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Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation

addsalt Re:Really (208 comments)

Indeed, broccoli has been linked to a decrease in global warming

more than 3 years ago

Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation

addsalt Re:Guns (208 comments)

that would be like putting a "flamable" sticker on a lighter. I don't think many gun owners are unaware that guns "may cause serious injury or death"

more than 3 years ago

The Matrix Re-Reloaded

addsalt Re:Oh... (640 comments)

so you're saying that we should be ready for Jar Jar?

more than 3 years ago

DoE Develops Flexible Glass Stronger Than Steel

addsalt Re:They only needed the aluminim transparent... (242 comments)

...for the cameras. The whales wouldn't care. They spend lots of time in the dark. And besides, which would make you feel better? magically appearing in a black void? Or looking out and seeing the insides of a Bird of Prey?

Indeed. They would have no time to consider the cameras. After the whale magically appeares it has very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then has to come to terms with not being a whale any more. The bowl of petunias is a whole different story

more than 3 years ago

New CCTV Site In UK Pays People To Watch

addsalt Re:Why this kind of crap always comes from the UK? (214 comments)

... in reality, schemes like this are positive for society. The only problem would be if they started putting cameras in houses, but nobody has actually done that before, and nobody in their right mind would even try it in a democracy.

Why wouldn't the rhetoric that cameras in public places help prevent and prosecute crime not easily transfer over to "private" places? I would expect that most abuse and a fare share of murders occur in private places. Think of how many murders could be solved (and prevented) if we had cameras in houses. We would completely get rid of meth labs. Obviously the only people who wouldn't want a camera in their house are the ones who want to continue doing these illegal activities. Why should I get to commit crimes just because I put up a lean-to and it is now magically a "private" place.

The concerning thing about 1984 is that it IS a "democratic" society, that is controlled by fear. If I am so scared of crime in public places, why would I not be scared of crime in private places?

more than 3 years ago

New Calculations May Lead To a Test For String Theory

addsalt Re:Physicist speaking (284 comments)

If you dislike, please propose a better solution rather than just complaining.People complain at string without proposing anything better.

The major concern is not that people continue to investigate string theory, but that it is done en masse at the expense of following competitive theories. The string theory trail has certainly gotten colder, and it is time to start investigating other alternatives. I'm all for a few physicists beating the dead horse because it just may come back to life, but we don't need everyone doing it.

about 4 years ago

Wired Youths In China & Japan Forget Character Forms

addsalt Re:Enforcing culture...? (508 comments)

It's pretty difficult to think about things you have no words for.

Really? Because my children had cognitive functions long before they had any sort of verbal language. For another anecdotal reference, many times I will remember a conversation, but not remember what language it was in, and quote someone in a different language than what they originally said. What is remembered is the idea behind each word, not the specific word itself (which has no intrinsic meaning).

about 4 years ago

Some Birds Can See Magnetic Fields

addsalt Re:Why haven't we evolved to see IR or microwave? (238 comments)

well, evolution only favors a trait if it lets you have more babies... as humans have been diurnal pretty much from the get-go, the advantage of great night vision is lessened because we are generally asleep at that time

it also would favor any trait that keeps you alive long enough to have more babies - say by being able to see predators at night.

more than 4 years ago

Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy

addsalt Re:*Awkward Shuffle* (94 comments)

Make a wish is not just for kids that are dying. It is for kids that have not gotten to be a kid because they have been kept in a hospital for most of their childhood.

more than 4 years ago

FCC To Make Move On Net Neutrality

addsalt Re:More government encroachment (232 comments)

who's gonna pay for it? the company that spilled it

And they will, which will in turn decrease their profit margins which will be unacceptable for shareholders. That, along with the "decrease" in oil availability because of the spill will result in higher gas prices for a while.

With large scale problems such as this, we can't be blind for the fact of who really foots the bill. Regardless of if governments or corporations front the money, you and I always end up providing the cash.

more than 4 years ago

Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs

addsalt Re:Duh (561 comments)

I had a naval recruiter after me for the longest time. It was pretty clear that he was angling for people that weren't particularly bright or of much value

At least you figured out why he was after you.

more than 4 years ago

Making Sense of CPU and GPU Model Numbers?

addsalt Re:Quite Easy (555 comments)

I'm using a 380W power supply, and it's more than enough. I can easily do heavy 3D gaming without hiccups while having 50 websites open in a browser.

What exactly is the power draw of an average website?

more than 4 years ago

Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

addsalt Re:Great! (374 comments)

We should also note that making a pseudo-sphere diameter smaller doesn't shorten the daylight/obscurity period on the said sphere. Even if Earth went to half its current diameter, days should remain the same length unless we change the rotation speed as they suggest in TFA.

The change in diameter would change the moment of inertia for the planet. Since there is no change in angular momentum, the rotational velocity of the earth would need to increase to conserve energy (i.e. shorter days)

more than 4 years ago

Calendar Bug Disables Older PlayStation 3 Models

addsalt Re:HA! (342 comments)

No, the reason you shouldn't sue is that suing someone because they pissed you off makes you an asshat.

Yes, because people should live by social norms and measured responses, but Sony isn't a someone. We've been pushing free market to the point in which lawsuits are the only way to get a company to do what you want. The risk of financial damage when the PS4 is launched due to customers being upset now will not provide a quick enough response to the problem. Re-read you Ayn Rand, the company should only change if they are financially at risk. Lawsuits provide that risk.

more than 4 years ago

Google Italy Execs Convicted Over YouTube Bullying Video

addsalt Re:Privacy and Google don't go together (391 comments)

this is Google's problem for not bothering to care about the local laws.

To take it to the next step, wouldn't it depend on where the Google server was located that held the video? If it is in another country that doesn't have the same laws, why wouldn't we charge the ISP that was transporting illegal material into the country? If it is a local law, then putting video of this person is legal until you bring it into the country. It isn't like Google is forcing content into the country.

more than 4 years ago

"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

addsalt Re:Really? (821 comments)

Surely you don't think x-rays of children in hospitals should be banned? Or pictures of naked kids for medical purposes in files of pediatricians?

I think where you went wrong in your argument is when you equated trained and licensed medical doctors to the savvy motivated airport security personnel...

more than 4 years ago

The DIY $10 Prepaid Cellphone Remote Car Starter

addsalt Re:Telemarketer solution (454 comments)

CVTs (which are automatic)

CVTs (continuously variable transmissions). Don't have clutches and don't shift. How exactly does that make them an automatically shifting vehicle? Might as well say a horse is an automatic and gets better gas mileage than an manual transmission.

more than 4 years ago



Google Phone for Early 2010

addsalt addsalt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

addsalt (985163) writes "Apparently the Google branded cell phone is in the hands of Google employees for testing. The phone is to be manufactured by HTC and sold directly from Google (unlocked). Rumors are that this will be a GSM only phone, so no love for Verizon customers."
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