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Comment: Re:Intent matters. (Score 2) 312

by Paco103 (#49640941) Attached to: Defense Distributed Sues State Department Over 3-D Gun Censorship

Information that could make civilians more dangerous to police or military should not be available to civilians at all, obviously

Obviously! We wouldn't want the ability for the peasants to stand up to a rogue dictatorship. The police and military should not have to fear repercussions from their actions against against the undesirables. Let the ruling class do whatever they want, as history has repeatedly shown, as long as I can still get a Big Mac and watch American Idol!

Government entities and proponents of such love to use the "If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" argument, but shouldn't the same be said of police, military, and others that we grant the authority to "rule" over us? What about information that makes the police or military more dangerous to us?

Comment: Re:proformence enhancing (Score 1) 65

by Paco103 (#49596825) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

This is the most fun! And it's truly a battle of minds, not reflexes. We did this in an AI class in college. It was just a trivial game, but the last day of the project was battling all of our AI's out in a tournament. We literally just sat and watched our AI compete. Probably less of a spectator sport, but so much better than a traditional programming contest where fast and dirty is the goal.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 349

by Paco103 (#49373415) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

Missouri is one. I'm not sure the specifics, but typically you'll see a "Tax1" and "Tax2" on the receipt. Most cities do not exempt anything, but the state sales tax is exempted from basic groceries. It's not usually itemized what gets what taxes, but if you buy a $1 grocery item, you'll often find that the total is $1.04, instead of $1.08 (random examples based on local municipality taxes). The city tax is still charged, but the state tax isn't.

Comment: Re:Not here (Score 3, Insightful) 37

by Paco103 (#49200945) Attached to: Inside Bratislava's Low-Cost, Open Source Bike Share Solution

I don't know that it's just here. I think most people are good and honest, but there's enough assholes to ruin a program like this for everyone. They'd have to have credit cards attached or something, or it would be a matter of weeks until someone either stole or destroyed them all. Unfortunately it would be the .01% of people that would ruin things like this for everybody!

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 631

by Paco103 (#49141939) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

And they don't want to run fiber because it's it won't make them any more money. You're already paying all you're going to pay under the unlimited model. Now imagine you paid for what you consumed, you think they'd let their income potential be capped by antique equipment? If electricity was an "unlimited per month" model, would there be incentive to make sure that I have near 100% uptime with all the electrical capacity I can imagine using, even way out in the rural area where I live? Or would they want to just make sure I have enough to not cancel my service altogether?

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 290

by Paco103 (#48823797) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

And do you actually have the gold/silver? Everyone I know that bought precious metals only has certificates that show they have some. If the economy collapses, you have a piece of paper that says you own X amount of gold. What is that worth? If civilization has collapsed, you have no way of getting to that gold. No financial system to cash in the certificate, no shipping system to aquire it, no phone system to reach the guy that actually has it in his vault. What you have is a piece of paper. . . a rough one at that, which in the collapse of society is worth significantly less than the case of Charmin I have in the garage.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 201

by Paco103 (#48154225) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Amen, even my Nexus 4 is bigger than I really want. Honestly I might even tolerate the size, but that price is absolutely ridiculous, going from a $300+ phone to a $600+ phone, and they STILL didn't include a damn SD Card slot? Sorry Google, hope this goes well for you but I will not touch this piece of junk. Maybe I'll try the OnePlus One, the FairPhone, or hopefully some other compact and unlocked phone will come out in the future.

Luckily for me, the specs of my Nexus 4 are still more than enough to run anything I've encountered, so maybe I'll make it until this whole phablet craze is over.

Comment: Re:What was automated? (Score 1) 236

by Paco103 (#48106083) Attached to: Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

I absolutely refuse to use them anymore. I did for a while if I could go quick, but I got stopped at walmart once because it said I needed a cashier approval. I was buying headphones. I stood there for a minute or so trying to get someones attention. She comes over and it was so that she could ask if I wanted the extended warranty. It couldn't put that on the screen?

I decided then that they waste my time, are slower, and take jobs away without passing any benefit on to me, so I quit. I'm also tired of fighting the "place item in the bag" battle. If you can't trust me, don't hire me. I didn't want to work here in the first place!

Comment: Re:You don't purchase back leased cars (Score 1) 126

by Paco103 (#48086897) Attached to: Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

I'm sure that is true, but some dealers have more desire to negotiate, some feel the number listed is the only number. It's the same reason it's sometimes worth driving a couple hundred miles to buy a new car, even when sales tax is the same. You'd think they'd lose business by never negotiating, but based on the number of people I know that actually paid sticker for their new cars, I guess it works for them.

Comment: Re:You don't purchase back leased cars (Score 2) 126

by Paco103 (#48086337) Attached to: Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

When I bought my car I had title in hand in my name. It had a lien on the back, but the title had my name on the front.

And there are some other differences, much like in the home market. I own my home, but the bank has a lien on it. I get to decide what colors I paint the walls, any upgrades or additions I want to do, if pets or guests are allowed, etc. The bank doesn't make those decisions like the landlord did for my apartment or rental house.

Similarly, a leased car has many restrictions. Usually something like 15,000 miles per year maximum without penalties. I drive too much for that. Modifications are usually not allowed or heavily restricted. I have radio equipment and auxiliary lighting installed in mine, as well as customized interior shelving in the cargo area (SUV). Trailer towing equipment is often not allowed unless it's a truck with a specific towing package at the time of lease. My loan agreement also specified either 30 or 60 days default for repossession. I don't remember exactly, it's been paid off for years and I have no payments. With a leased car, the payments never end in a situation where you get to keep a car. Sometimes the lease buyout option is more than buying the similar car. I know someone that wanted to keep her leased car, but due to the lease buyout price she ended up giving it back and just going to buy the same used car somewhere else.

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