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Comment Education fixes it (Score 1) 748

I'm about as big of a proponent of a less intrusive government as you'll find, but there are times when I believe more is better. This is one of them. I floated the idea past a few state senators I know here in Nebraska, that drivers be required to take and pass a thorough state patrol-approved driver education class every 10 years. People change, vehicles change, laws change, etc. And yet the way it is now, any idiot can take some extremely simple tests at age 16, get handed a little card and suddenly they can operate a motor vehicle for the REST OF THEIR LIFE with no further training or education. Ever.

I cannot think of any other discipline in life where there is never, ever any additional education/training. But I was shot down by my state senators (from both sides of the ideological aisle) for what I considered superfluous reasons.

Submission + - FTTH coming to Lincoln, Nebraska

andyring writes: Lincoln, Neb., in the heart of silicon prairie is getting gigabit fiber to every home and business in the next four years. It's a wet dream for anyone in the tech world. No install fees, no contracts, no modem rentals, guaranteed minimum of 100 mbit, no throttling, etc. It'll provide phone and TV as well. I've read the entire franchise agreement and it's a very good arrangement for the city. Interestingly enough, it's largely possible because back in the 1970s, a public works guy had the brilliant idea to install conduit to all the city's traffic signals. So there's more than 300 miles of conduit already installed and leasable.

A local company, Nelnet, bought a western Nebraska company, Allo Communications apparently because the top Nelnet guy couldn't get fiber to his home very easily. So he figured, heck, I'll just buy the company and get fiber to the whole city.

Comment Gigabit to the home in Lincoln, Neb. (Score 2) 37

Tsk Tsk...

Lincoln, Neb., is getting gigabit fiber to every home and business in the next four years. It's a wet dream for anyone in the tech world. No install fees, no modem rentals, GUARANTEED MINIMUM of 100 mbit, no throttling, etc. It'll provide phone and TV as well. I've read the entire franchise agreement and it's a very good arrangement for the city. Interestingly enough, it's largely possible because back in the 1970s, a public works guy had the brilliant idea to install conduit to all the city's traffic signals. So there's more than 300 miles of conduit already installed and leasable.

A local company, Nelnet, bought a western Nebraska company, Allo Communications apparently because the top Nelnet guy couldn't get fiber to his home very easily. So he figured, heck, I'll just buy the whole company and get fiber to the whole city.

Comment False narrative (Score 1) 712

I believe the narrative of this question to be false. An officer cannot start shooting unless and until their life or the life of another is clearly and imminently in danger. Reaching for the glove box? Yeah, no-go on that one. Pointing an actual gun at an officer? Yes, lethal force is justified. Pointing a gun at a third party (hostage situation, for example), yes, lethal force is justified.

So the question should be - When an alleged criminal is putting the life of an officer or a third party in direct harm with their own firearm, what non-lethal methods will immobilize a target? I don't think there is any other option. When a bad guy is high on meth or other drugs, for instance, gun shots often don't even work until there have been several of them.

When an officer's life, or the life of a third party, is directly threatened, I wouldn't want a cop using anything other than lethal force.

Comment AppleTV Search (Score 2) 508

Lame. I've had a Roku3 for a couple years and it does this very nicely. And yes I have an AppleTV 3 also. I rarely use it. The Roku does everything the AppleTV does, and significantly more.

OK, the Roku won't mirror my iPhone, but that's a pretty minor thing.

Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940

How do you break out of it?

Easy.

You suck up your pride and live where you don't want to for a few years. You can ALWAYS find that dingy hole-in-the-wall apartment somewhere. Yes, it's not ideal living and you probably won't be terribly happy there, but you suck it up and do it for a while. And from the rent savings, do that! SAVE it. If you're paying $1,500 for rent now, find a rat hole for $400-500 a month.

Yes, I'm serious. If you're worried about possessions, rent a storage garage somewhere.

For those few years where your abode sucks, you'll have built some character, have some interesting stories to tell your kids some day, and you'll still be better off than probably literally HALF of the world's population.

Have I had to do this personally? Thankfully no. But would I if I needed to? Sure.

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