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Comment Re:"Activist" judges? (Score 1) 438

Same old story. Compelling interest and interstate commerce are the two biggest bullshit phrases ever to grace a court room. You know why they can set up a temporary checkpoint stopping vehicles for no reason and demand to see all the Driver's licenses and insurance for everyone driving a car through there? Compelling interest. DUI checkpoints forcing everyone to stop whether there is reason to suspect drinking or not, compelling interest, immigration checkpoint 75 miles inside the border, compelling interest, patriot act, compelling interest. Want to lock some US citizens in camps because of their ethnic background, compelling interest.

Comment Re:Overblown (Score 1) 256

No, it is not overblown. Stop for a moment and think about the bigger picture. What happens when everything is automated? Where will you work? How will you pay your mortgage? Do you think that engineering cannot be automated? In time, it will be. Are you a manager? Do you think all those managers will be needed when there are workers? It does not take a crystal ball to see that this is the path we are on.

Right, so we should have never automated anything because it would have never lead to more interesting fields of work that improved productivity and lead to higher qualities of life. If we listened to your logic we would still be pulling seeds out of cotton by hand. Efficiency means we get to spend more effort on things that go beyond our needs and improve our leisure time, which the automation will give us more of. The fact is that we have no idea what is next in terms of technology and what fields will open up 100 years from now so it isn't really justified to say that it will eventually be automated away. On the other hand, if we did get to the point where everything was automated to the point where everyone was supplied what they want or need without anyone having to work, then I'd celebrate and take the rest of my life off enjoying all the free stuff.

Comment Re:Constitutional Rights (Score 1) 367

The Supreme Court has said a number of times that "The government has a compelling interest in stopping XYZ behavior that outweighs the minor inconvenience/invasion of privacy experienced by the citizen." See Terry stops, "safety" checkpoints (DL and insurance check), immigration checkpoints 75 miles inside the border.

Comment Re:Pixels density (Score 1) 160

No, there really isn't. The is such a thing as too little sensitivity, too much noise, etc... But everything else being equal more pixels means better enlargements, better zoom after the fact, better post processing, and probably other things that I can't think of at the moment.

Comment Re:Sounds a lot like the "ACS"... (Score 2) 129

The government can make the same argument they make for every other invasion of your privacy, such as Safety checkpoints (DL & insurance check), immigration checkpoints 75 miles inside the US, etc... "The government has a compelling interest in XYZ that outweighs the minor impact to citizens' right personal privacy." And the courts will buy it.

Comment Re:Lawn Dart (Score 2) 280

It's not my opinion only. Look at the safety record. A warbird with one engine is a bad thing. Redundancy is everything in the air. When you lose an engine in an F-15 you return to base. In an F-16 you reach for the ejection handle. Even you should be able to see that.

Ok. If you want to look at one dimension of multi-dimensional operations, fine. It isn't really useful, but let's look at the facts anyway, apples to apples.

For example, both the F-15 and F-16 use the same engine. The most current with statistically significant data being the F100-PW-229. In engine related class A mishaps (loss of an airframe or life) the F-15 has had 6 in 565 thousand aircraft flight hours. The F-16 has had 0, that's right, 0 engine related class A mishaps in 367 thousand flight hours. Compared to the F-15 aircraft loss rate the F-16 should have had 3 or 4 by now. So, maybe there is more to it than just the number of engines.

Comment Utility (Score 2) 182

JFC, how low can they go? They really need some competition. 15 years ago when I had DSL the phone company had to allow third party ISPs to offer service on their infrastructure. Time to apply this to cable (and back on the phone company as well) and regulate the infrastructure as a utility.

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