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Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 813

by rogoshen1 (#49739319) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

How many miles of roads would one day of war in of Iraq or Afghanistan fix? How about maintaining a blue water navy; that's gotta be a few bridges, right?

It's like the people who piss and moan about welfare/EBT cheats (don't get me wrong, they're scum) but absolutely cannot see the forest for the trees when it comes to the real sources of waste and corruption in this country.

But the real problem with this scheme lies in the future consequences of the government having a vested financial interest in tracking people's movements and driving habits. For the first time you really get into a situation of privacy == tax evasion. And if there's one thing government hates, it's people not paying taxes.

Comment: Re:Arrogance about a job you don't understand (Score 3) 386

by rogoshen1 (#49725239) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

When their bottom line comes at the expense of society as a whole... In this case, fucking over a generation or two of kids with the naive, bullshit assumption that teaching techniques and implements that have been around since basically forever are outmoded and need to be replaced -- is a huge problem.

In what universe is the combination of decreased school budgets coupled with corporate interests pushing technological solutions a good thing?

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 527

by rogoshen1 (#49709011) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

it's a bandaid solution at best that doesn't resolve the underlying issue, at all.

for whatever reason, a certain segment of our population under performs in primary, secondary, and university level classes. Attempting to normalize that through quotas in admissions or hiring is well meaning (I suppose) but completely retarded in practice.

Comment: Re:Science gets Smarter (Score 2) 227

well it's basically the better versed someone is in a specific domain, they get hit with the double whammy of getting out of practice in everything else, while maintaining the delusion that they are masters in anything they attempt.

Linus Pauling later in his career is a /fantastic/ example of this.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 144

I have a friend who is big on using the google voice search, regardless of location, decorum, or social cues. Random conversation over dinner at a fairly empty restaurant, he goes to look up a quick fact, and rather than type it in on his phone, he loudly and clearly enunciates his question. A future where this becomes the normal behavior, really fucking irritates me.


Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 144

just wait until the sensors are strong enough to pick up brainwaves. pretend to read a sentence and bam, the NSA can finally get inside that square foot or so grey matter they so desperately want.

Thoughts of sedition will finally be curtailed before they can blossom into heresy. Winston will be saved after all.

Don't hit the keys so hard, it hurts.