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Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 1) 415

by catmistake (#48881617) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

I would expect the average slashdotter to be able to cut through the partisan crap a bit better than this

Nothing I can find above this thread started by AC is even relevant to the story.

To their credit, Scalise's press guy did fess up that it was true, and explained what he was doing there, IIRC, running workshops on being more tolerant (I could be completely wrong, and the press guy could be lying, but no one is talking about this).

Also, its amazing how much of Republican movement is complete negative, unhelpful garbage, putting sticks in the spokes of Democratic movement just because the Dems thought up something good and tried to get it done. Elected Democrats seem to focus on trying to do something, while elected Republicans seem to be obsessed trying to prevent them. The Dems are weak because they get tripped up over the Republicans BS. And when something like this comes up, Dems serving Republicans their own medicine, the Republicans go ape shit. US politics is like slapstick comedy. The absurdity of it all is no more clear once its recognized that the vast majority of those voting Republican are voting against their own political and economic interests. If you make less than $250K/yr, why are you hurting yourself, your family, and your chances of ever reaching that income by voting against your own personal economic interests? Not that all Republicans are dumb, far from it, but without these morons voting agaisnt their interest, there would be no Republican Party.

My cousin explained it well (if I can remember this right). Say there is only $100 and 100 people. Democrats want to give 5 guys $5, and distribute the remaing $75 to the other 90. The Republicans want to give 1 guy $99, and distribute the remaing dollar to the other 99.

I'm anxious to see what the new Republican Congress actually positively accomplishes, new stuff, as opposed to how much time they spend tearing down what was accomplished by the anemic previously Democratic Congress.

I've been unpartisan, independent my entire adult life. I see nothing compelling from either party to lead me to take sides. One side is a bully, the other side is bullied. Both sides, for these reasons, offend me.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 1) 415

by catmistake (#48881515) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

At least one study suggests that gun owners are more likely to be racist.


More importantly, as opposed to the unarmed, gun owners are far more likely to shoot someone, intentionally, unintentionally, justly, unjustly, or otherwise. For some reason, it seems that individual gun owners always disagree with this obvious fact, because "they know" their weapon better than anyone else. I'll shut up when they stop shooting people.

Comment: Re:And we are back to them again... (Score 1) 60

by mjwx (#48881395) Attached to: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

USB storage requires an entire operating system to even access. It requires a kernel OS process, a driver for the specific USB chipset attached to the system, and yet another driver for the filesystem stored on the device. In addition to this, it has to have multitasking capabilities to switch between reading and decoding the data on the device, and executing the read program code.

Which are all found on any modern game console. Nintendo have been using SD cards in a modified case for years now in the DS. With large volume flash storage becoming cheap, far in excess of that of DVD and even bluray, why not use them as game storage.

Sure the PC gaming master race has no such need of these things beyond an installation medium, but console peasants could benefit immeasurably from this. Games could be saved onto the flash drive, the hard drive or both, fragile optical discs could be replaced with rugged sticks and cards, it would be easy and cheap to have multiple USB or SD ports, reducing the need for them to swap discs all the time and the space used for the optical drive can be re-purposed for proper cooling equipment that "modern" consoles clearly require.

Console manufacturers missed the boat with this generation so console peasants will have to wait 4 or 5 years to get this.

Comment: Re:Jurassic Park (Score 1) 128

by mjwx (#48881337) Attached to: New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

But Lysine IS found in nature. The extra security here is that they are dependant on something they cannot obtain because it is not found in nature.

I think this is more akin to the fact they kept the dinosaurs all female to prevent breeding, the problem with biological organisms is that they mutate and change. The current iteration of E.Coli they have cant survive outside of the lab, but what about the next generation or the generation after that? Why is it not possible they wont simply mutate around this and drop the dependence on something that it cant find in nature or receives in abundance? As Ian Malcom said in Jurassic Park (shouldn't it really be Late Cretaceous Park), "life finds a way".

Let me be clear, I'm in favour of GMO and think that the anti-GMO crowd are scaremongers who are completely full of shit, but making such absolute statements is not helping.

Comment: Re:Jurassic Park (Score 1) 128

by mjwx (#48881273) Attached to: New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild
Henry Wu: Well, because all the animals in Jurassic Park are female. We've engineered them that way.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: But again, how do you know they're all female? Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?
Henry Wu: We control their chromosomes. It's really not that difficult. All vertebrate embryos are inherently female anyway, they just require an extra hormone given at the right developmental stage to make them male. We simply deny them that.
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Deny them that?
Dr. Ian Malcolm: John, the kind of control you're attempting simply is... it's not possible. If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is.

