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  1. Comment on Rental companies buy up used cars as chip crisis gets worse in ~finance

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    I'm sorry for the incoming tirade. Not even directed at you because almost none applies for stop and go, but... I really want to point out that this attitude is a major problem for many people....

    There, the last thing I want is to be forced to focus on driving, I want to put on a podcast and think as little about driving as possible.

    I'm sorry for the incoming tirade. Not even directed at you because almost none applies for stop and go, but...

    I really want to point out that this attitude is a major problem for many people. Driving is a difficult thing to do well and it takes years to train yourself to do all the little things to make you and everyone else safer.

    • Turn signals. Every time. No less than 3 seconds before turning or merging.
    • Looking ahead as far as you can. If you see a light turn red half-mile up, let off the gas and coast there. Doubly so on the highway, don't look just at the brake lights for the car in front of you, but for the next dozen. Ease up the gas if you see any at all, and start a gentle brake if 3 cars or less in front of you.
    • Unless at a standstill, always keep 3 second gap.
    • Check your sides and rear no less than every 30 seconds. You should have 100% awareness about what cars are behind you.
    • Always turn your head to check when merging or turning. Mirrors are not as reliable.

    As far as manuals in stop and go...just sit there and wait until you can coast in first for at least a block. Much traffic would be reduced if people stopped trying to ram up against another person's bumper in stop and go.

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  2. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    Given the number of people I see touching their phones while driving, I'd say driving skill doesn't either, but that's beside the point. Gun familiarity does generally increase gun safety. People...

    particularly because gun skill / familiarity doesn't necessarily correspond with good judgement in the same way driving skill does.

    Given the number of people I see touching their phones while driving, I'd say driving skill doesn't either, but that's beside the point. Gun familiarity does generally increase gun safety.

    People whom have never held a gun are much more dangerous with a gun than someone who has.

    Some basic safety skills almost all gun owners know:

    • How to check if safety is on
    • How to see if gun is cocked (ready to fire)
    • How to disarm and unload the gun
    • How to safely hold a gun

    The biggest rule of gun ownership is "don't point the gun at anything you don't want to be killed." And that gets violated far less than people touching their cellphones while driving.

    IMO gun handling should be a mandatory part of American schooling. They are everywhere, and thus everyone should know how to safely handle one.

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  3. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    I do generally like the idea of eliminating concealed carry, in favor of 100% open carry wherever concealed carry was permitted. If you are going to carry a weapon, not hiding it is safer for...

    I do generally like the idea of eliminating concealed carry, in favor of 100% open carry wherever concealed carry was permitted.

    If you are going to carry a weapon, not hiding it is safer for everyone.

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  4. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    Thing is, that snap judgement applies with or without the gun. If you fear the tall black man, then him having a gun isn't really going to change his circumstance. Well, other than at least having...

    Thing is, that snap judgement applies with or without the gun. If you fear the tall black man, then him having a gun isn't really going to change his circumstance.

    Well, other than at least having a chance of lethal parity against those who would shoot him.

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  5. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    That was kind of my point yes. Cops are no more trustworthy with a gun than the general populace. I'd say even less so, because they rarely face consequences for killing people. I'll support...

    That was kind of my point yes.

    Cops are no more trustworthy with a gun than the general populace. I'd say even less so, because they rarely face consequences for killing people.

    I'll support disarming the wider population when the law enforcement disarms at a comparable rate. If there's no reason for me to have a gun, there's no reason for the cop to.

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  6. Comment on FDA to propose ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, with industry likely to challenge in ~health

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    Yes, but the reality is that it's entirely personal preference. I know just as many people who hate menthols as menthol lovers who hate regular. It's really what you were exposed to first. If...

    Yes, but the reality is that it's entirely personal preference. I know just as many people who hate menthols as menthol lovers who hate regular.

    It's really what you were exposed to first. If menthols were genuinely more addictive, then why do black people smoke fewer cigarettes and start later in life than white people? Why do black and white people have nearly identical percentages of smokers?

    If menthols were more addictive, it would follow that the ethnicities that prefer those cigarettes would have higher and more frequent users.

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  7. Comment on FDA to propose ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, with industry likely to challenge in ~health

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    It is the last allowed yes, but if you look up smoking rates over time, banning flavors didn't really make an impact. The downward trajectory has been the same for decades now. It's nothing more...

