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Comment: Re:Don't you wish some of those slain had firearms (Score 1) 1350

by MiniMike (#48767699) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

You're discounting range. A pen might be mightier than a sword, but its range sucks compared to a gun.

Now if a few people had flung chairs, books, hot coffee, etc. (basically anything heavy enough to do a little damage/distraction) they could undoubtedly have then rushed the gunmen with fewer losses than occurred from sitting there waiting for their name to be called.

Comment: Re:Streisand Effect and Mohammad cartoons (Score 5, Funny) 512

by MiniMike (#48767061) Attached to: Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

If every newspaper in France were to re-print some of the more controversial cartoons form Charlie Hebdo, or offer to print and distribute next week's issue as a special insert, it would send a strong message to terrorists that the "Streisand Effect" is real.

And then the terrorists next target: Barbra Streisand.

Comment: Re:live by the sword (Score 1) 320

by MiniMike (#48764239) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

If enough people were to infiltrate the HOA, could the HOA vote to disband itself? That might be a fun hobby...

Probably no, but not due to HOA rules. My mortgage agreement has a line in it about not taking any action to disband the HOA. Fortunately, while my HOA is far from great and has its own range of issues, it doesn't seem as bad as many mentioned here.

Comment: Re:Other films cancelled. (Score 1) 230

by MiniMike (#48633037) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

hot tub time machine: violates numerous causality laws and in the spirit of preserving much of our modern understanding of thermodynamics, has been cancelled by a studio that mistook the word 'causality' for 'terrorist'

I don't know about this one, seems like the phrase "violates numerous terrorists" would get the studios pretty excited...

Comment: Re:BBC slipping into darkness? (Score 1) 216

by MiniMike (#48499895) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Maybe that's the amount of an HD film that someone with the attention span of a typical BBC reporter can watch? Seriously, it seems like the quality of BBC news reporting has been slipping for years. I suspect their long term plan is to steal readers from the Daily Mail.

At least the BBC still makes some decent programs.

Comment: Cut off at the pass... (Score 2) 140

by MiniMike (#48433609) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

I was set to make a comment about how they should paint them BSOD blue- but they actually already did! At least that's how it looked in the video.

And then they make them look sorta like Daleks, and I can't really complain about that.

At this point all I can hope for is that they forgot to teach them about escalators or splash fountains, and wait for the inevitable videos.

Comment: I think this nails it (Score 5, Interesting) 173

by MiniMike (#48425327) Attached to: US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

FTFA, Dotcom's lawyer:

The issue is the government basically is looking to use the fugitive disentitlement doctrine as procedural mechanism to avoid arguing merits of criminal action.

The case seems to have no merit, they're probably reluctant to bring it to a trial. I think they were probably hoping for a plea in the first place, to avoid a trial and the associated oversight, and didn't think it would go this way or drag out this long.

Comment: Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (Score 1) 366

by MiniMike (#48159199) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

What about killing off girl embryos or blacks or obese, etc etc.

Are you suggesting that (presumably) white parents will be scanning their embryos to see if they'll turn out black?

While there may be some that do, I don't think there's any overlap between them and the ones who will be scanning for intelligence. Same for the ones who would select solely on gender or (again presumably) tendency for obesity, as that has a large component driven by lifestyle.

Is 15 IQ points a meaningful difference? How about 2 points? 30 points? At some point, it would obviously make a difference. Where that point is would vary from person to person. Part of the problem is that there are many factors that make up intelligence, and rolling them up into one number makes that number almost useless except in the most general sense.

Comment: Re:Fusion in some forms can be very dangerous. (Score 3, Informative) 571

by MiniMike (#48150425) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

The amount of water (as the protium source) used for fusion would be minuscule compared to the volume of the oceans, even if fusion technology was widespread and used over an extended period of time. Most technically literate people would know this, which is probably why your comment was marked 'Troll'. But as not everyone knows everything, your question does deserve a legitimate answer. The volume of water used would probably be more than offset by the amount of water falling to Earth in comets/asteroids/dust/etc. If it did somehow become a problem (extreme emphasis on 'somehow'), we could bring in more water from asteroids as needed. But if we did somehow burn through that much water through fusion in any reasonable timescale, I suspect we would be killed by the waste heat.

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