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Comment: Re:The climate there sucks. (Score 1) 55

by drinkypoo (#48026837) Attached to: Marc Merlin's 2014 Burning Man Report For Tech Geeks

Keeping it local only spreads the impact,

Yes, that is the idea. When your impact is positive, you want to spread it around. If you made an oasis of the place where Burning Man is now, it would benefit relatively few people since people don't live there now; unless you made a whole town, and a lot of people lived there. But I don't propose spontaneous creation of townships, because it's not legally feasible.

Comment: Re:Oh yes, we were (Score 3, Insightful) 74

by drinkypoo (#48026745) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

It's interesting that the politicians that *I* would describe as "liberal Democrats" are now the authoritarians.

The Democratic party is centrist and pro-big-business, especially in California. California is one of the least friendly states to small business. Not only is the state a bastard (and I'm not talking about environmental regulations here, I am generally in favor of those except when they are used to do stupidity, e.g. preventing a CostCo in Ukiah due to "concerns" about "habitat" when the land in question is a big fucking waste of concrete that harbors nothing but some plucky weeds-in-cracks and which is both an eyesore and an ecological failure) but there's over fifty counties, and they all do business differently. The real leftists have all moved on to other parties.

Comment: Oh yes, we were (Score 2) 74

by drinkypoo (#48026321) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Because he couldn't do anything. That was glorious. Moonbeam is still loved, so he can still do things, or get away with not doing things that we really want because he doesn't have to give a fuck about his approval rating. The idiots will approve of him (if on no other basis, as the lesser of evils) regardless.

Note, I am about as liberal as they come. But I voted for Arnold, and I'd do it again. The only part of it I'm sorry about is that it cost the people money. We'd have wound up with Moonbeam again regardless.

Comment: California Uber Alles (Score 1, Offtopic) 74

by drinkypoo (#48026207) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

California über alles
California above all others
(California über alles) (2x) [Dead Kennedys]
I'm your governor Pete Wilson, ya know
The baddest governor to ever grab the mic and go
Gimme a budget and watch me hack it!
Gimme a beat and I'll show you how to jack it!
I give the rich a giant tax loophole
I leave the poor living in a poophole
At a time when Aids is in a crisis
I cut health care and I raise prices
Sales tax, snack tax, excise tax
Information attack with a newspaper tax
Hit the pocket books of working families
Increase tuition at the universities
Some day I'll command all o' you
Even your kids are gonna pray to me in school
Soon I'm gonna be the president
You might remember the last one this state sent

California über alles (4x)
(California über alles) (2x)

I'm so proud to know the Great Communicator
Wanna be known as the Great Incarcerator
I'll blow environmentalists away
And I'll be the führer some day
I'll keep cuttin' Public Education
even though we rank 54th in the nation
I've got a plan for all the minorities
Send'em to the California Youth Authorities
From San Francisco Urban Elementary
to Pelican Bay State Penitentiary
There they can work for the master race
and always wear a happy face
Close your eyes, it can't happen here
Big Brother in a squad car's comin' near
Come enjoy the surf and the sun
and keep California number one!

California über alles (4x)
(California über alles) (2x)

Now it's 1992
Knock knock on your front door, yo guess who
It's the suede denim secret police
They've come to your house for your long haired niece
Gonna send her off to a camp
'cause she's been accused of growing hemp
Don't you worry it's only a shower
And now for your clothes here's a pretty flower
Gonna die on malathion gas
The serpent's egg has already been hatched
People starvin' and livin' in the streets
because they tried to mess with me, President Pete!

California über alles (4x)
(California über alles) (2x)

(Dead Kennedys / Jello Biafra / John Greenway, performed by Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy)

Guess it's time for another California Uber Alles song, huh? Moonbeam gets two.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 4, Insightful) 184

He did cause the delay.

That is a grossly disingenuous misdescription of the events which took place. What he did was cause his person to be transported from one place to another within the airport. What the security staff did in response was to overreact. They had to do that because they were supposed to stop him from doing what he did. Instead, they noticed it after it happened, and then they went into full batshit panic overreaction mode. That's a typical reaction for law enforcement across the globe. When caught with your pants down, act like it's someone else's fault.

Comment: Re:Anarchy??? (Score 2) 289

It has not descended, it was born as an Anarchy. Internet is anarchic by design.

The internet != TCP/IP.

TCP/IP was designed to be peer-to-peer, and assumed that you could trust your directly connected peers to behave themselves. There's your anarchy. But the internet depends upon things like IP allocation and name resolution, which are the opposite of anarchic.

Comment: Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (Score 1) 329

by drinkypoo (#48013523) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

However, once this very expensive piece of machinery was in the hands of the consumer, there was no way to solve problems.

You went to a mechanic who took the car apart and figured out how to fix it, perhaps going to a machinist to replicate some parts, and most likely doing any other metalworking themselves. Cars were simple things in the early days. Some of the transmissions were a bit of a mess, but you could buy spares ahead of time for the parts which wore or which were likely to break — with a little foresight.

Comment: Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (Score 1) 329

by drinkypoo (#48013505) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Really, how many mechanics still work on air cooled volkswagens?

There are mechanics everywhere who will work on an air-cooled VW. Probably everywhere in the world that they have cars, more or less. However, shops are another story. You don't need a shop to work on an air-cooled VW. You do, however, have to get connected with whoever actually works on them. Mostly you will want to start at the crustiest auto parts store you can find; in my town that's a Napa, they finally closed the ancient Auto Value — first it became a Napa, then it merged with the Napa and brought their bitchin' parts bins with them with the really old keys, studs, worm screws etc.

So yeah, you're going to have a hard time finding a shop that will work on your VW. Hell, some euro shops don't want to dick with the old Mercedes diesels any more because the guys who knew how to work on them have retired, and they have none of the specialized tools. There are not so many of them, but they are mandatory.

The story is pretty much the same for those cheap Chinese scooters and ATVs. You can't take them to the dealer, since there is no dealer. But anywhere those things are prevalent, there's a bunch of guys who know all about them. They are almost without exception clones of something Japanese, and parts are readily available if you know what to buy. You find someone who knows what they're doing through the local Motorcycle and ATV shop, but probably not at it. They won't want to mess with your POS, in all likelihood, but they'll know who will.

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