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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

gmclapp Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (146 comments)

Pedantic. If you pretend to not know what "West Coast" means in the US people are going to think you're a moron.

5 days ago
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

gmclapp Re:Bicycle! And motorcycle. (163 comments)

Motorcycles are too dangerous in all areas if you're being honest with yourself. But, totally worth it. If I gotta go, I wanna go in a fiery wreck! I'm being sarcastic, but I love motorcycling.

5 days ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

gmclapp Re:I'm not entirely sure how it merited a patent i (408 comments)

I'd flavor your comment with this:

The term "obvious" in the patent world has been significantly watered down in recent times. Consider for example that adding an eraser to the back of a pencil was considered "obvious" and therefore, not patentable in its time.

about two weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

gmclapp Cruel and unusual punishment (914 comments)

First, this is an incredibly evil idea. Why would we dedicate any more time and money to these people? When does inventing new forms of torture tax society more than the criminals?

Second, a good gut check for the consideration of new tools for the government is this: "How will this be abused?" I think the implications here speak for themselves.

Finally, What gives you the right to inflict these kinds of hypothetical punishment? When have you become worse than the criminal that you're punishing? This post is ethically disgusting.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

gmclapp Re:Sure (500 comments)

Pre-WWII Jews had nothing to hide.

Pre-Red scare communist sympathizers had nothing to hide...

It must be nice to know you don't have anything to hide that might soon become taboo...

about 2 months ago
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3-D Printed Pelvis Holding Up After 3 Years

gmclapp Re:Titanium? (82 comments)

DF reference (+1)

about 2 months ago
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The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

gmclapp Re:The human body did not evolve to live on ships (267 comments)

I've found the only way to get 'good' science articles is via direct press release. And most scientists, engineers etc. heave a big sigh, throw their hands up and say: "well, they're not gonna fucking get it anyway, so why bother." I know I do.

Sometimes I pretend to be a more stereotypically introverted engineer than I am to avoid stupid conversations that revolve around sensationalized 'news' like this.

Can we do ? Yep. Will people get hurt? Yep, probably. Is it worth it? Yeah, maybe.

about 3 months ago
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The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

gmclapp Re:The human body did not evolve to live on ships (267 comments)

Not only is this hilarious, but it perfectly illustrates how ridiculous this article really is.

Better summary:
There are problems with what we're trying to do. Some of them surprising. There are also probably solutions that we haven't figured out yet.

about 3 months ago
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CERN Antimatter Experiment Produces First Beam of Antihydrogen

gmclapp Re:Human-centrism (136 comments)

No mod points.. :( lol'd at work though. Well done.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

gmclapp Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

People who don't care about murder laws don't care about gun laws. All states have outlawed murder as far as I know. Chicago is no stranger to gun related homicide despite the ban.

about 3 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

gmclapp Re:Kodak paid for their lack of vision (674 comments)

That is true. But the oft quoted 'You can have any color you want, as long as its black' was in response to the fact that it really was all that was available to the assembly line vehicle. As far as this being an example for companies that couldn't adapt, Ford did eventually come around to the 'customer is always right' mentality because of the competition with GM as stated above.

about 3 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

gmclapp Re:Kodak paid for their lack of vision (674 comments)

The reason you could only have black was because at the time of the assembly line's advent, the only 'fast-drying' paint available was black. When GM came along, different colors had been developed to meet the demand. Which Ford also used.

FYI

about 3 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

gmclapp Re:Bad call (611 comments)

I hear this a lot. Science is not a view point. Science is a tool. Science is a method of observation. You can't blame science for bad concepts any more than you can blame a hammer for a badly constructed house. If you want a better house, learn to use a hammer better. If you want a better, more correct worldview, learn to use science better.

about 4 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

gmclapp Re:Bigger than Jesus? (691 comments)

His comment is utilizing hyperbole....

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

gmclapp Re:Robots (606 comments)

A robot is as smart as the controls engineer. If fault detection and handling are lacking, I'd leave the blame, barring unusual circumstances, on the engineer. Our engineers are (a little biased here admittedly) the best in the biz.

That said, there are environments in which union labor makes more sense than non-union labor. Unfortunately, where union labor has advantages in long-term skill development, they seem to lack in work ethic. I'm not saying that this is universal by any means... It's just that the protection of the union provides a breeding ground for leeches that are impossible for management to remove. Maybe your experience is with a stricter union?

I worked in an environment similar to the one mentioned in the article through college. I actually did make more than $8/hr as the article suggests, so it seems likely that Amazon is under paying these people. But, the heart of my point is this: I work in a company that designs and implements automation solutions, and we'd barely be able to exist if it weren't for displacing expensive union labor.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

gmclapp Re:Robots (606 comments)

Despite having never seen this type of hard working union worker you claim to know about, that is still not my point. My point is that automation is cheaper than union labor. Robots don't need lunch breaks, vacation, heat or lights. They never get hurt, never get tired, and never file paperwork for some imaginary slight to get an extra break.

about 4 months ago

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