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

Dragon Bait Re:Insurance (204 comments)

My argument is that if someone isn't safe enough to drive people around for money, then they're not really safe enough to drive at all. If we need more stringent driving tests and vehicle inspections before we permit anyone to drive for any purpose, then okay, let's have those.

I appreciate your argument, but I think you're wrong. I think there is more risk to reward trade-off analysis to be applied. There's a major difference between the risks of a person driving two blocks to the grocery store and someone driving a 25-mile school bus route. I want more scrutiny on the bus driver than the mom going for a carton of milk.

When it comes to Uber-Lyft, I admit that I'm on the fence. There certainly should be a regulatory even playing field: either apply existing taxi laws to the Uber-Lyft drivers or remove those restrictions and regulations from the taxis.

Claiming "free market" when one side is regulated and the other isn't is disingenuous.

2 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Dragon Bait Re:Insurance (204 comments)

To be fair, you ignored his part about

and they're much more likely to be sued, and for more money.

2 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

Dragon Bait Re:This has happened before. (119 comments)

But war, war never changes.

I'm not sure about that. Just before Gulf II, Bush the lesser was incredibly popular. By the time that 2008 rolled around, most people didn't want war. So war is just one of those things that goes in and out of fashion.

2 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Dragon Bait Re: Link to the study (349 comments)

[M]any smokers lied when looking for coverage, saying they had quit.

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times. -- Mark Twain

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Dragon Bait Re:No way! (512 comments)

'You get what you pay for' is also common sense.

Actually, it should be you pay for what you get.

5 days ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Dragon Bait Re:Let's be blunt (360 comments)

I'm trying to oppose your using a single data point to draw conclusions, by demonstrating that there are other data points that contradict all of your pseudo-scientific babbling about hard-wiring.

Did you even read the article on testosterone in the womb? Have you tried googling it? There is a lot of real science about people being born predisposed to male roles versus female roles. Even explaining why your one son has been feminized.

As far as women in IT, I haven't taken a stand on it. I have only taken a stand on the idiotic notion that culture is the only thing guiding people's choices and that people's natural wiring has nothing to do with it.

What I said he enjoys playing with toys that would be traditionally viewed as "girly" - which of course throws a wrinkle in your whole thesis, so it's easier to subtly call my kid a faggot

I never called your son a faggot. I said feminization. Obviously you're hypersensitive and resentful of how your son has turned out so far. Really. There's nothing wrong with your son being gay (even though I never said he was -- but you need to watch you attitude. You're going to do the exact thing you're so proud that you haven't. You're the one that is going to actively damage him because of your own hostility.).

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Dragon Bait Re:Let's be blunt (360 comments)

sorry, this post is just so ignorant. You should look into the actual research on this....

Sorry Coward, I have done plenty of research on the topic and yours is the ignorant post (perhaps explaining why you choose Anonymous Coward). Try Googling testosterone womb and you might learn something.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Dragon Bait Re:Let's be blunt (360 comments)

Sorry to be the one to inform you, but everybody is wired different from birth.

I'm sorry Coward, I'm confused. Are you trying to extend my argument that people are wired from birth (and not by up bringing) or are you trying to oppose it. Or maybe you've decided on a false strawman claiming I said they are wired from birth only one way?

As far as your feminized son goes, there's plenty of evidence that it probably has to do with the level of testosterone in womb.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Dragon Bait Re:bitches be bitches (360 comments)

Except when that boy's testosterone starts to flow at puberty, he'll see what kind of a bitch his "dad" really is. MAN THE FUCK UP and get a real job, pansy ass. You just said men and women are wired differently at birth. Why are you attempting to subvert your natural place in the world, huh?

From the parent

my wife is also in the tech field

-- meaning we're both in the tech field (and based on laws of averages, each of us is making more than you do), so I guess you failed at reading comprehension. Let me guess, you're male (males tend to suck at reading comprehension more than girls do -- it's PC to say that only because it slams the male [and can be backed up with statistics]).

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Dragon Bait Re:Let's be blunt (360 comments)

Number one can't be addressed within kernel community in any way. No point to even try. It should be addressed within our whole culture, by revising our notion of gender roles.

Do you have kids? I have 3: one boy and two girls. As far as gender role models go, my wife is also in the tech field. I do all the cooking at my house. My father-in-law does all the cooking at his house. My wife has cooked a total of five meals in 20 years. I've never seen my mother-in-law cook. The kids were effectively raised with reverse gender roles.

When the older two were three and four years old, we plopped them in the dirt while building our garden. The boy grab a matchbox truck that had been left over from the previous owners and start pushing it through the dirt making engine noises. The girl started making mud pies.

