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Comment: Re:if you think products are consumer driven. (Score 1) 369

by Zcar (#48181503) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Well, mainstreamed, anyway. The more-or-less new vehicle which came about then was the mini-van. SUVs had been around for quite a while at that point with things like the International Harvester Travelall (1953) and Scout (1960), Ford Bronco (1966), etc. becoming available on the US market well before mileage standards.

Comment: Re:Star? (Score 4, Informative) 119

by Zcar (#47380697) Attached to: New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

Additionally, in astrophysics the term "metal" includes many elements which are not metals in any other field. Astrophysically, metals are any element other than hydrogen or helium, so in addition to ordinary metals like sodium and lithium non-metallic elements such as carbon and oxygen are counted as metals.

Comment: Re:units please (Score 1) 476

by Zcar (#46094143) Attached to: Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Whilst the USA might be having an unusually cold snap, how often is the temp below 0F there, other than Alaska?

Quite a bit, actually. In my hometown in New York in January the average daily low is just above 0F and it was often colder than Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska. It wasn't unusual to have daily high temperatures below 0F. The record low was -37F. I'd say below 0F isn't at all unusual above about 40 degrees north latitude in the US except in coastal areas; you're probably talking about 1/3 of the continental US.

Comment: Re:Sic semper tyrannis (Score 1) 531

by Zcar (#44772485) Attached to: NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

For one, Miller was an NFA case dealing with short barreled shotguns which upheld the NFA. But, contrary to gun control advocate's wishes, the ruling really didn't hinge at all on the collective vs. individual right debate; the only real discussion in it had to do with the type of firearm and whether that type was protected. Had the Court subscribed to the view it was a collective right related to actual militia service the Second Amendment examination would have ended with the determination that Miller was not a member of a the organized militia and wasn't carrying the shotgun pursuant to militia duty. Examining the firearm and not the person suggests they view it as an individual right.

The Heller opinion actually contains a pretty good discussion of what Miller is and is not and a number of peculiarities surrounding it.

Comment: Re:Sic semper tyrannis (Score 4, Interesting) 531

by Zcar (#44768977) Attached to: NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

Which, grammatically, isn't explanatory not operative. The operative part of the 2nd Amendment is, in full, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." In modern construction and words (based on Supreme Court decisions, specifically Heller and Miller) the full amendment would be something like, "Because a well-trained militia is necessary to the security of a free state, the right of individuals to keep and bear arms of military usefulness shall not be infringed." The first clause only explains why it's not be infringed; it doesn't impose a limit upon it.

Well, Miller did somewhat limit it based on the militia clause, by saying a firearm which wasn't demonstrated to be militarily useful was not protected, implying that if it had been demonstrated to be militarily useful it would be protected. So, under Miller, an assault rifle (obviously of military usefulness) would be protected but maybe not a break action shotgun. It's an odd case, at any rate, since Miller had died before it reached the Court and his side didn't argue before the Court.

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