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Comment Re:"Nine hours, eh?" -Gitmo detainee (Score 1) 321

"they use it because it's outside of the US and they can argue that normal laws don't apply."

This was an argument by the Bush administration that was rejected by the Court in Rasul (2004) and Boumediene (2008).

The prison is still in use today because Congress blocked Obama's efforts to close it.

Comment Re:ESPN is the key (Score 1) 304

At this point it's beyond ESPN. You also have Fox, NBC, CBS, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, and sometimes a local sports channel (e.g. Comcast Sportsnet). Then there's the more fringy sports channels: golf, tennis, Fox soccer, Fox college, Big 10, universal.. surely I've missed some. On top of that you have the "season pass" deals that the major sports offer. These have online components but afaik all of them prohibit watching a game that is on TV in your market.

Comment Re:the real problem (Score 1) 418

When talking about driving, and particularly about penalties, one can rarely use the phrase "in the US". It is handled at the state level and varies widely.

As far as suspensions, due to the necessity of a car in most places in the US, DMVs or courts will provide an allowance so you can drive to work, school, etc. Makes for a big loophole, doesn't really get anyone off the road, and the end result is really just more fines (these special allowances have an administrative cost, and then typically you also have to take a class, and/or carry extra insurance, etc.)

Comment Re:cognitive science (Score 1) 418

The other day a guy on the phone started to slowly cross the street a couple hundred feet down the road. With normal behavior he would have made it just fine, no one would even have to slow down. But something in his conversation caused him to slow, and then stop right in my lane. I slowed to a crawl and sounded the horn. His immediate reaction was to resume walking... right into the oncoming traffic lane, without looking, where a car was only ~50' away.

He was completely oblivious to the whole thing. Never even looked up.

Comment Re:Obligitory Reagan quote... (Score 1) 425

G-S had already been repealed in effect by the Fed, it was chipped away at for decades (much of it under Reagan, with Greenspan continuing the work as Fed Chairman) and the final straw was the Travelers-Citi merger being approved. GLB was basically fixing the law after the fact at that point.

IMO the CFMA is much more relevant.

Comment Re:xp still works (Score 1) 520

"The search feature is definitely a boon, but I don't feel it's panacea. If you just want to browse the software on somebody's computer, or if you forgot the name of the program you want to run, the search feature is no help."

No shit. That's what "all programs" is for.

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