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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Migraineman Re:Why should Detroit get special treatment? (398 comments)

The term "right" has been abused over the years to the point that most people would equate the following two statements as peers:
- I have the right to participate in representative government.
- I have the right to eat Cheetos in my bed.

In the context of this discussion, the right in question is freedom - freedom to secure housing, freedom to seek education, freedom to protect yourself. The State does not have an obligation to fix your bad decisions, nor does it have the authority to do so (because that would infringe on your personal freedom.)

So while you have a "right" (aka "are free") to eat Cheetos in your bed, expecting the State to provide the Cheetos and the bed is ridiculous. You are, however, free to obtain them yourself.

about 10 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Migraineman Re:Why should Detroit get special treatment? (398 comments)

No, our rights are well enumerated, starting with Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

You do not have a right to protection.
You do not have a right to housing.
You do not have a right to employment.
You do not have a right to education.
You do not have a right to health.

You have a right to pursue all of these things, but you are not entitled to them. If you choose to be employed, you need to earn that employment. No business is obligated to hire you simply because you are a wonderful person. Further, you may choose to be unemployed, in which case the State is not obligated to support you to your satisfaction. We have programs in place to support people who become unemployed due to no fault of their own, but these are transitional programs, not lifestyles.

You do have a right to speak up about bad and corrupt government.
You do have a right to vote.
You do have a right to participate in government, at multiple levels.

As for compassion, I do know there will be victims of this situation. However, the vast majority of Detroit residents have been tolerating this disaster of a city for decades, and are now upset that the fairytale they have been spoon-fed isn't coming to fruition. I have trouble being sympathetic for folks who trot mindlessly down a well-marked dead-end road and get upset when the road ends.

about 10 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Migraineman Re:Why should Detroit get special treatment? (398 comments)

This isn't a natural disaster. This is the result of *decades* of mismanagement and corruption. If the system is so broken that is cannot be repaired, and fighting the system is an unwinnable battle, your only viable solution is to leave. And that's what you're seeing here. People are leaving Detroit en masse.

Detroit is a city, but it is far from being an essential resource. If it imploded tomorrow, I doubt it would be more than an interesting news tidbit for the rest of the nation.

Finally, it's clear that you don't comprehend freedom. Freedom includes the ability to royally screw yourself by making one bad decision after another. Detroit has made many bad decisions over the years, and it is completely outside the pervue of the US Federal government to step in and mandate that the rest of the nation support a city or to dictate how a city is run ... regardless of how poorly the locals are running it.

about 10 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Migraineman Re:laws change (937 comments)

Insurance reform needs to happen at a national level. I've been bitching about this since I started driving.

Drivers and cars need to be insured independently. The insurance industry will fight this tooth and nail, because it eliminates their ability to lump everyone in your household into a cost bracket associated with the worst driver. Have a 17-year-old son or daughter? Everyone's rates go up. Why? Because the insurance industry prohibits you from being insured individually.

Insure the car as a car. If it's self-driving, it gets a different policy and rate from one that requires a meatbag in the pilot's seat.

Insure the individual as an individual driver. Have lots of accidents? Your rates go up, but your spouse's rates don't. Same thing with teen drivers (higher rates) and no-accidents-for-thirty-years drivers (lower rates.) None of this BS about raising everyone in your family's rates because one child did something childish.

This resolves a number of "what if" scenarios that currently result in finger-pointing. Borrow your neighbor's car ... park it downtown where it gets dinged by a cab. Does the driver's policy or the owner's policy cover the damage? You don't know, do you? That's because the current insurance situation is f'ed-up. With separate car/driver policies, it's clear that the car policy covers material damage to the vehicle, and makes a ton more sense than trying to figure out which person-not-driving has the liability.

I know, it won't happen. The insurance companies will protect their profits at all costs, including destroying the self-driving car.

about a year ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Migraineman Re:Threatning the midwest! (684 comments)

I like bug suffering, but not people suffering.

Well said, citizen. The Federal Network would like to remind viewers that February will be "Kill a Bug Month." Join in, and do your part. Also, remember that Service Guarantees Citizenship.

