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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

Zcar Re:Star? (119 comments)

To be clear, there are some varying definitions out there from anything other than hydrogen to anything other than hydrogen, helium, or lithium. Other than hydrogen and helium is the definition I've run across most often.

about three weeks ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

Zcar Re:Star? (119 comments)

Additionally, in astrophysics the term "metal" includes many elements which are not metals in any other field. Astrophysically, metals are any element other than hydrogen or helium, so in addition to ordinary metals like sodium and lithium non-metallic elements such as carbon and oxygen are counted as metals.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Zcar Hewlett-Packard Printer (702 comments)

Not the current crop, though. I've a Deskjet+ purchased in July 1990 still going strong.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Zcar Re:units please (476 comments)

Whilst the USA might be having an unusually cold snap, how often is the temp below 0F there, other than Alaska?

Quite a bit, actually. In my hometown in New York in January the average daily low is just above 0F and it was often colder than Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska. It wasn't unusual to have daily high temperatures below 0F. The record low was -37F. I'd say below 0F isn't at all unusual above about 40 degrees north latitude in the US except in coastal areas; you're probably talking about 1/3 of the continental US.

about 6 months ago
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EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

Zcar Re:When are they going to weigh-in on (1143 comments)

Just about everything I find on that are temporary bans due to wildfire hazards. Hardly think that counts as liberal fascism.

about 8 months ago
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Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

Zcar Re:404 Not Found (161 comments)

Some of them, yes, given that both a compromise documents. Some of the Federalists in particular would, I think, have been perfectly all right with expansive views of the General Welfare, Interstate Commerce, and Necessary and Proper clauses.

about 10 months ago
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British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs

Zcar Re:hey stupid (222 comments)

Um, yes. Remember the Northeast US blackout a decade ago? Ultimately caused by the failure of one transmission line and the resulting rerouting of power over the grid?

They're all interconnected anyway, so a plant going out can have major effects on the grid as a whole.

about 10 months ago
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Parallels Update Installs Unrelated Daemon Without Permission

Zcar Re:Macintosh's ease of use (170 comments)

I "ignored" it because I read it and saw it had nothing to do with the misstatement I quoted, but was another point entirely.

about 10 months ago
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Parallels Update Installs Unrelated Daemon Without Permission

Zcar Re:Macintosh's ease of use (170 comments)

Parallels is NOT sold in the AppStore. It's installed via a custom stand-alone installer.

Of course it is...

You do realize that's not the App store, but Apple's store where they ship you a box with the software?

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

Zcar Re:Sic semper tyrannis (531 comments)

For one, Miller was an NFA case dealing with short barreled shotguns which upheld the NFA. But, contrary to gun control advocate's wishes, the ruling really didn't hinge at all on the collective vs. individual right debate; the only real discussion in it had to do with the type of firearm and whether that type was protected. Had the Court subscribed to the view it was a collective right related to actual militia service the Second Amendment examination would have ended with the determination that Miller was not a member of a the organized militia and wasn't carrying the shotgun pursuant to militia duty. Examining the firearm and not the person suggests they view it as an individual right.

The Heller opinion actually contains a pretty good discussion of what Miller is and is not and a number of peculiarities surrounding it.

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

Zcar Re:Sic semper tyrannis (531 comments)

Should probably add I don't think anyone really takes Miller too seriously; it's not a clear opinion in either direction.

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

Zcar Re:Sic semper tyrannis (531 comments)

Which, grammatically, isn't explanatory not operative. The operative part of the 2nd Amendment is, in full, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." In modern construction and words (based on Supreme Court decisions, specifically Heller and Miller) the full amendment would be something like, "Because a well-trained militia is necessary to the security of a free state, the right of individuals to keep and bear arms of military usefulness shall not be infringed." The first clause only explains why it's not be infringed; it doesn't impose a limit upon it.

Well, Miller did somewhat limit it based on the militia clause, by saying a firearm which wasn't demonstrated to be militarily useful was not protected, implying that if it had been demonstrated to be militarily useful it would be protected. So, under Miller, an assault rifle (obviously of military usefulness) would be protected but maybe not a break action shotgun. It's an odd case, at any rate, since Miller had died before it reached the Court and his side didn't argue before the Court.

about a year ago
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Angry Customer Buys Promoted Tweets To Bash British Airways

Zcar Re:Incoming (286 comments)

It's pretty routine to be able to go to another country for enforcement of civil judgements. For the US, look up the Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act, which is law in a number of states.

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Zcar Re:The Romans found out about lead (780 comments)

I find it a bit ironic that the NRA doesn't even mention lead poisoning their own membership. Or maybe that explains a lot about the NRA.

Actually, the NRA Range Source Book does mention it extensively in connection with ranges, both in connection with toxicity to personnel and environmental (e.g. backstop construction for outdoor ranges). This is a manual of design best practices for safe construction and operation of a shooting range.

For example:

Indoor ranges require an internal atmosphere adequate to protect the health of workers as elevated blood lead levels are a potential threat to those who work in indoor ranges. Those who design and construct them must understand the cause of lead poisoning, the symptoms, the consequences of over-exposure and how to prevent it. It is equally important that they understand how to design ventilation systems for a particular shooting activity (see Section III, Chapter 2). You are strongly advised to engage the services of environmental engineers, architects, etc., to advise you.

Inhalation (breathing) and ingestion (swallowing) of airborne particulate lead is also a health issue to be aware of when on a shooting range. Protecting yourself through common sense and good personal hygiene is your responsibility. You owe it to yourself and to your family to take care of your health. After working or shooting on a shooting range, ALWAYS wash your hands, arms, and face before smoking or eating. If you fail to do this, you will be putting lead dust directly into your mouth.

And so forth.

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Zcar Re:The Romans found out about lead (780 comments)

There's also fire hazard from steel bullets sparking when striking rock, etc. That's another reason their use is banned on some ranges.

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Zcar Re:The Romans found out about lead (780 comments)

Tungsten is also quite a bit harder than lead. Makes it kind of hard to make an expanding bullet from it, as is required in many states for hunting.

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Zcar Re: The Romans found out about lead (780 comments)

No, but it's about as valid a comparison, at least on the surface, as comparing lead bullets/shot to leaded gasoline. Elemental lead vs. tetraethyl lead.

about a year ago
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Japan Unveils Largest Warship Since WW2

Zcar Re:Carrier? (282 comments)

Same way the Soviet and Russian navies called their Aviation Cruisers?

about a year ago
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Japan Unveils Largest Warship Since WW2

Zcar Re:Carrier? (282 comments)

You mean like the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF) fleet of Atago class (modified US Burke Flight IIA) and Kongo class (modified US Burke Flight I) Aegis guided missile destroyers? Seems to me like they could put a pretty credible group of AAW escorts from that. Add in the indigenous Akizuki and Takanami class ASW frigates, and I think the JMSDF could field a pretty credible short range carrier battle group with 2-3 Aegis destroyers and a similar number of ASW escorts if they had an appropriate carrier.

Their main weakness is a lack of replenishment ships, just having oilers, not general purpose replenishment ships like the US Lewis and Clark class for various dry supplies (munitions, provisions, spare parts, etc.) during long deployments. To be fair, they'd really only need these to project military power outside their coastal waters.

about a year ago

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