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Comment: Re:Welcome to the USA (Score 2) 134

by blind biker (#49362211) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

It's not a practical weapon, and no one sees it as a threat, hence the almost complete lack of laws in the U.S. Even in WWII, it had limited use. No one wanted to be the one carrying either, since you became a target of enemy fire with an explosive backpack on. This thing is also incredibly dangerous for the user as well; just look at the protective gear in the video. Sure, it's whacky and unnecessary for most people (some people need a portable flamethrower for clearing land on large properties, but that doesn't seem to be the marketing here). But some people might say the same about your hobbies and spending habits. Let bygones be bygones.

Nobody said that "it's a practical weapon", just that it's incredibly dangerous. It's perfectly suited to kill, mail or deface for life a busful of random people. In this case not even the "if we outlaw handguns, only outlaws will have them"-argument flies, because you don't protect yourself from a flamethrower with another flamethrower. In fact, a flamethrower is not suitable for self-protection, only for attacking large numbers of soft targets. It's the perfect mass murderer's weapon.

Comment: Re:Training Your Competition (Score 2) 108

by blind biker (#49326823) Attached to: IBM Will Share Tech With China To Help Build IT Industry There

You are writing your comment assuming that the IBM CEO actually gives a shit about the company's long (or even medium) term viability. This hasn't been true in the last 35 years in corporate USA. In publicly traded companies where there isn't a clear owner and therefore someone who cares about hi/her company, CxOs have been rampaging, merging, reorganizing, divesting, outsourcing etc. etc. all kinds of buzzword MBA-ese goes. None of those things were actually done to improve the company, but to make more money for the executives.

Comment: Re:But if you look at unemployment... EEs beat CS (Score 1) 154

As a graduate electrical engineer... I thank you for the kind words. I have, indeed, worked in IT after graduating, but I always longed for a more advanced, scientifically more challenging job. So I ended up going back to academia, getting a PhD and am now working on microtechnologies for drug analysis and biochemistry.

Comment: Re:Religious fanatics scare me (Score 2) 163

by blind biker (#49233763) Attached to: Why Israel Could Be the Next Cybersecurity World Power

And you would be hard-pressed to find anyone outside of ISIS and Al-Quaida more fanatical than Mossad and its crazy Zionist ilk. The thought of them having cyber-weapons is scary. But much more scary is the thought that we actually gave those religious crazies nuclear weapons.

Huh? The Mossad, based on their past performance and actions, is a very level-headed, pragmatic secret service. The Zionist agenda is not their scope, albeit one could make the argument that any security apparatus, including the army or air force that ensures the survival of Israel, also indirectly serves the agenda of Zionism, to some extent.
That said, I am also not sure why you would lump Zionism and extremism together. Zionism simply means, in its broadest definition, bringing Jews to live in Israel.
In any case, comparing ISIS to practically any secret service in existence, is quite dishonest. ISIS is an organization that has institutionalized the torture and enslavement of girls, the torture and decapitation (sometimes burning alive) of non-Muslims, and systematic genocide of non-Muslim civilians.

Comment: What A. C. Clarke is, to many of us... (Score 3, Interesting) 187

by blind biker (#49210729) Attached to: China's Arthur C. Clarke

He is one of the best hard sci-fi writers of all times. Sadly, the genre of hard sci-fi is the tiny minority of all sci-fi works produced nowadays, so the few authors who did work in it, stand out for the fans.

"The Three Body Problem" is a truly HARD sci-fi work by Liu Cixin, and if I'm to judge by this book only, then yes, this man indeed is China's A. C. Clarke.

Comment: As one who has followed MMA since the end of the 9 (Score 4, Informative) 169

by blind biker (#49204377) Attached to: NBC Thinks Connected Gloves and "Bullet Time" Can Make Boxing Cool

I must say that your statements are pure BS. Fighting in MMA causes just as much if not more brain injury, as (pure) boxing.
Right now, almost every veteran MMA fighter suffers from symptoms of brain injury. Here's a partial list:
Jens Pulver
Gabriel Gonzaga
Mirko Filipovic
Frank Trigg
Chuck Liddell
Mark Munoz
Antonio Silva
Wanderlei Silva
Alistair Overeem
Phil Baroni
Gary Goodridge
Andrei Arlovski
Josh Koscheck
Cheick Kongo

and the list goes on. And it doesn't even include the journeymen that get punched in the head for a $300 payout on regional circuits, as a matter of fact for their whole careers.

Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 340

If you were a Korean you wouldn't feel that way.

Funny you should say this: on my way to Kobe I met a lovely couple, that told me with much passion about the nice places I should visit in the city. They also told me about the great views around the hotel (not in Kobe but in the countryside near the sea) where I would stay later on. They seemed so strangely enthusiastic and vivacious, very non-Japanese-like. At the end, the gentleman revealed that they are Korean who comes to visit often to Kobe, Osaka and sometimes Tokyo.

I doubt very much they would love Japan so much had the people there been assholish towards them.

Question: are you Korean, or are you just making assumptions about Japan?

Comment: Re:That's the problem with a sequel. (Score 1) 222

by blind biker (#49148683) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

If you watch the original with the understanding that Deckard is a replicant then the unicorn origami and the ending have specific, complex, implications.

Now if the sequel shows Deckard as a human then they piss off everyone who prefers those implications. So, in effect, the sequel ruins the story for some people.

If the sequel shows Deckard as an aged replicant ... robots get old?

But replicants aren't robots - they are made from the same exact biochemical structures as humans. In effect, there is not much to distinguish them from humans, from a biochemical POV, and hence, if their timespan isn't artificially limited, they can live longer than 4 years and then age, as they are made of cells in which the same processes take place as in humans.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1, Insightful) 222

by blind biker (#49147265) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

I think Deckard from Blade Runner (unlike the one from PK Dick's story) is a replicant, but I see no reason why replicants couldn't age. The technology necessary for making replicants is, essentially, biochemistry. Highly advanced biochemistry. Now if they are able to make replicants that don't age, wouldn't they use the same or ancillary biotechnologies to help "normal" humans not age? Clearly, "normal humans" do age, so the problem of aging has not been solved in the Blade Runner universe.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- The Wizard Of Oz