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Comment Re:Rule of thumb (Score 1) 264

This article is about a proposed drone operation law in California. The law is poorly written, but the author of the article has, what I think, is a good compromise. He suggests that drones should be able to operate at between 350 and 500 feet over private property. Anything below 350 feet, without authorization, is fair game for the shotgun crowd. The graphic depicting this is at the bottom of the article.


Comment Re:maaaan (Score 0) 382

Again, not true... Her email server and use of personal email was legal. It definitely was not in the spirit of the law, but it didn't violate it. I'm not saying that was she did was right as there is no way for a society to hold government officials responsible for their actions if they are deliberately hiding information or destroying records.

"Federal law allows government officials to use personal email so long as relevant documents are preserved for history."

"The law was amended in late 2014 to require that personal emails be transferred to government servers within 20 days. But that was after Clinton left office."


Comment Re:My Samsung TV has this setting (Score 1) 86

The setting on my Samsung TV is called "Motion Lighting". It dims the screen when the image is perfectly still for more than a few seconds. It was, of course, one of the first things I disabled since it's absolute bullshit for normal use; it doesn't kick in for 99% of content, and when it does it's extremely disruptive, there's no reason static images should suddenly dim out of nowhere. I Googled it at that time (three months ago) and it seemed to be common knowledge that it was added to circumvent energy efficiency tests.

The one use for this would be if you hit pause and stepped away from the TV. However, I would think that the timer should be configurable with a default of 10 or 15 minutes. Anything shorter and anything that can't be changed, as pointed out, is useless....

Comment Re:maaaan (Score 2, Insightful) 382

Over 1000 documents had classified information at the time they were sent.
I believe 12 were so highly classified they couldn't even release redacted copies of the emails.
The agent investigating, with Top Secret clearance, had to get additional clearance even to view some of the emails.
Clinton used the same classification markings (that she said she didn't know what they were) in memos from State Department that she wrote and WikiLeaks has with her SIGNATURE on them.
There is an email from her asking to have markings removed and sent unsecured.

Yea, lets not let facts get in the way.

Not true... The actual facts are that over 1000 documents were RETROACTIVELY marked as classified by the State Department. They were not marked classified at the time. The agent investigating this issue had to get top secret clearance because of the retroactive classification.


Comment Re:maaaan (Score 0) 382

The guy worked for an MSP ( Platte River Networks ), he wasn't even a private contractor. What this does show is that Hillary Clinton cares even less about national security then anyone previously thought. At least a direct hire would have shown some foresight toward limiting the number of jokers with access to these documents. But no, what does this retard do? She outsources it to a bunch of garage sale technicians working at a glorified call center.

Except that only a few documents were found to be marked classified. And even those were not necessarily marked properly or true classified communications (see link below). By all accounts she used the secure computers at the state department to discuss classified information and the private one for day to day crap. Seems to me that she took the necessary precautions to ensure that classified materials were not sent via her private email server. Of course, lets not let facts interfere with a good story or politics....


Comment Re:In the End (Score 1) 84

Even the lawyers didn't win much off of this one. Three million dollars for six years worth of work? Split between how many people?

Six years of constant salary, fees, etc. and then a bonus at the end... Or do you believe in the Hollywood version where lawyers work on contingency just for the payout at the end?

Comment Re:Only its "Prime" customers come first... (Score 0) 110

My own data points as a non-prime customer...
- Not that long ago items purchased using "free shipping" arrived at my door 2-4 days after order; now its 2 weeks.
- Free shipping orders seem to sit in a queue for up to 10 calendar days before being shipped now.
- I've seen items in shopping cart suddenly get flagged as 'we're sorry, this product is now only available for Prime customers' and moved to the second cart.
- With paid 2-day shipping, my items hang around 2-4 days before being shipped.

For me, this all happened RIGHT as I was about to finally purchase Prime. Since I noticed this, I will never purchase Prime. And I've started shopping around for all my large purchases again, which are now made mostly elsewhere.

Weird.... I'm a long time Amazon Prime subscriber and I always get my items by the designated date when I order. The only time that I see any delay is over the weekend but the shipping dates reflect this as well. I live near Boston, so perhaps the service isn't as good in other areas of the country.

