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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

JerryLove Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (300 comments)

How is "OMG I can't afford to stream 8 hours of video a day any more" going to set society back 20 years? If anything, it will be a huge improvement.

OK. So it will only set it back 10 years to the pre-internet-streaming days. I suppose Netflix and its Hungarian competitors may see revenue loss.

Some other ways to lower bandwitdth useage. Stop buying games that stream over the internet (loss of sales again), stop your updates from downloading as they can be quite large (cyber-security issues increase as people's PCs become less secure). You can also stop using video conferencing and, perhaps VoIP.

Won't do well for OS's that stream either (LINUX).

I can see a tax on the bandwith you buy; but on the consumption of that bandwidth? Seems poorly thought out.

12 hours ago

Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

JerryLove Re:Not always about the money... (156 comments)

Unless it's different than the one I am thinking of: it was developed under US government grant.

It wasn't the single-payor (or multi-payor) system that did it; but rather direct government investment in research.


NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

JerryLove Re:Diversity is best (391 comments)

Better phrasing would be "Mars is the only planet that is known to be solely inhabited by robots"

Neptune is a known planet. It might be inhabited solely by robots. More to the point: there are known exoplanets that we have never seen. They might be as well.


The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

JerryLove Rebuttal to rebuttal (622 comments)

"If someone leaves their car unlocked and leaves a valuable item in plain view in the front seat, we might feel less sorry for them if they return to their car to find it stolen. But it's a logical error to blame the victim just because they took a risk; the real reason to blame them is that there's no counterbalancing benefit to leaving the car door unlocked, or failing to move the valuable item into the trunk. "

The benifit of not puttin the thing in the trunk and not locking the car is it was less effort to do and will be less effort to open the car and get to the thing aftewards.

Much like the hacked accounts and the benefit of not using a more secure password.

I'm worried that "victim blaming" has been redefined. It seems it might once have been "the perpitrator is excused becuase of the victim", which is not what has been said.

I'm sure there are costs associated with banks building vaults, locking doors, hiring guards, having survellence: avoiding those costs would be a clear benefit. But if they fail at those (or if Home Depot fails to spend enough money wisely enough on securing their POS systems) we correctly fault the bank (or Home Depot) for their lack of care while still rightly villifying the person who broke in and stole the money.

These people took risks. Those risks included taking nude photos, uploading those photos to internet-attached servers, and failing to use good security. Those risks did not apy off. This does not excuse those who hacked the accounts. It is not "victim blaming" in the classic sense either. it is rightly pointing out a lack of due care.

about two weeks ago

PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

JerryLove Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

It relies on the premise that "killing is superior to interaction".

"Don't ride horses: kill the horses to make way for an automobile factory and roads. That's more ethical"

Since any position is going to be arbitrary (theirs or mine), I can't really dispute the conclusion (unless there's inconsistancy); but it seems a rather dumb one.

To super-smart aliens. I'd rather you interact with me in a kind way than kill me.

about two weeks ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

You are corect. I improperly used "right-to-work" where I should have used "at-will". Thank you for pointing it out :)

about two weeks ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

Of course I don't know what his personal contract of employment might read. Neither do you. Neither does the original poster.

Generally though, unless organized labor has been involved in drafting them, the contracts (for non-executive positions) are mostly to protect the employer. It would be odd for a company to remove from itself the ability to fire "because they feel like it".

To the tennor of your post: it's uncalled for and inflammitory. You imply that I am a "lying sack of shit", though it's a straw man. You assert that I claim to be an expert (another straw-man as I never did), and further claim knowledge you don't have about me to assert why. You are leveraging your ignorance of who I am with your misreading, deliberate or otherwise, of my post to claim to be an expert on his contract and my experience.

And no. I didn't "look it up in Wikipedia". I researched my particular state's statues because I have had employees.

Hell. I didn't even check if he was *in* a right-to-work state or not. He may not be. What I said was that it was not clear that he did have grounds. Feel free to prove that it's clear with support if you can.

about two weeks ago

DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

JerryLove Does it apply to keys? (191 comments)

"implicitly consented by granting access to the information stored in her cell phone and by consenting to the use of that information to aid in an ongoing criminal investigations [sic]."