Would you like to know more?

about a year ago
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Convicted Spammer Jeffrey Kilbride Flees Prison

Migraineman Re:What an idiot. (233 comments)

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are approximately 6,937,600 offenders under the supervision of adult correctional systems at yearend 2012. Approximately 2.2 million are incarcerated. The remainder are on parole or under community supervision (i.e probation.) I would suggest that your 50k number is low, by at least an order of magnitude.

about a year ago
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Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

Migraineman Re:There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

Yep, learn the difference between "grid tied" and "grid interactive" systems. The latter will operate locally when the grid drops out; the former will not.

about a year ago
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Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

Migraineman Re:A fine example of the problem (670 comments)

I'm dealing with family members who are obese. You would think, by their reactions, "choice" was the nickname of Satan. I've heard the littany of excuses from the thyroid to the social environment. At the end of the day, the "choice" exists as to what you shovel into your pie hole with your own hand. You might have a metabolism that compels you to eat, but nobody but yourself decides *what* you eat. There is no shadowy figure holding a gun to your head, threatening your very life unless you eat that Family Size bag of Doritos in one sitting.

I've watched an obese family member make and eat an entire batch of cookies because she was feeling bad, and had to suffer through her diatribe about how "it's not my fault" and "why won't someone else solve my problems for me?" crapola. There can be no respect in these situations. And putting these people on continuous medication programs will only further absolve them of responsibility for their actions.

about a year ago
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Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

Migraineman Re:What an amazing idea!! (207 comments)

Folks seem to be misunderstanding the purpose of the phone. It's not for your convenience. The phone is a conduit to connect your wallet to a carrier's bank account. That's why *every* carrier is willing to "give" you a phone for a substantial discount. Allowing you to change the phone's capabilities is equivalent to turning off the money stream.

Now, if they could get a piece of the action, that's a horse of a different color.

about a year ago
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MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

Migraineman Re:Why would it need a carrier tone? (180 comments)

And how do you plan to validate their public key without a CA?

That's easy - just have the phones exchange keys over Bluetooth.

about a year ago
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US Horse Registry Forced To Accept Cloned Horses

Migraineman Re:Greed knows no bounds (164 comments)

There are many laws, including the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, that cover equal treatment of people. Horses are not people, and do not enjoy the same rights and legal protections we do. In fact, horses are often ground up into food and adhesives.

I am currently an officer of the ""He-Man Women Hater's Club." As a private club, I may deny you and anyone else admittance to said club, for pretty much any reason - I don't like your hair; you have the wrong color eyes; it's Tuesday. My behavior may be unfair, or even discriminatory, but it's not illegal*, and you may pound sand.


*Note that certain establishments, like restaurants, do come under legal scrutiny because they have an interaction with the public. There are many other examples where discriminatory behavior is prohibited, but a private horse registry ain't one of them.

about a year ago
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US Horse Registry Forced To Accept Cloned Horses

Migraineman Re:Greed knows no bounds (164 comments)

Monopolies are bad. I'm not contesting that. However, it's completely specious to claim "monopoly" on the basis that the American Quarter Horse Association controls the American Quarter Horse Association Registry. Of course they do, it's their registry. The statement "none of the other horse registries accept clones either." tends to indicate that there are multiple registries ... aka "not a monopoly." I suspect these registries won't allow you to register your cheeseburger, nor your motorcycle. I'm sure several of the My Little Pony characters are quarterhorses. Can they be registered too?

Now, if the registries are colluding in an oligopolistic fashion, and are taking anti-competitive measures, then there is actionable stuff there. However, if the AQHA has a policy of not registering cloned animals, so be it.

about a year ago
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US Horse Registry Forced To Accept Cloned Horses

Migraineman Re:Greed knows no bounds (164 comments)

The quarter horse association, which has a registry of 751,747 animals, stated in court that it is a private organization and has the right to decide its membership rules.

I'm with the Quarter Horse Association on this one. They're not the government. They have no "fairness" obligation to everyone. I don't see how they can be accused of holding a monopoly when "no other horse breeding registry allows cloned animals ..." indicates that they ain't the only game in town. Start your own damned registry if you don't like the current offerings. If the incumbents run you out of Dodge on a rail, then you have an actionable claim based on anti-competitive business practices. But I don't see how you can claim "monopoly" simply because you don't like a private organization's rules.

Hey, I just started the "No Clones Alllowed Horse Registry." Can these two horse breeders sue me and force my no-clones registry to accept their cloned animals?

about a year ago
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20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event

Migraineman Re:"People aren’t stupid." (151 comments)

That's not "stupid," that's "cost shifting." If you're trying to win a contest, you might even call it "strategy."

about a year ago
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

Migraineman Re:already passing it (414 comments)

Doesn't seem to work with my Motorola V750. How about a 1-finger gesture?

about a year ago
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MediaNet Sued for Licensing Unlicensed Songs

Migraineman Re:What are the damages? (73 comments)

More than likely, the $20 "advance" was a trap. If Mann had deposited the $20 payment, her opponent could have demonstrated that the expired contract wasn't expired, as evidenced by the payment that was accepted. Returning it was the right thing to do.

about a year ago

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Arduino in Spaaaace!!!

