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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Bardez Re:Talking of unpaid taxes ... (629 comments)

You can have your $1000, not adjusted for inflation.

3 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Bardez Re:Am I the only person... (629 comments)

Who writes the quizzes? The lobbyists whom drafted the bill? Or do you suggest giving the bill over to watchdog groups to further slow the legislative process?

3 days ago

For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

Bardez Re:FOXN1 (94 comments)

We've been on to them since 1998.

about two weeks ago

Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

Bardez Re:Sci-Fi roots? (167 comments)

Neither was Mystery Science Theater 3000, but it was hella good.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Bardez Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

And my Mod Points have disappeared. Such sad timing.

about two weeks ago

Kansas Delays Municipal Broadband Ban

Bardez Re:Good (156 comments)


about 2 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

Bardez Re:Ken Ham does not speak for all creationists (593 comments)

Ken Ham is a hack. I'd much rather see Bill Nye debate someone like William Lane Craig. That, at least, would be an interesting debate.

about 2 months ago

Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

Bardez Re:Archive.org should not respect robots.txt (234 comments)

Robots.txt should be respected at the time of retrieval. It should not be retroactively respected to censor or remove old data. That is a shame. I've used the Archive before on a site of a gaming company that I loved, which nearly went bankrupt (or perhaps did) but managed to eke its way through. Part of their relaunch nuked the Internet Archive's archives and I definitely felt a sense of loss.

about 5 months ago

Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

Bardez Character development (233 comments)

I liked Thor 2 better.

I found the character development with Thor 2 to be much more believable than that in Thor. In the first, he couldn't pick up his hammer and suddenly was humbled outright. In this, he slowly comes to realize that he cannot put his feelings for Earth (and Jane) aside and act as a ruler would, and must instead act as a guardian/soldier.

about 5 months ago

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

Bardez Re:It tried to follow the plot (726 comments)

Having read this (for the first time) very recently, I was under the impression that what had occurred was that he got frustrated, as you noted; eye-balled the explosion radius; judged that one of his soldiers would have been clear from the blast and fired. Had he used his sensors, he would have found that the soldier was not clear, and he therefore took actions that could have resulted in death in real combat. He eyeballed something where a (simulated) nuclear explosion was involved, and he was wrong.

about 5 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

Bardez Re:firing squads have one blank. (1160 comments)

Killing someone is cheaper than letting them rot for life in prison, feeding them, housing them, guarding them and perhaps even risking parole at some later date.

I do not pretend to weigh in on the morality or acceptability of capital punishment in this post, just the above economic view.

about 6 months ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

Bardez The first half of #3 is Hearsay (871 comments)

3. His advice ignores the benefits of leniency if you're guilty and you're almost positive you'll be caught anyway. For most of this discussion I've been focusing on the merits of talking to the police if you're innocent. But Officer Bruch also says that if people in the interrogation room answer questions and cooperate, then even if they're ultimately convicted, the police do testify to the judge that you were cooperative, and the judge can take that into account and reduce your prison sentence. That is at least theoretically another legitimate reason to violate Professor Duane's "Don't Talk To Cops" rule, if you're 99% sure that the police will find enough evidence to convict you anyway, you can hope for leniency by cooperating. [...]

It is pointed out by Professor Duane that the police cannot testify in your favor because anything you say can and will be used against you, but not in your favor. All a prosecutor has to decry is "hearsay" and it is not valid for the court to consider.

Apparently one other poster caught on to this: here

about 6 months ago

Valve Announces Steam Controller

Bardez I like what Steam is doing here (317 comments)

Intellectually, this fits everything I want about a gaming system/console except for DRM:

  • Moving games to Linux
  • Making a gaming Linux distro of their own, not a requirement
  • Making their own hardware, but not required
  • Making their own controller, not required

I just hope it doesn't flop.

about 7 months ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Bardez Re:jerk (1440 comments)

That's not the texting driver's fault, though. That's the asshat that rear-ended them's fault.

about 7 months ago

New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

Bardez Re:YES PLEASE! (401 comments)

First Contact made up for the other three. That is all.

about 8 months ago


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