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Comment Re:There are two warnings in the app about this. (Score 1) 174

Personally, I think the app should be fully disabled while moving fast passenger or not.

Would you kindly submit a list of which apps should be disabled and which apps should be allowed to function while moving at a certain speed? Do you believe that behavior should be forced by the app or the OS? Who makes these decisions? Should it vary by jurisdiction? What about in a taxi cab, on a train or a bus? Should we have a different standard or even law for all these scenarios? Or we could, you know, have a trial and determine if the driver was criminally negligent regardless of what activity he/she was engaged in?

Comment Re:They apparently need to add another pop up (Score 4, Interesting) 174

I disagree entirely. Ingress is much BETTER than Pokemon Go in this respect. In Ingress, things don't move or disappear. If you see something on your scanner, you can pull off the road, park, deal with it, etc. If you miss it you can turn around and drive back and it will still be there. Pokemon, on the other hand, appear and disappear in completely random places with no predictability. This leads to much more sudden actions by the player and pressure to respond. This makes it much MORE dangerous, IMHO.

Comment Re:breach (Score 1) 97

You know, these sorts of men (and they are always men) are young nerdy men who have been totally fucked over by society. With every breath, with every word, including your comment, society rejects them harshly. And they know it. Boy, do they get the message loud and clear. It's blatantly clear that they are worthless and might as well commit suicide.

Ya think that might have something to do with the way they turned out? If society hates you, you might as well hate back, right? I mean, it's the argument you're using and you're taking the moral high ground.

Read your comment again and tell me about sociopathy?

Wait, what??? If only "young nerdy men" had some sort of positive role models... examples of success by other young nerdy men in society... If only "nerd" could carry a more positive connotation than it has in the past... Are we back in the 90's?

Comment So don't work for them? (Score 1) 218

I'm continually confused why these people work for Uber and then complain about what its like to work for Uber.... So, don't work there? If Uber is misleading people in the terms of the relationship or contract, that is something to sue over. But if Uber clearly lays out the offer for for someone to drive, and they accept, then that's a valid contract. What Uber drivers are struggling with, really, is that the barrier to entry for a new Uber driver is low. Thus Uber has a large supply of potential drivers. Thus Uber doesn't have to be very generous in its terms to the drivers. Low-skill labor gets low reward, this is not new.

Comment Re:Fine Tuning (Score 1) 158

Something is fundamentally wrong with modern capitalism if selling to only one vendor, instead of all vendors, is more profitable.

Suppose you can sell content X to distributors A, B and C. If that alone were all, then yes, selling A+B+C would be better than selling to only A.

However, if distributor A is willing to also buy "exclusivity rights" for a sum greater than the money from B+C....

Comment Re:Should we really be surprised this is legal? (Score 2) 86

I agree -- less than 20 times in 9 years is hardly "proliferation".

It sounds even better if you say it was only 20 times since 1997. That's only 20 times in 18 years and just as true a statement! I'm more interested in the trend year-over-year. Is it increasing, at what rate and why?

Comment Re:How can there be? (Score 1) 622

Humans have only a finite stomach volume. ISPs likewise are founded upon the assumption that if you promise unlimited data, most people can only sit through so many youtube videos in a month.

Not at all the same, but you reminded me of something from my youth. I remember when I saw the first AOL CD come in the mail that offered 800 free hours in the first month. That was amusing.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312

They aren't carefully crafted or cherry picked. They are straight out of a public database that has been collecting standardized info for 40 years. And then corroborated by multiple other sources. It isn't about what should or shouldn't be legal, it is about a common misconception (urban myth) being actually looked at with data.

Comment Re:Investigating if laws were broken (Score 1) 312

Mens rea is a component fact of guilt. There are different kinds of mens rea. The law or statue will usually define it. Some laws might require a mens rea of willful, that is you knew or at least expected a certain result form your actions and they it was criminal. Others might simply be 'negligent' like vehicular manslaughter, you reasonably could have known or reasonably should have know driving at excessive speed might result in the injury of others. There are other possible mens rea types as well.

My point is that even with a mens rea component a law can written that still more or less outlaws acting foolishly and the 'reasonably could have known' element covers simple ignorance of the law.

Can we insist that the Youtuber "should have known" that his video would go viral, that such response would encourage copycats and that such moronic copycats would take less safety precautions and thus hold him liable for the outcomes of those future incidents? Am I stretching it too far? ;)

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312

Yes, because disarming law-abiding citizens is a well known and effective tactic to prevent street gangs and Mexican drug cartels who transport whatever they wish across the border from obtaining, possessing, and using guns against those same law-abiding citizens.

Bravo, Sir!

You have single-handedly solved all gun crime!

You win an internets!


I could refer you to this study as an example of the myth of the gun defense argument. Note that the article/study aren't advocating for gun control, just for a better understanding of the real data.

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