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Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 447

by Tom (#49388585) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

An interesting read even though I have to admit I understand but half of it. What I didn't get is if there's a treatment path without medicine, something like the proper food, excercise regime, etc. -- because I find it hard to believe that the proper conditions cannot be created by the proper lifestyle.

Comment: Re:Kill me now. (Score 1) 35

by SuricouRaven (#49388287) Attached to: Wastelanders Decry Lack of Change In Punishment Wheel

We don't need internet trolls. The natural polarising effect of the internet echo chamber works. Just go to any fringe news site, ideally a political one - far-left or far-right, works either way - and look at the comments.

My favorite right now, on the subject of same-sex marriage: "The plan is to depopulate the world by 2050 to about 1 billion. Encouraging same sex attraction and indoctrinating the young to accept such as normal behaviour is just one of the many methods being used to accomplish this."

Comment: Re:What sites to read on April 1? (Score 1) 57

by SuricouRaven (#49387489) Attached to: Mutinous Humans Murder Peaceful Space-going AI

There's a very socially-conservative American news site I read for entertainment - it's quite funny. They are currently running stories like "EPA boss under fire for admitting Keystone will not destroy mankind," "Amid accusations of 'discrimination,' Indiana may toss out religious freedom," and "Obama continues 'game of revenge' on Israel" It's not satire, just politically biased. The comments are the funniest part - a lot of conspiracy theorists there, most of them insisting that Obama is secretly a Muslim or that the 'gay agenda' is a plot to legalise raping children.

Comment: Re:NSA can recruit Patriots! (Score 1) 218

by SuricouRaven (#49387205) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

Works historically, too. You don't have to compare just cultures of today, but cultures of the past too. There were periods in both England and America where 'the right thing' was to kill witches. They were not only intrinsically evil, they were a threat to the welfare of others and of the community.

Comment: Re:Not so fast (Score 2) 125

by Rei (#49385153) Attached to: World's Largest Aircraft Seeks Investors To Begin Operation

Most people's perception of how airships should behave from holes is wrong, and it's based on their experience with party balloons. The reason for the differences are:

* Party balloons are pressurized - the skin is stretched taught. The skin on airships are loose.
* Skin area (and thus leak rate) scales proportional to the radius squared, while the volume scales proportional to the radius cubed. Airships are many, many orders of magnitude larger than party balloons. Consequently the rate in which gas can leak out of a hope is drastically lower.

Even large holes in airships don't take them down quickly. Even a moderate sized airship can generally continue flying to its destination and then fix the damage and refill there.

Comment: Re:Lottery (Score 1) 218

by SuricouRaven (#49384197) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

There's nothing wrong with an accountability system in principle - we want politicians to follow the law and avoid corruption, after all. The problem is bias in enforcement. If you get the NSA to spy on politicians, they are sure to find more than a few who are taking bribes (Or as we put it today, violating what few rules on campaign finance remain). That much is fine - but you can also expect them to take a much longer, harder look at any politicians who propose cutting the NSA budget, and deliberately not investigating too hard those that seek to increase the agency's influence. The personal political views of the agency management would also be an influence on who gets the most enforcement effort.

The tao that can be tar(1)ed is not the entire Tao. The path that can be specified is not the Full Path.