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Comment Re:There are indeed too much offences (Score 3, Insightful) 163

I was in court the other day waiting to talk to someone and I overheard the prosecutor talking to an old guy.

He was on a few meds and was tired of them getting stolen out of his lunch box so he would take just what he needed that day in a zip lock bag. He got pulled over for something, the cops found the bag and he spent 4 days in jail.

It took his family that long to raise the 10% to give to the bail bondsmen. (Meaning he got nothing back). Plus his car was impounded for 4 days.

The whole experience cost him $2k-3k by my estimation. He came in with with a bag of all of his prescription bottles along with a printout from his pharmacy with every single prescription he filled for the last 8 years.

Prosecutor looked really carefully at all of it. Even called him out because he handed him the wrong bottle (It was from March 2012, not March 2013). Finally got it all sorted.

"Oops, our bad." That's it. Charges dropped. That's it. "Go home, we're done here". No appology. No money back. I'd like to think that this is an isolated incident but I know it's not. Every single other person waiting for the prosecutor was in there for minor possession charges. And everyone was wondering why he was 2 hours behind seeing people.

Comment Re:More regulation = less choices (Score 2) 214

I've spent probably $500 at Amazon in the last few months and I have to pay sales tax (KY). It shows up in 2 days. (And if it ships from the distribution center in town the next day). Excellent return policies. Usually the cheapest price and I can do it from my couch without having to drive to the store.

Comment Re:Specialization - sure. Major - maybe. (Score 1) 220

Exactly. This isn't a major, it's a class at most. I'm a Mechanical engineer and took a few CS classes as electives.I was the only one in my class of CS majors that would unit test. I wrote script upon script to beat my projects to death. Consequently I also managed to get one of the highest grades in the class. This was back in 2003 when "CS" meant "I like computers" but there were numerous people in my class that would turn in half assed work.

Even at work where I use Matlab I try to test every single scenario possible in my scripts. Especially the stuff that I put on Matlab File Exchange, for example: https://github.com/jedediahfrey/matlab_saveppt2/blob/master/Test_SavePPT2.m

Comment Re:Equal rights (Score 4, Insightful) 832

Except in 30 years that kid could likely be taking care of you in a home or driving a bus or even being a Dr taking care of you. Your cat won't.

Nearly every single other country in the world realizes that long term they're better off if kids are taken care of from the beginning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_leave

Comment Re:Google glasses (Score 2) 473

Given Google is in the US, I'm going by US based laws:



It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property.

Photographing private property from within the public domain is legal, with the exception of an area that is generally regarded as private, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or hotel room. In some states, there is no definition of "private," in which case, there is a general expectation of privacy. Should the subjects not attempt to conceal their private affairs, their actions immediately become public to a photographer using an average lens or video camera.

If you are in a city park for what ever reason, I can pop up a camera and video tape you as much as I want.

Comment Re:"traditional set" (Score 2) 128

Because Netflix took the initiative to do stuff like AD and House of Cards. I figure I'd reward them for it.

I'm explicitly not rewarding my cable company for giving me Showtime/HBO along with 9 channels of QVC, a few religious stations and a ton of other crap I don't want. As h4rr4r has pointed out if they come along with something I might.

Plus most of the TV shows I watch are OTA. I just consider Sickbeard an alternative to MythTV and much easier to use.

Comment Re:My answer (Score 1) 525

Not just getting out of but getting into. Getting into Poland, Germany, and Denmark all took maybe 15 minutes. Walked through the line. Looked at me, looked at the passport. Stamped it. Away I went.

In the US you have to fill out the landing card. Then the queue is about 90 minutes long. They asked me where I went. How long I was gone. Why would I ever leave glorious America. Then I got to go through.

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