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Comment: Re:Unrelated issues (Score 1) 854

by Jarik C-Bol (#49340211) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
The cake thing is because of an incident that occurred with a Colorado baker. The state laws dictates that either they make the cake, or face civil penalties of multiple thousands of dollars per day until the cake is delivered. The case has been at the front of evangelical news, being marked as a 'harbinger of doom' because the individual is "being forced by the state to violate their personal beliefs or go out of business".
Now, the details of the case are a bit sordid in its own right, as the situation seems to have been deliberately concocted by what many would deem 'militant gays' (as moronic as that term may be)
The baker in Colorado ran a business that prominently advertised as a Christian bakery, and was contacted by a gay couple from out of state (I want to say Pennsylvania?) requesting a wedding cake be made. When the baker refused, he ran afoul of the states relatively new anti-discrimination laws.

Now, there is probably more to this than anyone is letting on, but on the surface, it looks a lot like someone went to lengths to ensure they would be discriminated against. Why the hell would you order a cake for a gay wedding from a blatantly christian baker multiple states away, wanting it to be shipped hundreds of miles, risking damage and spoilage, when you can get a perfectly awesome cake locally? It does not take many leaps of logic to assume that someone was trying to 'Rosa Parks' the situation. The problem being, Rosa Parks was standing up (or sitting down) in protest of unjust laws, where these individuals are merely baiting a single individual into destroying what was up till then, a perfectly successful business.
Now, many will argue that he should just make the damn cake, and its none of his business what the hell anyone does with it. (and for the most part, I agree.) At the same time however, I feel disquieted by the entire situation, and am left feeling like there is a fundamental flaw in the arrangement of this law, which allows for the ruining of an individuals entire livelihood, based entirely on the complaint of a single customer, pushing against an engrained belief.

It is not far fetched to assume that some people, raised to believe certain things, will maintain some semblance of adherence to that belief for the duration of their life. This 'Ingrained behavior' generally is harder to change the older an individual gets. Just like dear old grannie who still uses the 'N' word, and everyone just sort of laughs nervously and pretends it did not happen, We are finding ourselves in an extremely uncomfortable transitional period, where a younger generation is far more accepting of the gay lifestyle than previous generations, and legislation is moving so quickly, we find ourselves punishing people who, for lack of a better term 'don't know any better'. It does not make it right, but I feel that the burden of law we have crafted is perhaps to harsh. Change takes time, and we seem to be demanding it happen faster than large swatches of society are capable of.

Comment: Re:What on earth (Score 2) 234

by Jarik C-Bol (#49295793) Attached to: No Fuel In the Fukushima Reactor #1
I realized almost immediately what "Uruguay Syndrome" meant, and promptly had the following thought string:
"No one's going to understand that, because we stupid americans are used to "china syndrome." Also, if nuclear fuel melted through the crust, it would get stuck somewhere in the core, because its not going to have the velocity to burn upwards once it passes it, so the whole idea is retarded. Also, where the fuck is Uruguay."

Comment: Joystick Mouse (Score 1) 100

by Jarik C-Bol (#49258363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mouse/Pointer For a Person With Poor Motor Control
My first thought was Joystick, my second thought was "Slow down mouse speed"
so I promptly googled this into existance:

That, coupled with using a slower mouse tracking speed, should allow the user to use larger gross movements to nudge the mouse to where it needs to be, and click. Its the first route I would go anyways, instead of multi-hundred dollar eye tracking or voice control software.

Comment: I'd like to solve the puzzle please. (Score 2) 1080

by Jarik C-Bol (#49258319) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century
So here's how you do it. You build a chair, adjustable to the height of the condemned. The condemned is seated, strapped in and sedated. A headrest is positioned very precisely at the back of the skull. The headrest contains a captured bolt projectile system, and is precisely aligned with the Medulla Oblongata. This captured bolt system is wired to a bank of seven switches, where one is randomly connected. The "firing squad" stands prepared, and at the allotted time, each member of the squad flips their switch. The bolt destroys the Medulla Oblongata, causing instant death.
No messy chemicals, no "everyone in the firing squad missed on purpose" no accidental decapitations, no trashing around under electrical shock, just a thin rod removing the part of the brain that makes humans function.

