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Comment Re:Troubling? (Score 1) 85

while this is true, it's perfectly legal to issue a subpoena or some other court order to collect evidence of a crime or a plan of future criminal activity.

That court order is called a "warrant". Subpoenas are also issued by the court or its officers, but only in conjunction with a pending court case. The main point is that the court issues both of those documents, not an executive agency under its own authority. Also, note that the Fourth Amendment covers "persons, houses, papers, and effects", not just "homes or property".

now go back to elementary school and maybe post those stupid meme's of the founders' quotes that are taken out of context

Probably not a good idea to impugn the education of another while conflating plurals and possessives in the same sentence. Yeah, I'm being a grammar Nazi on purpose, but that's just because you could have made your point in a civil manner.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 173

When you had to wait forever just to see if your thing would even compile, you spent a lot more time ensuring its correctness.

It used to be even worse - when you spent several hours writing a mainframe routine and coding it to punch cards, without knowing whether it would even compile until the next morning after the batch run, you took extra care to make sure you wouldn't have to waste another day because of something stupid.

Comment Re:jobs (Score 1) 173

Who is going to hire someone out of prison with a record as a programmer. It is tough to get hired as a gardener with a record

I have a good friend that makes quite a comfortable living as a senior dev, in spite of being a convicted felon. He got into a bar fight and put a guy into the hospital about 10 years ago, but he's actually quite pleasant to work with and writes solid code. He says it's never been a problem, as he's up-front about it and doesn't try to hide it, along with having a great work record.

Getting a job as a felon with no real work experience is going to be a different story, though.

Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 3, Insightful) 246

Speaking under your real name is not always good for one's career, or relations with one's family.

Or for your personal safety or liberty, if you happen to be critical of the mayor or other official with some degree of power. It takes just a phone call to the local chief of police to make your life a mess.

Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 481

Mine tend to last under 20k miles, and I seem to need new discs every 30-40k.

Yikes. I replaced one of the rotors on the truck when I did the brakes, but that was mostly because it was faster and more convenient for me to replace the rotor than to take it someplace and have it resurfaced. The other three were fine.

What kind of pads do you have? My truck came with semi-metallics and I replaced them with the same, but a lot of cars come with cheap organic pads that don't last very long.

Comment Re:I've never found it quick or easy to buy any ca (Score 1) 481

It took me nearly screaming at him to tear everything up before he would give in inch. Still pissed at myself for giving in to the "mandatory" processing fee and agreeing to 19.2K.

No need to scream. Just say, "the agreement was 19K out the door. Not a penny more.", and walk the moment they refuse to honor that. For bonus points (and because I'm a horrible human being), tell the closer that it makes you smile thinking about him explaining to the sales manager how he let you get away that late in the deal.

Comment Re:Someday electric cars may be the norm (Score 1) 481

The one thing limiting the transition to plug in electric cars is the infrastructure of charging stations or battery exchange locations allowing long distance travel.

And charging time. Unless you've got a Tesla, you're going to be waiting a few hours to recharge your car. Even if you *do* have a Tesla, it's still far longer to charge than it is to fill up a gas tank.

Comment Re:Better Question (Score 1) 481

These companies don't publish sales numbers but I'm willing to bet he's taken at least 1/4 of their business by how quickly they are trying to respond to a market they all said was pointless two years ago

Yes, the companies do publish sales numbers. You just have to know where to look.

According to Elon Musk, Tesla sold a little over 33,000 cars by the end of Q3 this year. Cadillac sells more than that in less than two months. Lexus and Mercedes are at 249,956 and 249,890 respectively for the year through Q3.

1/4 of their business? Hardly.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz