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Man Who Pointed Laser At Aircraft Gets 30-Month Sentence

Sicily1918 Re:Good. (761 comments)

But by your logic, wouldn't we also suck at building the same robots that are so good at piloting?

about a year and a half ago

BMW Cars Vulnerable To Blank Key Attack

Sicily1918 Re:What's the benefit (291 comments)

Try driving one... not for a block or two, I mean really drive one, and you'll see why they're so freaking awesome. Very few cars come close to being as responsive and communicative -- I bought mine 10 years ago and it still keeps impressing me. This is coming from a *driver* point of view... badge-whores need not apply.

about 2 years ago

First Observational Test of the "Multiverse"

Sicily1918 Re:Collision? (258 comments)

"Can" and "Could" are two different things, especially when you're looking at the CMB. It emanates from the initial state of the universe, before the time when the laws of physics as we know them had formed.

Uhhh... no.

more than 3 years ago

Astronomers Find Largest Known Extraterrestrial Water Reserve

Sicily1918 Re:The water will be gone (183 comments)

Sure it does.

If I'm reading this then:

a) I exist b) The event happened in my recent past.

That narrows it down to within a couple of dozen years from my point of view. That makes perfect sense to me.

So you don't understand cosmological terminology, then. "Now" means that whatever we see currently, regardless of how long ago it happened (i.e., regardless of distance), is occurring now.

more than 3 years ago

Fermilab Scientists Discover New Particle

Sicily1918 Grammar FAIL... (151 comments)

The Xi-sub-b is categorized as are baryon, which are formed of three quarks.

'Are' baryon... Really?

Then again, quoting further:

...the Tevatron is not a dedicated bottom quark “factpory.”


more than 3 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

Sicily1918 Re:Latte? (722 comments)

OK, it's not twice the amount... whatever :)

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

Sicily1918 Latte? (722 comments)

'To most people, it's a latte or two,' he added."

No, to most people it's twice the monthly fee for the same service...

more than 3 years ago

Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical

Sicily1918 Re:Just that pesky Constitution (949 comments)

As opposed to simply forgetting that pesky, "Well Regulated Militia" clause.

You understand that "Well Regulated Militia" meant (remember when this was written) a well-armed/stocked -- that's the 'regulated' part -- citizenry?

more than 3 years ago

Airplanes Cause Accidental Cloud Seeding

Sicily1918 Re:"Propellors"? (151 comments)

In commercial aircraft? Even private airliners use jet turbines...

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

Sicily1918 Re:Why are Libs so enamored with taxes? (623 comments)

And, even if it did, where does it say that the military must be the size that it is?

I agree that it could be substantially more efficient in spending its money (the military).

Conservatives love to talk about cutting government, however they always seem to conveniently forget to include the military in those cuts. It doesn't matter that we could halve the military budget and still be spending more than any other country. If we did that, we might actually be able to pay our firefighters and we'd also have enough left over to keep Social Security solvent and pay for universal health care like every other civilized nation on earth.

Sorry to sound harsh, but you should probably brush up on the complexity and reality of geopolitics before making an erroneous statement like that. Sorry I can't expand on that... it's too complex! But seriously, I don't feel like writing a book.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

Sicily1918 Re:Why are Libs so enamored with taxes? (623 comments)

Bullshit. Plain and simple. Do you think Amazon gets to avoid VAT on European sales? I think the State of California should block from DNS resolution on state owned DNS servers, and block's IP address at state owned routers.

Wow, really? So then all States (except CA and NJ) should therefore block NewEgg, since they don't charge taxes outside those two States?

It's like nobody gets it -- interstate commerce is not regulated by individual States; it is not an out-of-State entity's responsibility to collect sales taxes for residents of a State they have no presence in. Also, Amazon (as well as every online retailer) pays State taxes for sales to State residents (e.g., WA) that they have a presence in.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

Sicily1918 Re:No way (623 comments)

Other online retailers such as WalMart have a physical presence in CA and must therefore collect sales tax.

more than 3 years ago

Los Angeles To Turn Off Traffic-Light Cameras

Sicily1918 Re:Confront your accuser? (367 comments)

Which is exactly how it's done in my town. And you get sent a link to the video that you can review with your fine... just ask my wife. Why do the GP and GGP assume that it's not that way in LA?

Because it's not how it works in Cali (at least all of SoCal, and therefore the assumption that the enforcement/operation of these things being the same all over is proven false). Here, the images are electronically sent to San Diego. There they are reviewed by someone that works for the private company that manages the cameras. If you broke the red light law, regardless of the circumstances, you get a ticket mailed to the address of the plate.

Playing devil's advocate, I have seen the paper that gets sent, and regardless of what everyone says, the guy that got it deserved it -- it's very obvious that the light was already red as he approached the limit-line (the line before the crosswalk), which the camera sees and images, and you can see him clearly cross the crosswalk and go into the intersection, all while it was red.

more than 3 years ago

School District Hit With New Mac Spying Lawsuit

Sicily1918 Re:judges need to say no (330 comments)


clarify privacy laws.

Really? You actually need to clarify that it's an invasion to take clandestine pics inside someone's home? Christ, it'd be less of an invasion if they'd sent a photographer to shoot through the curtains at night!

more than 3 years ago

Kepler May Uncover Numerous Ring Worlds

Sicily1918 Re:I am disappoint (75 comments)

I was gonna say the same thing (about the headline, that is -- I welcome our Slashdot overlords...).

more than 3 years ago

Website Sells Pubic Lice

Sicily1918 Re:this isnt the 70's (319 comments)

Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather my women didn't remind me of prepubescent girls......

By that logic, I take it you don't want women to shave their legs or armpits, either (they're both also pubic hair)? And, of course, you don't shave your beard or cut your hair?

more than 4 years ago

NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota

Sicily1918 Re:This all story starts to look like swine flu (459 comments)

The deaths are something like 13 or so -- not an incredibly high amount, but there's evidence that suggests (and that's not strong enough a word) that Toyota's been aware of this since about 2002 and has actively tried to stop any and all probes, lobbied against safety changes, and made bogus recalls (e.g., the floor mats) in order to positively affect their bottom line.

more than 4 years ago


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