Migraineman Migraineman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Migraineman (632203) writes "In addition to the primary ISS construction mission, STS-127 is carrying two 19-inch spherical satellites scheduled for deployment on Mission Day 16. The two spheres, Castor and Pollux, are part of the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) that studies atmospheric perturbations in the LEO environment. Castor contains an ARM processor, while Pollux is running an Atmel ATMega CPU. Pollux also contains student payloads developed with Arduino on Atmel AVRs. Both satellites transmit telemetry using the FX.25 FEC format developed by the Stensat guys. Many components are commercial-grade, purchased from Digikey. This is the second ANDE mission, following the successful deployment of MAA and FCal on STS-116 (both also flying commercial components.) Yes, I'm involved."
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A123 offers 100MPG Prius Upgrade

Migraineman Migraineman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Migraineman (632203) writes "A123 Systems is taking orders for their 100MPG battery upgrade for 2004-2008 Toyota Priuseses. Orders for the $9995 (+$400 S&H) package are expected to ship in November of 2008. The price includes professional installation at a certified installer. You get 30-40 miles of 100MPG behavior, then revert to the standard Prius performance. The new battery compliments the existing battery, and is rechargeable from a standard 120V outlet in about 4.5 hours. Yes, they've done crash testing. No, you may not buy the module independently or install it yourself."
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UK Criminalizes Posession of "Extreme" Por

Migraineman Migraineman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Migraineman (632203) writes "Expected to be phased-in in January 2009, the UK's Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, Part 5 makes possession of "extreme" images a criminal act, punishable by imprisonment. What constitutes an "extreme" image? The image must be 63-2(a) pornographic; and 63-6(b) grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character. Grossly offensive or disgusting to whom? I find it quite disturbing that possession of an "extreme" image may carry a larger penalty than participating in the depicted act, as questioned by Baroness Miller [in the One Concession seciton.] Also of note, Section 72-1 criminalizes out-of-country behavior if it's prohibited in the UK. Scratch that trip to Vegas."
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Prototype Lunar Truck Unveiled

Migraineman Migraineman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Migraineman (632203) writes "NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX has unveiled a prototype lunar truck. It offers six-wheel-drive, six-wheel-steering, and standing room for one person. They've tossed the "oversized golf cart" Apollo-era topology for something that more resembles the Mars Rovers' drivetrain. They also claim it to be "the ultimate low-rider," as it has the ability to squat for simplified payload and passenger loading. A video is expected on NASA-TV, but doesn't appear in the schedule yet."
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Gibson Introduces Robot Guitar

Migraineman Migraineman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Migraineman (632203) writes "Gibson has introduced it's auto-tuning Robot version of the classic Les Paul guitar. The volume knob has been updated with eleventeen functions, including multi-color tuning status LEDs. An NiMH battery lives in the guitar body. The CPU and motor-driven tuning pegs are integrated into the headstock. There's not much technical meat at Gibson's flash-encumbered website, but this Design News article gives some decent insight into the inner workings. The PDF manual is also available. Gibson has done a remarkable job integrating the additional features without tarnishing the classic visual appear. For example, the guitar strings are used to send power and telemetry from the body to the tuning head. Oh, and the MSRP for this beauty is $2499."
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Migraineman Migraineman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Migraineman writes "Elon Musk has posted a preliminary post-flight analysis of the Falcon 1 flight. Initial indications are that the oscillations of the second stage were caused by a combination of slosh in the LOX tank and an impact event between the interstage ring and the second-stage rocket nozzle — ultimately the sloshing caused the LOX to move away from the fuel sump, starving the engine of oxidizer and resulting in premature engine shutdown. Baffles are to be added to the LOX tank, and the thrust vector algorithms are getting updates. They're also considering changes to the first-stage engine shutdown profile to reduce the chance of nozzle-smackage.

In spite of not getting to LEO, the Falcon 1 flight is being considered a success, and SpaceX is moving forward with the TacSat-1 launch scheduled for September."
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Migraineman Migraineman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Migraineman writes "I stumbled upon a clever hack by Sprite. He reverse engineered the pin functions on an HP inkjet cartridge, and built a simple driver board that converts the cartridge into a hand-held inkjet printer. The driver board is programmed with a fixed message. Moving the "print head" is your responsibility, but it leads to some interesting applications. Printing messages on a whiteboard was the original inspiration, but printing messages on the foam head of a Guinness is just inspired."

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