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Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

Politburo Re:No... (252 comments)

Here's the thing, not every area of the country has the same air pollution issues. So why, they argued, do we need ultra clean cars? In response, the national legislature set minimum standards and also said states could choose to require the more stringent California standards.

Many states with air pollution problems chose to do this (13+DC). So it is still decided by the national legislature and individual state legislatures (via delegation to administrative bodies). There is no representation issue.

For other products this regime doesn't exist. It's still not a representation issue, though, when a company chooses to release products that only follow California standards. That is simply the manufacturer making a business decision.

about 9 months ago
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Panel Urges Major NSA Spying Overhaul

Politburo Re:Thank you (242 comments)

The current state of the US government explicitly prohibits US citizens being detained at Guantanamo (as has been the case since its inception). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Or at the least, any evidence.

about 9 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

Politburo Re:not super expensive at all (1146 comments)

You shouldn't need to rely on the heat of the bulb to prevent condensation (what if someone takes a shower with the lights off?). A properly insulated fixture will not have a problem, and of course use damp rated equipment.

about 9 months ago
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FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App

Politburo Re:This app never seemed necessary (187 comments)

Rogue fleshlight? I don't wanna know where that thing has been...

about 10 months ago
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Moore's Law Blowout Sale Is Ending, Says Broadcom CTO

Politburo Re:A decade long product cycle sounds good to me (267 comments)

The BLS doesn't really recognize "core" CPI and only asserts that CPI is one way to measure inflation, not the only way. They publish an index called "All items, less food and energy" at the request of the Fed. The Fed doesn't even use it anymore, but the media has glommed onto it.

about 10 months ago
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Nissan Leaf Prototype Becomes First Autonomous Car On Japanese Highways

Politburo Re:Everybody gets this far. Then it gets hard. (140 comments)

You wouldn't need to record light timings. Upon yellow light, determine if safe stop is possible based on distance to light and current speed. If yes, then do so.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide

Politburo Re:NSA Delenda Est (256 comments)

Just like how tarring and feathering tax collectors during the 'Whiskey rebellion' sent a clear message to the federal government..

about 10 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Politburo Re: You may think it troll, flame bait, etc, but.. (641 comments)

"So it would be best to officially secularize the state-concerning legal aspects of marriage, and let various churches, sects and suicide cults conduct whatever rituals they want for who they want on whatever basis they want."

This is already how it is done. You go to city hall or county office, etc, to get a marriage license. There is no requirement to go to a church, sect, or cult, but you may not be viewed as married by those institutions. Similarly, if you only go to a church/sect/cult and don't go to city hall, you're not married in the eyes of the law (exception: states with common law marriage).

about 10 months ago
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Final Days For Australia's Analog TV

Politburo Re:If you've got good signal, digital is better, b (192 comments)

That sounds like a problem with your receiver. Back when I was using the free boxes, that would happen sometimes, but it was cleared up by changing the channel.

about 10 months ago
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Final Days For Australia's Analog TV

Politburo Re:If you've got good signal, digital is better, b (192 comments)

"We should have kept just one analog channel for a local news station to broadcast on"

My guess is that there are many such channels available in your area. You may know them by the names FM and AM.

about 10 months ago
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Science Museum Declines To Show Climate Change Film

Politburo Re:In the USA (398 comments)

"Actually, don't bother — I'll offer evidence to the contrary. In 2005 US was hit with 14 hurricanes, 10 in 2012. The average for period between 1944 and 2005 is 6 [weatherstreet.com]. Is there a rise? Hardly — between 1885 and 1889 there were 26..."

This does not seem to disprove GP. Let's accept all of your factual assertions as correct.

Average # of hurricanes/yr 1885-1889*: 5.2

Average # of hurricanes/yr 1944-2005: 6

Average # of hurricanes/yr (2005, 2012): 12

* I think you meant 1886-1888 which makes this number almost correct (27 hurricanes for those three years), which makes the average 9/yr still below the 2005, 2012 average.

(Yes I understand 2005, 2012 is not a real average, but it is the 'evidence to the contrary' that OP chose to include)

about 10 months ago
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Science Museum Declines To Show Climate Change Film

Politburo Re:Fixed summary for you (398 comments)

More accurately, opponents saw the opportunity to label anything related to climate change as "political" because Al Gore.

about 10 months ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

Politburo Re:Indians are not a model (495 comments)

Nice anecdote, but there are also plenty of successful vegetarian athletes.

about 10 months ago
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Airline Pilots Rely Too Much On Automation, Says Safety Panel

Politburo Re:self-flying planes (270 comments)

I think only wheels up time counts towards that 100 hours.

about 10 months ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies

Politburo Re:Accuracy (282 comments)

The actual metric is that 80% of premiums must go to medical care. So yes, they can spend more (in asbolute $) on medical care and subsequently keep more (in absolute $) as overhead/profit, but in order for that to work out, they have to also charge higher premiums since that is the only income in the equation. This puts them at a disadvantage in the marketplace.

about 10 months ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Politburo Re:Food for thought (783 comments)

Hahaha, no.

Most dash cams are activated when the lights go on. All the officer has to say is that they observed it prior to that. Do not under any circumstance fool yourself into thinking that lack of video evidence means you are off.

about 10 months ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Politburo Re:Food for thought (783 comments)

The court has considered that for decades, it was a key point in Florida v. Bostick which relied on jurisprudence going back to Terry. Unfortunately the court ruled that it has to be explicit that you are not free to leave an encounter with police. Coercion and trickery is OK, which is why ACLU and similar videos tell you to repeatedly ask "Am I free to leave?", as you note. In this case, being on a bus with the aisle blocked by police officers didn't count, the Court insanely ruled that a reasonable person would have felt free to leave the encounter. Justice Marshall dissented (with 2 others), one of the last decisions he took part in. Only Scalia and Kennedy are still on the Court and sided with the majority.

about 10 months ago
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Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Politburo Re:Booze Bus (783 comments)

And depending on the state they might still charge you even if you're under the limit.

about 10 months ago

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