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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

danbert8 Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (331 comments)

Election fraud is claimed to be rare because there is no way to quantify it if you can't verify the identity of the voter. I could vote for my whole family and no one would know. All my friends who are lazy and I can't get to go to mid-term elections I might as well vote for them too. All I need is a passable signature and their home address (which is public record). Now when people are polled, do they admit to committing a crime? Probably rarely...

I believe we need to make election processes simple, efficient, sensible, and communicated well in advance of the election. In other words, NOT what the republicans are proposing... They should be implementing these laws for the NEXT election cycle at a minimum, and make it well known to the population well in advance of any candidates even being proposed. You shouldn't campaign on election laws at all.

As for making it harder for people to vote. Maybe it'll be called racist to say this, but people who live in the United States of America in 2014 without a form of photo ID are EXACTLY the people who shouldn't be voting. There are plenty of other people WITH photo ID who also shouldn't be voting, but I will not shed one tear for someone who can't vote because they can't come up with proof of their identification.

Of course, the alternative that I would be happy with is the simple ink on the hand that 3rd world countries do that is more effective in preventing voter fraud than what we have now...

yesterday
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

danbert8 Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (331 comments)

While I agree with the AC that the majority of regions lean republican, the reality is that this problem is a result of gerrymandering. I believe in addition to restoring the states appointing senators, the house should move to an MMP election system to more accurately represent the political beliefs of the people. More people might lean democrat than republican at this point, but the reality is that most people are against the two party system (but despite that won't vote that way under the current system).

yesterday
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

danbert8 Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (331 comments)

I agree, claims of voter suppression and racism are bullshit. Is it suppression for all the other things that require ID in the modern world? I hope you never have to fly, buy alcohol, medicine, cash a check, or do anything else either.

As far as us being a democracy, our founding fathers had a healthy fear of it. The direct election of senators for sure messed up the system of government. If we want only representatives elected by the people, just drop the senate altogether. The house already represents the will of the people. The senate was supposed to represent the states, and now it doesn't... It represents the people, but in a horrible proportion unlike the house. In what world does that make sense?

2 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

danbert8 Re: Forest Circus. (299 comments)

Hope you don't drive through a national forest with a dash cam...

4 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

danbert8 Catch Phrase (106 comments)

What happened to "Bazinga"?

Also your NFPA diamonds in the lab are the wrong direction.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

danbert8 Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

But is CO2 pollution? Plants sure love that stuff and you exhale it all the time... If CO2 is pollution, than what isn't?

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

danbert8 Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

I do thinking adding energy changes the system. I however don't believe that the increase in temperature on the planet will cause the doom that AGW proponents are claiming. I don't doubt the temperature trend, I doubt the effects that they predict based on the temperature.

Look to history for evidence for a catastrophe on a warm planet. The warmest periods on the planet are the ones where life was most prolific.

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

danbert8 Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Or you might be the dumb fucker... Half a dozen degrees in a century is absurd. And the fact that extinctions are occurring is not evidence for a catastrophe, as like climate changing, extinctions are a natural part of this planet. The IPCC is not interested in science, they are interested in the fearmongering that you have bought in to.

I'm not claiming to be more clever that anyone else, I'm pointing out that you aren't interested in science, you are interested in politics.

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

danbert8 Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

So 1) Artificial scarcity of carbon based fuel
2) Redistribution of wealth
3) Let the market deal with the extra government regulations

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

danbert8 Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Yes extremely disturbing that people can only be in one of three political categories... And disturbing that it looks so smooth and regular that either they had a ridiculously large sample size or they made up the data.

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

danbert8 Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Exactly. Warming may be happening and CO2 emissions may be making it worse. But you can't scientifically say that we should cut carbon emissions, tax carbon, use ethanol, subsidize electric vehicles, etc.

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

danbert8 Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

While I am sure the most vocal "deniers" and those with the most camera time are the crackpots who say the earth isn't getting warmer. However, there are many legitimate reasons to doubt how much of the observed warming is caused by humans and how much damage might occur in the future because of the human caused portion of the warming.

The climate is changing (Has the climate ever been constant?)
The current trend is warming (Was it warming before humans started affecting climate?)
It appears that the warming is increasing (How much is due to human causes?)
The warming will likely cause damage to human settlements (Is it more cost effective to move the humans? How catastrophic will it be? Are there potential benefits that might offset the damage to civilization? Might we be better off on a warmer planet?)

The main points are agreed upon my most rational people, the questions in parentheses are the ones that get glossed over. They are the assumptions based on the data that all of the money and the "carbon is pollution" politics that affect all our lives.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

danbert8 Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

It'll probably pay for itself and maybe if the police departments sold their armored vehicles and camo uniforms they'd be able to afford the initial capital.

about a month ago
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

danbert8 Re:can they filter ice bucket challenges? (61 comments)

Seriously. It's bad enough with an extension to block auto playing videos, but on a computer where the videos auto play you could hook up a hydroelectric generator to all that falling water and sell the power to raise money for charity.

about a month ago
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

danbert8 Re:Transparent? (174 comments)

Well I'll call you in 100 years and we'll see who was right...

about a month ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

danbert8 Re:and yet (146 comments)

I've always thought it was "Rapey scan." I don't know how the people that named it couldn't see it that way...

about a month ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

danbert8 Re:Rapiscan (146 comments)

No, Rapey-scan.

I can just visualize the conference room where they decided the name of the product:

Hey guys, we need to name this unconstitutional search device that shows nude images of disgruntled people who will hate us. Any ideas?

Well we want it to sound fast so they don't blame lines on it... How about "rapid scan".

Hmm, that doesn't sound very awesome... How about "Rapiscan?"

But doesn't that look a bit like it has the word "rape" in it?

No! Get your mind out of the gutter Simmons. No non-pervert would ever pronounce it that way!

Well basically something like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about a month ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

danbert8 Re:This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

It wasn't a failure of security that caused 9/11, it was a failure of policy. The by the book way to deal with a hijacking was to comply with the terrorists with the idea that they just wanted the passengers and plane for ransom, not to use the plane itself as a weapon. Today the pilots would intentionally crash the plane before they would allow the hijackers control over the aircraft.

about a month ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

danbert8 Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (162 comments)

They should have at least made a curved tread pattern. Those points of the chevrons are huge stress risers which makes fatigue fracture much more likely.

about a month ago
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

danbert8 Re:Transparent? (174 comments)

Yes, because actual scientists have no ideological motivations. And science is defined by the majority of other scientists. We can't start letting statisticians and people who understand math start analyzing science!

about a month ago

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danbert8 danbert8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danbert8 (1024253) writes "PC World has an article about an interesting new idea for datacenter fire protection. What better protection is there than prevention? From the article:

Air is composed of about 21 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen and 1 percent of other gases. Fire needs the oxygen to burn, and lower percentages of oxygen makes it more difficult or impossible for fire to start.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,129918/article.h tml"
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danbert8 danbert8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danbert8 writes "How long should a user be expected to wait for a final release for F/OSS software that is being actively developed? Or at least some progress updates?

I have been a GAIM user for years and 2.0 seemed like a breath of fresh air. But it has now gone through 5 betas in over a year. New features have been added, yet I find it no more stable now in beta 5 than it was in beta 2. Gaim's homepage http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ lists some news, and the new Planet Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net/planet/ has some additional insights, but neither has been posted on since November."

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