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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

modecx Re:It's an odd phrase (1278 comments)

Strange you say? So, let's replace some of the contentious words so we can get a better idea of the sentence structure, without having the associated emotions derailing us.

A well stocked fridge, being necessary to the health of a free man, the right of the people to keep and eat ham sandwiches, shall not be infringed.

Huh. You know, it reads alright to me. The problem isn't the wording. I think the problem is the founders didn't or couldn't imagine a time in the future where so many uneducated and uninvested people would have the opportunity to vote.

8 hours ago

Hacking Charisma

modecx Re:"hacking charisma" (242 comments)

If you need to resist it, you have already failed, as it had already affected you.

Charisma, like the old tree branch that scratches your window at night, and the drive to eat and fuck, primarily affects the old lizard brain. It's near the same biological level as the autonomic nervous functions. Unless your name is Spock or Jesus H. Christ, of course you've already failed. That doesn't mean you're done for though.

about three weeks ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

modecx Re:News for nerds (394 comments)

Most electric carts I've used have only one pedal. When you push it, the cart moves forward. When you let go, it brakes

Yeah, that's pretty much how a Model S works as well. When you let off the accelerator, regenerative braking kicks in. It kind of feels like engine braking in a manual transmission car. Regen braking can ramp up to 60kW, which can actually be quite a jolt if you do the opposite of stab the accelerator. The aggressiveness of regen braking is even user customizable through the computer, to reduce that effect.

The brake exists for times where 60kW of regen braking isn't enough. i.e. you need to stop fast. What you're proposing, however would be this: when you completely let off of the accelerator, full brakes are applied. I mean, enough to lock the rotors if there weren't ABS. That would simply be about the most retarded thing ever.

about three weeks ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

modecx Re:So (373 comments)

With unknown quantities of browser and associated exploits out there, it really would be smart to restrict the visiting unscrupulous sites to inside a VM, where you can revert to a known-clean snapshot with the click of a button.

about a month ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

modecx Re:The title says it all. (2219 comments)

Yes, Slashdot is "News for Nerds". But we don't come here to passively "consume" news. We come here to actively debate the news. That's what makes Slashdot different.

Not only can we all come here and read and then talk about the nerdly news, but as it happens often enough, the nerds actually making the news are members here themselves. From physicists and IT guys at CERN, Linux and other OSS coders, celebrity nerds, spooks at the NSA (they're posting GNAA trolls on their lunch break, and we all know it), university students working on some cool project, etc. etc. I can't count the number of times I was browsing the comments of a story, and one of the subjects actually involved crops up and joins the conversation; and you know, that's pretty freaking cool.

As a collective, we're the circus performers, the contributors, the commentators, and the critics, all at once. Where else do you find this on the net? Nowhere. As far as I know, Slashdot is unique in this regard.

about 2 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

modecx Re:You're being kind (237 comments)

I'm envisioning it. Something kind of like lemonparty, goatse, and tubgirl rolled up into one mass of seething, twitching flesh?

about 2 months ago

Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS

modecx Re:In other news... (133 comments)

There's no paperwork or 'security check' outside title work, and whatever else goes on down at the DMV which would preclude an individual from owning tanks that might be light enough for operation on the road. They just have to have headlights and signals like any other vehicle. I suppose if it's heavy enough you might need a commercial / heavy vehicle driver's license. If you want to operate it on private property, you certianly wouldn't need any of that.

All "guns" must be inoperable.

That's where you need the background checks, fella. So long as it's breech loaded, any non-sporting gun with a bore over 0.50" falls under the 'destructive device' category, and requires a background check, registration with the BATFe, and a $200 transfer tax. The ordnance might also require such registration. But if you're rich as Bill Fucking Gates, and assuming there are no state or local laws which say otherwise, and the guns are properly registered, you very well could drive a tank down the road with a functional 105mm main gun, functional .30 cal coax machine gun, and a gunner on top with a real ma-deuce, and the police wouldn't be able to do so much as give you a ticket.

America, Fuck Yea.

about 2 months ago

New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

modecx Re:Uggh (141 comments)

More jump cuts and less substance than a Micheal Bay movie. That's an impressive development in itself!

about 3 months ago

RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

modecx Re: even a broken clock... (523 comments)

You seem to be under the impression that libertarianism is some kind of strict monolithic orthodoxy. Because of this, I can only assume you believe it to be an affliction caused Libertarian Ideal Particles, which have infinitely negative mass and are transmitted at velocities much faster than light, which are beamed right into the brains of those who are naturally predisposed towards libertarianism, from the Libertarian Hive-mind on Planet Bob, moon of the fifth planet orbiting 55 Cancri, an exoplanet believed to have a particularly eccentric orbit.

