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Comment Re:Better go arrest Google execs (Score 1) 110

"Intent" is difficult to demonstrate given that it lives in the minds of the accused. The website itself is based on content-agnostic algorithms. I'm sure it's true that it has a higher percentage of illicit use than google does, but that's probably true of Tor and VPN services as well. Would we be comfortable shutting those down on the same justification?

Personally, I find it hard to find any "good intent" behind hosting, e.g., The Anarchists Cookbook. But it's well-established that that doing so is protected speech. Is pointing people to IPs where they can request to receive copyrighted bits of information more insidious than pointing people to how they can make a pipebomb?

I am fine with shutting down criminally entrenched websites and prosecuting the persons involved. But the free speech protections we are promised in the US are quite broad and in almost all cases we refuse to risk weakening that simply to avoid the possibility of mischief. If Google can deliver 10% questionable content under that protection then I think someone who delivers 90% questionable content must be protected as well. I don't see how the fundamental nature of the right could change simply because we get more day-to-day value out of google.

We could enforce the law by, you know, going after the people actually breaking copyright by uploading and downloading copyrighted material.

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 2) 511

I represent someone in that demographic from a small engineering school. Among my admittedly non-mainstream group of friends I'd guess at least half know what KDE is. I'm not sure how many actually use it vs. GNOME, but it's common for them to have a Linux or Mac laptop. Laptops have become work devices -- they're what you take to project and study groups. *nix works great for that, and easy to get everyone using the same software (within a college student's budget, no less). I'm sure other places are different, but one anecdote deserves another.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 2) 264

This overlooks that A, B, and C are competitively selected, actively maneuvering to win, and influenced by previous results.

E.g., if B is slated to lose because C is attracting more liberal voters, B is likely to move left in order to capture those voters. Or if B2012 wasn't left enough B2016 may be someone more of that bent. Also, a disliked presidential candidate tends to depress the party's congressional holdings, which makes it more difficult to enact their agenda, and tends to setup a win for the opposing candidate in the next term.

Furthermore, in democracies votes don't merely decide outcomes, they legitimize them. If 100% of the population votes and 90% vote for Hitler because the alternative is Stalin, at that point he basically has a mandate. If only 5% of the population votes and 90% votes for Hitler, I would say an uprising is well within bounds.

Voting your conscience may not net you specific near term outcomes that you desire. But in the long run your vote is a commodity politicians value and they will shape their policies to obtain it. Unless, of course, they can obtain it some other way, such as simply by pointing out their opponent is on the left/right side. If you're going to lock in on that, then you've already spent your opinion as far as they're concerned. The only way to control politicians is to be completely willing to withhold the thing they need and value -- victory. If you let the parties blackmail *you* with outcomes, then they are the ones in control, and that will be obvious by the fact the people are only given choices (Hillary/Trump) that a sound majority of them dislike.

Comment Re:Perhaps they should stop chasing pokemon (Score 1) 614

I imagine there's a correlation between Gen X people who aren't well off and media consumption as well.

Media consumption is far more plentiful. Cable was not something everyone had back in the Gen X days. There was not 24 hours of content available every day.

The problem is simply getting worse.

The solution, as always, is to find something productive to do in your youth.

Comment Perhaps they should stop chasing pokemon (Score 2, Insightful) 614

There is plenty of money to be made if young people would stop squandering their youth.

Generation X had to learn how to make the things that the current generation just consumes today.

Having a computer in the early 90's or late 80's meant you had parents who cared about technology and spent a huge portion of their income to get it.

Despite the amazingly cheap and plentiful access to technology today to learn anything for almost nothing, the current generation spends the majority of their time watching YouTube and Netflix.

And they wonder why their income is low.

Gen X isn't dead yet. If you'd rather watch YouTube and be useless, we'll happily make buckets of money that you could be making as well.

Comment Re:option for surrender (Score 1) 983

I am against ever taking life where it can be avoided, so I oppose the choice of action by the police unless they were resolving some imminent danger to themselves or to the public.

But "due process" was not violated. If you want the protection of the court system you have to cooperate with the system. If you skip town, you get tried in absentia. If you refuse a defense attorney, the case proceeds without one. If you shoot at the people trying to take you peacefully to court, you may not get to be taken peacefully to court.

Comment Re:Religion poisons everything (Score 1) 404

If I may, as a person who considers themselves Christian, I would like to address your points from the perspective of my own religious understanding.

To say there is no replacement of the old testament rules to ignore vast portions, perhaps even the majority, of the new testament writings. Jesus changed marriage requirements, the punishment for adultery, reinterpreted the sabbath rules and the rules for cleanliness. After his resurrection he appears to Peter and rescinds the rules on clean and unclean, not to mention that huge recurring bit from Paul et al. about circumcision not being necessary, etc. Old testament law is a covenant between God and the Jewish people, a covenant which Christ ultimately fulfils.

Christianity is in every case a peaceful religion. Jesus never injured anyone, and whatever self-serving arguments some might come up with to justify behavior, the core of Christianity is to put your faith in Christ and become like him in every way. His life stands as an irrefutable counter-argument to any violent perversion of biblical teachings that you or I might come up with, because there is no way to do violence without violating his example.

