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Comment: Re:No risk of homogeneity (Score 1) 217

Increased commerce? Not if everything is produced by Acme corp because no one sees any value in uniqueness. Reduced conflict? That's pitiful. If people hate each other, it's not going to matter if they speak the same language or not. It's probably better that they don't.

Yes, there are pockets of America that maintain an identity of their own, but they're few and far between. Cultures get assimilated and eradicated. It takes decades, but eventually they fade away. I live in an area that had a strong french presence, but now, decades later, there's no sign of it. I miss the cuisine and conversation. It won't be back. I don't think the community is better for it. It certainly hasn't turned the town into a more bustling economic presence and it hasn't lowered the crime rate. We just lost something interesting and became just like the towns that border us. Anywhere, USA. Population us.

Comment: Re:Perfect circle ! (Score 1) 217

It's not just Québec. New Hampshire controls all liquor sales within the state. You can buy beer and wine anywhere, but everything else is at the state stores. The lotteries are also state run.

Just like this story, the US has talked about Internet taxes countless times and the US certainly tries to block or limit gambling to government controlled entities. I'm sure every country has either discussed or acted on both to some extent.

Comment: Re:What makes you unique (Score 1) 217

I don't think most people would disagree with you, but I think it'd be an enormous loss if every country ended up being just like every other country. Tourism exists so that people can experience a different culture and environment for a short while. But if you get to some other location and it's the same language, same restaurants, same shops, same recreational activities, what a waste. I think there's probably a way to get people to take pride in what makes their pocket of humanity different without going all out with protectionist laws, but it would take a lot of effort.

In the end, I think a lot of places that want to be Americanized (or whatever you want to call it) will end up so, and then they'll soon come to regret it.

Comment: Re:Stupid. (Score 1) 247

by OhPlz (#49307289) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

Did you check to see if the regulation bans them? I doubt it does.

Either way, it's up to the people of France. If energy independence is more important to them than skylights, so be it. If Vlad Poutine decides to cut off the supply of energy to Europe in order to gather up more of the ex-Soviet territories, the European nations need to have a way to keep the lights on. It's not a matter of aesthetics, it's an actual power play between Russia and Europe.

Comment: Re:But (Score 1) 232

by OhPlz (#49303971) Attached to: FTC: Google Altered Search Results For Profit

Google presents itself as an unbiased search engine.

Oh yea? Google presents their name, a text box, and a button. If you manage to find the "about" link at the bottom, all it basically says is "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful." Nothing about bias. If Google's services are better than the competitions, placing them first actually would make the results more useful and would make their services more accessible.

The concept of "fair competition" is truly lost in this day and age. How is it fair to force Google to not place their own services ahead of other results? It's their search engine. They built it. Why should some third party be able to force them to place other results first? At most, I could see maybe requiring them to disclose why some results were promoted, like what is done with sponsored links.

It's the consumers that have the power of choice here. There are alternative search engines. Some popular for the very fact that they're not Google. The fact that people are too lazy to use them doesn't mean that what Google is doing is wrong.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 4, Insightful) 760

Changing it to a percent of wealth or income would encourage more rich people to hide their assets overseas. It wouldn't fix the problem. They have plenty of money to hire fancy lawyers and accountants to make sure their wealth remains in tact. Meanwhile, the middle class would probably get hosed because they have enough to be hurt by higher fines, but not enough to defend against it or hide their assets. And what happens to the poor? They'd get zero fine because they have nothing and earn nothing? That doesn't sound like it helps anything. The best thing for speeding, IMO, is to set better limits. If 90% of the traffic on a road travels higher than the limit, the limit isn't set right.

Comment: Re:mdsolar strikes again (Score 1) 311

by OhPlz (#49071109) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

So when you are moving, it unfreezes? How is that?

It doesn't. You clear the snow and ice off before setting off. The defroster or heater keeps it from refreezing with the help of the slipstream of air helping to keep the stuff from accumulating on the glass. You slow or stop, it can accumulate, it becomes more than the defroster or heater can handle, it freezes. Maybe once you're moving the wind plus the defroster can knock it loose, maybe you have to pull over and scrape it off again, maybe the wiper fluid will help if it doesn't just make it worse.

In Alaska, it gets cold enough, that you don't have the re-freeze problem

You don't get road slop from treated roads from other vehicles? I've been up to Canadian provinces where it's ungodly below zero and the same problems exist.

 

I don't turn on the heater when it's cold.

That could be the big difference between you and everyone else. I'd rather deal with the windows than freeze.

Comment: Re:mdsolar strikes again (Score 1) 311

by OhPlz (#49068405) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

How does something re-freeze at -40? It never un-freezes. Why does it freeze in traffic? Does your heater not work if you aren't moving?

Sure it does. The cabin of the vehicle gets warm therefore the windows get warm. When you slow down or stop, the wind tunnel effect goes away and it accumulates. If it accumulates too much, it lowers the temperature of the glass enough to freeze. Same thing with body panels. You can leave the defroster running, but it is only capable of so much, the weather can exceed its capability.

I have a difficult time accepting that you're in Alaska. Is there some part of the state that never sees cold weather? Anyone anywhere in New England could describe all of this the exact same way.

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