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Comment: Why bother with facts? (Score 1) 761

by bussdriver (#47496649) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Minimum wage has a plenty of historical proof behind it but that never makes any difference in our political debates. So why do we even bother with crap like this? If it creates jobs it'll be ignored; if it kills jobs it still will be ignored (and dismissed since it won't fit with history.)

Sure, you can raise the rate to higher levels eventually everything will go up in price as well with no net benefit; however, the world isn't that simple. Since the USA exports nothing and imports everything the impact won't be evenly spread as imports continue to be cheap and the 1 or 2 exports will rise in price (ignoring weapons export industry because that is special.) Local medium and small businesses will be at a disadvantage against larger business which can/do import easily --- but that isn't a whole lot different than today where most the big import friendly businesses have killed off smaller competition already.

As far as teen jobs paying enough to live on, those are no longer teen jobs--- there are simply not enough jobs to go around and that problem will continue due to outsourcing, automation, and "free trade." One can't try to maintain the past because that situation no longer exists today. Also don't forget, inflation is no longer reported (because it is got too high) so almost everybody is NOT getting enough of a raise to compensate for the inflation losses. I've never had a pay raise that even matched inflation; one has to switch jobs.

Comment: GPS needed for everything (Score 2) 114

by bussdriver (#47483411) Attached to: Preparing For Satellite Defense

I wonder, how much high tech military gear (including drones) the US can operate if their GPS system goes down?

Sure those things are not in low orbit but you start at lower orbit and work for outward from that. Plus the US has been wasting money on space based weapons systems since the 1980s and those were low orbit. Spy satellites are not the big deal.

Comment: Forgetting all the routine pull overs cops do (Score 1) 435

by bussdriver (#47471037) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

So many people are caught for something when pulled over for a routine car stop for driving too fast or some other minor infraction and then it leads to something more serious... So they want to give up all those arrests because they have a 1 in 100,000,000 chance of something bad happening? Just how often does the FBI engage in car chases with return fire anyway?

One would think the police associations would be against them for the loss of citations and jobs for traffic cops... but why should the FBI care?

My suburban cops have a TANK and we have almost no crime. The FBI could put it to better use.

Comment: Typewriter; until a secure computer can be made (Score 1) 243

by bussdriver (#47459683) Attached to: German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Verifying any computer based device is going to be difficult, time consuming and costly.

They probably secure the area well enough to not worry about SOUND giving away what is being typed as well as used ink ribbons, electronic broadcasts from electric typewriters, and visuals of the typist or the papers being shuffled around... or improperly shredded. It has been a long time, it's quite possible they will mess up on the old tech they've long forgotten about securing.

At least with analog electronic typewriters the signal isn't going to stand out like it does with digital devices. They are still probably better off with mechanical typing until they can secure a device.

Next leaker will let us know that the electronic circuits in typewriters are sending wifi signals...

Comment: Action is needed; arguing is a delay tactic (Score 1) 551

by bussdriver (#47459325) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Deniers need to be put on record for future reference. Put their beliefs on record.

Then their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren can be ashamed of them for being the gullible selfish pricks they are. Just as people don't like to think of their ancestors who were criminals, racists, murderers, Nazi, etc. Plus people who live long enough can be reminded what idiots they are (sadly, that won't stop them from being elected to office, at least in the USA.)

Comment: Wrong (Score 3, Interesting) 69

Like most every political issue in the dysfunctional USA discourse, we have multiple off topic debates created as distractions from the real issues. Some of it promoted intentionally. I wouldn't expect comcast to stop at merely paying bums off the street to fill up public comment time at the FCC (as they have done, proving they have no respect for democracy.)

This is not about technical packet routing but the policies beyond the technical issues. Comcast purposely screwing up NetFlix in order to make them pay and then pass that onto their customers as a Comcast tax. You pay for bandwidth, NetFlix pays for bandwidth. If both of you use the full amount of bandwidth you are promised and PAY FOR and the ISPs can't deliver on their marketed promises... then that is a legal issue for the ISPs making the false claims.

