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Comment: thought of alzheimer's plaque buildup (Score 1) 42

by bjdevil66 (#49698231) Attached to: Galaxies Die By Slow "Strangulation"

Sounds like Alzheimer's disease. Materials that are not useful and build up in a healthy system, causing the breakdown or choking off of the normal process. And it doesn't sound like there's a cure for galaxies, either, other than a "Big Crunch" flushing mechanism (which has been generally dismissed).

Comment: Re:Let's just humour them (Score 0) 235

by bjdevil66 (#49654165) Attached to: Shape of the Universe Determined To Be Really, Really Flat

therefore around 4004 b.c.e.

In my limited experience with the acronyms "BCE" and "CE", they're mostly used by atheist intellectuals that arrogantly mock religious types. They with the same fervor that uneducated fundamentalists proclaim that the Earth was created in 144 hours (a crazy idea that was probably simply due to a mistranslation that led to the word "day" being used in the Book of Genesis in their Bibles, but I digress). Their arrogant, "it's time we moved past the whole BC/AD thing since we know better," attitude is annoying as hell.

The rest of the world usually uses the traditional "BC" and "AD".

Dude - Let the whole politically correct BCE/CE thing go. It's embarrassing PC that's run amok. It's inefficient compared to BC/AD both technically (five letters vs. four) and culturally (how many people would you have to retrain?). Besides, if you're throwing out the whole religion thing, why stick with the year 2015 at all since it is based in Christian tradition? Why not go with a more efficient Jewish style calendar with no demarcating year, starting with some year you think human civilization started and throw out the acronym all together? That would make more sense and ultimately be the most sustainable year counter for the human race.

Comment: Re:This is the wrong battle (Score 1, Insightful) 1168

So why are so many gays being jerks about the exact same kind of thing?

Because it's not about freedom, civil rights, or some crusade to make our country a better place. It's about them feeling accepted. While some gay activists are level headed, others would stomp on the Constitution itself if it would help them accomplish that goal of being accepted.

Comment: This is about being accepted - nothing more (Score 0, Troll) 1168

Gay advocates talk about freedom. They call it the civil rights issue of our time, invoking the Constitution, equal rights, etc. No matter what they say, however, that's all just a legally palatable cover for their real motivation: Feeling normal.

They just want the gay jokes to disappear. They just want the unspoken snarls or looks of disgust when people see them to vanish. They just want people to pause to gather the PC thing to say in social situations when they find out someone is gay. They'd probably even remove the word gay from the human lexicon altogether if they could. "We're not any different than you."

The only way that can happen is to completely tamp out any social mores that say that being gay is wrong. "Wrong" has to be made "right". "Immorality" has to be made into "equal rights". That requires rewriting millenia of fundamental religious dogma - and a very heavy, persistent, and fascist jackboot to accomplish it.

Comment: It will probably work too well (Score 1) 287

by bjdevil66 (#49331805) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Average, every day drivers will realize that speed limits in some areas are generally set slower than they are used to driving, and they'll grow tired of the warnings and turn it off.

If Ford pushes out an update to create an optional 10 over buffer zone (if selected), at which point they'll get sued by an "activist" lawyer for getting a ticket while using Ford's system. At that point, the feature will quietly disappear in the next model upgrade.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are stupid enough... (Score 1) 318

by bjdevil66 (#49326979) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

True that it's a simplification, but if you listen to Ted Cruz talk, it's not that far off:

"Net Neutrality is the Obamacare of the Internet." "The IRS should be disbanded." "The EPA is a mess, run by radical environmentalists."

The same could be said of some of the crap Nancy Pelosi and others on the left say. It actually, physically hurts to listen to people like that...

Comment: Re:You can have my steering wheel. . . (Score 1) 341 will not be forced to give up your driving.

You must've missed the part in the summary where Musk said, "You can't have a person driving a two-ton death machine". That sounds more like the attitude of someone who would revoke "manual" driving privileges if he was in charge - regardless of what individuals wanted.

As for costs going up: If it's true market forces, then fine. If it's the government taxing non-automated drivers out of existence (similar to cigarette or other vice-driven taxes), that's bullshit.

Comment: Re:I hope this wasn't a trojan horse (Score 1) 599

by bjdevil66 (#49127501) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

There will be side effects - new fees on cable bills that weren't there before and make no sense (like our telephone bills), etc. And I hold the service providers' greed responsible.

The real trojan horse is probably that they'll get to hold on to their monopolies over their pipes for decades longer now. The real solution to tiered pricing would've been to break their stranglehold on the pipes and create competition. We wouldn't have needed government regulation if the market would've been allowed to do its job.

It makes you wonder if the cable companies foresaw all of this coming and picked this as the best path forward (vs. "justice being done")...

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.