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Comment: Re:Semantics (Score 3, Interesting) 318

by pla (#48212105) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll
No, first a police officer, then a public prosecutor and finally a jury of your peers define the conditions under which it is considered sexual harassment.

By the time you get to "police", the accused has already lost his (or her) job, because employers hate dealing with shit like this but can't risk looking soft on harassment.

So as I said, wake of ruined lives while the Violets struggle to figure out why every man they meet runs screaming from them as a sign of unwanted affection.

Comment: Re:Semantics (Score 5, Insightful) 318

by pla (#48211763) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll
So the GP missed the key point there, which is that it has to be both unwelcome and troublesome.

No, you missed the point that the "victim" defines both of those conditions subjectively.

With normal, socially-well-adjusted folks, that doesn't really present a problem. At the one extreme, however, we have the chronic harasser who really sees nothing wrong with friendly backrubs at work; at the other, we have "professional victims" who get to ruin as many lives in their wake as they want. Both of those extremes make such definitions unworkable in any fair and objective system of justice.


it's only once it starts causing them trouble (like being very persistent when she has clearly rebuffed you) that it turns into sexual harassment.

The fact that you needed to clarify the meaning of "troublesome", as you interpret it, nicely illustrates the real problem here.

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 2) 224

by drinkypoo (#48211761) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

I have done enough super high mileage trips that it would require a second car permanently on stand by. That means double insurance, tax, storage and depreciation.

it means none of those things but storage cost. The insurance for the second vehicle is reduced, and often the insurance on your primary vehicle is reduced when you add another vehicle to your policy, even if you don't decrease the primary vehicle's mileage. And you get an older vehicle for the second car, and it costs you less to buy, less in depreciation, etc.

It still might not work out, but it doesn't cost twice as much.

Comment: Re:dumbass governors (Score 1) 224

by drinkypoo (#48211715) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

As a matter of fact, those states allowing fracking have reaped huge tax benefits and for the most part has helped out ordinary citizens of those states too.

in the short term, sure. But injecting refinery wastes into the ground was illegal before fracking for a reason, and that reason is that it's toxic waste.

Comment: Re:The Force is weak in this one (Score 1) 224

by drinkypoo (#48211705) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Nonsense. Many people are not worth minimum wage. They are not worth anything at all as workers.

If you cannot find workers who are worth something as workers who will work for the wage that you're paying, then you're not paying enough. You don't need to pay less, you need to pay more.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 242

by drinkypoo (#48211661) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

You need to compare the SDC to a fully aware human being, not a fully distracted one.

Why? A fully aware human being can also be aware while the car is driving. But most people drive in a state of at least partial distraction. You're setting the bar awfully high.

Comment: Re:Another stupid viewpoint from slate that is (Score 1) 242

by drinkypoo (#48211643) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

If self-driving cars really start to hit the roads, cities would definitely mandate that all traffic lights show up in maps,

So what? they already mandate that the maps be correct, but roads are often shown going through (or not going through) when they don't (or do.)

Comment: No, because we already have one (Score 1) 256

by drinkypoo (#48211625) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

I live in the sticks. I have a shitty ISP that shits on my interactive sessions in favor of long-running connections like Netflix, and then tells me they don't do any shaping. But obviously they do shaping, because we have bandwidth limits. And it looks like shit. The traffic chart looks like a row of fenceposts because they flood me with packets, then send none, then flood me with more of them in order to limit my rate. This of course means that I can't do any meaningful queueing on my end, because the rate is totally inconstant.

But atop that, they offer me only an "up to 6Mbps" connection. That's not even enough to watch HD video reliably. A page full of images takes ages to load, especially since most people are still just spewing the images onto the page and they all load at once. And if that weren't enough, the connection goes down regularly, I often have to power cycle the CPE...

FTTH is not going to create a new digital divide. We already have one, and the only content lurking in the wings waiting to eat up all the bandwidth is 4k video. Most of us don't have a 4k set, so it's irrelevant.

Comment: Every troll dies, children. Not every troll truly (Score 1) 318

by drinkypoo (#48211595) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Every troll dies, children. Not every troll truly lives.

This article is a troll. Trolling will remain alive and well unless we ban it. But if we eliminate anonymous speech (as wags like David Brin suggest) then we will harm free speech. The only way to solve this problem utterly is to change the way we feel about women, and if that could happen overnight, it probably would have done so already.

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