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Comment Re:unrealistic expectations (Score 2, Interesting) 128

What do you mean XP?

Lawyers are the only remaining people using wordperfect. The legal profession is so antiquated because any efficiency isn't needed. They bill by the hour - so if they worked twice as efficiently - they would have to increase their clients... What a sham of a profession.

Comment Re:what's this about? (Score 2) 56

Yes, if they brought the 90 Billion into the USA where it is needed they would have to pay taxes on it. Makes more sense to sell bonds in the US and leave the money "overseas" invested in US treasuries for the rest of eternity.
Got to love our stupid tax code at work - creating inefficiencies the world over

Comment Re:Edward Snowden as well (Score 1) 384

Perhaps a more interesting poll would have been about who President Obama should pardon. While I agree that the whistle-blowers should be pardoned, I think it would be much better to pardon all of the people who are in prison for marijuana-related crimes in jurisdictions where their crime is no longer illegal. Seems to me like a form of post facto punishment, and such a blanket pardon would REALLY piss off #PresidentTweety.

You do understand that there isn't a jurisdiction in the USA that Marijuana is legal?
There are a few places where state and local authorities have decided that they won't prosecute, but the federal law is still in place that makes manufacture, distribution, and sale illegal in the whole US territory?

Comment Re:charging available only at power stations? (Score 1) 198

Just plant it next to your brand spanking new Nuke reactor to power this. Looking on the web, the most powerful Nuclear site contains 3 reactors generating 3,937 MW of power... Quickly divide this by 328KW leaves us with abut 12K cars super charging at once.
If you have 3500 acres to spare you could go with Solar. The largest solar plant produces 400 MW, dividing by 328kW leaves us with a little over 1000 cars during a sunny day.
YMMV

Comment Re:Obama.... (Score 5, Insightful) 296

The internet isn't being taken over. All ICANN controls is the DNS subsystem. If it becomes abused - the internet will treat it as a failure and route around the failure (ie. One of the alternate DNS systems will become popular instead). How simple is it to route around this failure... Run your DNS resolver and adjust the root hints file to point to somewhere other than the 13 DNS roots out there.

This is a non-event at worst

Comment Re:Culture (Score 1) 201

Lower the drinking age to 16 years, and raise the driving age to 18 years

Worst idea ever. Why do we need to raise the driving age to 18? If you have a teen age child - you know how hard it is to get them to all of their activities, school, friends, work... The easy solution is to have them get their drivers license and get them a car to use. If they want to do anything somewhere else all you need to provide is the gas money - not take time off of work, or make them stay at home and do nothing.

I do agree with lowering the drinking age to 16. Much better that kids learn to drink around their parents that can monitor and encourage good behavior. Nothing like getting your kid to appreciate a good 20 year old single malt - no way they can afford to binge drink that in college.

Comment Re:Does Zoning Abrogate First Amendment? (Score 1) 305

This is what I've never quite understood: why does it seem that zoning laws are allowed to ignore constitutional freedoms? Banning research and development, "including software coding" would seem to ignore the right to free speech, free assembly and the right to privacy (if it's my property and I'm not doing anything dangerous toward my neighbors, why does the city care what I'm doing inside?)

Look, I understand that we don't want coal factories building next to residences. That all makes sense to me, and I could see an argument that this doesn't restrict constitutional freedom. But where does a city get off telling a person they can't run a business (e.g. sole proprietorship) out of their home?

So while I'm afraid that Palo Alto could follow through on this threat, it boggles the mind how it could in the USA. I also think it would be royally dumb for them to kick out all of these businesses too, but that's a different discussion.

You missed the correct amendment. It is the 5th amendment... Very specifically the taking clause that would prevent Palo Alto from taking the use of my property without compensating me for it. I don't think Palo Alto could afford to pay companies for their now worthless buildings as what else could you use them for?

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