This is also an issue of corporations playing favoritism with those packets. It doesn't matter if your car is broken down into atoms and sent in one big data flow -- when the corporation IDs all the atoms for your car and does not like your destination then slows down only your atoms... it doesn't matter what technical router issues they can dream up as an excuse for intentional discrimination which is not based upon neutral technical issues (like SIP needing priority.) That is smokescreen for their real agenda... to turn internet into cable TV.

Comment: Personalization - another enemy of democracy. (Score 1) 109

by bussdriver (#47433241) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

Life is 2nd grade. Or perhaps "Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten"?

Adults are merely conditioned and learn to ACT "mature," under the masks and habits we are all children... Psychology focuses so much on childhood for good reason.

Humans will avoid negative stimulation; it's natural behavior. If you have too much freedom and always have positive options you will avoid negative things ALL THE TIME. This will result in a lack of contrast which is necessary for your mind to function since just about everything you think is relative interpretation. What you end up with is a "wimp" who experiences just as much pain and suffering from a pin prick as a physically abused person does when being hospitalized.

People so fragile they commit suicide because of anonymous insults posted against them online... People so fragile they can be controlled by minor fears and name calling--- and most threatening, people being made incompetent citizens by being unable to face the bad news necessary for them to participate in their democracy.

Comment: It's a Spectometer (Score 1) 162

by bussdriver (#47433133) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

They will be able to detect many substances and do statistics on those. You might test off for drugs if you have a lot of money or handled a lot of money-- assuming you would leave your wallet out of the machine as one does at the airport -- if you handled a lot of money you'd get the extra treatment... in which case wash your hands before you go thru it; then you'll probably fit within the normal levels (assuming they calibrate the machine properly-- so many people use plastic that cash users will stand out from the average person.)

I'm sure that some law will prohibit forcing people to have their recent diet tested to be a passenger... but pilots etc will not and this could make drug/alcohol tests CHEAP and commonplace. No more blowing into a tube which has to be sanitized each time-- you just breath in a general direction!

Passive tests could be done without you knowing - there are evil uses for this. Making you wait in a long hall way for your interview for a job... they could charge the bench or the floor and use the security cameras... You could be ruled out for the job without knowing it was because of your medication (it's not like HR would buy the most accurate machines.) No, you CAN be discharged without a big shock so you wouldn't suspect it.

Comment: THIS IS GREAT! (Score 1) 162

by bussdriver (#47432999) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

I fixed a dozen of them for my high school when I was a student there. I had them all running together. Fun times! The shocks don't really hurt much; I kind of liked it... avoiding puns...

Discharging can be done in ways that don't feel so bad, as the parent alluded to... I'm sure the HS mall cops will enjoy watching people jump who don't follow directions (and purposely being unclear with people they do not like.)

Now if HS put just a fraction of that wasted money on naked scanners and molesting children... They could still waste $$$ for contracted devices but these actually work and have to cost significantly less. (Hey, the pedo job is 1 more salaried position for people who don't want naked photos of themselves taken; so it's not cheap either.)

Comment: Re:Campaign? Where is it? (Score 1) 725

by bussdriver (#47421001) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Wow, I didn't realize there was a vast conspiracy of local and international organizations working for the DNC to sucker the planet into moving away from old technology upon which the US dollar gets much of it's strength...
Thank you for informing me, I'll rush right out and make a tinfoil hat!

YOU are the one claiming all the experts are wrong; the burden of proof is on you to disprove the science. If you can't find the science, then you have little hope.

I'm just fine to trust the majority of the worlds scientists; I don't have time to learn it all on my own to gain enough expertise to rebut the majority of them (especially when I achieve that level of skill I will most likely agree with them, unless I'm big fool -- who somehow managed to learn the topic while still being a fool. )

Sheeple don't follow expert opinion; they are herded by whatever barks at them or feeds them. Mr. Dittohead, you are the one bleating out buzzwords from the propagandists, not me.

The two party thing is a false dialemma to distract slow people/ A billion a year in propaganda sure goes a long way to make people think two themes of the same vote are two choices!

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so. -- Josh Billings