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Comment: Most electric cars are powered by burning coal ... (Score 1) 280

by brainchill (#49586669) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
Exactly how will switching over to electric power lower the # of BTUs required when what we're talking about here is switching over to a less efficient medium of energy transfer IE Continually shoving coal into a furnace to create heat that spins a turbine that produces electricity vs a single gallon of gas creating an explosion that could take you 50+ miles depending on the efficiency of your vehicle.

Comment: Absolutely worthless .. and overpriced (Score 1) 698

by brainchill (#48379109) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
We really need 100k of tech to tell that someone is inside a school building shooting? Really? This is just stupid. Also, this system was designed for use in the field and relies largely on many channels of audio from different sources to converge and tell where a shooter is at a distance. The application here is way, way more simplistic. All they need is a sensor with microphone in each large open area with a trigger to alert for it's sector alone not a massive, complicated computer driven system meant to triangulate point of origin for a bullet moving through though the air. You could build something like this easily with one raspberry pi or old sun microsystems sunspot per open area with a microphone attached to it and one central server.

Comment: Re:Gun nuts (Score 1) 1374

by brainchill (#46900505) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention
Clearly you don't understand what bear arms means .... it doesn't mean own it means CARRY ... the second amendment specifically says that our US governments can pass no law or policy that infringes our right to keep (own) or bear(carry) firearms ... period .... and as you say restrictions that make it harder clearly DO infringe these rights. And more importantly ANY state or municipality that pass a law preventing someone from not just owning but CARRYING a firearm are breaking this ultimate law of our land

Comment: Re:Took them long enough... (Score 1) 934

HAHAHAHAH You are very, very wrong. You need to spend a while reading the real crime statistics ... you are 1000% more likely to be robbed, raped or murders in ANY major metropolitan area than you are in ANY rural area .... but gun ownership in rural areas are 300-400% higher than they are in the inner city.

Comment: No one should BELIEVE in evolution. It's a theory. (Score 1) 1010

by brainchill (#45839079) Attached to: New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
No one should BELIEVE in evolution. It's a theory. It's a field of study. It isn't for believing it's for understanding and researching. If you want to believe in something, which suggests faith rather than the acquisition of or pursuit of knowledge you might as well just be reading a bible rather than a science text book.

Comment: So we're supposed to let them loose to roam? (Score 1) 641

by brainchill (#45588445) Attached to: Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons
So we're supposed to let them loose to roam about the US countryside? I can't see this ending badly at all ;) I suppose as legal people we must teach them all sign language? Give them the right to vote? Does it also mean that they go to regular prison when they eat people's faces? Remember this?

Comment: So gun websites should be monitored? (Score 2, Interesting) 309

by brainchill (#44347931) Attached to: When the NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company
It started out sounding like an interesting article but I wanted to stop reading and write the guy off as an bigot and an idiot here ... "The customer they were monitoring was a particular website that was very benign. It seems ridiculous to me. It was beyond absurd. It wasn’t like a guns and ammo website."

Comment: Engineers are pre-wired with doubt and skepticism. (Score 2) 564

by brainchill (#44109893) Attached to: Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses
You say we need this to learn uncertainty, doubt and skepticism? .... silly, silly, silly ... Maybe you missed the obvious but real engineers and scientists are pre-wired with doubt, skepticism and an every questioning, non-believing nature. We end up being what we are because we question everything, we want to know why the things are the way that they are, why things work the way that they do etc. I don't know any real engineer or scientist that is willing to leave well enough alone or do something just because it's "the way things are supposed to be" As for uncertainty ... that's a science unto itself. We all know that the world is chaos incarnate but that doesn't keep us from trying to spot the patterns :D

Comment: Like they need another alarmist plot point (Score -1, Troll) 163

by brainchill (#40332661) Attached to: Analyzing Climate Change On Carbon Rich Peat Bogs
Ok, climates chage, this happens. It happened before people and industry were here and it will continue to happen when we are gone. Deep ice core data even shows the similar increases in atmospheric CO2, etc during times that temperatures rise long before humans ever had industrial activities to create this effect ... it happens. No one has ever even proven conclusively whether these gases in the atmosphere are anything more than anecdotal evidence of human effect on the climate or even whether, for certain it's presence is actually a cause or an effect of climate change just that they appear to occur together. There are many ideas that try to prove that it's these gases that are trapping heat in the atmosphere but just recently (as reported on slashdot) it was proven that significantly less heat than was thought or expected was being trapped and most was being reflected and passed back out of the atmosphere ...... So here's the point I'm getting to ..... cleaning up trash, keeping the earth cleaner is never a bad thing but they are going significantly overboard and turning just this idea into a multi-billion dollar industry all of it's own and using it and regulations surrounding it as a method for controlling companies and altering their methods of production and it's gotten a bit out of hand. We need to understand that climates change and there is absolutely nothing that we can do about it .... if all of the people on earth disappeared this phenomenon would continue to happen so rather than trying to change it we need to learn to adapt to these changes.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"