    It is the last allowed yes, but if you look up smoking rates over time, banning flavors didn't really make an impact. The downward trajectory has been the same for decades now. It's nothing more than political posturing.

    You want real impact? Ban the display of cigarettes for sale. Put them under the counter and have a black and white price list page for customers to ask for.

    To continue my terrible ice cream metaphor to explain the undertones:

    White people prefer vanilla. Brown people prefer chocolate. All ice cream is unhealthy, so we're going to ban chocolate now. Maybe someday a few decades from now we'll ban vanilla.

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  8. Comment on FDA to propose ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, with industry likely to challenge in ~health

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    I think what @Armarok is getting at is that banning menthol cigarettes is arbitrary, dumb, and has some rascist undertones to boot. The only acceptable flavor of ice cream is vanilla, all others...

    I think what @Armarok is getting at is that banning menthol cigarettes is arbitrary, dumb, and has some rascist undertones to boot.

    The only acceptable flavor of ice cream is vanilla, all others are banned. Sounds pretty dumb right?

    It was just as dumb when other flavors (and cloves!) were banned.

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  9. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    Never has been, but people trust them for some reason but not random people.

    Never has been, but people trust them for some reason but not random people.

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  10. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    No, it's not impossible to assess, it just takes practice. We assess danger all the time. A driver driving in their lane on the highway is exponentially less dangerous than one drifting between...

    No, it's not impossible to assess, it just takes practice. We assess danger all the time. A driver driving in their lane on the highway is exponentially less dangerous than one drifting between lanes.

    Is a cop with a holstered gun dangerous? If not, why is the random civvy doing the same thing?

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  11. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    Armed is carrying a weapon. Dangerous is being incapable of using good judgement with that weapon. That distinction seems lost on many. I would feel safer with any of the people pictured over an...

    Armed is carrying a weapon. Dangerous is being incapable of using good judgement with that weapon.

    That distinction seems lost on many. I would feel safer with any of the people pictured over an unmedicated schizophrenic with a spoon.

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  12. Comment on Marvel Studios celebrates the movies in ~movies

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    I gave up after Iron Man 2, but recently binged it all. Phase 2 gets a lot better. The early Capitan America and Thor films were the worst. But the context they provided helps later.

    I gave up after Iron Man 2, but recently binged it all.

    Phase 2 gets a lot better. The early Capitan America and Thor films were the worst. But the context they provided helps later.

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  13. Comment on Jon Stewart - It's Class Warfare - The Poor (and the rest of us) Have Lost (2010) in ~misc

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    I miss Jon Stewart. His Daily Show has yet to be matched on TV. I ditched cable shortly after, but what I'd seen of Trevor's Daily Show didn't have quite have the same soul. Maybe it got better...

    I miss Jon Stewart. His Daily Show has yet to be matched on TV. I ditched cable shortly after, but what I'd seen of Trevor's Daily Show didn't have quite have the same soul. Maybe it got better over time, or now that I've been separated for awhile it would be easier to get into. Last Week Tonight gets closer to the mark, but the general tone still doesn't feel right.

    Losing the Colbert Report shortly after didn't help.

    I'd be happy to take reccomendations to fill those voids.

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  14. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    Could you elaborate? Transfer of ownership was never really harder than aquiring the games in the first place.

    Could you elaborate? Transfer of ownership was never really harder than aquiring the games in the first place.

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  15. Comment on PC doesn't connect properly to thunderbolt dock if it's plugged in after booting in ~comp

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    Make sure to check for firmware updates on both PC and dock. I had a few issues with my Thinkpad that cleared up with those.

    Make sure to check for firmware updates on both PC and dock.

    I had a few issues with my Thinkpad that cleared up with those.

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  16. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    Counterpoint: This didn't happen with console games or PC titles of yesteryear. I know many of you have never experienced just how free the PC market used to be. StarCraft (the first one) had...

    Counterpoint: This didn't happen with console games or PC titles of yesteryear. I know many of you have never experienced just how free the PC market used to be. StarCraft (the first one) had absolutely stellar sales despite being quite easy to pirate, share, or trade. Heck, original Starcraft pre-broodwar had an official LAN mode where you only needed 1 legitimate copy to play multiplayer on your LAN. Story-based games were no exception, they continued to be made and make profits despite this free flow.

    Second counterpoint: What you speak of already happened in many games even without the used market. The most popular games in the world are either subscription based or freemium with design decisions geared toward keeping you playing indefinitely. Magic, Hearthstone, League of Legends, and Fortnite all follow this model.

