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Comment: Re:Tax-Exempt All People and Businesses (Score 1) 699

by SecurityGuy (#49478527) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

The right granted by society when they formed a government.

The short of it is that most people want some kind of government. Most want at least some police capability, somebody to come put fires out, build roads, and that sort of thing. Those things cost money.

You were probably born into a nation that existed for a long time, so you didn't necessarily grant consent personally. You can leave. I understand that can have some financial costs, which I personally disagree with. If it were up to me, I'd let anyone renounce their citizenship at the border on their way out for free.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise (Score 2) 250

by SecurityGuy (#49432535) Attached to: Verdict Reached In Boston Bombing Trial

Exactly. People miss the point of this all the time. The rights you see granted to criminals aren't there for the benefit of the criminals. They're for YOUR benefit in the event you are brought up on charges but are actually innocent. Which actually happens sometimes.

YOU have the right of appeal in case you, innocent of any crime, are charged and convicted because someone screwed up. It's a consequence, not the intent, that the legitimately guilty also have that right. We can't take it from them without taking it from you because we don't know which is which. If we did have infallible knowledge of who is guilty and who is innocent, we wouldn't need to bother with trials.

Comment: Re:It's called mass transit (Score 1) 477

It's not profitable because you have to employ an expensive human to pilot the thing around.

If it makes financial sense for people to own autonomous cars, it will always be cheaper for n people to share less than n cars. The logical extension of that is municipal ownership of cars.

Comment: Re:And those of us who enjoy driving? (Score 1) 477

I don't know, I think he might well be. Insurance only gives me money if you break my stuff or injure (or kill) me. I can live with the first, but I won't make #2 and #3 voluntary trades. If we get to a point where self driving cars are much safer than human driven cars, I can see us getting to a point where you don't get to drive just because you like to. At least not on the same roads as the rest of us.

I like to drive at 100+ mph, but doing so was legislated off the roads because 55/65/70/whatever is safer. I'm not sure this is any different. When I want to drive 100+ mph, there are private places called race tracks where I can still do it.

Comment: Re:It's called mass transit (Score 1) 477

No, it's not.

It takes me about 25 minutes to drive home.

According to Google, mass transit would get me home in 2 and a half hours, 40 minutes of which is walking, so inclement weather would be fun, and it would cost me about $3.50. It costs me $2.50 in gas to make the same drive. Yes, I'm neglecting the other costs of owning a car, but any way you slice it, mass transit is an awful solution to the problem of getting me to and from work every day.

IF mass transit evolves to the point where it really is any point-to-point, any time I want it, such as publicly owned autonomous cars, then that would be fine. Current mass transit is vastly inferior to owning a car for my needs.

Comment: Re:Poor quality of courses (Score 1) 145

by SecurityGuy (#49386131) Attached to: The End of College? Not So Fast

(*) Keep in mind that I'm critiquing the course, and not Professor Koller.

Are you sure? Why not? Presenting anything by reading the slides is terrible. People read faster than they speak, so while the presenter drones on, the audience has already read the slide and is just awkwardly sitting there waiting for the presenter to shut up and get on with it.

Comment: Re:I always just declined when they asked (Score 1) 262

by SecurityGuy (#49340735) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Varies by company and time. I've had Radio Shack refuse to sell me stuff without a phone number. That was probably in the 90s. Lately, Sears has been getting aggressive about it. I got lectured with some crap about Sears becoming a "member oriented" company by some college educated sales guy who couldn't get a real job, when I politely declined to give them my phone number.

Good for you, Sears. Keep the merch. I'll buy it from someone else.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 2) 262

by SecurityGuy (#49340709) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Ever check your bag as you walk out to make sure you have all your goods?

Yes, I check MY bag. I check MY wallet to make sure I put my credit card back. I don't go rummage through the store's storeroom to make sure my stuff isn't there.

It's implied when you walk into a store that they have the right to protect their stuff (security cameras or whatever else)

No, you think it's implied. I don't, and I never steal and hate being treated like I might have. It's also not their stuff once I've purchased it, and I don't like being asked to prove that my stuff is really mine.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 262

by SecurityGuy (#49340663) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

That usually works painlessly not, but back in Ye Olde Daye I had Radio Shack refuse to sell me things (batteries, of course) because I wouldn't give them a phone number. As you might expect, that led to a good many years where I couldn't think of a good reason to enter their stores.

Funny coincidence, them going bankrupt and all.

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