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Comment Read the New yorker article (Score 1) 79

In the 24 October issue, there's an article about former detective Peter Forcelli, who now works to get wrongfully convicted folks exonerated. It's a sad tale about failings (and biases) of juries, judges, cops, and DAs. Just like the quote in this case, where the local DA wants to keep the case open just in case they can find something else indictable. He got caught doing bullshit and now wants to cover his ass regardless of the truth.

Comment Congrats: 99.99% off-topic (Score 1) 277

First of all: this is a story about surveillance, not about the 2nd amendment. Go whine about sidearm ownership somewhere else.

Second: Once again, somehow the concept of "arms" gets limited to rifles and pistols. Why do you all forget to bitch about not being allowed open-carry crossbows, or about not being allowed to set up a battery of TOW or FOG-M missile launchers in your back yard? Do you really think even your 37 semi-automatics (with the hack installed to make them fully automatic) are a match for one round from an M-1 tank?
"Defense against the government military" indeed.

Comment Re:Exactly as predicted (Score 1) 377

I remember people saying the exact same thing when Apple removed Floppys, serial ports & optical drives

False equivalency. All the items you listed were blatantly obsolete when Apple removed them. Us old folks remember Microsoft shipping a box with 60 or 70 floppies to install Office from. Serial ports suck and aren't extendable. And so on.

There's no "replacement" for analog audio going into your ears. As this thread should make it abundantly clear, an external converter of some sort is absolutely required when there's no analog output from the iPhone.

Comment Re:Right. (Score 1) 222

[snip]American democracy is a sick joke

Certainly one of the sickest parts of the joke is "States' Rights." It's absolutely batshit crazy to have something be legal for your pal a mile away (next state over) which would throw you in jail in your state. Drug use, marriage age, sexual positions or partners are obvious examples. Or slavery, of course, if you go back a couple years.
The sad fact is that we're nowhere near being "One country," (under $DEITY or not). Only a heavily duck-taped illusion of a Federal gov't is keeping the US from becoming a dozen or so separate republics with radically different ideas about everything from gun ownership to religious rights.

Comment Explaining FTL non-information travel (Score 2) 189

My favorite way to explain the difference between something "happening" FTL and useful information not being able to travel FTL is this:

Imagine you've got a powerful laser aimed at a wall a few light-years away. You then sweep the laser beam along the wall's length. The illuminated area changes at several times the speed of light. But this is not information transfer, because each photon travelled a few years in a straigh(ish) line and hit the wall based on the angle of the laser at the time of emission. We "see" a moving spot, but what we're actually seeing is a progression of non-FTL arrivals. The photons carry information, but whatever knowledge is imparted at the point where the wall is illuminated is not transferred to any subsequently illuminated location.

Comment Re:How to Argue About Doping in Sport (Score 1) 97

Well, auto racing used to be in part about building better cars. Until the turbine came along. Now, turbines and 4-wheel drive are banned at the Indy 500.

That's utter nonsense. You might as well bitch that IndyCars aren't allowed in NASCAR races. Or that sticks with more than 1.5" curve depth aren't allowed in the NHL. Or that metal bats aren't allowed in MLB. Or double-strung rackets in tennis.

Every sport has rules and limits, often for safety if nothing else. If you don't think race teams have teams of engineers trying to make the car a teensy bit faster and a teensy bit better at holding speed in corners while staying within the design rules, time to think again.

Back to human doping: I won't disagree that there's a fine line between PEDs and legal stuff like high-protein diets and a few cans of RedBull. And for that matter, the kind of diet (both type and quantity) that NFL players eat does in fact have ramifications for their long-term health. I think the difference is (supposed to be) that banned doping substances are radically dangerous even in the levels in use, let alone overdosing.

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