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Comment: Re:I sincerely hope the 1st Amendment is bulletpro (Score 1) 369 369

Let me treat you to a few more of "jp_831"'s comments on Slashdot. He hasn't been around long so there weren't many to choose from:

This is what 8chan has brought to Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Export Violence (Score 1) 369 369

The government has failed to restrict guns, that doesn't mean they don't want to, it just means that the 2nd Amendment is too clear to be overturned as easily as they would like.

The second amendment is so clear that until the 1980s it didn't cover individual ownership of guns?

The government wants to keep easily made guns out of our hands because they want to know who ha the guns.

So they just need to know who has the 3D printers.

Come on. You're smarter than that.

Comment: Re:I sincerely hope the 1st Amendment is bulletpro (Score 1) 369 369

Constitutional Amendments - those guys with wooden teeth and slaves set up a pretty nifty system if you follow it.

If we followed the "pretty nifty system" the guys with the wooden teeth set up, we'd still have slaves and half the population would be forbidden from voting because they don't have penises.

Fuck your Founding Fathers. They were a bunch of wine snobs who didn't want to have to pay taxes. All the flowery rhetoric was so much bullshit.

Comment: Re:Export Violence (Score 1) 369 369

Why do you lie on the internet when anyone can make five keystrokes and find out how full of shit you are? []

Look at the date on your citation. It's 2007.

which is why Obama's administration has been doing the best they can to make firearms and ammunition as difficult to acquire as possible.

No, they talk about making firearms and ammunition as difficult to acquire as possible. They haven't done one thing in eight years to actually make it so. In your mind, is the same guy who's so diabolical and tyrannical as to force gay marriage and health care down your throat really that impotent when it comes to guns? He can wave his arms and change the Constitution and "fundamentally transform America", but he can't tighten one single gun law?

The entire gun "debate" is a sideshow to keep the yokels busy. They really think they're arming against the government.

Comment: Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 1) 342 342

If the Greeks had been smart they would have exited the EU...

There is one little problem with that idea. There is no mechanism to "exit" the EU, just as there is no mechanism to kick a member out. Government tends to be like that (ask the Confederacy).

Comment: Glaciers melting in the dead of night (Score 0, Offtopic) 75 75

I cannot let a story about supermassive black holes go by without posting this:

I'm not someone you would normally think would be a big fan of this music, but a few years ago, I was looking for some music to play in the background when I was playing open world racing video games, like NFS: Most Wanted, etc. One of my students game me a CD/mp3 mix with a bunch of Muse, My Chemical Romance, Meshuggah, some Finnish Dark Metal bands, and some other groups. This led me to make a 2000-song racing playlist on Spotify that I still play in the background to this day when I play The Crew. I've added in some early Stooges, Ramones, GenX, etc, as well as a smattering of rockabilly, Wu Tang and punjabi rap. There's nothing like being in the last lap of a race and having "Survival" playing in the background. It's like some cross between Queen's "We Are the Champions" and Leni Riefenstahl.

OK, carry on.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 143 143

And how are you going to be sure they died of a heart attack due to fright and now due to an diet of excessive pizza, chips, and Redbull?

That's my point. Any FUD you hear about the "dangers of VR" is nothing but marketing to the gamers, who as a whole, are not a particularly bright bunch.

Comment: Re:Export Violence (Score 1) 369 369

the goal is to prevent US citizens from 3d printing guns,

Are you so silly that you think the US government has an interest in keeping guns out of the hands of US citizens?

The US has the highest per capita gun ownership in the world. Back in 2013, there was a gun for every man, woman and child in the US, and now certainly even more than that. The US government doesn't care about your guns. In fact, they know you are statistically more likely to kill yourself with that gun than you are someone else.

Do you see Second Amendment activists using guns against the government anywhere in the US? Do you think you're little gun worries the US government in any way, shape or form?

You dumb sonofabitch, your guns are just another way the government controls you. It's population control by another name and the argument is between you and "them libruls", not between you and the government, and the government knows this. As long as you're busy marching around open-carrying and fighting with liberals over gun control, you're not aware of just how controlled you are. As long as the "Second Amendment" is a big issue in elections, they know you're taking your eye off of what's really going on. You think you're a big winner when you march down to the local gun shop and spend your disability money on guns, and the government is laughing at you.

Comment: giant machines are US culture, and world culture (Score 3, Interesting) 101 101

In the US we love big machines. The Queen Mary, the Spruce Goose, the continuous asphalt pavers, the Liebherr T 282 B giant dump truck (although Liebherr is a Swiss company), the Boeing 747-400 and Lockheed L-1011 wide-body passenger jets, the massive Abrams tank, the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, the 280mm towed howitzer M65 "Atomic Annie", and such are examples.

See how I slipped a Swiss-built monster in there? Well, the US and Japan aren't the only ones. Germany has a 31 million pound excavator. The largest plane is made in Russia by Antonov. South Korea builds some of the biggest cargo ships.

So while, yes, giant robots are a big thing in Japanese art the urge to build huge machines is all over the industrialized world. The US and Germany have never been afraid of large engineering feats. The US has a whole industry of using remotely piloted craft for actual combat.

I don't think Japan needs to focus so much pride on this one little competition as a cultural identity issue. It's not like a US firm is going to enter a contest designing and building a robot with the intent of a face-saving loss or an honorable tie.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"