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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

HappyHead Re:The utility/need/desire exists (107 comments)

It's arguable whether having five million flyers is a safe thing

It's not even arguable - it's absolutely not a safe thing. The street I used to live on was littered with bits of cars that fell off, and then the owner didn't even bother going back to get. Hub caps, mirrors, door handles, mufflers, once a whole rear fender. Basic maintenance, or even "taking care not to run into things" is an alien concept to a lot of drivers, most of whom will be the first one to get angry and confrontational if you suggest that maybe they need to take better care of things.

And the Flying Car advocates want these people flying over top of my house?

No thank you. There's enough things to worry about dying from than some idiot's fender falling on me while I'm walking down the street.

about a week ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

HappyHead Re:Mantis Shrimp (267 comments)

No, the undesirable side effects would be dressing like a clown, and having waaaaay too many legs.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

HappyHead Re:1800s (552 comments)

Well, I hear Kelp is pretty popular these days among the health-food crowd.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

HappyHead Re:1800s (552 comments)

Also, sea levels were much higher - like, over a hundred meters higher. Higher enough to sell ocean-front property in Kansas - here's a neat toy to visualize sea level increases with current geography:
http://merkel.zoneo.net/Topo/Applet/

Sadly, it's a Java Applet, meaning you'll have to fight through permissions and version updates and crap, but if you can get past that, it's a good demonstration of why melting the ice caps is a bad idea, especially if you live in Florida or Louisiana.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

HappyHead Re:The Carbon Tax (552 comments)

By that definition, you can also breath Soviet V-gas, but most people who aren't trying to prop up a failed nitpick wouldn't call it "breathing".

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

HappyHead Re:1800s (552 comments)

Not only no livestock and huge predators, but also much higher sea levels, with most of inland North America (and probably Australia) flooded year-round and under water. That'll be great for farming!

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

HappyHead Re:The Carbon Tax (552 comments)

you can and do breath carbon gases

Stick your head in a smoke stack and see how long that idea holds up for, or even just hanging out in some of the worse areas of China.

While technically many people would suffocate in an atmosphere which contained zero carbon dioxide (it triggers the breathing reflex when enough builds up in the lungs. You can breathe deliberately, but not while asleep.) excessive carbon dioxide is not breathable. Additionally, the majority of the producers of carbon dioxide are also pumping out hundreds of other pollutants into the atmosphere at the same time, the vast majority of which are very much not breathable. This is why people can die from being closed into a car where the exhaust system is leaking into the passenger cabin.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

HappyHead Re: The Heartland Institute (552 comments)

they're one of the few groups untainted by the widespread liberal pro-warming bias

Well, reality does indeed have a well known liberal bias.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

HappyHead Re:The Carbon Tax (552 comments)

Actually, they're taxing the air we can't breathe.

about a month ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

HappyHead Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

If it's any consolation, China and Saudi Arabia still have tourist industries too, so there will always be somebody willing to brave the security theater and increasing chance of being arrested for offenses they aren't allowed to know about.

I actually knew someone whose idea of a great vacation was to go visit places like Libya and Yemen. We always accused him of being a secret government agent because there was usually a war in whatever middle-eastern country he visited within a month of his trip, occasionally starting while he was still there.

about a month and a half ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

HappyHead Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

About 14 years ago (yeah, before the 9/11 crap) I had to go on a flight into the US, and the laptop I had with me had a dead battery, but the customs/airport agents (were they even the TSA back then?) allowed me to just plug it into the outlet at the inspection station. They did however, have a rule that they had to verify that any carry-on electronics were actually working before they were allowed onto the plane, even in 2000.

The inspectors I had probably not typical though, especially now, since not only were they polite, they also thanked me for cooperating, and let me on the plane _before_ the first class people got to board. As we were wrapping up, they actually used a pair of six-sided dice to decide how many people to skip before the next person got inspected. (They rolled a 3 and inspected this little old lady who looked about 80. She also got on the plane before first class boarded.)

Why can't we have TSA agents like them anymore? Polite, explaining what they were doing and why, and actually random in their random inspections, rather than "that guy looks suspicious, we'll do him".

about a month and a half ago
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On 4th of July:

HappyHead Re:Not all your readers are American (340 comments)

Yup, and we'll get hit even worse with it next year when it's on a Wednesday - at least this year some employers gave their staff the Monday off to join the Tuesday of Canada Day. Next year? Not going to happen.

Of course, the Americans get to have the same problem in 2017/2018 when July 4th is on a Tuesday/Wednesday, and Canada day will instead be ... on the weekend, causing some of our employers to not give us time off at all.

about a month and a half ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

HappyHead Re:Wonderful car analogy! (255 comments)

TFA is actually pretty short - not much longer than the summary. You should go read it!

about a month and a half ago
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Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food

HappyHead Re:Soylent Green (137 comments)

More importantly, what do you think about Soylent, the food substitute?

about 4 months ago
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

HappyHead Re:This sounds like a really bad idea (336 comments)

They're not the administrators, they're the nutjob parents who are suing the administrators, and forcing them to make these rules to keep their administrative asses from getting sued again.

about 9 months ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

HappyHead Re:It was a myth (986 comments)

The neat thing about the English language is that it has it's own built-in excuse for massively varying dialects and accents. Adding "ish" on the end of a word in English generally means "bares some vague resemblance to, but probably isn't actually the same as". Kinda like saying "Well, what we did was legal-ish", or "it looks kinda brownish". When we say we're speaking English, we're saying what we are speaking is "kinda sorta vaguely, but not quite exactly like what they speak in England". Thus, what they speak in Newfoundland is totally Engl-ish.

Technically, under those rules, Quebec "French" is also more Engl-ish than it is France-ish, but don't tell them that, it'll just upset them.

Yes, I did completely make that up on the spot, but it's a real-ish explanation.

1 year,9 hours
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Why Weather Control Conspiracy Theories Are Scientifically Ludicrous

HappyHead Re:Better explanations please (251 comments)

Wait... you linked to xkcd in a thread about conspiracy theorists and things like chemtrails, and didn't include the comic about that?

Silly person!

1 year,4 days
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

HappyHead Re:no (414 comments)

I've seen 1080i TVs with computer interfaces - interestingly, the fine print says they run at 720p when using them.

1 year,19 days
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Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter

HappyHead Just like the PS3 (212 comments)

For the first few years, Sony's PS2 also out-sold the PS3, didn't it?

1 year,20 days

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