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Comment Why does the government have this kind of power? (Score 1) 109

taxi industry used every political maneuver in its arsenal to keep Uber and Lyft off the strip

The only way to keep a competitor out of "your" turf is — or ought to be — by providing superior service at lower price. Being able to use "political maneuvers" instead or even addition to that is a sign of bona fide corruption.

It does not matter, whether the politicians involved took bribes or were sincere — the government simply should not have the power to be a player. The war, that Uber, Lyft et al wage against taxis is simply the more visible of the fights, which private businesses wage every day. We can bemoan the undue influence of lobbyists all day long, but the underlying problem is that, given the number of licensing requirements and regulations, the corporations can not afford not to have a lobbyist on payroll. Instead of, or, at best, in addition to, pleasing us, the consumers, all businesses of appreciable size must be pleasing the government as well.

That's not free market capitalism, and it sucks...

Comment Re:Dear Amazon (Score 2) 222

the correct course of action would be to make the available everywhere, not to remove products

The announced product-removal is means to the end of making the service available everywhere.

There is nothing magical or exceedingly hard about Amazon Prime Video. My 2008 Sony can play it. If Google and Apple aren't offering it, it is because they don't want to, not because they can not.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Insightful) 1141

Israel has very low rates of gun violence too, but many people are packing. And soldiers always carry their rifles — even when going to beach for R&R — with two magazines each. It is not uncommon to see a girl in a bikini guarding a gun-pyramid, while her girlfriends are swimming, for example...

Whatever the reasons for lower gun-violence in Japan or Israel or what have you, the ban on weapons is certainly not the only reason. Whether it is even a contributing factor is not at all obvious.

Comment Re:For me it is way beyond advertising... (Score 1) 111

I don't know, what "OCD" means in this context. No, I don't want to publish my filters for they aren't sufficiently generic anyway. They will allow people to know, which sites I frequent, however.

The first step is to disable all of the "whitelists" in Ad Block-supplied filters. You know, the items shown in green — which are, what bigger sites have paid Ad Block authors to whitelist. You can do that by applying sed(1) to remove disabled=true to the ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/adblockplus/patterns.ini (while Firefox is not running)...

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Insightful) 1141

Yeah, an Illiberal web-site running an op-ed aiming to convince populace into obediently surrendering their rights. Surprise...

They fail, though. The only thing they even claim is "not a single case includes evidence that the killer chose to target a place because it banned guns". But they all (or most) did happen in a gun-free location. How do I know? Simple, if it weren't so, MotherJones would've highlighted this fact in the very title. They did a commendable job putting the 62 mass-shotings incidents over 30 years together, but, curiously, do not have a boolean column "Gun free zone Y/N" in it...

But the shooter picking a place because it is gun-free is only part of the problem. There is no one there to stop him — whether he was cunning enough to count on that or not.

Comment I'm not old enough to compete with her (Score 1) 160

have you been at it longer?

I'm not old enough to compete with her... Read my first Unix book in 1988. Was exposed to a Unix-computer for the first time in 1990. Got my own computer upon moving to the US (486, 33MHz) — and installed FreeBSD on it in 1993. That made me a sysadmin instantly, so I claim 22 years...

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 3, Insightful) 1141

Well, there are a lot of gun free / highly-regulated countries with far less gun crime than the US

There are also ones, where guns are very widely spread and yet gun-violence is lower than here.

But we don't need to go abroad — simply compare, say, Chicago, IL, where even a museum could not get permission to display a WW1-era rifle, with Austin, TX, where guns are easy to get... The strictness of the anti-gun laws and "regulations" (all of them obviously unconstitutional, BTW) simply does not correlate with gun-violence.

Slashdot, the land of libertarians

The entire US has this law known as "the 2nd Amendment", which declares arms-possession a right to be taken away from the bad, not a mere privilege to be granted to the good.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 5, Informative) 1141


Yes. The campuses — including this one, the public schools are all legally gun-free. A pop-tart eaten to the shape of a pistol is enough for a kid to be kicked out.

That cinema, where "a joker" killed 12 people — that movie theater was not closest to his house, but it was the only one within a 20-minute drive, that declared itself "gun-free".

In denial much?

Submission Massive Global Cooling Process Discovered

Notorious G writes: This may be while computer models are not tracking reality very well:

As world leaders get ready to head to Paris for the latest pact on cutting CO2 emissions, it has emerged that there isn't as much urgency about the matter as had been thought. A team of top-level atmospheric chemistry boffins from France and Germany say they have identified a new process by which vast amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere from the sea — a process which was unknown until now, meaning that existing climate models do not take account of it.

The new data:

Global models at the moment assume total emissions of isoprene from all sources — trees, plants, plankton, the lot — of around 1.9 megatons per year. But, according to the new research, the newly discovered "abiotic" process releases as much as 3.5 megatons on its own — which "could explain the recent disagreements" between models and reality.

Comment Hostile ex-spouses -- blame thyselves (Score 3, Insightful) 114

There are plenty of reasons.

If you once felt good enough about a person to not merely have sex, but to have a child together, he can not be a complete asshole in your opinion.

Remember this rule (it applies equally to mothers despite my use of male pronouns). The affection you once had may have disappeared, but, if you suddenly think much worse about him, then your own opinion of what constitutes an asshole is changing — your partner remains the same person as before.

You may no longer be friends, but watch yourself and don't let your friends/parents make you two into enemies. If that helps, think of yourselves as co-workers working on the same project for the next 15-20 years — and stay professional.

Comment For me it is way beyond advertising... (Score 4, Insightful) 111

I use Ad-Block's element-hiding add-on to get rid of not merely ads, but various other elements I dislike — including the incessant newsletter sign-up invitations, footers full of legalese, persistent "navigation" menus, "share-bars" and "article-tools" (thank you, I can increase the font without your little icon), weather-widgets, "related articles", "back-to-top" (seriously, who needs these on a desktop??), "next" and "previous" arrows — all of that crap...

In fact, I'm addicted. Upon coming to a new (or recently redesigned) site, I must clean it up before reading. Web-browsing without AdBlocker is just scary nowadays. And revolting...

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?