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Bloggers Not Journalists, Federal Judge Rules

gearsmithy Medium of communication not a profession (353 comments)

"Freedom of the press" refers to the actual printing press machine, not the profession of journalism. This person's blog is, in effect, a modern form of the printing press. Not sure how a judge could miss that.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama To Veto Anti-Net-Neutrality Legislation

gearsmithy Re:IT'S A TRAP! (355 comments)

Legalize, tax, and regulate the Internet!

more than 2 years ago
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New York State Releases Sex Offender Facebook App

gearsmithy Re:label (252 comments)

Agreed. If you're going to tack a life-long punishment to somebody for a "sex offense" then just send them to prison for life. I thought that once you've paid your debt to society you are no longer in debt, these registries are basically just modern day scarlet letters.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

gearsmithy Re:Slashdot comments == Fox News comments (2247 comments)

Not going to disagree with you there, but just because our elected officials are acting like toddlers doesn't give us an excuse to follow suit.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

gearsmithy Slashdot comments == Fox News comments (2247 comments)

Why is it that whenever a non technology article is submitted to slashdot, the comments devolve into childish name-calling and strongman arguments? Why don't we just stop calling each other stupid and offer an intelligent explanation of our position? Why not debate opposing views in a civil manner? Why not try to learn something from the opposing side?

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

gearsmithy Re:Commerce -- Seriously? What about the constitio (2247 comments)

The Federal Government has a constitutional mandate to regulate interstate and international commerce. But hey, fuck that right? Pass me a heroine needle and that copy of Atlas Shrugged, it's Ron Paul's world now. -GiH

Your strawman is boring.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Bring Cable TV To 360

gearsmithy Hungh? (133 comments)

Cable TV? Is that thing still around?

more than 2 years ago
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Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court

gearsmithy Re:What other products (1019 comments)

The "auto insurance" canard. There is a big difference between compelling someone (with force) to purchase a product as a condition of exercising a privilege (driving) and compelling someone to purchase a product as a condition of being alive.

about 3 years ago
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Electric Tron Lightcycle Hits the Streets

gearsmithy Re:Needs Stabilization (113 comments)

You cant gyro stabilize a motorcycle... it needs to lean to turn to generate the camber thrust necessary to turn.

That's not entirely correct. Gyroscopic forces are what keep the bike from falling over at speed. In fact you control the bike by manipulating the front gyroscope (wheel) in relation to the rear through a process known as counter-steering (to turn the bike left you turn the handlebars to the right, causing the bike to lean to the left; the gyroscopic forces of the wheels, crankshaft and mainshaft keep the bike from falling over completely while you're leaning into the turn).

about 3 years ago
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Electric Tron Lightcycle Hits the Streets

gearsmithy Re:Needs Stabilization (113 comments)

The bike already has at least 4 gyroscopes: 2 wheels, the crankshaft, and the transmission mainshaft. You could make a case for the counter shaft also being a gyroscope but that depends on the type of transmission used. I doubt you'd be able to realistically get a machine that size to stand on it's own thought it would be something I've never seen before. I'm not convinced that this handles poorly. The "stability" of a motorcycle is almost entirely dependent on the trail calculation (relationship between steering axis to front axle). With all that bodywork on the thing I couldn't even guess what the trail would be and I've been building bikes my entire adult life. Generally, if the bike is "squirrelly" at low speeds it would tend to be more stable at high speeds (excessive trail, think a modern chopper) and vice versa.

about 3 years ago
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Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

gearsmithy Re:Tax cuts for the rich? (306 comments)

Bonus points for the reason.com reference.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

gearsmithy Re:how about just make the rich pay their fair sha (306 comments)

I have to agree. For some reason success is demonized in our society. If you're not poor like the rest of us then you must be one of the evil "rich" who spends their entire day trying to figure out how to steal money from poor people... Unless you're on TV, then you're okay. Celebrity wealth doesn't count.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program

gearsmithy Re:Lovely (388 comments)

Now that's what I call freedumb!

more than 3 years ago
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Can Minecraft Change the Gaming Industry?

gearsmithy Re:No. (255 comments)

Why can't anybody just make a moderately successful product any more without having to "change the industry" with their "new paradigm"?

Because unless it's an immanent-threattoyourlife-OMFG-terroristattack or an industry-changing ultra-mega-blockbuster-paradigmshifting-neweconomycreating-widget, it's not sensational enough to make it into the newstainmentblogosphere.

more than 3 years ago
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Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

gearsmithy Re:Ban is not the answer (990 comments)

Using the tax code to "influence" behavior is not the government's business. This is why our tax code is 72,000 pages.

more than 3 years ago
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Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

gearsmithy Re:Ban is not the answer (990 comments)

I'm a firm believer in using the tax code to influence behavior. Tax the snot out of them.

I'm glad you're not an elected official.....Wait a minute, are you an elected official?

more than 3 years ago
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Time To Close the Security Theater

gearsmithy Re:It is a jobs program. Doesn't actually do anyth (457 comments)

Competitive mechanisms favor the group that cuts costs, reduces quality and undercuts the higher quality competitors.

If by "Competitive mechanisms" you mean "consumers" then you are sometimes correct. What opposite troll here doesn't realize is that there are two dimensions to a free market, the suppliers AND consumers. Suppliers don't just get away with whatever they can to increase revenue, they get away with what the market will bear. If consumers want lower prices then suppliers will figure out a way to lower prices. Business is not 100% to blame for sacrifices in quality.

more than 3 years ago

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