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Comment: Re:Sad to see the Republicans always... (Score 1) 85

by Scarletdown (#49289269) Attached to: New Jersey Removes Legal Impediment To Direct Tesla Sales

Are there any actual Tesla dealerships operating in any state yet? If not, then Tesla selling directly to customers who want Teslas instead of Fords, or Chevys, or any other brand is not threatening any businesses. I am guessing Ford and other dealerships are not selling Teslas? If not, then they have no cause to complain since Tesla is selling to those who want Teslas.

Comment: Re:...and it was after the test (Score 1) 95

by Scarletdown (#49265177) Attached to: Education Company Monitors Social Media For Test References

Not specifically intending to defend the AC here, but I reread several times the post he was replying to. I am not seeing anything referencing time zones, just talk about the same exam needing to be administered at the same time everywhere. In that case, it could even be in different facilities within the same city. Like say School A giving the test at 9 in the morning, while across town, School B has it scheduled for 2 in the afternoon.

That said, even when talking about here in the continental U.S, time zones could still be irrelevant in this discussion. We have 4 of them here, Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern, covering a 4 hour stretch. A typical school day is long enough to where these tests could still be given at the same time in all 4 zones without requiring any group to come in early or stay late.

Comment: Re:Isn't that (Score 5, Funny) 203

by Scarletdown (#49125333) Attached to: What Happens When Betelgeuse Explodes?

It was a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. So it could have been a neighboring system. Because when talking on astronomical scales, the vicinity of a star can cover a tremendous amount of space. After all, space is big, extremely big. You wouldn't believe just how big it is...

Comment: Re:What were you expecting? (Score 2) 154

by Scarletdown (#49052463) Attached to: Trans-Pacific Partnership Enables Harsh Penalties For Filesharing

It's worse than this. You're denied the rights to even use WHAT YOU PAID FOR in the way you wish. Witness Kindle books as one example. Want to read them in the reader of your choice, on the device of your choice? Sorry, can't do that, and DCMA outlaws decryption tools.

And I reclaim the ability to read them on any device I choose via Calibre and any other appropriate tools.

Why? Because fuck you. That is why. (addressed at the planet's owners; not you, chipschap)

Comment: Re:Audiophile market (Score 0) 418

Well, a company that charges ten thousand US dollars for a network cable may easily pay very good money to have favorable "reviews" and "professional physicists" endorsing the "magical properties" of the product. As a non-American I am surprised as you Americans allow criminals freely sell products that are clearly scams like this.

Anyone purchasing one of these should be fully capable of doing their research and determining if this is how they wish to spend their money. It is not like this is a life or death matter. It is the customer's money to spend as they see fit. The buyers only have themselves to blame if they decide later that they wasted perfectly good money on these cables.

If the information is freely out there to be easily found to counter what the alleged paid reviews claim, it really isn't a scam. Buyers have all the protection they need here. It is called the ability to search and learn for themselves before deciding to buy or pass.

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 3, Insightful) 437

by Scarletdown (#48727631) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Netflix is obligated to do this to maintain its licensing agreements with the Media Mafia.

Yeah, I understand that. What I don't understand is why the big media conglomerates put such baffling restrictions into their licenses in the first place.

Do sociopaths need a reason other than the desire for control?

Comment: If the PHB Had Known (Score 1) 63

by Scarletdown (#48723309) Attached to: Study: Birds Slur Their Songs When Drunk, Just Like Humans

If the Pointy Haired Boss had known about this, his scheme to breed owls for fuel for his SUV may have worked better.

And on that note, I am now going to have stuck in my head over and over, a little tune I recall my dad singing regularly back when I was a young'un.

o/~ If the ocean was whiskey, and I was a duck. I'd dive to the bottom, and never come up... o/~

Hmmm... Time to see if I can score a good copy of Rye Whiskey now on a 78 for him for his birthday that is coming up on the 12th.

Comment: #1 FTW (Score 1) 214

by Scarletdown (#48710179) Attached to: New Year's Resolution for 2015

I went with Diet and Exercise for 2015.

I'm already doing fairly decent at making and saving money this past year, and really have no need to find a relationship. As I close in on the completion of my 47th trip around the Sun, I feel I am blessed to not have ever had to deal with such hassles, especially considering that would be detrimental to the bit about saving money, which is needed to live comfortably ever after.

interlard - vt., to intersperse; diversify -- Webster's New World Dictionary Of The American Language