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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

blackraven14250 Re:Prius (247 comments)

The richness needed to drive one also makes it so that people who own Vipers are less likely to be ticketed for a multitude of reasons (including but not limited to the overlap between race and wealth, and the areas where rich people live), so their speeding wouldn't show up in infraction statistics at the same rate as others.

yesterday
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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

blackraven14250 Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (90 comments)

The change to the current system was relatively minor - it was still highly usable, even though it was different. The beta site in its original state, though, was very much less usable than the current incarnation of /. . Looking it over now, it seems like they listened to what people were saying, and changed comments for the better. At least in my view, the atrocious comment layout was the main problem with beta, with some of the other information density weirdness coming in just behind it.

yesterday
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

blackraven14250 Re:$60 for an iPhone case sounds high, but it isn' (144 comments)

I think you missed the point. The OP said his job paid $5,000 and he's used 4 other printers, 3 of which cost under $1,000. A $40,000 printer is absolutely irrelevant to the thread,

about two weeks ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

blackraven14250 Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

Billing addresses are a thing, you know. They use it as verification.

about two weeks ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

blackraven14250 Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

You reason is entirely valid IMO - you bought the game, and it didn't work under WINE. This guy is saying straight up he doesn't want to buy it because the sellers asking for basic information, and specifically, that they're doing a job that protects both the credit card company (they're liable for fraud, at least here) and himself (since if they're liable for fraud, they need to raise rates to compensate). Those are two entirely different leagues, and comparing them as if they're equal is disingenuous.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

blackraven14250 Re:Good. IndieGoGo should do it too (203 comments)

I can think of one. Townships and cities may not be able to place any solar panels at all besides on top of government buildings and roads. There's not some massive usable field in New York City that you can just toss a bunch of solar panels on, and that situation pretty much extends the entire way to my township nearly 40 miles away contiguously. Even in my town, it's not really possible.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

blackraven14250 Re:Good. IndieGoGo should do it too (203 comments)

I'm pretty sure "viable" doesn't necessarily mean "viable in every locale on planet Earth" - New Mexico might be able to do it while Minnesota may not be able to - that doesn't mean the technology is a wholesale failure.

I'm also pretty sure that indiegogo isn't an ideal way to fund it, but otherwise, it likely wouldn't get funding due to entrenched interests, so I'm all for it.

about two weeks ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

blackraven14250 Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

but they demanded a copy of my id because my card was issued in another country than the one I live in at the moment.

You need to give them your name and address anyway for a credit card transaction, and you were being subject to fraud prevention. That's an excuse to pirate, not a reason.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

blackraven14250 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

I see that as the main use for automatic driving in the near future anyway. Going around the corner to the grocery store? No big deal, just drive it. Taking a road trip from NYC to Florida, or a commute from the suburbs into your local major city? Set it to autopilot and go, take control once you're in the ballpark of your destination. You're still going to need a license to use one of these for a long while, so that kind of limitation isn't crippling.

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

blackraven14250 Re:Again? (96 comments)

Um, aren't literally all of their search ads above the search results? Why should they exclude their services from advertising in the same exact spot as everyone else who would be buying ads?

about three weeks ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

blackraven14250 Re:Probably US Navy missile (138 comments)

That's just not true. There are sub-launched ICBMs. The definition doesn't require that they're launched from land, just that they have a very long range (5k+ miles or so) and are primarily designed to deliver nuclear warheads.

about three weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

blackraven14250 Re:Misleading Headline (246 comments)

That's just not true. AT&T's monopoly already existed when the government agreed to let them be a monopoly. The government was investigating them for antitrust violations, and then agreed to stop their investigation in exchange for them doing a few specific things, like requiring them to allow independent networks to connect to theirs in relatively limited circumstances.

Also, it was 1913, not the 30's, when this happened. Over the subsequent decades, the federal government basically gave AT&T everything they wanted - they approved 271 out of 274 buyouts of independent companies between 1921 and 1934, the government did not require them to interconnect their local services to independent local services, they did not require AT&T to interconnect with other long distance providers, and more.

