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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Quila Re:Lies (544 comments)

ahem, Acura.

about 5 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Quila Re:Lies (544 comments)

Like in Pulp Fiction when Mr. Wolf drives away in the Lotus in the end. They didn't record the Lotus, they added sound later. Problem is that sound was of constant straight-line acceleration while the video had the car accelerating, slowing, turning a corner, and re-accelerating.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Quila Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

it's designed to make people second-class citizens simply because of who they are, a quality they can not (nor should not) change

So nobody has ever gone from gay to straight, or straight to gay?

about 5 months ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Quila Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

And that can't happen until you get rid of the current SCOTUS

Or, you know, go the proper way and just change the Constitution. They didn't decide that way because they want an oligarchy, they did it because, OMG!, they decided based on what the Constitution actually says. That doesn't change based on the circumstances. I don't like the results of the decision either, but it's a solid one based in fact, not the dreams of the court's left wing. If somebody found a huge loophole, then we modify the Constitution to fix it. We don't just interpret the problem away, because that means the Constitution's protections are meaningless.

about 5 months ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

Quila Re:The liberal gun blinders (138 comments)

Please sign my petition to restore gun-ownership to convicted felons and the mentally ill.

Conviction of a cime historically is a basis for suspending the rights of the offender. First of all, the offender usually loses his right to freedom, since he gets locked up. At this point, he usually loses his right to vote too. Upon release, many rights are still restricted, such as freedom of movement while on parole. Voting and gun rights can remain restricted.

However, there certainly should be a mechanism to proclaim someone rehabilitated and regain his voting and gun rights. Once off probation, voting rights shouldn't be affected anymore. I know someone who as a dumb young man was convicted in the 1960s and lost his gun rights. He's pushing 70 now, and is a danger to no one, yet he can't buy a gun.

Mental illness is definitely another issue though. However, it has been long accepted that a narrowly tailored law that is the least restrictive means to address a definite issue can survive even strict scrutiny when it comes to restricting a constitutional right. So someone who has been declared a danger by a competent medical professional could be denied possession of guns, subject to the ability of that person to appeal, to be examined by alternate medical professionals, and to have regular reviews of his status. You'll have a hard time finding a pro-gun person who disagrees with this.

Or my other initiative, which seeks to relieve the financial pressures that de facto restrict low-income citizens from gun ownership by providing a means-tested system of subsidies to ensure that self defense is accessible to all

We shouldn't fund people for transportation to voting places, we shouldn't fund them to acquire guns, we shouldn't give them free printing presses. It's a right you have -- it doesn't have to be provided for you. However, it should be unconstitutional for the government to make firearms more expensive than necessary, or to ban less expensive firearms so that the poor can afford them. The government has done both.

about 5 months ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

Quila Re:privacy, wiretapping, eavesdropping (138 comments)

Remember Enemy of the State with Will Smith? All that surveillance was illegal and was being done by a lose cannon within the agency. Once the agency found out what he was doing, he was history. The movie was made when we still respected the NSA.

Fast forward not too much to today, we find such surveillance is SOP.

about 5 months ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

Quila Re:Can you spot the Democrat? (138 comments)

I'm not aligned with either party. I agree with one on some issues, on the other with other issues, and with neither on other issues. I have never registered with either party, and have voted for politicians in both.

But even I can see the pattern. Generally with news of wrongdoing, party affiliation is less prominently displayed, or not displayed at all, with Democrats.

about 5 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Quila Re:Not words... Context. (512 comments)

It seems a stretch that these guys are the only ones that say "where's the beef?" in the future, when we know that humans of today do it all the time

The point is that they only speak in "where's the beef" phrases. There is no way they could explain the meaning of their phrases using non-metaphorical words like every language we know can.

