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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

NoImNotNineVolt Re:So much nonsense in terms (256 comments)

hell I've got technology to grow some plants without any light at all (very useful for the cattle/sheep ranchers) with a 99% reduction in water requirements.

Do you call this technology Farmville?

How do you reduce water requirements by 99% and still grow a plant? Since plants are made mostly of water, wouldn't there be an upper bound on water requirement reduction that's nowhere near 99%? Otherwise, what is the plant made of? Do plants really lose >99% of uptaken water to respiration, etc.?

5 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Weak (312 comments)

But then "Whoops, wrong hole" would be even less believable!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

NoImNotNineVolt Garden & Gun (285 comments)

Garden & Gun magazine.
Byline: Soul of the South

Which is especially strange since I'm a socialist liberal living in an apartment in New Jersey. I first subscribed as a joke, but it turns out that this is probably the last magazine I'll stop subscribing to. Great insight into a lifestyle that isn't available to me.

Other great periodicals that I don't see people mentioning include Wine Spectator (I don't really drink wine, or at least not any that costs more than $5/bottle), Outside magazine (I spend most of my life in a cubicle or a car), Powder magazine (skiing the east coast, the only time you see powder is in photographs).

Perhaps my taste in magazines has more to do with escapism than anything else?

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Terrible summary of an interesting paper (816 comments)

Surprisingly, I didn't RTFA. The summary seems to quote the article in saying that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." This would imply exclusive control on the part of non-average Americans.

If in a country of 300 million, only tens of thousands of people are the ones that determine the course of public policy (not merely agree with it), then indeed, that does make them oligarchs, by definition.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

1) It's unconstitutional.

I didn't know slashdot had its own Supreme Court justice! Welcome! In any case, as someone with the authority to rule on the constitutionality of various things, you must surely be aware of the countless gender-specific laws and regulations that are on the books today and nowhere near being mulled over by the judiciary, spanning the gamut between differences in SS retirement age and allowable roles in the military. This is but one of them.

Regarding the Heller decision, I thought the Court concluded that the prefatory clause (the part that references a well regulated militia) had no bearing on the right to bear arms. As in, the amendment could have read "The sky is blue, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," to the same effect. It didn't redefine the composition of the militia.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

10 U.S. Code 311 - Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Citation.

I'm an able-bodied 31 year old male citizen. I am a member of the militia of the United States, as defined by U.S Code. Presumably, the Honorable John Paul Stevens, as a former Justice of the Supreme Court, is aware of this little detail.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Terrible summary of an interesting paper (816 comments)

I don't think you can call exclusive control a mere "moderate bias", and I don't think "tens of millions of people" is a synonym for tens of thousands of people.

I think you may be excessively watering down the claims being made.

about a week ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

NoImNotNineVolt Re:So wait, shotguns are more accurate than the bi (307 comments)

One man's "inaccurate" is another man's "good enough".

30/10 is pretty damn close to pi. It's not like 22/7 would be "correct", and if you think the Hebrew Bible should have even attempted to explain irrational numbers to a largely illiterate people, you're the one that's "incorrect".

That being said, numerology is hilarious. Sure, Hebrew numerals are written using the same characters as some Hebrew "letters" (I use that term loosely, as Hebrew uses an abjad, not an alphabet). Sure, it might be possible that summing some arbitrarily chosen subset of characters from that verse might yield 31, and summing some other arbitrarily chosen subset of characters might yield 222. However, nowhere in that verse does it indicate which subsets to sum (hence my use of the word "arbitrarily"). Also, nowhere in that verse does it say anything about dividing (or multiplying, or exponentiating, or performating any other binary mathmetical operation) one sum by another. The fact that you can apply some arbitrary interpretation to this verse and arrive at a decent approximation of pi doesn't mean anything, since I can come up with countless other arbitrary (but equally valid) interpretations that yield meaningless numbers that don't correspond to any particularly interesting natural constants. I don't know anything about this Chuck Missler, but based on the fact that he had this diatribe published under his name, I'd have to guess that he's an idiot.

