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Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 135

by jpvlsmv (#47432645) Attached to: Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

I, for one, welcome our new virii overl...oh forget it, this meme is no longer funny.

Virii? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.

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just like 'one bus, several buses' ('bus' from 'omnibus', but let's not go there). Apart from that, you would use a a nominative singular here: '... our virus overlords ...'

Buses? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.

The correct plural of bus is bi. (Unless you're talking about the London double-decker variety, in which case it's bii.)

Comment: Re:Faith in God (Score 1) 296

by jpvlsmv (#47376709) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

The reasons for the quotation marks would make for a very long rant about ionizing vs. non-ionizing radiation and their complete ignorance of what is actually going on.

If you really want to get the far right riled up about radiation, you could call something different than non-ionizing. Can you imagine if the public were exposed to unionizing radiation?

Comment: Registry checklist: (Score 5, Interesting) 493

by jpvlsmv (#47119113) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

I'm trying to keep track of what kind of registries are acceptable for each (US) political party

No Fly Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty (D&R)
Gun Owner Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Legal-to-work-in-US Registry: Acceptable for (R), Unacceptable for (D)
National ID card: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Vaccination Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Superhero Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty
Mutant Registry: Ditto
Windows Registry: Can't run Windows without it, and what else would you run?

Comment: Re:Gun nuts (Score 1) 1374

by jpvlsmv (#46890477) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that each citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. There are only a very few obvious prohibitions, namely against convicted felons and those declared mentally incompetent or ill.

I have yet to see any constitutional argument that supports these "obvious prohibitions". Either the 2nd amendment allows each citizen to keep and bear arms (including convicted felons and the insane) or there are obvious limits on the scope of the rights enumerated there.

And once you accept that there are obvious limits on the scope of gun rights, then you can't just say "the 2nd amendment allows me to carry whatever firearm I want wherever I want to"

Comment: How about this one? (Score 3, Insightful) 392

by jpvlsmv (#46663663) Attached to: How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

How many people does it take to colonize this star system? Apparently more than the 6 Billion we have on Earth, since we haven't even bothered to get off this damn rock.

Send people to Mars first, then worry about Alpha Centauri (which is a terrible place to send people to anyway. The only thing there is a backwaters galactic planning council office)

--Joe

Comment: Re:The problem with eBay to sell electronics (Score 1) 79

by jpvlsmv (#46609365) Attached to: Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)

That, plus the fact that you need to find a buyer willing to pay for your item during the 7-day window that you've run your auction, and who's willing to wait until next Tuesday to get it.

eBay is terrible for low-volume items for this reason. (I personally flooded the eBay market for SGI Indigo workstations a while ago -- the first two sold, the rest of them never did)

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