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DEA Wants To Install License Plate Scanners and Retain Data for Two Years

potat0man Re:Cut to the chase (295 comments)

How about we really cut to the chase and end the drug war completely? It is the biggest excuse for violating the 4th amendment that the government has. Get rid of the drug war and police will have next to no reasons to search random cars, to bust down doors and trespass into people's private homes, or to stop random black kids in the hopes of ruining their future. It's senseless, and this is just one permutation of it.

more than 2 years ago
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XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

potat0man Re:Never got the "point" of XBMC (195 comments)

What have I missed here that makes XBMC so impressive?

Being reclined on the couch at 10pm and being able to use the remote with one hand rather than get up and find the wireless mouse beneath the pile of supermarket flyers, takeout menus, and unread magazines on the coffee table.

more than 2 years ago
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US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment

potat0man Re:This doesn't make any sense. (458 comments)

Kids can see R-rated movies under the law. It's theaters that won't allow them in by policy.

Do we want 8-year olds to save their lunch money and play Grand Theft Auto?

I don't. But there are better ways to prevent this from happening. Parenting. And supporting store policies that don't allow sales of violent games to minors. No need to brandish police force or put people in prison over it.

about 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

potat0man Re:Drivers only? (932 comments)

Right on! Let's tax all those people who cannot afford cars who walk or bike everywhere! The freeloaders! How dare they think they have the right to ride their bicycle on the road that YOUR SUV paid to build!

We ought to impose a tax on their cheap sandals to cover the damage they cost to the road ways as they walk to the local food pantries and shelters!

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

potat0man Re:Perfectly reasonable but is it necessary? (932 comments)

I'd absolutely vote for this.

Sure, you're free to drive a behemoth around if you want. But you have to pay for the externalities that you're currently off-loading to everyone else.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

potat0man Re:Fuel Tax Works Fine (932 comments)

Just tax tires. Problem solved. Let's move on.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

potat0man Re:I would support it if... (932 comments)

Buses? There is no ridership left on buses for the most part. Buses are difficult to secure, so people are properly afraid of getting robbed and worse... Public transit has pretty much seen its day in the US. Buses aren't going to work without a cop or two on every bus and there just aren't enough cops to do that.

Wow. Are Americans really so afraid of each other they won't even get on a bus unless there's TWO cops on it????

Exactly how afraid of life are you?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

potat0man Re:LIve Sports (697 comments)

I'm there. HD OTA covers my local football team. But baseball, hockey and basketball tend to be cable-only. I could do MLB.com, but I just don't watch enough games to justify the cost.

So my solution is to use a sporting event I want to see as an excuse to go have a beer with a friend either at their house with their cable tv, or at a local sports bar, or just get a pair of tickets. I mean, I can go to a Bruin's game for $11 some nights. So for the price of cable I can go and see 5 or 6 games a month instead.

more than 3 years ago
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FPS Gaming and the 'Just-World Hypothesis'

potat0man Re:Alternatives to the mass-murdering hero (366 comments)

While the idea is novel. It's problematic. Because a major game mechanic of an FPS is simply pointing at a space on the screen and pushing a button quickly. And it graduated to navigating a 3d environment and doing the same thing. It's basically a mechanic at the level of popping bubble wrap. i.e. Identify bubble, squeeze, satisfying pop, repeat. Nevermind the overlay that's placed over the mechanic, whether it be aliens, nazis, iraqis, etc. What you're advocating is not a change in the overlay of the mechanic, but rather, a change in the game mechanic itself. Which is a much bigger challenge that you haven't really solved just by saying, "Make it a peaceful game, navigating a 3d environment." How do the "peaceful" interactions work mechanically? What's fun or skillful about it?

more than 3 years ago
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Is Sugar Toxic?

potat0man Re:This is not the logic you are looking for (1017 comments)

Nicotine, on its own, isn't a toxin. Except at outrageous dosages that could never realistically be met simply by common usages of tobacco. From the link: "The currently available literature indicates that nicotine, on its own, does not promote the development of cancer in healthy tissue and has no mutagenic properties."

more than 3 years ago
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US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction

potat0man Re:My neice (314 comments)

Oh please! The majority of 70+ year olds I know are far less mature than the teenagers I've met. They're petty, love to gossip, are fearful of absolutely everything and spend most of their energy complaining about what everyone else is or isn't doing despite the fact that they spend the majority of their own time watching day-time tv.

