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Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 822

by MBGMorden (#49741199) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Not always. County and local roads are funding largely by the county, but not all of their budget comes from property taxes. A lot of their budget comes from the state, or from special option taxes (ie, our county has an extra $0.01 on the dollar of sales tax specifically for road improvements). They also can get federal grants and such.

Comment: Re:not surprised (Score 1) 648

by MBGMorden (#49703683) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

Dwindling? 63% of the population supports the death penalty, and the low point in public support was actually back in the 1960's. Indeed over the last century support has gone up and down here and there but there is no downward trend overall. We're actually higher in support now than when the first poll was done in 1936.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/160...

Comment: Re:Why doesn't he want to live in Africa? (Score 2) 170

I see you couldn't address my simple question.
Why doesn't he want to live in Africa, among his own race, and ONLY his own race? Could it possibly be because he is a 'white supremacist', and believes that white people make better societies than blacks do?

Perhaps because most people don't take race into account at all for such positions and economically people tend to be much better off in the US? Afterall if his goal was to live among white people as you suggest then several countries in Europe would be a far more sensible choice.

Comment: Re:Lies! Lies! All lies! (Score 1) 284

by MBGMorden (#49685077) Attached to: Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months

For Christianity, that means hating gays, subjugating minorities, and living a selfish, materialistic life while judging others.

Perspective. Christians over here are greedy, call some people some mean names, and are refusing to make a few gay wedding cakes, whilst Muslims are hacking up and beheading people with machetes and you try to draw an equivalence?

Comment: Re:guess what (Score 1) 284

by MBGMorden (#49685051) Attached to: Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months

Um, I'm not a religious person myself, but I grew up in one of the most backwoods fundamentalist Southern Baptist Christian families you can imagine. Even they viewed the Old Testament as basically "good reading" that was completely superseded by the New Testament.

You generally can use the Old Testament as a guide (ie, the Ten Commandments), but if it is contradicted AT ALL by the New Testament then the New Testament takes precedence.

Comment: Re:a 5-year lag (Score 1) 268

by MBGMorden (#49660901) Attached to: Russian Company Unveils Homegrown PC Chips

In terms of raw performance ability, AMD still lags a good bit. In terms of performance per $$$ AMD still isn't a bad value.

IMHO for standard consumer and business desktops AMD is still plenty fine. The servers, high-end workstations, and gaming market is where they have issues. They just have no high-performance chips (at any price) to compete in those sectors.

Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 1) 397

by MBGMorden (#49380837) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

I do think that the whole "University party culture" thing has seriously warped our societal view of higher education.

There are ton of people who don't view college as anything but a chance to go wild for 4 years. When I enrolled it was obvious that around half the students there were basically just a bunch of children that were finally turned loose without parental supervision.

Heck I went to a state university with 7 students from my high school graduating class (only 3 of which graduated). One girl dropped out after 1 year, but got a fast food job right next to campus (4 hours away from home) just so that she could continue to party with all people still in college.

Comment: Re:The real booth babes ain't on the floor at RSA. (Score 5, Interesting) 326

by MBGMorden (#49349013) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

Well, I guess it is a result of selecting differently based on personal preferences, parties and companies that need bought women, vs those who don't.

This weird taboo attitude towards sex confuses me.

Compare it to say, food. How much sense would it make if someone was proudly proclaiming their social and masculine prowess because they flew into a foreign town and then managed to track down a random stranger and after several hours of conversation and work, they convinced this stranger to cook them dinner. Might not even be a good dinner, but by golly they cooked it.

You'd consider them half crazy for not just going to a restaurant and ordering something - that would have probably been more enjoyable. As crazy as it sounds though, we attach that same thought process to sex. A guy who spends 4 hours worth of time and $200 in drinks and dinner to bed some random girl is seen as awesome while a guy who cuts to the chase with a $300 prostitute is shunned.

And the best (or I guess worst) excuse I've heard - from women - as to why prostitution shouldn't be legalized? Because if men had access to sex that easily they'd lose too much power in the relationship. That's the honest to goodness answer I've heard from quite a few of them.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 737

by MBGMorden (#49347773) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

If that happens one bullet doesn't typically "push" the other one out. Typically a bore obstruction will cause pressure to build dramatically resulting in a buldged and potentially ruptured barrel. You'd still quite possibly die with the gun to your head - but you wouldn't likely have 2 bullets in it.

BTW - usually this occurs on accident, not intentionally. Often times following what's termed a "squib" - a round of ammunition with a primer seated but no gun powder. The primer detonates and is enough to drive the bullet slightly into the barrel, but not out of it.

This is particularly a problem on a revolver. On a semi-auto a squib usually won't cycle the action, meaning you'd have to clear a jam first and might likely realize that something is wrong (a squib sounds very, very quiet compared to a normal shot). On a revolver though if you're shooting the next cylinder will just rotate into place and fire - the action isn't powered by the previous shot.

Comment: Re:Missionaries (Score 1) 119

I pretty much hate our "disposable" culture anyways. Building things to a higher quality and repairing them when they break is just much more resource friendly - and you end up with better stuff to boot.

Which is better - a $15 waffle iron from Walmart that breaks and needs to be replaced every other year - or a $75 one that will last 25 years and when it does eventually break can be fixed for $10 to run another year? Which uses less raw materials over the life of the product? Think about not only the construction materials but also the packaging as each time that replacement comes in more plastic, cardboard, and styrofoam packaging.

As a people (and really as a planet) we seem to have forsaken and inclination to look at things from a long term perspective - its all about what's cheap in the short term. Eventually we will have to look at things differently.

"I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest." -- Alexandre Dumas (fils)

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