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Comment: Re:This is the wrong battle (Score 1, Insightful) 1168

So why are so many gays being jerks about the exact same kind of thing?

Because it's not about freedom, civil rights, or some crusade to make our country a better place. It's about them feeling accepted. While some gay activists are level headed, others would stomp on the Constitution itself if it would help them accomplish that goal of being accepted.

Comment: This is about being accepted - nothing more (Score 0, Troll) 1168

Gay advocates talk about freedom. They call it the civil rights issue of our time, invoking the Constitution, equal rights, etc. No matter what they say, however, that's all just a legally palatable cover for their real motivation: Feeling normal.

They just want the gay jokes to disappear. They just want the unspoken snarls or looks of disgust when people see them to vanish. They just want people to pause to gather the PC thing to say in social situations when they find out someone is gay. They'd probably even remove the word gay from the human lexicon altogether if they could. "We're not any different than you."

The only way that can happen is to completely tamp out any social mores that say that being gay is wrong. "Wrong" has to be made "right". "Immorality" has to be made into "equal rights". That requires rewriting millenia of fundamental religious dogma - and a very heavy, persistent, and fascist jackboot to accomplish it.

Comment: It will probably work too well (Score 1) 287

by bjdevil66 (#49331805) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Average, every day drivers will realize that speed limits in some areas are generally set slower than they are used to driving, and they'll grow tired of the warnings and turn it off.

If Ford pushes out an update to create an optional 10 over buffer zone (if selected), at which point they'll get sued by an "activist" lawyer for getting a ticket while using Ford's system. At that point, the feature will quietly disappear in the next model upgrade.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are stupid enough... (Score 1) 318

by bjdevil66 (#49326979) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

True that it's a simplification, but if you listen to Ted Cruz talk, it's not that far off:

"Net Neutrality is the Obamacare of the Internet." "The IRS should be disbanded." "The EPA is a mess, run by radical environmentalists."

The same could be said of some of the crap Nancy Pelosi and others on the left say. It actually, physically hurts to listen to people like that...

Comment: Re:You can have my steering wheel. . . (Score 1) 341 will not be forced to give up your driving.

You must've missed the part in the summary where Musk said, "You can't have a person driving a two-ton death machine". That sounds more like the attitude of someone who would revoke "manual" driving privileges if he was in charge - regardless of what individuals wanted.

As for costs going up: If it's true market forces, then fine. If it's the government taxing non-automated drivers out of existence (similar to cigarette or other vice-driven taxes), that's bullshit.

Comment: Re:I hope this wasn't a trojan horse (Score 1) 599

by bjdevil66 (#49127501) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

There will be side effects - new fees on cable bills that weren't there before and make no sense (like our telephone bills), etc. And I hold the service providers' greed responsible.

The real trojan horse is probably that they'll get to hold on to their monopolies over their pipes for decades longer now. The real solution to tiered pricing would've been to break their stranglehold on the pipes and create competition. We wouldn't have needed government regulation if the market would've been allowed to do its job.

It makes you wonder if the cable companies foresaw all of this coming and picked this as the best path forward (vs. "justice being done")...

Comment: Not surprised (Score 4, Insightful) 127

by bjdevil66 (#49090955) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?

If this actually replaced hard currency and became a widely accepted standard, the government would eventually introduce legislation to ban the usage of all non-government cryptocurrencies. I'm not sure what the argument will be ("we can't afford it anymore", "terrorists used cash to commit atrocity X", etc.) but it would fit in with the model of our current system (the dollar is the only legal, federal U.S. currency).

Also, from the article: Understanding this, it is unlikely that Fedcoin will be the preferred vehicle to finance illegal activities. -- This would cast an unfair, "guilty until proven innocent" suspicion upon anyone wishing to still use cash. And there's no way in hell I'd trust the government to not abuse the privacy issues. They wouldn't be able to control themselves with that info...

Comment: Me too (Score 1) 244

by bjdevil66 (#49017417) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

I'm WAAY down on watching old-school (i.e. network or cable) TV, but my TV is on just as much as it was 25 years ago.

I cut cable almost two years ago. There are slivers of compelling content that I miss, but not enough to pay for the package. Cable TV will have to change to an a la carte model or I'll never go back.

As for broadcast TV, I don't even really know what's on network TV anymore. The only recently produced network TV show that was compelling in the last five years was "The Cosmos" on FOX (which I heard about online) - and I didn't even watch it when it was broadcast live. I watched ALL of the great show on Netflix Streaming instead.

Sometimes I'll watch some classic TV shows on channels like MeTV (Twilight Zone, etc.), but those channels test my patience for commercial breaks because I'm not shopping for LifeAlert, denture cream or life insurance. If they're on Netflix Streaming I watch them there instead.

Typical TV watching evening in 2015:

Turn on TV... Watch 10 minutes of evening news, if that... Fire up Youtube app and watch about 30-45 mins. total, browsing popular videos that look interesting before browsing to my favorite YT content (AsapScience, Crash Course, Screen Junkies, HowItShouldHaveEnded, etc.), clicking on "Skip Ad" after 5 seconds (I hate those ads and will not watch them and will hit "Back" if I can't skip the ad)... Turn off TV... Come back later if there's time and fire up Netflix Streaming and browse good content and/or the occasional decent movie choice...

Comment: Re:Wow. Maybe they should call it a swamp cooler. (Score 1) 183

by bjdevil66 (#48959931) Attached to: The "Cool Brick" Can Cool Off an Entire Room Using Nothing But Water

Add Phoenix metro to this. Yeah, the evap cooler tech works somewhat in the spring and early summer. When the multi-month monsoon season hits, however, evap coolers are pretty much worthless.

I'm also pretty sure that hard water deposits in these "bricks" would render them useless pretty quickly.

Comment: If they were balancing the federal budget (Score 0) 825

by bjdevil66 (#48951757) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

...then this would be a reasonable idea (until the GOP-led, mostly corporate-controlled Congress says no thanks). Without it being balanced, in about 2 years that $2,000,000,000,000 or so would be gone in the black hole of growing, irresponsible debt.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin