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Comment: Re:So you CAN buy a license to speed (Score 2) 322

by zugmeister (#46731801) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?
As a teenager driving a rusted, orange longbed truck with no muffler, I managed to accrue enough points to get my license suspended for six months. Two days before that was up I got pulled over for not using my turn signal, and that time I got a year (and more fines, of course). At no point did anyone suggest there would be any leeway for things like getting to my job or college, and there was in fact not. Maybe I chose the wrong state to grow up in?

Comment: Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (Score 1) 870

by zugmeister (#46580623) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
I've seen trials of this here in Vegas. They had these touchscreen kiosks resembling a video game cabinet, but without the fun, up in front of the order taking counter. I never saw anyone that preferred using one over just talking to a person, myself included.
I spend all day banging on a keyboard, I have NO interest in interacting with one for my lunch!
BTW, I haven't seen one in months.
OTOH, some of the newer soda fountain dispensers have a touchscreen interface that's just great. My theory is that there's a benefit to being able to precisely tailor your drink while there is no benefit (to the customer) in tapping on a screen to order, it's actually more work. Maybe if there was a discount for kiosk users it could catch on, but that would involve passing savings to the customer and we know how that works out.

Comment: Re:Security Theatre (Score 1) 119

by zugmeister (#46558417) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"
LOL! In what way have I "imposed" my ideas on anyone? Near as I can tell, I've expressed my personal opinion that education is preferable to unilaterally imposed ignorance. I do feel strongly about this and if you don't like that, it's not my problem or concern. Your response above is a clear straw man followed by an inaccurate observation of the straw man you created. Seems a bit sorry to me really, so I think I'm done with this thread.

Comment: Re:Security Theatre (Score 1) 119

by zugmeister (#46555189) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"
There are many opinions and many products out there, and very many of them could be classified as unwise to partake of because there is much better to be had. Championing less knowledge for people about to make potentially life altering decisions is a viewpoint that makes no sense to me. Be that as it may, as you say there's a place for just about everyone. I wish only the best for you, your children, and your many grandchildren.

Comment: Re:Security Theatre (Score 0) 119

by zugmeister (#46549135) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"
Do you really think ignorance is preferable to education when it comes to "kids" learning (and they will, one way or another) about sex?
How can we expect young people to make wise choices regarding sex when we hide it from them, depriving them of the information they'll need to make a intelligent, informed decisions when the time comes? For the kids' sake, teach them reality before the world smacks them in the face with it!

Comment: Re:Five percent? (Score 1) 413

Ah, but you're talking about movies. I sincerely want to listen to my Disturbed and later Metallica at a high volume for more than a song or two. Any more than 10 minutes tops and it's like my ears start hurting 'cause the music degenerates into noise. Good phrase I just ran across to describe this is "fatiguing distortion". Put on the old stuff that that doesn't happen.
In the TV world, I think you want to turn on TruVolume, Dynamic volume or Dolby volume. If you have them, these features on your TV will even out the sound in the way you describe.

Comment: Re:Five percent? (Score 1) 413


The Loudness Wars rendered most of this moot. :(

The lack of dynamic range in "remastered" music was the first thing I thought of. Never mind style, 80s music just sounds better. If there was a place to get current FLAC format music that wasn't ruined as demonstrated by the parent above, I'd be happy to pay a bit more for it. Anyone know of such a thing?

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 256

Why have a democracy and Congress and courts if any yokel on the jury can say "Meh, I don't like it" and acquit?

The system is organized so that you are judged by a jury of your peers who are representative of the views / opinions local to your region. While the "yokel" problem you referenced above has in fact occurred, the original idea is that the people will have the final say about weather or not they will suffer an unjust law to be executed.
BTW, it takes a whole jury of yokels to agree to get an acquittal. The most one can do is a hung jury.
P.S. Yes, I know it doesn't always work this way. Judges have been fighting jury nullification for a very long time. That doesn't make them right.

Comment: What more could you ask for? (Score 1) 40

by zugmeister (#46414653) Attached to: US Drops Link Sharing Charges Against Barrett Brown
I know I'm probably gonna get seriously hammered for this, but what more could we ask for?
Do we want them to "take it back" and apologize, with a promise never to do something like that again?
Seriously, the prosecutors bit off way more than they could chew here. Maybe they realized failure would be bad for their careers and success would have huge negative ramifications on the Internet (at least in the US) so they decided the prudent course of action was an advance to the rear...

Comment: Re:Wouldn't work (Score 1) 313

by zugmeister (#46394135) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?
I'd have to disagree with you on that. In schools today I see very little of the critical thinking, planning and design work necessary to solve a complex problem. Even writing a very simple routine in the language of your choice or making a PB&J forces a creative thinking mode on students who are routinely stuck in a cycle of cramming for the next test, testing, then cramming some more. The actual programming will almost always be unneeded, but the process of sketching (flowcharting) or listing (pseudo code) the steps to achieve an objective will be invaluable in the years to come. The experience of being given tools and told to do something without being spoonfed exactly how is just an extra bonus but still quite applicable to the real world whatever they end up doing.

Comment: Re:Value (Score 1) 253

by zugmeister (#46350049) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60
You bring up a good point. There are fairly clearly defined roles players assume in a party, and if someone doesn't know what they're doing it will ruin the experience for the rest of the group. Leveling up your character teaches you exactly how to play that class / type. If you buy your way to the top, you still may have no idea what you're doing when the rest of your party is depending on you to pull your weight.

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