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  1. Comment on US railroads should be nationalized in ~enviro

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    Ticket prices used to be directly set by the CAB. They also specified which airlines could fly which routes. On a New York to Los Angeles route, you might have had five airlines, all with very...

    Ticket prices used to be directly set by the CAB. They also specified which airlines could fly which routes. On a New York to Los Angeles route, you might have had five airlines, all with very similar (rather high) ticket prices. Today, you’d have 10+ with far reduced prices. The main tradeoff is that airlines used to compete on service, but now they compete on price (and as such, service has gone down the crapper).

    As for mergers, at least in the aircraft side, this seemed to be happening before 1978, and Boeing did have a head start with respect to having the first American jet.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade in ~news

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    I understand further limiting public tobacco use. I’m referring to ideas (some expressed in this very thread) of continually raising the purchase age or of a tobacco license with a limited...

    I understand further limiting public tobacco use. I’m referring to ideas (some expressed in this very thread) of continually raising the purchase age or of a tobacco license with a limited application period. There seems to be this belief we can permanently end tobacco use. I think we can probably reduce it even further from where it is now, but there’s always going to be 5-10% of people who will want to consume it.

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  3. Comment on Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade in ~news

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    I find this fascination with trying to completely stamp out tobacco use strange. We’ve tried before with alcohol and other drugs, it either doesn’t work and/or causes violent and organized crime...

    I find this fascination with trying to completely stamp out tobacco use strange. We’ve tried before with alcohol and other drugs, it either doesn’t work and/or causes violent and organized crime to spike. Not to mention there’s racial or cultural discrimination effects (Yes, we are TOTALLY going to make indigenous Bolivians into brown carbon copies of white Europeans by stopping them from having coca tea). I’d much rather have a regulated system derived from Canadian alcohol and cannabis stores:

    • Tobacconist shops would be run by state governments.

    • Virtually all tobacco transfers would go through these stores. Limited exemptions would be made for direct farm-to-consumer sales, home growing, and small gifts.

    • The finished tobacco products industry (cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, E-liquid, Juuls, loose tobacco, dip, etc) would be nationalized.

    • Only plain tobacco and traditional natural flavorings (mint, clove, etc) would be sold through these stores. Other flavor additives could be sold at non-state stores (e.g., orange-flavored E-liquid), so long as they lack tobacco or nicotine.

    • Smoking would be severely restricted in all public spaces, with the exemption of smoking lounges (purpose-built with sealed walls, high-capacity ventilation, and exhaust filters).

    • The smoking age would be lowered back to 18 (I’m one of those people who likes having a consistent age for things, especially when you can join the military and get handed automatic weapons). Fines for straw purchasing would be increased severely.

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  4. Comment on I’ve landed my first interview! Any advice? in ~life

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    You’d be surprised. The volunteer stuff I put was completely unrelated, yet we ended up talking about it a good bit. What kind of volunteering?

    You’d be surprised. The volunteer stuff I put was completely unrelated, yet we ended up talking about it a good bit. What kind of volunteering?

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  5. Comment on I’ve landed my first interview! Any advice? in ~life

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    My boss likes to tell me to fake confidence. I’m inclined to agree with that. What did you put on your resume? Any hobbies or volunteering? My interview we discussed that a bit (almost more than...

    My boss likes to tell me to fake confidence. I’m inclined to agree with that.

    What did you put on your resume? Any hobbies or volunteering? My interview we discussed that a bit (almost more than the actual job).

    Did they say what kind of interview it would be? Mine was a panel of three engineering managers. If they didn’t elaborate, be ready for anything from a one-on-one to a panel to a rotating interview.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Why is there trouble finding web developers that live in the US? in ~tech

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    You might direct your brother to look to companies (I saw Accenture mentioned) which do a lot of classified/sensitive government work. While they won’t have devs doing public facing websites, a...

    You might direct your brother to look to companies (I saw Accenture mentioned) which do a lot of classified/sensitive government work. While they won’t have devs doing public facing websites, a lot of large facilities have a fairly extensive intranet (like my workplace); and the people will definitely be American citizens working in the United States. They might even appreciate having something for uncleared personnel to do.

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  7. Comment on 18-year-old member of online harassment group sentenced to five years in prison after "swatting" the owner of a desirable Twitter handle, resulting in a fatal heart attack in ~tech

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    I hate to be “that guy”, but the only people with that many full auto firearms would be the very wealthy. Since 1986, production of new full auto firearms (legally called “machine guns”) has been...

    I hate to be “that guy”, but the only people with that many full auto firearms would be the very wealthy. Since 1986, production of new full auto firearms (legally called “machine guns”) has been prohibited, meaning grandfathered weapons (a total of around 180,000, I believe) have skyrocketed in price (e.g., a standard submachine gun such as an Uzi would go for $5-10,000). The AR-15 you can pick up at Cabela’s, Academy, or your local gun store is not capable of full auto fire.

    19 votes
  8. Comment on What do you collect? in ~hobbies

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    Knives. Dangerous because individually they are not too expensive, but in aggregate boy do they take a bite out of your bank account. Curse my coworker for getting me hooked. Long term I’m...

    Knives. Dangerous because individually they are not too expensive, but in aggregate boy do they take a bite out of your bank account. Curse my coworker for getting me hooked.

