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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

king neckbeard Re:No. (1574 comments)

It may have some large advantages in theory, but the setup seems quite impractical. A well placed bomb can cause lots of destruction in a short while, giving them little to no time to flee before they are in the way of harm. Also, with asphyxiation, you are going to need to get a near perfect seal on a large building, which is very difficult to do without getting noticed, and it would provide some other cues. One of which would be the heat of a building full of people with limited air circulation. I also suspect that there would be a number of people who succumb earlier than others, giving them a decent warning about a plan that can be foiled by opening a window.

yesterday
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

king neckbeard Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (220 comments)

Even if we are completely sustainable, the sun won't last forever, and before that point, it would engulf us.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

king neckbeard Re:No. (1574 comments)

Murderers often have goals other than just causing the most death possible. Also, guns generally require less knowledge to use effectively than bombs and are more readily available in a working form. Most people who use firearms for murder have low counts.

whereas deaths from suicide by firearm alone account for a staggering amount of deaths (not all of which can be attributed to wanting to die unless firearm ownership somehow causes the desire to die to increase).

They don't increase the desire, but they do increase the success rate. Women attempt suicide more often, but men successfully commit suicide more often because women tend to use methods that won't result in scarring, like taking pills, while men use methods that are effective.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

king neckbeard Re:No. (1574 comments)

Bombs are probably the most efficient way to kill lots of people, and they can be improvised from various things that we need to have to function as a society.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

king neckbeard Re:All-party state (790 comments)

I'm not saying the law isn't on the side of those recording the police, just that it's a great deal more work in those states, and thus, a little bit easier for police to harass you about it.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

king neckbeard Re:Well Duh? (803 comments)

I believe the argument being presented is that the will and interests of the oligarchs dominates the will and interests of the general public, not that certain people have more political sway than other randomly selected people.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

king neckbeard Re:Never was (803 comments)

This idiocy again. Being a democracy and a republic are not mutually exclusive. Being a direct deomcracy is, but that is not what is generally meant when someone simply says 'democracy.'

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

king neckbeard Re:All-party state (790 comments)

I agree, and again, the issue with recording cops is a far bigger one outside of one-party states. The ACLU and such will give you things to say if police try to stop you from recording them. If you are in a single-party state, it's basically just reciting that this is a single party state, so you don't need their consent. If you are an all-party state, you have to state that it's a public place, first amendment, etc.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

king neckbeard All-party state (790 comments)

The probably is Pennsylvania is an all-party state, where most states only require the consent of one party to record.

3 days ago
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Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

king neckbeard Re:That's no moon! (71 comments)

Probably around 15 billion credits.

4 days ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

king neckbeard re: diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

It wouldn't seem to be the case. A study has suggested that the placebo effect works even if patients know they are getting fake medicine. Possibly because many patients know about the placebo effect,. and thus believe that believing has a positive effect.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

king neckbeard Re:You can't really double-blind this... (469 comments)

It actually would be very dependent upon the instrument in general. A number of high-end instruments couldn't even be played by a novice. For example, reed instruments like clarinets and saxophones have different grades of reeds based on how firm they are. Someone inexperienced has to play a softer reed because the muscles used in playing aren't developed enough. There are also elements like scalloped frets on a guitar, which allow for playing with an incredibly light touch, but said touch must be so delicate that a novice is only going to get awful sounds out of them.

So, to treat this question fairly, you have to treat ease of playing as a separate issue from tonal quality. Also, even if you treat being intimate with the instrument as a necessity, you could still reasonably do a double blind test, assuming that the musician doesn't attempt to subvert the process. Give them two very nice violins, and don't tell them which on is the strad. If the physical appearance is too telling, then we might have to have a musician who is literally blind.

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

king neckbeard Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (192 comments)

Absolute nonsense. Patents were supposed to 'promote the progress' of 'the useful arts.' Trade secrets had nothing to do with that because nobody who could practice something secretly indefinitely would bother getting a patent, which is costly and expires. If the goal was to reduce the usage of trade secrets, the first step would be to weaken trade secret law, but nobody ever brings that to the table because patents very little to do with trade secrets for proponents or opponents.

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

king neckbeard Re:really? really. (558 comments)

You seem to understand the differences better than many psychologists, but are missing the point I am making. A very important thing to get across is that many people with Autism can be and will be 'fine' even without help. However, the fact remains that they are different in a substantial way, and properly understanding this differences increases the chances that they will be fine. A good analogy for me is being left handed. There seems to have been some evidence that being left handed was once seen as incorrect or wrong, but to say that is quite ridiculous today. We understand that lefties work a different way and may need some degree of different treatment, but don't see that way as 'wrong' anymore. That's probably the right approach to take towards autism.

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

king neckbeard Re:really? really. (558 comments)

It still remains a question to what degree this is inherently a disadvantage and to what degree it is an advantage because of the structure of our society. From the perspective of an individual, it's probably not all that important, but in how to deal with this overall, it's profoundly important, as it determines whether we should focus on treating individuals or treating society.

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

king neckbeard Re:Autism is the new ADD (558 comments)

I only recall playing video games as early as 4, but I don't recall with detail anything earlier than than that age, but I did have the ability to beat some of those games at that age, suggesting a fair bit of experience. So yeah, parent have been letting video games and televisions babysit their children about as long as they have been able to afford video games and television.

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

king neckbeard Re:Yeah but (558 comments)

There's actually a pretty simple explanation. There's a cultural view that having sex with women is a wonderful, beautiful thing and having sex with men is a disgusting, horrible thing. Gay men have sex with men, therefore they are disgusting and horrible, and lesbians have sex with women, therefore they are wonderful and beautiful (at least as long as they aren't butch, anyway).

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

king neckbeard Re:That's a bit simplistic... (558 comments)

Except that there are still large differences in diagnosis rates in different places. You can largely explain this by having other parts of the country 'catch up' on the latest diagnosis methods.

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

king neckbeard Re:Autism is the new ADD (558 comments)

TVs seem to be in decline as of late. You mentioned an iPad, but those tend to be at least as social as a video game console, while TVs aren't social at all. 20 years ago, those same kids would have been playing video games alone in their room.

about three weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

king neckbeard Re:really? really. (558 comments)

Actually, the article states about half of those diagnosed have average or above average intelligence. Thus, autism is becoming less and less about intelligence and more about just having different behavior. I think this will likely be a great thing, as it will help separate the conflation of autism with mental retardation. This will benefit everyone across the spectrum of intelligence, and along the spectrum of what we consider severity for autism.

about three weeks ago

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