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Comment Re:Sarah, the LKML SJW (Score 4, Insightful) 842

1. Locate or Create a Violation of the Narrative.
2. Point and Shriek.
3. Isolate and Swarm.
4. Reject and Transform.
5. Press for Surrender.
6. Appeal to Amenable Authority.
7. Show Trial.
8. Victory Parade.

SJWs are cowards. Even the slightest resistance early on is usually enough to stop the process. In this case, step 3 didn't materialize, so she's stuck repeating step 2.

Fortunately, Linus seems to be a natural. He values results over pretty much all else, and his results are currently running just about all meaningful computation and communication on and in the vicinity of this planet, so threats to withdraw approval don't mean shit to him.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 565

You must be pretty special then, if everyone you know was born knowing about deionized juice. Virtually no one that I meet knows anything about what they are eating.

I do think, however, that if a "juice" maker makes their "juice" by adding sugar extracted from juice, that should show up in the ingredients as sugar, not as juice.

Is that really a controversial position to take?

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 565

It turns out that if you take fruit juice, filter out all of the colors and flavors, then evaporate a bunch of the water, you end up with water with a sugar concentration similar to what you find in soda, except that product labeling laws allow you to sell it as "100% juice".

Comment Re:The mental health system needs fixing! (Score 1) 1148

Legitimacy is decided by the victor, just read the Declaration of Independence.

What is important to keep in mind when reading the bill of rights is that the framers didn't consider the constitution as a document bestowing rights on people. God (or nature, if you prefer) gave us most of our rights, and they listed just a few particulars that no legitimate government has any business messing with.

Every man has a right to self defense. If you attack a man, he will defend himself. Actually, if you attack an animal, the animal will defend itself too, since God granted that right to every living then, not just man. No law can prevent that, and no legislature should even try. As Europe is probably going to learn in the next few years, self defense includes defending your family, your nation and your country.

The framers most certainly did consider revolt to be a God-given right, one that they had just exercised. Defense of liberty was at least as important as defense of body, nation or country, and the 2nd was written to support them all.

Likewise, no law can change a man's thoughts, or his conscience, so we have the 1st, the 4th, the 5th and the 9th. (The 1st is actually more complex than this, because the "no law respecting an establishment of religion" they had in mind was about the colonies that had state religions and wanted to keep them...)

The 3rd, the 6th, the 7th, the 8th and the 10th aren't exactly rights, though they do use that word fairly often. They were abuses, the sorts of things they had just fought a long and bloody war to get away from. They were creating a new type of government, one that was below the people, not above it. Being below the people, it should not have the power to bully them. Since they lacked the authority to personally bully their countrymen, they refused to "delegate" that authority to their government.

Of the 10, only one of them survives today in a form that would be recognizable to the framers, and that is the 3rd, which is really sad.

Comment Re:Public Healthcare / Mental Healthcare (Score 3, Insightful) 1148

Well, the goal for the last 50 years has been to wreck the US healthcare system to the point that single payer would become politically viable.

Personally, I'd rather roll it back than expand it. The roll-back has certain advantages, like not being coercive, and is already underway. Doctors and clinics that only take cash are on the rise, for example.

The health issue isn't quite right though. Most of these shooters wouldn't have been in therapy or treatment, much less institutionalized, and it wasn't because they couldn't afford to go.

Personally, I think it had something to do with our grand experiment. We've replaced our traditions, which, by definition were tested by experience to create a workable system, with, well, nothing. We have no families, no religion, no community, no education and no culture. Plus, we feed our children (everyone, really) a steady diet of shit and lies.

I have no idea what was wrong with this guy, but quite a few of these shooters appeared to be lashing out at the lies they were fed.

Comment statistics (Score 1) 444

Since this story seems to be a regular feature now (with different details here and there), I really need to create a standard response post. Until I do, please ponder the following:

This graph should explain the racial differences in gifted programs, for any rational definition of "gifted".

To see it in gruesome detail, go here, and read, and read, and read. If anything on that page is over your head, you should consider keeping a polite silence until you can get around to taking some stats classes at your local university.

Comment Go "science"! (Score 1) 403

Silly old science requires new predictions, which is why we had to invent "science", where a "prediction" about the past becomes new evidence.