Basically, the universal translator probably could translate their language if their history were dumped into it for reference.

about 5 months ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Quila Re:Scapegoating and Duty of Care (357 comments)

In short, they usually ensure there's enough plausible deniability built up around the top officers to avoid prosecution.

about 5 months ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

Quila Re:Not alerting the terrorists (286 comments)

Fast and Furious was ATF trying (ineffectively) to gain intelligence about illegal activity for the purpose of stopping it.

That's the story, from somebody we know has no problem lying about the program under oath.

Think about this: The big PR blitz trying to ban "assault weapons" because they're flowing to Mexico began after the F&F program started shipping these guns to Mexico in large quantities. Once the nature of the program was revealed, the big PR quieted down.

about 5 months ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

Quila They're using hashes (243 comments)

Change a character in the metadata fields, hash changes. If they're scanning the actual video portion of files, add a byte at the end. I don't think that would affect playback.

about 5 months ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

Quila Re:Even better (286 comments)

Don't some of the anti-drug laws already do that?

They've definitely lowered the bar. But if the No Fly List use gets expanded, your rights will be erased simply by virtue of the government putting your name on a list, mistakenly or not.

about 5 months ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

Quila Re:The liberal gun blinders (138 comments)

Stop acting like you have done ANYTHING heroic in the fights for civil rights of an kind. All our wins have been from NON VIOLENCE

Tell that to Malcolm X. Various people in the civil rights movement disagreed with King on that issue.

OTOH, all those guys you see toting around open-carry rifles and pistols, campaigning for their rights, aren't committing any violence. They are being arrested and harrassed by the police, having hurt no one.

about 5 months ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

Quila Re:Not alerting the terrorists (286 comments)

Then why don't I get into the gunrunning business? Don't arrest me officer, they were going to get their hands on the weapons some other way anyway.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

Quila Re:Please Please get off his nutsack. (314 comments)

When Tesla examined the car, they found the fire had not touched the battery, the charging system, or the electrical connectors. In other words, all of the parts of a Tesla that could cause a fire weren't involved in the fire.

Something is fishy about the owner's claim of the fire starting spontaneously in the car.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

Quila Re:Check out some Volvo ads (314 comments)

Most states have enforced seatbelt rules, called, and run campaigns like "Click it or Ticket".

Of course this idiotic violation of the concepts of personal responsibility and liberty was sold to us as "Don't worry, it'll never be a primary offense" as in if you're pulled over for some other reason you may also get a ticket for it. Now it's a primary offense, a reason to pull you over. Just another example of the oppressive nanny-state slippery slope.

FTR, I always wear a seatbelt, as will anybody in my car with me. I oppose this on the grounds of personal liberty, not so I can drive without a seatbelt, which I consider pretty stupid.

about 5 months ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

Quila Even better (286 comments)

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and most anti-gun groups, want the no-fly list to be a basis for denying gun purchases. They see this as a big loophole, calling it the "Terror Gap."

http://www.mayorsagainstillega...

So flying isn't the only thing that this no-fly list can potentially cause trouble with if its use expands. Next thing you know, being on the list will give free reign for searches without a warrant.

about 5 months ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

Quila The liberal gun blinders (138 comments)

I noticed in the article,

That would seem like a step in the right direction (though I am personally not opposed to the government knowing who is purchasing guns in bulk),

There we go again, the common theme. We fight for your rights, we fight for your privacy, we fight the tiniest encroachment that could potentially dissuade you from exercising a right, or even make it inconvenient to exercise a right! Unless the subject is guns, then fuck your rights.

about 5 months ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

Quila Throw that word "transparency" in there (138 comments)

Make it sound good to the people.

Forget that we are reducing transparency, not enhancing.

about 5 months ago

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Illegal searcher for Joe's records found

Quila Quila writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Quila (201335) writes "Following up on an earlier story, a clerk who illegally accessed Joe the Plumber's police records has been found. "Julie McConnell was hired by the Toledo Police Department in April 1995. She is assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau and is a member of AFSCME Local 7.""

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