Sorry to be the one to inform you, but boys and girls are wired different from birth. Testosterone probably plays a huge role in this. I realize that that was political incorrect to say, but a little real world information would be great before going through and doing grand experiments on all of society to fit your perceived notion of the way things ought to be.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Dragon Bait Re:Linus and Martin Luther King are in agreement (360 comments)

Martin Luther King:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their kernel

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Hey, hey, HEY! Careful there. You might just get sued for copyright infringement by King's estate.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Dragon Bait Re:The Dangers of the World (783 comments)

CPS doesn't beat the shit out of you, kill you and then say it was your own fault.

No. But they put you into foster homes that do.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

Dragon Bait Re:Lobby = Corruption (190 comments)

All of us should have the right to lobby our legislators and legislatures. Where it's a problem is when we have these professionals and big money behind them to effectively give them a larger voice than the rest of us. How can one compete

Each congresscritter has about 725,000 (3.16M / 435) people living in their district. If everyone decides to directly lobby their congresscritter -- and the only thing the congresscritter does 24 hours a day is listen to constituents -- then each person gets less than 44 seconds a year to talk to their congresscritter.

The system needs to group voices together otherwise it would never work.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

Dragon Bait Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (190 comments)

This is a perfect example of what's wrong with government regulation.

Or, what's wrong with campaign financing in the US.

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. -- P. J. O'Rourke

about two weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

Dragon Bait Re:i vote with my wallet (328 comments)

By the way, your seriously deluding yourself if you think we've ever had a system of justice. We have a system of laws (such as it is). Justice is a mythical creature that only exists in theory. One person's justice is another person's injustice.

I know. Doesn't mean we shouldn't try, at least a little. The alternative, as you said yourself, is anarchy.

Justice cannot be achieved. Take the case of Michael Brown versus Officer Wilson. If Wilson isn't charged, there is a sizable contingency that will know that justice was not served. If Officer Wilson was charged, there is a sizable contingency that will know that justice was not served.

The best you can hope for is a system of laws where everyone is equal before the law. Yes, I know, this is also a pipe dream. But it is the best you can hope for. So, in absence of a justice system -- you can have a system of laws. You don't need to have anarchy.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Dragon Bait Re:Optometrist? (464 comments)

I also decided to ditch them for a bi-focal and a single focus for my computer monitors.

Pro tip: If you're getting two pairs of glasses with different prescriptions, get different frames.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Dragon Bait Re:Optometrist? (464 comments)

Don't come from 'you're a fool, and you don't understand what I need". Come from "Yes, I know that this turns your experience and training on it's head. I'm trying to do something abnormal, and I'd like to use your experience to improve on my abnormal request".

Before writing the prescription he agreed with me. What makes him an absolute evil bastard was that he lied and gave me what he wanted versus what he said he was going to do. I don't object to a professional saying I think you're wrong and here's why and not giving in. I object to an faux-professional saying Yes, I see your point. We'll do it your way and then doing whatever the hell he wants.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Dragon Bait Re:Optometrist? (464 comments)

I must admit that I read his obituary with great glee.

I trust it was in focus ?

I'm near sighted. I just had to take the glasses off to read it.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Dragon Bait Re:Optometrist? (464 comments)

Therefore, any professional opinions provided by the optometrist are going to be biased by the money involved.

This.

The second to the last optometrist that I went to insisted that I get trifocals. I insisted that I wanted a single focal point with the focal point set for the computer monitor. He huffed and puffed and finally gave me a single prescription -- with a focal point about 20 feet away. The bastard. He knew what I wanted and decided to screw me over so that I would have to come back. I didn't; I went elsewhere.

I must admit that I read his obituary with great glee.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

Dragon Bait Re:i vote with my wallet (328 comments)

Here's the thing: if one truly believes in a system of justice and the rule of law, then one must refuse to recognize the validity of any contract that is not of equitable nature (be it equally fair or equally unfair).

You have a false premise. There are lots of laws that I disagree with -- even the current length of copyright -- but I don't go around breaking every law I disagree with just because I disagree with it. If everyone did that, it would be anarchy, not to mention, why have laws in the first place (since you're going to do whatever you damn will want anyway).

Noah has it right. Work within the system to change the law. Boycott the products that benefit the opposition. But deciding that you're both the legislative and executive branch and breaking the law is not only not legal, it is not the right approach.

By the way, your seriously deluding yourself if you think we've ever had a system of justice. We have a system of laws (such as it is). Justice is a mythical creature that only exists in theory. One person's justice is another person's injustice.

about three weeks ago

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Apple Wins $1B Verdict

Dragon Bait Dragon Bait writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dragon Bait (997809) writes "Apple Inc. (AAPL) won more than $1 billion after a jury found Samsung Electronics Co. infringed six of seven patents for its mobile devices in a verdict that may lead to a ban on U.S. sales of handheld electronics a judge deems to violate Apple’s rights.

Let the appeal begin."

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