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Comment: Re:"If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns (Score 1) 111

by Shortguy881 (#48667561) Attached to: How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm
How do you function from day to day with reasoning like this?

Bombs by design are indiscriminately destructive, demolishing everything in every direction. The intent is to destroy. Guns are very focused and have very particular intent. This makes them excellent for self defense, like I want to stop this person from robbing me so I aim and shoot.

Comment: Re:I know - let's give everyone an A-bomb! (Score 1) 111

by Shortguy881 (#48667435) Attached to: How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm
Neither the science nor technology is the limiting factor to making an atom bomb. Both are pretty well known and easily accessible (The original a-bombs, fat man and little boy, were built back in the 40's. The technology is archaic). The limiting factor for a nuclear weapon is the pay load. Weapons grade plutonium and Uranium are not easily accessible.

Comment: Re:And who will collect the trash? (Score 1) 438

by Shortguy881 (#48666749) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
I grew up dirt poor. I know a lot of poor people and I have never met someone making minimum wage that wasn't unambitious.

Example, I know a woman who has worked at minimum wage for 5 years at 39 hours a week. She never asked for a raise and she never tried to be a full time employee. In those five years, she never tried to find a different job, improve herself or learn a valuable skill set. Now she's just had a kid and realizes her job wont pay enough for her and her child.

Since the day I joined the work force at fifteen, I have not made minimum wage. My first job was at McDonalds and when they hired me I told them I want $X.XX, so I wouldn't be making minimum wage. I've worked hard since then and am now comfortably in the upper middle class.

Comment: Re:Revolution (Score 1) 622

by Shortguy881 (#48653423) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
First of all, the proles are uneducated. Its easy enough to distribute the plans of these robots and have different groups making different parts. The outer class may be the ones who assemble them and leave it only to the inner class to program them.

Secondly, while the proles are building the robots, they have jobs. Once they are done building the robots, they'll lose their jobs. By then its too late.

Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 1) 482

by Shortguy881 (#48653063) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
No its because we spend it on the wrong things.

discretionary spending, This is 29% of all spending: https://static.nationalpriorit...

mandatory spending This is 65% of all spending: https://static.nationalpriorit...

A tiny, tiny bit of our spending goes to infrastructure. Most is wasted on areas with a less then 1:1 return on investment.

Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 1) 482

by Shortguy881 (#48652977) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
What roads do you drive on? Ever since I've been driving, everywhere I go the roads are terrible; they are riddled with pot holes and, in many instances, are more quick patch asphalt than road. In a truck built for off-roading you may not notice, but in a small car on the interstate at 60-70 miles an hour it can crack your suspension. In many cities, the roads might as well not be paved, they are so full of patches. I've driven over smoother dirt roads.

Telecom companies fix phone, cable and fiber lines. You pay for that by paying for cable/phone/internet, not through taxes. Taxes for the telcom industry, like the Universal Service Fund, go to creating new lines, upgrading speeds and lowering costs, not repair.

Power lines are the same for the power company.

Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 0) 482

by Shortguy881 (#48636197) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
The streets, highways included, are run down and dilapidated. The bridges and public infrastructure are crumbling. Water and land management is local government and varies heavily across the country. Law enforcement is a bloated war machine complete with riot gear, assault rifles and military vehicles.

I'll support taxes when the government shows me it can spend the money responsibly.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 1051

by Shortguy881 (#48583925) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?
Cost effective, probably not. Possible, yes:

Scientists can use these mutations as markers to piece together how the Ebola virus has traveled from person to person. Because they know the general mutation rate of the virus, they can also pin down the dates of when the disease spread

First artical I found with a good overview of the process: http://www.vox.com/2014/8/28/6...

Science is awesome.

Comment: Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (Score 5, Insightful) 1051

by Shortguy881 (#48582679) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?
Fact Check: Are you a chemical engineer?

Those chemicals listed are not pure elements (like aluminum and mercury). They are mercury and aluminum based compounds, designed to be inert but posses specific traits to do things like block binding sites on the viruses and bacteria. Come back when you have a better understanding of chemistry and micro biology.

Comment: Re:So let me see if I get this right. (Score 1) 61

by Shortguy881 (#48534459) Attached to: DOJ Launches New Cybercrime Unit, Claims Privacy Top Priority
Not really. The article says "However, a large part of the Cybersecurity Unit’s mission will be to quell the growing distrust many Americans have toward law enforcement’s high-tech investigative techniques."

Quell in this context sounds more like "We will find those spreading distrust and remove them from the population." Then they can have their cake and eat it to.

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