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Comment Re:Uhm.... easy fix (Score 1) 48

India's PDS entitles a citizen to a kg of rice and a liter of kerosene every month. How much trouble will people go through to cheat at that? Also, the iris scanning is monitored, so someone may notice if you hold up someone else's eyeballs instead of facing the scanner. For bigger transactions, the iris scan is just one factor: you also need to present an ID and/or enter a password or PIN.

Comment What makes you think I'm trolling? Losing the arg? (Score 1) 32

It's a fact that over and over again device-specific add-ons are ignored. They wind up in bargain bins whether it's tablet-specific keyboard docks or R.O.B. for the N.E.S. Ignore the lessons of history at your peril. Moto G 2nd owner here, in case you think I'm in love with Samsung or something. Anybody else notice they're now stooping to infomercials?

Comment Re: What I want to know is (Score 1) 50

How did they get your personal contacts?

When I created my Linkedin account, they asked me for my email address and password. I didn't fall for it, but my wife did, and Linkedin logged in on her behalf and sent email to every single one of her 2000+ contacts, including many casual acquaintances from years ago. This was a sleazy, and maybe illegal, action. They are a very unethical company. I still have a Linkedin account, but I don't trust them, and all my information on Linkedin is public knowledge anyway.

Comment Re: Question (Score 1) 348

The border? The Russians on the right side? The Americans on the left side?

The American guns were pointing at the Russians. The Russian guns were pointed at the East German people.

from what point of view would it be wrong if west germany had joined east germany instead?

It would have been wrong from the point of view of the German people. The Ossies wanted to be Westies. The Westies did not want to be Ossies.

Comment Re:Read some Engels (Score 1) 348

The models are false simply because they don't account for human nature.

Indeed. If people can "afford whatever they want to consume", then they are clearly assuming that most people's wants are reasonable. They are not. For instance, I want a starship, a troupe of dancing girls, and maybe my own private planet.

Comment Re:VISA program is GOOD. H1B is NOT. It is a joke (Score 1) 232

I work for Google and there are constantly great Ph.D. theses where we hire the inventor to integrate their thesis work into our products. Here's an example of an area that can have major impact on our products and at the same time there is typically one person out there (the Ph.D. student) who knows the topic well and understands all small nuances of it.

Google has offices all over the world, so this is a ridiculous argument at best. Even if you did need them to be face to face, there's no need for anything more than a temporary work visa for that purpose. Got any better explanations than that one?

Comment Re:The Verge is 100% wrong (Score 2) 32

Not only is this a viable play-book for Moto, it's exactly what they should do in order to not become part of the "value" market on the clearance shelf.

History has shown us that statistically nobody buys expensive accessories for electronic devices, not least because they are never compatible for long. So no, it's a stupid waste of time. Also, Moto is already part of the value market. They make cheap-ass Motos as tracfones.

Comment Re: Wow... (Score 1) 219

That statement should disqualify you from driving a car.

Right back at you:

While pedestrians are supposed to behave, it's YOUR responsibility to make sure that you never drive in a way that makes it possible for you to run over a pedestrian (or hit other cars, for that matter).

While it's my responsibility to minimize that risk, the law recognizes the impossibility of doing that. It sets specific standards where necessary, such as in the case of motorists passing cyclists in California. In other cases, it is deliberately vague to give leeway specifically for the purpose of assigning fault to the party whose fault it actually is (or for other more malign purposes like selective enforcement, but those are outside the scope of this comment.)

The law recognizes the impossibility of completely eliminating accidents, whether between a vehicle and a vehicle, or a vehicle and a pedestrian. It sets speed limits accordingly, so that even if a pedestrian (or motorist) does something stupid, they will hopefully not die. Let's be clear, though; the law recognizes that physics is a thing, and that a person can change direction more rapidly than a car. We don't make the driver automatically responsible in every situation because if we did, nobody would effectively be able to drive. Instead, we make pedestrians responsible for their behavior in many cases. In most of the US, and apparently in most of the world, jaywalking laws exist which make it illegal to cross the road without consideration for safety. Even in DC, where you don't need to use a crosswalk, it's still explicitly illegal to enter the roadway even in a crosswalk when an oncoming vehicle cannot stop for you. Note that the law does not specify a car traveling at legal speeds, or traveling with the light, et cetera. The driver might well be found at fault in a collision with a pedestrian who stepped out in front of them while speeding, but the pedestrian would still be cited for entering the roadway illegally. The goal of the law is to reduce accidents because they are inconvenient to others, not to be fair.

Oh hell, why am I wasting time. It's not "OK" to hit someone at 25 mph. To wrap it up, I hope you didn't mean what you wrote :)

To wrap it up, you misused quotation marks. I didn't say it was OK to hit someone at 25 mph. You're wasting time because you are an idiot who doesn't understand the argument.

Comment Re:VW needs a bankruptcy "fix" ready (Score 1) 60

Clearly you are confusing VW with Toyota, who are still the world's biggest automaker.

They are neck and neck, and VW employs more people due to all the marques they own.

I can't comment on the rest of your manifesto, other than to say I have no idea why you are so interested in how the Phaeton was destined to be a phailure from the beginning.

It's interesting because it's Ferdinand's fault, like everything else wrong with VW today. Germans love a hardass, though, and that's how they got him in the big chair. And what else is interesting about it is just how spectacularly stupid it was when they already had a car in that space. But what's relevant about it is that they have money to burn.

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