Part of being a peaceful religion is that Christianity does not seek to overthrow governments or institutions. It instead seeks to change people by witnessing in example to them.

You do not go to hell for not believing. You go to hell for committing evil. Unholy things cannot be united with a holy God. If that sounds unpalatable, apparently Christ agreed, since he was willing to suffer and die to circumvent that on your behalf. Do all non-believers (upon death) go to hell without any secondary consideration? Some people do think that, but that's not laid out in any clear fashion. What is clear is that if you repent of evil deeds and choose Christ's path instead, you may have ever confidence of remaining in that forever.

Comment Re:VoiceOfDoom, *FUCK YOU*!! (Score 2) 260

As long we apply this to every single other political issue which exists. Because gun rights is just as validly "pro-choice" vs. "anti-choice." And school vouchers. And if cities/states choose to implement capital punishment. Etc. Or do you have a particular reason why "choice" is a word which politically is only about abortion and nothing else?

Personally, I really hate this Orwellian crap where you try to win your ideological battles by modifying the dictionary. Pro-abortion/anti-abortion clearly defines the territorial ground (and frankly gives abortion supporters the slightly more favorable "pro" adjective).

The point where you want 'pro-choice' to go alongside 'anti-abortion' because of your claims about what else your political side represents. . . that is a ridiculous self-serving waste of everyone's time. How does it sound if I say, "People who support a broad second amendment interpretation are actually ANTI-GUN because increasing legal carriers deters criminal gun use"?

Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 630

You seem very certain of the future. I am not so certain. That is not to say that I disagree, I just don't share your degree of certainty.

I would be very surprised to see anything akin to Moore's law apply to battery and charging technology. Pumping more electricity into a car means dealing with not only serious heat dissipation issues but also requires a more and more massive cables. Scaling up today's 120 kW superchargers to charge in 10 to 20 minutes requires something more like 700 kW. Technically possible, but really pushing the limits.

Now, tripling the size of the batteries and then charging completely in 15 minutes will require a massive amount of electric current. Again, pushing the boundaries of thermodynamics. Possible? Yes. Probable? That's another story.

Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 630

Since you can install ten Superchargers for the cost of one H2 station and since existing electric infrastructure is ubiquitous and there is no H2 infrastructure, it would seem a fools errand to start building H2 infrastructure when we already have EV infrastructure in place. You can do all the R&D you want but you'll never overcome the basic thermodynamic inefficiency of H2 which is about 30% of an EV.

I never debated the efficiency of hydrogen. However, you can have all the infrastructure you want and you still can't get around the fact that it takes longer to charge a car than it does to fill up a tank of gas (or hydrogen).

Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 630

You are missing a point. Interstate travel simply does not matter to many many (my estimation the large majority of people).

I'm not sure that I missed that point. If this was of paramount importance to all buyers, there would not be a market for EV's - and there clearly is a market. However, the market hasn't exactly eroded the ICE market (around 60k BEV's against over 17m ICE cars and light trucks sold in the US in 2015). There are many people who do enjoy the convenience that ICE's offer. Others have jobs that keep them on the road all day, and EV's just don't work for that yet.

Collectively we are sick and tiered of paying for features (massive towing capacity and huge ranges on vehicles) that people neither want nor need.

Who is we? Are you speaking for every vehicle consumer in the world? I mean, certainly you're not speaking for the massive amount of Americans who purchased pickup trucks last year. Do you have some sort of data to suggest that Americans are collectively sick of paying for this utility? On the contrary, light trucks outsell cars by quite a large margin. Surely, there are a whole lot of buyers who prefer having this utility available to them.

. The dude who needs to tow his boat long distance can go screw himself, he will have to pay double in a few years as others (via economics of scale) are subsidizing him.

That's an interesting attitude. How are others subsidizing towing? My understanding is that roads are mainly funded by fuel taxes, and towing (or even having a large vehicle that is capable of towing) uses more fuel, generating more taxes. Anyone hauling a boat around is already paying more than double than someone driving a mid-sized sedan. Interestingly, we're subsidizing EV's significantly more than large vehicles towing boats. Beyond the state and federal subsidies for the vehicles themselves, EV's don't generate any tax revenue and do not help to fund the roads that they travel on. Even further, due to the weight of batteries, most EV's are very heavy and thus cause more wear and tear on the road than lighter vehicles. I'm not suggesting that subsidizing EV's is a bad thing...but it's disingenuous to suggest that heavy ICE vehicles are somehow subsidized and EV's aren't.

I'm not trying to suggest that electric cars are terribly impractical and will never feasible. However, your position doesn't reflect the reality of the current market.

Comment Re:Hydogen is just a way to store energy (Score 1) 630

So why can't existing gas stations install superchargers, or something similar? They all have electric service, and H2 pumps would necessitate installing new tanks and new pumps.

Sure - why not? It seems like a lot of the discussion revolves around a notion that these two energy storage technologies must be mutually exclusive. I don't think that it has to be. Perhaps FCV's will never live up to their promise. I'm just not ready to write them off just yet...especially based on what is said by a co-founder of an electric car company.

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