Yeah. About that... It's not.

about 3 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

modecx Re:Voyeurism (510 comments)

Don't forget about Santa Claus. He sees you when you're sleeping and he knows when you're awake. He's a mighty perverted creep, for goodness sake!

about 3 months ago

US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

modecx Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (408 comments)

No-one has "bought" the USD that might be in your bank account, either.

Wrong. You bought them. With your time. Assuming the primary reason you have currency in your bank is that you have an actual job, that you aren't some kind of mooch / thief / scammer / or otherwise use other people's capital to your benefit.

about 2 months ago

US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

modecx Re:Very weird story (894 comments)

How does one compensate for a dozen of instruments that were hand-made by the player from rare materials?

For each of the people responsible and their immediate superiors: Eight hours per week of volunteer work at the local elementary schools for the next twenty years, consisting of listening to the 3rd grade music class practice Mary Had a Little Lamb on their flutes, while hand-carving flutes for the next year's class, with no chance of parole. And they have to like it. If the 3rd graders suspect, in the least, that their performances aren't thoroughly enjoyed...30 lashes in public with the cat-o-nine-tails.

about 3 months ago

CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

modecx Re:Lie-fest from the NSA (504 comments)

60 Minutes has a long list of journalistic fuckups, misrepresentations, poor research and intellectual dishonesty going back at least 30 years.

I'm just surprised to see them so flagrantly sit at the right hand of the Ministry of Truthiness, as they did in this piece.

about 4 months ago

New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

modecx Re:"Snow and Ice" (290 comments)

To the GP's credit, they didn't show the car taking off on the ice, which is the particular situation the GP claimed traction control suffers at. Instead, he had a pretty good running start. Also, the host has to be about the most inept driver ever. Hurr...Dip the clutch, proper driving technique... Durr. Let's over-rev the engine to 2-2.5k, dump the clutch and say a conventional car can't go up the ramp. Hurr de durr...

about 4 months ago

Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

modecx Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

No need for $8000/month. A natural death can follow quickly, especially if your order says to give you no food or water.

My aunt suffered from ALS for years, and at one point toward the end she basically just said "I've had enough", and refused food, and I'm pretty sure water as well, except maybe an occasional sponge swab to keep her mouth somewhat moist.

She lasted 21 days. I'm not even sure how that's possible, given the rule of threes for human survival; unless someone was watering her behind the rest of the family's back. I wouldn't wish that version of hell on anyone.

about 5 months ago

Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

modecx Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (622 comments)

Probably not. On the other hand, the bad guys might file civil suits for sullying their reputations by falsely associating them with TSA.

about 6 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

modecx Re:Hangings (1160 comments)

Just make a mechanism tied to an electronic trigger that fires the guns when the output from a random number generator, generating numbers from 1-100 with five second intervals, matches a predetermined number picked out of a hat by a chicken.

The probability is there will be enough time for dramatic tension to build without making everyone hang around so log to put them sleep, and you don't have to burden the executioner's psyche, because ultimately, the chicken is the executioner. Because, as we all know, chickens just want to watch the world burn anyway.

about 6 months ago

Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

modecx Re: Help us Google Fiber! You're our only hope. (568 comments)

Why not model regional ISPs on Credit Unions and Rural Electric Associations / Utility Cooperatives? Cooperative in nature, each member is also part owner, and they provide better service than the larger purely private equivalent (in my experience), and often at a lower price.

The biggest problem outside of funding would probably be to get right of way access from municipalities. Cable and telephone companies would naturally fight tooth and nail against it.

about 6 months ago

Facebook Lets Beheading Clips Return To Its Site

modecx Re:The way I see it is this... (277 comments)

You lost at equating the slaughter of food animals to the torture of sentient, thinking people, who are pretty much just like yourself, with hopes and aspirations and families of their own. I think part of it is the empathic realization that you might have just as easily been in that person's place.

I've hunted, and had my hands in the blood and guts of my prey, which I later delighted in consuming. I've also witnessed people die terribly bloody and painful deaths. Animals may have a general sense of panic when you look them in the eyes as they die, but for me at least, it's not at all on the same level as when its a person looking back at you. Not even close.

I have an uncle who is going on 70 who will not eat pork, not because he's Jewish, but because his family on the farm made him watch the slaughter of 'his' pig when he was a child. He viewed that pig very much as people view their dogs and cats. Of course it's anecdotal evidence, but I'd say he was scarred by the experience.

about 6 months ago


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