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Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 3, Insightful) 64

I use Spotify and since Spotify has stations now in like manner to Pandora I don't really feel the need nor want to spend money on a subscription to Pandora. Originally the big thing for me about Spotify over Pandora is that Spotify will let me listen to practically whatever I want on demand at any time.

Comment Re:Perhaps it's because. . . (Score 1) 117

Smartwatches are mostly useful for looking at notifications and deciding whether I need to act upon that information or if I can just make a mental note and swipe right. It saves me time picking up and/or unlocking my phone to see a notification. There's not really any compelling smartwatch apps that wouldn't be more useful as a fullscreen smartphone app.

I feel the same way. I've been using the same original Moto 360 and it does what I need it to just fine. The most complicated thing I might use it for is for control Spotify without picking up my phone or for showing me real-time directions while navigating. Other than that there doesn't seem to be much that can be improved on to justify an expensive upgrade.

Comment Re: Next Phase (Score 1) 644

I was responding to the parent post insinuation that use of lethal force is justified under any circumstance involving trespass and so I was saying that castle doctrine likely wouldn't cover this even if the drone could be somehow perceived as a threat; you can't just shoot anyone/anything that; walks, drives or flies onto your property and that Virginia has a stricter criteria to justify lethal force to boot. If the case were otherwise you could shoot away at any car that pulls in your driveway which obviously isn't legal nor rational. I can't speak for Virginia but I do know here in North Carolina there is a separate statute covering trespass with a vehicle in which case your only recourse is to call the sheriff's department and let them handle it, anything more and you're putting yourself in seriously questionable, if not outright illegal, territory. Except in the most extreme circumstances, as provided for in law, property rights do not outweigh the rights of others such as not having holes in their bodies or their property.

Source: Licensed concealed carrier. A course on the legal aspects of lethal force are mandatory in my state in order to be licensed, furthermore licensees are responsible for keeping themselves up to date on the law.

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 4, Interesting) 644

Obligatory disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and the following is merely opinion that does not constitute legal advice.

From what I can gather, and anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, Virginia's castle doctrine is kind of convoluted and doesn't allow you to use lethal force against trespassers and you have a duty to retreat unless the invader is in your home and the threat is immediate to life and limb.

Now further south the law in North Carolina is that you have the right of stand-your-ground and in the home invasion scenario you can use lethal force against any invader trying to force their way into the "curtilage" of your home but you cannot use lethal force in the protection of property or against aggressors who are fleeing from you. In other words the law is designed to give you the tools necessary to neutralize a legitimate threat but once the threat ceases to be (either because, for example; the aggressor is fleeing or is incapacitated) the use of lethal force no longer becomes legal.

My guess is, if anything, the woman in the article might be found liable for property damage but nothing more. Also hitting a target with a shotgun loaded with birdshot is not as an amazing feat as the article would make it seem.

tl;dr: Castle doctrine and stand-your-ground is not as clear-cut as people think it is.

Comment Re:Nope, and missing the point (Score 2) 77

IMO tipping in its current form should be outlawed thereby making restaurant operators pay their help at least the state mandated minimum wage. Sure the cost of going out to eat will rise to make up for it but really you're already paying those prices anyway because of tipping but at least food workers will be earning a consistent living.

As far as the pizza industry is concerned; they absolutely prey on their help. My mom used to work for Papa John's for several years and then Dominoes for a few years, mostly out of desperation. Both jobs offered absolutely no benefits despite insanely long hours, paid around $3/hr and sometimes something like $.20 per mile traveled when delivering. So people who work in the industry have to get their tips to manage to make any decent money to get by, furthermore since the Great Recession of '08 it's only gotten worse to the point where many pizza joints have a hard time retaining help because they refuse to pay a decent wage and people who order refuse to tip or they actually tip only a few cents. It's also very hazardous work, at least in urban areas, as it is not uncommon to be robbed at gunpoint for pizza if not for money and the major chains prohibit delivery persons from carrying any form of self-defense non-lethal or otherwise. A cop actually told my mom once they he would be terrified to have to deliver pizza for a living on account of how dangerous it is versus being a cop.

Comment Re:All about control and second party apps (Score 1) 25

I hosted a couple of TS servers for several years until I finally moved to Mumble.

For the longest time I had a difficult time getting my friends to switch to Mumble from Ventrilo a few years back but when I finally got them to switch they would never go back. What it was like before Mumble was awful because there were only a couple of proprietary Windows-only voice chat software with outrageous licensing fees for anything more than like 5 users.

Comment Re:Criminal status is not a race. (Score 1) 108

There is no such thing as race anyway; we're all members of the same exact species. The idea of race is an entirely learned idea and if you watch little kids play you'll notice that they are not naturally prejudice against others who are superficially different unless they've been told to be prejudice.

Variety makes the world more interesting and people themselves are no exception.

Comment Re:While It Sucks... (Score 2) 160

Actually states and their relationship with the federal government are defined in US constitution. Local governments however are political subdivisions of each individual state and it is up to each state and that state's constitution as to how much autonomy local political subdivisions should have.

So in short basically local governments, in most if not all cases, exist to keep the peace and handle more mundane matters on behalf of the state's legislature which created those local governments but a lot of people seem to forget that and think local governments somehow have some sort of inherent sovereignty.

Comment Re:My civil disobedience (Score 2) 534

Kinda like yesterday when I strung the Indian "computer support" guy along for 15 minutes by pretending to poking around my windows machine. In the end he asked my what browser I was using, and when I said Safari he swore in his native language and then hung up on me

A friend of mine did this and imagine how angry the guy on the other side was when he realized my friend was describing the panel of a microwave. I find it even funnier because microwaves typically have a "Start" button.

Comment Re:Windows As A Service? (Score 2, Interesting) 150

What other Windows 10 disappointments are on the horizon?

They'll probably remove more group policies from the Professional version so they can gouge people into paying for the Enterprise edition. I fully expect Windows 10 Pro to slowly devolve into the equivalent of a "Home Premium." A more optimistic outlook though is that ReactOS has made major progress the past couple years.

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