Comment: The target market (Score 1) 192

by Jarik C-Bol (#49230193) Attached to: Will you buy the new $10,000 Apple Watch?
Ok, so everyone keeps bitching about how a 10,000$ gold apple watch is a useless lump of ceramic and metal in 2 years or so when the next version comes out and the battery won't hold a charge. So obviously its not an 'investment' the way people describe Rolex's and expensive jewelry.
However, thinking back to the internet, I can tell you exactly who this thing is targeted at. The people who post pictures of their bar tab on twitter, to brag how they spent 125,000$ on Cristal champagne and Cavalli vodka last night. There are people with stupid amounts of money, and Apple will gleefully take it from them, and laugh all the way to the bank.

Comment: Re:In which way is it "bigger?" (Score 1) 59

by Jarik C-Bol (#49229975) Attached to: The Milky Way May Be 50 Percent Bigger Than Previously Thought
Honestly, Percentages are a shit way to compare two things together (in this case, present tense Milky Way vs past tense Milky Way). Some of it may be because a chronic lack of sleep gives me some sort of mental handicap regarding the english language, and some of it is because I CANT TELL WHICH THING IS BEING REFERENCED.
Walk with me:

If we are using the past tense Milky Way as our frame of reference, and give it, for this example, and arbitrary size of say, 8 units. and say that the present tense Milky Way is 50% bigger, then we mean that the present tense milky way has a size of 12 units. 8 + (1/2*8)= 12


If for some reason, we use the present tense Milky Way as our frame of reference, then the present tense Milky Way may have a size of 16 units, where the past tense milky way was 50% smaller, being 8 units.

Yes, I know that I'm mentally handicapped when it comes to english right now, and some English Major is liable to come break this down for me, but mostly my point is, Could you not be bothered to type "Half again as large." or "Twice as large" whichever is correct, seeing as either is entirely un-ambiguous?

Comment: Re:Hello? (Score 3, Funny) 97

by Jarik C-Bol (#49189371) Attached to: FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls
Last telemarketer call I got, I waited until the guy came on the line, then, channeling the announcer at the airport who warns that you might be a terrorist, I say
"Thank you for calling the FBI self incarceration hotline. To surrender in english, press 1. Para espanol, oprime el numero dos."
There is a long pause, and the guy goes "Hello?" so I go
"To hear these options again, press 3."
'To hear these options again, press 3."
there is this anxious pause, and then I hear the button tone.
I nearly die of joy, and promptly start my imaginary menu from the top.
"Thank you for calling the FBI self incarceration hotline. To surrender in english, press 1. Para espanol, oprime el numero dos."
another anxious pause, and then:
I'm not trying not to pass out from glee, so I scream into the phone:

they called me twice a day for a week after that, but god it was fun.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

Agreed. I've always figured that *If* there was a hostile race intent on eliminating humanity, and capable of crossing interstellar distances, (and considering that all the stars are moving around the galactic core, that is no simple feat in terms of navigation) they would be more than capable of simply setting a few dozen tungsten ingots the size of volkswagons on trajectories that would neatly intersect with various population centers at hilariously high speeds, all from deep in the Oort cloud, where we'd never see them anyways. Then it would be a simple matter of taking what they want, once all the power centers even a little capable of resisting where mere craters.

Comment: 80/20 fiction/nonfiction (Score 1) 164

by Jarik C-Bol (#49056565) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?
I voted 80/20 fiction/non-fiction, but its probably more like 95/5 if I really think about it (in terms of books). I'm currently about 30% through The Lord of the Rings, and 15% through a Dirk Pitt novel I randomly started reading to pass the time while waiting for laundry to finish. However, I feel like this is balanced by my consumption of science magazine articles, news, and other 'non-fiction' literature. I've often thought to myself that I ought to read more non-fiction, but I, along with many others, fall into the trap of thinking most of it will be boring.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure