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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

NeutronCowboy Re:the problem with stealth technology (237 comments)

Wrong. You said it yourself: radar technology is so sensitive that they have to dial it down, otherwise they're swamped by false positives. If a giant bomb-dropping machine traveling at Mach 2 can pretend to be a sparrow flying over some forest, it's already a win. So it's a huge positive when fighting someone even with that kind of technology. When fighting someone whose AA system is a guy holding an AK-47, it is 100% useless. Until we get to active camouflage.

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

NeutronCowboy Re:Hope they win this case. (482 comments)

Is that why the US almost leads the developed world in gun ownership, and blows it away in incarceration rates and gun deaths?

about a week ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NeutronCowboy Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

And it is still far, far more common than in any other western countries that do have strong gun control laws.

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

NeutronCowboy Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (604 comments)

Interesting. Just as a heads-up, HOAs are not all the same, and they're certainly not mandated by the state. They're mandated by developers, who love them due to the fact that they give them the ability to control the look of the development while they're still selling lots, all the while providing them with a lowered financial risk. In that sense, they're definitely not a normal free-association community: you want to buy that house, you join the HOA. Kinda like a union for rich people. Furthermore, they frequently end up being controlled by the people with the most free time: house wives whose kids have left the nest. And that leads to some ugly, ugly rules and enforcements.

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

NeutronCowboy Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (604 comments)

What I always find fascinating is that the biggest libertarians invariably live in areas with very strong and expensive HOAs - if not outright gated communities.

Here's the thing: you don't live in your own universe. Where your activities impact and intersect with others, you need to come to agreements on how to behave with those others. Zoning laws are just one way to codify those agreements.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

Our reasoning is that the vacine is highly likely to actually cause a case of Chicken Pox, while it does not provide an actual immunity worth the term.

What? ahref=http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/vaccination.htmlrel=url2html-1107http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/...> 98% immunity is pretty fucking good. From the same link: "However, the risk of getting shingles from vaccine-strain VZV after chickenpox vaccination is much lower than getting shingles after natural infection with wild-type VZV. " As far as I can tell, you're wrong on pretty much all counts.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:No (1051 comments)

The government, with a fund funded by vaccine makers.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:No (1051 comments)

If what you do with your body starts to affect my body, you better believe that I'll request a say in what you do with your body.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:Knowledge is the solution (1051 comments)

A democratic government isn't something separate from the population. The population gives legitimacy to the government through regular election. If you don't like the government, take it up with the population that elected it.

That said, this isn't even a case of tyranny of the majority. This is a case of the population codifying rules that are designed to prevent a few asshats from irreversibly harming many individuals and taxing society at large.

To put it in terms you understand: people got together and decided of their own accord that unvaccinated people present a massive and unwarranted risk to them, and they're setting up rules how the people who don't want to get vaccinated can interact with them. Furthermore, your personal freedoms end when they negatively impact my well-being.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

NeutronCowboy Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

Wow, new laws are being passed that impact people in new ways! Stop the presses, there's tyranny afoot!

Let me ask you this: why should everyone else subsidize building owners by footing the clean-up for their collapsed building?

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

NeutronCowboy Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

Buildings don't decide anything, building owners do. The problem is that without building codes, building owners are incentivized to not make buildings earthquake safe: no one short of a civil engineer doing a tear-down analysis can figure out on their own if a building is earthquake-safe, which means that no one does, and everyone rolls the dice. Since earthquakes are rare, it's quite possible that the original builder will never be exposed to the results of shoddy building practices. However, it is guaranteed that someone will be. So we have a situation where the risk analysis is very difficult if not mandated ahead of time, the event is rare for a particular individual but guaranteed for a population, and the cost up-front for an individual is fairly large. The rational calculation for each individual builder is to not make it earthquake safe, and just claim it is ok. This shifts cost from individual builders onto the population at large.

Building codes are essentially the general population saying to individual builders "we made our risk-benefit analysis, and we're not going to subsidize you."

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

NeutronCowboy Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

Shocking: building owners are supposed to pay others to maintain their buildings. What's the current world coming to? Wealthy owners should be able to have their work done for free, so that they can keep more of their hard-earned money.

The reason that the discussion isn't framed more to be about the safety of citizens is because it's assumed that people understand to have buildings not collapse in an earthquake is a generally good thing for everyone. Do you really have to have a discussion about how not having buildings collapse onto people inside them is a good thing or a bad thing? We even have some pretty good numbers of the costs associated with earthquakes, as they happen frequently enough in plenty of developed and undeveloped areas.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

NeutronCowboy Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

All they have to do is compile a list of buildings that the City deems to be unsafe, and the owners will be sufficiently encouraged to make the upgrades (or lose their present tenants.) No subsidies, no tax breaks, no cost to the city.

