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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

GonzoPhysicist Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

I'd rather be beat up and robbed than shot and robbed.

3 days ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

GonzoPhysicist Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

Why is it listed as a coffee maker?

about a month ago

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

GonzoPhysicist Re:three responses (562 comments)

The dog's sniffing around isn't even considered a "search" so it can't be illegal. Now the cop just has to claim the dog looked at him he right way and they can tear your car apart.

about 4 months ago

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

GonzoPhysicist Re:Flat like a shell. (433 comments)

Does turtle prime disrupt the whole stack with a mighty smack of its flipper?

about 4 months ago

Movie Review: Ender's Game

GonzoPhysicist Re:Hitchhiker's Guide (732 comments)

But the books aren't even the original story, the radio program was. That's one of the best things about H2G2, in each of it's incarnations it starts the same way but the plot eventually diverges.

about 5 months ago

I've done my current job in X time zones ...

GonzoPhysicist Re:Question (167 comments)

If we're not counting physical visits then I've got all 24 covered by a buoy up at the north pole.

about 6 months ago

NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

GonzoPhysicist Re:I wish they'd do it here. (372 comments)

Monterey, CA did it a little while back. One nice side effect I've noticed is less light pollution compared to the presidio which didn't change their lights. No idea about the cost savings though.

about 6 months ago

Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

GonzoPhysicist Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

I often use it to get spell check results without moving a hand to the mouse, though it doesn't seem to show them in this text box (using Chrome).

about 7 months ago

New X Prize Quest: Sensors To Probe Oceanic Acid Levels

GonzoPhysicist Re:Paelo History (91 comments)

But the CO2 levels have never changed this fast before, there's a good chance evolution is too slow to keep up.

about 7 months ago

What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

GonzoPhysicist Re:Not Many (222 comments)

Maybe that little chameleon made 'em think it had something to do with SUSE.

about 8 months ago

Great White Shark RFID/Satellite Tracking Shows Long Journeys, Many Beach Visits

GonzoPhysicist Re:as a guy who surfs in California (86 comments)

We do, check out Barbara Blocks's work. I set up an acoustic receiver for them in Monterey and we just got our first hit last week.

about 8 months ago

Mini-Brains Grown In the Lab

GonzoPhysicist Re:Ethical implications (170 comments)

The brain is not the person, the connections between it's neurons is where the uniqueness and "person-ness" lay.

about 8 months ago

The Big Hangup At Burning Man Is Cell Phones

GonzoPhysicist Re:If you have to have cell service (167 comments)

Actually "people at Burning Man us[ing] their talents to actually do something constructive" is how the whole thing works. Where do you think all the art, events, bars, DJs, classes, and other fun stuff comes from? They weren't paid to be there.
While it is true that there are those that come to mooch off all this creativity and culture, but one of the central tenets is being part of the community and contributing to it.

about 8 months ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

GonzoPhysicist Re:He's right - Android is eating iOS's lunch (692 comments)

I don't think Charlie was talking about organization, for that some software is nice. But it shouldn't be awe-inspiring to be able to drag and drop a file to transfer data.

about 8 months ago

City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

GonzoPhysicist Re:West ??? (249 comments)

My guess would be the part in the Western hemisphere.

about 9 months ago

The Physics Behind Waterslides

GonzoPhysicist Re:Explain This (79 comments)

Inertial mass(F=m a) and gravitational mass(F=G M m/r^2) are the same so they cancel out of the equation, there is no approximation here. Setting the mass to zero either leads to infinite acceleration or no gravitational force.

about 9 months ago

The Physics Behind Waterslides

GonzoPhysicist Re:Explain This (79 comments)

I was taught that friction is not dependent on surface area, just the normal force and the surfaces' friction coefficient. That might all be irrelevant with a lubricating layer of water underneath.

about 9 months ago


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