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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bareman Re:Can't he still win (932 comments)

Oops, should have hit paste before posting:

"Mr. Cantor can't run as a third-party candidate. Virginia law forbids candidates who lose primary elections from appearing on the general election ballot. It is not immediately clear if he will mount a write-in campaign , as did Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) after losing a 2010 GOP Senate primary." — The Wall Street Journal

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bareman Re:Can't he still win (932 comments)

No, he can't appear on the ballot after losing the primary. He'd have to be a write-in.

about a month and a half ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

bareman Does swerving (/ Choosing) improve the situation? (800 comments)

It's not clear to me that swerving is going to improve the situation. It seems possible to me that swerving may expose the vehicle to increased danger. If swerving leads to a rollover or an angle with less crumple zone material it may increase the danger to occupants of the vehicle. "Don't Steer, hit the deer."

Swerving could also result in the vehicle traveling into areas where it should not ever be. A sidewalk, a median, a house, etc. Persons in those areas are not acceptable alternative impact targets as they should have a reasonable expectation of not being exposed to traffic danger.

about 3 months ago
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New Home Automation?

bareman Re:Z wave (336 comments)

Get the My-Q system and an opener that has autoclose after X minutes feature. It's worth the peace of mind.

about 7 months ago
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Bizarre Six-Tailed Asteroid Dumbfounds Scientists

bareman Re:Well, there's a simple explanation, really. (134 comments)

It's a marketing gimmick for Planetary Annihilation (http://www.uberent.com/pa/).

Release day is going to be a smash!

about 9 months ago
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The Feathered Threat To US Air Superiority

bareman Re:Maybe replace with (195 comments)

Bingo! Lose the humans in the craft and you can reclaim all that mass required for life support and either run lighter or with more fuel / payload and less restrictions on G-forces. The metal can take more punishment than the meat.

about 9 months ago
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Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps

bareman Re:Wow ... (190 comments)

It's sounds more like they're being operated by a Coal / Oil company that wants to see nuclear energy banned everywhere.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

bareman I wish the first company with Autodrive was BUICK (287 comments)

Seriously. [though I'll take mod +funny too] Buick drivers (typically elderly) would benefit greatly from this technology as it would grant them improved safety and autonomy. And society as a whole would benefit as the elderly with autodrive would present fewer road hazards, and would be able to stay out of assisted living for a longer time thus helping to keep the cost of assisted living down.

And within 30 years, I'll need cars to do the driving for ME!

I can't wait.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

bareman Re:Easy - Wrong category mod. (184 comments)

This was modded funny, but it's only funny because it's Informative and true. Starbucks is awful unless it's mixed with other flavorings.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry

bareman Re:LOL. (496 comments)

And yet Rove, Libby, and Cheney walk free...

about a year ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

bareman Re:Don't bet on it. (1226 comments)

Choose to believe you are, in fact, a potato. How'd that work for you?

Still certain belief is volitional?

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

bareman Re:Don't bet on it. (1226 comments)

I think there is a common failure to understand how belief works. You've used the word "choose" in regards to belief as though belief were a matter of volition. I do not believe that the process of belief works like that. I think it is an involuntary process.

Perhaps a better understanding of the process of belief would help us to correct errant beliefs?

more than 2 years ago
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Blind Man Test Drives Google's Autonomous Car

bareman Re:In other news... (273 comments)

"Human Level AI"? Humans aren't exactly doing a wonderful job out there on the streets.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the current autonomous systems are already safer than human drivers. Are they going to be infallible? No. But we need to compare the overall safety rates of computer controlled vehicles vs. human controlled vehicles and see what is better.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

bareman It was God's Will. (743 comments)

Tell him it was God's will that he was fired, and if he pursues the lawsuit he's doubting God's plan.

more than 2 years ago
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Passwords Not Going Away Any Time Soon

bareman Phew! "Passwords here to stay" (232 comments)

Don't sell your stock in the Post-It note company after all.

more than 2 years ago
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Scott Adams Proposes a Fourth Branch of Government

bareman Re:And nothing about rape in it? (341 comments)

"You're an idiot"

"You're just another jerk trying to use an ad hominem attack instead of presenting a valid argument."

I'm confused. Are you arguing in favor of or in opposition to ad hominem attack???

And, is it you Scotty? Since we know Scott's not at all averse to using pseudonyms to attack his critics:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/demotion-dilbert-continues-no-comic-relief-creator-172503679.html

more than 2 years ago
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Scott Adams Proposes a Fourth Branch of Government

bareman And nothing about rape in it? (341 comments)

from Scott 'all men are naturally rapists' Adams...

He must be sure that a little information will help us for those brief moments when we're not obsessing about rape.

Then again, considering what Republicans and Democrats have done to us, I can see how government got Scott's attention.

more than 2 years ago
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Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier

bareman Can it nab red-light runners too? (506 comments)

If so I want a dozen of these in my city. On my drive into work this morning three cars zipped through the red light 2.5 seconds after it had changed. On my walk during lunch hour at another intersection I watch 2 more vehicles blow through the just-barely red before they entered the intersection.

Rather than citations, I'd like auto-cannons installed to gun down the offenders.

about 2 years ago

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