To begin with: I worry what "implicitly" means. Do they mean "she had it on her person when arrested"?

That said. If I "implcitly consent" to you searching my pocket, and my house-keys are in it, did I just consent to a home search and the use of my house? I think not.

about two weeks ago

Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

JerryLove Re:and people go out with people based on race too (293 comments)

So what, in many cases people choose mates and friends based on their race preferences.

Many clients choose which businesses they will deal with based on the origin business owner (some prefer to frequent or to avoid Indian or Middle Eastern or Asian establishments for example).

People must be able to discriminate however they see fit and I am talking about people in their individual lives and I am also talking about businesses obviously.

Of course: this is a situation that has been tried. See pre-reconstruction US (or Suni/Shia/Kurd male/female in the middle east, or the caste system in India).

It creates a caste system where entire portions of society are disenfranchized. It usually results, in the end, in an awful lot of deaths.

See also: Segrigation, Aparthtide, etc.

Yes, it should be possible to discriminate based on race, absolutely. Race, age, sex, any form of discrimination must be absolutely legal (and by the way it is unconstitutional, illegal for the federal government to regulate businesses and the entire concept of interstate commerce does not allow government to regulate business, it is only there to prevent individual States from erecting barriers of entry, which are still all there, so the federal government is not doing what it's job is and instead it constantly harasses businesses for no reason whatsoever).

Your statement of fact, offered by you without support, is false. It has been established false by the court system and by the legislatures (which have not ammended to correct the courts).

Now, government must not be able to discriminate against anybody based on age, race, sex, ethnicity but that is also constantly happening for example with the war on drugs, with the so called 'war on terrorism', with every war that government runs.

Government must not be able to discriminate because it destroys the rule of law, destroys the free market (which is already destroyed in USA of-course) and eventually destroys the economy and thus the society. Government must be forced to treat people equally regardless of their natural characteristics, individuals must not be forced into anything.

If you will not accept government forcing you to marry any particular person or to frequent any particular business then it is inconsistent for you to be cheering for the government forcing a business to either hire or to serve any particular person.

This is a straw man fallacy. The government does not force the hiring or serving of a particular person. It disallows the refusal to hire or serve a particular *class* of people. You can still not hire or not serve any individual you like: as long as the reason is not their membership in a protected class.

Again: we've lived without these protections; and there are many areas in the world today without these protections; and the results were poor.

"Free Market" is in many areas of the world as well (try Somalia, for example); and also has been tried in the US (just set your time machine to -100 years). It turned out poorly. Indeed: you can look at the feudal structure and see that the issue was not that the nobility was the government, but that it was the property holder in an free-market society with only one player. That turned out with behedings and pitchforks.

about two weeks ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

In "right to work" states, you can fire someone for "no reason at all", but there are things you can not fire people for even in "right to work" states, retaliation is one of them.

You may want to research that a bit further:

That would require "legally proper, necessary, or desirable activities". Fire someone for unionizing and you have retaliation. Fire someone for suing over discrimination and you have retaliation. Firing someone for misuse of your company clout? That seems to fall well within valid firing. Even firing someone because they got someone to come complain about them and it annoyed you... that's usually fair game in an at-will state. (your mileage may vary)

about two weeks ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

Look, we all hate Comcast, but something is fishy here about this guy. I will go as far as saying that the write-up is one-sided, and if "true", the employer has opened themselves up to a lawsuit, and I really don't think HR and their lawyers would do this.

We are not hearing the full story.

I'm not so sure (and suspect that it depends on which state he's in). My state, for example, is "right to work". Which means, unless it expressly violates some protection (disabled, race, gender, etc): I can fire you for anything at all. I can fire you because my astrologer said I should fire anyone who wore a red shirt in today.

I would think *comcast* might be actionable *if* they actually lied. Otherwise, and unless he's in a state with more signifigant protections than mine, he's SOL.

about two weeks ago

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

JerryLove Re:Hodor (127 comments)

I haven't watched or read the series beyond some individual scenes so I can't say if that's an accurate assesment of it, but if it is, then it's evidence for the granparent's position. "Playing with expectations" is a gimmick. It can work once or perhaps even twice, but if the entire work revolves around it, that strongly suggests the author relies on constant shocks because they have nothing else up their sleeve.

