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Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong (Score 3, Informative) 350

Wiki also mentions " Individuals with deficient acetaldehyde dehydrogenase activity are far less likely to become alcoholics, but seem to be at a greater risk of liver damage, alcohol-induced asthma, and contracting cancers of the oro-pharynx and esophagus due to acetaldehyde overexposure."

Comment Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (Score 4, Insightful) 329

Yes, but why was it dying? I'm convinced it's declining health was largely due to no one having the balls to tell George Lucas what parts of his movies were salvageable and which parts were absolutely shit.

Like, anyone working on Episode one. Pod racing specifically. Anyone say "Hey, uh, maybe we cut pod racing down to a few minutes. Or out entirely?" Jar Jar Binks. Anyone mention to George that putting a minstrel in Star Wars was idiotic? No, of course not. He's fucking George Lucas. Nevermind that he had a lot of help making the movies that were decent.

Comment Re:Problem with egos really (Score 4, Interesting) 525

I'm also more likely to trust someone whose bias is out in the open as opposed to someone whose bias isn't. Musk has an obvious interest in selling his cars but made no effort to hide that. Broder on the other hand didn't say "I'm an oil shill and have X interest in trashing electric cars."

Comment Re:Good News / Bad News (Score -1, Flamebait) 841

The bad news is, your car can and will tattle on you.

If Tesla is only keeping tabs on reporters, then it sounds like that's entirely justified. Should they have warned him that he has no privacy while driving the car they loaned him specifically to report to the world about it? I don't know. In this specific case, I'm guessing he simply would have found other ways to tarnish Tesla's reputation. They may have actually, it sounds like John Broder is incredibly stupid.

If Tesla is keeping tabs on consumers, then that's definitely a bigger sin than Broder lying through his teeth. Any proof they do this for everyone? I'd be more likely to believe they only do it if you're driving THEIR car which they loaned you for a test drive for you to report truthfully on. Probably not safe to just assume they respect your privacy more than your cell phone company does though.

Comment Re:Too much concentrated power (Score 1) 149

You're engaging in defeatist hyperbole, possibly as an excuse not to care about politics. Or maybe you're trying to look for someone besides voters to blame.

Consider how few people bother voting in primaries. Or even the general election. When so few people express an opinion in a meaningful way, it's pretty easy for one interested party to dominate. If 51% of the country voted against telecom interests, it would take an armed coup on the part of the telecoms to stop it.

It's okay, good even, to be cynical about politics, but for fucks sake, we still live in a representative democracy. That we aren't using it very well doesn't mean we don't have it, at least not at the moment.

Comment Re:Goodbye Free Internet (Score 1) 74

Did you read the summary or any of TFAs?

Seriously. Unless I'm utterly failing at reading comprehension (considering I'm late for something, I might be) this is exactly the opposite of what you're saying. This sounds like a move to prevent CISPA/SOPA from rising from the grave. The ACLU and EFF are in favor of it and were opposed to CISPA/SOPA.

COnsidering there were reports from "sources" that Obama would enact CISPA, I'm a little hesitant to jump for joy. And again, I was only skimming.

Comment Re:Too much concentrated power (Score 1) 149

I strongly disagree. The two party system isn't the cause. It's the cost of campaigning and apathy on the part of the voters that keep corporations winning. Corporations can buy off any number of parties, like they do in plenty of other countries with more than two parties. Voters could easily vote for candidates who would get tough on white collar crime in both parties. They don't simply because they don't care and they get flooded with commercials for pro-corporate candidates.

Comment Re:Too much concentrated power (Score 2) 149

One wonders when or if we'll reach a tipping point where voters realize that overgrown corporations and overgrown governments both can threaten their rights. Especially when they intertwine. Maybe voters will at that point start actually taking back control of regulatory agencies. Crazier things have happened, and revolutions often happen when no one is expecting them.

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