    Long term I’m planning on getting more into firearms, I have four handguns inherited from (great) grandparents; three revolvers and one pistol.

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  9. Comment on Hirschfield v. BATFE: Fourth Circuit holds that federal laws prohibiting handgun sales to persons between the ages of 18-21 unconstitutional under the Second Amendment (PDF opinion) in ~news

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    Almost certain to be reheard en banc, but nevertheless huge news in the firearms world. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 that 18-20 year-olds have a right to buy handguns, and...

    Almost certain to be reheard en banc, but nevertheless huge news in the firearms world. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 that 18-20 year-olds have a right to buy handguns, and that portions of federal law prohibiting those sales are unconstitutional. One interesting point is the plaintiff - she wanted to protect herself from an abusive ex, and was unable to legally purchase a handgun from a dealer.

    Nineteen-year-old Natalia Marshall had good reason to seek protection. She had been forced to obtain a protective order against her abusive ex-boyfriend who, since the issuance of the order, had been arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and controlled substances. He was released on bail but never came to court, leading to the issuance of a capias for his arrest

    In my opinion, a sympathetic plaintiff such as her makes this a likely vehicle for a Supreme Court case, especially since more cases are in the pipeline in other courts; increasing the probability of a circuit split. Many are sponsored by newer, non-NRA orgs, like Firearms Policy Coalition.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus faces death threats after releasing satirical music video in ~lgbt

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    NAMBLA is a rather obvious acronym. Like I said, I think this was a leftover of the 1970s more than anything.

    NAMBLA is a rather obvious acronym. Like I said, I think this was a leftover of the 1970s more than anything.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus faces death threats after releasing satirical music video in ~lgbt

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    NAMBLA was the main one, and the one linked with the ILGA (in the first link).

    NAMBLA was the main one, and the one linked with the ILGA (in the first link).

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  12. Comment on San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus faces death threats after releasing satirical music video in ~lgbt

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    It’s an old and rather weak link, but it did exist. The condemnation of pedophilia and child sex abuse by society only seems to have firmed up by the 1990s. During the 1970s, there was a parallel...
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  13. Comment on Please recommend analytical, industry-specific blogs and newsletters in ~misc

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    Meant to mention ExchangeMonitor. Paywalled (work has subscriptions, so I can view it at my desk), but a really good source/insight into what’s going on in the DOE Complex and the US commercial...

    Meant to mention ExchangeMonitor. Paywalled (work has subscriptions, so I can view it at my desk), but a really good source/insight into what’s going on in the DOE Complex and the US commercial nuclear sector.

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  14. Comment on What do you think are some good things about the US? in ~talk

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    American here. While my country has it’s faults, there’s many parts I love, among them: The incredible diversity - in people (who are mostly friendly and work to support each other), in food (even...

    American here. While my country has it’s faults, there’s many parts I love, among them:

    • The incredible diversity - in people (who are mostly friendly and work to support each other), in food (even if we didn’t invent it, we almost certainly commercialized the hell out of it), in landscapes (Even here in SC, we've got piney woods, deciduous forests, swamps, mountains, and huge rivers), in wildlife (down here the birds and gators are my favorite), and more. (Honestly this could be broken down into several bullets of its own)

    • Building off what @frostycakes said, our public lands system is incredible, at all levels - federal, state, and local. Within two hours of my house, I have dozens of great parks, from historic canals, to short trails to the river, to a massive bottomland forest swamp (one of the few national parks in the southeast).

    • If you are into shooting sports, the United States is probably the best place to be. We have all kinds of disciplines, from traditional Olympic-style competition, to three gun, to sleet, to Cowboy Action Shooting.

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  15. Comment on Why Dutch bikes are better (and why you should want one) in ~enviro

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    Part of it seems to boil down to the fact that the Netherlands is quite flat and has a mild climate - try riding through Boston during January or Houston during July. Even good bicycle...

    Part of it seems to boil down to the fact that the Netherlands is quite flat and has a mild climate - try riding through Boston during January or Houston during July. Even good bicycle infrastructure can only do so much against geography.

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  16. Comment on Popular Audacity audio app dubbed ‘spyware’ by users over policy changes from new owner in ~tech

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    I’ve mentioned this previously, but if it isn’t easy to use (or is overly complicated) for normies (i.e., non-comp people like myself), the software in question will remain niche and only used by...

    I’ve mentioned this previously, but if it isn’t easy to use (or is overly complicated) for normies (i.e., non-comp people like myself), the software in question will remain niche and only used by die-hard FLOSSers.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Who else here is trying to beat the heat? in ~life

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    Hot as usual here in South Carolina. Ironically it was rather cool (upper 70s and 80s) last week. Not really an issue here as everyone has AC, unlike much of the Northeast and Northwest.

    Hot as usual here in South Carolina. Ironically it was rather cool (upper 70s and 80s) last week. Not really an issue here as everyone has AC, unlike much of the Northeast and Northwest.

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  18. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    Pocket protectors. Very nice to be able to carry four pens/pencils and not have to worry about ruining your shirt. I wear one every day to work.

    Pocket protectors. Very nice to be able to carry four pens/pencils and not have to worry about ruining your shirt. I wear one every day to work.

    3 votes