That's the exact opposite of "heavy handed regulation" - that's the government rolling over to everything a corporation wanted.

about three weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

blackraven14250 Re:Deblasio has been working hard (170 comments)

Not at all. It's absolutely not OK. But even if we do everything we can to lower those numbers, unless it's at effectively zero, there will always be more incidents in NYC than (insert random town whose population is an order of magnitude or more lower than a rounding error compared to NYC's).

about a month ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

blackraven14250 Re:Deblasio has been working hard (170 comments)

Of course it happens more frequently in NYC than elsewhere. It's a city with 8.4 million people, and 35,000 cops. The number of cops alone is larger than most towns. As an example, Ferguson, MO is only 21,000 people - there's 14,000 more cops alone in NYC, plus another 8.4 million people. Ferguson's entire population is literally a fucking rounding error relative to NYC's population.

about a month ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

blackraven14250 Re: TI calculators are not outdated, just overpric (359 comments)

That's pretty much irrelevant. Want to get a decent education? You're taking one of those tests if you do anything beyond an associates at a community college. That alone makes it so that the most common models, like the TI-84, will continue to be the standard and not be improved, let alone the fact that teaching materials, even in high school, are geared towards them as well.

about a month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

blackraven14250 Re: Growing pains. (233 comments)

The strip isn't what I was talking about, actually - that strip was Democrat-controlled. There were a bunch of other districts that were redrawn at the same time, and only the Democratic one was found to be infringing. Here's a map of the districts after they were struck down. They're still just as fucked up, but unlike the 23rd in my original image, none of them can be considered to be racially drawn - which was the only reason the 23rd was struck down.

about a month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

blackraven14250 Re: Growing pains. (233 comments)

According to just one map, how the fuck do you think people are being represented fairly when their votes are being combined with votes that are hundreds of miles away and absolutely not a part of the same community? This one instance literally shows Republicans added 4 seats by calculating their ability to win districts if they were drawn in a very specific way, and used their power in the Texas legislature to make it happen. That's what happens with gerrymandering, and any study you've seen that claims this doesn't have an effect on Congress is bullshitting you. Even when parties come together to agree to redistrict in a given way, they're specifically looking to ensure incumbent victories in as many districts as possible.

about a month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

blackraven14250 Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

The two party system is fine, until the parties have the ability to redraw their own districts without any rules as to how those districts should be shaped. Over time, they have to continue pulling farther and farther extreme from each other in order to compete within their own parties, and end up with guaranteed general election wins, which ends up leaving everyone with representatives who refuse to compromise. When you have to appeal to a wide variety of voters in the general election instead, parties end up electing the most extreme they can get away with in a general election instead of a primary - someone who has conviction yet who can compromise. This ends up being a moderating influence in multiple directions - it prevents the parties both from becoming too closely aligned and collude or too far apart to work together.

The solution is to limit the way district boundaries can be drawn - no more districts with a giant tail to add that group of republicans on X highway or the democrats on Y side of the city. Unfortunately, I'm not sure Congress is up to the task right now, which is a massive problem since the problem will continue to get worse, which makes it even less likely to happen...

about a month ago

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China now halting shipments to rare earths to US

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "China is halting rare earth exports to the US now. They did this in retaliation for investigations into their green energy policies.

http://washingtonindependent.com/100834/obama-administration-says-it-will-investigate-chinas-green-tech-trade-policies

http://www.livescience.com/technology/etc/101019-china-halts-shipments-tech-crucial-minerals.html"
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Sen. Franken asks about Net Neutrality at Hearings

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "During supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, newly-appointed Senator Al Franken asked her about her stand on Net Neutrality. He questioned whether there was an "overriding first amendment right" when it came to content providers not being able to speed up their own content when they are also service providers. Sotomayor dodged the question in the same manner as the day and a half of questions before it, but it's more about Sen. Franken at this point, as he hasn't had much time to make any sort of impression to the nation as a whole what his key fights are."

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