Comment: Re:Mental note: (Score 2) 179

by catmistake (#48881253) Attached to: Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"
I think you're missing the point of /.ers coming up with possible solutions. These aren't criminal minds sharing how to do crime. They're compulsive puzzle solvers, and there is no puzzle greater than, no solution more elusive than defeating the well-run FBI investigation. Perhaps they really want to help the FBI be even more effective and irresistable. This pursuit is no different than penetration testing, nor the ability of the logical and clever to come up with solutions for problems in fields which they have absolutely no experience or insight. Let them look for that whistle in their box of cereal, and lets not attempt to disway from nor even verbally punish for hypothetical crime. On second thought, naw, I changed my mind. Stop thinking about that right now!

Comment: Re:Those trucks are the best (Score 1) 790

by mjwx (#48881243) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

The young idiots with too much money buy them. They stomp on the gas at a green light and it sounds like they're drag racing. I gently touch the gas on my car and easily out-accelerated them without making any significant noise. I'll bet they figure it out about two or three days after they buy the trucks that they really have no acceleration or speed to speak of but rather simply noise.

Pickups/utes/trucks_(American) are not performance cars.

Even in Australia where we produce a 6L V8 ute with a it just cant put the power down because there's no weight over the back wheels. However most pickups have moderate turbo diesel engines and 4x4 drivetrains. Things like a Isuzu D-Max (AKA: Holden/Chevy Colorado) have a 3L turbo diesel that cant out accelerate most 2L hatchbacks. But these cars are workhorses designed for lugging heavy loads.

This is something I've never understood about the F series trucks, they're bad performance cars, they're terrible off road, they have a shocking carrying and towing capacity and they look like a bag of arses.

If you're after speed, hot hatches are better than pickups despite being FWD.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by mjwx (#48881191) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I've driven plenty of modern automatics. And modern manuals.

I still can get significantly better gas mileage in a MT than an auto (no matter what the EPA ratings say... those are dumb anyway because they mandate shift points).

This, and the smaller the engine the bigger the difference.

Realistically, nothing can be trusted when it comes to government mandated car ratings, there are lies, damn lies, statistics and EPA ratings (same with ANCAP, ENCAP, NACAP, they're all gamed to the point where they dont reflect reality any more, a 2 seater car gets points removed for not having a rear seatbelt warning light when there are no rear seats).

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by mjwx (#48881099) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Honestly, most modern cars these days are already so silent, the only sound you hear from them is the cooling fan and the tire noise.

Modern cars?

I had an EJ Civic (that was the 94-98 sedan model) with a B16B (yep VTEC yo) engine and you wouldn't even hear the cooling fan unless it was over 40 Celsius. Road noise was the biggest thing and even that was muted by the soundproofing... And when I owned this car it was 15 years old.

To be honest, I heard more road noise in a 2013 Hyundai I30 than in my old Civic (but to be fair, I'm comparing the most budget Korean car to the top model Civic made before the Asian Financial Crisis).

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by mjwx (#48881005) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Yeah well, that's because a turbo dampens the sound as the turbine pulls energy form the exhaust pressure (by design). So these kids are opening up the backend to make it "fart" a lot louder.

From an exhaust note perspective, a NA engine sounds much better if it's tuned right. It's also important to take advantage of the scavenging effect for increase performance too.

This, there's a reason a Lamborghini or Aston Martin sounds so fantastic.

However for those of us who aren't millionaires, there are lower end cars that can produce great sounds. The sporty Honda's of yesteryear used to be called "4 cylinder Ferraris" because of the sound they produced when revved to 8 or 9000 RPM. A K20 in a DC5 or Civic Type R was one of the few really good sounding cars of the 00's that were affordable.

As for tubros. I think the induction and the turbo spool noise is better than the exhaust noise. Its nicer to hear the whine of the turbo spinning up. When I bought my Nissan 200sx (that would be an S15 as it's a ADM model) it had a huge fart cannon catback on it. I'm looking at putting the stock pipe and muffler back on because it just sounds like crap and I'm getting a bit old to have garish boy racer parts on my daily (yes, I know Silvias are the epitome of boy racer cars).

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