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Comment: Re:Myopic viewpoint (Score 1) 336

by haruchai (#46793881) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

"Lotus chassis"? Are you a time traveler stuck in limbo? Because the rest of the universe has moved on from 2010.
The Model S body is a new design that Tesla cuts & stamps in its own factory. That may jibe with the longstanding Lotus philososphy of auto manufacturing but that does make the Model S a "Lotus chassis"

"Laptop batteries" While Tesla uses the same 18650 cells that are found in laptops, it's NOT a "laptop battery" - more details at:

"and it is a TOY, not a car which can actually be used to go anywhere in the world" - define "anywhere"; it doesn't seem to have a problem in snowy Scandinavia.
check out Bjorn Nyland's videos of long trips in his Model S -

"And idealists who know nothing about the real world of engineering embrace toys" - the NHTSA know a thing or two about engineering and they take pleasure in seeing just how well some "toys" stand up to mechanical stress & damage and they gave the Model S top marks.

"People who actually know something about vehicles know better" - Mercedes, BMW & Toyota who should know a thing or two about vehicles have all used Tesla's expertise in recent years. But, hey, what do they know, right?

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1570

by shutdown -p now (#46793873) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

in Australia the gun ban has 90% popular support

And in Afghanistan, the idea that a person renouncing Islam should be put to death, or that it is okay to marry girls at age 9, also enjoys 90% popular support. So what?

"There had been 11 gun massacres in the decade preceding 1996, but there have been no mass shootings since. "

Yet murder rate did not change significantly - it kept going down at the same rate as before the last ban.

(which is because those massacres are a statistically insignificant event, basically)

documented that after the laws were changed, the risk of an Australian being killed by a gun fell by more than 50 percent.

Yet again, one of those bullshit "by a gun" statistics. Who cares about a subset of murders where guns specifically are used? What matters is the overall murder rate regardless of tools. That did not show any correlation to gun bans.

Australia’s gun homicide rate, 0.13 per 100,000 people, according to, is a tiny fraction of that of the United States (3.6 per 100,000 people).

Another pointless "gun ..." stat.

BTW, it's true that Australia (and most other First World countries) has an overall lower homicide rate, and generally violent crime rate. But that has to do with the different approach to healthcare and other forms of welfare in US, which results in significantly higher income inequality, stratification, high poverty rates and low social mobility - which translates to more crime. Guns don't really play any role in this, as is evident when looking at crime rates within US - they correlate strongly with poverty, and not at all with lax/strict gun laws.

It should be noted that our gun homicide rates were already in decline, but the gun laws accelerated that slide."

Another pointless "gun ..." stat. As noted before, the overall homicide rate was going down before the bans, and kept going down after them at the same rate - i.e. the decline was caused by other factors. It should be noted that this is a trend that is observed in all Western countries, including US, and in the latter said decline does not correlate with gun law changes (like AWB).

In a 2010 paper, economists Andrew Leigh and Christine Neill found that the law change had led to a 65 percent decline in the rate of firearm suicides. Firearm homicides fell by 59 percent.

Another pointless "gun ..." stat. The overall suicide rate did not change, people just used different methods (hangings in particular spiked as firearm suicides dropped).

The US is an exceptionally dangerous place to live - to be at more risk, you have to go to countries in complete anarchy or at war.

This is an utterly stupid statement. You are much more likely to be shot in my home country - Russia - that despite it not being even remotely "in complete anarchy or war" - and despite the much more stringent gun laws, which are only marginally more liberal than Australian ones. Heck, US has lower homicide rates than a good half of Europe.

Then, of course, the rate varies wildly within US from state to state, so much so that the average is meaningless. In my state of residence, it's the same as in Finland and Norway, and it's not some kind of rural depopulated place.

Comment: Re:More like society becoming less bigoted effect. (Score 1) 1111

by Uberbah (#46793001) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Actual, Paul

Thinking Paul gets you out of the why-are-you-picking-and-choosing-sins Old Testament trap? Okay, let's put aside Leviticus and the origin of the word "sodomy" for a minute. And pretend that teenagers aren't lectured with the "If a man lies with a male as with a woman" line if there is a hint they might be interested in the opposite sex.

