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Comment Where should that conversation happen? (Score 4, Interesting) 399

Nearly one-third of Facebook users surveyed said social media is not an appropriate forum for political discussions.

Then where is the appropriate forum? Seriously, what does this third of users think it's for?

And by the way ...

... a firm that sells social media followers

That makes me sad.

Comment It's an equalizer (Score 2) 93

The people writing tickets - and prosecuting them - do it thousands of time a year. Most people defending against them do it once a year or less. Apps like this just put defendants on a more even footing with prosecutors in terms of knowing the law.

Prosecutors may complain, but if your argument is that you prefer when people don't know the law, you deserve to lose.

Comment There's nothing "unfair" about it (Score 1) 112

Developing markets protect their infant industries. They have to in order to advance. See here for plenty of detail.

Chang blasts holes in the "World Is Flat" orthodoxy of Thomas Friedman and others who argue that only unfettered capitalism and wide-open international trade can lift struggling nations out of poverty. On the contrary, Chang shows, today's economic superpowers-from the U.S. to Britain to his native Korea-all attained prosperity by shameless protectionism and government intervention in industry, a fact conveniently forgotten now that they want to compete in foreign markets.

Comment Re:Sounds like bullshit to me. (Score 1) 373

My father is AB- and has a couple of 10-gallon pins. The company he worked for throughout the 60s and 70s was across the street from a hospital, and had an arrangement where they would give a day off to anyone who responded to an emergency request to donate. The hospital had a standing order to send out the "emergency request" to my dad every sixth Friday.

Comment Re:Not how they roll (Score 2) 121

" I cannot see any sane reason why our elected officials are not using official government email accounts supported by official government IT workers. "

Campaign finance laws prohibit using gov't resources for campaigning. Every Member of the US House is up for re-election every two years so it's become a never-ending campaign.

I wish that weren't the case, but it pretty much starts and ends with that.

Comment Summary really should have included the outcome (Score 1) 177

For those who don't RTFA they won't know that ...

In this case, the NYPD acknowledged the mistake, is retraining its officers and is putting in monitoring to limit this type of erroneous ticketing from happening in the future. In doing so, they have shown that they are ready and willing to work with the people of the city. And what better gift can we get from Open Data than that.

Comment Re:How about... (Score 1) 455

That's right. The officer at his discretion can ticket you for not signaling a turn 500 feet before the turn, particularly if the driver is black and the county is making a lot of money from traffic tickets.

Ticketing based on color is wrong and should be thrown out. Ticketing based on arbitrary blood chemistry that doesn't cause impairment is also wrong and should be thrown out.

Fining people or jailing them shouldn't be easy. It's up to the police to prove you did something wrong. At least that's how it's supposed to work.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 1) 219

The cell phone changed how we live, the rest has all been incremental. I'm not living any better since the iPhone came around, or Uber, nor will I because of a self-driving car.

The cell phone changed how we live, but those of us who grew up without it don't think it's all benefit. Used to be life and work were separate, now many of us are expected to be available 24/7.

Self-driving cars, on the other hand, I would love. I hate commuting. The years I lived near a train line were fantastic. My car didn't leave the garage for nearly a year and I liked it that way. Sure, I'd rather have ubiquitous high-quality public transportation, but a self-driving car would be a close second.

Note that the down side here is that as commuting becomes less tedious people will accept ever longer commute times, and we'll keep moving further out, driving down the value of public transportation even more. So yeah, there's that.

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