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Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 141

More that it's just not always an accurate description - I feel like it's possible to be cohabiting, exclusive partners in a reasonably long-term committed way, without necessarily wanting to import all the connotations of mutually agreed permanence that comes from calling yourself married, common-law or otherwise.

Although that being said, it does also sound slightly archaic... the first thought that comes to mind for me as a mental image for someone in a common-law marriage would be Pop and Ma Larkin from The Darling Buds of May, which is a slightly dated TV show based on an even older book, and set in the rural English countryside (which just adds another layer of quaint olde-worldy-ness).

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 328

Foreign languages are infinitely more useful in life than Trig and Calculus, which 99.9% of people will never use (I'm a software architect, and I've never used them). Why don't we put them in place of that instead. But until they stop teaching fake languages like Processing and Scratch instead of Java, Javascript, C# or something actually useful, who really cares? CS is dumbed down so much now as to be completely useless. My daughter dropped her AP CS class in high school not because it was too hard, but because it was too easy and wasn't teaching her anything useful!

Comment Re:Borders. (Score 5, Funny) 128

They're probably using an aircraft carrier and launching cargo planes from the side of the river that has the best tax advantages for that particular flight. I imagine the state of Kentucky has certain tax advantages and the state of Cincinnati has others. The bonus is that they can conduct combat sorties against their many competitors, a necessity in these trying times.

Comment Re:This, A million times this is what the U.S. nee (Score 1) 113

Your dystopic scene is in regards to the content production, whereas the common carrier comment was in reference to the distribution infrastructure.

I don't know why you think that's relevant since my scenario covers distribution infrastructure as well.

However, going back to food, the fact that the government maintains the roads which are used to deliver food has not, personally, been a problem for me.

It has resulted in governments deliberately hamstringing some transportation infrastructure in favor of other transportation infrastructure. Roads in particular are notoriously impaired via tolls, restricted construction, etc in favor of mass transit.

Variety and choice tend to be good things -- but whatever we're doing now isn't working perfectly, as not everyone has access to fast internet.

Not seeing how government will make it more perfect or why it matters that not everyone has access to fast internet.

Comment Re:"Leaked" (Score 4, Insightful) 119

It would be one thing, if we were digging up ancient general purpose robots and having gone nowhere with them over thousands of years, decided that they weren't that exciting. That would be rational. But to declare that they can't be done merely because they haven't been done before is colossal ignorance. Virtually everything we do today, beyond the rudimentary level of basic life processes, is something that at one point hadn't been done before.

Comment Re:This, A million times this is what the U.S. nee (Score 1, Insightful) 113

Common Carrier all fiber, cable, cellular networks, everyone runs over the common carrier, no more fragmentation, no more limitations as all companies pay the same rate to run over the same equipment....

And no more incentive to maintain, improve, or differentiate that infrastructure. It's like arguing that we should consolidate the food production industry so we can have a consistent, efficiently manufactured Soylent food product everywhere in the EU to fulfill your nutritional needs. One size fits all tends to be pretty ugly. I hear they're coming out with Soylent Green in a few months. Yum!

Comment Re:In US, can't be HIRED to do it without license (Score 1) 315

Because meddling is ok when it assuages your insecurities.

I apologize for the accusatory tone. As you say, you're just being devil's advocate here. But so much bad law, regulation, and lawsuits are due to hysteria over stupid people. A stupid person spills coffee on their lap, suddenly we have a need to ban coffee above a certain temperature. A stupid person flies a drone in a dangerous spot and suddenly drone flying is heavily regulated for everyone. A stupid person screws up their home's electrical system in Australia and then there is a protection racket for the local electrician mob.

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