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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

aaron4801 Re:More Global Warming Alarmism!!!!!!!! (216 comments)

Obviously this group is advocating a simple solution: Set off a couple nukes. Not only would that reduce the world's stockpile, it would also start a mini nuclear-winter, which offsets global warming! It's clearly the solution to both problems these guys worry about.

about a week ago

Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

aaron4801 Re:Good news (420 comments)

Call it nostalgia, or even cliche, but the original Star Wars films were the archetypal 'good vs. evil' 'David vs. Goliath' 'farmboy fulfills the prophecy' sort. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Episode I opens with a trade blockade. I understand Lucas wanting to open up the universe a little, and make it more real, but the tedious, uninteresting parts of 'real' are the worst parts to write into a sci-fi epic.
You can go back and try to re-edit Episodes 4-6 to take out any unnecessary parts, what gets cut? Maybe a few bits here and there, but nothing significant. Episode I? The entire pod racing scene only exists to sell a related video game. It adds nothing to any character, and it's over 10 minutes long.

about a week ago

Your Entire PC In a Mouse

aaron4801 Re:Now if I could just type... (165 comments)

Bingo. Cool little hack, but what if you want something, you know, useful? Build it into a mini keyboard/trackpad combo like the K400 and you've got something. Small enough to be portable, big enough to have some useful connections, no added peripherals required.

about two weeks ago

Silk Road Trial Defense: Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts

aaron4801 Re:Grab the popcorn (119 comments)

Karpeles kidnapped Ulbricht and made him work on the site. Every evening..."Good night, Ross. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning." Three years he said that. "Good night, Ross. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning." Eventually he wanted to retire. So he took Ross to his cabin and told his secret: "I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts," he said. "My name is Mark. I inherited this site from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me."

about two weeks ago

Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

aaron4801 Re:History Channel (166 comments)

I remember when TLC would show various surgeries and walk the viewer through every step. All the gory details from cataracts procedures, breast reconstructions, and other voluntary operations. That was nearly 20 years ago, but it hasn't always been crap.

about three weeks ago

Seismological Society of America Claims Fracking Reactivated Ohio Fault

aaron4801 Re:Good luck with that. (168 comments)

Increased seismic activity, sure. But has there been any documented seismic damage? A bunch of 2-mile-deep 2.0 earthquakes are not even going to be felt by more than the most sensitive equipment. If there is a larger fault in the area, then frequent, small releases of energy are good for man-made structures on the surface by not letting the fault store up too much energy. It's when fault stops moving that you should get scared.

about three weeks ago

AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

aaron4801 Re:if only (308 comments)

A duopoly is really not much better than a monopoly. The FCC has rejected cell phone company mergers with the justification that less than four main competitors in the market is not enough to keep pro-consumer pressure on them.
Most people in the country have one option for Cable TV+Internet and one for Phone+Internet (DSL). These are local government sponsored monopolies for each segment. In dense urban areas, there may be a wireless entrant or two in the market, but very few people have a choice of four+ Internet providers.

about 3 months ago

Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

aaron4801 Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

The only kind of "electronic voting" that I would support would be one that allowed the voter to fill in his ballot on the computer terminal and then PRINT the ballot. The voter then reviews the PRINTED ballot, and then drops it into the ballot box.

This is almost exactly what we use in Utah. Fill out the electronic ballot on the machine, then at the end, there are two rounds of verification:
The first round shows you what you voted for all on one screen.
The second round prints one section at a time on a paper ballot, which shows through a window. You have the opportunity to accept or reject that section before moving on to the next.

The voter does not physically handle the paper ballot, which may turn off some people, but that would bring with it its own set of problems that other people would complain about. I've voted in three states over the last 18 years, and this is by far the easiest, most confidence-inspiring system I've used.
I just wish there were more realistic choices on each ballot. #Utah

about 3 months ago

Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

aaron4801 Re:Nope, can't be "Dem policies don't work" (485 comments)

Yeah, putting this all one one guy is pretty stupid.
If it's happening, it's more a function of "Republicans are going to be in power for the next two years, might as well hitch my cart to that horse."
If it's happening.
Yahoo (I know, I know) had a story up just a few weeks ago about just how liberal Silicon Valley is: Here. Check out the slideshow. It would be a MASSIVE turnaround to look even moderate compared to 2010-2013, let alone Republican leaning. Source data here.

about 3 months ago

New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

aaron4801 A prediction (144 comments)

Car companies will purchase a few test units, then realize all their 5-Star Safety cars are now only 3-Star safe for bigger passengers, then go right back to the smaller dummies. Seriously, what's the incentive for car companies to voluntarily take on more difficult metrics to reach? Unless the government mandates an increase in dummy weight, this is nothing more than a publicity stunt by the CTD manufacturer.

about 3 months ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

aaron4801 Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

Still waiting for a system better than cash for in-person transactions. 1. Only I get to track my purchases. 2. Lost wallet doesn't mean you risk getting your identity stolen. 3. No worrying over data security at any of the dozens of places I might spend money in a month. There's rarely a reason to carry more than $100 to ANY retail establishment, so while there is a risk of that much loss, it's a lot less than my entire bank account/credit line.

about 3 months ago

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

aaron4801 Re:Politics (384 comments)

That why, even as an 'infectious disease response coordinator,' it's a lawyer and politician who got the call. If they had just stated the truth, that Ebola is hard to spread with proper controls, and can be contained, there would be no panic, there would be little media attention, and there would be no need for a czar. But as you said, there would be no need to concentrate power, so no dice.

about 3 months ago

Mars Orbiter Beams Back Images of Comet's Surprisingly Tiny Nucleus

aaron4801 Re:The incredible shrinking nucleus (47 comments)

Without a planetary magnetic field to speak of, any atmosphere created by comet or terraforming would be temporary. If humans are to colonize Mars someday, we would need a steady stream of comets to fire at the planet to replenish the atmosphere swept away by the solar winds. Somehow, dropping comets on a planet for the sole purpose of supporting a permanent settlement seems....odd?

about 3 months ago


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