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Comment Re:Copyright/trademark issues? (Score 1) 165

It's different because it uses a new and different technology, which is scary, so we automatically throw out all the existing rules and run around like chickens with their heads cut off. It also let us make more rent seeking power grabs, so there's a plus.

Comment Re:Robot (Score 4, Informative) 219

The summary doesn't explain well, but TrackingPoint isn't a robotic gun or anything like that. It is a system that uses rangefinders and other sensors built into a scope that allow a user to designate a target, and then, when the trigger is pulled, only allows the weapon to fire when it's aligned with an optimal firing solution. This lets novices shoot on target at extended ranges. They've previously done this with bolt action rifles, but apparently they've developed it for use in AR-15s, as per the article. Here's a link to their page about the original system:

Comment Re:In ... the New Your State? (Score 1) 41

Don't forget our illustrious governor, who refuses to communicate with his staff via email, favoring phone calls and Blackberry Pin-to-Pin messaging instead, so as to sidestep records laws. I'm glad he's kept up on his promise to be the most transparent administration in state history.

Comment Re:Lines to purchase new Apple products. (Score 2) 242

So you're telling me that if somebody gave you a $120,000 yearly salary in return for doing absolutely nothing (or, to look at it another way, whatever you damn well please) you would turn them down? Because only a narcissist would take the money? "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm not a narcissist. I only accept gifts of rainbows, sunshine, and feelgood vibes."

Comment Re:now I never looked into it (Score 1) 420

When you are done, you need to cool that same water so that will take land and cooling equipment.

My understanding was that most distillation desalination plants used the incoming sea water as a heat sink for the condensation, eliminating the need for cooling equipment and recycling some small amount of heat energy.

Comment Re:Breaking News: Rand Paul Invents... (Score 1) 404

Sadly, I have actually met people to whom this idea is a foreign concept. In one particular case the fellow I was discoursing with actively stated that he didn't see the problem with regulating everything, essentially. I wish I could find the conversation to get an exact quote. Presumably people like him are why the Library of Congress has lost track of the number of lines in the United States Code.

Comment An interesting definition of recidivist... (Score 1) 311

There's no way of knowing whether Jobs, had he lived and been healthy, would have faced charges, especially since he was a recidivist.

Based on the context I'm guessing they've taken "recidivist" to mean "a rich and famous person". Funny, I'm not familiar with that definition.

Comment Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (Score 1) 33

Like that bastard Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York! He avoids email entirely in favor of phone conversations or Blackberry pin-to-pin messages, so there's no record of anything that goes on. Wait, no, he's a Democrat. Thank God, then, it must be perfectly OK.

Comment Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope:

When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?"

"Life begins when you can spend your spare time programming instead of watching television." -- Cal Keegan