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Comment: Re:Don't Worry! (Score 1) 525

by SecurityGuy (#47767133) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

If you live somewhere with sufficient wind. In my part of .us, there's often not even a breeze unless it's stormy. I checked, and it looks like average wind speeds here are 4.5m/s at 80 meters. 4.5m/sec sounds breezy, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's enough to drive a generator, but 80m is really very, very tall for something in my yard. At a guess, it's about 2x the tallest tree I have.

Comment: Re:The world we live in. (Score 1) 585

by Lord Kano (#47753323) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

The victim is never at fault.
That being said, there's an important question to ask.

Why is is that the other women present that night were not attacked?

Is it because they traveled in pairs? Is it because they never left their drinks unattended?

It's often something like the person or one of their friends realizes that the world crashing down on them, so they get the fuck out of there ASAP and wake up the next morning having no idea how they got home.

Yeah, about that. That's a symptom of acute alcohol intoxication too. As far as I know, I have never been date raped but in my younger days, there were many nights that I don't remember how I got home.


Comment: Re:We need to have no laws at all (Score 1) 463

by SecurityGuy (#47731179) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Ambiguity: "Thou shalt not murder"? Well, is that killing I just did *really* murder, or just killing? What if it was an accident? What if he was trying to kill me? What if he just threatened to kill me? What if my property (dog) killed him? What if I told my dog to kill him?

Lawyers: Lawyers are multipliers of ambiguity.

Politicians: Politicians look like they're doing something by passing a law, even if it's a law that doesn't actually do what they hope or claim it will. When you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Comment: Re:Spilling over to white people (Score 3, Insightful) 231

by Lord Kano (#47709449) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

I agree, that the only thing that's new is that the police are now treating middle and upper income white people they they have always treated poor whites and minorities.

The President is the head of the Executive branch of government, he is sometimes called the "Chief Law Enforcement Officer in The United States" but he has no authority to direct local police in any way.

He can instruct the FBI to carry out his directives because they are a part of the Department of Justice which is an Executive Branch agency.


Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 475

by SecurityGuy (#47706405) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Really? I've driven in near whiteout conditions, fog so thick I could barely see past the end of my hood, and a freak rainstorm that dumped so much rain I literally couldn't see past the end of my hood. I coped with all in the same way. I slowed down a LOT. The last was especially worrisome as I had to completely stop on a road with a 45 MPH speed limit. Normally, I'd call that insane, but I LITERALLY could not see the road anymore. Forward motion at all was fairly soon going to mean driving into a ditch. I had no choice but assume and hope any other cars on the road also had to stop. I don't see how they could have done anything else.

Personally, I think all such vehicles are going to have to have a very basic failsafe that alerts the occupants LOUDLY that it's about to stop, then does so if driving or equipment conditions become inadequate for navigation. That's all people do anyway, really. Conditions too bad? Pull over. Injured/incapacitated? Pull over if you can.

Comment: Re:Summary misplaces emphasis on one point (Score 1) 166

Well, technically there was a ton of support from Congress, considering Congress passed the actual law in the first place, and therefore provided funding for the entire thing.

It's more like there was one part of congress very much in favor of Obamacare, and one part very much against, and the in-favor group carried the day.

Forty two.