You can rest relieved to know that the plot does not revolve around it. I'm not sure "avoiding cliche and limiting tropes" is realistically a "gimmick".

I'm sure your novels are better.

Just like everyone who complains about Obama/Bush/whatever better have a succesful term or two of US presidency behind them?

I'm not sure the analogy holds. Perhaps a more accurate comparison would be to respond to the presidential critic with "I'm sure your policies are better thought out: where can I find them?".

about three weeks ago

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

JerryLove Re:Hodor (127 comments)

As much as I don't want to validate trolling by responding to it: many of Martin's kills are done specifically to play with expectations. We killed the presumptive protagonist (Ned Stark). Then the audience realizes this story is about the sone and his revenge. So we kill him. But at least we know who the villan is. So Joffrey dies.

Martin's work speaks for itself. I'll not feed the "can't write" comments. I'm sure your novels are better. Which movie network is producing them?

about three weeks ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

JerryLove Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

The IRS is raking in record income to the US federal government.

That would be a false claim (unless you fail to adjust for inflation/GDP) The record by any sane measurement would be during WWII.

You aren't out of money because the IRS isn't taking it in... you're out of money because you're spending too much of it.

By all means... fix corruption... but while you're at it... balance the fucking budget.

The two are the same thing.... or unrelated. Take your pick.

about a month ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

JerryLove Re:Solution (410 comments)

End income tax.

No more tax returns. Only tax based on use (i.e. Sales Tax) Problem solved in one fell swoop.

Income tax was implamented partially because of the problems not addressed by sales tax. One being the accumulation of money which was not being spent in the economy at all (see also inheritence tax and property tax for two other things after the same problem).

Speaking of those two other taxes: will you be removing those? Because that's how states and counties mostly make their money. Once you roll all that up into a sales tax (what: 35%? There are some locals where sales tax is already 12%+, and that's without a federal sales tax on top of it) you are going to find some problems (see below)

Tax evasions now impossible and you encourage people to invest rather than spend.

Tax evasion is actually quite simple.
Option 1: Don't report the sale.
Option 2: Barter
Option 3: Under-report the sale price
Option 4: Buy from outside the US

Those all happen right now. They will get far worse if Sales tax becomes 500% higher.

Oh wait, that's right, we have an entire industry run by blood sucking vampires that need the current system to remain as confusing as possible.

Not quite.

The problem is: no one actually *wants* a simple tax system.
I mean sure: We all want it. Don't we.
Only I don't want to give up my exemption for my medical expenses. I'm not sure what would happen if, having baught based on a mortgage exemption I lost it.

Farmers don't want to lose their subsidies for land use, or capital equipment purchases.

Do you think corporations don't want to write off depriciation? Do you think Hedge Fund managers want their tax rate raise? What about major stock holder? Right now they have a reduced rate.

It's NIMBY. Make the tax system simple: but leave me my exemptions. Do you have kids likely to go to college? Would you like the cost of that raised 35% (Sales tax)?

about a month ago

Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

JerryLove False Premise (478 comments)

"It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic."

For example: See the cast of the Expendables.

Emanuel says that Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible.

I believe this assertion to be false. Doing mental puzzles will not make you live longer, and exercise mostly prevents causes of death like falling or having a heart attack.

People don't do these things to live longer... they do these things to live better. So that, when they are 75, they won't be... how did the OP put it? "feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic"

My grandfater was still running his store in his 70s. My grandmother was daycare to several of her great-grandkids. One of my martial arts instructors is in his 80s (and I would lose a fight with him). The premise is BS, and the "75" number is arbitrary. Further: it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. If he isn't exercising, if he isn't eating well, if he isn't keeping his mind active, he is more likely to be "feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic".

about 1 month ago

Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

JerryLove Re:More importantly (393 comments)

Yea. I wish I could have managed anything like that for my 330i.

