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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 2) 53

Snowden should also be pardoned.

Note that Manning was NOT pardoned. His (her?) sentence was commuted. So, he/she still has a criminal record, can't exercise his/her full rights as a citizen (RKBA is gone, for instance, in spite of firearms being completely irrelevant to his crime).

A sentence commutation just means he/she gets out of jail sooner. Not at all the same as a pardon.

Comment Re:Well there is a little problem (Score 1) 118

You seem to think the recession started just before Obama took office, I'd argue that it actually started on 9/11. The economy was rough all through GWB's tenure and his polices are part of the reason why the economy sucks to this day. Obama didn't help any, and quite frankly, didn't do anything useful. People are tired of 16 years of crappy economy after Reagan - Clinton's economy (20 years).

Comment Re:Learning (Score 1) 185

I looked at the "drones", and it was a really cheap radio controlled airplane, another is a commercial quadcopter.

Yes, if you give them autonomy then poof! They're drones. That's how it works! I have a really cheap radio airplane-cum-drone right here, it's based on an old school Apprentice, before they included a RX with an integrated flight controller. So I integrated a mini Arduino Mega 2560, and a 9DOF board (I forget which one), and a BMP280 which at the time had the sweet spot for price/performance, now I would use a MS6511 or whatever it is.

And dropping the equivalent of a hand grenade. Like World War One biplanes tossing bomblets over the side by hand.

No! It's the opposite of that! You need to be either within sight or spend a few more bucks on a FPV rig (and the transmitters and cameras have both gotten quite cheap for moderate range now) and you can put it exactly where you want it.

Mortars haven't suddenly become useless or anything. That's not the argument. A drone is simply capable of being a new kind of bomb, in addition to the other things that it can be. With clever communications (cellular?) it can put your explosive exactly where you want it, without exposing the person who's placing it.

Comment Re:Swearing (Score 1) 248

Experiments prove that swearing when in pain reduces the pain.

Google Stephen Fry and Brian Blessed video for a pop-science demonstration of such.

And in such instances, "fake" swear words do not have the same effect, even if you know what they stand for...

So... swear words are magic? I don't buy it. They may have an effect in people who normally think and use them, but that certainly can't be true for those who don't.

Comment Re: UK costs will numerically match those of the U (Score 1) 68

If you really think this change has anything to do with their actual business cost, I have a bridge you may be interested in.

Oh yes, yes I think it does. I think the former pricing had nothing to do with actual business cost, but what the market would bear during the introductory period.

Comment Re:It's still version 1 (Score 2) 86

DirecTV Now does not require Silverlight on IOS. It does not require Silverlight on android. It does not require Silverlight on my Fire TV.

I was an original SlingTV user and I can say the trouble they had early on was worse than what I'm seeing on DirecTV Now. Except for the first 2 days. That was horrible.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 409

So if you only need a non-EV a dozen times per year, have you considered renting for those trips? You can rent a small (but decent) car for about $30 per day. Assuming each of your long trips was for two days, that would run you about $600 per year in rental fees. Whether or not fuel savings the rest of the year would offset that cost depends on many, many factors. Of course, this assumes that you have a car rental location within driving distance for your EV, but unless you're really out in the sticks, you probably do.

on top of which it's extremely expensive for what it is

Perhaps. I find that I really *like* driving an EV. The relatively high acceleration, especially off the line, plus the silence -- and the ability to warm the car up with the garage door closed on a cold morning -- are nice. I enjoy driving an EV more than I enjoy driving a combustion-powered vehicle, which is worth something to me.

I should mention that I own two vehicles. One is an EV (Nissan LEAF) which we use for running around. We live 20 miles from town, but it has enough range to run into town, do some running around, and get home. If we absolutely need it, there's a quick charger in town that we can use to "top up" to get home. 15 minutes there gives us enough charge to get home, but it's rare that we need it. My other vehicle is a full-sized pickup truck (Ford F350) with a big diesel V8. We use that for hauling stuff, towing stuff (boat, tractor (on flatbed trailer), camp trailer, etc.), tooling around in the mountains, etc. We sometimes use the pickup for long trips, but usually if we don't actually need the pickup we rent a small car. It's cheaper than feeding that big diesel (which gets 15-19 mpg).

My LEAF is leased and the lease expires next month. I normally buy vehicles and drive them until they die, but EVs were new enough that I wanted to be able to walk away. I think we're going to go test drive the Chevy Bolt, and if we like it we'll get one of those. We like EVs, but would appreciate just a little more range than the LEAF gets us -- to ensure we never have to stop at that quick charger.

Comment Re:Honesty is not a virtue (Score 1) 248

Just because you tell the truth doesn't mean you are a good person. It just means you aren't too worried about consequences

Of all the things that I would like people not to worry about the consequences of, telling the truth is at the top of the list. Indeed, in casual thought I cannot imagine anything else which should be on the list. We imagine that people withholding the truth from us are doing us a favor only because we have come to depend on being coddled in this way like sensitive children (or one might say special snowflakes) and it is to the detriment of all.

either out of stupidity or because you possess a large amount of power.

Those in power tend to have the most to lose if the truth is widely known, because power over others is amassed by abusing them.

Comment Re:[Corrected post] (Score 1) 248

I reflexively say "Thank you" to the toll-booth person who accepts my toll, but I'm not actually grateful to them. It's just a social convention and reflex to thank people who provide a service to you.

Well, stop it. You're cheapening the value of thanks.

Similarly, I walk around saying "How are you?" to people as I pass them in the hallway or whatever, but it's well-known that most people aren't seriously asking that question in more than a cursory "standard greeting" sense.

It strikes me as normal and productive to be concerned with the well-being of people around you, even if for no other reason than that what is affecting them might also affect you. That is, even if you don't give one tenth of one shit about someone, it is still rational to ask how they are doing.

How many Facebook posts do you see with at least 124 words in them, let alone over 500 words?

Most of them that have enough words to be worth examining. My friends are as apt to post tracts as one-liners.

In other words, you'd have a much better predictor if you knew where roughly somebody was from in the country and what states are around them rather than using these "integrity" ranking scores.

I do not need science to tell me not to trust anyone who lives in Florida.

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