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Comment: Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 107

Even in California where we're paying $0.15 - $0.20 per kWh of electricity, electric vehicles save so much gas that they almost pay for themselves.

Only because you're getting ass-raped on gasoline as well. When I topped off the gas tank here in Vegas before driving down to LA last weekend to visit my nieces, I paid $3.04. I pulled over in Baker for a snack. The gas station next to the jerky place wanted somewhere around $4.50! Granted, Baker's never been the cheapest, but gas in Barstow was still around $3.70. I think it was $4.something around LA, and by the time I was running on fumes Sunday morning (driving down to San Diego to make everything worse), I ended up paying right at $4 per gallon ($3.999, if you want to be pedantic) for a full tank in Carlsbad.

Gasoline is sent to Las Vegas from California by pipeline, so how is it we're paying considerably less for the same fuel after it's been pumped through ~300 miles of pipe?

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 91

You are generally safe with Nexus devices, since you have the best chance of upgrading to the latest OS.

A device with an unlocked bootloader is also more likely to be more future-proof. I have a newer version of KitKat running on my Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (4.4.4) than on my considerably newer Moto X (4.4). The tablet's running Cyanogenmod...have no idea if Samsung ever got around to spinning a KitKat build for it, and don't particularly care at this point as the only thing that doesn't work under Cyanogenmod is the IR blaster. My phone, OTOH? Motorola has pushed newer versions (maybe even Lollipop now), but the bootloader is locked and you can't even root newer firmware versions (rooting 4.4.4 requires an unlocked bootloader first).

That new phone that Asus introduced earlier this week sounds interesting, and there's already an unlock for it. The only downside is the ginormous, almost tablet-sized screen. The Moto X is barely larger than the iPhone 4 it replaced, but it seems hardly anybody wants to build a full-powered phone that'll still fit in your pocket anymore.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1082

by ncc74656 (#49739603) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

It is a clever trick to equivocate "insurance" and "access". It is possible to self-insure - a completely rational, actuarially-sound, choice for many young people.

QFT. There were a couple of time intervals in my 20s when I went without insurance, but that didn't stop me from hitting up the quick-care clinic and the pharmacy on the couple of occasions that a cold (or flu or whatever it was) wouldn't go away in a reasonable amount of time with OTC treatment.

Too bad 404care makes that illegal now. Perhaps some "Irish democracy" is warranted as a response.

Comment: Re:0 terminated strings are the root of all exploi (Score 1) 70

Since when does Android run on iOS devices? It doesn't?

At risk of being pedantic, there was a project years ago that got Android kinda-sorta working on the iPhone 3G. It was sluggish and drained your battery at an alarming rate because it didn't have any hardware-acceleration or power-management support, and it didn't let you make calls IIRC, but it was Android on an iPhone. It even set itself up in a dual-boot environment, so you could switch between Android and iOS. AFAIK, it was never developed into something that was actually usable. It also never ran on anything newer than the iPhone 3G.

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1) 607

by ncc74656 (#49731673) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

That being said, if Bernie Sanders ran with Elizabeth Warren, under any party, I would vote for them.

What kind of "libertarian" are you if you'd even entertain the notion of voting for either of those socialist jackwagons? You might as well turn in your guns, your money, and your freedom now, before they take them from you.

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1) 607

by ncc74656 (#49731595) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

And they make the vast majority of the income and should pay the majority source of the income tax.

They already do:

Last week the Congressional Budget Office joined the IRS in releasing tax numbers for 2005, and part of the news is that the richest 1% paid about 39% of all income taxes that year. The richest 5% paid a tad less than 60%, and the richest 10% paid 70%. These tax shares are all up substantially since 1990, and even somewhat since 2000. Meanwhile, Americans with an income below the median -- half of all households -- paid a mere 3% of all income taxes in 2005. The richest 1.3 million tax-filers -- those Americans with adjusted gross incomes of more than $365,000 in 2005 -- paid more income tax than all of the 66 million American tax filers below the median in income. Ten times more.

How much more would you like them to pay?

Comment: Re:An Old Story (Score 1, Flamebait) 386

by RailGunner (#49677199) Attached to: Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C++ Will Never Die
My table saw has a removable shield for when I'm working with something other than a typical pine board.

Band saws and jigsaws typically do not contain shields, as they're used for curved cuts.

There is an inherent danger to most tools, and why training on how to properly use that tool is important.

Programming Languages are tools. If you don't understand how to use the tool, the tool can be destructive.

Now I know why you didn't log in, you didn't want your stupidity broadcast to the world.

Comment: Re:watermelons (Score 1) 18

by RailGunner (#49676963) Attached to: "The UN is using climate change as a tool not an issue"
Karl Marx wanted to promote homosexuality as an "alternate lifestyle choice" for one reason and one reason only: He wanted to undermine and destroy the Catholic Church, which he saw as the only real obstacle to building his utopian socialist hell-hole. He wanted, as did / do Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Roosevelt, Wilson, Obama, Clinton -- people using their religious fervor in pursuit of the State, not in pursuit of heaven.

And right now, his side is winning.

Look at the increasing number of sola scriptura Protestant churches that are suddenly throwing out huge chunks of that scripture to support gay marriage.

And they say "Oh, but Jesus didn't say anything about it" -- only he did. He said he wasn't there to change one letter of the law. He wasn't there to change what is moral and is not moral.

And now, one by one, Protestant Churches fall away and now many of them shouldn't even call themselves Churches... they should call themselves Sunday Morning Coffee and Terrible "Praise" Band shows.

I visited a Protestant Church at the request of a friend... it was a Southern Baptist church.

Aside from the fact that it was lily-white (my catholic church is very, very diverse) and conformity was expected / required... it was weird.

