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Comment Re:Not real science (Score 1) 225

Anyone who likes power.
Just as often, contractors who get money from the regulation. For example, insurance companies who favored Obamacare because they thought they would make money off the insurance mandate.

Another example, a certain online dating website offered a background-check service. They lobbied the government to require that all dating websites have background checks on their users. Fortunately that one didn't pass.

Another example, in California, a company that made portable classrooms lobbied for a requirement that all schools use portable classrooms. Now a bunch of schools across the state are stuck with these eyesores.

The more complex the regulation, the easier it is to hide stuff like that in it.

Comment Re:Climate trolls consistently misleading (Score 1) 225

as opposed to something having drastic costs right now. Record storms, droughts, floods, forest fires, and heat waves are costing hundreds of billions and tens of thousands of lives right now.

Are you saying without climate change, we will no longer have record storms, droughts, floods, forest fires, and heat waves?

Comment I have a ZTE 9810 (Score 1) 20

So, being on a budget, and buying phones for the whole family (wife + 2 teenage kids), a couple of years ago I got us all new phones. The wife and kids needed the closest thing to a status symbol we could afford, so they got Samsung S3's; I don't care and saved like $100 getting the ZTE 9810. My screen is bigger, the battery lasts longer, and everything works fine on it. The only difference was memory (8GB vs 16), which is a problem because I hardly have anything installed and run out of memory really easily (external card helps, but doesn't fix the problem). But on the whole I like my phone just as much as they like their's because I don't care about brand names.

The S3's all have charging problems, too. The mini USB connectors just have a problem making a good connection.

I had to replace one recently - despite plans to get everyone new phones this Christmas, so I opted for one of the cheapest I could get. My wife, the biggest complainer in the bunch, got a $50 phone as a temporary replacement, and isn't complaining.

Comment Re:i8 or nothing baby (Score 1) 71

I rate the Aztek as being less ugly that the PT Cruiser, plus the Aztek never made it outside the US.

Well, this implies you don't live here in the US, where you might actually encounter one of these vehicles. Just like the i3 is staggeringly uglier in person than in BMW press photos, the Aztek is fractally ugly. The more you look at it, the more new things you find to hate about it. When I saw it, I seriously thought it was a concept car that hadn't been refined yet. But no, it was a production vehicle already, in all its... glory. Every proportion just screams wrongness, like a bug wearing an Edgar suit.

Comment Re:Ignorant fucking asshole (Score 1) 81

Sure, but the charge should have been trespassing or something like that. The drone hit some seats. This isn't like having a gasoline fight at a gas station kind of reckless.

No, this was having a baseball game in a crowded park kind of reckless. You could easily wind up hitting someone with a ball (or even a bat) in that kind of environment. This drone was easily heavy enough to harm someone if it fell on them, and he clearly wasn't as in control of it as he thought he was. As well, odds are it was powered by a LiPo, which is a fire hazard. (I have LiPos, I use them, but any time they are outside of their protective storage, you should have an extinguisher ready and you should be able to access any place it might ignite...)

Comment Re:One more reason we need restrictions on drones. (Score 1) 81

Furthermore, behavior like this gives us an idea of what would happen if 'flying cars' were ever readily available.

Whether it's an excuse or not, you really have to agree with Moller (sp?) here. If you get a flying car, it really has to fly itself. A roadable airplane, not so much, but that's a whole other beast (and you can buy one already.)

Comment Re:Ignorant fucking asshole (Score 2) 81

Ah, so people who can't afford an expensive hobby should still get to do the hobby anyway, just irresponsibly?

It's a dumb argument anyway, because most people don't have a front lawn into which they can crash their aircraft. Talk about an ivory tower perspective! If they didn't have stability software, then they'd be buying a heli or a plane without stability software, and then taking it to a public park or a school (commonly the nearest open field to a person's house) for their first flight. And they could well harm someone then. Instead, people are taking their first flights with their quads at home, because you can feasibly do that. They're running a greater risk of personal injury or property damage as a result, and odds are greater that they will learn to fly without crashing into things before they go out into public.

No, the only real difference is the cost barrier is vanishing. Forget all that jazz about stability software; you can literally buy a complete hand-launched glider, all the electronics, and a charger (because you're going to want to run the electronics on a little bitty LiPo for weight reasons) for under $200. A decent radio used to cost that much but now it's only around thirty bucks for a 2.4 GHz 6ch and the programming cable from HK. You can buy a quad off the shelf for about that as well. People were careful with their big fancy RC models back in the day because they built them and tuned them and made them work, and they were expensive. Today's models are cheap. Without that barrier to entry, a whole new class of yahoo may participate.

Comment Re:Regeneration (Score 1) 236

Oh please, you're trying to imply that higher gas prices would somehow lead to a famine, which is ridiculous. Higher fuel prices would simply increase the cost of transport, which would result in some higher prices as that cost would be passed to the consumer. But they'd have more money to pay for it because their taxes could be reduced, since they wouldn't be subsidizing road costs through non-road-related taxes any more. (Of course, politicians never seem to reduce taxes like that, and once the original justification is gone for a tax they find another one, but that's another argument.)

Comment Re:Or for slightly less per month (Score 1) 71

The higher priced the car, the less they lose as a percentage.

Hahahaha nope. A 1997 Audi and a 1997 Honda both cost around three grand now, but guess which one cost more to begin with? And you take a horrible bath on the most expensive cars (the S550s, the A8s, etc) in the first three years, almost without exception.

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