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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Payden K. Pringle Re:It's crap (1574 comments)

.... In a strict open "You VS Us" kind of way, sure.

But apparently you missed what happened in the Middle-East, Vietnam, etc. Guerilla warfare is a game changer if done right. If every able bodied man and woman in the US fought against the US military using Guerilla Wafare tactics, the military would be screwed.

The biggest question becomes "Who do I shoot and who don't I shoot?"

3 days ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Payden K. Pringle Re:Ethics is Relative. PERIOD. (402 comments)

I agree with you, in part. I disagree also, in part.

While I think it's actually noble of people to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, I think his argument comparing it to him asking to be killed is not the same thing. One has potential large tangible benefits for humanity (pushing science's boundaries), the other doesn't (he dies, doesn't use the resources he would have, and that's it).

The thing is, is that a large portion of the time, a person committing suicide is usually caused by temporary circumstance. Don't get me wrong. Depression sucks, but more often than not, it's temporary. I'll just use the old adage "a permanent solution to a temporary problem". There are obviously exceptions, such as terminal illness, chronic depression, and other things that we can't really fix (though medication can sometimes help), but since that isn't always how it is, I think you can't just go "It's their life." and pull the trigger without considering these things to define if it's ethical for you. It should be a last choice, because there is no going back (yet).

about two weeks ago
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How a 'Seismic Cloak' Could Slow Down an Earthquake

Payden K. Pringle Simple question regarding the talk about energy... (101 comments)

Can we somehow make something that turns earthquakes into usable energy like electricity?

Kinda being serious. Feel free to laugh me out of /. for a month.

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Payden K. Pringle Re:Medicalizing Normality (558 comments)

Well, people with autism sometimes have extreme talents. It's hard for a "normal" person to actually have or attain these talents, so maybe it's a happy side effect of an evolutionary trait that otherwise would be a complete negative. That we get geniuses out of it.

Just a thought. Good examples of what I'm talking about that I found are here and here.

It may be a byproduct of evolution, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's purely for the sake of bettering reproductive capabilities.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

Payden K. Pringle Unless you are willing to use Popcorn Time. (323 comments)

Although illegal in many countries (but not all), it is satisfying. And free. It doesn't cover everything, but it certainly covers a lot and is expanding from what I can see. I can't help but wonder when TV shows will be added, along with a choice of where to pull the torrents from (it's locked in to YIFY currently though there might be an easy way to change that, I haven't the time).

Although the team that originally started it dropped the project, it was entirely open source so others could (and did) pick up where they left off. They didn't do so due to legal issues (because they checked multiple times to see that what they were doing was indeed legal), but because they didn't want to be in the middle of fighting the paradigm that the film (and other) industries have established.

Here's a link.

about three weeks ago
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First Asteroid Discovered Sporting a Ring System

Payden K. Pringle Well... I figured gravity was a given. (29 comments)

>But for the first time astronomers have discovered that ring systems aren't exclusive to planetary bodies — asteroids can have them too.

I get the word "discovered" here, but... I wouldn't think that gravity is exclusive to planetary bodies. Anything with significant gravity can have a ring system under the right conditions.

Sensationalist article is sensationalist. But hey, it's slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Next Gen Pascal GPU With Stacked 3D DRAM and GeForce GTX Titan Z

Payden K. Pringle Re:a few things left out (110 comments)

Interesting. Thanks for that info. It could just be some bias in the community (which, of communities, the PC Enthusiast one is probably the most guilty of). I need to further expand my horizons.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Next Gen Pascal GPU With Stacked 3D DRAM and GeForce GTX Titan Z

Payden K. Pringle Re:a few things left out (110 comments)

Actually, within the PC Enthusiast community, it's believed they are not behind schedule. They just have little reason to push things out quickly due to a lack of competition and need for the technologies themselves. i.e. Neither AMD nor games these days are at a point that actively require the technologies they have (had) planned to be released either to give AMD a run for their money, or to actually make the games playable at our current resolutions. 1080p/1440p are the currently most used resolutions with 4K being far off as it isn't economical yet. I'm not sure on the professional side of things, as I don't know much about that section of the industry, but from our perspective, this move makes perfect sense.

Why would they release these things, ready or not, when they don't need them? It's more economical to save whatever you've researched for when you actually need to release it, and milk what you currently have for all it's worth.

It's not good for consumers (the current tech doesn't get cheaper by much, and we don't get the new tech until later), but good for the company (i.e. more profits).

about three weeks ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Payden K. Pringle Re:Maybe there's also another reason? (195 comments)

What Yosho said. They sell very well. I want to point out that none of them are sequels. II was not a sequel to I and X is not a sequel to IX. Just in case you didn't know. They tend to have good stories, for what they are. At least, many of the older ones did.

about a month ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

Payden K. Pringle Re:Anonymous cryptocurrency, who to trust? (228 comments)

Here's what you do:

  1. Put Bitcoin savings in a wallet.
  2. Print paper wallets.
  3. Destroy all other forms of the wallet.
  4. Store paper wallets in a safety deposit box ... get this ... in a bank.

