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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

GPS Pilot The sillier stuff... (327 comments)

If Tesla is only getting breaks on the sillier stuff it may be a good idea.

A better idea would be to give everyone breaks on the sillier stuff. I.e., repeal the sillier stuff.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

GPS Pilot This proves California is unreasonable (327 comments)

We all know that Musk cares a lot about the environment. That's why he's Chairman of Solar City. So Musk's battery factory is not going to be a big polluter, and any regulatory regime that drives said factory out of the state is unreasonable.

California should make its regulations reasonable for all enterprises -- large and small, famous and obscure. Not only would that preclude accusations of "selling out"; it's just the right thing to do.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

GPS Pilot CA unemployment rate (327 comments)

Your link contains an interesting graph, showing that CA unemployment has consistently been higher than the national average, since about 1990.

Imagine how much larger the surplus would be -- or how much lower tax rates could be, without impacting services provided by state government -- if CA unemployment had been consistently lower than the national average!

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

GPS Pilot Stay within reason (327 comments)

Reasonable regulations on fab plants are welcome. But if the parent post is correct (waste water from semiconductor plants must be cleaner than tap water), that's simply not reasonable. That would not be a case where the rest of the world ought to emulate California's unreasonable standards; it's a case where California ought to become reasonable.

about a week ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

GPS Pilot Things aren't just like the movies (409 comments)

I've been inside NORAD, and it was not as high-tech as portrayed in War Games (1983).

about three weeks ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

GPS Pilot Re:A far better analogy (512 comments)

the warzone is so small and densely packed with civilians that there is nowhere that Hamas can attack from that isn't near, more or less, civilian installations

Which is another very good reason why Hamas shouldn't attack Israel. (In addition to, you know, basic human decency.) Your fixation on the idea that Hamas should attack Israel, in spite of the certain misery this will bring upon its own citizens, reveals unsavory things about you.

Israel attacks anything, anytime, anywhere and doesn't care about the civilian casualties caused

You make that assertion with a straigt face even though you know Israel has dropped leaflets begging civilians to get away from military targets. Congratulations, you have just utterly ruined your credibility. (The men whom Tom Brokaw dubbed "The Greatest Generation" tried to maximize civilian casualties, and this leaflet campaign tries to minimize civilian casualties. A little application of logic would lead Brokaw to say the IDF is "greater than the Greatest Generation," but I won't hold my breath for that.)

about three weeks ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

GPS Pilot Re:A far better analogy (512 comments)

You have the right to make the analogy less realistic, but I don't see how that's helpful. The reality is not a mere suspicion of rockets in a school, it's actual rockets in at least three actual schools:

(Reuters) - UNRWA said it found a rocket cache in one of its central Gaza schools on Tuesday, the third such incident.

about three weeks ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

GPS Pilot A far better analogy (512 comments)

Report them to the IDF? Are you insane? If you came and killed my child I would not report those trying to kill you to the police or army. I would do everything I could to support those trying to kill you.

That's a very bad analogy. It has led you to the wrong conclusion, as bad analogies often do.

A far better analogy: I live in Bellingham, Washington, and my government, the United States Government, stockpiles rockets in my child's school and starts firing them over the border into residential areas of Vancouver, British Columbia, for no good reason. To try to stop the rocket attacks, Canada launches some airstrikes on Bellingham.

In this situation, I would be completely ashamed of my government, the United States Government, and I would be rooting for the Canadians, because I'm a civilized person.

And then if the airstrikes failed to stop the rocket attacks, and Canadian troops arrived in Bellingham, you bet I'd help them find the jerks launching the rockets.

And if the Canadians dropped leaflets begging civilians to evacuate the school before they bomb the rocket-launching site, I would have even more admiration for the Canadians, because that type of concern for civilians is nearly unprecedented in warfare.

And if American leaders called those evacuation warning leaflets "psychological warfare, and urged people to stay put," my disgust for my own government would multiply.

And if my child was killed because a school administrator obeyed the duplicitous order to stay put, would I suddenly lose my grip on logic and rationality, and lash out at the Canadians? Nope. My anger would be entirely directed at the Americans who instigated this conflict.

about three weeks ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

GPS Pilot Re:Eisenhower was right (512 comments)

If you look at military spending as a percentage of GDP, Israel spends 1.5x as much as the US.

If you look at military spending as a percentage of GDP, the U.S. in 1952 spent 2.5x as much as Israel does today: http://i.cfr.org/content/publi...

And in 1952, the threat of the U.S. homeland being invaded was much less than the current threat of the Israeli homeland being invaded.

about three weeks ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

GPS Pilot "Doing the same thing to others..." (512 comments)

it is awful to consider that Jewish people in Israel are today doing the same thing to others that they suffered in the not so distant past

Oh, I didn't realize that Israel was systematically exterminating other ethnic groups, by the millions, in gas chambers. Thanks for enlightening me.

about three weeks ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

GPS Pilot Pork (132 comments)

Yes, pork-barrel spending is a huge problem; see http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

But you can't say that money spent on SpaceX contracts won't go to SpaceX. By definition, it does.

they have so-far demonstrated no ability to either reliably launch on-schedule, or leaunch at any sustained rate

The amazing thing about SpaceX is that even while their costs are at least an order of magnitude lower than ULA's, their development cycle is far more rapid and the capabilities they are adding are far more advanced. Fixing the things you are complaining about, if indeed they are a genuine problem, seems trivial compared to what they've already accomplished.

about three weeks ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

GPS Pilot Ideology coincides with progress for humanity (132 comments)

I suspect grandparent has ideological reasons for wanting to give money to a private contractor rather than a government agency. 80% of NASA's yearly budget will barely slow the deficit's rise, and it's a suspiciously /round/ number.

