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Comment Re:Analyzing a car purchase over 1 year? (Score 1) 20

True. And the cost/arrest concept is broken too. Would the arrests have been made anyway? Could they have been made another way?

When people have a tool they use it, whether it is the use-case that was supposed to justify the purchase -- and that can be a good thing (because the widget is earning its keep) or a bad thing (using a tool that's overkill, to expensive to operate, or counterproductive). The real question is what did they specifically buy this for? If the cost justification was that it was going to allow them to make x arrests per year, it's probably a failure. If the cost justification is some other kind of scenario that doesn't necessarily happen every year (e.g. the Beltway Sniper), then the question is whether they're using this thing reasonably.

Comment Re:I wonder if Trump's gonna repeal it (Score 1) 81

Which aspects of that imagined system would those be?

That Truth is not an absolute defense in the UK. In the US, the Truth is not an absolute defense, but the Americans wish to pretend it is.

As for "imagined system" are you trying to imply that UK has no liable laws? Otherwise why would their system be imagined?

Comment Re:Elephant in the room (Score 1) 181

And you ignore that 3d printing is not about printing things you can buy.

Where can I buy a Garmin to BMW GPS adapter plate? nowhere
Where can I buy headphone hangers for my specific desk? nowhere
Where can I buy a Death Star dice box for my friends that are Star Wars RPG lunatics? nowhere
Where can I buy a switch delete plug for a 1979 civic? nowhere
Where can I buy a China bolt style red 3Watt LED to Yamaha rear tail motorcycle mounts that look stock? nowhere.

3d printing is for creating and printing things that you can not get, its for people that use their brains and create and then want to effortlessly get a plastic part.

It has never been a "print out these things that you can just go buy" and I have no clue at all where you got such a horribly uninformed idea that it was.

Submission + - How to View the SpaceX Falcon 9 Return to Flight at Vandenberg Air Force Base (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: Silicon Valley folks should, sometime, take the opportunity to view a launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Lompoc is 4-5 hours from the Bay, 2.5 hours from LA if there's ever no traffic. An upcoming SpaceX launch is notable because it's their return to flight, months after their last attempt blew up on the pad during a pre-launch test. Read how to view the launch.

Comment Re:treating the symptoms (Score 1) 307

So then which policies are you happy with?

I look forward to Trump actually having a policy that he won't flip-flop on. I couldn't begin to predict what that might be, but once the senate, or someone non-Trump, says "this is the deal", well, then we'll know.

Fuck you, fuck your fascists, and fuck their awful ideas.

See, AC has moved past denial to anger. This is healthy.

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1) 307

Direct democracy is all about persuasive arguments from a masterful liars. 2600 years of history to examine, if you doubt it. But fortunately we're a republic.

People are fairly smart when it comes to things that affect them directly in their day-to-day lives. If you're going to tell them "that SUV you need in your daily life, yeah, you can't have that", well, you're going to need to convince them. Demeaning them won't cut it. If you're going to tell them "even though your neighborhood has gone from 'we don't lock our doors here' to bars in the windows, there's not actually a crime problem", well, you're going to need to convince them. Demeaning them won't cut it.

Treat people with respect, and explain the truth (if it is the truth) in a clear and compelling way, and you'd be surprised how well that works.

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1, Insightful) 307

Or are Trump voters kind of stupid people?

This is how you get Trump. Keep it up, so he can get re-elected.

There will be no point over the next two years when Donald Trump is accepted as President in any normal sense.

Ah, still in "denial". I'm honestly surprised you haven't moved to "anger" yet, since that's sort of your thing. Wake me when you get to "bargaining".

Comment Dell Precision (Score 1) 238

I got a precision with a touch screen and a Linux preinstall (No windows) a couple months ago and the thing works great. The default wireless doesn't connect so well, though. I found I get much faster wireless if I use wicd-gtk. Touch screen works with Ubuntu, as well!

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 2, Insightful) 307

think the issue is more that several consecutive generations have been fed the idea that experts aren't right and shouldn't be respected.

Fuck experts. You're not right because of a certificate or credential. If you have a cogent argument, the argument is right. If you're good at your job (whatever you're an expert in) you can explain your argument persuasively. Let's take some examples.

One group says "immigrants took our jobs, and raped our women". The experts say "no they didn't, shut up you racist". Result: Trump is president.

One group says "I don't believe in this global warming stuff - it has the same pattern as everything else the left made up to seize power." The experts say "the science is settled, shut up you denier". Result: Trump is president.

Can you see why "experts" are worthless, and what is needed is persuasive arguments? How to fail to persuade: "you're just to stupid to understand, but smart people believe X". How to persuade "I understand why you think that way, plenty of smart people would, knowing what you know. Here are some things you don't know, and why they're important".

TLDR: saying "experts should be respected" is how you get Trump.

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