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 3, Interesting) 205

Its always amused me, RWNJ the denialist nuke fans have this amazing cognitive dissonance, where they claim climate scientists are corrupt, and make up climate change data, then believe the paid nuke industry shills who try to tell us nuke is safe., I would believe an independant academic any day over an industry employee.

No form of energy that can sustain our current daily energy needs is safe. Coal, oil, natural gas all come with a price. In fact, over a long period, all of these kill more people each year than nuclear. And that's based mostly on 1970s reactor technology (due to the hurdles in building new ones).

The argument that Nuclear is completely unsafe when looking at the plants in operation today is kind of like arguing that cars are horribly unsafe because the study only looked at vehicles in Cuba (i.e. mostly all from the 50's). Much like car design, Nuclear reactor design has advanced. For example, molten salt reactors can be designed to eliminate the possibility of a meltdown, even in the conditions that happened in Japan.

Comment Re:Show a fucking spine, congress (Score 2) 99

The Supreme Court has ruled that Congress' subpoena powers are covered by the speech and debate clause of the constitution, making their subpoenas immune from judicial challenge -- "for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place".

This means that under the broad umbrella of congressional speech (which includes issuing subpoenas) they have nearly complete legal immunity, including from judicial intervention.

If Congress were more willing to use the force of constitutional law at their disposal, we might have fewer dipshit bureaucrats acting like they were above the law. You fuck around in a Federal courtroom, and I guarantee you the judge will jail you for contempt so fast it'll make your head swim. Yet Federal officials seem to get away with flipping congress the finger, suppressing documents and dissembling under oath to Congress. Why?

Because, at the very heart of it, members of Congress have a highly tuned sense of self-preservation and are smart enough to understand that they might be on the other side of the gavel one day. At least this way they know that they can delay and obfuscate long enough to get away with things.

Comment Re:A real comparison? (Score 1) 286

You know why I want an electric car? It's all about time.

- I can drive on the HOV lane and reduce my commute time by half.
- Maintenance required is dramatically reduced (i.e. no oil changes.)
- No more weekly trip to the gas station (I couldn't care less about the $30 it costs to fill my tank; I make that much money in a very short amount of time.)

Still, a tesla model S is beyond my price range, and I'm presently saving the cash to buy a house during the next financial and real-estate collapse (which I'm predicting is going to hit sometime in the range of late 2017 and early 2018) so I'm not going to dispose of it on a car.

Oil changes for modern cars only need to be done every 10,000 miles, that's 15 to 20 minutes twice a year for most people. So, you're saving maybe 60 minutes a year (including commute time to the garage).

Comment Re:Biggest effect will be on nearby Best Buys (Score 5, Insightful) 167

Sometimes. And then I have to find a salesman, show them the price, argue them into it (as they try to claim they only price match brick and mortar), and deal with their hard sales and trying to talk me into buying a warranty. I'd rather just buy it on Amazon and not deal with their salesmen. Unless I absolutely want it today I'm not even going to ask them to match.

In regards to Best Buy, I've had no problem price matching to major online stores (i.e. Amazon, Newegg, etc.) and I've had no problems with someone trying to talk me into a warranty (They ask at the register if I want the warranty, I say No, they complete my transaction). Of course, when I buy from Best Buy, I usually buy it online from BestBuy.com for pickup and then just go and pick it up. Why spend time in the store "browsing" if you don't have to?

The one reason why I still buy some electronics from the Best Buy retail store is for returns. It's a lot easier to return a 65" TV or an A/V AMP to a retail outlet than it is to ship it back to Amazon, etc. Yes, the online outlets have services that do pickup/delivery but I prefer to deal with retail outlet for these items.

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 2) 629

But it's happened like four or five times now. If it were just a one-time event I could blame it on dust but not four or five times. Also the stool, and the head-bob seizure things that look an awful lot like TIAs. I don't see how one can look at all of that and say "nope nope nope, nothing to see here, picture of health!" She's clearly got problems.


So, the coughing has happened 4 or 5 times over 5 to 6 months of speeches and constant video coverage. Yep, that's a lot all right... As for the "head bob", it was nothing more than her shaking her head in disbelief or humor. It only looks awkward because of the camera angle.

But hey, the facts just don't fit the conspiracy theory, so lets just ignore them....

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