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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

jayveekay Re:Senate approves international treaties (145 comments)

It requires a 2/3rds majority of the Senate to approve a treaty. The Republicans have had enough seats to block any treaty for a long time, and have done so in the last few years. Putting the Republicans in the majority doesn't change their ability to block treaties.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

jayveekay Re:"Civil Forfeitures" are even worse (424 comments)

Police stop you, and take all of your money, because they think you were going to use the money for drugs.

IMO in many cases they probably don't think the money is going to be used for drugs, but they want the money for a new margarita machine and so they have to claim that they believe the money is drug money to create the legal basis to take the money from you. That is, the cops will say it's drug money even when they don't really think that, but they just really, really want the money.

about 2 months ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

jayveekay Re:Not a Fifth AMendment issue (424 comments)

"Due process of law" sounds pretty vague. Can the government pass a "civil forfeiture" law that allows them to seize your property because they claim the property may have been involved in a crime, then require you to prove that your property did not commit a crime in order to have it returned to you?

If they can pass such a law, then they can claim they are following the process of the law when they accuse your property of criminal activity and seize it.

about 2 months ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

jayveekay Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Let me guess, in 1970 when they passed this law they did not index the amount to inflation?

Inflation since 1970 means that in 2014 the amount triggering the law is about 84% lower than it was in 1970, and that in another 100 years your kids' weekly allowance will trigger the law. Given the inability of Congress to pass anything, I do assume that the law will be unchanged for the next 100 years.

If the $10,000 dollar amount were indexed to inflation then it would be about $61,000 in 2014 dollars.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

jayveekay Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

So if the car is already stopped (on I-90, due to traffic, for example) and a semi is coming up from behind with a sleeping driver at the wheel, then what should the car do?

about 4 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

jayveekay Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

Well, if we apply Asimov's rules http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Then we start with rule #1:
1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

So, the car is not allowed to drive into the pedestrian. Nor is the car not allowed to drive into the pedestrian (as that would be inaction that would get the occupant of the car killed by the semi.)

Therefore, based upon a classic Star Trek episode "Nomad! Execute your prime directive!" (or perphaps the M5 episode is a closer match?) I believe that the car when faced with this dilemma would self-destruct or shutdown.

about 4 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

jayveekay Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

If the choice is to run over a pedestrian or be run over by a semi, I wonder what the car driving software chooses to do... Would the user manual clearly spell out the answer? Is there a configuration menu somewhere where I can tell the car whether I would prefer to have the car take another life if it would save my life?

about 4 months ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

jayveekay Re:Real Solution (158 comments)

But oh, we can't do that, because it would put so many DEA agents and overpaid government contractors out of work!

Not to mention a large number of private companies that own and operate prisons for the government. For those companies, mo' "criminals" = mo' money.

about 4 months ago
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Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

jayveekay Re:Why the Australians? (92 comments)

The right hand seated pilot kept his stick hard back, which is against all of his training - he shouldn't have been trying to raise the nose that much at all, and yet he kept the stick hard back for minutes at a time. It wasn't until the senior pilot, being summoned from the cabin where he was resting, queried the action being taken that the pilot flying stopped his action, but by then they were seconds away from hitting the water.

There is no issue with the Airbus flight controls

The issue is that neither of the other 2 pilots in the cockpit visually observed what the junior pilot was doing with his stick. If it had been visually obvious to the other pilots that the junior pilot was pulling his stick hard back then they would have corrected his mistake and the plane would not have crashed.. They couldn't see what the junior pilot was doing with the stick. Lack of control input visibility would seem to be an issue.

That's what I read on the internet, anyway.

about 4 months ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

jayveekay Re:USB 4.x to offer signed USB device signatures?? (205 comments)

Well perhaps the OS should ask the user "I see you've just plugged in a USB device that claims to be both a keyboard and a network adapter. Do you want to give this device both keyboard I/O and network access to your PC?"...

Basically, the same way that when you install an app on a mobile phone, the system prompts you for what capabilities you want to grant the app, your PC OS could do something similar for USB devices.

about 5 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

jayveekay Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite." - John Kenneth Galbraith

about 5 months ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

jayveekay Re:Communism (404 comments)

The free market would charge market rates for the parking spot. The only way this App can make money is if a person has a financial incentive to hold onto a spot longer than they need it.

Put another way: If the city charged the market rate for every minute that someone was using a parking spot, then that user would have the proper incentive to vacate the spot as soon as they were done using it.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

jayveekay Re:prices (192 comments)

None of the top-100 off-contract smartphones on Amazon.com are more than $250. I'm sure there are off-contract phones that cost $650+, but not a lot of people are buying them on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sel...

about 6 months ago
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US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

jayveekay Game of Thrones quote (165 comments)

”So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. What if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent?” - Jaime Lannister

about 7 months ago
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Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

jayveekay Good games give players interesting choices (111 comments)

Games are about interactive gameplay, not hi-def graphics.
Good games challenge the player with interesting choices, and do not attempt to cover up a void of interesting choices with reams of meaningless dialog in very pretty non-interactive cutscenes and the like.

about 7 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

jayveekay Re:Aaaaaaannd..... (566 comments)

I don't think that same sex marriage requires that one or both spouses be homosexual. Two heterosexual people of the same gender can choose to get married.

The government does not force married couples to have sex with each other, nor does it require that they have offspring.

about 7 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

jayveekay Re:Incomplete (338 comments)

If you tax at 100% interest rate, you'll get no tax revenue, because people will have no incentive to work and/or people will move out of the country to avoid taxes.

I don't want to appear to be arguing in favor of 100% taxes, but I think your statement is not correct. Suppose you had a communal society in which the government confiscated (aka taxed) 100% of your income, but then spent all the money it took in providing you (and your fellow citizens) food, clothing, shelter, etc. In that case you would have an incentive to work even at 100% taxation, because if nobody did anything then everyone would starve and/or freeze to death. Of course something like this was tried by the USSR, it required walls to keep people in, and it eventually failed against better economic systems in place elsewhere in the world.

Anyway, with 100% taxation I think you would still get revenue if all the tax revenue was perceived to be being spent wisely on the taxed.
 

about 8 months ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

jayveekay Re:Texas needs water, not oil (206 comments)

Any Canadian politician who wants to lose an election just has to propose piping precious Canadian water down to those Yanks.

about 8 months ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

jayveekay Re:Tax Gift for Oil - ND Needs the Pipeline (206 comments)

Keystone Excel will have no effect on US fuel prices because it's not designed to sell fuel on the US market.

Oil is a global commodity. Increasing the supply or decreasing the demand anywhere will affect prices worldwide.

about 8 months ago

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