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Comment: Re:Firmware (Score 2) 394

by newcastlejon (#46569451) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Hill starts are quite easy when you get the hang of them: keep one hand on the handbrake (parking brake), and bring the clutch up to the biting point until you feel the car struggle a little against the brake then slowly release the handbrake while you give it a little more throttle.

It's almost exactly the same as pulling away normally except you let the clutch bite a little more before you release the brake. Failing that, you find the owner of the other car and tell them what an inconsiderate tool they've been; either they move or you find yourself unconscious only to wake with the offending vehicle having mysteriously vanished.

Comment: Re: Redefine hunting. (Score 2) 397

by newcastlejon (#46566773) Attached to: Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

There's ample evidence for animal worship by palaeolithic humans. I was specifically thinking of the Celts, but it doesn't seem that far of a stretch for me to assume that humans in general would try to treat their prey well. Humane slaughter formed quite a large part of abrahamic religions still practiced today, but even the oldest branches of those don't stretch back quite as far as flint as far as I know.

If that's not good enough a citation then fine, you win. Now I'm curious how you can justify the ethics of bow hunting just for mere target practice in case civilisation somehow comes to an end. You might as well argue that soldiers should have to practice with longbows in case their guns all decide to fall apart at exactly the same moment.

Comment: Re: Redefine hunting. (Score 3, Insightful) 397

by newcastlejon (#46565441) Attached to: Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

There's reasons why people practice this form of hunting for a hundred thousand years.

Because they hadn't invented guns yet. Give a subsistence hunter a choice between a bow and a rifle with free ammo and see what they choose. Even back when people were hunting with bits of flint on the end of sticks they cared about reducing the suffering of what they killed; that's to say nothing of wanting a more reliable means to bring down one's next meal.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

You might think it's a good idea to kick everyone who comes up with a terrible idea out of society, but it really isn't.

I didn't say anything about kicking her out of society, but having someone who can seriously suggest such an idea shouldn't be in a position to give an ostensibly reasoned opinion on ethics and, due to their position, have it given weight by others.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.