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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bluegutang Re:Fake (875 comments)

You jest... but in Texas, we have over 800,000 concealed carry permit holders... and gun battles don't break out, well, ever between them...

You would be hard pressed to walk into a busy Starbucks here without a dozen people carrying guns,

Texas has about 26 million residents. And according to you 800k of them have permits, that's about 1 in 32.

Are you telling me that the average busy Starbucks in Texas has 390 people in it? I knew things were bigger in Texas, but... really?

5 days ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

bluegutang Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Rejected for being too smart?!?

That's pretty common actually in many fields. It's generally called being "overqualified".

about a week ago

US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

bluegutang Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (225 comments)

The purpose of war is to shatter a social system that is harming our species and make space for something better. If your war is moral, the cruelty of your weapons is immaterial.

If you can shatter that "social system" while causing a larger or smaller amount of damage to human beings in the process, it's of course morally preferable to cause the smaller number.

For that reason, most "laws of war" are designed to outlaw methods and weapons that cause an unnecessarily high amount of human suffering relative to the resulting military gain.

about two weeks ago

LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

bluegutang Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

From Wikipedia:

"There are numerous instances where the US Supreme Court has found that state courts have reasonably concluded that "the health, safety, morals, or general welfare" would be promoted by prohibiting particular contemplated uses of land. And in this context the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld land-use regulations that adversely affected recognized real property interests."

This sounds like a clear case of "safety"...

about two weeks ago

French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

bluegutang Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (698 comments)

This allowed the Germans to escape through the Falaise gap, for example, when they were otherwise going to be caught. This probably extended the war another 6 months.

[Citation needed]. Wikipedia mentions nothing of the sort.

about two weeks ago

Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

bluegutang Re:No bigger than ... (325 comments)

Obviously if you strap a bomb to one the calculation changes

What if you strap a gas tank or high-capacity battery to the drone?

about two weeks ago

Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

bluegutang Re:Its own editors said so (346 comments)

The second is that we have this misbegotten notion that "balance" is that we must give both sides of a story equal billing. When one side is flagrantly wrong, it deserves to be dismissed and ignored.

That's not the kind of "imbalance" I often see in the media nowadays. What I see is more like liberal sources heavily reporting cases of police brutality, and conservative sources heavily reporting cases of black looting, and each side failing to report on events that don't fit its narrative. To some extent, it's inevitable that journalism consists of "anecdotes" rather than "data", but journalists should at least make a honest effort to have their anecdotes reflect the data, so readers can get a fair picture of what's going on. And often this doesn't happen.

about two weeks ago

How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin

bluegutang Re:Use the damn language (57 comments)

I hacked the dead branch off that tree with my axe...

about two weeks ago

IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

bluegutang This is ridiculous. (196 comments)

Let me go through each of the predicted applications of the Internet of Things and see how much, or how little, effect it will have.

Environmental monitoring - Will protect you from a tsunami once a decade. Otherwise, makes no difference to your life.

Infrastructure management - Will make your train run a couple percent faster. Barely noticeable.

Industrial applications - Will let Walmart cut a few more cents off their prices and still make a profit. Barely noticeable.

Energy management - Will cut a few dollars off your electric bill. Barely noticeable.

Medical and healthcare systems - Will get you faster to the hospital when certain medical crises occur. May lead to better treatment of some chronic diseases, once a few decades of research is done based on the resulting data.

Building and home automation - Will change the world just as much as X10 did. Remember them?

Transport Systems - See infrastructure and industry above.

Large scale deployments - May save a little money. Unclear what this category even means.

Compare that to the effects of the internet on business on society. Here are a few of the first ones I can think of:
- Internet purchases
- Telecommuting and eased outsourcing
- Almost replaces the newspaper, travel agent, and snail mail industries
- Social media as a major activity for most people - formation of new geographically-dispersed communities

There's just no reasonable comparison. Even the hype for the IoT is smaller than many of the demonstrable effects for the real internet.

about two weeks ago

The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

bluegutang Re:I disagree (257 comments)

In San Francisco, I've just given up and walked because I know what the inside of certain buses will smell like, and I'd rather be in the rain

An interesting thing for "drinkypoo" to say :)

about three weeks ago

The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

bluegutang Re:I disagree (257 comments)

A bus takes up a lot of room - but the 40 cars that would have to replace the bus take up far more room.

about three weeks ago

In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bluegutang Re:Metrosexuals (454 comments)

Or you could be like me, and take a train to work every day because it's only somewhat slower than driving and lets me work/read Slashdot for the duration of the ride.

I'm not a metrosexual. Trust me, I wear socks with sandals. :)

about a month ago

Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

bluegutang Re:That's nothing (187 comments)

North Korea just anounced they've already cloned one (and a unicorn as well).


about a month ago

A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

bluegutang Re:Scaling (200 comments)

Would that be the flying spaghetti monster?

about a month ago

Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

bluegutang Re:Wouldnt surprise me if there is a sat photo (340 comments)

I bear a charmèd life, which must not yield
To one of woman born.

Despair thy charm,
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
Untimely ripped.

about a month ago

Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

bluegutang Re:No you don't, you just remember incorrectly (231 comments)

"(that didn't apply to said indigenous people, or the slaves that were imported) to try and protect it. Then in the 19th century, half the country tried to repress the other half - destroying their entire way of life"

You're condemning the US both for allowing slavery and for abolishing slavery? Doesn't seem like you're coming to this subject from an unbiased place.

about a month ago

I expect to be conventionally alive ...

bluegutang Re:3 to 5 Years (187 comments)

Your name is "Bigbutt" and you expect to die like your male family members in your mid-50s.
Please talk to your doctor about bariatric surgery.

about a month and a half ago

Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

bluegutang Re:Where is (198 comments)

Actual discussion:
Parent "I want #Ebola vaccine for my child"
Doc "There isn't one, but we have #flushot"
Parent "We don't believe in that"


about a month and a half ago

In this year's US mid-term elections ...

bluegutang Re:Missing Option (551 comments)

It's an optional, anonymous poll, you overly sensitive clod.


about a month and a half ago


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