.

Comment: Re:No comments here yet... (Score 1, Offtopic) 471

by Lab Rat Jason (#47875117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

No, worldthinker is right, and your provided example is perfect for illustrating the problem: Using a feminine attribute to knock a guy or "question his manhood" is exactly the problem, and it's a basic but functional definition of misogyny.

If a female did something really awesome, and a bystander said "OMG that was awesome!!!! How do you even cross your legs?" then that bystander is using a masculine attribute (huge balls) to reinforce the complement. The premise that masculine attribute = good, and feminine attribute = bad is the problem we are talking about. Stating that you can call anyone a "cunt" and it's equally damming to a male or female does not somehow elevate the insult above the level of misogyny.

I will restate: Get some perspective.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.