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Comment: Re:Republicans can do it. Can Democrats? (Score 1) 932

by Guppy06 (#47220021) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Why would they want to? Even after the purge of the so-called "Blue Dogs" in recent years, Democrats haven't drunken the Kool-Aid in anywhere near the same way that the Tea Party folks have.

Most of the die-hard "radicals" of the left find Obama to be milquetoast at best and are more impassioned by the likes of Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren. But they still voted for Obama in '12 because the Tea Party was the alternative.

It's gotten to the point that the only real definition of a Democrat is "not a Teabagger." So why go after "Washington insiders" for its own sake when said insiders are doing things like keeping the Civil Rights Act on the books and not defaulting on federal debts?

Comment: Re:Gimmick (Score 4, Informative) 243

by Guppy06 (#47192829) Attached to: New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

Think. Cars naturally lean THE WRONG WAY on curves. They tilt over toward the outside.

There's no "right way" or "wrong way" for a car to lean on a level surface with all four wheels on the ground. The motorcycle metaphor doesn't work well here because part of turning a two-wheeler involves moving the center of mass off the centerline and letting gravity pull you through the turn. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, turning a two-wheeler involves throwing yourself at the ground and missing.

This magnifies the centrifugal force you feel by adding a gravity component to it.

On the contrary: being thrown towards the outside of the turn means the turn radius increases, which results in a decrease in centrifugal force.

They tilt toward the inside, like a banking airplane.

Another poor comparison. Airplanes roll while turning because their wings are their largest working surface areas and need to be tilted off of horizontal to get the lift vector pointing "that way." The comparison here would be in banking the road surface itself (the working surface for a ground vehicle) rather than any shifting done by the suspension on a level road surface.

Comment: Re:We're supposed to take this seriously? (Score 1) 72

by Guppy06 (#47179931) Attached to: Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

Perhaps Snowden is just pressing a point in presenting the argument that way to make it, feel, really personal because it is.

We're now 3+ nested layers deep into an early and highly up-modded conversation about the dick joke. This conversation about the dick joke was the first thing I saw upon scrolling down. The dick joke is dominating the conversation.

Which is exactly why he shouldn't have used the dick joke.

Comment: Thanks, but no thanks (Score 3, Insightful) 39

by Guppy06 (#47175841) Attached to: FTC Lobbies To Be Top Cop For Geolocation

Rich said that the FTC, as the U.S. Government's leading privacy enforcement agency, should be given rule making and enforcement authority for the civil provisions of the LPPA.

Considering how existing US privacy enforcement is an absolute joke, I think I'd rather try something new instead of "more of the same." Maybe the FTC could better spend their time, I don't know, jailing the traders that broke the economy?

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