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Comment: Stupid Plan (Score 1) 825

by blue9steel (#49737291) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
It's over complicated and invades privacy. First of all, we should be encouraging people to move to non-gasoline based vehicles and the best way to do that is to keep ratcheting up the gas tax until at least 50% of vehicles switch. Once that happens we should add straightforward weight per axle tax paid at registration time. It's accurate, fair and easy to administer.

Comment: Re:One Assumption (Score 1) 607

by blue9steel (#49728899) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
Quite a few actually though that depends on how you define "young". Blaming age in this case is misleading though, basically akin to asking how many Christian CEOs there are and then blaming that. It's not 'what you are' that is the problem with CEOs, it's the 'how you got that job' that tends to be the issue.

Comment: Most are not relevant (Score 1) 298

by blue9steel (#49728881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?
High School students don't have the need for most tech skills as part of a general education. There are three skills that would help them no matter what career they have in mind though:

1) Logic - Being able to think clearly is useful for anyone
2) Basic troubleshooting - If you have a broken anything, printer, lawnmower, work process, coffee maker or piece of software the basic idea of how to troubleshoot remains pretty much the same
3) How to find things out when you don't know the answer - Sometimes this also involves figuring out how to decide what your question is

Comment: Re:One Assumption (Score 2) 607

by blue9steel (#49726461) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

I would argue that one cannot simultaneously be a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. Social liberals uniformly support the massive welfare state that threatens our very existence as a nation.

You're confusing socially liberal with socialist, not the same thing at all. I am socially liberal in that I don't think the government should tell me what to do in my private life with regards to items like abortion, marriage, drugs, gambling, prostitution, drinking, guns, sex, religion or lack thereof, etc.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.