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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mjm1231 Re:Radicalization (819 comments)

So, threatening extermination=bad, carrying out extermination=less bad. Got it.

2 days ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

mjm1231 Re:What? (200 comments)

ESPN is not free to the consumer. My cable bill includes a 4 dollar and change "sports channel" surcharge. I watch about 2 or 3 hours of sports channels per year, maybe. Add this to the fact that Cable TV is already way overpriced for the value provided. Getting the few shows I care about through other means grows more and more appealing all the time.

4 days ago

NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

mjm1231 Re:Car analogy? (81 comments)

Homer: Here are your messages: "You have 30 minutes to move your car," "You have 10 minutes," "Your car has been impounded," "Your car has been crushed into a cube," "You have 30 minutes to move your cube."
[phone rings]
Homer: [answering] Hello, Mr. Burns' office.
Mr. Burns: Is it about my cube?

about two weeks ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

mjm1231 Re:So (310 comments)

The reasoning behind this is obviously that if he fails to do so and somehow crashes into it, his badge will not protect anyone on the ground from getting hurt from the crashing helicopter or whatever object he flies into.

This reasoning could also be applied to motor vehicles on the ground. It rarely is.

about three weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

mjm1231 Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

freedom of religion IS the seperation clause.

about three weeks ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

mjm1231 Re:real vs pretend (353 comments)

You can change Insurers, but not really your Government.

True for now, but there's always the hope that one day the US will become a democracy.

about three weeks ago

Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

mjm1231 Re:It's accomplices all the way down! (255 comments)

... while you signed up with something that is known to hide illegal traffic...

Doesn't that describe the entire internet (also, the public highways, mass transit systems, etc., etc.) So you really meant yes?

about a month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

mjm1231 Re:Or Maybe Self-Driving Vehicles (579 comments)

Is this related to the dumbasses who wave at you to go when you don't have the right of way? I see this all the time around here at 4 way stop signs. Sometimes they wave me on to go ahead of them when they have the right of way, sometimes they do it when I clearly have the right of way. I don't need your stupid waving. I learned how stop signs work as a requirement for getting a drivers license.

The worst are the people who will stop before an intersection to allow you to make a left hand turn. On a road with two lanes in each direction and themselves in the left hand lane, so that your view of the oncoming traffic in the right hand lane is blocked. I can only assume they are waving me on because they want me to crash into the car in the right hand lane, who did something to piss them off previously.

about a month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

mjm1231 Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

I've only driven in a handful of East Coast US Cities, but... parking lots? There are cities that have those?

about a month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

mjm1231 Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)


Perhaps the countdowns can be highly directional (polarized?) in the shallow arc that would be visible to only the pedestrians in the crosswalk.

If the pedestrian has to walk out into the crosswalk to see the countdown, it's too late. He's already dead.

about a month ago

Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

mjm1231 Re:Cost (228 comments)

In order to see a real change you really need a few "killer apps". i.e. some dishes that are significantly easier, better, faster
if prepared using this new oven. A single incredible dish that can only be cooked in this new oven...

Garlic bread. The kind you buy in the supermarket. Either the frozen stuff of the kind in the ovenproof foil bag. It never quite cooks all the way in the oven, so I pop it under the broiler. Just for a second, to brown the top. A second or two to long and it ends up charcoal burnt. And this is what happens. Every. Damn. Time.

about a month ago

Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

mjm1231 Re:Fundamental reform? (148 comments)

"This freedom is widely acknowledged—except by the case’s critics—to be at the very core of the First Amendment. If the First Amendment protects anything, it protects freedom to engage in political speech. And when speech is protected by the First Amendment, so is spending money to speak."

While I believe the first two sentences of this argument are be true, I see no logical reason to infer the final sentence, which I think is false. This being the case, I find entire line of reasoning invalid.

about 1 month ago

Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

mjm1231 Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (130 comments)

I have no desire to learn more about any Golden Girls fanfic where Bea Arthur has retired from the Russian space program, either.

about 1 month ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

mjm1231 Re:Should the US government censor political blogs (308 comments)

Yes, with the original intent being that everyone has an equal right to speak. When money=speech, only those with money will have the right to speak.

If you want to look into the wayback machine, there was a time when corporations weren't people too. Ah, well, one step forward and two steps back.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

mjm1231 Re:Should the US government censor political blogs (308 comments)

I'm not sure who you are replying to. You seem to be addressing statements that you think somebody made... but I don't see any of them in my post.

Of course money can be exchanged for greater access to an audience. Money can be exchanged to a lot of things. But that doesn't make it any of those things. Money is rarely regulated in the same manner as the things it can be exchanged for.

When the majority of voices do not have some means of access to be heard, there is no such thing as free speech. (In fact, doesn't equating speech with money make "free speech" an oxymoron?) And that is the direction that speech=money heads us toward.

...because governments never, ever abuse their position when given leeway to curtail personal freedoms?

Something, I am sure, corporate interests would never stoop to. In any case, in a properly functioning democracy, there are means for preventing this. In our current plutocracy, not so much.

And, for the record...
    democratic: pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

mjm1231 Re:Should the US government censor political blogs (308 comments)

That's easy. A blog is speech. Money isn't. Blogs (and the internet, for the most part still) are fairly democratic institutions. Using cash to drown out the majority of voices is tyranny. A more egregious twisting of the intent of the 1st amendment I cannot imagine.

about a month ago

Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

mjm1231 Re:Misleading summary (150 comments)

And yet, due to the vagaries of the English language, you cannot ask something without it being a question. Therefore, anything asked is a question.

about a month ago

Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

mjm1231 Re:Masterworks/Archives (165 comments)

Neither are any of your suggestions Golden Age. There are no Marvel Comics from the Golden Age.

about 1 month ago


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