I remember when I was spec'ing out my new car (looked at a new 528, but ended up getting a 4-year-old 535) that the Lakeland BMW dealer had a 2005 550i asking $13k. I considered getting it but for the thousands I had had to put into my old 330i. I opted instead for something I could get under CPO. I've already had the fuel injectors replaced, the battery replaced, the part that was supposed to make the battery last longer but instead broke and fried the batter replaced, the windshield-wiper motor replaced, and one or two other things I'm not thinking of right this moment.

My old 330, among other things (those plastic bits you mentioned in the cooling system being one of them) lost the GenMod.

about a month ago

Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

JerryLove Re:More importantly (393 comments)

You might as well have written "I dont know anything about cars". It would have been quicker and faster.

A set of racing spec brake pads and rotors (Project Mu) for my 14 yr old Nissan S15 cost A$1000, that's racing spec (800 degrees C) for sustained track use. A set of povo spec rotors and pads from Supercheap Auto will cost in the vicinity of $300 and this is Australia, one of the most expensive countries in the world.

Also you dont have to replace the rotors with the pads (whoever fed you that line was probably making a mint from you). A set of rotors should last several sets of pads unless you're doing a lot of track days on stock rotors and heating them up until they crack.

In short: BMW uses thin rotors and the manufacturer recommends strongly against grinding them. It is therefore normal, assuming there was not a defect in the pad, that the rotor would be below spec or warped (and not grindable) when the pad wears out. It's not universal, but pretty normal.

The cheapest I've seen anyone claiming to sell the rotor is about $70ea (not sure that was the 330). The norm seems to be $120ea (looking at 2001 model 330 as that's what I used to own). So there's $480 and I've not gotten the pads yet, nor have I paid a mechanic to install them.

I suppose I have a choice. I can believe the manufacturer, dealer, and mechanic I usually used on my old BMW, as well as the bulk of what's said by owners on the forums... or I can believe you.

Due to regenerative breaking: this is one of many maintenance costs that will be significantly lower on a Tesla S than its competitors; offsetting a potential battery replacement later.

about a month ago

Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

JerryLove Re:More importantly (393 comments)

The battery is warrantied for 8 years. What percentage of cars are not scrapped by 9 years old (not zero to be sure, but not a lot I would guess); and that assumes (falsely I would suspect) that there is a mass failure right at 8 years. If the average is even 50% farther (12 years); we are coming into a siginifgant "scrapped anyway" territory.

Heck. At 12-years on a BMW, there are any number of wearbale parts that replacement may exceed car value (tires, brakes (you have to replace the rotors with the pads on a BMW), etc).

That said: Nissan sells a 24kWh battery replacement for their ccar for $5500 (I don't have pricing on the Tesla as none are old enough to need to be baught). I would suspect that, right now, replacements are $20k. Even if not: Tesla is investing billions in bringing down battery costs, so we can expect it to be much lower in 8 years.

Further: all that assumes a new battery. What will the recycled ones cost? I Suspect not a great deal.

Finally: Assuming 15k miles per year; you will have driven 120k miles in 8 years. If you are in, say, a BMW750 (19 combined MPG) you've used a bit more than 6300 gallons which, at current $3.50 is $22,050. That means, in your gas car, you will spend more on the gas than a Tesla owner will on the battery. Assuming you don't drive much. Assuming that battery costs don't go down. Assuming that the batteries die at a mere 120k miles. And, unlike our gasoline, the battery is recycleable.

As a note: If you do replace the battery; the actual replacement itself is simple and requires few tools.

about a month ago

Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

JerryLove Re:Lets not forget (635 comments)

A "Carbon Tax" is not the way to solve the problems, and this is the solution that has been peddled by Al Gore and countless others trying to implement Agenda 21.

The first Cap-and-Trade program in the US was under Ronald Reagan and came out of his administration.

The Clean Air Act of 1990 includeds GHWB's cap-and-trade proposal for sulfur pollution.

GWB included a cap-and-trade proposal in his "clear skys" bill.

While running for president in 2008 McCain proposed to reduce global warming pollution via a cap-and-trade program.

I'm sorry. Tell me again how taxation (which is what cap-and-trade does) is a "Al Gore" idea.

about a month ago


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