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Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 813 813

again, assuming intel was right, and the place was an ammo stash and not a madrasa full of little ones.

Who says those two are mutually exclusive?

Because if there was a rule about not bombing a madrasa full of little ones, that would be a strong incentive to also use it as an ammo stash. Of course an incentive doesn't mean it's often or even likely. Worse still, the evidence might all be vaporized and you might have nothing more than circumstantial "video of secondary explosions" claims.

So in a war you'll probably have to settle for not knowing whether the mosque or madrassa actually had ammo, combatants, worshippers or some mix of all three.

Comment: Doodads and Gewgaws (Score 1) 266 266

I've been testing out a da Vinci 1.0 AiO. The results haven't been very impressive. Over half the time the PLA filament doesn't stick to the bed, resulting in a blob of plastic just sticking to the extruder. The 3D scanner is just about useless. I haven't had a scan work even close to accurate yet. Anything with black scans as negative space. Pretty much the only things you can scan with any degree of success are small, white geometric objects with a matte finish.

Today I'm testing out a Cube Pro 3D printer, and expecting much better results. We'll be using our printers for student projects in arts & sciences.

Comment: While I'd like to agree with you... (Score 3, Interesting) 1082 1082

While it had its place in the 18th and 19th century, the Electoral college has long outlived its usefulness. The entire concept of winner-take-all in most states means that only a few key states actually decide our election every time it comes around....until the rules change, that's how the system works whether you like it or not.

I'd like to agree with you, but it depends on the proposed method of election. Given the population distribution and unique division of powers between state and national governments within our nation, I'm not a fan of a direct popular vote for the presidency. I just don't believe it best encapsulates the spirit of our nation. While I would generally support a change over to the Congressional District Method, I am greatly concerned about gerrymandering and its affect on such a proposed alternative solution.

In fact, check out the statistics at the Daily Kos, then do the math. If every state followed the Congressional District Method, Romney would have won the 2012 one electoral vote! Interestingly, Obama would have still won the 2008 election. I wonder what happened between 2008 and 2012 that would have made such a difference...

Comment: Re:Zero respect for SCOTUS (Score 2) 1082 1082

In their opinion on gay marriage, Roberts issues a dissenting opinion with the following quote:

Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The internal inconsistencies of the SCOTUS are appalling.

The only power the SCOTUS should have is to determine if a law violates the Constitution. If it does, it should be struck down, if it doesn't, it should stand.

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 382 382

I've played with OSX-based laptops, I find the GUI clunky when it comes to working with multiple terminal windows, as Apple has taken the approach of using Apple-Tab to switch between applications, rather than switch between windows. It's more awkward than it should be to switch between multiple terminal sessions quickly.

Use option-tab to switch between windows in an application on OS X.

Comment: Re:Phase out fossil-fueled power plants by midcent (Score -1, Troll) 308 308

At least 50% false

Hate to be technical, but a "balanced" budget be $0. So we've had 4 years out of the past 35 that had a surplus, or put another way, 88% of the years we've run a deficit, with the surpluses coming at the tail-end of Clinton and the start of Bush 2. Big deal.

Comment: Phase out fossil-fueled power plants by midcentury (Score 2) 308 308

Thus far, no other candidate has said they're going to make climate change their top priority.

Ever notice how politicians' plans are always far out in the future? Sure, 35 years is within the scope of of most of our lives, but usually they are well past the time that the politicians proposing them will be around to face the consequences. We hear the same thing all the time about balancing the budget and paying down the deficit ever since Reagan, but neither one has happened yet.

Comment: Re:Weird (Score 2) 98 98

The Japanese company does a world-wide release.
The American company does a Japan-first release.

You might be a little confused. Here's some clarification:

announcement comes just weeks after Microsoft announced a 1TB version of its Xbox One. Gamers in Japan will be able to get their hands on the console [The PS4] by the end of June

Sony is releasing the 1TB PS4 in Japan first, the rest of the world July 15. XBone is just mentioned in passing for comparison of announcement dates.

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