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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

CauseBy Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (179 comments)

We vote, we count votes, and the person who gets the most votes takes office (with rare exceptions like Gore in 2000 when Gore got more votes in Florida). That's democracy. Other critiques might be valid but they don't change the validity of our democracy.

about half an hour ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

CauseBy Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (179 comments)

Right. The United States is a constitutional republic, which is a form of democracy, and the Soviet Union and Baathist Iraq were "constitutional republics" which we both put in quotes because they were fake democracies.

about half an hour ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:CA requires commercial licenses for pickup truc (187 comments)

Oh shit! Because I was led astray by poor googling.

I stand by my statement. I'll bet that guy a hundred dollars that Californians don't get tickets for putting groceries in their pickup trucks. That is total nonsense.

36 minutes ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

CauseBy Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (179 comments)

Yes, and constitutional republics are democracies, which makes your reply true but unnecessary.

39 minutes ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:Insurance (187 comments)

Wow do you think so? That's an interesting claim, one I've never considered. Tell me more.

yesterday
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:You have got to be kidding (187 comments)

"The fact is that driving for Uber and driving friends around has zero actual difference in terms of external risk or ability."

I'm going to speak slowly so that you won't miss this. Pay attention.

When you pay for something you have a heightened reasonable expectation of quality.

Phew. Did you get all the way through that? When you cook for yourself you can use tainted beef, but when you sell food to other people they have a reasonable expectation, backed by law, that you won't use tainted beef. You can be a jackass crazy driver on the road but when you sell rides to other people they have a reasonable expectation, backed by law, that you will be competent.

yesterday
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:Wrong (187 comments)

"Why do I need a commercial license tags for that again?"

You JUST got done saying that you use your car more and differently because you use it for commercial services. I think you can answer this weak rhetorical question on your own.

"Why is is so different when it's someone I don't know at the start?"

It's hard to believe that you have thought this through. Do you oppose cleanliness standards for restaurants because Johnny Law doesn't come inspect the kitchen in your home? Can you fathom why skyscrapers are required to have sprinklers and marked exits but your shed is not? I feel like your post is subtle trolling but it's just too subtle. Forgive me if I bit on bait.

yesterday
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:Insurance (187 comments)

"what's to stop an insurance company from working with the ride share companies to offer up commercial coverage to anyone driving using the company's ride share app? "

I'm not positive about this, but probably the law.

yesterday
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:Insurance (187 comments)

We don't have to imagine what it would be like to have unlicensed barbers, we can just look at the world as it existed prior to the licensing requirements. You'd go in for a shave and walk out with a staph infection. You'd go in for a haircut and walk out with head lice.

So, stop imagining. If you prefer staph infections and head lice to the requirement that people in control of public health (which includes barbers) complete a half-day training on basic sanitation methods, then you can go vote for that. I won't be voting with you.

yesterday
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:CA requires commercial licenses for pickup truc (187 comments)

Your whole story boils down to "Pickup trucks are usually used for business and the State of California knows it so that is the default. You can license a pickup in a non-business way if you want to, though, by checking a checkbox."

Yeah. So what's the problem?

This is ridiculous: "subject to being issued a very pricey ticket if you are ever caught carrying anything in the truck bed - even if it's personal belongings or groceries". I looked it up and I couldn't even find cranks complaining about that much less reasonable people.

Here's the DMV page: http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/NonCommercial.htm. Big spoiler here: there's nothing about ticketing you for getting groceries.

yesterday
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

CauseBy Re:Insurance (187 comments)

"I once drove some of my daughter's friends home from a birthday party. Should I have had to have a commercial driver's license?"

Yes, of course you should.

I assume that the little girls paid you, of course, because if not then then your comment is curiously irrelevant.

yesterday
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

CauseBy Bottles and horses (329 comments)

In other news, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to put the genie back in the bottle. On the way to do that, he's going to shut the barn door and go looking for his horse.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

CauseBy Re: Anonymous ? Get a life !! (509 comments)

Weed is the low-hanging fruit. It is a vast outlier in terms of both safety and popularity. All arguments are in favor of legalizing weed.

Other drugs are not as safe and not as popular but I still think there is a strong argument for some kind of stepped legalization of most drugs.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

CauseBy Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Fair enough. Freedom of speech can be difficult, and the edges of the right can be difficult to balance. In my opinion, America hits the balance almost perfectly. Not exactly perfect, but as close as anyone could reasonably expect in a complicated world. Listening to asshats spouting hate is near the edge of the right, but in my opinion is inside it. Putting out fatwa's on people heads -- and there was a fatwa against the Charlie Hebdo editors' -- is outside the edge of the right, in my opinion.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

CauseBy Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

"If I didn't, then I couldn't support Charlie Hebdo et al to mock islam"

I don't know why you see it that way. I don't support the right of people to advocate in specific terms for the extrajudicial death and destruction of... well of anybody. I do support the right of people to poke fun at things they find silly or dumb. What's the contradiction?

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

CauseBy Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

"Advocating death against a person or group is not protected free speech"

Indeed and more to the point it shouldn't be protected free speech.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

CauseBy Re:After the taser is used is too late.... (219 comments)

Why would the cameras ever need to be off? Just record all the time, never stop. Have 24 hours of storage and rotate through that storage space.

about two weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

CauseBy Re:As much as could be expected (189 comments)

I see your point except for this:

"Saying, "Let's get her!" and then going home satisfied that you've beaten the bad guy is exactly how this sort of thing is allowed to continue."

That doesn't make sense. If we get one bad prosecutor fired, that is a disincentive to the other prosecutors to be bad. Do you see it differently?

about two weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

CauseBy Re:How many times done anything helpful? (189 comments)

Their ability to refuse care increased under the Act. They still won't let you die but they might elide things that they previously provided.

The nice thing about being in the system is that you can get preventative care and screening. As it turns out, it's super nice to catch cancer early. By the time you go to the hospital with a sore throat that won't go away, you're too late.

about two weeks ago

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