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Comment: Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (Score 1, Troll) 234

by CohibaVancouver (#48195109) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

When liberty itself is feared

Yep, you're right - It's really important for gun nuts to have the liberty to gun down children at school.

Man, nothing makes me angrier than gun-fanatics championing "liberty." You want "liberty?" Go DO SOMETHING to preserve your democracy, to make America better. Buying another Glock has nothing to do with liberty. .

Comment: Re:And he is, probably, right (Score 1) 281

by CohibaVancouver (#48164843) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

The people certainly never requested any of that.

Sure they did. They demanded a warm security blanket be wrapped around them at all times, in exchange for loss of privacy and liberty. No one protested at the state and federal legislatures. No one (other than the Tea Party) dominated primaries to ensure that people that supported beliefs of freedom received party nominations... and on and on.

Comment: Re:And he is, probably, right (Score 3, Insightful) 281

by CohibaVancouver (#48163305) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

America has always valued the cantankerous Individual above the glorious Collective, that other cultures prefer...

Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not...

"America" demands the nanny-state, be it the TSA groping grannies for 10 years, the militarization your police...on and on.

None of the Glorious Collectives behave like Boston did after the Marathon bombings... HIDE IN YOUR HOUSE AND TREMBLE IN FEAR.

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 404

by CohibaVancouver (#48145121) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
I realize this is Slashdot, where the edge use-case is required to 'win' every time and defines why anything will fail, but for the sake of argument imagine this: For every given flight where there is one individual so asleep on takeoff and landing as to be nearly comatose, there are 150+ who are awake and listening the instructions. The 'no earphones' rule was made for those, Rip Van Winkles excepted.

And yes, they probably should have woken you up, particularly if you're between someone and an exit door.

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 404

by CohibaVancouver (#48143037) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

The only reason for the ban was RF interference

This is incorrect - It was *a* reason not the *only* reason.

Landing and takeoff are the most dangerous times of the flight. If the flight crew have to should instructions to you they don't want you to have earbuds stuffed in your ears with music drowning out their instructions.

Comment: Re:Speaking for myself (Score 1) 320

by CohibaVancouver (#48067929) Attached to: The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

I don't think the Internet killed Saturday morning cartoons. I think corporate-inspired churn in pursuit of ever more income pushed out some very lovely and entertaining cartoons in favor of what was, quite frankly, awful junk. Poorly drawn, badly scored, badly scripted, and almost uniformly missing the hilarious innuendo and subtleties that were present in your typical 'toon from the nineteen-fifites and -sixties.

I'm a Gen-Xer born in 1967. Saturday Morning in the good ol' days (early-to-mid 70s) had a large share of crap, mostly forgotten today...

Josie & the Pussycats / The Grape Ape / Gilligan / Planet of the Apes / Waldo Kitty / Space Nuts - And that's just off the top of my head. None of this stuff was particularly highbrow, the Filmation-style animation would be laughed at today....

Comment: Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (Score 1) 549

We already have the tech to go to Mars

Yes and no. Even in your example, we have the tech to get machines to Mars but we still don't have the tech to get humans there.

Amongst other things -

- We don't yet know how to deal with the ionizing radiation on the way there

- We don't yet know how to build a lander to get humans safely down on Mars, then back up for the journey home.

Comment: Re:Second the recommendation (Score 3, Insightful) 267

by CohibaVancouver (#48013663) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

It's OK as proper SF, but the main character is depicted almost as lacking emotions.

He's not lacking emotions. It's just that when something bad happens he curses and then sits about working the problem.

At one point Venkat comments on it by explaining that he's a NASA Mars Astronaut - One of the best in the world at coping with difficult situations.

"He's stuck out there. He thinks he's totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man's psychology?" He turned back to Venkat. "I wonder what he's thinking right now?"

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