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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

superdave80 The flip side of that... (534 comments)

...is that they have no legal authority to arrest, detain or point a gun at me? Walmart can't send their employees out packing heat and arrest people. Why would these 'corporations' have that authority?

about a month ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

superdave80 Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (84 comments)

"Mark McGwire Takes Swing to Beat Roger Maris' Home-run Record."

So, naturally people would assume that McGwire was only trying to break Maris' personal best, and not the all-time single season record?

Christ, the stuff that gets modded 'insightful' on this site...

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

superdave80 Just like most advertising. (254 comments)

Most advertising doesn't really affect buying decisions. Sometimes you might see something new, but mostly it's Coke, Budwiser, etc., things that everyone has known about for decades.

The funniest online ads I see are when I search for or buy something... and then see an ad for that exact thing a few minutes later on some sidebar ad. Hey, dipshits, I already know about that thing you just advertised BECAUSE I JUST WENT ONLINE TO LOOK FOR IT AND BUY IT!

This is a little bit like paying someone to hold up a sign for Ford cars to show to people that have just left a Ford car lot.

about a month ago
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Otherlab Working on a 'Fundamental Jump' in Technology for Exoskeletons (Video)

superdave80 ZZZZZZ... (36 comments)

Stopped reading after this bit of generic corporate phrasing:

...with a number of core competencies

Oh, so you are competent in a number of core things... like every company in existence? Sheesh.....

about a month ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

superdave80 What is your job again? (875 comments)

Sheriff Doug Cox:. "My job is to make sure my employees go home safe."

Funny, I could have sworn your job was to protect the public. Or is that whole "To Protect and Serve" printed on the side of your cars a bunch of bullshit? Running over citizens with a bazillion ton military vehicle probably won't make them particularly safe.

about a month and a half ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

superdave80 Not sure on some of these assumptions... (339 comments)

1. 17 km to drive and purchase DVD? 50% of the trip is apportioned to the DVD transport to account for multiple purchases and errands per trip in the base-case? I doubt people are driving 10 miles just to purchase a DVD, or as only 50% of the reason to take the trip in the first place.

2. Average disc lifetime 5 years? I still have 'The Matrix' that I got for free with my first DVD player back in 1999. None of my DVDs seem to really have a 'lifetime' that I can tell.

about a month ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

superdave80 Re:Nice try cloud guys (339 comments)

I actually looked up 'agnostic' because I have no idea what it means:

1. a person who does not have a definite belief about whether God exists or not

2. a person who does not believe or is unsure of something

Soooooo, what the hell does this have to do with 'clouds'?

about a month ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

superdave80 Force Them? (493 comments)

Having a vaccine registry in place in the event of an outbreak of measles, whooping cough, and diseases like these would enable public health officials to identify the children and adults who need vaccinations.

If they were against getting the shots in the first place, how would you now force them to get the shots?

about a month ago
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Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

superdave80 Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (136 comments)

The problem becomes: Pay how much? A set standard rate regardless of what the loser actually paid their attorney? If I bring a lawsuit against a large corporation with an internal team of lawyers, how do I know much it really cost them to litigate? And even if I 'win' against a guy with no money, so what? And when is someone considered a 'loser', since there are so many levels of appeal?

I think the bigger problem with our legal system is that it even requires a lawyer to handle the most basic of procedures. That shows that the legal system has just become too complex to be useful. But since the legal system is ruled by lawyers (on all sides of the equation), there is little incentive for them to make the system more simplified and easy to access for the average person.

about 2 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

superdave80 Re:Pipe Dream I suspect (193 comments)

I'm rather curious as to how solar energy will be produced by solar panels covered in snow...

about 2 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

superdave80 No clue on technology.... (216 comments)

...along with a Wi-Fi hotspot that operates without draining a mobile device's battery.

Yeah, because I'd NEVER think to plug in my mobile device while in my car. How much do these idiots get paid?

about 2 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

superdave80 Re:Why does the spouse need to work? (566 comments)

...but I don't think anyone can claim with a straight face that they have the exact same freedom to use money they have earned vs. money their spouse has earned.

Well, yes they can make that claim with a straight face. I think you and I have different ideas about how a marriage works. Everything you have is equally both of yours.

By your reasoning, a house purchased is actually only owned by the earning spouse, and all decisions about when to sell/remodel/etc. are exclusively in the domain of the earning spouse.

Are all decisions about kids entirely up to the mother since she is the one that gave birth to them?

