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Comment: Re:Adds new import to the phrase "keep off the gra (Score 1) 126

by cobrausn (#38945673) Attached to: MIT Envisions DIY Solar Cells Made From Grass Clippings
Again, good luck with that.

See how long you stay in office after you tax energy usage to the point where the average American starts to take notice. And how do you plan on taxing the rest of the developing world when they don't follow suit? Once they realize they like having life with reliable electricity and all the conveniences and comforts of modern living, my guess is you will have a hard time getting them to reduce their energy demands. It's only a matter of time.

Comment: Re:Hmm summary editorializing (Score 1) 433

by cobrausn (#38439360) Attached to: Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety
Do you honestly think they would reduce other taxes? More likely you'd end up just paying your existing taxes and the city would be drawing additional revenue from 'people who can't drive' (hint: this is nearly everybody), with the end result being no net gain in safety (the supposed goal of these cameras).

Comment: Re:Hmm summary editorializing (Score 2) 433

by cobrausn (#38435670) Attached to: Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety
Don't be silly. If a person was going to run a red light while you have a green, a $75 dollar civil fine wasn't going to stop them - they were probably drunk or not paying attention. All these fines do is hit people who guess incorrectly about the length of the yellow or (correctly or incorrectly) think they won't be able to stop before it turns red. You know, everyday minor driving errors that happen to all of us and rarely hurt anybody - the kind of thing most cops won't even write a ticket for, even if they witness it.

Comment: Re:high taxes != wrong (Score 1) 352

by cobrausn (#38280488) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of Kodak
Right, then those educated people will leave to somewhere else that doesn't have such ridiculously high taxes that are paying for schools they don't have kids in. I should know - my fiance is one of them. They could get away with this when there was a lot of established business in the area, but this is no longer the case.

It's unfortunate, really. Most people want good schools, and don't mind paying a bit higher in taxes to get it, but there is a point of diminishing returns that is often just blown right by once you get bureaucrats into the mix who start dominating politics and realize they can just raise taxes whenever they want... and you end up in an economic free-fall. It's sad because the area is nice and the schools are good. They just can't afford to keep going the way they are.

Comment: Re:Ok. analyze THIS. (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by cobrausn (#38244552) Attached to: How Tech Vendors Help Governments Spy On Their Citizens
Most people I know (all over the political spectrum) don't say they haven't done anything useful. Most think they could have done their job better and the organization could be more successful if it was more about transparency and whistleblowing and less about Assange and satisfying his ego.

+ - Doom 3 Source on Github->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Just like Quake 3 before it, Doom 3 source code has been released to the public (minus rendering
of stencil shadows via the “depth fail” method, a functionality commonly known as "Carmack's Reverse".)."

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+ - 88 Year Old Scientist Hassled by DEA-> 1

Submitted by Calibax
Calibax (151875) writes "30 years ago Bob Wallace and his partner came up with a product to help hikers, flood victims and others purify water. Wallace, now 88 years old, packs his product by hand in his garage, stores it in his backyard shed and sells it for $6.50.

Recently, the DEA has been hassling him because his product uses crystalline iodine. He has been refused a license to purchase the iodine because it can be used in the production of crystal meth, and as a result he is now out of business.

A DEA spokesman describes this as "collateral damage" not resulting from DEA regulations but from the selfish actions of criminals."

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Comment: Re:Manufacturing scarcity (Score 3, Insightful) 170

by cobrausn (#38087000) Attached to: Net Neutrality and Carrier Incentives To Invest
Any producer or provider will not 'ultimately do this' as long as the market barrier-to-entry is not too high. This can occur for a few reasons, one of which is actually the existence of regulations that favor the existing businesses (e.g., Regulatory Capture). Another reason is that the infrastructure required to support the service is incredibly expensive, which serves as a 'natural' limitation to the number of players. It seems in this case we have a bit of both. The only viable solution I see (solution being something that benefits both the market and the consumer) is to not allow the person who owns the lines to also provide service, only rent out the lines in a neutral fashion.

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