Disclaimer: I'm an atheist.

about two weeks ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Oh, how cute (289 comments)

"the failed rescue mission, which arguably was his responsibility resulted in the loss of eight servicemen" -- You

"in the long run it's still Carter's responsibility." -- You again

If you meant to absolve Carter of any blame, you weren't communicating that clearly.
If you meant to blame Carter, I sought to counter your claim.

Perhaps you can point out the part of your post that you feel I didn't read?

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Oh, how cute (289 comments)

"In 1953 the United States played a significant role in orchestrating the overthrow of Iran's popular Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh. The Eisenhower Administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons; but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran's political development. And it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs." - Madeleine Albright

In the long run, it's still Eisenhower's (and Allae Dulles') responsibility, as it was under his watch that we supported the overthrow of Iran's democratically-elected government, which was the ultimate cause for the Iran hostage crisis. Blaming Carter for the crisis makes less sense than blaming Obama for Iraq.

Citation.

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Two things that make me a "luke-warmist" (987 comments)

A wise man once said, "Don't shit where you eat".

To some people, this is self-evident. To others, it's an impediment to expediency.

about three weeks ago
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Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

NoImNotNineVolt Re:One small step for man (107 comments)

Because when I'm having a beer, the things I want most are tomatoes and clams.

Who comes up with this shit? What next, a combination of beets and shrimp for your margarita? Some broccoli and sardines for your martini?

about a month ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Lower Class White Males (286 comments)

Your sig is sad.

The only thing worse than Democrats and Republicans is a voter that thinks there's a difference.

about a month ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Shocked and saddened (286 comments)

You say that as though it matters.

The Democrats and Republicans differ only in the mascot they rally behind. Two sides of the same coin. Keep throwing your vote away on any of these cocksuckers and see how much good that will do.

about a month ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Very amusing but... (314 comments)

I owned one of those Audi TTs without a spoiler (2000, USA). I took it up to its maximum speed (~130mph) on several occasions. I never noticed any poor handling at high speeds.

During this time, I also rented a Corvette, which I was only able to safely get up to 120mph. At that speed, staying in one lane was nearly impossible, and if I had gone any faster I'm not convinced that I would've been able to stay on the pavement.

I never understood why there was a recall on the TT that stuck a spoiler on it. In my opinion, its handling at high speeds was at least as good as other sports cars.

about a month ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Brake Pedal (262 comments)

I meant Minnesota in a figurative sense, as in a place where there is no significant motor vehicle traffic on public roadways.

How long your brakes last is determined not only by your driving style, but also on your environment. In dense stop and go traffic, leaving a significant gap in front of your vehicle doesn't work, since people will cut in front of you, thereby eliminating said gap. The only way you can drive in heavy New Jersey traffic without using brakes excessively is if you keep your car in first gear.

about a month ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

NoImNotNineVolt Re:First amendment only applies to our friends (824 comments)

That means that you consider a majority of Americans to be said "bad people". Perhaps you should reconsider your various relationships with all of them? Perhaps you shouldn't be a resident of the United States (assuming you are) since the majority nationwide opposes gay marriage?

s/gay marriage/civil rights for blacks/

That's what you'll sound like in a few years. Telling Rosa Parks to sit down and shut up; Telling Dr. King that if he doesn't like it, maybe he should move to Africa.

about a month ago

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All-in-one Digital Credit Card

NoImNotNineVolt NoImNotNineVolt writes  |  about 5 months ago

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) writes "Coin, a Y Combinator-backed startup, has started accepting pre-orders for a device as slim as a standard piece of payment plastic that can hold eight credit, debit, and gift cards in its dynamic magnetic stripe. Paired with the Coin smartphone app via Bluetooth low energy, card details can easily be swapped in and out of the device. A minimalist user interface on the device itself allows the owner to toggle between the loaded cards and then swipe just as they would their ordinary card. All card details are encrypted (both on the device and in the smartphone app), and the device's on-board battery is expected to last for two years of typical usage. No support for chip&pin (EMV) yet, so this may have limited utility outside of the USA. They expect to start shipping in summer of 2014."
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