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Comment: Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (Score 1) 367

by TubeSteak (#47731407) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

And it's been parroted sans critical thought ever since. Unless you think that we should all be free to randomly assault one another, you are trading the freedom to assault for the security from assault.

What a load of crap.
There was a functional legal system at the time Benjamin Franklin wrote those words.

Far too many people try to interpret the words and documents of America's Founding Fathers in a complete vacuum.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 332

by TubeSteak (#47726123) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

What? No they aren't. This isn't telephone serviceâ"it's internet service. There are no regulations requiring them to provide service out in the boondocks.

Cable tv/internet franchises almost always come with a build out requirement,
or the cable companies would never do more than cherry pick profitable areas and build there.

Comment: Reality (Score 1) 332

by TubeSteak (#47724821) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

[March 2014] Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, [Verizon CFO] Shammo said the company would not consider other markets until it generates more cash within the wireline business.

"I am not going to build beyond the current LSAs (local service acquisitions) that we have built out," Shammo said. "We have to generate more cash within the wireline business and once we do that and I feel that FiOS has returned its cost of capital, then we can look at expansion, but at this point we're happy with what we have."

These are the same people that are allowing their copper network to rot out in order to push people onto FiOS.

Why should we-the-people have to wait for a conglomerate to make the business case for bringing service to our communities?
Especially if we can do it now.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 473

by TubeSteak (#47709205) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

It is entirely plausible that speed limit is 70, speedometer reads 70, car is actually going 72, and radar reads 73.

It's my understanding that speedometers are not allowed to under report your speed.
The manufacturing tolerances are such that the speed can show you going faster than you are, but never slower.

Comment: Re:Photographic law precedence (Score 1) 197

by TubeSteak (#47708981) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

OTOH I'm not sure how you can reasonably legislate pics taken from drones. Do you now define a private location to include the airspace above it? But what if I am in public airspace, yet high enough to see over a wall?

Instead of playing with theoretical situations, it's easier to focus on the basic tenets of the law:

If you can see it from a "normal" location, it's not an invasion of privacy.
If you use a R/C to look over a fence, it's like using a ladder to look over the fence.
It's not a viewpoint the average person has, therefore you're invading their privacy.

TFA talks about how they propose to "reasonably legislate"
I'd encourage you to read it.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 717

by TubeSteak (#47706835) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

You just proved my point in its entirety. You think one is wrong and the other isn't. Others believe both are wrong. You even use the same language as homophobes. They think that homosexuality is not normal, healthy or acceptable.

You can't compare pedophilia and homosexuality because ONE OF THEM INVOLVES MINORS WHO ARE UNABLE TO LEGALLY CONSENT.

Sure, the age of consent is arbitrary and varies from state to state, but that's the fundamental difference.
And I don't see the slippery slope argument that leads from consenting adults to children to animals.
It's just not there.

Comment: Re:MUCH easier. (Score 1) 239

Senator Somebody has filed "lawsuit" against your company. It is super-effective. All your assets are belong to him.

Ideally you would have a shell company that owns the vehicles and leases them to you.
It's how a lot of companies avoid liability.

If anything happens, the shell company declares bankruptcy and moves the assets to another shell.

Comment: Re:Insurance rates (Score 1) 239

I fucking loathe insurance companies, and deeply resent the government forcing me to pay them in order to drive.

In some states you can self insure by posting cash or a bond.
But if anything happens, you have unlimited personal liability.

Insurance isn't about you, it's about the people you might hurt.
It's a necessary evil, though I'd support an Obamacare style mandate for auto insurance companies to pay out a minimum of premiums or rebate the balance back to their customers.

Comment: Re:Very subjective (Score 3, Insightful) 381

by TubeSteak (#47694941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

A forum with real-names policy is basically worthless, which is precisely why the Powers that Be try to push them. Stripping people of the shield of anonymity makes dissenting opinions easier to silence through chilling effects.

If you've ever seen the kind of awfulness people willingly post through their facebook logins, I don't think you can reasonably claim that no anonymity = chilled speech.

Comment: Re:Bioaccumulation Ahoy (Score 1) 180

by TubeSteak (#47694661) Attached to: Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

2) Have you any evidence that other species of fish from the area have been ruled off limits due to heavy metals contamination?

Recommended Meals/Month varies from
"Avoid" and "1 every other month" to
"8" and "No Restrictions"

Comment: Re:Not much of a fix (Score 1) 101

by TubeSteak (#47692625) Attached to: ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

What the hell kind of setup does this actually affect anyway? So you lookup an internal name only after you get an NXDOMAIN from a root server or something? I've not been a sysadmin/netadmin by profession in a few years, [...]

Oh, that's the problem right there.
You've assumed that because you know how to set things up correctly, everyone will set their DNS correctly.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg