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Comment: Re:But... (Score 4, Insightful) 490

Your guns are going to mean precious little in a few years. Ask any Afghan. Almost everyone has an AK-47. Predator drones don't care. It will be the same here in the good old US of A. Drones will be used in police actions internally in the US because they are cheaper to replace & train than en-vivo police officers.

Today, arming the population, means teaching them math, science, technical skills, and the civics to know when to put them to use against the government of the day.

Comment: Re:Death sentence (Score 2) 255

by locust (#46950503) Attached to: Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

Most drivers in NYC don't own their medallions. They rent them from the actual owners.

That introduces a whole new dynamic into the taxi market, as now the artificial restriction of supply maintains a commensurately high value for the medallions. In that circumstance, the taxi commission ends up having the 'job' of maintaining the value of medallions.

This is not intentional of course, rather the natural consequence of monied individuals leaning on elected and appointed officials to protect their interest. In this circumstance, one can expect the public safety arguments to be used as a bludgeon.

However that doesn't make those arguments invalid. There are many people desperate enough drive uninsured, unsafe vehicles, or to put of maintenance because of cash flow issues.

Comment: Really? (Score 2) 341

by locust (#45899291) Attached to: The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Its news that human beings are self interested, ignorant, and vain? How did this ingenue become secretary of defense?

Here's a news flash for Bob Gates: People in Washington, running the gov. are no better/worse than the general populace. People don't suddenly become 'better' because they get elected to office, or go work for a congressman, or the white house. When you take the job of Secretary of Defense, you get paid for three things:
1. Up holding your duty to the constitution
2. Setting an example for your subordinates
3. Navigating the politics of government

If you don't want to compromise yourself, these things are all thankless arduous tasks. They wear you out. It goes with the territory. Cry me a river Bob Gates.

Comment: Like Radio? (Score 3, Insightful) 406

by locust (#45610035) Attached to: Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

In Rowanda the slaughter was committed using nothing more than machetes. However the people where whipped into a fervor by people on the radio inciting to violence. Marconi should have seen it coming. He had a responsibility.

More seriously, to paraphrase stephenson and others. human beings are at the top of the food chain because we are the most effective and fearsome killing machines currently known. We will find new ways to kill things, and each other regardless of the intended purpose of a tool, and how many safe guards are built into it. It is what we do and why we are where we are.

Comment: Sic Transit Pink Floyd (Score 1) 392

by locust (#45597375) Attached to: App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

I guess I won't be able to listen to "The Wall" again.

How long before the whole album gets censored because of the lyrics of In The Flesh...

Are there any queers in the theater tonight?
Get them up against the wall!
There's one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me,
Get him up against the wall!
That one looks Jewish!
And that one's a coon!
Who let all of this riff-raff into the room?
There's one smoking a joint,
And another with spots!
If I had my way,
I'd have all of you shot!

But hey, I guess if they can ban huckfin for the use of the N word... this one is a no-brainer

Comment: Oh boy.... (Score 1) 947

by locust (#45225217) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

If you live or work in SF you don't ever, ever, ever question bicyclist or bicycling. Those people will fuck you up. (People at work speak in hushed tones when complaining about bikes for fear of reprisals)

Of course they won't stop at red light, or stop signs, or cross walks; make up traffic law as they go along, and think that self righteousness will save them when they interface with a ton of moving steel (or with a person [1]). And that is when they're not riding on the sidewalks (even when a dedicated, fenced off, bike lane is _right_ there!).

Bicyclists: you move to fast and too unpredictably for me as a driver or pedestrian to keep us both safe. This only gets worse because every bicyclist seems to decide on the fly if in a given context they want to behave as a vehicle, or pedestrian.

If you are one of those few bicyclists who actually stop at a stop sign (say at 5th and brannan) then thank you... please remind your brothers and sisters that traffic laws help the rest of us keep them safe.

--locust

[1] Hi Chris Bucchere

Comment: Re:Well That Was a Depressing Read (Score 1) 388

by locust (#43154665) Attached to: Dr. Robert Bakker Answers Your Questions About Science and Religion

As an atheist, you embarrass me.

Inherently, science and religion are human endeavors, and tied into the evolution of human societies, the pursuit of power and so on. Given that, for a long time Men of God were the only ones with education, and with free time, it stands to reason that they would contribute to science. Remember, that they had power based on knowing things that were hidden from the rest of the populace. To deny, that for a long time, the clergy _were_ the scientists is risible, as is the discounting of their contributions.

Dr. Bakker's essay is a direct response to people like you... it is practically showing the contributions of people of faith to science. But you are too blinded by your hatred to see it.

Comment: Re:Three T's my ass (Score 2) 157

by locust (#41821289) Attached to: Telling the Truth In Today's China

Talk about the banality of evil.

Your censor, the police officer beating the crap out of you, the intelligence officer who orders your arrest, they're just doing their jobs. They're not evil. They're just doing a job. They're nice people really. If you're nice to them, maybe you'll change them.

Lets not even start talking about the blatant racism behind: 'Chinese up and English down'.

We in the 'west' have a lot of recent experience with this sort of thing, and experience has shown the consequences of that behavior. I promise you every argument trotted out by the communist party in china was trotted out by some tinpot soviet puppet, if not the soviets themselves. (or south american, or african, or wherever dictator). In the same way, you can replace White/Aryan with Chinese and get all the crap about up with China down with everyone else. We've seen it all, heard all the arguments, seen the results and come to the conclusion that the behavior is unacceptable.

We don't always live up to our ideals,real politic gets in the way, and we screwup - a lot. But those are the facts, and that what we try to stand for. China is not special, just another country where all the old tropes are trotted out to try to maintain power.

Comment: I would gladly pay the BBC licensing fee (Score 1) 373

by locust (#40844831) Attached to: US Viewers Using Proxies To Watch BBC Olympic Coverage

I would gladly pay the BBC so that I could watch (online, without cuts, delays, etc):

Topgear
BBC soccer coverage (especially the world cup).
Have I got news for you.
The BBC's 24 hour news channel
Etc.

The BBC is _exactly_ why I pay for XM. (That, and I just could not handle the drivel that passes for 'Fresh Air' on the drive home).

Comment: Re:So that's really why he gave up his citizenship (Score 1) 445

by locust (#40091177) Attached to: Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO

In Canada you file to become a 'deemed non-resident' at which point, if the country in which you are living has a tax treaty with Canada they claim to work it out behind the scenes. It used to be that you had to file every year, but they got rid of that a long time ago, as it was just paper work. Once you became a 'deemed non-resident' they kept that status.

In order to become a 'deemed non-resident' you have to show that you severed major financial ties with Canada. For example, you can't own and rent out a home. If you do your world income becomes eligible for taxation.

(I could go on, but its been a while since I looked at this, and I'd hate to sound to informative).

Perl

+ - Perl sucks: we have proof->

Submitted by locust
locust (6639) writes "Hot off the presses from oopsla:

Researchers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have proven what a lot of us have already suspected: using perl is no better than using a language where the syntax and semantics are picked at random. The full paper is here

Let the flame wars begin."

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