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Comment Re:Broken Windows Policing (Score 1) 191

There should be no laws criminalizing mere possession of any substance intended for consumption, in a society that respects bodily autonomy, period. Possession with intent to distribute, and especially for commercial purposes, is another matter.

Prostitution is involuntarily precisely because it's illegal in and of itself - since prostitutes cannot resort to police and courts to have the same protection from the society as other occupations. In countries which have properly legalized that industry, like New Zealand, the pimp problem has diminished significantly, because prostitutes can now just report anyone attempting to pimp to police, without fear for themselves. I would strongly recommend studying NZ experience with prostitution in general, and comparing it to Sweden (where the "ban it and crack down on it" model has been followed for a long time).

Comment Things have changes (Score 1) 508

IMO, the big difference between now and, say, 10 years ago, is that the gap between "real DEs" like KDE and Gnome, and "back to the basics" minimalist DEs and WMs (Openbox etc) has been filled. It used to be that you had to pick between "it just works" - but with all the bells and whistles, too - and hand-editing config files.

Now, though, there's Xfce, LXDE, and even, to some extent, MATE, to fill the it's-not-fancy-but-it-works niche. Xfce in particular is really nice - I would say that feature-wise, it's about where Gnome 2 was (which is a sweet spot for many), except with fewer bundled stock apps, and more configurability with more sensible defaults. So if you just want to get work done, and want a traditional desktop environment, it gives you that with minimal overhead, compared to Gnome and KDE.

Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 275

The "whom are you visiting" and "where you're staying" questions are run of the mill when visiting another country. A foreigner visiting US will often hear the same. Which is why, when you actually are visiting someone, it's common to ask them to write an invitation letter in advance detailing all this - usually makes it much faster when you show it.

Comment Re:What, never? No: never. [Re:Plucky underdog] (Score 1) 284

I actually meant the opposite of what you think I intended. When you look at turnout of his supporters, it was dismal. All that "enthusiasm" was wasted on rallies and such, and if those people have actually showed to vote with the same enthusiasm, he would have the numbers he needed to make it much more competitive. But, as usual, millennials under-performed when it came to doing rather than talking in politics.

Comment Re:not what i expect (Score 1) 394

Now you're switching goalposts - "top cause of repairs" is very, very different from "top complaint".

I know quite a lot of people who use smartphones - not techies, just your regular casual users. Do you know how many of them have ever complained about their phone dying due to exposure to water? Zero. But they do complain about plenty of other stuff, mostly software.

Comment Re: And Russians landed on that thing, 10 times (Score 1) 211

If you only look at personal income, sure.

Once you start looking at things like capital gains, you get the "Warren Buffet effect", where he pays less, percentage-wise, than his secretary does.

And the scam is that they have convinced so many people that capital gains are different from sweat-of-the-brow income, and deserve to be taxed lower. They don't.

Comment Re:I hope they DID breach Hillary's personal email (Score 1) 284

If they really did, they would be silly to dump everything they have on her - I mean, at this point, they have to realize that odds aren't exactly in Trump's favor, and I seriously doubt that anything in those emails would prove to be a sufficiently large skeleton to change that. It would make sense for them to hedge their bets, and leave something to try to blackmail her with.

In fact, that itself is an interesting tactic. They only need to dump enough info to establish certainty that they did in fact hack her emails, and then hint that there are really damning things in there that they are intentionally not releasing before the election. The prospect of having something like that hang over the president ought to give quite a few people pause.

Comment Re:There used to be a time... (Score 1) 284

Saying that lies are lies and bullshit is bullshit is not bias - it is professionalism. I'm glad that media is finally doing that for a change, instead of the usual "balanced reporting" along the lines of "some people claim that world is 6000 years old, but others disagree".

It's really unfortunate that it took someone like Trump to get us there, though.

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