Do I win?

about a month ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

Payden K. Pringle Re:I could use it (392 comments)

Addendum to the above post:

This is the correct link. I am a failure and linked .com when the correct URL is .net. My bad.

about a month and a half ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

Payden K. Pringle Re:I could use it (392 comments)

You can and you can? www.classicshell.com

Install that.
Right click the start button.
Go to Skins.
Select Windows Aero.
???
Profit.

If you want to get fancy, mess with all the other settings too. It's free. I love the level of customization I can reach on my Start Menu. I haven't seen Metro in months and I've been using Windows 8 (now 8.1) for over half a year roughly.

I don't understand the hate for Windows 8 because of this (without it, it's terrible for a Desktop experience).

about a month and a half ago
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Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Payden K. Pringle Re:Robots are incapable of evil (176 comments)

I believe you missed the point. A robot being evil isn't the question. Is the act of making the robot evil is the question, and if the answer is yes, does that inherently make it's existence evil? I don't have an answer, but I do think that's what the question is.

about 2 months ago
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Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation

Payden K. Pringle Re:The whole system needs to change (264 comments)

That depends on a lot of things.

If it's basic courses, I think the point is to just learn what you are supposed to learn. If it's easy, it's easy and the point isn't to differentiate between the elite and the median.

Whereas, if it's complicated technical course work, such as the more advanced classes at a university (3rd and 4th year classes and beyond, generally speaking), then that becomes the point.

The problem is more so that we lump them together.

about 2 months ago
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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

Payden K. Pringle So what you are saying is... (221 comments)

They've gotten IBM and PARC to design nanomachines to destroy the eletronics on command. Because I doubt there are very many other "feasible" ways to do that.

Maybe once they are done designing them, we can sneak some into Slashdot Beta. Because that'd only be an improvement. But it's not hard to improve on crap. Especially steaming piles of crap.

about 2 months ago
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Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

Payden K. Pringle Re:Technology will not cure what truly ails you (161 comments)

Maybe that's what we need. Something far far worse. So that maybe, just maybe, people will actually try to fix the problem. Don't get me wrong. People are trying. But apparently not enough of them are. Or they aren't trying hard enough. Or they don't understand the problem. Or they don't really care. (I'm sure it's a mix of all that.)

Something needs to change. Sometimes the only way to get that to happen is for things to get worse.

about 2 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Payden K. Pringle Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

"Job 26:7

He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing."

Sounds like space to me.

"Job 26:8

He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight"

Water (and rain) comes from clouds you say? You mean it isn't the "seed" of Yahweh? (a commonly held belief of the time both for Yahweh and Baal)

"Job 36:27-28

He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind"

What appears to be a very basic description of the hydrologic cycle.

"Job 38:16

Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses (valleys) of the deep?"

As opposed to the popular belief of the approximate time that the bottom of the oceans and seas were saucer shaped.

"Job 38:31-32

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?"

Orion's belt is made up of stars heading in different directions. It won't be there forever. While at the same time, to the naked eye, Arcturus looks like a bright star. Whereas, when viewed through a telescope, it is seen that it is a great multitude of stars all heading in the same direction (all relative to earth at least).

I understand hindsight is 20/20, but there should be a decaying factor to that as more and more of this comes up. And things like this come up in other books too. Most of it is building upon these verses or quoting them, but still.

about 3 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Payden K. Pringle Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

Then can I ask how you respond to Job?

I mean, I don't understand the Catholic church in that at all. Job says a great many number of astrological things that turn out to be true. Mind you, they use imagery for it, but to say it's a stretch to interpret it that way would be a lie imo.

He (whoever wrote it), basically said the world is a circle on the surface of nothing, or in imagery terms, "a compass on the surface of the deep" where deep is usually void or "nothingness". And that's one of the oldest books of the Bible (circa 3000-1500 B.C.).

The Catholics have always been weird.

about 3 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Payden K. Pringle Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

I feel that would completely and utterly defeat the purpose.

What I mean is, in terms of the supernatural, or "that which is beyond our reality", if the "Very True Religion" were verifiable by Science, then it wouldn't be the Very True Religion by default.

Science is the study of our reality and how it works. The "Very True Religion" being verifiable would make it within the bounds of our reality and therefore it wouldn't satisfy the requirement of asking what is beyond it.

Because there is no way to produce evidence and successfully test a hypothesis about something beyond our reality if it truly is beyond it.

about 3 months ago

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