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Comment Re:Tax Tires (Score 1) 837

Retreads aren't safe.

The problem with legislators (especially on the west coast) is they never consider the unseen effects of their legislation. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Honestly, if the State of Oregon didn't grow 30% per annum during the housing bubble (and then 30% again when they got the tobacco lawsuit windfall, which was absolute BS to begin with) we wouldn't be in this situation. At some point there is going to be a MAJOR tax revolt in the form of a measure and cuts will have to be made. The usual bitching and whining about lost services will be made, but you can't run a deficit forever and you can't squeeze blood out of a stone, especially when that stone has wheels and is willing to move.

Basically this state has their head up their ass.

Comment Re:"Easy to read" is non-sense (Score 1, Flamebait) 414

It's not nonsense, it's bullshit.

Not only is Java NOT easy to read, it clearly has nothing to do with its popularity.

The reason it's popular is for the same reason smalltalk was not: vendor support. Java was free with multi-platform compilers and corporate support. It was pushed heavily in universities which is how this foul language spread. There is nothing inherent about Java which made it popular.

You could say the same thing about UNIX.

Comment Meanwhile Congress just passed SOPA in secret (Score 5, Interesting) 176

Why isn't this front page news everywhere?

General Info and Links:
Full text of the bill can be found here.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4681
White House petition:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/protect-our-privacy-and-please-veto-hr-4681-aka-intelligence-authorization-act-fiscal-year-2015/lln5hN5c
Justin Amash's Facebook Post:
https://www.facebook.com/repjustinamash/posts/812569822115759
Locate your reps:
http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
This is especially important. Find your congressman and let him know you hate this
How your reps voted:
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll271.xml

Comment You people don't get it (Score 4, Insightful) 375

At least I OWN this wallet!

I don't own this phone (and yes, I did pay for it and don't have a contract, but it can be switched off and the NSA can tap it willy nilly). You people want an e-wallet that can be shut off like your phone? Tapped like your phone?

What this is leading to is anybody politically undesirable will be shut out of the economy at the push of a button.

Fuck you technophiles

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion

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