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Comment: Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 288

by Trailer Trash (#49784887) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Why does the left think the answer to every problem is "more of other people's money"?

Why does the right want stuff, but not want to pay for it?

I'm not on "the right", but I've yet to see this out of any conservatives that I know. Perhaps you can provide an example?

Comment: Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 0) 288

by Trailer Trash (#49777969) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Where are the technical failsafes to limit the train's speed? Guess true security updates have been eaten by their desire for profit ...

Or, you could ask Congressional Republicans, who -- even as recently as 5 days ago -- cut/limit/deny funding for Amtrak.

More funding doesn't help Amtrak. Ever. They had the hardware to limit the speed, they just hadn't bothered to turn it on.

Why does the left think the answer to every problem is "more of other people's money"?

Comment: Re:Read the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (Score 1) 90

No offense, but your mistake is not understanding the segmentation. Look at all the restaurant chains/franchises owned by Yum to get an idea of how crazy it all is. You're correct that not all markets are dualities, but it's a very common theme particularly when you understand how companies place their brands.

I would particularly recommend the chapters around it which explain that you can create a new segment very easily.

Comment: Pick one (Score 5, Insightful) 434

Parents don't see their young girls as wanting to pursue computer science


and don't steer them in that direction.

Which is it? I get the feeling it's that girls just aren't that interested. People like to point out that more girls were interested in the 80s but that was a very different era. Few people actually knew what was involved with "programming computers".

All of this effort reminds me of a similar misunderstanding that I came across years ago. In the 50s Lionel decided that girls didn't play with trains because they weren't "girly" enough. They were black and steel and perhaps too boyish. So the genius marketers came up with this:


Should you wish to see one in person go to Holiday World and check out the old toy museum.

It flopped badly. The reason was simple: girls generally don't like trains, but those who do want an authentic train. Black, steel, menacing - a real train.

Every time I see people trying hard to make computer science appeal to girls I see the same thing. It simply doesn't appeal to most girls, and to those to whom it does appeal it will have that appeal without any sugar coating.

Ultimately, the SJW crowd needs to understand that men and women - and boys and girls - are very different creatures who aren't interested in the same sorts of things. The roots of this are genetic and stem from the social order tens of thousands of years ago. Nothing's going to "fix" it, but, then again, there's nothing to fix.

Comment: Re:Are they LEOs (Score 1) 104

Isn't this the thing the Second amendment was supposed to prevent?

As I understand it, the 2nd Amendment was supposed to ensure against invasion from the British Empire by keeping the population armed, so any attempt at invasion would allow the armed population to spark a popular insurrection.

The explicit purpose is to make sure the government doesn't have a monopoly on power:


That our country is basically uninvadeable is a decent side benefit.

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.

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.