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The Magic of Pallets

cascadingstylesheet Re:Like many inventions ... (123 comments)

Like many inventions, it's obvious with hind-sight. But palettes also required improvements elsewhere, such as factory floors that were reasonably level and solid, capable of supporting stacked palettes, and eventually racking.

Very true.

"Humans passing things hand over hand" is actually a pretty cool "invention", when you think about it. Amazingly adaptable.

We sure couldn't get pallets down the hatch of a submarine. Instead, everyone lined up, from the pier down to where we were stacking the cans.

2 hours ago
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

cascadingstylesheet Why wouldn't it be? (159 comments)

Oh yeah, because it's "on the Internet".

10 hours ago
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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

cascadingstylesheet Re:"Cultural arrogance" (109 comments)

So we should burn any movie script that dares insult some violent tyrant, lest they get upset?

That's the logical endpoint of cultural relativism, yes.

10 hours ago
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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

cascadingstylesheet Re:Cultural differences (109 comments)

In China (and most east-asian cultures), you never disrespect rulers. It simply is not done, and they see it as a grave insult to the entire nation to do so.

In west-european and north-american cultures, particularly the US, everyone is a fair target for mockery.

Well, almost everyone is a fair target. The current occupant of the White House is only criticized or mocked by racists, we are told by the best and brightest.

10 hours ago
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Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

cascadingstylesheet Wait, what? (84 comments)

You mean in the real world there are conflicting priorities and complexities?

But this is Slashdot - I demand that the situation be simple and resolvable by unidirectional moral outrage!

yesterday
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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

cascadingstylesheet Re:Hyacinth ... (80 comments)

Interesting ... what characteristics does he share with the Mrs. Bucket character?

2 days ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

cascadingstylesheet Re:Some math (128 comments)

Of course, real gas stations don't give away free gas to customers who are willing to wait half an hour. If they did, that might cut down considerably on the number of people who were willing to pay $50 to fill up their tank in 3 minutes, and make the "steady line of customers" scenario less likely.

Free transportation fuel is going to make the line of customers less steady?

2 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

cascadingstylesheet Well, whew ... (378 comments)

... at least they don't believe in invisible sky gods for which we have no evidence. Because that, as all the cool kids know, would be crazy!

2 days ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

cascadingstylesheet Re:Some math (128 comments)

It's not like there's going to be a steady line of customers every 3 minutes waiting to swap.

Because ... that doesn't happen at some real gas stations? Or because this is going to remain a boutique technology for showing off how rich and earth-friendly you are, so there won't be many customers?

2 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

cascadingstylesheet Re:1984 (176 comments)

Fat Albert is also used for US propaganda directed at the Cuban population (TV Marti).

Oh no! How dare we call evil dictatorship a bad thing?

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

cascadingstylesheet Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

Referring, of course, to the two groups for whom terrorism pays off handsomely.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

cascadingstylesheet Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

The movie theaters have just fscked themselves. Now they can't present any controversial material out of fear.

Sure they can. Just not any "controversial" material that bothers Muslims or dictators.

4 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

cascadingstylesheet Re:So perhaps /. will finally fix its shit (391 comments)

Really Why? what content on Slashdot justify's the need for encrypted content? I really don't get this huge push for SSL everywhere. give me SSL when I need it, I don't want SSL for accessing a forum or a news site or just generally browsing the web.

Exactly. What's the benefit?

There's a time and place for encryption, and Slashdot ain't it.

4 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

cascadingstylesheet Re:Want to influence the world? (150 comments)

You probably shouldn't want to influence the world. People who would say they "want to influence the world" generally lack the humility needed to avoid accidentally or recklessly making things worse for the world as a result of their influence.

Quite so.

Every children's TV show or media outlet prattles on endlessly about "changing the world", but they are remarkably non-specific about "change it into what"?

about a week ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

cascadingstylesheet How reliable would this be? (191 comments)

Wouldn't it have to be - and stay - perfectly aligned for this to work? And perfectly adjusted to the driver?

Cars take a lot of punishment ... it's one thing for a headlight to be knocked a little out of alignment, but a video screen designed to make it look like the thing it is mounted on is invisible would require cameras to stay in near perfect alignment.

about a week ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

cascadingstylesheet Um (150 comments)

Er, yeah. English is the Lingua Franca and has been for a long time.

So I guess it's not verboten to say so if you use a graphic and stuff ...

about a week ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

cascadingstylesheet Gee ... (218 comments)

... I wonder why it might be "difficult"? Hmm ...

Must be those "deniers". If only they would believe, it would be easy! Their bad karma is spoiling everything!

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

cascadingstylesheet Re:It's just some dipshit with weapons and no hope (876 comments)

Calling them a terrorist gives them more credit than all but a tiny fraction of such scum remotely deserve.

Er, only if you think "terrorist" means anything other than "asshole".

about a week ago
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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

cascadingstylesheet Hyacinth ... (80 comments)

... don't forget Keeping Up Appearances!

I for one want to meet Mrs. Bucket, ulp, sorry Bouquet ...

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

cascadingstylesheet Re:Fire them. (515 comments)

Nobody has the "right" to be a government official; officials accused of abusing their authority should be considered guilty until proven innocent!

Hmm, OK. I accuse Obama of abusing his authority. I await news of his summary dismissal.

about two weeks ago

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