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Comment: Religion of the Month Club (Score 1) 145

by ThatsNotPudding (#46770441) Attached to: Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US
Anyone else recall a sci-fi short story (I think by Frank Herbert, but maybe not) about a woman who worked at a weather office. Her boss finally died after his practice of deeply inhaling the local polluted air, waiting for clear air from China (one day, it stopped and so did he).

One of the side stories was a character who was a member of the Religion of the Month Club. The tagline was: "How can you be sure African Bantu isn't the True Way!!?"

Comment: Homogeneity (Score 1) 697

by ThatsNotPudding (#46765809) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Try the Scandinavian countries instead.

The one reason progressive socialism seems to work in the Scandinavian countries is this: homogeneity. When your neighbor has fallen on hard times, the benefits they're receiving doesn't matter to you because you're both genetically the same tribe. When there are different 'tribes' involved, it all falls apart very quickly (and exploited by cynical politicians currying the racism buried deep in every human hind brain).

Comment: Harry Tuttle (Score 1) 164

by ThatsNotPudding (#46765697) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Well, personally my first thought after reading the summary was "but how do you trust the BIOS?" A few years ago I'd have immediately said that's conspiracy theory and dismissed it (along with the other items you listed). But after a year of exposure to the Snowden and RSA revelations and everything else, it pains me to say these NSA questions aren't so far fetched any more.

We need a Harry Tuttle to show up at night in our apts to offer us an alternative BIOS chip.

Comment: The future will be Hell (Score 0) 578

by ThatsNotPudding (#46726965) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

The problem is that we have many millions of people with NO useful skills. They are also mostly untrainable, or they wouldn't have ended up skillless in the first place. In the past, our economy had a place for these people. The future is likely to be different.

But instead of an enlightened, Roddenberry-esque future with time freed up by automation to pursue creativity, the politics of the evergreen American Puritans will ensure those without a job will still be perceived and treated like sub-human trash, harassed and killed by corporate Pinkertons called 'the cops'..

Comment: Dennis Miller (Score 0) 193

by ThatsNotPudding (#46723799) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Nah, Dennis miller is a conservative former comedian. Back when he was still doing comedy, it was pretty centrist, with the social aspect leaning a bit to the left.

After 9/11 made him shit his pants, he started being conservative, and stopped being a comedian, opting to move his "big words and obscure references" style into punditry, where it works about as well as you might expect.

I suspect his reaction to 9/11 was just like Karl Rove's: he danced a jig when he realized it could make him rich.

Comment: Long-lasting sparks (Score 0) 152

by ThatsNotPudding (#46716231) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield
Right before this announcement, there were stories of California fire officials asking golfers to be careful when using the now rather common titanium clubs in the rough, as the sparks generated when duffers hit rocks with them can last long enough to start a dry brush fire.

So again; what happens when such sparks encounter spilled fuel from a conventional car involved in an accident with a Tesla? (Here come the downvotes).

Comment: Ammo in a different form (Score 2) 630

by ThatsNotPudding (#46712427) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
Not much room needed for the projectiles, less danger of a powder room exploding, fine. But none of this seems to even mention: what is generating the massive amount of electrical energy required per shot? Not to mention rate of fire - how much time is needed to generate that power for each shot? That this is a very quiet elephant in the room implies it's pretty bad on both counts.

Never trust an operating system.