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Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 685

In Massachusetts, (unless it has changed) they pay a yearly tax on cars they own, does that mean they are renting them from the state?

No; you're basically paying for the right to use the public roads with that particular vehicle which in turn is used to maintain those public roads, and should you fail to pay those taxes the state revokes the right of that vehicle to be operated on public highways. On the other hand in stark contrast failing to pay property taxes the state typically evicts you and takes possession of the property.

Comment Re: Ha! (Score 1) 480

For reference, $1094 a month's rent gets me:

1) 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, living room, big kitchen, total 781 square feet, single floor unit and located on the first floor.

Rent in my area is almost as expensive so I figured rent was a huge ripoff and consequently bought a house for $800/mo through my local bank via the Federal Housing Administration at 3% interest; 3 bedroom, 2 bath, total 2300 square feet, 1 acre. Mortgage payments include home owner's insurance, mortgage insurance and property taxes in an escrow account.

Comment Re:Easy Conclusion If Perceived Costs & Range (Score 1) 904

I can't see electric cars being at the same or less purchase price than gasoline powered cars for some time. Don't forget there is also the cost of the charger installation and this could be a very significant cost for people who live in (rented and owned) apartments.

I don't think we'll see significant adoption of electric cars until they start reaching a significant portion of the sub-$10,000 used car market because most people cannot, or are unwilling, to drop $50,000 on a brand new car especially given how plight things look for the middle class in the past few years. I'm somewhat basing this on when Japanese 4 cylinder engines started hitting the US market around the late 1970's and only relatively wealthy people could afford them but now that it has been some 40 years these cars have had time to saturate the used car market so now everyone is driving a 4 cylinder Honda Accord or similar.

Comment Re:Why do browsers allow websites to do this? (Score 1) 365

Browser makers should treat these kind of keyboard/mouse hooks the same way they treat websites asking for location data. With a message asking the user if they want to allow the behavior or not. Furthermore, they should do it in such a way that operators can not force users to click allow.

Firefox used to have a settings dialog that allowed you to choose how much control you wanted JavaScript to have but then Mozilla in all their wisdom decided to remove those options when they removed the settings to disable JavaScript all together. I'm not entirely sure what the rationale for that decision was because making JavaScript and all its hooks absolutely mandatory doesn't seem to benefit the user in any way.

Comment Re:Banks vs Manchester. Law, no. Indexes by publis (Score 3, Insightful) 292

The rational behind starting tax bills in the HR is that it's "closer to the electorate" - or was before Senators were elected by popular vote. Now, the differences between the two as far as being held to the will of the people is lessened.

This is just my worthless opinion but I feel the 17th Amendment should be repealed because ever since the 17th Amendment was ratified the state legislatures no longer have any voice in the federal government and now the whole system is grossly out of balance and state's rights are being slowly eroded into a unitary state. The people are already represented in the House of Representatives which makes a senate elected via the populace just redundant.

Comment Prediction (Score 3, Interesting) 153

I predict, based on past behavior, that Google Photos will be retired a year from now, maybe two.

I find that many people have gotten hesitant to trust using products and services from Google or Microsoft because both of them tend to start projects, promote it to death, and then decide to suddenly drop it one day.

Comment Re:Fuck everything about this. (Score 1) 151

Politics 101: What will happen is your state legislature, if not Congress, will be lobbied by the major auto manufacturers (perhaps in the form of some sort of cartel posing as PAC - political action committee) and they will basically bribe legislators to make it a felony to remove or alter any kind of data recording equipment. Typical excuses will things along the lines of; safety, improving criminal investigations and of course thinking of the children.

Since such violation of the law will inevitably be a felony you would lose your right to vote, own a firearm, obtain welfare and any other sort of human right since the law would be placing you in the same group of people as murderers, rapists and drug dealers.

Comment Re:Wow gorgeous (Score 1) 302

I'm trying to figure out what happened to the frosted glass Microsoft promised us. In the screenshots from the article we only see frosted glass in the start menu and taskbar but everything else, like the window titlebars, is still flat and bland.

I hope at least the frosted glass is part of the DWM again so that Stardock can take advantage of it in WindowBlinds.

Comment Re:Fluidics was very big some 25 years ago (Score 2) 67

It produced some PhDs and some R&D grants. But never went beyond academic labs.

The typical automatic transmission contains a fluidic computer, and that was the only computer they ran on until the 1980s. However, today the trend is towards shift-by-wire, with no linkage present even to handle limp-home mode shifting. If the electrical system serving the trans goes south, it's dead, Jim.

All the more reason to continue driving manual. Unfortunately manual transmission cars are getting increasingly hard to find as more people who don't know how to drive prefer everything automatic.

Comment Re:Oh mozilla (Score 5, Interesting) 351

Why not? It works for Apple.

On a more serious note I've been a loyal Firefox user for the past 12 years however I'm getting rather upset with the direction it has taken the past couple years, however I don't want to use Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Edge (all of which are owned and maintained by large corporations) and since Opera has jumped on the WebKit bandwagon making it a glorified Chrome skin I'm thinking maybe it's time for a new open source browser. The only browser I can think of that isn't tied to some other browser is Konqueror but unfortunately I find KHTML to be somewhat awful and even if it wasn't Konqueror is *nix only.

tl;dr: Mozilla has become detached from what made early Firefox versions great and it's probably time for them to be replaced.

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.