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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Dragonslicer Re:Less Complicated (195 comments)

...until all of quantum physics is reduced to a three-second advertising jingle that anyone can understand.

I've collapsed, and I can't get up!

3 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Dragonslicer Re:Science is on the skeptical side of this debate (675 comments)

If someone discovers a heat source at the center of the Earth that has been increasing its heat output lately, then yes, they will have found out that it wasn't caused by human activity.

The point being made was that it's very difficult to predict what discoveries will be made in the future and change our understanding of some scientific topic.

3 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Dragonslicer Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (675 comments)

Depending on your point of view, that's actually either a better analogy than you thought, or the complete opposite of what you intended to mean. While no reasonable person would question the existence of gravity, there still isn't a satisfactory explanation for how gravity works.

3 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Dragonslicer Re:Not sure the FDA would be much better... (478 comments)

I certainly didn't mean to imply that it necessarily has to be the FDA. You're certainly right that this would be outside of the FDA's typically mandate. My point was just that the decisions should be made by people with the appropriate education and experience, which isn't the DEA. One post farther up this chain mentioned the FDA and AMA, but I don't think the AMA has the legal authority, which is why I also mentioned the Surgeon General. I'm not sure exactly which agency within the Department of Health would be the best for this.

3 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Dragonslicer Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (675 comments)

That's funny. The first definition on Google states "a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.", which seems to be a good fit for those who are denying global warming.

No, it isn't a good fit at all. There's a huge difference between "Hey, your models aren't making perfect predictions. It's possibly that you're incorrect about something." and "Climate Change is a liberal conspiracy to turn the fine God-fearing people of the United States into a bunch of commies."

3 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Dragonslicer Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (478 comments)

The solution is simple, though. Congress can write a law that says that the FDA and/or Surgeon General decides how to classify drugs, and the DEA can only enforce those decisions. If the DEA really needs emergency classification authority, such a decision can be limited to a duration of 1 year before it must be approved by the FDA (of course, I can't think of why the DEA would be better equipped than the FDA to make emergency decisions).

Now if only something this logical had any chance of getting done by Congress.

3 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Dragonslicer Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (478 comments)

And what means are used to detect drivers who are high on pot?

You've never seen anyone high before, have you? Detecting such drivers won't be any more difficult than detecting drivers who are drunk. The same laws most likely apply, as well, since "Driving Under the Influence" probably isn't specifically limited to alcohol.

3 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Dragonslicer Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (478 comments)

Yes, such actions are theoretically open to review by congress, but in reality Congress has never denied any DEA action of this nature, and simply rubber stamps whatever the DEA does.

So what you're saying is that it isn't really a failure of the DEA, but a failure of Congress?

3 days ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

Dragonslicer Re:Yeah, don't focus on products. (222 comments)

Sounds like a plan.

Products are for suckers.

They should focus on social clouds for wearable augmented reality drones.

Dude, "wearable augmented reality drone" sounds like a fucking awesome product.

3 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Dragonslicer Re:Georgia (158 comments)

I wonder if it depends on your age. I'm in the age range where I was in grade school during the breakup of the USSR, so it was a big deal to learn all of the former USSR states. People older than me might not have learned about the individual states within the USSR.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Dragonslicer Re:Hyperbole Much? (582 comments)

We've become a nation where a college kid wishing to avoid a final exam can call in a bomb threat to close a campus.

That ship sailed decades ago. We used to be surprised at how well-behaved our high school class was if we made it through the year with only a couple bomb threats.

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Dragonslicer Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (427 comments)

Hey thanks for not making a huge deal out of castros death

I think I'm missing part of this joke, because Castro isn't dead...

See, that part of the agreement has been working just fine.

5 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Dragonslicer Re:Screw them! (388 comments)

You know what, forget the DNS and blackjack.

5 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Dragonslicer Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (388 comments)

And then we no longer have an internet (international network)

Of course we would. We might even end up with quite a few internets. The downside, of course, is that the Internet would be kind of broken.

5 days ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Dragonslicer Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (153 comments)

There's a hell of a lot more fad in life than most people want to admit. For our cars, if we wanted function we'd all be driving minivans with stow-n-go seats.

Those of us who consider fuel efficiency or handling to be part of the functionality wouldn't be driving minivans.

5 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Dragonslicer Re:What? (440 comments)

The great wall of china is 5,500 miles long. If they could build that a thousand years ago, surely we could do better now?

Because the Great Wall was never intended to keep out people. The purpose was to keep out horses (and their riders).

about a week ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Dragonslicer Re:Write-only languages (100 comments)

Yeah, it's a shame that the ideal use case for the 25120 didn't come along for several more years.

about a week ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Dragonslicer Re:Joke? They're real! (100 comments)

ROMs are lithographically etched...

A.k.a. written.

about a week ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Dragonslicer Re:Let the voters decide! (189 comments)

Argh, I'm so confused. All these years I've been voting at the poll. Now you tell me I'm supposed to be voting at the pole? No wonder my votes haven't been doing anything.

about a week ago

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Dragonslicer Dragonslicer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Dragonslicer writes "Felony charges have been filed against Patricia Dunn and four others connected with the corporate spying scandal. From a NY Times article:

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman was among five people charged Wednesday with illegally gathering phone records of board members, journalists and others in an effort to find the source of news leaks... The charges stem from the use of pretexting, a form of deception, to obtain private calling records from phone company employees.

Looks like we all got our wish that someone would be held accountable."

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