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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

DeBattell You don't understand Republicans (739 comments)

The author of this article obviously doesn't understand how republicans think. Areas that vote republican these do so because they are trying to suppress the (often sizable) minority of poor black people who live in their area. So the republicans in Mississippi, for example, don't WANT the poor black people in Mississippi to have health insurance. Especially if there is any possibility that it will cost them a penny anywhere, ever. The results of this survey make perfect sense if you look at it from that perspective.

about a month ago
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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

DeBattell Tides... (65 comments)

Tides come in, tides go out you can't explain that.

about 2 months ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

DeBattell New technology... (288 comments)

...same old political problems humans have always had.

about 2 months ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

DeBattell Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

People have to own the machines; it's the only way I can see for humans to remain viable. We need to be buying our kids stock, not college education.

about 3 months ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

DeBattell Re:Incredibally stupid argument (322 comments)

Alternatively you could have really good intel and just capture and jail anyone who trys to make the next great killing machine. I *don't* buy into the mutually assured destruction idea, because it's incredibly unstable. All it takes is one crazy person one time to destroy the whole world. Especially if we keep letting weapons get more and more destructive.

about 3 months ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

DeBattell Re:Incredibally stupid argument (322 comments)

It not stupid, it's just a brute fact. You develop it, there's an approximately a 100% chance in the long run someone will steal the idea and use it against you. So do as you please I guess.

about 3 months ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

DeBattell Re:Incredibally stupid argument (322 comments)

In my opinion, it's foolish to develop any weapon technology you don't want used against you. Historically weapon technology has never been successfully contained. If you can't keep nukes out of North Korea you can't keep any weapon out of anywhere.

about 3 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DeBattell Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Watch Thunderfoot's commentary on her before you judge. He points out that the game where she demos the "necrophilia", a) it was HER playing it and b) players lose points for killing innocents.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

DeBattell Re:I like... (643 comments)

Law enforcement people I have heard speak on the subject say that the cameras will easily pay for themselves in reduced legal expenses.

about 2 months ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

DeBattell Re:Is it going anywhere? (528 comments)

Don't assume that it won't pass. Usually they don't but the one here in Tennessee did.

about 2 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

DeBattell Re:Hmm (600 comments)

Soon on the cosmic scale perhaps. I will probably be several hundred years at best.

about 7 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

DeBattell Not fixed (306 comments)

As far as I can see it is NOT fixed. It's just that it hasn't finished flagging all the different versions that were posted to different channels.

about 8 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

DeBattell Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (1038 comments)

Well that's all fine and good, but not everyone feels as you do. I am NOT willing to accept even a tiny probability of being one of the sacrificial lambs, and more importantly I'm not willing to accept that tiny probably for my children either. Monetary compensation is not a perfect solution, but what you typically see when someone is released after a long stretch of unjust imprisonment is that they are not bitter at all. But the bitterness of the family who has a family member unjustly executed is eternal. The two situations are not comparable at all.

about 10 months ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

DeBattell Re:As usual, rubbish article (417 comments)

I think hard drives should be considered as an extension of your brain, and thus as protected as the content of your brain.

about a year and a half ago
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Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

DeBattell Stretch Subs (326 comments)

$9.7 million per meter. And I thought stretch SUV's were expensive.

about a year and a half ago
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Energy Use From Wireless Networks Will Dwarf Data Center Use By 2015

DeBattell Cars (42 comments)

Meanwhile, cars put something like 5,000 metric tons of carbon per year into the air.

about a year and a half ago
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The Accidental Betrayal of Aaron Swartz

DeBattell Re:Cops too. (409 comments)

How about we take over the government and make the job of cops and lawyers be getting the truth, not getting a conviction.

about a year and a half ago
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How the Open Invention Network Protects Linux and Open Source (Video)

DeBattell Re:Sony, the PS3 Linux remover? (28 comments)

What are the implications of this for the while Nikon/Microsoft Android tax situation. Isn't Android based on Linux, or is Microsoft specifically targeting parts of it that are not from Linux to dodge IBM's wrath?

about 2 years ago
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

DeBattell Re:Methinks a law of unintended consequences (672 comments)

I live in Tennessee. I read my 8 year old Dawkin's "Magic of Reality" cover to cover. He's straightening out his class mates. There are a few educated people in Tennessee. The problems come when we get distracted by things like Slashdot and ignore local politics.

more than 2 years ago

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Bush's veto of Water Projects Bill Overridden

DeBattell DeBattell writes  |  about 7 years ago

DeBattell writes "CNN Politics reports that Bush's veto of a new water projects bill, which includes funds for rebuilding in Katrina-devastated New Orleans, has been overridden by a comfortable margin by both the house and senate. Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) was quoted as saying "I don't know why the president chose this bill to try to reassume the mantle of fiscal responsibility, but he picked the wrong bill." The link: http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/11/08/congress.water/index.html"

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