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Comment Re:Internet dating is for cows. (Score 4, Funny) 176 176

Internet dating is for cows. .. Moo say the cows. YOU COWS!!

Indeed -- and anonymously trolling message boards is of course reserved for the highly intelligent and most evolved member of the human race. Thank you, sir.

(I can't believe this got "insightful" moderation already!)

Comment Re:Actor's agent is also an employer? (Score 1) 88 88

Is the agent her employer?

I think once the agent begins automatically charging extra $$$ for every facilitated job in order to ensure that the actor does not attack the employee while working, such agent might become the employer. (Save Rides Fee)
Also, doesn't Uber provide insurance to drivers now? This violates the "Actor pays her own expenses" part of the analogy.

Comment Re:Exactly. (Score 1) 318 318

The 80s were a glorious, ad free, time all supported by your monthly payment.

I am not sure if this is true, but if you do look at some sitcoms from 70s, you would discover that half-hour sitcoms used to be 26-27 minutes of content. Today's sitcoms would be lucky to hit 23 minutes (usually ~22.5)

Comment Re:Lemme ask you this ... (Score 5, Informative) 500 500

What kind of a dictator "asks" Congress for anything? A proper dictator would, you know, dictate his commands

A clever dictator asks Congress for things he does not want, so that he can deflect the blame to Congress when they fail to pass it. You don't see presidents asking for permission about, say, drone bombings in various countries.

Comment Re:Sounds like good grounds for an appeal, (Score 3, Interesting) 82 82

Well, the prosecutors are trying to carve out an exception to rules, as always. I am surprised that they haven't worked in "think of the children" into the story.

New York federal prosecutors have urged Forrester to "send a message" with a long prison sentence for Ulbricht.

And yes, IANAL, but this should not be a fairly easy appeal case:

With less than 24 hours until the sentencing takes place, however, it seems increasingly clear that Judge Forrester is taking the accusation that Ulbricht tried to orchestrate five murder-for-hire as truth in the New York case.

Comment Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 837 837

New toll systems have few manned toll booths and don't require traffic to slow or stop.

That's assuming you subscribe to a privacy-violating account and carry around their little identifier (last I saw the rules, they have dire warnings against sharing or otherwise moving the device to another car) and also assuming that you have no out-of-state visitors who are not subscribed to some local toll system.

Comment Re:"Am I free to stay?" (Score 1) 509 509

You dont have to completely leave, but it gives you the ability to walk away from the officer without the claim of resisting.

Wow, is that the rule?
So then you have to record your question being asked and answered. Otherwise, it's your word against the police officer's word that "....but s/he said I was free to leave", when you are charged with resisting arrest.

Comment Re:Two Party Consent (Score 1) 509 509

I'm not sure if this flies in two party consent states. You wouldn't be allowed to record their voice or conversation

IANAL, but I am quite sure that "X party consent" only applies to private conversation (e.g., phone). Any event happening in public, you can pretty much record. Otherwise, in states with two party consent laws, you could never record videos outside within an earshot of people.

Comment Re:THIS will drive the adoption of the auto-driver (Score 1) 228 228

Simply: the old drivers are all quitting because of the hassles and continuing low pay, while few new drivers are joining the industry. Companies can't find drivers. I know 1Q14 3000+ trucking companies closed (most were Bill & Mary trucking, ie small individual owner-operators, but many were substantial firms)

There has to be more to this. If companies can't find drivers (particularly bigger firms), perhaps they should offer higher pay? I can't imagine their margins are so thin that they cannot increase trucker salaries without going into red.

So perhaps there is another explanation, because yours sounds like trucker salary is set in stone and can never be changed.

Comment Re:Plot Hole (Score 2) 179 179

Tolkien was human. Humans make mistakes and oversights.

Indeed. He could also have kept Aragorn as a hobbit named Trotter instead of a human and now we would be debating a number of different inconsistencies.

Who's the eldest being in Middle Earth, Tom Bombadil or Treebeard?

It would seem pretty obvious that Treebeard cannot be older than Tom Bombadil (who claims to remember "the first raindrop and the first acorn"). I would hardly consider this a "most noticeable inconsistency"

Comment Re:Plot Hole (Score 5, Informative) 179 179

Short version: why didn't they just ask the Eagles to fly them to Mordor? Or over the mountains?

Short (prevalent) answer: Eagles would be extremely easy to spot over the skies of Mordor, and thus would be stopped before they got to Mount Doom. They were willing/able to pick up Frodo at the end because Sauron had already been defeated.

More discussion here

Comment Re: Security theater (Score 3, Interesting) 224 224

I'm a frequent traveler and see the TSA has 90% theatre.

Do you care to identify the 10% that you consider non-theater? Because I travel often, and I don't see it. There is, for example, not even a consistency with respect to how they do pat-down when you refuse the scanners. It really seems like they are making it up as they go along (or maybe it is city-based, I haven't compiled data). The only consistent thing they are taught to do is to check behind the ankle.

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