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Comment Re:Soooooo... (Score 1) 77

Personally, I'm of two minds on this. On one hand, I don't like the idea of any foreign government attempting to screw with our elections. On the other, they didn't make the information up, they just shone a light into some shadows. In that sense, they did us a public service. If what we saw in those shadows cost the Dems the election, they have only themselves to blame.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 77

At this point though, now that a number of Congressmen have called for his head (not necessarily following a trial), he has no reason to believe he would get a fair trial if he returned voluntarily. I don't see Russia reversing their position anytime soon so his involuntary return isn't looking all that likely..

So, the closest approximation of justice at this point would be a pardon.

Comment Re:Your move, Assange.... (Score 4, Informative) 77

A definition of "clemency" says:

Leniency or mercy. A power given to a public official, such as a governor or the president, to in some way lower or moderate the harshness of punishment imposed upon a prisoner.

Clemency is considered to be an act of grace. It is based on the policy of fairness, justice, and forgiveness. It is not a right but rather a privilege, and one who is granted clemency does not have the crime forgotten, as in Amnesty, but is forgiven and treated more leniently for the criminal acts. Clemency is similar to pardon inasmuch as it is an act of grace exempting someone from punishment.

Barring contrary definitions, the President granted her clemency. I strongly suspect Assange is far too little to live up to his promise, but this is exactly the situation the Wikileaks tweet described.

Comment Re:Uber drivers also earn a living wage. (Score 1) 60

Well there is an inherent guarantee about being on a payroll

AHAH HAHAHAH AHAHA AHAH AHA HAHA HA H A HA HAH A HA HA H!!

*gasp* When are you from gramps?

I haven't been on a payroll in ten years now and am wholly better for it.

So, if you're not one of the drivers that hangs out with SuperKendall...

Then you are one of the many other drivers making a decent living with great job flexibility. I have personally come to value job flexibility vastly more than money.

Comment Re:Related Links? (Score 1) 35

"Playing along" with a sting operation is dumb, though, if you take acts in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy. You're not a LEO. You don't have immunity. You should simply refuse to take part and instead film the people allegedly goading you into it. You can find a guide to the law on the subject here.

Comment Good counter-argument, but I think it won't happen (Score 1) 60

There's a gaping hole in your logic: governments that can block your human driver efforts could (would) also block your autonomous vehicles.

I consider that a good counter-argument, but I have thought about it and don't think that will be much of a problem... I think there would be a lot more pushback around most cities blocking self driving car technology than there is to simply extend union rules to ride sharing cars.

After all, self-driving cars should reduce cars on the road and also reduce accident rates, so there are a lot more parties interested in protecting the ability of self-driving cars to operate than there are to protect Uber from unions.

A current test-bed of this is New York City, where the drivers unions want a 50-year ban(!) on driverless cars to protect driving jobs.. note that doesn't mean they don't want self driving cars, they just want someone to have to pay for a butt in seat in the front.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 145

Many younger individuals can't seem to get the concept that paying over and over for "borrowing" something is a bad deal.

We're talking about movies here, not music. I don't know about you, but there aren't very many movies I really care to watch over and over again. This is the whole reason that video rental stores (like the ill-fated Blockbuster) were such a success as soon as VCRs became commonplace; most of us just want to pay a fee and watch a movie *once*, and that's it. Once in a while we'll see a movie that's so great we might want to watch it multiple times (like Aliens from 1986), but that's rare, and even there it's not like I want to watch it that often.

Music is entirely different, and I agree with you on that: I really don't understand the current phenomenon where so many people want to pay for streaming music access, and my best guess is that it's mostly people who don't care that much about music and just want some crappy filler playing in the background all the time. Personally I have very specific music I want to listen to, so I keep it in Ogg form on all my devices (phone, laptop, car) and play from my library constantly. But I listen to music a fair amount: pretty much any time I'm in the car, for instance, plus frequently when I'm using my computer at home, plus frequently when I'm at work (with headphones). I don't watch movies that often, and it just isn't very often that I re-watch a movie.

Oh, and what if you wish to watch something that's older than last year? (Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow, Pacific Rim) or even within the last year (Star Wars 7) These are all available to me, to watch any time.

Right, and how much did all those cost you? How many dozens of movies do you have to make a decent collection so you aren't watching the same 3 movies over and over? The total cost there is significant. With Netflix, you pay a cheap monthly fee (less than $10) and can watch all you want at any time, out of a truly enormous catalog. If you really like a particular movie a lot and want the higher quality (and lack of worries about problems with access) that a physical disc offers, you can certainly buy that too; it's not either-or.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 145

Exactly. Download it on BT, and now you have a reasonable-size file that you can just play in any decent media player at your convenience. No messing around with stupid easily-scratched optical discs, no messing around with your Blu-Ray player needing a firmware update because of some encryption keys on the disc, no messing around with slow internet connections and streaming problems (esp. with FF/REW), it "just works". The main problem with the BT stuff is that a lot of it is transcoded to smaller resolutions or bitrates to save space, so it won't have the ultimate quality of a true Blu-Ray. But it's still a lot better than DVD quality usually, thanks to much more modern codecs. The h265 stuff is great.

Comment Re:Related Links? (Score -1, Offtopic) 35

Because some people got scammed by /pol into believing that hookers were paid to pee on Obama's bed in Moscow. Which of course the media decides to devote 24-7 coverage to. They've investigated it for months and have yet to produce any corroborating evidence worth a damn, and instead have only managed to inform us of the obvious, that Russia runs RT, America runs PBS and the Brits run the BBC. That said, I will give them credit for nothing that, "Disclosures through WikiLeaks did not contain any evident forgeries" (p. 13).

Meanwhile, good luck finding stories about the DisruptJ20 people who were caught plotting to gas people with butyric acid by pumping it into ventilation shafts. Be sure to read the MSDS on what that stuff is.

Comment Re:Shitposting (Score 1) 3

Nope, but...

Another investigation from James O'Keefe Uncovers Plot to Chain the Trains & Shut Down DC During Inauguration

part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Okay, so there was an uptick in hate crimes, but they'll need to turn their Patented Weathercock Hate Crime Detector to point 180 degrees from its current orientation. Cuz right now they're doin' it wrong.

(still laughing at the AC's response :)

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