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Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 622

... the plates seemed to be little more than a prop to provide, perhaps, some form of inspiration. In fact, Joseph Smith received his "translation" through a seer stone which he placed in his hat. He used that same stone to search for buried treasure, something it did not find very well.

Not being too familiar with that particular flavor of religion, I can't tell if you're making up silly stuff based on what they believe or if they really think a magic rock was central to the creation of their religious texts. Really, Douglas Adams came up with more reasonable explanations for stuff than this...

Comment Re:Actually great UX for everyone else (Score 1) 259

Because pushing a single dedicated physical button is, surprisingly, much easier than finding / pulling out your phone, opening an app and selecting an item from a list. It provides no interruption to the flow of your activity. When I'm doing heavy cooking, I use a voice recorder (hardware, not app on my phone) to record ideas, tasks and things to put on the shopping list. It makes a huge difference in time and attention compared to taking even a tiny break from my current task. If it queued up user designated items on a list these things would be awesome.

Comment Re:Neat (Score 1) 103

This seems to be something that is to be used for the ranges you would typically walk if you weren't so lazy.

Here in Vegas it's over 100F, and the only thing making me feel better about this is that Houston's got it worse! You are OK to be out in that kind of temperature, but after a vigorous one block walk I guarantee you'll be drenched in sweat and regretting your decision to walk. You know when you open your oven and that hot wave hits you? That's what riding a scooter / motorcycle here is like. Of course, there's always the car with AC blasting option. Don't be so quick to denigrate a potential low cost, environmentally friendly option. Some people's situations are different from yours.

Comment Re:Stuck signal sets (Score 1) 163

Meant no disrespect, was simply trying to provide helpful suggestions from my personal experience. Note that laying the bike down towards the sensor only works if your bike is ferrous, not aluminum or carbon fiber. That being said, there's no fixing a sensor that just doesn't work well. You might want to keep an ear out for an Indiana law like the one where I live, letting scooters / cycles cross against the red legally.

Comment Re:Stuck signal sets (Score 1) 163

First, if you have any ferrous content in your bike (or in your backpack / whatever) lower it down to the sensor. Your CroMo frame held away from the sensor by 700c aluminum wheels can probably trigger it, but not from any distance.
Go over and hit the "walk" button. It can't hurt anything and the switch may even be hooked up!
If you were to dismount, you suddenly become a pedestrian walking a bike. Pedestrians have different rules for negotiating intersections.
Use your common sense and you'll usually be fine.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1197

You could call the police and lodge a complaint...

Where do you live that you have any expectation this would be a constructive course of action? Have you ever called the police for a non-emergency issue? Let's say they immediately show up (hold your breath). If the drone's there what will they do about it? Tase it? Hit it with pepper spray? Verbally order it to stop looking around your back yard? If it's gone, they'll be even LESS effective. Yeah, that hand written incident report will sure stop the drone operator next time. This guy sent a very clear message to the drone operator about weather watching his daughters in his backyard via proxy was OK. He solved the problem quickly, cleanly, and without endangering anyone.

Comment Re: Under what authority? (Score 1) 298

As a member of the public utilizing a public park, he's already GOT a "platform". He's entitled to use it as that's what the word public means. What we're talking about here is the local government actively preventing a member of the public from using a public facility to exercise his free speech rights. Regardless of your opinion of his artistic talents* how can you possibly (I could be wrong) seem to think active censorship by the local government is OK here? Are there other public venues you'd like to see cracked down on or is it just people you don't care for that should be censored?

*"(c)rapper". I see what you did there.

Comment Re:Raising questions about freedom of speech? (Score 1) 298

The Constitution doesn't promise to provide a platform...

Red herring. You are correct but you'll note nobody was asking the government to "provide a platform". The permit was members of the public calling dibs on using a public place for this show. When someone is exercising their right to free speech in a public place and they are unambiguously stopped by armed government representatives for no clear reason, some people would consider this censorship.

Comment Re:Raising questions about freedom of speech? (Score 1) 298

But there is no particular right to teleprescence/teleconferencing or broadcasting

Nitpicking. Ever hear of free speech zones? You're "allowed" to exercise your free speech as many miles away from the venue in question as they feel like putting you. In this case they couldn't move him elsewhere so they forcibly turned him off. It equates to exactly the same thing.

Comment Re:Same likely holds true... (Score 1) 259

advertising is theft.

Properly implemented advertising is what makes the internet "free". As with pretty much anything it can be abused or taken too far, but when you visit a page and read the content, that banner ad / sidebar ad(s) you ignore automatically are probably a large part of how that site stays up. At some point someone had to pay (money or time) to make that site, put it on a server and send those bits over the internet.
Weren't we talking about interstitial app offers though? We seem to have gotten a bit off course.

Comment Re:It was bound to happen. (Score 2) 546

But hey, thanks for telling us the NSA is spying on some bad Americans. And, by the way everybody spies on everybody. Russians on us. We on the Russians. China on us.

"bad Americans". Like all the ones that use electronic communications, you mean those bad Americans?
Does the fact that China and Russia do something unjust make it OK for America to do that thing to its own citizens?
What if it was ruled illegal in federal court. Would that affect your viewpoint?
I'm not sure you've really thought this through...

Comment Re: Not pointless... (Score 1) 461

- Car. In parking lot. Sounds pretty mundane so far. Pretty much they're parked or on the road most of the time.
- Unattended. This is what you do after parking your car. You leave the car unattended.
- Gasoline smell. Near gas powered car in parking lot which may contain other gas powered cars. Occam's razor.
Pressure cooker inside. Are we that far gone we need to fear kitchen cookware? What about a cast iron skillet? Knife set? If your "further action" involves anything more than cooking tips (a pressure cooker is a great cooking tool) then you're jumping at shadows.

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