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Comment: Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (Score 1) 84

"Mark McGwire Takes Swing to Beat Roger Maris' Home-run Record."

So, naturally people would assume that McGwire was only trying to break Maris' personal best, and not the all-time single season record?

Christ, the stuff that gets modded 'insightful' on this site...

Comment: Just like most advertising. (Score 2) 254

by superdave80 (#47300425) Attached to: The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Most advertising doesn't really affect buying decisions. Sometimes you might see something new, but mostly it's Coke, Budwiser, etc., things that everyone has known about for decades.

The funniest online ads I see are when I search for or buy something... and then see an ad for that exact thing a few minutes later on some sidebar ad. Hey, dipshits, I already know about that thing you just advertised BECAUSE I JUST WENT ONLINE TO LOOK FOR IT AND BUY IT!

This is a little bit like paying someone to hold up a sign for Ford cars to show to people that have just left a Ford car lot.

Comment: What is your job again? (Score 1) 875

by superdave80 (#47205147) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Sheriff Doug Cox:. "My job is to make sure my employees go home safe."

Funny, I could have sworn your job was to protect the public. Or is that whole "To Protect and Serve" printed on the side of your cars a bunch of bullshit? Running over citizens with a bazillion ton military vehicle probably won't make them particularly safe.

Comment: Not sure on some of these assumptions... (Score 3, Insightful) 339

by superdave80 (#47124343) Attached to: The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

1. 17 km to drive and purchase DVD? 50% of the trip is apportioned to the DVD transport to account for multiple purchases and errands per trip in the base-case? I doubt people are driving 10 miles just to purchase a DVD, or as only 50% of the reason to take the trip in the first place.

2. Average disc lifetime 5 years? I still have 'The Matrix' that I got for free with my first DVD player back in 1999. None of my DVDs seem to really have a 'lifetime' that I can tell.

Comment: Force Them? (Score 1) 493

by superdave80 (#47121217) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Having a vaccine registry in place in the event of an outbreak of measles, whooping cough, and diseases like these would enable public health officials to identify the children and adults who need vaccinations.

If they were against getting the shots in the first place, how would you now force them to get the shots?

Comment: Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (Score 5, Insightful) 136

by superdave80 (#47103161) Attached to: Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

The problem becomes: Pay how much? A set standard rate regardless of what the loser actually paid their attorney? If I bring a lawsuit against a large corporation with an internal team of lawyers, how do I know much it really cost them to litigate? And even if I 'win' against a guy with no money, so what? And when is someone considered a 'loser', since there are so many levels of appeal?

I think the bigger problem with our legal system is that it even requires a lawyer to handle the most basic of procedures. That shows that the legal system has just become too complex to be useful. But since the legal system is ruled by lawyers (on all sides of the equation), there is little incentive for them to make the system more simplified and easy to access for the average person.

Comment: Re:Why does the spouse need to work? (Score 1) 566

by superdave80 (#46962299) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

...but I don't think anyone can claim with a straight face that they have the exact same freedom to use money they have earned vs. money their spouse has earned.

Well, yes they can make that claim with a straight face. I think you and I have different ideas about how a marriage works. Everything you have is equally both of yours.

By your reasoning, a house purchased is actually only owned by the earning spouse, and all decisions about when to sell/remodel/etc. are exclusively in the domain of the earning spouse.

Are all decisions about kids entirely up to the mother since she is the one that gave birth to them?

Comment: Re:Why does the spouse need to work? (Score 1) 566

by superdave80 (#46952797) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

If my wife got an incredibly well paying job, I would not stay at home for the simple reason that I would have to beg her for money for everything I do.

Sucks that you have such a shitty marriage that your wife would consider any money that she makes as belonging to her and not to the both of you.

If she would decide to leave me, I'm screwed.

Yeah, because courts never give alimony to non-working spouses in a divorce settlement.

It seems like the people shouting here are single guys who have never met a successful women let alone married her.

Um, my wife is a very successful financial analyst who makes more money than I do.

And if BOTH spouses want to work, they should either stay in their home country where they can both legally work, or both have to apply separately for H1-B visas (or some other work visa).

Comment: Not the same... (Score 3, Interesting) 324

Nuclear disarmament vs. greenhouse gas reduction is a poor comparison.

How much did nuclear disarmament affect the day-to-day lives of the average person? Zilch. Zero. Nada. 50 nuclear missiles sitting in some empty part of the country vs. 200 nuclear missiles sitting in some silos in some empty part of the country affects people not at all (unless there is a nuclear war, but were all screwed anyways).

Greenhouse gas reduction involves changing things in peoples day-to-day lives. How much is, of course, up for debate, but the perception is that we will have to sacrifice some of our standard of living to accomplish this.

Nuclear Disarmament spokesperson: "We are going to have fewer nuclear missiles in our subs. What do you think about that?"

Joe Blow: "Uhhhhh, OK...."

Greenhouse Gas Reduction spokesperson: "We are going to slap a tax on the fuels you use, so now you will get to pay more at the pump. What do you think about that?"

Joe Blow: [punches Greenhouse Gas Reduction spokesperson in the face]

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