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Comment Re:Just a matter of time... (Score 1) 348

With this, its just a matter of time before these "predicted" red light runners are ticketed for their "pre-crime".... We slide further down the slope that Huxley warned us about....

Or you could take off your tin foil hat and realize it could be used as a safety feature in cars. If you are sitting at an intersection, and the system detects a probable red light runner approaching, it could warn you to not enter the intersection too quickly.

Comment Not replaceable (Score 1) 141

I am all for instant replay and using as much tech as possible to determine EXACTLY what happened at the plate and in the field of play.

But I don't believe that the foreseeable future holds any means of calling a balk.

It isn't the usual calls that are the problem. It is the infrequent ones. Balk. Infield-fly rule. Base runner interference. Batter interfering with the catcher's throw. Pitcher doctoring the ball. Batter using too much pine tar.

These little elements are rules just outside of what could be programmed, IMHO.

Comment Re:Putin (Score 1) 195

I would DEFINITELY care if a yeti was wearing a shirt!

That would mean that not only do Yeti exist, but that they potentially have an entire manufacturing/industrial/economic system that we can corrupt and destroy for our own profits!

Guilt free, even!

Comment Re:Thus spoke Ben (Score 1) 553

Using your real identity or having a pseudonym that can easily be linked to your real identity makes people behave in a more cooperative and constructive way because they could be held accountable for their words.

It also means that my employer or potential employer can trace back to some posts I make regarding being an atheist and my disdain for both political parties.

Regardless of how intelligently or politely I may have spoken on these two topics and how little these topics have to do with my ability to perform well at my job, it could provide reasons for that potential employer to not hire me.

I like my being able to speak truthfully and respectfully without fearing retaliation from people that may or may not respect the message I am trying to deliver.

Comment Re:Uhh... (Score 1) 1017

I bet we agree on a lot more than is coming across in this thread. What the biggest problem may be is that neither of us actually saw what happened. You describe her as losing her shit. TFA said that she had an attitude and used profanity.

Without end-to-end footage of the incident, we won't know. If she sternly stated to get the fuck away from her daughter, would you consider that disorderly conduct? I would not.

I bet that our differences might come down to just a couple of octaves...

Comment Re:Uhh... (Score 1) 1017

But alas, you have been out-voted in a democracy.

Exactly when was this voted on? And why do you think this is a democracy?

They have a right to free speech - civil society still has norms that need to be obeyed.

So if someone doesn't follow social norms, you believe they should be arrested?

Presumably, you are talking about the right to free speech versus the power of the TSA to screen passengers using x-rays and/or a more invasive "pat-down". Unlike you, I don't see a conflict. Your free speech rights are only impinged if you think that free speech is equivalent to disorderly conduct.

Actually, I was talking about the right to petition government for redress of grievances without fear of punishment. The TSA is a government agency. It is her right to complain to them without being punished. The free speech aspect of the first ammendment is what would cover her (supposed) use of profanity.

But you really nailed it with the statement about "her right(s)...versus the power of the TSA". This is exactly where we disagree. I will never agree that the power of the TSA should supercede any individual's rights. And you also seem to have a lot more respect for the "disorderly conduct" charge than I do. I tend to view it as a LEO didn't like what you were doing but couldn't find any law being broken so he'll arrest you on a disorderly charge just to get you in the squad car knowing full well that it won't stick.

I appreciate and agree with your statements about the lunacy of the $10,000 fine.

Comment Re:Uhh... (Score 1) 1017

but her behavior sounds pretty inappropriate for an airport.

And I would counter that groping citizens and taking nude pictures of them is inappropriate behavior in an airport.

The difference is that citizens definietly have the Right to yell and scream at governement figures guaranteed in the Constitution, while the TSA is trying to convince you that they have a Right to grope you...

Which Right do you believe is more important to protect?

Comment Re:But has it increased by 25%? (Score 1) 317

The big difference between the gadget/cell phones situation and the Toyota situation is the results of the tests that have been conducted once blame was assigned.

Upon being reviewed by many non-Toyota related entities, the fault was determined to be driver-error instead of the many phantom problems that Toyota was being blamed for (with the exception of the floor mat not being ideal).

Yet, upon reviewing the impact of cell phones and other gadgets on driver awareness, there has beena steady and consistant result that a driver is impaired to a non-trivial degree when using these devices.

Perhaps the rate of accidents has not changed due to vehicles themselves being far safer contraptions that swerve, brake, and accelerate in a safer manner than their predecessors?

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