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Comment: Isn't 25 km a bit excessive? (Score 2) 164

That's a pretty wide swath to cut out for your equipment. It's a pretty densely populated area. A 25 km no-fly zone means people in nearby cities Alexandria & Arlington, Virginia, and Bethesda, Maryland wouldn't be able to fly these things. That's just 3 I spotted eyeballing the map.

Comment: Re:It'll never happen (Score 4, Interesting) 303

Sufficiently intelligent beings who have learned to travel faster than the speed of light would be totally uninterested in visiting low life forms such as humans.

How do you know that? Maybe they'd be interested in us the same way anthropologists are interested in "less developed" cultures. Perhaps they would be interested in seeing the path we have taken to arrive at our current technological state to see how it compares to their own. Or maybe they'd just want to collect some of us for their intergalactic zoo.

Comment: Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (Score 1) 235

by XxtraLarGe (#48917259) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Ummm. Are you saying that the peoples' will is to keep the skies over the White House open to drones of all sorts? Really?

Anything Schumer brews up won't be limited to White House airspace. It'll probably make it so you have to get a license from the FAA in order to fly a quadcopter in your yard. And in order to get a license, you'll need 20+ hours of training from a certified training facility, pass an FBI background check, etc.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 820

by XxtraLarGe (#48878355) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Same for the Ecoboost. It purrs at idle, but put your foot in it and you hear the horsepower.

I just got a 2015 Ford Explorer, and that's exactly right. I was actually shocked at how quiet it is when it's idling, and how throaty it gets when I hit the gas to pass someone.

Comment: Re:Your analogy doesn't hold up (Score 1) 200

You are comparing students who clearly are there just to get the credit for whatever reason and not pursuing CompSci as a degree to students who are majoring in it. Presumably people who want to learn to code are not just there to show up and retain their Pell grants. I am reading this as a false equivalence logical fallacy. It's also a very negative perspective on the untapped potential of today's youth.

Nobody takes my Java course who *isn't* a Computer Science or Computer Information System major. I don't have business or English lit majors taking my courses. I know this because I have them fill out a survey on the first day, so no, it's not a false equivalence fallacy. But if I were you, I'd have a look at a different fallacy before constructing my arguments.

Comment: Re:Here's why this is a bad idea (Score 1) 200

So if I understand your argument correctly. We would be better off firing you to save money because you are incapable of stimulating or teaching 5/6th of your class to do better?

No, you don't understand my argument at all. Rather it sounds like you're purposely being obtuse about the whole matter, and your opinions are tainted by class envy rather than concern for the individuals. You aren't doing anyone a favor trying to force them to be something they don't want to be simply because it makes you feel good.

Comment: Re:Not "like Slashdot" (Score 3, Funny) 224

by XxtraLarGe (#48865431) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Any articles about religion. Will be marked false from the atheists.
Any articles against religion. Will be marked false from all the religious.
The Right will mark false everything that is left leaning.
The Left will mark false everything that is right leaning.

This gives a new meaning to "false flag" operations! :-D

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]