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Comment: Re:Good ... (Score 1) 1073

by Krater76 (#44143069) Attached to: Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

And yet today we decide citizenship by what family you come from and where you are born, instead of where you live and how you live. With regards to "divine right", we haven't come as far as people like to pretend.

That's one of the stupidest things I've read in a while. Citizenship fir the US is granted by either being born within the boundaries of the country or going through the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. It has nothing to do with the 'family you come from' (unless that family is giving birth to you outside of the US) or 'how you live' (once again, unless how you live is somewhere NOT in the US).

Comment: Re:I wish the direction WOW took was different... (Score 1) 523

add 'tank' and 'healer' generic NPCs to dungeons so DPS can still get runs done if they really want to, but don't make them too good (make them only walk, say, and pull every group) so there is still a push towards having a 'real' dps/healer

You don't need NPCs, just let any class queue as a healer or tank. For example, if there isn't a healer available to the group you would get put in some sort of generic healer 'form' with acceptable spells to support the group. Same with a tank. I always thought they could easily just do this via healing and tanking 'shredder' machines but I wouldn't want it to show up as a vehicle, it would need configurable buttons so they could be mapped.

Comment: Re:Half the solution? (Score 1) 121

You'll probably still have to keep insulin pens around for emergencies though.

I'll assume that is a small mistake on your part. The term "insulin pen" is typically used to describe pre-mixed insulin in a pen-like device that will last for anywhere from 5-7 days worth of dosages. I think you mean "glucose pen" which is used when a diabetic goes way low. An extreme low is an immediate danger to a diabetic and can cost them the faculties (confusion, lack of body control) to even deal with the situation. While high can be an immediate danger in extreme circumstances it's much easier to manage.

Comment: Re:Careful you don't run afoul (Score 1) 299

by Krater76 (#42196277) Attached to: Murder Is Like a Disease (No, Really)
Open carry is hit and miss depending on the state.

Even in states where it's completely legal it can be a big pain in the ass. People are conditioned to fear the sight of any gun and call police right away. You will be stopped and questioned. If you get a cop who is 'cool' it's probably not an issue but of course you might not and then they'll go out of their way to make your day difficult. Best case you get the 'cool' cop and he sends you on your way. Ten minutes later another cop shows up because of someone else who called.

Generally open-carry isn't worth the trouble, hence the reason for an explosion of concealed-carry license requests.

Comment: Re:Easily Cabrera (Score 1) 50

by Krater76 (#41986855) Attached to: Nate Silver Turns His Eye To the American League

Therefore, what Josh Hamilton did or did not do affects how valuable Cabrera and Trout are.

Absolutely. Had Josh Hamilton hit just one more home run, or maybe not have missed a couple games during the season, or maybe the yen did this, or maybe the weather in Pamplona been just a little better, Cabrera woudn't be a Triple Crown winner. What if, but he did.

*THAT* is the problem with saying, "ZOMG!!!! TRIPLE CROWN!!!!"

It's not a problem, it's just the way it is. It just shows another reason why it's so hard to accomplish.

Comment: Easily Cabrera (Score 3, Insightful) 50

by Krater76 (#41985315) Attached to: Nate Silver Turns His Eye To the American League
Mike Trout is a great player, no doubt. He should definitely be on the short list for MVP. The problem is that this isn't just a statistical/quantitative award, there's a qualitative measurement as well. Were you just 'good' but on a terrible team? Were you 'great' but on a great team? These things matter. Felix Rodriguez got the Cy Young award even though he had barely a winning record as a pitcher. His team gave him ZERO help but he was the best pitcher in the AL that year.

What is all comes down to is the Triple Crown. The last guy to do it was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Of 16 Triple Crown winners, only 14 players have ever accomplished it (two of them did it twice). In this age of hitters that are specialists, it's incredible that someone accomplished the feat. I honestly never thought I would see it in my lifetime.

So unless Nate Silver can put some weight on the psychological importance of the title - Triple Crown - then his calculation will be flawed. Knowing that Nate Silver is a baseball fan, I assume he is well aware of the importance of the feat.