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  17. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    I think reviving a second-hand PC game market would be just fine. I never liked this undermining of first sale doctrine with the transition to digital media. Movie and music companies were the...

    I think reviving a second-hand PC game market would be just fine. I never liked this undermining of first sale doctrine with the transition to digital media.

    Movie and music companies were the worst, but game companies were just as complacent.

    I am purchasing a game, and thus should have the right to resell it.

    Or, I am purchasing a license to use the copywritten work, and thus how I use that copywritten work is irrelevant. If I own the rights to play a game, the place I obtain the binaries from is irrelevant.

    So if they want non-transferability of ownership, send me a unique signed certificate, like an SSL cert, that says I have a right to play the game, and allow distribution from anywhere. I'd love to download all my games via a trusted torrent site instead of any storefront.

    Edit: The subsequent inevitable arguement about DRM futility. FIFA 2014 sold 17.31 million copies. FIFA 2015, the first game with Denovo, uncrackable for years, sold 18 million copies. No other FIFA game sold as many since, dismantling every arguement about 'all those millions of pirates stealing our sales.'

    Edit 2: A thought on how that transferable private cert could work, no worse than current Steam DRM:

    • Standard created for a purchase receipt (first, last, email, price, date, storefront, etc), this serves as the user's key.
    • Publisher encrypts the key, sends resulting file and stores in their database. Each sale is then tied to the publisher and user, and not the store. Game phones home periodically (30 day grace period?). Because it's a 1 to 1 copy, and virtually impossible to fake, it can be transferrable.
    • DRM check must be removed when game is no longer available for sale.
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  18. Comment on Washington state capital gains tax already faces a lawsuit in ~finance

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    I'd say stocks shouldn't change hands frequently, as I think that blurs the lines between "investment" and "casino," but that's a much bigger ideological discussion. Does make me want to have a...

    I'd say stocks shouldn't change hands frequently, as I think that blurs the lines between "investment" and "casino," but that's a much bigger ideological discussion. Does make me want to have a law that says if you're gonna invest in a company, you must do so for no less than 5 years.

    I hadn't thought about that, but that rapid transfer makes it easier to argue as an excise and not an income. Capital gains/losses are realized when you buy or sell the stock in question. So taxing those is very much an excise the same way that taxing a real estate transaction is.

    The great thing about stocks is that it's very easy to detail out precise ownership: You owned X for Y time, and it appreciated/depreciated Z. So the function for a property tax on stock could be 0.01*(X+Z)/Y, where Y is the fractional of the year you owned the stock.

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  19. Comment on What would make app stores better? in ~tech

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    I do apologize, I didn't realize they opened up win32 on the store. But the general point I made about App and OS sandboxing restrictions still stands...the main reason I was calling out that...

    I do apologize, I didn't realize they opened up win32 on the store. But the general point I made about App and OS sandboxing restrictions still stands...the main reason I was calling out that "distinction without a difference" is because when app stores are owned by the OS owner, that is a decision that company made about both working together.

    I wasn't really discussing the funcitonality of applications themselves as OP did, other app stores (where the owner is not the OS vendor) are not really relevant to the point I was making.

    There is nothing preventing Apple from allowing non-sandboxed applications on the IOS app store. That is a design decision they made, and enforce by not allowing alternative ways to install applications. They could open it up anytime they wanted, IOS (and Android for that matter) are perfectly capable as general-purpose computers.

    Microsoft tried for ~8 years to make UWP a thing by keeping Win32 off their app store. They wanted to force the migration to UWP, and were hoping that the Microsoft Seal Of Approval would help force that along. They could have allowed Win32 in there at any time, and only decided to open it up when they well and truely gave up on forcing Win32 into retirement (for now).

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  20. Comment on What would make app stores better? in ~tech

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    Part of the rejection of the Windows Store is because it does have this sandboxing functionality. VLC is a very different application on the Windows Store. Windows store only supports UWP, no...

    Part of the rejection of the Windows Store is because it does have this sandboxing functionality. VLC is a very different application on the Windows Store.
    Windows store only supports UWP, no other APIs. Valve didn't start doing their Linux work just for fun, when Windows 8 came out, it's because they saw the writing on the wall when Microsoft announced the "Microsoft Trusted Apps" which were UWP exclusive and laid out a very real possibility of being locked-out from the platform.

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