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Comment: Re:Drug charges (Score 1) 209

by drinkypoo (#48038967) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

We restrict access to certain drugs for (mostly) very good reasons.

All the evidence shows that this is nonsense, that you always cause more problems than you solve because you drive addiction underground and people wind up taking drugs of varying quality because of their illegal nature.

If you can explain to me the upside to society of someone having a cocaine or heroin addiction then I'll concede the point.

If prohibition prevented use, you would have a point.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 3, Insightful) 321

by mrchaotica (#48038829) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

We have to make the laws that are reasonable to our time. The Constitution allowed slavery, for instance, and no vote for women.

Yeah, and when times changed it got amended. But the right to bear arms hasn't been amended, and until it does, it still stands as the law of the land that all arms are included.

Does it make sense now for individuals to buy and sell full-auto weapons? "Assault rifles"? Flamethrowers? Surface-to-air missles?

Absolutely! How else is the public supposed to support a revolt against tyranny? (That is what the 2nd Amendment is for, you know... it's a rule written by violent revolutionaries for violent revolutionaries.)

Comment: Re:Funny, however.. (Score 2) 161

by Firethorn (#48038021) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

I believe some of those performances are old enough to have made it into the public domain, and some of those old masters are pretty good.

It's not 2067 yet.

It would have had to have been produced in 1922 or earlier.

Works published between 1923 and 1978 are protected for 95 years from date of publication. After 1978 it's 'Life of the longest surviving Author plus 70 years', which works out to 2049 at the earliest. Now consider for classical music that every musician in the symphony can be considered an 'author'. That can be hundreds of people, including a person in their teens. Hell, put a preschooler on the triangle or something. Still, consider that some are probably in their twenties and will survive into their 90s. That's 140 years.

Anyways, consulting the timeline of audio formats..., it looks like the 'best' recordings you'd have would be wire recordings, and the phonograph records/tubes could hold only about 4 minutes of sound.

So in order to exploit this you'd need to find an intact record produced before 1923(until next year), scan it and convert it to digital, as well as putting up with the fact that in many cases you'd be lucky to find a single song given the limitations.

It would almost be easier to pay a symphony to produce songs to be put into the public domain 'for the good of mankind'.

Comment: Re:Funny, however.. (Score 1) 161

by Firethorn (#48037741) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

No matter how much "downloading is theft" propaganda the MAFIAA spews, or how much I despise them for it,

I agree, but I considered the 'and reshare' bit implied when I should have probably mentioned it. If it helps, read my post in the context of 'evidence in addition to the generic orders already known to 'download and share as much music as possible'.

Also, look at all the torrent stuff out there, you wouldn't ever get 90c per song - too many people would pay a buck for 1 song, if that, as an 'entry fee' and share amongst themselves.

Comment: Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (Score 1) 209

by drinkypoo (#48037433) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I *know* they wouldn't have done that had I been driving a BMW 745i - drastically different experiences, all based on the make/model of the car.

And this is why I shifted to driving top-of-the-line Kraut Kans. Even an old one still commands respect. I can fly by at 80 in my 300SD, nothing. But go by at 70 in the Astro and they squint hard to see how Mexican you are. I'm working on prepping an A8 now, which should make me even more invisible. Paint's much better than my 300SD.

Comment: Re:Who drives $2,500 used sports cars? Teen boys (Score 2) 209

by drinkypoo (#48037409) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

> TFA was bullshit when I saw the Supra on the list ranked at #4 (and the 3000 GT at #17).
> They stopped making both of those cars well over 10 years ago

So they are sporty cars that are ten years old and now worth about $2,500.

HAHAHAHA. If you buy a Supra or a 3000GT for $2,500, you'll be lucky if you can get it up to law-violating speed.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 209

by drinkypoo (#48037363) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

In what direction does that bias work, and why?

It works against younger drivers, who are more likely to still have the points on their record. Once the accidents drop off your record, you don't tell the insurance companies about them, for fear that they will move you to a higher-risk group. Deny, deny, deny!

Comment: Re:The last sentence in the summary... (Score 1) 193

3) It is not believed that Egyptians used slaves to construct the pyramids.

I've been bothered by this claim each time I see it. If you're willing to move big rocks for nothing but beer, are you any better than a slave? See also: Illegal immigrants picking lettuce.

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