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Comment: Re:We Really Don't (Score 1) 152

by cascadingstylesheet (#48903099) Attached to: How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

Early Universe ideas? Not fact. Not "well-known". Guesses.

That's... really selling science - and the scientific method - way short.

So, the problem with his pointing out the lack of "testing, reproduction of results" in prehistoric history tales is ... that it isn't good sales?

And that's your scientific objection? To his scientific objection?

Comment: Re:I didn't even need HD ... (Score 1) 331

Not even making an argument; just relating what I actually thought.

While hardly ancient, I've experienced most of the major phases of TV, from a snowy black and white TV to cutting the cord with a Roku.

At no point (once past the snow, anyway) did I ever think "man, I wish the picture had more detail". Sure, it's nice, but not something I was ever clamoring for.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 304

by cascadingstylesheet (#48894353) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

It's not the "dangerous clunkers" here that are so much the problem as the uninsured, who cause accidents and cannot pay for what they've done to other people. I'm starting to think that automatic impoundment should be the default when certain kinds of paperwork are not in order, like no insurance and no or suspended license, and that the car cannot be gotten out of impound without proof that the paperwork has now been corrected, and if the paperwork condition was discovered as a result of an accident investigation, the victim (the other driver) can petition to be awarded the vehicle as compensation for the damage they received if there's no insurance and no forthcoming reimbursement.

The chance of that happening politically is zero.

"Yes, we can!" - drive without insurance, etc.

Comment: Re:Sounds about reasonable for once... (Score 1) 148

Right. Because there's no way an Islamic terror mob could overwhelm inadequately light defenses (cough Benghazi cough).

Interesting bit of logic there, because defenses aren't perfect you shouldn't have any ?

No, the opposite.

The person I was replying to seemed to think that there was no point in making the areas around reactors into military zones. Not me.

Comment: Re:Sounds about reasonable for once... (Score -1, Troll) 148

The same can be said for any measure. The area around nuclear plants is already highly controlled. So activists always get stopped within it, they don't make it to the actual nuclear reactor. Changing that area into a military area just means it becomes illegal to fly over it and allow them to shoot those drones down. And maybe the activists will get more severe punishments for trying to breach.

Right. Because there's no way an Islamic terror mob could overwhelm inadequately light defenses (cough Benghazi cough).

Comment: Re: Did Congress pass a law? (Score 1) 122

by cascadingstylesheet (#48847591) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

Has anyone noticed that this was done by the executive branch all on its own, with no oversight?

No, the executive branch is the oversight. Congress wanted those people prosecuted, but the president acted as a check and prevented it from happening.

So, like he said, you think it's OK because you like the outcome.

Comment: Re:Toothpaste (Score 1) 122

by cascadingstylesheet (#48847583) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

Well, here in Venezuela we accept: USD, toothpaste, toilet paper, cooking oil, margarine/butter, diapers, coffee, sugar, flour, ketchup, shampoo, bath soap, detergent and quite a lot more, and that's with no embargo.

Yep, that's the beauty of socialism. Sure makes tipping and barter easier.

Oh wait, this is Slashdot. I should surround the word socialism with scare quotes, and act like it's crazy to believe that it even exists. Or has any negative effects.

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