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Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares

Sircus Re:Fuel costs money (587 comments)

We're talking about charging people for things they have no control over.

I have no control over the increasing average weight of the population at large, but am currently being charged for it by all airlines other than Samoa Air.

about a year ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

Sircus Re:Check the road fatalities per 100k vehicles (1173 comments)

Funny you should mention the long straight roads. Not too far away, there's a piece of Autobahn (the A44) that's very straight, concreted in the middle (with removable barriers), has trees trimmed back from it and has two very large parking areas at either end. Why is it like this? In case the Russians attacked. Planes would take off from the US. By the time they were ready to land in Germany, the barriers would have been removed from the median and the whole thing would have been set up as an emergency runway.

about 3 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

Sircus Re:Check the road fatalities per 100k vehicles (1173 comments)

there are plenty of roundabouts all over Europe.

Whilst there are a few in the area I live in, there are very few roundabouts in Germany.

about 3 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

Sircus Re:Not new and Not good (1173 comments)

At least as I understand TFA, traffic circles as you know them are not the same as the roundabouts now being introduced. On a traditional traffic circle, circulating traffic should yield to entering traffic, whereas on a roundabout, it's the other way round. The Wikipedia article on traffic circles appears to confirm this view.

about 3 years ago
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Arrest In $740M NYC Time and Attendance System Case

Sircus Re:Seize the $450M (97 comments)

So it's capitalism, but you want the government to intervene to artificially increase losses by seizing assets? You believe in the free market, but don't believe it's able to punish companies who are fined or lose executives because of misbehavior?

I don't argue (and haven't argued) that the company shouldn't in some way be punished (the suggestion that the company loses all proceeds from a contract they won by kickbacks seems like a sensible starting point), only that rubycodez' suggestion that the company be liquidated was seriously ill-thought-through.

more than 3 years ago
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Arrest In $740M NYC Time and Attendance System Case

Sircus Re:Seize the $450M (97 comments)

So, let's say you have a retirement fund. You pay in your $100/month or whatever. The fund manager invests some of the money in the fund in a company that's doing well, has a sound business model, etc. The executives of that company are, unbeknownst to the fund manager, paying kickbacks and engaging in other illegal behaviour. According to you and the OP, once this is found out, you lose a chunk of your retirement fund? How is that in any way related to any concept of justice? It doesn't matter whether the victims of the kickbacks are the taxpayers or anyone else, that's no good reason to create more victims by arbitrarily confiscating the assets of people who've done nothing more criminal than (in this example) saving for their retirement.

The people committing the crime should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. People who unwittingly provided the capital with which the crime was performed are innocent.

more than 3 years ago
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Arrest In $740M NYC Time and Attendance System Case

Sircus Re:Seize the $450M (97 comments)

Not to mention that if only the executives know about it, the shareholders or owners suddenly lose their entire investment - even though, if they'd known about the behaviour in question, they might have immediately terminated the executives in question and notified the authorities.

Punishing the innocent is something I often think of as best avoided.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Sircus Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (2288 comments)

So what you're saying is that the market has chosen and its choice was that your steel should be more expensive due to lack of foreign competition as a result of the world's most obtuse protectionist obstacle to free trade?

more than 3 years ago
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Yale Researchers Prove That ACID Is Scalable

Sircus Re:Pfah. (272 comments)

HIs brain's warped, but not by MySQL, which supports this just fine, even with MyISAM.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Festival Producer Pre-Sues Bootleggers

Sircus Re:You've got to be shitting me. (422 comments)

I could be wrong, but I thing the GGP's "anything better to do" was sarcastic, pointing at the fact that the police have lots of better things to be doing, so why are we hiring them out to police private parties? I don't necessarily agree with him, just pointing out the alternative interpretation.

more than 3 years ago
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Flaw In Emergency Response System May Have Killed Hundreds

Sircus Re:More like a flaw in statistics (437 comments)

I'll take the Australian, German or French system any day over the abomination that is the NHS.

And having lived in the UK for 20 years and Germany for 10, I'll take the NHS. What do your personal preferences (or for that matter mine) have to do with the debate at hand?

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (2044 comments)

The US government spends a lot of money on foreign aid (although not nearly as much as most Americans think it does). That doesn't mean it's running foreign countries.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:post office ? highway system ? public schools ? (2044 comments)

I'm English and live in Germany. I'm mostly amazed that, even if I'm misinformed about the odd thing here and there, I have a better grasp of the proposed reform than most of the Americans I speak to.

Incidentally, I think your post was more replying to the grandparent post, not to me.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (2044 comments)

It costs money to get people health insurance. That doesn't mean that the government's going to be providing that insurance.

Where do you get a trillion dollars from? The CBO has this to say:

CBO and JCT estimate that enacting both pieces of legislation—H.R. 3590 and the
reconciliation proposal— would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $138
billion over the 2010–2019 period as result of changes in direct spending and revenue
(see the top panel of Table 1 and subtitle A of title II on Table 5).

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (2044 comments)

All regulation of any kind is "running" the thing that is being regulated.

OK, so the person who writes the RFC on SMTP, saying what SMTP servers can and can't do, is then running all of the world's SMTP servers? You don't think you might be approaching this from a somewhat.. hardline perspective?

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (2044 comments)

Go to the actual proposal on whitehouse.gov [whitehouse.gov] and read it for yourself.

I don't see anything about an expansion of Medicare there - it proposes closing the donut hole and other tightening. You're right that it expands Medicaid - but more in the nature of a tweak than anything significant.

You may prefer to look at the current text of the bill.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (2044 comments)

Page 116:

        TITLE II—EDUCATION AND
        2 HEALTH
        3 Subtitle A—Education
        4 SEC. 2001. SHORT TITLE; REFERENCES.
        5 (a) SHORT TITLE.—This subtitle may be cited as the
        6 ‘‘SAFRA Act’’.

Perhaps you ought to read through a newer version of the bill.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (2044 comments)

Medicare and medicaid ... will be expanded to cover something like 15-20 million additional Americans

Do you have a source for that?

Everyone else gets mandated employer insurance

There's an individual mandate, but nobody has said that it has to be via your employer.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

Sircus Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (2044 comments)

Um, if it doesn't initially have a single payer setup, it eventually will.

And that will be a different debate. When that debate's being had, your point will be germane (although still not helpful). That's not the debate that we're having today.

more than 4 years ago

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