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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

JDAustin Re:First Amendment implications? (646 comments)

It's a equal protection issue. The government is arbitrarily deciding what is "good" speech from what is "bad" speech. In this case it gives what it deems "good" speech protections under trademark law.

It starts with the Redskins. What happens when it denies a trademark to a maker of a product because while that product may be legal, its deemed "bad" by government bureaucrats? Cigarettes? Soda? Fast-food?

about a month ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

JDAustin Re:Paul Krugman (322 comments)

That's former Enron advisor Paul Krugman....

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

JDAustin Re:Dear Microsoft.... (218 comments)

I still use Excel 2003 for 90% of my excel work as I still have several custom toolbars that cannot be recreated w/ the ribbon. Being able to do many repeated functions w/ one click makes a world of difference.

about a month and a half ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

JDAustin Re:Fucking Bush! (272 comments)

See...I never saw the guy as a OK dude. When he has both his opponents (2004 Senate, Blair Hull in primary, Jack Ryan in general) sealed divorce records unsealed...he showed he playes very dirty politics. You knew he was more slimy the most politicians...it's people bought the whole Hope and Change con.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

JDAustin Re:Time to become a better shopper (211 comments)

Was hatred of Standard Oil irrational?

Actually, it was somewhat.

In 1865, the price of kerosene was 58 cents/gallon and Standard oil had almost no share of the market. By 1870, Standard Oil had a 4% share of the market and kerosene prices were at 26cents/gallon. In 1880, Standard had a 90% share of the market. Kerosene prices were now at 9cents a gallon. After a decade of 90% market share, kerosene prices were down to 7cents/gallon.

Why? Efficiency.

Rockefeller did such things as purchasing entire forests so he could make his own barrels. The result is a barrel price drop from $3 to $1. Rockefeller also offered guaranteed daily traffic to the railroads using Standard-owned cars, loaded and unloaded in Standard owned facilities. The result was a lowering of transport costs from $900k per trip to $300k per trip.

When it came to take-overs of competitors, Rockefeller opened the books and made a reasonable offer as he wanted talent and assets. If they refused, then he would start undercutting on price (while still turning a profit).

Now Standard Oil wasn't broken up until 1911, but due to competitors copying Rockefellers methods, its market share was at 65% and falling. Standard Oil didn't stop competition, it only forced them to become better.

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

JDAustin Re:Get 10% less fuel economy with E10... (432 comments)

Corrected for you...

Political parties in favor of ethanol subsidies and mandates: Democrat, Republican (establishment)
Political parties opposed to ethanol subsidies and mandates: Green, Libertarian, Republican (tea partiers)

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

JDAustin Re:Ethanol don't seem to matter (432 comments)

Thats how it is a lot of places. But the mix of gas between one brand and another is what ends up at the independent gas stations.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

JDAustin Re:You know... (403 comments)

You do realize that after the Ewoks killed the stormtroopers, they ate the stormtroopers (like they were going to do to Han/Luke/etc)???

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

JDAustin Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

Umm.....Chekov wasn't in the show until season 2....

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

JDAustin Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

The proper viewing order is
4 - A New Hope
5 - Empire Strikes Back
2 - Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars tv series
3 - Revenge of the Sith
6 - Return of the Jedi

Why?

First off, in this order Phantom Menace is unneeded (think about it). Without Ep1, Jar Jar is a slightly annoying background character. We first meet Anakin and Padme when they are proper ages. And none of that midichlorine crap. Now when Empire ends in the cliff hanger, we go right into the entire back story of Darth Vadar. The emperor, who's shown only a little in Empire, is properly revealed.

The Clone Wars series, after a rough first season, expands on the jedi we see killed due to Order 66. The Clone Wars gives Revenge of the Sith the emotional gravitas it was missing. Finally, seeing the backstory of Vadar right before Return of the Jedi makes RotJ a better film.

Are their plot holes still? Yea (r2d2 w/ jets, Padme mentioning her mother, etc). But it just works.

about 2 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

JDAustin Re:It's about power, not being a customer (417 comments)

In NYC, that medallion will cost you over $1million. Figuring that there are only 10-20% more medallions now (~13,500) in NYC then in the 1930s, you can see that supply has artificially been restricted.

about 2 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

JDAustin Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Here is the simplest interpretation of the 2nd amendment which even left wingers like your self can understand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

JDAustin Re:BOO FUCKING HOO! (338 comments)

That whole 70year pre-pay is bullshit. How about reading a few facts from the Congressional Research Service -

        "The confusion over 75 years may be due to an "accounting" and not an "actuarial or funding" issue. They only have to fund the future liability of their current or former workforce. This would include some actuarial estimate about the mortality rates of their current workers (I.e. how long they live). So a 25 year old worker would have an average life expectancy (from birth) of 78.7 years. Thus, they would have to project future retiree health benefits for this individual up to about 54 years in the future.

        But for accounting purposes they must estimate the future liability over a 75 year period (according to OPM financial accounting guidelines). In this case, they would make some assumptions about new entrants into the workforce and addresses your second question.

        Theoretically, these new entrants could include someone who is not born yet. While they have to account for these future liabilities on their financial statements they do not have to fund them if they are not related to their current or former workforce."

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal

JDAustin Re:fuck comcast (154 comments)

If corporations are not people, then they cannot be greedy (as greed is a human vice)....

about 3 months ago
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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

JDAustin Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (169 comments)

I stand corrected....this crook is a Republican. He needs to be kicked out of the party and ostracized.

about 3 months ago
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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

JDAustin Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (169 comments)

What part of the constitution is the right attacking?

Its the left who attacks the 1st amendment via free speech zones and wanting to limit who is considered a reporter. Its the left who has limited the 4th amendment with there militarization of local police forces. Its the left who has attacked the 10th amendment via increasing the power of the fed over the states.

Yea, the right has some serious issues, but more and more people on the right are seeing the results and moving back towards the constitution.

Oh, and Jim Ardis was re-elected with 91% of the vote in Peoria ILLINOIS. Hint....he's a DEMOCRAT.

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

JDAustin Re:San Francisco is just an extreme example... (359 comments)

California is only gaining population due to immigration from outside the US. You need to figure that those immigrants are lower educated, lower income people who are a net-drain on the system (for the first generation, not for the second+).

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

JDAustin Re:BS (359 comments)

Then move to the east bay. You can find decent family housing with good schools in Castro Valley for under 600k.

about 3 months ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

JDAustin Re:Low even for Slashdot (313 comments)

Blah Blah Blah Fox News Blah Blah Blah.

How about responding to the substance?

about 3 months ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

JDAustin Re:Low even for Slashdot (313 comments)

I hope you consider the Obama admin one of the most terrifying Democratic admins in history then as they oversaw defense of drone assassinations and much more expanded mass-surveillance. Lets add in gun-running to mexico, getting our ambassador to Libya and 3 others dead and then lying about it, enacting policies that encourage the militarization of local police, etc. Of course it takes a lot to surpass the Woodrow Wilson admin with their arresting journalists and shutting down newspapers that were their enemies. Be heh...Obama has two more years still.

BTW, since I'm being critical of Obama, does that mean I'm now basically a klan member? At least according to Hank Aaron it is...

about 3 months ago

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CNN Anchor wonders if asteroid is result of global warming.

JDAustin JDAustin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JDAustin (468180) writes "Proving that idiot anchors are not just on Fox News, a CNN anchor posed the question: "Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?”"
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