Compare that to the teenagers I know who are winning scholarships, competing in statewide athletic competitions, are excited and optimistic about the future and prefer to talk about government policy, economics and philosophy.

Now if you look, you can find a dead beat 16 year old and an exceptional 75 year old. But if I had to pick between spending an afternoon hanging out with a bunch of teenagers or a bunch of 70+ year olds, I'd take the teenagers every time, the conversation's generally far saner.

more than 3 years ago
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US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction

potat0man Re:My neice (314 comments)

Oh please. The majority of 70+ year olds I know are far less mature than the teenagers I've met. They're petty, love to gossip, are fearful of absolutely everything and spend most of their energy complaining about what everyone else is or isn't doing despite the fact that they spend the majority of their own time watching day-time tv.

Compare that to the teenagers I know who are winning scholarships, competing in statewide athletic competitions, are excited and optimistic about the future and prefer to talk about government policy, economics and philosophy.

Now if you look, you can find a dead beat 16 year old and an exceptional 75 year old. But if I had to pick between spending an afternoon hanging out with a bunch of teenagers or a bunch of 70+ year olds, I'd take the teenagers every time, the conversation's generally far saner.

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax

potat0man Re:I'm kinda split on stuff like this (978 comments)

How about discounts for people who never drive cars? They produce zero vehicle emissions AND lower their risk of needing emergency ambulance service and medical care.

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax

potat0man Re:Yes there is a problem (978 comments)

Simple fact, the tax on tobacco is dishonest. If it is such a health threat why is it still legal to buy and sell?

The same reason red meat can still be bought and sold. Just because it's mostly unhealthy and there are much better alternatives doesn't mean it ought to be illegal.

Besides, making something illegal doesn't make it go away.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

potat0man Re:Moderately Prepared (562 comments)

oh please. Who, in an emergency, combs over old slashdot posts to find possible food stashes to pilfer?

Besides, I've got to think it's a lot easier to plant some crops and defend your home than it is to risk an attack on someone else's in the hopes that they have something worth dying for. In a chaotic environment patrolled only by small communities of vigilantes armed to the teeth, do you really want to risk being known as a thief or murderer? It's not like you'd get 5 years in the local county jail, you'd be shot in the head on the spot.

more than 3 years ago
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New Hampshire Bill Could Lead To Adoption of Approval Voting

potat0man Re:A Dangerous, Slppery Slope (416 comments)

Well that would be nice alternative, but I don't see how NH could afford it and keep taxes as low as they are. Though as it is seems to work well enough.

I don't think asking people to plan their career and financial lives so that they can afford to take a couple of months off once a year for a few years of their life is too much to ask of most people. Do we really want people running our local government who are so bad off with their money/career that they can't afford two months off for a few years of their life? If you really want to serve your government you can find a way to make it work. If you can't, you're probably not really fit for the office anyway.

And I don't think you'll see much lobby money floating around the side avenues of Concord. Even if you did, it would cost quite a bit to sway a 400 member body where each representative only has 3,300 constituents under him. These are people who took time OFF from making money to provide a service to their fellow citizens, not people looking to make a buck.

more than 3 years ago
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New Hampshire Bill Could Lead To Adoption of Approval Voting

potat0man Re:A Dangerous, Slppery Slope (416 comments)

It's because NH has one of the largest legislative bodies in the world. The representatives aren't career politicians, there's no salary, just a stipend, and they only meet for a few months of the year. They really do have the best interest of their state in mind (at least what they sincerely believe the best interests ought to be) and very few of them have higher ambitions other than to serve a couple of terms in their current office and then getting back to their small business/job/retirement.

more than 3 years ago
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How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

potat0man Re:more than 20 is too many? (559 comments)

No.

IN your house, not NEAR your house.

more than 3 years ago

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Supreme Court Doesn't Know a Pager from an Email

potat0man potat0man writes  |  more than 3 years ago

potat0man (724766) writes "Supreme Court Justices had trouble with the concept of text-messages today. "The first sign was about midway through the argument, when Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. — who is known to write out his opinions in long hand with pen and paper instead of a computer — asked what the difference was “between email and a pager?”""
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