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Comment: Re:States Rights (Score 1) 289

by Trailer Trash (#49720165) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

While it seems like the federal government is out of line taking the right to govern away from the states, in reality it is the states that are taking away the right to govern from local governments that ACTUALLY WANT municipal broadband.

Ensuring that municipalities maintain their rights to roll out local broadband isn't a perversion of states rights, its preventing states rights from perverting local rights.

There is no such thing as "local rights". The federal government has 8 areas where it can legally legislate based on Article I Section 8 of the Constitution. Everything else is within the purview of state governments. This is where the concept of "states rights" comes from.

Your confusion stems from seeing the relationship between the federal government and the various states as being similar to the relationship between a state and its local municipalities. These relationships are - in a legal sense - totally different. A state can dictate anything to local municipalities. In TN, for example, the state just proclaimed that the cities can no longer ban guns in city parks. They can do that.

The federal government, on the other hand, has no such authority. Typically, they then wield power through funding. As one example all states have a minimum age for alcohol consumption set at 21 because the federal government will withhold highway funds otherwise.

Comment: Re:Oooh, a scary drone!!!! (Score 1) 95

by Trailer Trash (#49693073) Attached to: Drone Flying Near White House Causes Lockdown

This is just one more data point to show that Osama and the terrorists won. Despite all the "rah rahing" and boasting about being #1, Americans piss their pants due to a toy helicopter flying near a building.

FTFY. People are right to piss their pants if a legitimate military drone - such as the famed Predator series - is flying near your building. But those aren't sold at toy shops around the country. Toy helicopters, on the other hand, are.

Comment: Re:If you want to get away with a crime - go BIG (Score 1) 133

You steal $1000 dollars and the police look for you.
You steal $100,000 and the FBI looks for you.
You steal $10,000,000 and the banks hire you.
You steal $1,000,000,000 and the lawyers get you off on a technicality.

Ask Bernie Madoff how that's working out.

Comment: Re:Older = more experience (Score 4, Funny) 225

by Trailer Trash (#49640253) Attached to: NFL Releases Deflategate Report

Not only experience.

Some of the old dudes also lift heavier tasks that might be to abstract for the kid.

But there is balance between flexibility of younger employees and the greater salary of seasoned employees.

It depends a lot on what your company does.

Well, dammit, I clicked the wrong one again. Can one of you kids get over here and show me how to delete this post and put it on the right thread showing that old people know how to use computers as well as young ones?

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 0) 125

by Trailer Trash (#49632933) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

The funny thing about this is that Apple realized early on that people didn't want a crappy PC in their pocket - they wanted an awesome phone. Say what you want, but Apple and Google have done a great job of making a computer work well with the smaller screen and all that.

There's a market for this concept, I'm sure, but I don't think it's anywhere near the size of the smartphone market.

Comment: Re:I guess being a type A I see this differently (Score 1) 532

by Trailer Trash (#49629925) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Naive.

They don't have to take it to court. They'll just ruin your credit score by reporting it and sell the debt to a collector who will hound you day and night.
If you want a judge to ever see it you're the one ponying up the cash to take it there.

They're required by law to show you what the bill is for or quit calling you. You actually can shut them down, but get a lawyer in that case.

Comment: I guess being a type A I see this differently (Score 4, Insightful) 532

by Trailer Trash (#49629047) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Test codes: 105, 127, 164, to name a few. CPT codes: 87481, 87491, 87798 and others" and she really doesn't want to pay it until she understands what it's for.

1. It's trivial to look up those codes online, right? Putting "cpt code 87491" into Google shows that's a STD test.

2. I wouldn't pay it if the lab didn't explain it. Period. "She really doesn't want to pay it..." then don't. Call them up and tell them that they either explain it or you're not paying. Make them take it to court. That shit wouldn't last 5 seconds in front of a judge. Note that it wouldn't get that far - their attorney wouldn't let it.

People just need to learn how to play hardball.

Comment: Re:Teamsters (Score 1) 228

by Trailer Trash (#49628973) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

I thought the Teamsters were more into the loading and unloading, and the drivers were often owner/operators.

Never heard of more than one person operating a truck at a time.

Laws define how long a driver can drive between mandatory breaks - basically making sure they get their sleep. Truckers keep log books that are legally required to be accurate and will be inspected if they get stopped by police. Falsifying logs is a criminal offense.

Some folks do what's called "team driving" where two people in one truck take "shifts" and drive non-stop (this with a sleeper in the cab). Often it's husband/wife teams. I've honestly considered doing it with my wife after the kids are out of the house and everything's paid off. Get paid to see the country with my wife - pretty cool, actually. Hemorrhoids, not so much.

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