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Comment: Re:Could Be Handy in the Gun Shop (Score 1) 133

by nicoleb_x (#49101543) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

The last time I heard of a gun with an obfuscated serial number it involved a cop "throw down". Really, it's pretty rare when somebody buys a gun legally and then removes the serial number before committing a crime. It's so much easier to just buy a stolen gun.

Comment: Re:Who controls the thermostat. (Score 1) 319

by nicoleb_x (#48770529) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?
Maybe before they do the ethics thing they might want to get some major agreement on just what is the ideal temperature. At least when there is nobody/everybody at the helm it's hard to get too mad, but just start targeting the climate with techno arrogance and you'll have billions bitching that you screwed them and killed their babies and you should die a horrible death. Unfortunately, they might be right some of the time even if your tech is proper and correct.

Comment: Re:You know the cops are going to want it .. (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by nicoleb_x (#48762043) Attached to: Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting
Have you ever shot a rifle at long range? There is this this thing called atmosphere that actually slows down a bullet such that it slows and drops far out of proportion to the gravitational effects or even the Coriolis effects. Those damn lasers are hardly effected by the atmosphere. I'd even wager that the laser, traveling at the speed of light, reaches it's target so fast that drop is irrelevant where line-of-sight is a limiting factor. Now, when there is mirage, all bets are off. The target doesn't appear where it really is so laser or regular optics are going to be frustrated. So remember to start a big ass fire between you and the snipers or plan to be in the area only when bright sun is heating the air between you and the sniper.

Comment: Re:Time for some leaps and not baby steps (Score 1) 142

by nicoleb_x (#48761851) Attached to: Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos
The electorate is largely religious, Christian mostly, but that doesn't mean they can't accept life on Mars. I've never heard any mainstream Christian religion say that life on Mars would be blasphemous. However, I have seen some odd statements from Muslims.

Comment: Marissa Meyer was right (for once) (Score 1) 294

Having people working remotely by themselves is not (currently) a great model. Software is produced by teams not individuals and teams really need to collaborate to be effective and the easier it is to collaborate the better the results. I'm sure you all read the recent report about open space offices? Until that trend ends you can expect that remote/cubed workers are not going to be in vogue.

I do think that robotic avatars will eventually solve this problem, so if I was the Indian, Russian or whatever government I'd get cracking on this.

Comment: Re:so what (Score 1) 560

by nicoleb_x (#48722017) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record
Everyone? Really? It's climate change not climate fucking. It might actually be better not worse, at least in the long run. When Canada, Russia and Alaska are the premier places to live how can you complain? I say getting humans more comfortable with migration (again) is a good thing. It will spur technology/development and investment and give us a chance to finally let loose of some of those nationalistic bindings. The entire wold population could easily live in a warmer Alaska-Canada or Russia.

Comment: Wishful thinking (Score 1) 115

by nicoleb_x (#48672167) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones
The conclusion that bone density seemed to change about the time that the last ice age ended and humans became more adept at agriculture doesn't necessarily mean that there is a correlation and one caused the other. There could be many reasons or no reason at all. Not all changes are the result of environmental pressures, some are just random and if the change doesn't result in significant weakening of the ability to survive and reproduce then it might become widespread while not being an adaptive trait.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?