Ah yes, the magic of the free market. There's absolutely no cost associated with moving, and there is a ready supply of housing that offers everything that the unsafe housing does, minus the lack of earthquake readiness.

Folks: the U.S. government (or any part thereof) can't just march in and force property owners to change their property. Government has to compensate the owners for any taking of a property-owner's rights. If the City of L.A. wants to march in and say "you don't get to use your office building because it isn't earthquake-proof", then the City has to buy the property at fair market value.

Yes, because enforcing building codes constitutes a "taking". I'm sure you absolutely wouldn't do something like blame the government if buildings collapse in an earthquake due to lax building codes or lax enforcement.

The really sad part isn't that you actually believe this, it's that you're not the only one.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

NeutronCowboy Re:"Expected" to release methane (329 comments)

The Methane Clathrate gun is a pretty well known and understood situation. Methane Clathrates exist, the temperature at which they're released is understood, and the impact of all that methane on the atmosphere is also well understood. The only question that's still open is when exactly ocean temperatures will reach the range in which the gun will be triggered. Just hope you aren't around for it.

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

NeutronCowboy Re:All Good Laws Have Costs (134 comments)

You can scream and shout all you want, but corporations are merely collections of people organized for a purpose, no different than a union or political party.

I think you might want to revisit what a corporation is. It's a legal construct designed to shield individuals from losing everything if their business goes belly-up.

As for your idea that a corporation is exactly the same thing as a political party... well, it certainly explains the cluster fuck in this country. Congratulations, you ARE the root problem.

about 1 month ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

NeutronCowboy Re:Overkill! (114 comments)

I'm wondering: is your car a 1960 VW Beetle or 2CV? Because those are the only cars I can think of where the seats can sag enough to make this a worthwhile proposition.

Or, much more likely, you actually don't do any of this.

about a month ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NeutronCowboy Re:Race baiters (481 comments)

A little hint: "GottMitUns" is German and translates to "GodWithUs". Which just so happens to be the motto of the German military army (and a few other groups) until the end of WW2. Generally, it's fairly safe to assume that someone still sporting that motto has some serious hang-ups with German military and groups from 1900s to 1945.

about a month ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

NeutronCowboy Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (143 comments)

Congratulations, CaptainLard gets it. Sycodon doesn't. I'll make another sweeping generalization: "conservatives can't read". This is fun! I can do this all day.

about a month ago

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FTC looking into charging Google with Antitrust suit

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From the yahoo story:
"The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc, meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations, three people familiar with the matter said.

Four of the FTC commissioners have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical, the sources said.""

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Blizzard might have to refund purchases of D3 in Korea

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From Gamasutra: "The Korean government is investigating allegations that Diablo III developer Blizzard Entertainment is violating the country's commercial laws by refusing to offer refunds on its latest game."
It will be interesting to see how Blizzard will approach this, and whether this will force a chance in the rest of the world as well. If you can get refunds for a D3 license, can you resell it? This might stop the current trend of making games unsellable and unrefundable."

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Verizon blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  about 3 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "Verizon Wireless is blocking Google from including Google Wallet in its flagship smartphone, the Nexus Galaxy S. This is likely tied to Verizon's own efforts in the area, called Isis.

Verizon Wireless, which is controlled by New York-based Verizon Communications along with Britain's Vodafone Group, said in a statement sent to Bloomberg News that it barred Google Wallet "for the best security and user experience."

The open question is whether Google is just prevented from including Google Wallet in the phone sold by Verizon stores, or whether it will simply not work on the Verizon network."
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Couple raises virtual child.. and starves real one

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to CNN.com, a South Korean couple was arrested for allowing their baby to starve to death while they were out at an internet cafe. One of their activities there: raising a virtual child in the online game "Prius Online." While a South Korean professor calls it a case of Internet Addiction, it's probably more a case of bad coping mechanisms: they were jobless and had apparently little to look forward to."
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Creationists take advantage of GW skepticism

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to a NY Times article, Creationists in a few states like Louisiana and Kentucky are taking advantage of an increase in skepticism towards the science of Global Climate Change to promote their own brand of skepticism towards the science of Evolution. It's partly a legal strategy to counter the argument that they're focusing on evolution vs creationism, and therefore breaking down the separation of church and state. But it's also a PR strategy that ties itself to the increasing distrust in the US towards climate science. It looks like "teaching the controversy" is going to become more common in the near future."
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