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  • Jun 03, 2022 @ 08:09pm

    I’m reminded of a conversation with a friend recently…

    I had told her about another friend who had been stopped in AZ for a GPS above the dash that led to a search of his rental car and she remarked that she thought that SCOTUS had ruled against such things, I just said that cops don’t bother actually adhering to the law.

  • May 19, 2022 @ 07:03am

    I had just come to comment with that after I looked it up (only one news article has bothered to mention this that I've seen so far) O.C.G.A. 40-6-52)  A "truck" is defined as any vehicle equipped with more than six wheels except buses and motorcoaches.  On roads, streets, or highways with three or more lanes allowing for movement in the same direction, it shall be unlawful for any truck to operate in any lanes other than the two most right-hand lanes, except when the truck is preparing for a left turn.

  • May 16, 2022 @ 02:17pm

    Vintage Hawaiian style shirts, a straw hat and a big cigar.

  • Apr 22, 2022 @ 01:04pm

    DeSantis is getting what he wanted from this

    Whether or not this stands up in court, along with the bill he signed today (HB 7, the so called anti-woke law) this has his name all over the country as it makes national news. If this law (along with the anti-woke law, the don't say gay law, the attempts to control social media companies law) fails in court he gets to rail against activist judges and gain even more support amongst the population that are just looking for verification that they are being oppressed by the "elites" (all the while voting for people who attended Harvard, Yale, and live in country clubs) and given permission to direct their hate to marginalized people they can feel superior to and justified in their hatred against. All of this is just dog in the manger politics - because certain groups of people are now being treated more equally, we'll just burn everything down to gain power. This move will cost the taxpayers in Orlando and Kissimmee more than it will Disney, but since they vote mostly democrat, that may be part of the appeal for the party of punishing anyone who votes against us. I can't wait to find out how much money our state government will waste fighting all of these recent laws in court. All of this is to boost his inevitable run for POTUS in 2024 where he'll most likely win.

  • Apr 19, 2022 @ 01:05pm

    tin pot dictator

    DeSantis has moved to remove all aspects of local authority from counties and cities since he was elected, he's absolutely transparent about his autocracy - he was unhappy that the state republicans weren't carving out the congressional district maps in a completely partisan way so he vetoed their proposal and has somehow arranged it so that he alone gets to choose the new districts. Because he can use Disney as a convenient scapegoat now he's moving to remove the local authority they have had for self government of their property since they purchased the land in the 60s - this is arguably not a completely bad thing, but his reasons for it are not any of the reasons that have brought up before, but because they dared to speak against him. Since Disney has more money than god or the state, I'm sure the court battles over this are going to be long and and costly to our state, but our AGs under this and the previous GOP administration have not been afraid to waste taxpayer money fighting court cases they know are absolutely without merit. Unfortunately his posturing works, he's treated like the second coming of god, right after his orange king.

  • Apr 05, 2022 @ 11:05am

    This is just the start

    The recent "parental rights" law is already being challenged in court for being overly vague (and horrendous) and they'll likely spend a shit ton of money defending this one as well. As far as small government goes, the current Florida administration and senate have been pursuing a campaign of removing all local governments ability to make decisions on everything from zoning, pandemic measures, zoning and pretty much anything that the state GOP thinks are bad. They have absolutely no actual principles except power.

  • Sep 09, 2021 @ 11:49am

    Re:

    So you're suggesting that the blog in question is being hosted on the defendant's laptop and cellphone and not a server in a data center somewhere? Interesting suggestion.

  • Jul 22, 2021 @ 11:34am

    Re: Time for a name change?

    We do already down here in the state. Unfortunately despite things like willfully destroying the unemployment system and continuing to wreck the environment, he's quite popular with the base, because the whole point now is apparently to see how horrible one can be to people that 'ain't like us'

  • Jul 14, 2021 @ 10:31am

    Re: aka Disney Censorship Bill

    I can't find the video now, one of our democratic state senators posted it a couple of weeks ago when she asked the sponsor of that part why and got a really nonsensical and illogical reply about Disney+ which doesn't even host any user generated content.

  • Jul 14, 2021 @ 10:25am

    Re:

    That would be the state senators who created this shit bill and the Governor for signing it. I'd love if there was any actual repercussions but it's my taxes paying for free advertising for him in re-election next year by trumpeting his standing up for the unfairly blocked nutcases. He's a very smart and loathsome toad our governor is.

  • Apr 29, 2021 @ 11:29am

    New updates to the story

    From the Orlando Sentinel, who knows what's actually gong on here.

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-ne-publix-twitter-pubsub-dispute-20210429-hqomjrnroraizpq7t3kswn3cny-story.html

    Dickey said Publix did not demand that he shut down the social media account, just two related businesses that were profitable for him. Last year, Dickey said he had made $5,000.

