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Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 526

by TapeCutter (#48954651) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Free market is exactly absence of government...

Sorry but that's the Fox news definition.

"Free" - as in anyone is free to participate in the market.
"Market" - A set of rules governing trade, normally created and enforced by governments, eg: property law.

In other words the all too common Fox definition of "free market" is actually an oxymoron.

Comment: It's more than Ideal Gas laws (Score 1) 178

by goombah99 (#48954319) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

Yes we all know about PV=nRT. But it's not just the pressure P and T that are changing in the equation. Why not also consider the rubber bladder, leather and stiched seams. Rubber and other un-oriented polymers Expand when chilled. the stitching threads are oriented to they should compress when chilled. My guess is the leather will expand too. So the pressure could drop just from the ball's volume increasing not just a constant.

Finally no one seems to consider an even easier way the balls could get deflated. The reason people like deflated balls is because they are more supple to grasp. Some QBs like to have the balls scuffed for the same reason. It would seem like a really good idea to achieve this would be to pour rubbing alchohol (isopropyl) on the balls. This is what cobblers do before they stretch a leather shoe. The balls would just soften on the outside plus expand under pressure, deflating them slightly. This might even be quicker to do than inserting a needle in each ball.

Comment: Re:Two things (Score 1) 526

by ScentCone (#48953649) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Obama has no expectation that this will ever pass.

Of course he has no expectation that it will pass. In fact, he'd be horrified if it did! He absolutely does NOT want it to pass, because it's pure theater, designed to allow lefty politicians to say in advertisements that their opponents hate education spending, etc. It's 100% empty, completely disingenuous rhetoric, and should have the bright light of day on it from the beginning.

Comment: Re:So what's the real story here? (Score 1) 124

Disclaimer: That only works if you are white.

Maybe you should use a meme generator for that one?

Or, consider the reality of it. Cops who pull people over while driving unmarked cars are completely used to not being trusted - by anyone, of any color. I have a great relationship with the cops I know, and have never had a bad moment with any I don't. My wife and I are lily white, but I'd never encourage her to pull over for an unmarked car anywhere but in a very populated spot, and ideally in front of the local police station. I do not trust unmarked cars, and there's good reason for that. Great news bit just this morning, where a cop-impersonating douche in a white Crown Vic pulled over (wait for it!) an off duty cop. Good one. He got to flash his badge, and was packing (guy drove off, but was promptly caught and arrested). What do the rest of us get to do?

Meanwhile, back in your race-card-playing department: there's a reason that cops in rougher neighborhoods don't EVER do normal traffic stops in unmarked cars. Cops in marked cruisers get attacked, run over, shot at and otherwise put in peril all the time. And those are guys rolling in plainly marked cars, wearing uniforms. I'll have to look around to see if there are any stats on basic traffic stops in marked vs. unmarked cars in high crime areas. My sense, from talking to people in that line of work, is that it's very rare. Unmarked cars in those areas aren't about traffic citations - they're usually working warrants, drug mules, trafficking, that sort of thing.

In the mean time, if you get the lights on you from an unmarked car, and it doesn't matter what color you are, proceed at the speed limit to the nearest station, or look for a marked car and honk to get their attention (if the unmarked is real, the officer in the marked car will already know what's going on, and will usually join in the stop to help protect the unmarked guy and to make sure anyone seeing the scene understands it's legit).

Comment: Re:Books (Score 1) 178

by TapeCutter (#48950913) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

The best thing you can do for your kids is take their summers and make sure that for large portions of them they don't have access to media other than books.

That's just silly, I agree reading is a good habit to get your kids into but you don't broaden a child's education by restricting stimulation to your preferred mode of communication. If you want to "unplug your kids" take them camping, out of radio range on an unpowered site, and yeah, take some books for bedtime. I assure you they will gain more from the camping experience than the joy of curling up with a good book.

Comment: Numerical calculus (Score 1) 178

by TapeCutter (#48950877) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

scientific models are in computer programs rather than mathematical equations

"Scientific computer models" ARE mathematical equations. The physics model in a FPS, the scientific one that simulates air pressure in climate models, or shoots a space probe through a gap in Saturn's rings, they are all using Newton's equations to model the behaviour of an object.

There are generally two types of equations used to build scientific models, whether it be on paper or silicon. The ones that bend to calculus are said to have an "analytical solution" and can be solved with pen and paper, but the majority of problems encountered in nature, engineering, FPS, etc, do not have an analytical solution, they require a supercomputer to crunch the numbers into an answer.

The proper name for "number crunching" is numerical calculus, which is why Babbage called his clockwork computer a "difference engine". In fact the term "computer" comes from the name of the first human job made obsolete by what was arguably the first modern computer, Turing and Co's computer was funded during the height of WW2 because it replaced large numbers of human computers that had the tedious and error prone job of "number crunching" artillery tables.

Comment: Re:So what's the real story here? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

There is simply no way this is actually a good faith attempt to benefit the citizenry here. None.

Just like there is simply no way that you actually post your comments in good faith, right? Because everything that everyone does is always bad, always, right?

You know the saying. When everyone around you is an asshole, you're the asshole.

Of course the cops aren't going to complain when someone so stupid as to walk into their lobby right next to a picture of them and the warrant that's out for their arrest that's posted on the wall makes it easy for them. But the idea here is to simply shut down some scam transactions before they even occur. They don't have to DO anything - just make it clear that people who are uncomfortable with a transaction with stranger are welcome to meet up in the safest place available. Just like they tell you that you any time you think you might be being pulled over by someone who's not a real cop (say, an unmarked car), you can drive to the parking lot of a police station before pulling over. That's been the policy everywhere I've lived for decades.

Your eagerness to make a safe transaction or the serendipitous arrest of a stupid known, predatory criminal a bad thing is truly bizarre. Which of those two things is not in support of "the citizenry?" Which backwards world view are you holding that makes either of those things something nefarious on the part of the local police station? Grow up.

Comment: Re:OMG (Score 1) 215

by TapeCutter (#48950713) Attached to: NASA Looking At Nuclear Thermal Rockets To Explore the Solar System
It's a concern that was addressed decades ago, nuclear batteries such as the one on Cassini are tested by shooting them out of an artillery gun directly into a block of steel several feet thick. The battery weighs about 35kg, the plutonium inside it weighs less than a kilo. Sure, nothing is truly indestructible, but you need more than an exploding rocket (or uncontrolled re-entry) to crack one of those things open.

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