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Comment Re: Poor example (Score 1) 435

I am all for drivers being polite, but they should not confuse other drivers with breaking right-of-way rules. A lot of people seem to not understand 4 way stop rules as it is, without people throwing a wrench I the whole process.

Not only is it inconvenient, but it's also a hazard and a liability risk. Other drivers who aren't necessarily in a position see the exchange of body language and waves yielding right of way when none was present are expecting events to happen in a certain way and get confused if they don't. And if, for example, a pedestrian in a crosswalk waves at you to go when they had right of way but then has second thoughts and jumps out in front of you, guess who's at fault when the police investigate.

Comment Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 820

But you can also have fun anonymously...

Make an arrangements with a car deal to give away cars to people you think deserve it as you encounter them.
Pay the check for an entire restaurant full of people when you leave.
Watch for local foreclosures and intercede on the behalf of those you think are getting a raw deal.
Fund a promising local business for two years.

Set up a charity on the quiet to fly bums to Hawaii (or any other island they'll be unlikely to be able to migrate away from on their own) in twos and threes and see how long until someone notices (if you can keep it up unnoticed for a year it'll be a serious problem by that point).

Anonymously mail small suitcases full of cash to random local politicians to see what happens. (optional: anonymously tip off the media amount said suitcase)

Buy a few hundred drones and then every few weeks send one on a few mile flight to land on the same persons doorstep at 2am (taking a different route and launched from a different place each time). See how long you can keep it up before they either flip out and/or start a side business selling gently used drones.

Comment Re:Trading one set of problems for another (Score 1) 820

Also depends on size of family, definition of "nice vacation", and what "some nice things" constitutes. Do you throw everyone in the car and drive 60 miles away to a cabin in the woods for a week, or do you put everyone on a cruise to the Bahamas? You could probably do the cabin trip for less than 1k no matter family size, but flying somewhere adds up quick as you add people. "nice things" could mean that you insist on a brand new BMW every 4-5 years, or that you're fine letting some other guy pay the depreciation and instead going for the low mileage old used cars of whichever make and model has the best reviews and highest reliability.

Doing roughly equivalent things but changing how frugal you are about said things can easily account for 10-20k in a year. There are a lot of small things where the time investment no longer is worth the cost or the aggravation (clipping coupons and buying those weird off-brand poptarts that taste kind of funny, for example). There are also a lot of big things that are easier to justify spending money on when you have money (For example, keeping your gaming PC more current than you used to while making less). Also keep in mind that taxes eat quite a bit more at 100k than they do at 35k.

Comment Re:I don't actually have a problem with this.... (Score 1) 456

Without knowing the test setup for a double blind test it's impossible to say how well they isolated the sound (if any) from people (though I'd suspect they did a good job since the idea was not being able to tell if it's running or not). I'd be really curious to see a study on how people who claim EM sensitivity respond to a dummy light on a fake transmitter vs dummy light plus low intensity ~22khz tone.

Mostly what I was referring to was anecdotal evidence from other slashdot users (who weren't kooks claiming to be allergic to wifi) saying that they could reliably tell when a wireless router was plugged in or not by the whine of the AC adapter (the one I use to charge my phone actually developed a barely audible high pitched whine when not under load, it took me a week to figure out that's what was waking me up at night once my phone had completed charging). It's not a big step to imagine someone who's actually psychosomatic and convinced it's the wifi to start showing symptoms whenever they hear a transformer.

Comment Re:I don't actually have a problem with this.... (Score 1) 456

What makes it even trickier is that in many cases it very well could be that they're responding to something related to a transmission device being turned on (e.g. the high pitched whine of a switching power supply is audible to them and gives them a headache).

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

The real question is, Would our troops accept the government telling them to mount an offensive against the populace?

Probably not, but the key here is that we're talking about an offensive. Dragging a few key actors out of a peaceful protest is a completely different thing from dragging those same people out of an armed (but still currently peaceful) protest.

Comment Re:This is good. (Score 1) 60

you still couldn't draw enough power from the grid to get enough energy to saturate the battery in that time.

That problem has long since been solved in other applications, generally in the form of inertial energy storage. You spin up a flywheel with a big electric motor (or sometimes the motor itself is heavy enough that it's basically its own flywheel) with whatever constant load the grid will support. Energy is pulled back out using a generator (either attached to the flywheel via mechanical clutch, or by electrically reversing the leads on the motor).

Comment Re: Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

The poll workers look at faces. You do that twice, one hour before closing and see how it goes. It doesn't work, and nobody does it.

Do you even read, I said "different polling place". Also, the poll workers here literally leave the clipboards on the tables for you to pick a name off of. I wouldn't even need to do the play dumb thing.

Comment Re: Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

Next time you go to vote, do this. Then rinse and repeat, ten times within the hour, and see if it works.

No thanks, I'm not going to commit voter fraud to prove a point to you, plus you'd say I was making it up anyway. What I was suggesting you try is to simply get them to show you the list of names to pick out your own, as much of your argument seems to hinge on poll workers keeping those names secret.

My bet is that it wouldn't work; you'd be recognized and fail at making much of a difference at all.

Why would people at different polling places recognize me? Also, you don't even need to vote multiple times to make it work as voter fraud. Just teach some non-english speaking non-citizens to point at a name on a list (I guarantee a poll worker will show it to them to point at a name if they can't understand what's being said. What else can they do? Someone like you might accuse them of disfranchising a minority voter if they don't let them vote) and you've got a small army of people who will vote your way.

Comment Re: Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

You must have an easy to understand and/or spell name then. afaik the poll workers aren't instructed to not show you the clipboard, and even if they are, the reasons why not probably aren't explained to them. Next time you go to vote, try a bit of social engineering and see if you can get them to show you the clipboard. I'd recommend mumbling and/or mispronouncing your name until they get frustrated and tilt the clipboard so you can find your name and point at it.

Comment Re: Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

And when you walk into the polling place in NC, do they show you a list of names with the ones who have voted already crossed out, and ask you which one you are? If I wanted to vote multiple times, all I'd have to do is walk into a polling place maybe an hour before closing (to minimize chances of picking a name that actually does show up) and pick any number of registered names who haven't shown up yet. One could probably hit up about 10 in an hour or so before closing.

Comment Re:Physical books are better (Score 1) 134

There are plenty of places that sell DRM free ebooks. Also, what part about using your phone to read ebooks did you miss? At the very least it'll free up a pocket.

The fact that you're using these weak arguments as justification to avoid even trying ebooks makes you come across as a total luddite. Just admit you don't like these scarey newfangled electronics and stop grasping at straws to try and justify paper over electronic for general book consumption.

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