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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

OhPlz Re:Why stop there? (46 comments)

A special lane on rail trails would be nice for rollerbladers, bordered with razor wire.

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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

OhPlz Re:Common Carrier (280 comments)

Maybe the same way Comcast and their ilk gets around being a common carrier. The riding the razor's edge of the law and greasing the right pockets.

2 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

OhPlz Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (280 comments)

Why don't you have your own insurance? You're the one that wants to be protected.

My state doesn't even require auto insurance.

2 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

OhPlz Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (280 comments)

have used 'letter-of-the-law' sophistry to justify their behavior

That's basically how everything in this country works. It's inevitable given the government's desire to regulate and tax every facet of human existence. If you want a run a business in a way no one else has, you need to take some risks and flout some laws.

2 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

OhPlz Re:I don't get it (528 comments)

The Soviets also mounted quite a propaganda campaign against the US placing armaments near the USSR even as the USSR tried the same with us. Regardless, the US could never allow for missiles to be pointed at us from Cuba. Any country with the means would have reacted swiftly and forcefully to such a brazen act of aggression. What transpired should have been predictable, and obviously the USSR wouldn't stick around to help out afterwards when the plan fell apart. There's no compelling reason for the US to assume that anything would be different if it were to relax the embargo today, so it continues. Considering that Poutine is hell bent on reclaiming former Soviet territories, I wouldn't be surprised if relaxing the embargo were to lead to second missile crisis.

3 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

OhPlz Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

I don't disagree. I was just pointing out how this ends up happening for the non USians among us. I strongly support state's rights, it is how the nation was intended to work and it brings far more positives than it does negatives. The federal funding scam is abhorrent and the states need to find an effective way of fighting it. DC never will, it's how they force their views on states that don't agree with them. No politician elected is going to want to surrender power they just gained. Even Ron Paul participated in schemes he campaigned against, for "the good of his state".

3 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

OhPlz Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

Things like this are often done at the state level, so there's really no one to hold them accountable for it. The federal government can't go after a state for how it chooses to tax entities within its own borders. Surrounding states have no leverage either, other than to make similar concessions in a kind of bidding war. Happens constantly near the state borders. My state loses a lot of opportunities because the state just to our south will do anything a company asks. Personally, I think this is one of many barriers that start ups face and it reeks of excessive and inappropriate regulation. All companies should be on equal footing.

3 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

OhPlz Re:I don't get it (528 comments)

There's nothing noteworthy in all of that. You're mad about a military base and a revolution that you can't really connect to US policy. So there's that, versus Soviet missiles aimed at the United States. One of these isn't like the other. I know hating on America is popular, but Cuba deserves what it got. You threaten us, we crush you.

What do you expect of the US? Were we supposed to just overlook the serious threat those missiles posed to our people? Oh, you got a bad leader and we put that base there.. so sorry. Go ahead and let the Soviets install missiles to slaughter us. That's absurd.

BTW, the US doesn't hate Cubans. All they have to do is get on dry land and they're welcomed into this country with open arms.

4 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

OhPlz Re:I don't get it (528 comments)

I vaguely remember a missile crisis of some sort.. a Cuban missile crisis. They're being punished because their cooperation with the Soviet Union could have devastated the mainland US. They're a warning to others not to do the same thing. I know it's confusing in an age where there are no consequences for bad acts anymore.

4 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

OhPlz Re: Wrong Title (496 comments)

She was involved with one of the participants, was she not? She chose to split hairs as you are doing, and now she's bitter about it. Had she come clean up front, it wouldn't look like she was trying to hide something.

4 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

OhPlz Re:If you think medical funding is bad (347 comments)

If most people's lives are as tough as mine, why aren't there major demonstrations demanding higher taxes on the rich to alleviate the most severe hardships for everyone else.

Are you kidding? Did you miss Occupy Wall St or the more recent $15 minimum wage walk out protests? The first half of Obama's presidency was all about punitive taxation of the wealthy and wealth redistribution. Remember "we need to spread the wealth around"? Joe the plumber?

I literally lay awake at 3am wondering how I'm going to feed my family when my current contract runs out.

