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Comment Just be glad that you don't have Windstream (Score 1) 61

As someone who lives in a captive Windstream area, I can tell you that 75 minutes of outage would be GREAT! We regularly have outages that last for over a day!! Of course, here in Conservativia-land, any discussion of using the Gummint to force Windstream to allow competing ISPs to use the existing copper plant won't even get started, despite the suffering that local businesses go through over the outages.

Comment The one true metric should be.... (Score 4, Insightful) 166

....is the per-mile-driven accident rate greater or less with Autopilot (or equivalent) enabled? Basically, it's a "perfect is the enemy of the good" situation whereby some folks seem to want to limit autonomous driving until it is 100% perfect when we all know that humans are far, far less reliable.

Comment Re:Please, it's Frivilous Regulation (Score 1) 242

Well yes and the SCOTUS essentially ruled yesterday that Texas can't impose safety regulations on abortion providers because abortion is 'right' (disagree personally) and the procedure appears to be to safe (which is funny because its about the only medical procedure I am aware that is almost universally fatal). So the states interest in ensuring safety does not offer a reason for regulation and imposes an undue burden. Which is complete horseshit. Texas's rules had ZERO to do with "safety" and EVERYTHING to do with making abortion (a legal medical procedure) much more difficult to obtain. Period. End of story. For someone, though, who posits a "Libertarian" viewpoint, you seem awfully anxious to allow the government to own a woman's body and her sovereign rights to it. Those rights do not disappear because your religious beliefs are otherwise. At least be honest enough to admit that big government, in your view, is BAD *unless* that power is used to satisfy your need for power over other people.

Comment Re:militias and the "individual mandate" (Score 1) 1718

Actually, yes! If you'll take the time to actually read the First Amendment, it says: "Congress shall not..." The Fourteenth Amendment then expanded all of the protections of the Constitution to States as well since they had gotten onto the very bad habit of restricting the Liberties guaranteed by that Constitution in the interest of "States Rights". But, cling bitterly to your beliefs, man.

Comment Re:Slow police response (Score 5, Interesting) 1718

That's just stupid! I'm 62 years old and been in a few situations that were life-threatening and involved guns. Universally, more guns by people in a given situation == more stupid shit! Listen, I'm no pussy Liberal and own 3 guns (Charter Arms 1911-clone; Ruger 10-22 and Ruger Blackhawk .357 magnum, with a 5" barrel) but our country is fucking insane when it comes to guns! Guns have become our new God! Why would I say that? Simple: when you regularly, willingly sacrifice your children and others on a regular basis, you are worshipping your God! If we ever wake up and decide to do something sensible, I'd happily qualify, license or surrender my guns. No problem. Again, I like my guns a lot, but I do NOT love/worship them to the extent that I'm willing to be complicit in the worship of a false God.

Comment Re:Slow police response (Score 1) 1718

After Columbine, theoretically most police departments were trained better in responding to such situations with the "diamond formation" of 4 officers in a, yes, diamond formation who would follow the sounds of gunfire to eliminate the shooter. Obviously, Orlando PD never got the memo. It's always situational, of course, but in this scenario it is unconscionable that the OPD would delay for 3 hours!

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