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

superdave80 Re:Why does the spouse need to work? (566 comments)

If my wife got an incredibly well paying job, I would not stay at home for the simple reason that I would have to beg her for money for everything I do.

Sucks that you have such a shitty marriage that your wife would consider any money that she makes as belonging to her and not to the both of you.

If she would decide to leave me, I'm screwed.

Yeah, because courts never give alimony to non-working spouses in a divorce settlement.

It seems like the people shouting here are single guys who have never met a successful women let alone married her.

Um, my wife is a very successful financial analyst who makes more money than I do.

And if BOTH spouses want to work, they should either stay in their home country where they can both legally work, or both have to apply separately for H1-B visas (or some other work visa).

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

superdave80 Why does the spouse need to work? (566 comments)

Isn't the person holding the H1-B visa already making a good wage that should support both of them? Right? Oh, that's right, I forgot, the tech companies are using H1-B employees to drive down wages. Silly me.

about 3 months ago
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Talking To the Public: the Biggest Enemy To Reducing Greenhouse Emissions

superdave80 Not the same... (324 comments)

Nuclear disarmament vs. greenhouse gas reduction is a poor comparison.

How much did nuclear disarmament affect the day-to-day lives of the average person? Zilch. Zero. Nada. 50 nuclear missiles sitting in some empty part of the country vs. 200 nuclear missiles sitting in some silos in some empty part of the country affects people not at all (unless there is a nuclear war, but were all screwed anyways).

Greenhouse gas reduction involves changing things in peoples day-to-day lives. How much is, of course, up for debate, but the perception is that we will have to sacrifice some of our standard of living to accomplish this.

Nuclear Disarmament spokesperson: "We are going to have fewer nuclear missiles in our subs. What do you think about that?"

Joe Blow: "Uhhhhh, OK...."

Greenhouse Gas Reduction spokesperson: "We are going to slap a tax on the fuels you use, so now you will get to pay more at the pump. What do you think about that?"

Joe Blow: [punches Greenhouse Gas Reduction spokesperson in the face]

about 3 months ago
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Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

superdave80 Re:First.... (288 comments)

You;

OP claims coal produces more nuclear waste than nuclear power.

OP:

... that nuclear plants produce less radioactive waste...

I think you have serious reading comprehension issues...

Also, your 'debunking' link looks like it is just one of your /. comments. I think I will go with SA over random-guy-on-slashdot.

Who the hell is moding you up as insightful?

about 3 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

superdave80 Re:Automating taxes (423 comments)

Wait, first you say that the deductions are to make taxes 'fair'. But then you turn around and claim that the deductions are for 'improving society as a whole'? Well, which is it? I suspect you just like paying less taxes, and don't really care one whit about the justification for it.

I also loved this zinger:

I paid for it out of my own pocket, so you didn't subsidize it at all.

When you deduct your education bill from your taxes, how do you think that loss of taxes is made up?

Those who are selfish and do nothing to improve society end up keeping the most money, ultimately leaving the government to support all of the society's charity needs.

That is THEIR decision. If they want to be assholes about not giving out money, so be it. If the only reason you are making charitable contributions is to reduce your tax bill, then how charitable are you REALLY being? Again, I think you just like paying less taxes than the guy next to you.

Now, lest you think I'm just picking on education expenses, I don't agree with ANY of the deductions given to people for their expenses (child care, health care, mortgage interest, etc.), which include some that I benefit from. I want them all gone so that the tax code is simplified, and we stop using it for giveaways and trying to push people to do a certain thing (buying solar, electric cars, etc).

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

superdave80 Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

I'm not sure why anti-gun crowd always focus on the 'militia' part of the 2nd amendment, while totally ignoring the 'people' part of the 2nd amendment.

There is no reason to pick one or the other (militia vs. people).

about 3 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

superdave80 Re:Automating taxes (423 comments)

The whole point of those deductions is (ostensibly) to make taxes more fair, ...

Ha, ha. No. The whole point of deductions is to buy sway with voters. In fact the whole point of the US tax code is NOT to help collect taxes. It is to give a way goodies to the proper special interest groups.

If the government wanted more 'fair' taxes, they could simply adjust tax rates higher or lower based solely on income. Why should I subsidize your decision to go to grad school?

about 3 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

superdave80 Procrastinators? (723 comments)

Well, if the first deadline was coming up, wouldn't it make sense that enrollment numbers jumped up? I'm pretty sure that there are a lot more tax returns filed in the first two weeks of April than the first two weeks of February...

about 4 months ago

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