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Comment Re:What if... (Score 1) 202

The idea on the part of the Car Dealer Associations is to "starve" Tesla of potential sales and eventually force them to the bargaining table with the auto dealers and start franchising their brand.

What I'm seeing so far is Tesla losing the war. There's too much entrenchment of the auto sales industry for any real change to take place, much like Uber and Lyft attempted to change the Taxi industry.

Tesla wants to portray themselves as the "Apple Inc." of the automotive industry, and they're certainly making a big effort on that, but at this point, no one should keep their hopes up of letting car manufacturers selling their cars directly to consumers, especially with a conservative government installed for likely the next decade.

(Plus, I actually *like* the idea of being able to bargain for a car for way less than MSRP. I can't do that with Tesla, so I don't buy their cars...)

Comment Re: -_- ONLY USE FIREFOX 45.0 OR OLDER -_- (Score 1) 141

Why 44.0.2? Because at 45.0 Mozilla was already pressured by the US government and they removed the ability to spoof time/time zone.

Can you tell me why I should do this? Couldn't a state-sponsored entity (that you might swear up-and-down is tracking you because who knows why) use a security bug/loophole to track you anyway regardless of turning off all communication settings with Mozilla servers?

Yes, I'm serious.

Comment Re:Not just a bathroom law (Score 1) 1095

Attempting to take another argument's words literally when their intent is obviously quite different is a rather poor way to create a counterpoint. But, I respect your opinion regardless.

Of course there is (generally) no physical contact between the sexes in a public restroom. Duh.

For your words of, "It does no such thing," I point you in the direction of what seems to be a majority of Americans leaning towards the "right" in this country as of January 2015. I'm pretty sure the data has become more extreme in variance with the decline of moderates in both parties. (http://www.gallup.com/poll/180452/liberals-record-trail-conservatives.aspx) These people believe that there is significant harm done to societal structures that may have been in place for decades, if not centuries. This same train of thought is not only shared by ~38% (+ right-leaning moderates) of American society, but for other societies around the world, including the Islamic ones you mention.

At this point, our opinions can be considered "subjective" and can be either confirmed or denied by people with the same or opposing ideological beliefs and philosophies. We have reached the point where there is "no one right answer" to this subject.

We could continue to debate over this but we would not reach any closer to the truth, whether or not this North Carolina law is upheld or struck down in court. It will not resolve public discourse.

One more thing, I see you calling Muslim societies "malignant"... I would *love* to dip into the subject of the "Intolerance of Intolerance" found thriving in the left wing of American politics, but that is a topic for another time... I find your words for their society to be quite... intolerant.

What a great irony, if I may say so for myself!

Comment Re:Not just a bathroom law (Score 1) 1095

I may or may not be addressing all your points in your statement, but here is what I think from what I've read of your opinion.

Your argument centers around the faulty idea of essentially "If it doesn't cause others physical harm, then it is okay and shouldn't be regulated." And the idea that, "There is no survival or evolutionary advantage..." to having laws or societies forbidding contact between the sexes while taking a shit or piss.

It causes harm to societal order. That in itself is cause for regulation and is a much higher priority in most people's minds than you may believe.

This is not the point of these kinds of legislation like that of North Carolina and more recently Mississippi. These laws are not designed to give separated bathrooms any sort of survival or evolutionary advantage. The point is to ensure a current societal order and that *the majority* are comfortable in these restrooms and preventing harassment between the sexes while sexual genitalia are exposed to perform these functions.

The issue the law is addressing is preventing abuse for a biologically female person entering into a male restroom being subject to harassment or worse and vice versa with a biological male attempting to enter a female restroom.

Whether the American political left wishes to like it or not, the LGBT are still a *small* but very vocal minority in the world overall. In a Democratic Republic, such as the one in the USA, the majority rules, not the minority. It happens every election cycle. And as of right now, there are more people wanting to vote in a politically right-sided candidate vs. one of the left.

The Left's ideals are not morally perfect, neither are the Right's. A lot of people don't like to think they're wrong, but in this case, the Right has a point in keeping this law, even though the Left seems to be arguing a "slippery slope" fallacy whereas somehow all LGBT rights disappear if this law is upheld in a Federal Appeals court or Supreme Court.

For half this country, America symbolizes liberty. For another half, this country symbolizes equality. The two philosophies used to coexist, but recently it seems that is no longer the case.

Comment Re:Not just a bathroom law (Score 1) 1095

I agree with you here... I feel our society in USA has become lost and without guidance. We don't know what's "right and wrong".

Some of those prejudices are indeed rational. But, in a fury of attempting to take a moral high ground by saying all forms of discrimination are wrong, we are messing up an order our society had.

Only chaos will ensue, not greater happiness.

Comment Re: Not just a bathroom law (Score 1) 1095

I do not trust the APA anymore in regards to LGBT and its stances on mental illness in this subject matter. They are just as political as the rest of us. They place politics over medical evidence or attempt to form that evidence to fit their narrative and stay as middle-of-the-road as possible.

Confirmation bias abound...


http://www.newyorker.com/scien... (opinion article, but still relevant)

https://www.lifesitenews.com/n... (article from former APA President, although this news source is rather right-leaning)

https://drhurd.com/2012/03/29/... (Another opinion article discussing this issue)


Comment More at play? (Score 1) 27

From what I'm reading on their web post about the issue, it seems like there might be *ulterior motives* to PayPal blocking Neo900 from getting their funds to run business as usual.

Probably because the tech inside the phone (modem separated from CPU and cannot be remotely activated whatsoever) poses a real danger to surveillance efforts from the US government, at least.

This is, of course, all speculation with a dash of paranoia. Maybe it is just some technicality that will be resolved in short order.

Comment What happens if USA does the same? (Score 1) 268

I'm *really* curious to know what would happen if China or some other country where we get most of our semiconductors from, for some unknown reason, cuts off production and exports to USA and we were left to fend for ourselves in terms of manufacturing computer hardware and other technology items...

Could US companies feel compelled enough to restart manufacturing back here on US soil and swallow lost profit margins?

Comment Unenforceable? (Score 2) 110

The impression I get from some of these smartphone quadcopter "pilots" that any and all of these rules are believed to be largely unenforceable in most areas of the country except for extremely dense public spaces... maybe.

Airports shouldn't be a problem for enforcing these rules, but in other places... I don't think they will fare well.

Admittedly, it would be pretty difficult without the right tech and a good set of eyes on the skies all the time in the city, countryside, and every other place around the country. Many people can probably get away with breaking these rules frequently without much, if any, consequence.

Comment "I don't want to set the world on fire..." (Score 2) 224

The video game franchise "Fallout" is all I'm thinking when seeing news like this. In the Fallout universe, nuclear war breaks out in the year 2077 between USA and China (in this universe, the USSR still exists and is an ally to China) as the Earth's non-renewable resources like fossil fuels run out.

In our world, it just seems to be purely over who controls the World Order: the East or the West? I'm sure there are many factors I'm unaware of right now, but this buildup of military forces in the Pacific has me concerned for the future.

For more info on what I'm referring to, here's the Fallout Wiki's article on the "Great War" aka WWIII.

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