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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

AK Marc Re: Dry Counties? (463 comments)

So, your argument is essentially, "because one police department was derelict in their duties and got away with it, we should force *all* police departments to be derelict in their duties."

Yes. Like all cops are bad cops. 1% of the cops are dirty, and 99% of the cops are bad cops for covering up for them. Note when the police sued in court for the right to never enforce the law, other departments came to stand with them, not against them. That makes *all* cops culpable.

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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

AK Marc Re:Interesting... (126 comments)

And if everyone used these stations, the state of the batteries wouldn't matter. You'd get a better one one time, and a worse one the next, then back to a better one. The range may varry 5% or so, but more than that and the cost of the charge would cover replacing the bad cells. People get more variability than that now with fuels, but don't care or pay attention because range and usage statistics are so poor for gasoline cars.

Personally, when I ran the numbers on these, they should be charging people a time fee. If you come in once a year for a battery refresh, then you get charged more than the person that fills-up every day.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (136 comments)

When my reality doesn't match yours. I'll take the one I experienced, over the assertions by someone I never met. And I'd expect no different from you.

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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

AK Marc Re: Eyes? (298 comments)

Studies have shown that pretending to have an emotion end up in having the emotion. This is used where people are given an exercise to argue the "pro" side of a topic they are on the "con" side of, or vice versa. The people end up liking the side they said they didn't like. Saying something enough, makes it true in the mind of the speaker. Emotions are behavioral justifications, people seem to think they precede the action, but studies show that they don't necessarily.

Also, the memory of them is maliable. You can hate killing someone in combat your first time, but 1000 kills later, look back at your first kill fondly, believing you liked it at the time. That's also true for watching movies, or other more mundane things.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (136 comments)

You're ignoring the huge infighting in the GOP, for what reason, exactly?

Because at the end of the day, they vote together in 99% of the elections (excepting the few where both sides field a candidate). They are internally divided, but 100% unified when the question is, "will you vote for Nancy Pelosi, or her opponent, who is a marmoset dressed in drag". They'll vote against the Democrats every time, no matter what.

In the question of far-right Republicans and off-the-charts-right Republicans, it doesn't matter. Alien Vs Predator's tag line comes to mind. Whoever wins, we lose.

Reading the examples in your link, they look to be Teabaggers vs Republicans. The Teabaggers are more conservative than the Republicans. So the fighting doesn't matter. Where are the liberal Republicans? The small government Republicans don't have a voice in the fight.

Or are you one of the ones that thinks the Teabaggers are small-government Republicans? I've been to meetings, they are pro-religion Republicans looking to impose religious worship on us all. The reason the country is failing is that women can have abortions, whites can marry blacks, and taxes can buy something other than guns. Higher taxes for more guns is a good thing, to the Teabaggers I've met. They don't want a smaller government. They just want everyone on welfare to be dead (and by everyone, I think they really mean the blacks, as there are more whites on welfare than blacks, but that never is brought up).

I've been a member of the Libertarian Party, and the Republican Party and attended Teabagger meetings (back when they actually called themselves teabaggers, and so long as they claim they never did, I'll never stop using it), but on Slashdot I'm continually told that I don't "understand" them. Often by people who have never been to the actual meetings where people stand up and say stupid racist stuff, to a cheer of people.

Oh, and I've never been a member of the Democratic Party. And didn't vote for Clinton or Obama (though I never voted for a Bush either).

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

AK Marc Re:Dry Counties? (463 comments)

Is that an official policy? Cops are brainwashed. All harm they see they are told "drugs caused this" regardless of cause. And so they "want" to stop drugs. Drugs didn't cause it though, that distincton goes to 20+ year old economic policy, and 200+ years of racism in the courts. There were two lynchings this year, both quickly ruled suicides, with evidence destroyed before independent investigators could examine the evidence. Both were black men hanged for dating white women. Why aren't the police investigating/enforcing the laws in those cases? Oh yeah, the Chief knows that enforcing an anti-lynching law against a white person will cause race riots, so the black man beat himself up, rolled in an ant hill and leaped up into a noose with no step stool, obviously suicide.

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

AK Marc Re:Dry Counties? (463 comments)

"Discretion" is one thing. Completely ignoring their job requirements and the mandate of their bosses and the public (who in Nebraska, still want marijuana to be illegal) is something else entirely.

Are you familiar with the cases the police used to get "discretion" essentially coded into law?

