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Comment: Re:Ohh, she's female AND black (Score 1) 371 371

The point a lot of you bastards keep tying to make is this:

"You don't get equality by tipping the see-saw the other way"
Equality is great, and all but the most assholish of people are for it.
What people are against is giving only certain groups of people things, in the name of equality.
This means, rules like "You can't fire that person for being black/asian/gay/female." are perfectly fine.
Rules like "You can't hire that white man because you don't have enough (X=non white) ethnicity workers." or "Because you are of X ethnicity, you get to be first in line for Y" That concept is what people are against. The denying of anything to one group in favor of another, due to race/gender/etc. which is NEVER equality.
Equality is everyone rising together, and you don't get it by holding any group down, and you don't get it by unilaterally pushing any group up beyond the whole.

Comment: Re:are you kidding? (Score 1) 371 371

I've actually gone polar opposite. I've pretty well stopped caring who I offend, and push it as far as I can whenever possible. Of course, I don't have much to lose, as my job is not particularly special, and I don't have a reputation of any kind to begin with. The point is, I'm sick of everyone being 'offended on behalf of X' and have made a hobby out of pushing people to it, and then calling them on their bullshit. I'll probably lose my job over it some day, but until then, its all hands on deck to teach people to mind their own bloody business.

Comment: Re:Possibly misattributed to Isaac Asimov, but... (Score 1) 265 265

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Clarke's Third law.

"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."
- Gehm's Corollary to Clarke's Third Law.

"Any technology sufficiently complex will cause the user to generate useless mystical rites designed to aid in its use"
- Jarik's corollary to Gehm's Corollary to Clarke's Third Law.

Comment: Re:Needs Independent 2nd Party Verification (Score 4, Insightful) 265 265

Welp, I've got a laser pointer and a table, you find us some graphene sponge and a vacuum chamber, and we'll test it. Which is the whole point of this. Its literally:

"Hey scientists of the world, we pointed a laser at some graphene, and something weird happened. Here's what we did, will you give it a go and see if we're tripping balls, or have discovered something awesome?"

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 3, Informative) 265 265

Article says they tested for that, and the tests show that the material is not losing atoms. It seems (according to further tests) that the graphene sponge is absorbing energy from the directed light (they repeated the experiment with sunlight and a traditional lens, with similar results) and finally reaches some sort of critical mass, and sheds electrons in a stream, rather than in random directions, resulting in thrust. If this whole hypothesis pans out, the difficulty in making a space craft that makes use of this phenomenon is that it would eventually build up a large positive charge, which would eventually damage the craft, if it can't be dealt with.

Comment: Still a poor quality bag (Score 1) 45 45

Sure, the leather was cut to 1 mil precision, but without other leather working tools and skills, its still a mediocre bag. rough edges, because he does not know how to finish leather edges, rough back on almost every part, because its not layered, glued and stitched to give fine smooth finish to both sides of things like the strap. Its just 'ok'. It'll probably last just fine, but its not even 'ikea' grade.

Comment: Re:lots of beads (Score 4, Interesting) 247 247

I've read up on this a bit, and it seems that micro beads end up being ingested by a lot of aquatic life, and cause health problems. Along with that, the heaver ones sink and carpet areas of aquatic floor, and smother out aquatic plant life. the rest probably end up in the giant Atlantic/Pacific garbage patches, which we don't need to make bigger.

Comment: Re:Markets, not people (Score 5, Insightful) 615 615

Honestly, we can kick that can a lot farther down the road than you may suspect. When self driving trucks first become a reality, they are going to be used as 'autopilot' where they do the over-the-highway driving, and human drivers do the 'last mile' because the last mile can be a tricky bastard for a human, let alone a computer. Many deliveries take place where the truck must jack knife the truck in the middle of a street, back into an ally and around a corner in reverse, and center up on a loading dock, or some variant thereof. As the initial action (blocking all lanes of traffic) requires something that by most standards would be a traffic violation, it becomes extremely hard to program a computer to make the final approach to the dock, while still following all its 'road safety' rules. It could be decades before we get our software/AI advanced enough for that, and until then, self driving trucks are going to require skilled drivers in the seat, waiting their turn.

Comment: Re:Here's my list (Score 2) 278 278

I've heard this spouted off lots of times over the years, and have just this to say to everyone who makes this claim:

Go get a condom, open it, unroll it, and try and put a liter of water into it from a puddle or small stream, and get back to me. Small hint, its going to be like trying to fill a water balloon from a puddle or small stream, commonly known as a giant waste of time. Your only recourse would be to suck water up via mouth, and deposit into condom, which means you have a handy gallon of backwash.

Bring a real water vessel if you believe you may find yourself in a survival situation. Hell, even a 1 gallon ziplock bag would be preferable.

Comment: Re:May finally get servers updated... (Score 1) 118 118

I agree, hell, its pretty possible for anyone to crash any Minecraft server through dedicated and obsessive gameplay. Either set off far to much TNT, or simply build a hilariously large auto wheat farm, and you can grind the game to a halt, with probable crashing. And thats without any malformed packets, just in game mechanics.

OS/2 must die!