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Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 787

The third option is the safest one as long as he's smart enough to find a way to not leave a trace about the contract.

The problem with the thrid option is that the bully is highly unlikely to know that it was from you. Part of revenge is you want the person you are getting revenge on to know you have got your revenge. Looking down the barrel of your gun just before you pull the trigger fulfils that. Especially if you just blew off the head of the person next to him. Adds a lot of gravitas to the whole situation.

No problem, just teach the illegal immigrant the following sentence, to be repeated at each shooting: "The Kingslayer sends his regards."

Comment: fooey: use the mandelbrot neck method (Score 1) 307

by cellocgw (#46748953) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

I found this somewhere recently:
# let us consider the point c=(-0.75,X) of the complex plane, that is a point straight over the "neck" of the Mandelbrot set.
# Let n be the number of iterations from which the characteristic quadratic sequence of the Mandelbrot set Z(n+1)=Zn^2+c with Z0=-0 diverges (Zn2). With X being smaller and smaller we have: lim(X * n) = pi

So, I guess we have to figure out how to do recursive relations with a shotgun. (speaking of rednecks and relations... wedding...)

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 584

by cellocgw (#46748763) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

How unsurprising you posted as AC, given the complete falsehood of everything you wrote.

Aside from that minor observation (!!)), maybe you could try taking a look at the current, large, polio outbreaks in certain Middle East and African regions due to a lack of innoculations there, for starters.

Comment: Re:What society really needs to do (Score 1) 518

by cellocgw (#46631403) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Canada is even worse. We have winter driving for 3+ months out of the year yet no winter driving tests are mandatory. Fucking ridiculous. So many people don't realize that slamming on your brakes when you are about to lose control on an ice covered road is the WORST thing to do.

So, no requirement for ABS in Canada? (eh?) But I agree in principle w/ your sentiment, seeing as Boston-area drivers seem to believe that 4-wheel drive means your braking system has a 1.5 g-factor even in slush and ice. And from what we see regularly on the news, Florida and LA drivers believe it's safer to speed up during a torrential downpour.

Comment: fix the problem, not the symptom (Score 1) 48

by cellocgw (#46574973) Attached to: Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

Screw credit monitoring: what we need is some CongressSockPuppets with enough nerve to pass restrictions on the credit bureaus. For starters, they could require all negatory information to be redacted upon receipt of a notarized sworn statement from the account holder (until the credit bureau can provide proof to the contrary, said proof not being based on random letters from banks or collection agencies, etc). The current situation, which is essentially "prove a negative," is worthy of the Courtroom of the King&Queen of Hearts.

After that, there are plenty of smaller things to fix. One example: I lost a few points because my monthly spending on one credit card was over 75% of my limit *on that card* . Never mind I always pay on time and in full, or that I happen to have another card with 5 times the credit limit. The lack of logic in the ratings algorithms is appalling.

Comment: Re:If you think this is bad... (Score 1) 169

by cellocgw (#46565013) Attached to: Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

39C is a common temperature out in the sun on a southern California golf course.

I think we've beaten this dead horse enough, haven't we?

Did you beat the horse with a wood, steel, or Cesium club? And does a horse carcass throw sparks?

"Hey, we were going to *use* that horse head!" -- The Godfather.

Comment: Re:Then what? (Score 1) 48

by cellocgw (#46550537) Attached to: Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

. I really can't imagine what sort of shield that can be constructed that would allow that sort of energy delivery in such a tiny cross-section to be dispersed in such a way that spares the crew as well as the ship's basic structure.

I believe Scotty would like a word or two with you. Are you the same fellow who called his ship a garbage scow?

Comment: Re:Loses credibility with this statement (Score 1) 292

by cellocgw (#46544017) Attached to: Back To the Moon — In Four Years

Sorry but I really doubt that the moon is a useful military platform. As he mentions, you would get a three or four day notice of an attack; on the other hand an ICBM launched from a nuclear sub on a depressed trajectory has a flight time measured in MINUTES. The cost (and difficulty, and danger) of lugging a nuclear tipped missile (capable of crossing cislunar space) all the way to the moon (and maintaining it and protecting it against solar flares, cosmic rays, temperature extremes, and meteorites) would be enormous.

Turn in your nerd card, as you obviously don't understand that Sherlock can easily launch moon boulders into ballistic trajectories whose CEP is sufficiently small to wreak havoc on Earth cities.

Comment: Re:Lemme posit this... (Score 1) 100

by cellocgw (#46543825) Attached to: College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

Question: why cannot the "professional" commercial makers do this sort of thing? Why are current car commercials always screaming at me?

Because, when it comes to car commercials, ad agencies are bound by so many rules and regulations regarding depictions of reckless driving and such things that it becomes almost impossible tp create a cool car commercial without running the risk of going to court over it (both the ad agency AND car manufacturer).

RU serious? Have you not seen the electric car flying over buildings, or the (Hyundai?) sedan flying up a ramp, landing on an elevated commuter train, then jumping into the parking lot?

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"