The example I heard is where a woman had a restraining order out against an ex. He threatened her life, "I'm coming to kill you tonight at 7" kind of specific threat. She called the police and told them that he violated his restraining order by making the threat. He made the threat. He was arrestable at that point. She gave his last known address. She gave the time and place of her death. The police went out hours after her death, on the call of a neighbor. He showed up at the appointed time and killed her.

The Police discretion was used to ignore a whiney bitch who probably deserved what she got. If you think that not arresting someone for violating a restraining order, not going out on a call for help, and letting people die is not "completely ignoring their job requirements" I'd like to know what is.

On a more personal level, my uncle (rich white guy, elected judge in IL) was pulled over at least 10 times for DUI between #2 and #3 because he'd be let off every time by the police, knowing that a felony conviction would end his career. They finally gave him #3 when he crashed his wifes car, stumbled home, and got into his car and drove back to see how bad it was. There was a crowd of civilians around the crash site, as well as the officers that recognized his wife's car and his car as he drove back, and with all the civilian witnesses, decided it was finally time to arrest him for #3.

Police have long fought to never enforce a law they don't want to, and to get to enforce knowingly bad laws. They almost always win.

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

AK Marc Re:Dry Counties? (463 comments)

"I don't care if you go to Colorado and smoke pot, but it's still illegal here and if I catch you with it, I have to arrest you." Law enforcement officers I know are mixed on whether they think pot is okay or not, but they all agree that if you're caught with it, they can't just let you go.

But the police have argued all the way to the Supreme Court that "discretion" is a right of the cops, and they are *never* required to enforce any law.

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

AK Marc Re:Yup. (463 comments)

That reads like an Onion of a movie plot. Or the makers of Footloose read that and thought "Kevin Bacon would make a great Mike Niblett."

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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

AK Marc Re:Nonsense (378 comments)

So fiat makes bitcoin unstable. That doesn't change the fact that it is an unstable currency that's worse than fiat. Commodity currency is backed by goods. Fiat currency is backed by a government. Bitcoin is backed by nothing. And its unstable value reflects that.

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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

AK Marc Re:NSA (64 comments)

That's a solved problem. I've used speech to text, text to speech and translate to do the same thing. Rolling it into a popular program is the "new" thing. But there are some very basic things it can't do that should be higher on the list than solving an already solved problem.

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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

AK Marc Re:NSA (64 comments)

Skype was never P2P, it was always connected through a central server. And the voice to text was always there, and will likely be how the NSA spies, as it's easier to search a transcript for "shiny bomb" than searching unindexed audio for the same thing.

The "new" thing here is reading the transcript real-time (well, real, after the translation is done).Voice to text is solved (not perfect). Translation is solved (not perfect), text to voice is solved (not perfect). This may be the first one to tie them all together, but doesn't break new ground.

Call me when Skype supports P2P connections, or IPv6.

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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

AK Marc Re:Kewl! (64 comments)

It's a reverse tachyon pulse from the main deflector that does it.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:Tesla comment aside (136 comments)

DOMA was passing a law to invalidate the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit clause. The pro-constitution small government Republicans passed more laws to cause more bureaucracy to invalidate the Constitution, doing the opposite of what they say they are. Yet again.

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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

AK Marc Re:Nonsense (378 comments)

So the people that actually use it don't care that the amount of [whatever] it buys varies wildly? I think you are wrong. I think the people that use t care greatly about how much of [whatever] they can buy with it.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:Tesla comment aside (136 comments)

The authoritarian Nazis are pushing for "states rights" unless the states decide something they don't like, in which case they introduce DOMA. They claim to be for states rights, until they aren't.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (136 comments)

Because your family is dumb? There's no answer I could give. If I gave a correct and satisfactory answer, you could just move the goalposts. That's what always happens before, where the zealots support an unsupportable position.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:And this attack ad is brought to you.... (136 comments)

Remember, Democrats are never responsible for anything...

Like how Nancy Pelosi was responsibly for everything bad that happened while Bush was in office? I remember there being a long list of problems with Clinton, at the time. Democrats have never done anything right, according to the Religious Conservatives.

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:Tesla comment aside (136 comments)

There's the conservative, state's rights, tea party wing that is in the minority.

Is that the "states rights" wing pushing to ban gay marriage on the national level to remove the rights for states?

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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

AK Marc Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (136 comments)

Ah yes, no true Scotsman. Republicans are authoritarian thugs. You can't tell them the Teabaggers are Libertarian, or Democrat. They want to authoritatively tell people how to live, and enforce that with law. The Libertarians in the US are anti-democracy and for big government.

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House approved proposal to help block municipal broadband

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 4 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks."
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Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 8 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations."
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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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