I've been there as a tech worker. Right now isn't so bad, but it has been before and will likely be again. I wouldn't say I work on things that no one else has ever worked on, but if I don't pick employers carefully or if I don't learn the right technologies at the right times, I can end up being unemployable. I've seen it happen to folks I've worked with. Granted it takes a while to get that far behind. When the dot com bust happened, a lot of people left technology and went into other professions.

Terrorism is a hot issue because oddly enough, people don't want to be killed by jihadists. Death versus being stuck in traffic for an hour, one seems more pressing than the other, despite one happening every day and the other extremely unlikely to occur to any one of us. That's the news cycle. If it bleeds, it leads. If you're judging what's going on here by what you see on the media, no wonder you're confused.

We do need to spend more time relaxing. I agree with that. I tend to doubt my own worthiness at points if I get too wrapped up in work. You can't force creativity and it does need to be recharged from time to time. It's just that when you're in the thick of it, that's hardly the time to take a long weekend and relax.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

OhPlz Re:Wrong Title (496 comments)

The allegation is that she lied by omitting her involvement with violent radicals. Terrorists don't generally carry ID cards, nor do they publish a list of members. Yes, the two orgs she claimed to be involved with are probably peaceful and harmless. But if you know people that used violence to carry out an agenda that you met while spending time in activist groups and someone asks you a question like that, you ought to mention it. Throw the facts out on the table. Yes, I was a member of these peaceful groups, and while I was involved with them I met these other folks who were using violence. I've kept in touch with one of them ever since. I can't imagine this is something that just slipped her mind. Did she forget why her friend was in prison?

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

OhPlz Re:Wrong Title (496 comments)

She stayed in contact with an associate who was in prison. I don't think she can claim innocence.

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

OhPlz Re:Maybe (257 comments)

I wasn't suggesting that it would be practical.

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

OhPlz Re:Maybe (257 comments)

Trust but verify. The parole board (in theory) trusts the convict enough to let them out on parole. That shouldn't mean we take them at their word that they're reformed. You still need to keep an eye on them because recidivism happens. Convicts have a lot of time to check the boxes and come up with a convincing plea to get parole. Sure, it sucks for the ones that are reformed and won't lapse back into criminal behavior. They should have thought of that before they committed a crime. I have no sympathy for them. As for waiting out the parole period to commit a crime, how often does that actually happen? The average parolee isn't a criminal mastermind. Someone without self control won't be able to accomplish a feat like that. Personally, I'd prefer that convicts serve their full sentences and we dispense with parole altogether.

5 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

OhPlz Re:If you think medical funding is bad (347 comments)

Similar to many jobs. That's what I had in my mind when I posted my sarcastic comment. "Welcome to the real world." I like developing software and have been doing so in industry for a twenty years or so. Do I love my job? Not entirely. There's a lot of BS involved surrounding the parts of it that I enjoy doing. I read the summary as if academics are dismayed that they're susceptible to the same problems we all have to face. I'd love to have a guaranteed job where I get to focus all my time on things I find interesting, but it's not going to happen. Even in industry, people get dismayed to the point where they leave.

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

OhPlz Re:Maybe (257 comments)

If you like your privacy, you can keep it!

or if the other side wins..

Read my lips, no more spying on Americans!

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

OhPlz Re:Why just guns? (257 comments)

You're suggesting that gun laws are the only difference between the US and Japan? There's no reason to assume that access to firearms is the primary cause of murder. A firearm is not a motive.

5 days ago

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NH Man Arrested for Videotaping Police.. Again

OhPlz OhPlz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

OhPlz (168413) writes "Back in 2006, a resident of New Hampshire's second largest city was arrested while at the police station attempting to file a complaint against officers. His crime? He had video tape evidence of the officers' wrongdoings. According to the police, that's wiretapping.

After world wide attention, the police dropped the charges. His complaint was found to be valid, but the evidence never saw the light of day.

Well, guess what? Round two. There are differing reports, but again the police arrested Mr. Gannon and again, they seized his video camera. This time it's "falsifying evidence" because he tried to hand off the camera, most likely to protect its contents.

Once again, if the police are free to videotape us, why aren't we free to videotape them? If there's the potential of police wrongdoing, how is it that the law permits the police to seize the evidence?"

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