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Comment Re: Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1167 1167

It varies much more by scenario. Drunk guy passed out on your couch? Not worthy of execution. Call the cops, have the cart him away. Guy grabbing your stuff, terrorizing your family and trying to make off with your valuables? Dangerous criminal. Execute away.

Comment Re:Very Disturbing Trend (Score 1) 1083 1083

So now we get down to the meat here. Thanks so much for bringing it up. Issues of race, ethnicity, national origin, or gender are all real and provable human characteristics which are innate and immutable. I believe that homosexuality is a behavior that is learned and changeable, instead of inborn.

I believe you're probably a moron, and that even if it is a "choice", it's completely irrelevant.

In the same way that it's irrelevant if a mixed race couple choose to marry. Because the exact same stupid argument was made when people wanted that kept outlawed, and it was just as meaningless then.

Wait...back when mixed race marriage was illegal there was an argument that being black was a choice? Because that's what you just said right now whether you realize it or not.

The fundamental divide is that the left believes that homosexuality is an inborn characteristic and as such should be protected the same as all of the other inborn characteristics. The right believes that it is a choice that the individual makes and as such may be restricted like any other choice people may make. There is no common ground here because you two are not debating the same issue until there can be agreement on a starting point.

So in the end, the left believe that the right is full of heartless monsters and bigots who hate people for who they cannot help being, and the right believes the left is full of free love hippies who want to destroy society and live in the perpetual anarchy of moral relativism where everything you want to do is always okay and no one can tell you otherwise.

I'll just kick back and grab me some popcorn.

Comment Re:A rose by any other name (Score 1) 529 529

It sounds like your friend was demonstrably able to tell the difference between magnetic fields in what could have been set up as a double blind study which makes it a scientifically provable ability to distinguish magnetic field intensities. This does not sound unreasonable.

What we're talking about with "electro-sensitive" people is some folks who vaguely say that electromagnetism makes them "feel bad" or "fatigued" or some other hard to pin down ailment which is not reproducible in any scientific setting and has never been shown to be an actual thing. Also no matter how much science you throw at them they willfully ignore you and keep on about how your methods are flawed or you're part of the conspiracy.

These folks are nutjobs. Your friend doesn't sound like a nutjob.

Comment Re:C++ is never the right tool (Score 1) 296 296

Java/C# = Automatic Transmission
C/C++ = Manual Transmission
Assembly = smelting and casting metals to create your own custom designed gearbox

For many applications Automatic is fine. You just care about making it work and performance is "good enough" that you don't sweat it. For performance sensitive applications you need finer tuned control and yeah, the safeties are off, but they're not slowing you down either.

Comment They have it Backwards (Score 1) 102 102

The superconducting magnets need to be installed in a controlled environment. A "hover park" if you will. Then you can sell some no moving parts basically slick looking steel boards that hover over the surfaces in your hover park, but don't work anywhere else. Then you control the hard moving parts that need constant liquid nitrogen cooling and special magnets, and you only have to worry about one time installations, not mass production.

At these prices, I lose money -- but I make it up in volume. -- Peter G. Alaquon