Actual, Paul condemns homosexual acts in Romans 1:25-27.

Is that before or after Paul endorsed slavery? So, are you trying to repeal the 13th Amendment, or did you trade one cherry tree for another to be picked?

Jesus condemns "fornicators," and gay sex is fornication.

The core of the belief structure surrounding sex is simple: sex is a gift from God to be used for procreation. Uses of sex that are not open to the possibility of new life are perversions of the gift and therefore verboten.

Which is why you guys and the Mormons have also passed laws forbidding couples to get married when one partner is infertile, or once the woman has passed menopause. Oh wait, you're aren't. You're only targeting gays.

But I don't see in what way I'm bigoted.

John Hagee doesn't think he's a bigot, when he's calmly quoting the Bible to show that you Meta Monkey the Catholic, is a follower of the Whore of Babylon, an idol worshiping cult that will be devoured by the Antichrist. The only difference between you and Hagee is the cherries you pick and people you target. Now, care to try telling me how you're not a bigot to use a translation of a translation of a translation of 3,000 year old stories to discriminate against people living today?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 241

by ultranova (#46790241) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

But, at the same time, let the idiots who decide to overdose suffer the consequences of their actions.

I'm not entirely sure why consider suicide a sign of idiocy. Or did you mean "decide" in the same way as people would randomly "decide" to die of food poisoning if only those pesky regulatory agencies didn't interfere?

That is the point at which the liberals who want to LEGALIZE drugs fail the logic test. They want the government to allow them to use their favorite substances, and then rescue them when they have trouble. I want the government to stop inserting themselves into everyone's personal choices, including during the negative results that will result.

Do you have any particular reason for your wish? Because it seems to me that mitigating risks (of drugs, of walking out at night, of eating at a restaurant, etc) makes people effectively more free, and I don't really understand why anyone would think this is a bad thing.

Do you simply want to control people and pretend you don't?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 241

by ultranova (#46790079) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Please butt out of our domestic politics. It's none of your goddamn business, and yet foreign politicians know more about state-level politics in America than they do their own provinces.

You can be the Top Dog or you can be just another face in the crowd but you can't be both. And America made its choice. Don't blame the rest of us if you don't like it.

Comment: Re:Cartels will be fine.... (Score 1) 241

by ultranova (#46789727) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

If they were able to increase their profits from other drugs at a whim, why would they wait to incur marijuana losses before doing it? Why wouldn't they just do it now?

For the same reason corporations wait until being fined before passing it on to their customers: they're just too nice to try and profit more than their fair share.

Comment: Re:Nothing new - Always had tech jobs (Score 1) 304

by swillden (#46789551) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Top two cities with the highest density of engineers are Huntsville Alabama and Palm Bay/Melbourne Florida for what should be obvious reasons.

I'm sure that's true if you're counting traditional engineering fields, meaning not including software engineers. I'm not sure it would still be true if you included software. Of course many would argue that software engineering isn't yet mature enough to be a real engineering discipline, but it definitely is a big part of "tech", which is the subject of discussion.

Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 2) 304

by BobMcD (#46789453) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Never actually been to the "bible-belt," have you? It shows in your bigotry against those of us who actually live here, the irony of which is not lost on me.

Having moved from the Ozarks to Dallas, I can comfortably say 'bible belt my ass'. DFW is heathen by comparison to the actual bible belt.

Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 1) 304

by swillden (#46789411) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

I've spent about half of my life in Texas. I've lived in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. I've also lived in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Southern California.

Every conversation about living in Texas I've had with a West Coaster: "How can you stand living in Texas. Everyone is so bigoted and prejudicial?" "Oh really, have you ever been there?" "No." "..."

And, of course, they completely miss the irony in their own statements.

Comment: Re:wait, what? (Score 1) 456

by BobMcD (#46789345) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

He is right to contrast Whole Foods with Walmart:


In short, stupid people shop at both Walmart and Whole Foods. It's just that the Whole Foods stupid people are trying to let other people think for them, where as the Walmart stupid people don't particularly care.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold