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Comment: Too hi (Score 1) 161

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

In the rare case of necessary future research, it will allow them recognition in their field, leading to alpha status and thus more pussy.

Oh, you meant an analysis lower down within the memetic virtual worldview. Hmmmm. Why does a dog bark at strangers?

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 1) 170

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47501323) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Their attempt to be more like a federal government than a state with respect to regulation and taxes is like a thousand mile-wide thumb pushing down on the state, forcing fierocious winds out in all directions. Businesses in the state are blown out, and businesses outside are met by a storm wind they have to struggle against to get in.

This is why their politicians have to grant huge tax breaks -- not only for direct competition but also to pay for (pay back) the inevitable reulatory burden they themselves ladle atop the companies.

Comment: Re:Don't buy cheap android (Score 1) 287

by gfxguy (#47501155) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
My last phone was an Optimus V from Virgin... The only problems I had resulted from me rooting and installing a clean version of Android, so I can't blame LG. I would have kept it... it was a bit slow playing angry birds (not what I bought my phone for, though), but I could use it as a mobile hot spot. When I upgraded to a 4G phone, I lost that ability... and didn't want to root it after the earlier problems I'd experienced. But here's the thing: I didn't encounter bugs like the author describes. It worked the way it was supposed to. I didn't mind the camera wasn't all that, I didn't have keyboard problems (although it seems like you can install a third party keyboard app that should fix those problems... not that you should have to). I see a lot of complaining about the author of this article, but I think he raises some good points... I'm reminded of Bill Gates saying that people didn't care about bug fixes, they wanted new features!

Comment: Re: Hmmm (Score 5, Informative) 202

by gfxguy (#47500421) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Not good enough... we also traded in the minivan when the kids were a bit older, but our small SUVs only get around 23MPG... I'd traded in my 93 Civic that routinely got over 35MPG, now you don't even get that in a Civic or other small car without it being a hybrid or something... with very few exceptions. I may get a Mazda 3 or 6, though. They get upwards of 35.

I will say this, though, to actually contribute to the conversation about minivans... I had no problem driving one, and felt no stigma about it. All the people buying giant SUVs and justifying it because hey, once or twice a year they may buy a big box item and save on delivery! Or they need to carry a lot of passengers... Our Honda Odyssey carried 7 people a lot more comfortably than any SUV I've been in, and when you needed cargo space it was right up there with the big boys when you folded the rear seat down... even more than a lot of big SUVs; add decent towing capacity and overall better mileage, and the only reason for most people not to get one was the "stigma." Unless you're towing a yacht, or need to go off roading, a good (200hp+) minivan is a much more logical choice.

Comment: Irrelevant. (Score 1) 770

by jcr (#47497465) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

The minimum wage affects those who are unable to earn some arbitrarily-set cutoff price. Growth of any jobs that pay that much or more is entirely beside the point.

Statists like to pretend that they're helping the poor with law that says "here you go, you get to earn at least this much!", but what these statues really do is say is "UNLESS you can earn this much, no job for you!"

-jcr

Comment: Re:You dorks (Score 1) 383

by causality (#47494565) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Instead of holding the people who commit crimes responsible for their crimes, you blame advertising for making them want to commit crimes. Typical liberal bullshit.

There is such a concept as aiding and abetting, or being an accessory to, a crime. Many people have been tried and convicted who themselves did not directly commit a crime.

If you don't believe that concept is applicable here, I'd like to know why. If someone else believes it does apply, I'd like to know their reasoning as well. I don't see how "liberal" or "conservative" has anything to do with it. It's a question of ethical responsibility, not political ideology. By failing to understand that, you're handwaving and dismissing a valid and worthy question about the nature of pervasive advertising and its effect on the population.

Comment: Re:Short-Lived? (Score 1) 770

One would kind of hope that the states are doing their own economic analyses. The ones that found a minimum wage hike would be most productive and sustainable for their economies did so; the ones that didn't, didn't. Given how much cost of living and average income vary across the nation, it's hardly surprising that some places would want a different minimum wage than others.

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