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Comment: Re:ground effects lighting (Score 1) 691

by nanoakron (#39371667) Attached to: UK Plan Would Use CCTV To Stop Uninsured Drivers From Refueling

I'm not intending to put any effort into getting around this system because it's a good idea. Uninsured and untaxed drivers are a major problem on the UK's already overcrowded roads. Such drivers skip out on paying the upkeep for the same roads they expect the rest of us to pay for, are pushing the UK's skyrocketing insurance costs ever higher, often drive poorly maintained or even stolen vehicles and present a far greater risk to the law-abding driving public than the protection of their 'privacy' or 'rights' are worth.

This is not a 'once they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew' argument. These people are breaking the law to the detriment of greater society and we have the means to instantly punish them en masse. We should use it.

Comment: Re:At least someone has balls (and common sense) (Score 1) 919

by nanoakron (#34399138) Attached to: DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing

Hang him because he's anti-US?

Perhaps the irony of your statement has gone 'whoosh' over your head if you can't see it's that arrogance and dismissal of others that /makes/ people anti-US in the first place.

tl;dr You've got about 3,000,000,000 others to wade through first.

Comment: Re:Golf Diesel (Score 0, Troll) 576

by nanoakron (#33999972) Attached to: Mazda Claims 70 mpg For New Engine, No Hybrid Needed

Older cars were so economical because they were so light. Newer cars are far more robust in an accident.

Safety or economy, choose one.

Absolutely false.

Older cars were heavier than new ones AND new ones are safer.

This is because of a number of improvements - new alloys, plastic internals, seatbelts, airbags, roll-cages and crumple zones.

How on earth did the parent get a +5, insightful?

Comment: Well, I'm not so sure 'won' as 'competed well' (Score 1) 133

by nanoakron (#33844402) Attached to: Watch the 1st American Newsreel of Sputnik Launch

I know that Americans feel it dents their national pride to admit it, but the Russians categorically won the space race.

America achieved only a single victory - the first man on the moon - and then decided that was enough so just sat back from there.

However, the Russians had already done all the rest - first animal, first orbit, first man, first woman, first moonwalk.

So if you're happy as a nation to believe you 'won' because of a single victory, go ahead.

However, the rest of us know the truth.

Comment: Yeah, 25 potential years but... (Score 4, Interesting) 241

by nanoakron (#33789076) Attached to: 15-Year-Old Boy Fitted With Robotic Heart

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive, irreversible muscular disorder where the muscle cells literally pull themselves apart due to the lack of a key membrane-stabilising protein, Dystrophin.

So now this boy's heart can't give out for 25 years, you're then only consigning him to die of suffocation as his diaphragm does.

Oh no, ventilator. Well, let's wait for his oesophagus, colon and eye muscles to go...

But he's still alive, just locked into an immobile, artificially ventilated body with a heart that will never stop.

That seems worse than the natural alternative to me.

Comment: Re:Guns and chains... (Score 4, Informative) 1141

by nanoakron (#33647378) Attached to: Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber


High voltage discharges create intense UV radiation - and because your retina doesn't detect UV it doesn't trigger your blink reflex.

So you'll end up with corneal burning and irritation if you're lucky, cataracts or permanent blindspots if not.

So these idiots intentionally reproducing these things to see the pretty colours deserve all they get. Unfortunate pylon workers, welders and high voltage researchers do not.


Comment: New Dark Ages (Score 1) 1027

by nanoakron (#33555996) Attached to: Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

Mark my words - we're entering a second 'Dark Ages'.

With the rise (or perhaps backlash) of religious doctrine against the progress made by modern science over the past few hundred years, we will eventually have the more reasoned voices in society drowned out by the clamouring of idiots.

Creationism/Intelligent Design vs. Evolutionary Theory was the first battleground, now Heliocentrism. What next? Alchemy? Flat-earthism? The stork theory of human reproduction.

This is a disgrace to modern society.

Comment: Re:2000 pages... (Score 3, Informative) 191

by nanoakron (#33553866) Attached to: Child Abuse Verdict Held Back By MS Word Glitch

No, no - it's even nicer than that.

Hang - As you say, hanged by the neck until loss of consciousness but still alive.
Draw - Then they'd wake you back up by cutting into your abdomen and pulling out your intestines. Occasionally, for added fun, they'd burn them in front of you on an open brazier.
Quarter - As you say, pulled apart by 4 strong cart horses.

Lovely people.

Look up 'broken on the wheel' for truly awful torture.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"