In case you don't get the subtlety, team circlejerk just added a new technique. Old members of the team have been busy editing the "raw" temperature data to make the past cooler and the present warmer. New members of the team are now saying that the trends in this fictional data (which was only recently concocted) could not have been seen until recently.

Ta da! "Science"!

Comment Re:Another Win For the Anti-Nuclear Guys (Score 1) 172

This is a good read:

It is written about the American experience, but I would expect most of it to apply to Japan too. Not the anecdotes, obviously, but the tactics the watermelons (both protestors and regulators, sadly) use appear to be nearly universal.

Comment Re:Totally not worth the trouble (Score 1) 196

While I agree with your conclusion, for the most part, I disagree about the cost of DIY equipment. If you are complaining about the cost of PCB-making equipment, you haven't discovered toner transfer yet. If you have access to a laser printer and a decent drill press, the only special equipment you need is a clothes iron from Walmart, or a garage sale. Either way, under $10.

You'll want to google it, of course, but the short version is that your print your design mirrored on clay-coated photo paper, then press it to your board, use the iron to melt it to the copper, then use hot water to remove the paper. Now you have durable etchant resist on your board and can etch as usual. Personally, I never use tanks, I just dip paper towels in etchant and gently wipe the board until the uncoated copper is gone.

For the second layer, you drill at least a few holes first and use pins through them to align the second paper. You can use the same method to make 3 and 4 layer boards, just by stacking a single sided board on one or both sides of the center double sided board. No blind vias with this method, of course. If you have problems with connections to the middle layers, drill the outer layers somewhat oversized to leave exposed copper for the solder to find. (Actually, design with larger drill holes, and drill the center board undersized.)

I don't have a laser, but CNC milling isn't as useful as you'd hope, at least not with cheap machines. Carbide endmills don't usually come in sizes small enough to run a trace between two pads, for example. You can use a hemiconical engraving tip with a sharp angle where the width of a shallow cut is very narrow, but then you need to make sure that your board is REALLY flat and your machine is REALLY square.

Comment Re:He's right... (Score 4, Interesting) 196

I second the toner transfer method. From the comments here, it doesn't appear to be anywhere near as popular as it should be.

It works great with through-hole and surface mount devices, it requires no more special equipment than an $8 (clothes) iron from Wal-mart, and 2-layer boards are no problem. Not exactly easy, but certainly not hard either.

If anyone is interested, buying a bag of "transistor sockets" off ebay is a good investment. They are solderable hollow tubes with a lip on one side. You press them in and solder to both layers and have a very robust via. You can solder and unsolder a leg there without disturbing your via.

To be honest, I don't do it very often any more. I think I do more PCBs by hand with a sharpie now than I do using laser toner, but that number is small too. I rarely need a board right away, and I very rarely need just one board. For me, I tend to need a half dozen of something, eventually. Like 12v battery pseudo-UPS boards for my home's Raspberry Pi sensor network, or G-M tube alarm boards for a vehicle fleet.

I tend to design the PCB directly, then build the prototype on a solderless breadboard using the netlist, feed corrections back to the design, then send it off for fabrication with oshpark.

To do that, you need a good collection of SMD to 0.1" carriers. Carriers for most packages are readily available, but I've had to make a couple myself (by drawing up the footprint and pins and sending it off for fabrication).

Comment Re:I approve, sorta (Score 1) 1291

I'm a big fan of sharking, but it is only sharing if it is voluntary. If a mugger sticks a gun in your face and demands your wallet, you aren't sharing with him, he is robbing you. If your government does the same thing, it still isn't sharing.

I don't mind if you waste your free money, I just don't want you coming back for free food after you wasted your free money buying things other than food. Make sense?

If you are interested, I support free markets from top to bottom. A small part of free markets is that businesses need to be able to fail, so I don't believe in bailouts of any sort.

It is important to note that as a little-L libertarian, how things should work is very different from how we get there from where we are. For example, I believe in free trade, but only once we have free markets. If we have unfree markets, we can't have free trade or our jobs and capital will go elsewhere. We are decades into that process already, and should probably stop. If we hadn't started that in the first place, the automakers probably wouldn't have failed.

I'm always looking for a new idea that will be more productive than its cost. -- David Rockefeller