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Comment Relevant? (Score 0) 144

Why is it relevant that it's a shitty movie? That seems like a reason NOT to download it.

I get it, someone will say it's not worth $1 to rent it from Red Box, so the studio isn't out anything. There's no lost sale. But if it's not worth the money to rent it, how is it worth your time to watch it?

Comment Re:I'd like to see a comparison (Score 1) 442

Regardless of your nonsense, here's a basic fact for you: Pew Research reports that only 4% of Central American illegals in the US actually work in agriculture. Your entire meme about food prices going up due to a sudden drop in cheap illegal labor is pure BS and you know it.

Surely we need to know the percentage of agricultural workers who are Central America illegals, not the percentage of Central American illegals who are are agricultural workers.
 

Comment Re:blame the caller. (Score 3, Insightful) 145

A lot gets said in a voice mail that won't be said in an e-mail. People are generally not good actors. I can get a lot extra information from a voice mail about how someone 'feels' about the subject that they many times would not write. I can also convey a lot of information like 'don't push this issue with boss, I'll fight you on this' that I would not want to commit to writing but will state thru tone, rate of speech, pronoun selection etc in voice mail or on a call.

Conversely, one of the merits of email is that people can't do that - convey something and then deny it.

Comment My thoughts - wtf is Kali Linux? (Score 5, Informative) 109

That was a coy description.

About the Kali Linux Distribution

Kali Linux is an open source project that is maintained and funded by Offensive Security, a provider of world-class information security training and penetration testing services. In addition to Kali Linux, Offensive Security also maintains the Exploit Database and the free online course, Metasploit Unleashed.

Comment Curveball in the dirt (Score 4, Insightful) 68

There's an interesting oddity to the way umpires are currently graded with pitch F/X. Pitches that cross the front of the plate at the batter's knees but then drop before reaching the catcher are strikes by the definition in the rulebook. Those pitches don't look like strikes to the casual observer, so umpires stopped calling them strikes, basically so they don't get yelled at. Batters know this and generally position themselves at the extreme back of the batter's box to give themselves the most time to react to a fastball.

The automatic system currently grades umpires with the standard that balls and strikes have traditionally been called, NOT with a strict adherence to the actual rulebook zone. So when the MLB implements the automatic balls & strikes, will it be the actual strike zone or the traditional zone? Robot umpires don't care when people yell at them. If it's the actual rulebook zone, pitches that bounce before the catcher will be called strikes. Batters will have to adjust by moving up in the box to hit that low curve ball.

Comment OK with me (Score 3, Insightful) 68

I view myself as generally a baseball traditionalist. I hate the designated hitter rule. I mourned the addition of lights to Wrigley Field. I view replay review with suspicion.

Automatic balls & strikes seems like a good idea to me.

One of the side effects of replay is that the MLB has become much more civil. Instead of losing their shit, MLB managers calmly wait for the replay review.

For whatever reason, baseball had been unusually tolerant (compared to other sports) of long arguments from players and managers. This trickles down to the way people behave at amateur baseball games. So I'm hopeful that replay will eventually change the expectation for behavior in amateur games without replay. And following behind, automatic balls and strikes will do the same.

Comment bad, bad idea (Score 1) 837

Tax fuel. Tax electricity. Those work.

People without kids pay property tax to fund schools because there's a public good. Why on earth would we want in this case to create a complex and intrusive system to tax precisely according to usage when in others we grossly abstract taxation away from usage?

Do you suffer painful elimination? -- Don Knuth, "Structured Programming with Gotos"

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