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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

judoguy Re:How about ignoring it? (468 comments)

It's a Bad Idea to have cops/building inspectors/government functionary decide who to screw whenever they feel like it. Far better to just have fewer stupid laws. I know, there are always boundary situations, but fewer stupid laws is the best route to take.

What we have now is a situation where so many things are illegal no one can keep up. Then TPTB can simply prosecute the desired subgroup and leave their supporters/funders alone. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

judoguy Re: Simple answer... (468 comments)

I'm not against allowing adults to shoot, snort, sniff, smoke, drink or otherwise wallow in whatever they can want BUT...

Coming from a state where moonshine has been a long time pasttime, I can tell you that if push comes to shove, you'd rather deal with the DEA than the BATF.

Not just flaming here, but remember Waco? That whole thing was initiated over alleged tax issues. That's really what the permits are in the end. Tax issues. Don't forget that the BATF is the enforcement arm of Treasury. They don't fuck around.

2 days ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

judoguy Re:first responder call... (55 comments)

No joke, unfortunately. A buddy of mine used to manage an air ambulance service for a large hospital. Mostly went alright, but every now and then the copter would go down. They flew at night sometimes, in mountainous terrain sometimes and in all kinds of weather. It was all too easy to hit a ridge or tower. Don't have to hit 'em hard either. A little unexpected nick of a tower or tree limb snag can be catastrophic.

about a month ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

judoguy Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

If wind power is such a joke, people will realize it is a money losing proposition, and they will NOT invest in wind turbines

"People" don't invest much really. It's primarily funded from the government/utility complex. Damn little independent true free market investment in these massive farms.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

judoguy Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

What is austerity, in this context?

I've never had it explained to me. It seems to mean that people aren't getting as much free or cheap stuff from the government as they want.

If your definition of austerity is not getting enough of other peoples stuff, well, screw you.

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

judoguy Re:To level the playing field... (257 comments)

You are correct sir! I'm astonished by the number of people that look at ANY situation and that stock response is "Raise taxes somewhere", never lower them somewhere for equity.

I'm old enough to remember when we didn't sales tax in my home town. I was just a kid but I was flabbergasted when the stores started adding extra money to the cost of things over and above the tagged price. Now the bastards have gone berserk. There must be 4 or 5 separate tax districts in the town I live in now. I had to write tax software to handle sales and it is insane.

about a month ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

judoguy Re:There's a clue shortage (574 comments)

Thank your lucky stars they weren't insisting on Eunuchs programmers. And yes, I'm too lazy to make the obligatory Dilbert link.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

judoguy Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

And if it's literally free, you eliminate massive overhead.

NOTHING THE GOVERNMENT "PROVIDES" IS FREE! /shouting

Great galloping $deity! Who is really that stupid?

The military is "free", right? You didn't get a bill for the latest military action did you? Oh wait, it costs a freaking fortune. If you pay taxes you paid for *some* of the military action. A great deal of the cost is simply being passed on to "the future" along with all the other "free" services delivered by the government.

There is no perpetual motion machine. There is no system that provides output without input and the government is a FAR from frictionless engine.

If you want to say that the current U.S. healthcare system is extremely screwed up, I agree wholeheartedly.

There are a number of serious problems with cost merely being one. As for ObamaCare, anyone who thinks that adding thousands of pages of new legislation created in secret meetings with the insurance industry and passed in late night voting will simplify healthcare and lower costs in the U.S. is a moron and every legislator that voted for it is a scoundrel and a thief.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

judoguy Re:It's in their own slogan (145 comments)

That's just like the term "progressive". I know people that consider "progressive" to be the ultimate compliment.

Actual conversation: "Oh, I can't believe those neighbors turned out to be such jerks. They seemed so progressive!"

Progressive taxes, progressive politics, etc. Never real thought about to *where* are we progressing.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

judoguy Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

Really? How? You damn sure can't do that with your residence.

In most, if not all of the U.S., if you make too much money selling a house, you can get hit with capital gains. But if you lose money, too bad. In some states, merely moving out of state after a sale triggers a tax on ANY amount over the buying price.

about 2 months ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

judoguy Re:Other possibilities? (87 comments)

I agree in general that these things might contribute, but I want to look at this through the lens of low income in the U.S.

1. Lack of proper nutrition. If the body is spending all it's food surviving there is little left to grow. It is well known thet the brain takes a lot of nutrition to grow.

Calories aren't the issue these days, it's crap carb calories. Low income = obese in America these days.

2. Lack of exercise. If you don't use the motor parts of the brain they may not grow.

I suppose, but running around is free, pretty much.

3. Lack of stimulating toys.

I'm old. When we didn't have any store bought toys, we played with sticks and tin cans and cardboard boxes and matches(!) when I was a kid in the 50s and early 60s. When bored enough, we'd dig holes in the sides of hills to make caves. I'm still amazed none of us died in a collapse.

4. Lack of stimulating play.

See the point above.

I'm not a Luddite by any definition. I've been coding for over 30 years. Grew up going to Radio Shack for surplus parts before Tandy made it into a retail toy store. I grew up mostly as the only child of a single working mother. This whole issue is pretty complex.

I just know it irritates the hell out of me to be in a restaurant and watch a small child trying hard, and failing, to compete with it's mother's phone for attention.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

judoguy Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Just seems wrong to me to charge people a fee for spending their own money.

A lot of this discussion would go away if the government didn't want unlimited power. It baffles me that people are constantly claiming that the U.S. doesn't have enough government.

Damn, folks, really?!? We have a massive, unpayable debt in the U.S. right now. Over 100 trillion once SS and Medicare/Medicaid obligations are figured in.

That ain't enough already? Jeez.

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

judoguy Re:Nuance ... (86 comments)

There are private companies that have this down pat. A friend of mine is a sysadmin for a company that "records the call for quality assurance" for clients ranging from banks to the DOD. Many, many terabytes of data acquired yearly. They accurately transcribe all calls to get CC info, health data, etc. They also analyse the calls for stress, etc. to judge the call center performance.

It's pretty un-nerving what they can do and this is just one company with home grown, or at least home modified software. I have no problem assuming that the government has this or better.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

judoguy Re:I sure don't fit the profile (447 comments)

Only at big family dinners! BTW, our church has no antipathy to divorce either, just recommends trying to work things out when possible, but no stigma.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

judoguy Re:I sure don't fit the profile (447 comments)

Thanks. We of course told our kids to NEVER do something that risky!

One took our advice, lived together for a couple of years and appears to have a great marriage. We're watching to see how the other one does.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

judoguy I sure don't fit the profile (447 comments)

My wife and I dated for about 3 weeks and decided to marry. We had about 10 attendees, mostly stunned relatives present. We had a total combined cash pile of $14.00. The wedding cost maybe $50, her small town family church was either free or really cheap and her father paid the bill. We never had a honeymoon (See the $14 point above!). We both are really into our religion, so I suppose that matches.

That was 36 years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

judoguy Re:the event (283 comments)

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about 2 months ago

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