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Comment: Re:Don't Have to Try Very Hard at All (Score 1) 530

by drinkypoo (#49611597) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Yeah, I suppose saying something blatantly stupid and arbitrary sounds better if you lead with it with a strained air of authority.

Irony, it's not half the comment you wanted it to be, is this the best use of anonymy? I believe in irony.

But, of course, in no way does it "need" to be eradicated,

That depends on your goals. If you want to move forward, yes it does.

Comment: why do we need a walled garden? (Score 2) 13

What's wrong with the plain old internet that we need this? I'm thinking that the notion here is that by making money by limiting access that they can give people free internet. sort of started with the notion of monetizing a walled garden to offer cheaper internet access and it did spread to eventually giving access to the whole internet. But you could also describe indentured servitude in a similar rosie way of giving people opportunities.

Comment: Time for indictments (Score 3, Insightful) 50

"Law-enforcement officials also don't want to reveal information that would give new ammunition to defense lawyers in prosecutions where warrants weren't used, according to officials involved in the discussions."

Find those officials and indict them. Get them to roll on others involved, get them to roll, so on and so forth until you have everyone from prosecutors to judges to field agents to police officers to administrators to politicians; indict the lot of them for a criminal conspiracy to violate the civil rights of thousands - if not millions - of Americans. Indict the manufacturer too and open all of them to civil suits by everyone involved. In fact, just launch one on behalf of everyone affected.

Put a few thousand people in prison, bankrupt manufacturers, towns, cities, police departments, and individuals, and watch this kind of shit stop real quick. Such action would force everyone else to very careful examine how they treat the civil rights of both suspects and regular people who might get caught up in the dragnet. It would demonstrate real and lasting consequences for knowingly violating the legal rights of the people. It would bring us closer to a more just and perfect union.

Or we could just quietly sweep it under the rug and unwind the most untenable abuses while making some fairly innocuous details available to the public in the name of transparency. I'm sure that'll also work.

Comment: Re:No matter what Uber says ... (Score 1) 93

You forgot to add that people who are employed by Uber need to be investigated to make sure they have the added insurance required when you are transporting people for money.

What should happen is insurance companies should use the service then cross-reference the driver with their insurance policy. If they don't have the required insurance, send them a bill.

Same goes for the state department of revenue. Since these people are operating a business they need to claim the money on their tax returns, though they can still deduct expenses just like any other business.

Comment: Re: Time (Score 1) 210

by drinkypoo (#49610581) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Some time in the future, noise and exhaust pipes will no longer be associated with "power", but rather "wastefulness". That is when electrics really will shine.

That's already how most people feel in most of the world. Big loud exhausts are seen as a cry for help, expensive cars as a penis substitute, etc. And now, all the most aggressive American cars have forced induction. Even superchargers mute the engine note, and turbochargers also quiet the exhaust, so this is the beginning of the end of loud. It will still be a thing, but it won't be a thing you can just go buy off the lot, because emissions regulations will kill it by driving people towards more technology instead of more liters.

I know the Hellcat is kind of a conspicuous counterexample, but they won't likely be able to continue to make vehicles like that much longer, so enjoy them while they're here.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 210

by drinkypoo (#49610541) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

There is significantly less room for electrics here, since bikes can already quite easily be very efficient,

It takes an expensive and/or gutless motorcycle driven gently to be efficient, and it's well-known that most motorcycles have atrocious emissions. That's only changed recently... and it's made them very expensive. That's a lot of motivation to keep old bikes around, forestalling the adoption of emissions technologies. Motorcyclists are in general more reluctant to adopt new technologies, which makes sense when you are going to be rushing along over the road protected by some leather or nylon and a plastic brain bucket and with all those technologies stuffed up your ass. You want to be pretty sure they're not going to blow up.

That said, EVs aren't exactly new tech any more, and yes there are a number of contenders these days, put those things together and you get my GP comment.

Comment: Re:Don't mess with Texas (Score 2) 531

by Loki_1929 (#49610489) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Why do people always look to "gun-related" murder stats as though being murdered by a gun is somehow worse than being murdered by other means. The intentional homicide rate in the Netherlands in 2012 (latest easy to find stats) was 0.9. In Vermont, it was 1.3. Higher, yes, but since the numbers we're playing with are single-digits (8 in Vermont in 2012), that's rather skewed. Looking back at recent history, there were years where it was as high at 16 and as low as 6. If you go back into the 1960s, it was as low as 1 or 2, and now we're getting into Iceland territory.

The Netherlands is certainly its own country, but the better comparison to the United States is Europe as a whole. Europe comes in at 3.0 and the US comes in at 4.7. Again, looking at all intentional homicides; not just gun-related (because being murdered by a kitchen knife leaves you just as dead as being murdered by a .22). Higher, yes, but when you look at regions with analogous geographic sizes, populations, and cultural variations, the numbers don't express any ludicrously high differences.

Comment: Re:Oblig. answer (Score 2) 531

by Loki_1929 (#49610423) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Your equivocation is showing.

Nobody shows up to just start opening fire on everyone involved when some art exhibit depicting Jesus in some terrible way is shown (though they may show up to damage the artwork). Piss Christ is just one example. The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals is another. South Park has done plenty of cartoons depicting Jesus in a less than respectful manner as has Family Guy, yet no murders. Leon Ferrari lived to a ripe old age despite his many works of blasphemy that even drew the ire of Pope Francis (Mary in a blender comes to mind). Yet again, some of the artwork was vandalized, but the man himself was never harmed. In fact, the threats he received were for his earlier political work (which drove him to exile). Ants of a Crucifix, Phallus-faced Jesus, Chris Ofili’s “The Holy Virgin Mary"; the list just goes on and on. Protests, lawsuits, condemnations, funding being pulled; these are the reactions from Christians.

But draw cartoons of Mohammed? Guys with guns show up to murder people.

There's a fucking difference.

Comment: Re:misrepresentation of Islam (Score 1) 531

by Loki_1929 (#49610345) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

It may or may not be a sign of "grave disrespect", but so what? Having your beliefs disrespected is part of life, whether you're a Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or atheist.

No it isn't; not if you're one of these fanatical Muslims. If you're one of these fanatical Muslims, then having your beliefs disrespected means you're required by your god to bring divine vengeance down upon all involved. As others have said, this is what makes such persons incompatible with western civilization. Quite frankly, if you want to have any chance at a relatively peaceful western civilization, all those fitting into that group must be exterminated.

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 2) 531

by Loki_1929 (#49610329) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

I think they're all childish idiots. The people attending that meeting, with their provoking "who can draw the best Mohammed cartoon." Come on, your days at high school are a very long time away and you should behave like an adult now.

Regardless of their motives, I'm glad they held this event. Two people who were ready, willing, and able to murder over cartoons being drawn were lured into a death trap. Good. Let them burn in Hell (if such a place/state exists).

The events may be childish, but when it brings out murderous fanatics and gets those fanatics killed before they can kill innocent people, then by all means hold them every day of the week and twice on Sunday. My good friend Darwin has informed me that eventually, we'll run out of murderous fanatics.

Comment: Facebook is G+'s best advertising (Score 1) 43

If Facebook keeps driving people away, maybe one day G+ will be more than an also-ran.

Facebook was making me hate people I thought I knew. G+ makes me hate people I don't know, yes, but it also makes me like people I don't know, so that's still infinitely superior to facebook.

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. -- Richard Bach, "Illusions"