Comment: Re:Tuition should be lower /period/ (Score 1) 457

by Krater76 (#41910543) Attached to: Tuition Should Be Lower For Science Majors, Says Florida Task Force
We have those - privatized by unions mostly, but typically with additional education in community colleges. Welders, electricians, plumbers, HVAC, etc., are all apprenticeship jobs that can pay well for those who want them. It's just people tend to be lazy and want jobs just handed to them now.

Comment: Re:Because Romney is a liberal. (Score 1) 376

by Krater76 (#41625275) Attached to: Why Do So Many Liberals "Like" Mitt Romney On Facebook?

And the fact that Obama kept saying it was a protest of a video and not a terrorist attack for weeks after even the State Dept was claiming that there was no protest doesn't both you at all?

No protest about the video? 'Muslim Rage' was being reported for a long time before and after the Benghazi embassy attacks. Protestors took down the embassy flag and burned it hours before the attack that killed the ambassador. Do you have any sources as to the mishandling of the situation other than the Romney camp's insistence that Obama was 'apologizing' after the attack? 16 hours is nothing - I'll give the administration time to find out what exactly happened before just throwing out blame (the way Romney did).

And then there is there is the fundraising in Vegas while people were dying overseas at our embassies... I guess we just have different priorities.

Don't be an asshole. I'm sure he planned to be fundraising while our embassy was attacked, just like Bush planned to be at an elementary school having a nice photo op on the morning of Sept. 11.

Comment: EA ruined SSX (Score 1) 274

by Krater76 (#41253007) Attached to: EA Exec Won't Green Light Any Single Player-Only Games
A few months ago, EA released an updated SSX. The original (PS2, probably one of the best launch games ever) was great and the following 2 sequels (Tricky and '3') moderately good. There were a few incarnations in between but they were lacking.

The newest edition is visually stunning but they left out the one thing that made the first 3 so fun to play - split-screen, local multiplayer. Everything you want to do against an opponent is either from a 'ghost' (a recording of a previous run) or online against a friend. You can't just jump in and race against a friend sitting in your living room, they have to be connected to the internet on their own machine.

Thankfully my wife and I had only rented it. We were huge fans of the first ones with the local multiplayer / party game type action as most significant reason. Sorry EA, you broke something that didn't need to be fixed.

Comment: Mars = Hawaii (Score 4, Interesting) 256

by Krater76 (#41116955) Attached to: Why Mars Is Not the Limit For Human Space Flight
My wife and I were watching a documentary series called 'Wild Pacific' (which was called 'South Pacific' in the UK) which describes islands in the Pacific starting at Indonesia and working eastward. The common theme in the series is that the islands become more spaced out and less and less wildlife gets to each territory. Starts with monkeys and crocodiles, then birds, then just about nothing. What you end up with is Hawaii before humans. If I remember correctly, very few insects, fewer birds, no mammals and no reptiles. A normally loud rain forest in Indonesia is quiet and desolated of life in Hawaii. The estimation for new species showing up before human population is once every 35,000 years.

And this is where Mars is: surrounded by absolute nothing with no way for a species to reliably get there. It may take a long time (and let's hope not 35,000 years) but we will get there.

Comment: Re:Thanks! (Score 1) 340

by Krater76 (#41013045) Attached to: Blizzard Says Battle.Net Has Been Hacked

I'm afraid you're praying to the wrong God here. Jesus would tell you to forgive, and seek in you the strength to go to Blizzard and convince them to lose their bad ways, by being a loving example to them, as you'd like them to be to you.

Maybe he was thinking more of the Old Testament, fire and brimstone God. You know, the one who killed everyone with a flood, destroyed cities for being too 'unclean', wanted a guy to kill his own son to show his faith, or turned a woman to a pillar of salt just for looking at his work. OT God was a pretty big asshole.

Yes, the 'baby Jesus' remark makes an OT God reference a little difficult.

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