The private contractor has a track record of delivering far more bang for the buck than the government agency. Yes, I do have an ideology -- because I have observed time and time again that private enterprises operate far more efficiently than the government -- but it is a true ideology with a foundation of factual, objective observations. What is the foundation of your ideology?

Sorry for using a round number. I don't know why you'd be happier if I had said "apply the other 78.57% toward deficit reduction." Nobody has done a rigorous analysis of what the optimal percentage should be, so why pretend they have?

about three weeks ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

GPS Pilot Kill SLS (132 comments)

I'm one of the biggest spaceflight enthusiasts you'll find, and I've been saying for years: kill SLS. We'll get more results by using 20% of the money to expand SpaceX contracts, and applying the other 80% toward deficit reduction.

Musk isn't in it for the money; he enjoys the engineering challenges, and bringing launch costs down by one or more orders of magnitude is one of those challenges. (Yes I realize the irony; despite not being in it for the money, he has become quite wealthy.)

about a month ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

GPS Pilot Luck? (132 comments)

If we get really lucky we get commercial enterprises able to do end runs around them to actually make a little progress.

Then I guess we've been extremely lucky, because SpaceX has actually made a lot of progress.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

GPS Pilot A prescription (962 comments)

There isn't really an obvious prescription. You can educate people all you want about not saying offensive things, but a small handful of people will continue to say offensive things because they're trying to be offensive.

Sensitivity training teaches the insensitive exactly how to push the buttons of the sensitive. And that's about all it does.

There's an old prescription, that may still be the best available: "Do not feed the trolls."

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

GPS Pilot VA workers? (619 comments)

A completely corrupt labor `bonus' system evolved to compensate valuable (not to be confused with `honest') employees despite government policy; something we see emerging today in our own corrupt government workforce.

Are you referring to VA workers who falsified patient wait-time records in order to earn bonuses?

about 1 month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

GPS Pilot Be accountable for whom you supply assistance to (667 comments)

the Russians are clearly supplying the separatists with weapons and trained crews

"Trained crew" is a stretch. A well-trained crew would have made a positive identification before launching. Perhaps there was an IFF signal that would have saved MH17, if it had been paid attention to. The Russians are supplying this assistance to hotheads with little regard for human life (they shoot at anything flying over their self-proclaimed "republic").

about a month ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

GPS Pilot Trey Parker and Matt Stone could be liable... (83 comments)

If Noriega prevails, Trey Parker and Matt Stone wuld likely owe damanges to the estate of Kim Jong Il, for their unflattering depiction of him in Team America: World Police.

about a month ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

GPS Pilot Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

I favor reducing spending and increasing taxes. That is because I am a fiscal conservative and we are currently running a wildly excessive deficit.

Do you want to increase tax revenue, or tax rates? The two are not necessarily the same, depending on which side of the Laffer Curve we currently occupy.

And don't write off other ways to reduce the deficit:

  • a revenue reduction concurrent with an even larger spending reduction. (Even during Bill Clinton's second term, when there was a healthy federal surplus, opinion polls of that era showed most Americans thought the government was spending too much. If spending was scaled back to Clinton Administration levels, in partial deference to that sentiment, we would instantly be back in surplus.)
  • the "Penny Plan," surprisingly endorsed by the liberal Lanny Davis (although one must wonder about the sincerity of that endorsement)

about a month and a half ago

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More details about Mars mystery rock

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  about 7 months ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "Previous reports said the rock that suddenly appeared out of nowhere was merely 'the size of a jelly doughnut.' Now, a color image shows additional reasons for this metaphor: 'It's white around the outside, in the middle there's kind of a low spot that's dark red,' said lead scientist Steve Squyres. In the image, the object does stick out like a sore thumb amidst the surrounding orange rocks and soil. Its composition is 'like nothing we've ever seen before. It's very high in sulfur, it's very high in magnesium, it's got twice as much manganese as we've ever seen in anything on Mars.' If it's just a random rock that had been kicked into position by one of the rover's wheels, chances are it would not be 'like nothing we've ever seen before.'"
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Autonomously-driven car transports Congressman

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  about a year ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee just took a ride in Carnegie Mellon University's autonomously-driven Cadillac — a nice step forward for acceptance and awareness of this technology."
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Independent replication of BlackLight Power energy

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

novel_compound writes "Faculty memebers at Rowan University have independently replicated the remarkable energy source invented by BlackLight Power, Inc. Their report confirms that this process causes hydrogen to release 100 times more energy than ordinary combustion."
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Greenpeace founder promotes nuclear energy, again

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "Patrick Moore is promoting nuclear energy again.

The only viable solution is to build hundreds of nuclear power plants over the next century, Moore told the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. There isn't enough potential for wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal or other renewable energy sources, he said."
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Roll your own pivoting display?

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "A monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio is perfect for watching DVDs, but perfectly wrong for word processing and coding. What's the best way to get the best of both worlds: should I pay a premium for a display that has a 90 degree pivoting feature built-in (such as the HP LP2465), or is there a good aftermarket VESA mount desktop stand that can turn any LCD into a pivoting display? And how well do various OSes support pivoting displays? (I'm most interested in OS X.)"
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Fifth fundamental force of nature: antigravity?

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "Dr. Randell Mills has just posted a paper in which 'We report the experimental confirmation of 15 predicted hyperbolic-electron states that are observed forced away from the Earth with an acceleration that is over twelve orders of magnitude greater than that of gravity, as predicted.'

In other words, a fifth fundamental force of nature, which amounts to a very powerful form of antigravity.

He performed the experiment with an off-the-shelf electron gun."

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