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Comment: Re:Why it did not go further (Score 1) 134

The fact that they reached for the nearest beer bottle as a weapon is unsurprising.

We don't know from this article that it was in fact the nearest beer bottle which was reached for - perhaps there had been a previous equally spirited debate on beer and/or beer bottle quality. Given the evident discerning nature of the combatants I would guess the two reached for that beer bottle which, when broken, is the superior weapon.

Comment: Re:You cannot understand the ocean through a camer (Score 1) 160

by mwehle (#49432651) Attached to: NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts Evidence For Life Beyond Earth By 2025

The difference is vast between standing somewhere and looking through a webcam and it will never become otherwise. It doesn't matter how good your camera is. You seriously are pretending that you know what the ocean is like because you looked at it through a camera? It's not even close to the same thing. What does it smell like? What does the breeze feel like?

Unfortunately immediately after having smelled an alien ocean or after feeling the Martian breeze a human will need replacing, whereas a robot will remain functional. A human standing on another planet will be sensing everything through mechanical mediation. Gazing through a visor may be preferable to viewing via a remote screen, but you are unlikely to ever be feeling that breeze on your cheek.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 274

by mwehle (#49286853) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

It sounds like you couldn't afford an education either.

I recently went overseas. There were a fair amount of English speakers but most people in the country could not afford an education. Since they could not afford an education they never learned it [English].

Fixed that for you.

When being pedantic one may also wish to be correct. It would be more correct to use number instead of amount as number is generally used with count nouns while amount is used with mass nouns. The word amount refers here to a single quantity, and the poster's was was in fact correct, while your were was in error.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 4, Insightful) 398

There's a difference between physical danger and social effects.

Glad to see someone making this point. The article cited is about the relative lethal dose of various drugs. Discussion of the risks/benefits of marijuana use do not generally include a debate around the risk that someone will smoke to the point of death, unlike discussion of campus alcohol consumption, which must take into account frat and other alcohol poisoning deaths. Actual deaths, though, are not the most significant social effect of widespread alcohol or pot consumption.

Comment: Re: False information? (Score 1) 157

by mwehle (#48583009) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.

I remember breaking into laughter several times when watching Nicholson and Moore praise the men on the walls without mentioning that those walls are in someone else's country. Oh, the glory of being an occupying power maintaining an empire!

Comment: Re:Logic fail (Score 1) 186

by mwehle (#48518667) Attached to: Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Says someone who must never have eaten actual good pizza. Pizza Hut's pizza is really nothing like, say, the pizza I've eaten from a pizzeria in Naples where the pizzas are thin-crust, baked in an oven that's about 1000 degrees F for maybe a minute or so.

If was Naples wouldn't that be degrees C?

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 651

by mwehle (#48042905) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Actually a shotgun is a better home defense weapon for most users than a rifle, but not the double-barrel shotgun Biden whinges about. A good, solid semi auto or pump action that holds several rounds can do wonders to an intruder or two without going through several houses like a .30-06 might.

Choice of weapon for home defense is certainly a continual subject for debate. If I am wakened by someone breaking into my house at night I'd feel my Glock is going to be easier to wield while walking around a dark house than a shotgun. I can also get off multiple shots from a 9mm much more quickly than when pumping a shotgun. On the other hand, given some visibility the shotgun has a deterrent value that the handgun does not, and a rifle also has an edge here, I think. My guess is if a home invader sees me pointing either my Mossberg or AR at him he'll be more liable to see me as seriously ready to use it than if I'm pointing a handgun, see the Ellsberg/Kissinger/Nixon "mad man theory". When debating calibers a friend of mine once said "nothing says 'Stop motherfucker!' like a .45" and I'd echo that the sound of a 12 gauge going off is more likely to cause an opponent to freeze or flee than the sound of a 9mm.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 651

by mwehle (#48042701) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

20 years ago, my dad and I came home from a camping trip a day early, but late at night. If my mom had been armed, she would have shot at both of us. Instead, the dog woofed to wake her up and then went to go greet us.

I'm trying to parse this. If your mom had been armed, she would have shot you, but instead the dog woofed to wake her up? So if she had been armed your mom would have shot you in her sleep? Did the dog only woof because your mom was not armed? Could she have called out to ask who was there before she shot?

The time spent on any item of the agenda [of a finance committee] will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. -- C.N. Parkinson