Despite being white, I was looked at with suspicion because *gasp* HE HAS LONG HAIR! ZOMG!!!

So then the service started. They had a crappy "praise" band where each dork they had warbling (I wouldn't quite call it signing) all did this same weird "look to heaven" head shake thing before they started singing. And the crowd put down their coffee, pretended to smile, and praised them some Jesus. Only I didn't see Him there.

Then, the Pastor got up and said his sermon. It was about the ABC's of faith. Lesson 1: God is in control.

Ignoring the deeper and important themes of free will, this sermon was as childish and lacking substance as the crowd's suspicion of the long haired dude.

Sadly, THAT is what mainline Protestantism has become. Church is just a thing, a club people want to feel like they belong to, and they choose a church based on if they like the free coffee or is they like the praise band, and I'm not going to the Grace Faith Fellowship because their praise band isn't hip enough, instead I'm going to go to Faith Grace Fellowship where the coffee is really good and they have free creamer and it's televised and so I'll be on TV and I can use my connections to further my business or my career and Jesus? The guy that prunes the garden with Jose? OH THAT JESUS. Yeah, he's great! Like a peaceful hippie or Ghandhi or something.

And people wonder why I state that the Great Apostasy has begun.

If you ask me, we've only got a handful of years left, because we continually invite judgment on ourselves. Once the Supreme Court crams gay marriage down all our throats, and Turkey launches the real Caliphate... the end will be swift.

Comment: Re:An Old Story (Score 2) 386

by RailGunner (#49676829) Attached to: Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C++ Will Never Die
If I wasn't permanently blacklisted from getting mod points, I'd mod you up.

Don't blame the tool, blame the user. A chainsaw is dangerous, but if I'm clearing brush or cutting tree limbs blown down by a storm, it's the best tool for that job. If I cut off my foot with it, is it the chainsaw's fault?

Comment: Re:watermelons (Score 1) 18

by RailGunner (#49667163) Attached to: "The UN is using climate change as a tool not an issue"
I disagree -- the fault is both with the media dominance and liberal hive mind mentality.

Any speech the left doesn't like is "hate" speech. And almost amazingly, they (the Left) gets to define what "hate" speech is. How convenient.

Brendan Eich was forced out at Mozilla because he donated money to a group that thinks we shouldn't redefine an institution (marriage) that's been around for millenia.

Thus, the left goes off on the mob mentality and their two minutes of hate, and the message is sent loud and clear: March in lock-step with us or we will harass, follow, intimidate, shame you on social media, and ultimately destroy you, your family, your livelihood, you lives.

Look at how black twitter is celebrating the fact that George Zimmerman got shot in the face today.

Look at the the leftoids who are STILL calling for Officer Darren Wilson's death, even though his use of force against Saint Swisher Sweets Mike Brown was legally justified (and necessary to protect his own life).

It's the same Marxist / Alinsky tactic our little brownshirt wannabe uses around here.

There was ONE GUY who was willing to, and had the resources to be able to, stand against that tide and point out how shameless the left is -- the late Andrew Breitbart.


The doomday preppers are right -- society is on a tipping point and about to collapse.

Comment: Re:watermelons (Score 1) 18

by RailGunner (#49664493) Attached to: "The UN is using climate change as a tool not an issue"
Problem is after 9/11 we didn't do enough. When US Intelligence was pretty sure bin Laden was at Tora Bora, we should have dropped a nuke. The reason ISIS and other assholes are emboldened is because we didn't do enough after 9/11. We abandoned Iraq, retreated in Afghanistan... now look.

I never had a problem kicking Taliban or Hussein ass, I had a problem with the whole Nation Building. Fuck that. Nuke 'em, and if the roaches take over and turn it into another terrorist sandbox nuke them too.

So then when we decided to go after Saddam Hussein is was a "rush to war" that took 14 months and gave Saddam all the time in the world to bury planes in the desert and move chemical warheads to Syria so the media and democrats (but I repeat myself) could lie and say there were no WMD in Iraq when even Kerry and Hitlary Clinton said there were WMD's in Iraq when Bill Clinton was using cigars to penetrate interns in the oval office.

It floors me after that, after the Democrat congress in 2006 crashed the economy and Obama skullfucks the economy's corpse repeatedly saying oh, it's getting better when the labor force participation rate is historically low... and let's just say I'm surprised anyone with at least a room temperature IQ would trust a Democrat to run for Dog Catcher.

I see an article that millenials don't blame Obama. Proof right there that millenials are morons. The economy is in the toilet because of Obamanomics.

Oh well. Part of me is glad they're miserable and have no real prospects for meaningful employment. If you voted for Obama -- you deserve every ounce of pain you're getting.

Comment: Re:watermelons (Score 1) 18

by RailGunner (#49664061) Attached to: "The UN is using climate change as a tool not an issue"
"But even if we're wrong, shouldn't we do SOMETHING??? After all, It's for the Children!!"

It's getting hard to tell the difference between liberal idiocy and parody.

Like the twitter meme that went around -- "Rape last minutes, death lasts forever. You don't need a gun."

Sadly, that bit of unbridled stupidity appears to be legit and not a parody.

Comment: Re:Hate for Uber (Score 1) 132

by ncc74656 (#49638363) Attached to: Voting With Dollars: Politicians and Their Staffers Roll With Uber

The basic issue here is we are all raised in a social environment where it is assumed that law and morality are the same thing.

That wasn't a bad assumption when laws were almost entirely against acts widely regarded as malum in se. Now that we have a shit-ton of laws (and a googol of shit-tons of regulations) against acts that are merely malum prohibitum, that assumption is of more questionable validity.

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_