Be very careful about ignoring tickets anywhere outside of LA county though...
Best advice ever: "Get a lawyer who specializes in Traffic Court." Most of them are relatively cheap (~$100 total) and they are very familiar with the system. Check with friends for recommendations, and a lot of these lawyers have good advice on websites on how to proceed. The good ones will review the evidence first before taking the case (and can offer you advice if you decide to fight it by yourself.)
On the negative side probation doesn't tax the system very much and so there maybe a lot of incentive for government to impose excessive probation periods to encourage people who don't believe in certain laws to just pay the fine anyways (since the government isn't bearing a huge burden and the rewards against those that will just pay the fines exceed the minor burdens that the government incurs against those that serve probation).
Tell that to a probation officer. I suspect if infractions resulted in fine or probation, and most folks took probation, probation workers would quickly grind the system to a halt and demand shorter probations and/or less restrictions on probationers.
Don't pay the fine and you'll end up in jail. Actually, you can request jail time from the judge in lieu of payment anyway, but it likely won't be a single day in jail. Usually it is quite a bit longer. And you usually don't have a choice of serving your time on your day off.
And might I suggest, if there is one place in the world you don't want to go, it is jail (prison is worse, but jail can be a very eye-opening experience.) I've been there quite a few times as a guest, and I'd never want to be a resident.
A much better solution would be probation. Not a perfect solution, but far better than the slammer.
Idiots like that guy are what cause people to suggest red light cameras in the first place.
If the cameras caught everything after 1 second, very few tickets would have been generated and the folks like this would have gotten their due. The problem was that nearly 80% of the tickets generated were for folks who went through the light 1 second after it turned red, and 38% of them were before 0.25 seconds (note, it usually takes the red light about 0.1-0.2 seconds to reach full brightness.)
Then again, if they only caught a few violators, the cameras wouldn't be worth it.
iTunes songs are DRM-free, you DL them and they're yours.
There was a long time in which they weren't.
And iTunes videos are still DRM'd. I still haven't been able to figure out how to play the Nerdist episodes I purchased on iTunes on a Linux box, but then again I haven't been trying recently. I was able to watch them on a Windoze virtual machine once.
Re: Re: SO, take away corporate privileges; de-corporatize the world.
Simple solution to copyright - make copyright non-transferable.
Even better solution, scrap copyright altogether.
At the very least, if they want to treat it like property, they have to pay property tax on it like everyone else, at the tune of 1% of the value per year and then use the money generated solely for funding new works and/or managing the public domain through libraries.
Copyright isn't currently written to help the artist, nor is it written to give artists incentives to work. It may have started out that way, but over the years it has been corrupted to support the legacy industries against independents. When copyright can be used to block the sale of original works by the artist themselves as a hammer to force them to sell through the industry, or used as a pre-emptive strike to silence critics or enforce the industries' propaganda, it is no longer about the artist. Even the length of copyright is anti-artist (since no artist will care 30 seconds after they are dead how long their copyright still exists for.)
Termination rights shouldn't be written into the law, as with any other contract, they should be terminated when one party or the other decides to cancel the contract. If one party to the contract fails to live up to their end of the bargain, then the other party should be allowed to back out of the contract. What should be written into the law is the exceptions to the rule...no contract should ever be allowed to take away rights of either party, nor should it place any unreasonable or unconscionable requirement or restriction on either party (like the one-sided ones the RIAA/MPAA currently use, or ones that prevent one party from cancelling the contract without significant penalty if the other side decides to buy the contract and then fails to sell the work or puts it into a vault and makes it "disappear" because they don't like it.)
A "terrorist" is simply someone who uses the tactic of terrorism and not someone who holds a particular ideology.
I agree with the correct definition of terrorist (one who uses acts of terror to gain power or push their agenda,) but when has certain members of Congress/NSA/Executive Branch/Media organizations limited themselves to correct definitions and/or facts to describe actions of others?
When the acts of political discourse and/or disagreements are called acts of terrorism (as the word communist was often used, and is still used, to define the same actors,) we've slipped all the way down the well and are looking up from the bottom. It becomes a derogatory term, like all others, to be used to define those we don't like irrespective of the original definition. I actually heard a member of the media say as much about Mr. Snowden this morning when reporting on this for a conservative news radio channel (that I listen to solely for traffic and weather, honestly.) I believe those were AC/That One Guy's points.
(Which, funnily enough, all the founding fathers of the US would be considered these days)
And sadly, to the English, they were pretty much considered that back then. There was an awful long period of time before the start of open hostilities in Lexington and North Bridge in 1775 where the whole lot could have ended up rounded up and executed as enemies of the crown.
Re: Smallpox and Rinderpest would like to have a word with you...
Bingo...OP needs to play a game of Pandemic... the anti-vaxors seem to be proving Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest, since diseases like Measles and Rubella seem to be on the comeback, affecting their kids more and more (and sadly, taking out babies who are too young to be vaccinated in the process.)
If they want to be idiots, I wish they would do it to themselves and leave their kids and the babies who can't be vaccinated out of it.
Good comedians use their wits to call out all sorts of bad behavior by jabbing at the hypocrisy, hubris, and absurdity in it all. They're like modern day prophets.
Of course, you know it is humor, which makes it an easier pill to swallow. Some people see the humor and hopefully move on, using it as constructive criticism. The question is whether the criticism is accepted and used to learn better when it comes from humor or from fire-and-brimstone. The old carrot vs. stick argument. I think it works better, but only when the humor is taken to heart.
Unfortunately, it doesn't always work, and I fear the higher you go in politics, the less likely it works.
Rick Ledgett: He would work on the computer with a hood that covered the computer screen and covered his head and shoulders, so that he could work and his girlfriend couldn't see what he was doing.
John Miller: That's pretty strange, sitting at your computer kind of covered by a sheet over your head and the screen?
Man, Snowden should totally patent that shit. I know of at least a few people who would buy it for their husbands/wives this Christmas so they can continue working on their computer without keeping their significant others awake. Figure out some way to make it fully immersive (sound, video, etc.,) without having that stuff broadcast to folks who are sleeping in the house and that could be a good niche product worth some serious money.
Usually I just keep the computer out of the bedroom, but there is a TV in there and there are some times I wish I had this type of system for the TV too.
They should be required to provide copper or fiber, but at least one of the technologies needs to be available. Fiber is a very suitable replacement for copper, has much lower maintenance costs, and is more or less future-proof.
Which is crazy expensive, but I have no realistic alternative.
Agree. I have alternatives, but they aren't any better or are far, far worse. I'd love to get local channels without having to pay $34.99 to get the bundled channels (which seems ridiculous since I can buy a whole house digital antenna for less than one month of buying theirs.) It is either Cox, GSM/CDMA, or 1.5 mbps ADSL here.