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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

dan828 Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Shutting down the government IS good for the country. I mean, other than all the theater in the press where the bureaucrats close high profile touristy stuff to get on TV to show how bad this is supposed to be, how are you being affected? The government drones actually try to make it hurt as much as possible, just to show how important they are, and yet, for 99% of the country, it's not even a speedbump in their daily lives. Ultimately, it won't last, because the politicians and bureaucrats are terrified that people will realize that most of what they do is unnecessary fluff. This has happened dozens of times in the last 50 years, and it hasn't actually caused but tiny disruptions.

about a year ago
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New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise

dan828 Re:The alternative (492 comments)

Dude, but now I can sit in my mom's basement all day playing WoW and eating hot pockets, and have a body like a long distance runner, what's not love?

about a year ago
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Protests Mount In New Zealand Against New Surveillance Laws

dan828 Re:I can tell from the pixels (138 comments)

Thanks for telling me the brand. Honestly, I've been talking about the hideous stuff for over twenty years now. My one encounter with it made such an impression I've never been able to forget it. As much for it's government branding every half inch, as it's unsuitability for it's intended purpose. It didn't help that it was an emergency situation the morning after a night of heavy drinking.

about a year ago
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Protests Mount In New Zealand Against New Surveillance Laws

dan828 Re:I can tell from the pixels (138 comments)

I was on a British Royal Navy base back in the 90s, and they had by far, the worst toilet paper I've ever seen in my life. It was sort of like the paper used to wrap meat in the US, but thinner, and it something along the lines of "property of the UK government" stamped all over it. To this day I've never experience toilet paper that bad. But all in all, it wouldn't surprise me that it regularly caused bleeding.

about a year ago
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The Smog To Fog Challenge: Settling the High-Speed Rail vs. Hyperloop Debate

dan828 Re:No. (333 comments)

Especially California's high speed plan, which, at this point, is just a pay off to special interests and unions. It's neither going to be "high speed" nor actually in the cities that it is supposedly to linking. Basically, we're going to pay 68 billion dollars for a regular train system that is going to be slower and less convenient than just about anything else available now.

about a year ago
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Apple Isn't the Next Microsoft (and That's a Good Thing)

dan828 Re:Gizmodo (269 comments)

RTFA? Are you new here?

about a year ago
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Apple Isn't the Next Microsoft (and That's a Good Thing)

dan828 Re:Gizmodo (269 comments)

Please. Giz has been sucking up to Apple since the whole iPhone thing, hoping to make it back into their good graces. They come off as blatant fanboys any more.

about a year ago
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Apple Isn't the Next Microsoft (and That's a Good Thing)

dan828 Re:Gizmodo (269 comments)

Oh come one, Gizmodo used to be a nice gadget site, now it's just a hipster blog with tech as one of the themes.

about a year ago
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Radical New Icebreaker Will Travel Through the Ice Sideways

dan828 Re:Icebreakers work from above (62 comments)

You've never been for a ride on a "conventional" icebreaker, have you? The things are basically footballs(american) in the water. As a younger man, I was a deckhand on an ocean going icebreaker and did an arctic deployment. In rough seas we could take up to 90 degree rolls, though the biggest I saw was 67 degrees (fall in the north sea). Breaking pack ice in the arctic was like spending time on a randomly shifting roller coaster that occasionally slammed on the breaks and had to back up for another go. If you think this piddly little 30 degree lateral crabbing while breaking thin sea ice is going to be very bad, you just have no idea.

about a year ago
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Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

dan828 Re:When you ride at night, (413 comments)

Or he was drunk. Or high. Or had a suspended license. Or a warrant. Or was an "undocumented worker". Or any number of things that would lead the guy to flee the scene, even if he wasn't the at fault party. I mean, my experience tells me that the driver likely was at fault, but we really don't know, and there can be a ton a reasons why someone would take off.

about a year ago
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New Moons of Pluto Named Kerberos and Styx; Popular Choice 'Vulcan' Snubbed

dan828 Re:Shred of dignity (194 comments)

Well, there were at least 6 ships named "Enterprise" in the US Navy, and the likelihood is that when Roddenberry was choosing the a name for his fictional vessel, he named it after either the WW2 Carrier (which was the most decorated warship in US history) or the newer Enterprise which was the US's first nuclear powered carrier. So pretty much, the shuttle was named after a US Navy ship, albeit indirectly.

about a year ago
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Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

dan828 Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (522 comments)

OK, show me an industrial pump that'll last 45 years with no maintenance.

about a year ago
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UC Davis Investigates Using Helicopter Drones For Crop Dusting

dan828 Re:Dusting! (77 comments)

Yeah, except the term was coined a long time ago when the insecticide being applied was in powder form, hence the "dusting" name.

about a year ago
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Book Review: The Human Division

dan828 Re:Don't flatter yourself (115 comments)

...and just imagine the response when the current wave of reality TV hits them. The Kardashians alone would warrant extermination.

about a year and a half ago
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Texas Poised To Pass Unprecedented Email Privacy Bill

dan828 Re:Texas leads the way, again (262 comments)

And yet it ranks in the top 20. Then you have a state like California that spends way more money, yet comes in in the bottom 20. And having gone to high school in Texas in a very conservative and extremely religious town, I never saw anything at all regarding creationism in biology class. Although not a whole hell of alot of evolution either. On the other hand, I did get handed chick tracts more than once from fellow students regarding evolution, which I did appreciate for the comedic value. However, while attending grad school in biology at a university in California, I came to the realization that most California students had an extremely poor understanding of evolution. Point being, evolution is covered so poorly, even in strongly secular, left wing places like California, that complaining about the effect that religious nuts have on it in conservative areas is pretty much pointless.

about a year and a half ago
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Richard III Suffered an Ignominious Burial, Researchers Find

dan828 Re:Better than Slashdeath (145 comments)

Netcraft confirms it!

about a year and a half ago
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Device Can Extract DNA With Full Genetic Data In Minutes

dan828 Re:I can't wait (95 comments)

But bigger point: either don't fear biotech advances, or at least be equal

But they're not equal. Dystopian futures involving computers promise a future where we're ruled over by machines - which, might be more capable than we are. There is an element of coolness to robotic/computer overlords.

Biotech dystopian futures, on the other hand, promise a future where we're ruled over by humans who think they're more capable than we are (but probably aren't)....just like now. And there's nothing cool about being ruled over by a human...just like now.

Or perhaps, a utopian future where the amoral sociopaths aren't allowed to hold public office?

about a year and a half ago

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