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Comment: Re:Not always true... (Score 1) 689

by demonlapin (#49348689) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
Absence seizures don't really work like that, and they don't really show up as a new diagnosis in someone that age. A prior diagnosis would have disqualified him from getting a commercial (and probably a private) pilot's license. And automatisms won't don't that. My wife is an epileptologist, I know far more than I want to about these things.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 689

by demonlapin (#49347985) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
Murder-suicide is when you decide to kill that lying bitch you've been living with all these years, and then realize you'd rather be dead than spend the rest of your life in prison. If you just feel the need to end it between the two of you, there's no reason over a hundred other people need to go too.

Comment: Re:How About (Score 1) 224

by demonlapin (#49308223) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed
Speed governors are not going to ruin a generation. When I learned to drive, my speed governor was called a "crappy engine". My first car did 0-60 mph (~0-100 km/h) in a blistering 16 seconds if the air conditioning was off - much longer if it was on. It wouldn't do 75 mph unless it was headed down a mountain. But it had four wheels, it ran, and it was mine, and that was enough.

Comment: Re:Why bother with Windows? Or a PC at all? (Score 1) 252

Seriously. Check out the competition, to be sure, but my Synology? It Just Works. And It Just Works Really Well. And it's the size of a large toaster, which means it can fit on a shelf in a closet, or behind some audio devices in your media center. Buy, insert hard drives, install OS, it does the rest - automatically. Hard drive dies? Shut it off, replace drive, turn it on, it does the rest with minimal intervention. If you want to be paranoid, you can even set it up to be able to survive two disk failures.

Comment: Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation? (Score 4, Interesting) 1080

by demonlapin (#49258577) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century
The problem with nitrogen asphyxiation is the optics suck. One critical insight into the three-drug death penalty method was the paralytic. As neurons die, they "wave goodbye" by triggering muscle contractions. So even though they're utterly unconscious, they will still have seizure-like activity if you don't paralyze them.

Comment: Re:Keep it as is (Score 3, Interesting) 277

by demonlapin (#49204573) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America
DST is nothing more than collectively agreeing that we will get up and go home an hour earlier all summer long. Hence the traditional opposition in farming areas - farmers work on the sun, not the clock, and if every store closes an hour earlier, it is more difficult for them to get there after the farm work is done but before they close.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson