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Comment Re: Liability (Score 1) 489

If they make it illegal, won't that suddenly make it not the #1 cash crop (at least not one that gets tax money into the state's coffers)? I'm not saying that banning it again (or rather, taking up anti-pot enforcement in a big new way) is a sensible idea, I think we're in violent agreement here, but sensibility hasn't stopped many people from doing many stupid things (such as electing Trump), because many people just aren't sensible. Plus, Sessions' anti-pot cronies stand to make a lot of money through vigorous anti-pot enforcement. Anyway, back to CAF: if they start stealing everything that pot owners and dealers have, that would quickly put a damper on things I think. What'd be interesting, however, is if the state governments turned on them and started arresting the federal agents for theft, and states started really rebelling legally against the federal government. It could get pretty ugly.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 342

It really depends. How far ahead in the future is it, and how much effort is required to delay it, and what's the effort/delay ratio, and also what's the probability that your delay tactic will even work and how much? So, for instance, if the disaster won't happen for a few decades, and delaying it for another few decades will take a large amount of effort, which you could instead spend enjoying your life, then why bother? If you're going to be elderly or dead by then, what's the point? Sure, you can worry about your progeny, but what if you don't have any? And why frustrate yourself into an early grave that way, when most of your countrymen are intent on working against you because of their ignorance and idiocy?

I can certainly see why Elon wants to set up a colony on Mars.

Comment Re:John Deere is a problem (Score 1) 489

Yeah, those are my thoughts about Chrysler too. Of course, Fiat isn't exactly known for being an automotive leader, and neither is "Groupe PSA" (owns Peugot and Citroen), so I guess it makes sense that these 3rd-rate has-been automakers are consolidating. But in the case of Opel at least, it's going from American ownership back to European ownership.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 342

No, the morons are the people who voted these plutocrats into office. Sorry if that wasn't clear. Your statement proves that you're one of those uneducated morons, such as your utterly retarded statement that "Planned Parenthood doesn't provide healthcare". Citation needed on that piece of idiocy, because everyone else in this universe knows that they provide all kinds of gyno services.

Comment Re:I get no updates from my carrier (Score 1) 86

Did your brother-in-law run the phone down to 0% a lot?

Li-ion batteries can only fully discharge and recharge a limited number of times, and their lifetimes are hugely affected by how much you run them down before charging. So they might only advertise 1000 charge cycles, but that's for a full (or mostly full) discharge. But if you recharge every time it hits 50%, you could get an order of magnitude more cycles out of it.

Bottom line: don't run your phone's battery down.

Also, it's good to get a phone with a removable battery. I can get new batteries for my S5 for $10.

Comment Re:I use them quite a lot (Score 1) 253

I think there's a lot of truth here. We see it in so many other stupid UI fads too, especially the whole flat-UI trend that's been going on for 4-5 years now I think. These designers are all part of a big cargo cult, not experts putting real thought and feedback data into their design decisions.

Comment Re:Tractor Breakers, not Fixers. (Score 1) 489

When you say "void the warranty", that implies that the mfgr is able to refuse ALL warranty claims, and that the product is no longer covered by any warranty. This is flatly illegal.

What mfgrs *can* do is refuse to honor the warranty for specific claims when they can prove that the customer caused the problem in the first place, such as with a shoddy repair or faulty part.

So if you change your own oil and strip out the drain bolt and the oil all leaks out and your engine seizes, the mfgr does not have to repair your engine. But if you change your own wiper blades with Anco blades from Walmart, they are not allowed to refuse to fix your car when the engine fails, because the wiper blades have nothing to do with the engine. If you change your own oil and the brakes fail, again they cannot refuse to fix it. If you change your own brake pads and the brakes fail, they still cannot refuse to fix it unless they can reasonably prove that you did something wrong or used a bad part. General maintenance/consumable things like oil/filters, brake pads have lots of aftermarket support so it's not easy to prove that the Fram/Purolator/Bosch filter caused your engine problem.

Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 1) 489

but it all catches up with everyone eventually.

Not necessarily. This board is likely full of people who are fairly well-off, have valuable tech skills that are highly transferable, and have the ability to leave a sinking ship for other nations if need be. Rural farmers don't have that so much, and can't just pack up and skip the country if things go south in a bad way. The rural voters have really screwed themselves.

Comment Re:Tractor Breakers, not Fixers. (Score 1) 489

Yes, but that's not at all what you said before. You claimed that modifying the tractor would "void the warranty". That is a complete lie. The mfgr cannot "void the warranty", they can only refuse to honor a warranty if the problem is shown to be caused by damage caused by the end-user, as the law clearly states.

Comment Re:John Deere is a problem (Score 1) 489

The same reason the US and EU governments both investigate large mergers and block them if they think it's too anti-competitive. Try getting Boeing to buy out Airbus and see if the EU doesn't step in and block it. And authority? Why would you think a large government wouldn't have the authority to block a large corporate merger? They do it all the time.

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