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Comment Re:Is Canada Better? (Score 1) 590

The Charter of rights is no where near as strong as the 1st amendment.

While the 1st amendment protects all speech, including hate speech, with the limited exception of direct calls for action (incitement) or libel/slander laws, our Charter gives lots of wiggle room for people who are merely offended, even if what was said was 100% true, to bring the speaker/writer in front of the kangaroo court system of our Human Right's Commissions. The HRCs are designed for convictions, not honest airing of facts, and place so many limits on the defendant as to make sure their nearly 100% conviction rate stays in place.

HRCs regularly stretch 'trials' over years and while the plaintiff's costs are 100% covered the defendant is on the hook for every penny spent on their defense. At the end, the plaintiff receives whatever fines the HRC imposes (free money since they had to spend none of their own to effectively sue someone) and the defendant, on top of their already staggering legal fees, must now pay an often exorbitant fine.

At one point the primary user of the HRC system was one of their own lawyers who filed multiple suits (few if any of which involved a targeted group of which he was a member) and made over $50,000 in just a couple years off of fines.

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 1321

As far as I can tell the anti-Semitic claim comes from a statement from his ex-wife during their divorce proceedings. Hardly an unbiased source but when you want to demonize your opponents you'll grab at anything.

At this point it's just become a talking point and is repeated, without any supporting evidence, by every late night comedian and most reporters.

Comment Re:You can't (Score 1) 1321

The biggest thing stopping this type of implementation on a large scale in the US is their odd requirement to have every f^%#*&! elected office/initiative voted for on the same day. Limit Super Tuesday to Federal offices and then have another day for State and possibly a third for local and you can have simpler ballots with only 2 or 3 positions which are easier to have paper trails for.

Instead now you have ballots in some districts that closer resemble an AP calculus exam which makes counting and verifying exponentially harder than it should be.

Comment Re:Stupid. (Score 1) 248

Well in every poll I've ever been to the handling of the ballot, outside of the actual booth, is done in plain view of pretty much everyone else in the room. They can't see what was placed on the ballot but everyone can see you going to the poll worker and getting a new ballot.

As there is no law about arriving in a group, for someone so inclined to buy or force a person to vote a certain way, it would just take 1 person to arrive with the group and stand in the back so as to go last and be able to watch everyone else hand in their ballots.

Comment Re:Simple Solution (Score 1) 317

You can ruin you ballot and request a new one in, as far as I know, every poll in the US. That doesn't solve the issue with coercion that the banning on photos prevents since the ruining of the ballot and request for a new one occurs outside of the booth and anyone present at the poll can see you doing it.

So as for the examples given above of an abusive or controlling spouse, they would most likely see you ruining your ballot and requesting a new one and then demand you show them both pics of your ballot.

Comment Re:I think they *want* to reduce participation (Score 1) 91

For anyone running a bootloader there is already an easily available app on XDA which bypasses SafetyNet.

Instead of installing a custom ROM I simply enable developer mode so I could fix the KitKat Bluetooth bug on my LG. SafetyNet detects just having the developer option menu visible, even if turned off, as a violation. The only way I can fix this is through a factory reset (since my LG doesn't give other options to remove developer mode), which was the option I was trying to avoid by enabling developer mode in the first place.

So now, if I want to play Pokemon Go I'll have to do a factory reset on my phone every 2-3 months when the Bluetooth log maxes out.

Comment Re:90% of days, not 90% of drivers (Score 1) 990

I believe the actual study refers to 90% of driving done in a day could be done using EVs. They don't seem to break it down to individual drivers overall behavior, just that on any given day 90% of driving activities fall within the range and abilities of an EV.

It would be like saying, 90% of the time I can live on $10/day. That might be true but if I get a relaxing job that only pays me $70/week, those 3 days a month when my bills come due and I have to spend exponentially more than my normal $10 makes the idea of a $70/week job ridiculous. That being said, for a segment of the population who don't have to worry about housing/transportation/utility costs (kids for example) a $70/week job could be the perfect solution.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 990

To add to this, many areas are already looking at removing subsidies and in fact adding charges to EV costs due to the loss of revenue for fuel taxes.

EVs do as much damage to streets as ICE vehicles but get away without paying for any upkeep by avoiding gas taxes. As the numbers shift toward EV or Hybrid vehicles, communities that rely on gas tax revenue are trying to find new ways to keep their coffers full. At least one proposal I've seen was to charge a mileage fee when renewing the plates on EVs. So renewing your plates on your Chevy Cruze could be $100, your Chevy Volt (hybrid), $100 + x/mile and your Chevy Bolt (pure EV) $100 + y (greater than x)/mile.

So you can save skipping the gas all year and then have to pay $300+ at year end to simply renew.

Comment Re:Apple Arrogant, but not Stupid... (Score 1) 394

Apple isn't stupid, arrogant maybe, but not stupid.

But in many instances arrogance can lead to stupidity. Puck Mouse anyone? Metal cased phones that ground out the cellular antenna if you 'hold them wrong'? Phablets that bend at unexceptionably low pressure values?

Apple make a lot of nice things but that doesn't prevent them from doing some very stupid things. They usually get their act together at some point but that has sometimes meant abandoning the path they were on and going back to what worked.

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