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Comment Re:2 time the gravity thought (Score 1) 133 133

Right, 60% larger gravity would be tough on a fat guy like me. Also, can someone please help me understand the orbit thing? In the article it appears that 186 orbits a brighter-sun closer to Mercury's orbit as opposed to Earth's. The Earth has liquid water in the summer and frozen water in the winter just with the polar shift. How can a planet orbiting closer to a brighter star have anything but steam in the atmosphere, if it even has water?

You're looking at the wrong planet. Kepler-452b is the planet whose orbit is similar to Earth's orbit. And it's sun is similar to ours. Kepler-186 is orbiting much closer to it's star, but it's star is much cooler than ours.

Comment Re:Morse Code (Score 1) 614 614

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Now there are more hams than ever, and Amateur Radio is healthy. When I say "We won", it means "Amateur Radio won". It's too bad we had to fight our own old guys.

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Sadly science isn't the only thing that advances one funeral at a time. As I am getting long in the tooth I try to remind myself not to resist change too much. But it's hard. You struggle to master something and then some damn whippersnapper makes it completely irrelevant.

Comment Re:If race doesn't exist, how is this possible? (Score 1) 312 312

You do see the irony in you painting them as ignorant fools for generalizing a group of people they don't know, right?

Just checking...

There is a HUGE difference between judging people based on their skin color (which tells you nothing about a person except the range of photons they reflect), and judging people based on them believing that skin color is an important measure of a person (which tells you they have not thought rationally on the matter and that they let they're fear and in-group pressures rule their intellect.) This is "natural" for a social animal that evolved/survived living in small tribes, but not optimal for cohabitation on the planet peacefully. The technical term for such people is, "ignorant racists." They lack the knowledge that race is not a good proxy for determining the intelligence nor moral character of a human being.

Comment Re:Er...how? (Score 4, Funny) 368 368

>> Allow First Responders To Take Out Drones

Er...how would they do that? Fire a weapon into a smokey background? Jam the radio...in a way that couldn't possibly interfere with other emergency communications? Or what?

Nuke it from space. It's the only way to be sure.

Comment Re:With stock tires on my local road? (Score 4, Interesting) 171 171

A '72 Z28 Camaro is around 4 seconds, so I agree - those numbers are suspect at best. Have they actually done it? Or is this what the engineers calculate it might be able to do?

This is a Poe, right? Well played. YouTube will give you the answers you seek. :)

The 762 HP all-wheel drive electric car with traction control and performance tires (standard on the Model D) most definitely blows the doors of of the 255 HP rear wheel drive V8 with a standard differential. Also, the '72 Z/28 has a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds.

Comment Re:With stock tires on my local road? (Score 2) 171 171

Somehow I get the feeling that this $10K upgrade will just get me a bit more smoke and rubber left on the road. Just how was this tested? What am I likely to really achieve on a local highway and with stock tires (presumably while steering clear of cops and any other nearby traffic)?

The upgrade is to the P85D, which is the performance model so it's already got decent tires on it. Plus it's a four-wheel drive electric vehicle with traction control. So no tire smoking and on dry pavement you're going to get damn close to 0-60 in 2.8 seconds if you have a full charge. As the the charge decreases, you'll loose a bit of the acceleration.

Comment Re:worst quality in the history of broadcasting (Score 1) 573 573

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And he DID. I own a Pono, thing sounds extremely awesome, ridiculously good for $400 (I have numerous digital converters worth more than that, it's my day job). He DID go make his own, and you're still bitchin'?

It's awesome that he made his own, it really is. But his argument that streaming 256 AAC sounds worse than AM Radio, cassette tapes and 8 tracks is ridiculous and it makes the whole thing feel a bit disingenuous. Is he pulling all his CDs off the shelves? Is he pulling his music from the iTunes store (which is encoded as 256 kbps AAC?

It's great he's creating a hi-fidelity option. It's marketing BS that he won't let people who don't care enjoy his music however the hell they want.

Comment Re:Ignored Posted Signs (Score 1) 674 674

What gets me is that the idea of being arrested not for violating a law but for being a malcontent seems to have a lot of supporters in the UK. Doesn't seem like a place I'd want to live in. Not trying to be a jackass myself most of the times, but.. wow. Strange idea of freedom, really.

  1. Even in the US, freedom of speech is not absolute.
  2. Talk back to a cop in the US and you will end up facedown, handcuffed with a knee in your back.

Comment Re:abstracting electricity? (Score 1) 674 674

... On the other hand, real crime like robbery or burglary was a grave offence, meaning you'd be punished harshly and excommunicated from your family. These days they are handled as if they are victims of society, getting light sentences if caught at all (first offence a slap on the wrist, second offence some community service, and so on) and are usually out after a few hours. It will get ugly indeed.

  1. Where in the world do you live?
  2. Citation please (for criminals being treated like victims, not for where you live).

Comment Re:Theology is better than those (Score 1) 273 273

Theology, when taught from a neutral viewpoint, is a philosophy. Science and math were also, at one time, considered "philosophies", in that they, all three, relied on inductive proof techniques developed by the classical philosophers. With the development of the scientific method, however, science stands apart on a new basis of testable hypotheses. It is my understanding that math is considered by many to not be a science on this basis.

Theology can't be taught from a neutral viewpoint because it only exists in the context of the religion that the theologian believes. Theology can include philosophy but it is invariably tainted by the specific religion that the theologian embraces. Theologians have contributed to philosophy because they try to square arbitrary canon with reality and have created some interesting arguments in the process.

Comment Re:Theology is better than those (Score 1) 273 273

Theology, when taught from a neutral viewpoint, is a real science.

No, that's called "religious studies" and it's a social science. Theology is the art of drinking Kool-aid and calling it fine wine. Religious studies is the cataloging of all the flavors of Kool-aid that theologians drink.

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