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Comment Re:Yes, net neutrality is dead (Score 1) 191

I blame Hillary and the democrats. Hillary for being such a shitty candidate that she couldn't beat someone who may have been an even shittier candidate but it was close on the level of shit. I blame the democrats for selecting a shitty candidate. The fact that it was close in Minnesota and the state was one of the last to be called is a testament to how shitty she was given that MN hasn't gone for the republican since 1972.

The republicans made it very clear they were done with the usual cast of characters that sit on their hands and piss and moan about not being able to do anything and then from their voter's point of view cave. Granted there were better candidates for the republican nomination but the republican voters are likely getting exactly what they thought in this case. If you want to blame those who voted libertarian well that is just further proof of how shitty Hillary was because a party that typically takes votes from republicans caused her loss.

Comment Re:NO (Score 1) 152

If government wants the data, they must obtain a true warrant and I will decrypt it for them.

Even then it seems that you can tell them to go piss up a rope. They can confiscate the device/storage with the warrant but you don't have to give them the password. They then can try to crack it before the heat death of the universe.

Comment Re:Ban Encryption (Score 1) 152

On the other side of things I have been pretty critical of the government especially the various law enforcement and security agencies. If more people call them out as well as their elected representatives we might actually change things. It isn't like I have called my soon to be former congressman either mentally retarded or willfully ignorant when he call me to assure me that the USA FREEDOM act wouldn't do what the fucking law says it was going to do. I have long been a thorn in their side and as someone who likely does enjoy some "white privilege" being a white male with a clean background good education and good job I am willing to use that privilege to fight to keep rights for everyone.

Comment Re:It helps the economy too (Score 1) 351

There are very few 20+ year old vehicles on the road, and even then in 1996 E-10 was common and vehicles were designed to run on it. Going back further having driven a number of really crappy American vehicles from the 80s even those ran fine on E-10, the oldest of which were made in '85. So given that at this point those vehicles which when I had them ran just fine on E-10 would now be 31 years old it isn't an issue. The few vehicles I see from the mid 80s now tend to not be beaters but instead are collector vehicles and are well kept despite being poorly made ugly fucking boxes on tires. Going back farther to the 70s and earlier now you are clearly in the collector car realm. That said from time to time you do find a running older vehicle from the early 80s and 70s for cheap but they don't run well. Much like a buddy who bought a '67 rambler for $250 in like 02 or 03 that burned oil, had bad springs, and had a bad PCV system so moisture would build up in the crank case, lots of rust and dents, and the interior what pretty shot. It ran but not well. He drove it for 9 months regularly until the engine wore out so much it could barely move under its own power and even then he sold it for $500.

Comment Re:Love the 10th, but right in the title of the bi (Score 1) 154

but as you mentioned they have no standing to regulate INTRAstate commerce

How I wish that were true. Unfortunately the courts have long held the belief that the interstate commerce clause means that the federal government can not only regulate interstate commerce but also things that have an effect on interstate commerce. Because of this the feds can regulate all commerce such as raising food for my own consumption on my own land that never enters the commercial market.

Comment Re:It helps the economy too (Score 1) 351

Unless you have a collector vehicle running on E-10 isn't an issue. If you do have a collector car you probably know where you can get some non-oxy fuel or you should. The biggest problem with E-10 is in small engines marine engines that see little use where the fuel can absorb moisture out of the atmosphere and if too much is absorbed then the ethanol+water mix separates from the gasoline. Here again you should be running some non-oxy fuel anyway and . I haven't had a problem with any of my equipment that is fuel related ever, wear and age yes but never fuel.

Comment Re:UCC (Score 1) 333

I would as well as there really is a lot of cheap crap out there that looks well made even if it isn't but there are still some companies that aren't making crap. My general rule of thumb is to now only buy tools new from a store that will handle the return right there on the spot. If it requires mailing in some busted tool I won't trust it but if the store will take it and give me a new one I will likely buy it. As Ace now carries Craftsman and Stanley tools and will do the lifetime replacement in store I buy most from them now. I do however like Estwing and Vaughan striking tools, and my Hobart wire feed welder (basically Miller's consumer line) you would have to pry out of my cold dead hands.

Comment Re:UCC (Score 1) 333

My tools have all been new when I got them and I don't have an impact driver so I know it isn't that. The Snap-On and MAC sockets that I have broken were all impact sockets (when I worked at U-Haul) so it isn't like they were the regular ones. It seems a lot of the cheap tools were likely cast instead of forged, or cooled and hardened improperly either way the difference in the grain structure was dramatic when looking at the broken cross section. Like I said the cheap ones had grains larger than what I have seen when I have broken up brake drums and rotors.

I actually always wear safety glasses since getting some nice prescription glasses that are also safety glasses isn't too difficult and since I need safety glasses so often it just simplifies things.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

In "flyover" country not having any broadband/access to fast internet news seems almost a foreign concept. If you're limited to local news and local concepts that is bound to shape your opinion differently to someone who has the internet at your fingertips.

I actually know someone who was involved in bringing high speed internet to their little town several years ago. They were the city manager for a small town in southwest MN that wanted to actually get connected and have some amenities that everyone takes for granted. They managed to get municipal broadband put in and something like municipal cable. Up at my lake property there aren't any utilities to the property and there isn't cell coverage there. The neighbors up there have solar and some small windmills for their power with a battery backup, a well for water, and heat with wood primarily and LP as a supplement and for cooking. Eventually I will put up a small cabin and due to remoteness solar + wind + batteries is economically viable now even without rebates.

Comment Re:UCC (Score 1) 333

You should always assume every tool will break and protect yourself accordingly.

I do assume that but the failure mode of cheap tools is very different from good ones. For example good sockets will just snap and have a big crack in them, I've had this happen hundreds of times from everything from Craftsman up to nice Snap-On and MAC tools, as something will break when you put an 8' steel pipe on the end of a breaker bar. Now with shitty sockets (or shitty tools in general) they will instead shatter. What is interesting is looking at the broken part the good tools had nice tiny grains, the cheap ones that shattered had grains larger than what I have see on brake disks and rotors.

Comment Re:Yes, we do need regulation (Score 1) 333

and business's "liberty" to just put sawdust on the shelf and call it food

They do that already. Just look for the word cellulose in any form on food labeling. It could be worse, they could be deliberately mixing bugs into food. Well shit, at least it isn't as bad as haggis sounds.

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