    “I’ve decided that I’m not going to let not making money get in the way of me living out that mission statement of bringing joy to the internet and connecting people through Publix subs,” Dickey said.

  • Apr 28, 2021 @ 01:46pm

    Re:

    Well it was the NY Post who has a very tenuous grasp on ethics.

  • Apr 28, 2021 @ 01:42pm

    As a FL resident....

    I would just like to single out this sentence as being particularly amusing given the state of the environment in Florida:
    "No policymaker would allow a company to dump toxic waste into a river upstream of a thriving town he is charged with governing."

    Hi Marco, are you familiar with the red tides and algae blooms caused by runoffs from the farming industry into Lake Okeechobee and then flowing down the rivers to flow into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean causing havoc to the various water based businesses in the towns that rely on them?

    Or the current situation in Bradenton with a phosphate dumping pond threatening to overflow causing the evacuation of local residents a couple of weeks ago?

    Which politicians have been in charge of this state and allowing these industries free and unregulated power to do whatever they want again?

  • Dec 24, 2019 @ 09:58am

    Observation shows this happening

    Flying out of Orlando the weekend after Thanksgiving I could see relaxed screening in operation - there was a half hour wait to get through security (which is fairly high at that airport, it's generally one of the more fluid security lines for a busy airport) - in two lines we could hear the TSA officer telling people to keep their shoes on, belts on, all electronics / laptops in the bag, and just put it through the x-ray.

    I of course had chosen the line that required all the normal shoes off, electronics out, etc. Which led to confusion as the officer directing our line didn't say much of anything and people were confused because of the directions from the other line.

    And of course you just smile and try not to look like you require secondary screening and get through.

  • Sep 23, 2019 @ 07:43am

    Gotta love Spectrum

    I remember when the locals in my area were all overjoyed that our local cable company (with good local based tech support and pretty good customer service) was bought by Spectrum and how this was going to make things soooo much better.

    Haven't heard them praising it much since they took over and ruined support and service.

  • Mar 06, 2018 @ 04:25pm

    It looks like the ESA has agreed to meet with him Thursday?

    https://www.polygon.com/2018/3/5/17082816/trump-gun-violence-video-game-industry-meeting-esa

  • Sep 14, 2016 @ 06:38am

    And broadcast

    I live in an area where I get every broadcast channel clearly in HD with a leaf antenna - I have a USB TV Capture card and a DVR app - and I have apps that can play to the TV via DLNA.

    So there's a big savings for all broadcast shows I may wish to watch and record. For other shows that are cable only, buying a season pass on iTunes or Amazon or Google is still cheaper than the entire season would be in cable costs (about $70/mo). - I figured that even subscribing to a season pass for the shows I watch would still only cost me about 2 months of cable for the entire season.

    This is keeping everything strictly legal and legit. The Gawker article is total click bait wtf.

  • Jan 19, 2016 @ 06:51pm

    Well, Honey Boo Boo aired on TLC which is also owned by Discovery Networks, so that's a minor point, but on the whole all of Discovery Network's channels (History, Discovery, TLC, Science) have plummeted.

    TLC was The Learning Channel and became the trainwreck reality show channel, History became ancient aliens and hitler, I don't even know what Discovery channel is anymore and Science is airing Secret Alien Nasa Files and other dreck.

    Mythbusters was the only show I still watched (I once upgraded my cable service back when digital was new to get more History channel stuff, back when they aired actual good content like Engineering an Empire and such) - and Mythbusters was doing a lot of BS shows like episodes that were advertisements for other DSC shows like Storm Chasers, and then an entire episode that was a big advertisement for The Green Hornet movie that had just come out.

    The Mythbusters advertising wouldn't be so galling if Adam didn't proclaim loudly at eveyr chance he gets that they are real science.

  • Jul 21, 2015 @ 11:17am

    Yet another example of why not everything needs to be connected to the internet - especially when security is not the number one concern when creating the product.

    The biggest take away I had from this article was horror that they did this demonstration on a public highway with a good amount of traffic - this should have been demonstrated in a controlled environment where the only people who were endangered were the ones who knowingly participated - not every other car and passenger on the highway at the time. They cut power to the vehicle when there was no place to pull over - in a 70mph zone - completely reckless.

  • Jun 25, 2015 @ 12:11pm

    I am still thinking that this very stupid act is going to turn out to giving subcontractors who are possibly not from this country vague instructions on removing "offensive uses" (the term used in the e-mail set to developers affected) and the typically stupid Apple non responding to any inquiries at all.

    These apps will likely return after enough ridicule has been heaped on Apple for yet another idiotic problem with app store rejections.

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