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Comment Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 702

I live in California. I have to pay when I buy electronics, but not when I dispose of them. Not more than a month ago I junked a stack of old electronics, from some of which I had cannibalized the good bits, and not even bothered with reassembly. Just toss 'em in the marked dumpster. And of course, the old cellphones can be disposed of at your local post office. California will also take my batteries for free, so I save 'em up in mayo jars.

Obviously, someone pays for this stuff, and that someone is partially me. But since I don't have to pay a fee to dispose of it, there's no incentive not to dispose of it properly.

Comment Re:quelle surprise (Score 1) 725

I think that, if you wanted to include democrats in a similar light you'd have to ask them about nuclear power. They tend to completely disregard science when it comes to technologies they fear.

I'm not a democrat, but as an anti-USA-nuclear liberal I also don't disregard science. Instead, I believe that the pro-nuclear lobby is blatantly ignoring human nature. Maybe it's just American nature, I don't know. I simply don't trust my country to safely operate, maintain, and deal with the waste from nuclear reactors. That doesn't mean I think nobody should do nuclear. It means I'm opposed to it here.

Comment Re:What the hell? (Score 5, Insightful) 201

There are at least three separate arguments here. One is whether it's wrong to spy on anyone. The next is whether it's wrong to spy on your own citizens. The third is whether you ever have an excuse to violate the highest law of the land (the constitution, of course) in order to uphold lesser laws.

It's not hypocritical to believe that the answers are no, yes, and no, respectively. It's douchey, but not hypocritical. Hypocritical would be ignoring the fact that every nation with the funding has an espionage program.

Comment Re:The less-energy-for-poor-countries "solution" (Score 1) 385

I'm absolutely sure that you can reduce emissions that way. But at what cost?

What's the cost of not reducing emissions?

Developing countries are going to have to not only choose renewables, but also encourage the rest of us to use them, or we will all suffer. It doesn't matter what the cost is, does it? The cost of not doing it is far higher.

Comment Re:Highway Only to Speed Deployment (Score 1) 142

Fucking hell drinkpoo, get a grip. People who drive for a living generally are better at it,

That might have been true, once. But record numbers of truckers have very little experience. Even if they want to be better at it, they don't yet know how. And frankly, I have seen too much bullshit driving from clearly inattentive truckers to believe your unsupported nonsense.

and driving a truck is harder than driving a car.

So what? Lots of things are harder than other things, that's not an excuse for doing them wrong — especially when the lives of others depend on you doing them right.

The only problems truck drivers have on the road are vehicles other than trucks (99.9% of the time).

Snicker snort. The biggest problem truck drivers have on the road, besides the ones that are just a danger to themselves and others all the time, is lack of sleep. This problem will be entirely eliminated by eliminating the truckers. Truckers get into single-vehicle accidents due to lack of sleep all the damned time.

Comment Re: i don't wanna hear how lazy americans are. (Score 1) 120

It must have been that comment moaning about government interference that had me fooled.

Moaning? You wouldn't know moaning if it were up your ass kicking field goals. I was complaining about the specific nature of this government activity, not issuing a sermon against the concept of government. You should see a doctor about that knee. I think they can offer you some sort of treatment to help you stop jerking it.

Comment Slick, but depends on a good SNES controller (Score 2) 49

There's no shortage of those yet but they're really nice controllers as-is, they have a zillion purposes without being cannibalized. And these days you can buy controller parts for a song, so it would be nice to see the design adapted to use some readily available controller replacement parts instead. It would cost only a few bucks more, even assuming a free SNES controller.

Comment Re:We can thank corporate America (Score 0) 282

The number of jobs is dependent on the number of people willing to take the initiative, find a niche they can fill and start businesses to fill the niche and create jobs.

Less the number of people who are discouraged from creating a job by regulations bought and paid for by big business and/or unions specifically to stifle competition.

I see why you didn't log in.

Comment Re: i don't wanna hear how lazy americans are. (Score 1) 120

Why does the government get the blame for not preventing the processed food industry,

Reading comprehension, you fail it. The government gets the blame for being the processed food industry's whore, and every other industry's as well — but that is outside the scope of this conversation.

You can't both believe in a hands off government,

I don't.

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