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Comment: Re:It's an odd phrase (Score 1) 1409

by modecx (#46776633) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Strange you say? So, let's replace some of the contentious words so we can get a better idea of the sentence structure, without having the associated emotions derailing us.

A well stocked fridge, being necessary to the health of a free man, the right of the people to keep and eat ham sandwiches, shall not be infringed.

Huh. You know, it reads alright to me. The problem isn't the wording. I think the problem is the founders didn't or couldn't imagine a time in the future where so many uneducated and uninvested people would have the opportunity to vote.

Comment: Re:"hacking charisma" (Score 4, Insightful) 242

by modecx (#46593621) Attached to: Hacking Charisma

If you need to resist it, you have already failed, as it had already affected you.

Charisma, like the old tree branch that scratches your window at night, and the drive to eat and fuck, primarily affects the old lizard brain. It's near the same biological level as the autonomic nervous functions. Unless your name is Spock or Jesus H. Christ, of course you've already failed. That doesn't mean you're done for though.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 394

by modecx (#46570699) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Most electric carts I've used have only one pedal. When you push it, the cart moves forward. When you let go, it brakes

Yeah, that's pretty much how a Model S works as well. When you let off the accelerator, regenerative braking kicks in. It kind of feels like engine braking in a manual transmission car. Regen braking can ramp up to 60kW, which can actually be quite a jolt if you do the opposite of stab the accelerator. The aggressiveness of regen braking is even user customizable through the computer, to reduce that effect.

The brake exists for times where 60kW of regen braking isn't enough. i.e. you need to stop fast. What you're proposing, however would be this: when you completely let off of the accelerator, full brakes are applied. I mean, enough to lock the rotors if there weren't ABS. That would simply be about the most retarded thing ever.

Comment: Re:The title says it all. (Score 1) 2219

by modecx (#46187209) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Yes, Slashdot is "News for Nerds". But we don't come here to passively "consume" news. We come here to actively debate the news. That's what makes Slashdot different.

Not only can we all come here and read and then talk about the nerdly news, but as it happens often enough, the nerds actually making the news are members here themselves. From physicists and IT guys at CERN, Linux and other OSS coders, celebrity nerds, spooks at the NSA (they're posting GNAA trolls on their lunch break, and we all know it), university students working on some cool project, etc. etc. I can't count the number of times I was browsing the comments of a story, and one of the subjects actually involved crops up and joins the conversation; and you know, that's pretty freaking cool.

As a collective, we're the circus performers, the contributors, the commentators, and the critics, all at once. Where else do you find this on the net? Nowhere. As far as I know, Slashdot is unique in this regard.


New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists 193

Posted by Soulskill
from the cross-black-holes-off-your-list-of-good-hiding-places dept.
KentuckyFC writes "Black holes form when a large star runs out of fuel and collapses under its own weight. Since there is no known force that can stop this collapse, astrophysicists have always assumed that it forms a singularity, a region of space that is infinitely dense. Now cosmologists think quantum gravity might prevent this complete collapse after all. They say that the same force that stops an electron spiraling into a nucleus might also cause the collapsing star to 'bounce' at scales of around 10^-14cm. They're calling this new state a 'Planck star' and say its lifetime would match that of the black hole itself as it evaporates. That raises the possibility that the shrinking event horizon would eventually meet the expanding Planck star, which emerges with a sudden blast of gamma rays. That radiation would allow any information trapped in the black hole to escape, solving the infamous information paradox. If they're right, these gamma rays may already have been detected by space-based telescopes meaning that the evidence is already there for any enterprising astronomer to tease apart."

+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

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Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 133

by modecx (#46165603) Attached to: Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS

There's no paperwork or 'security check' outside title work, and whatever else goes on down at the DMV which would preclude an individual from owning tanks that might be light enough for operation on the road. They just have to have headlights and signals like any other vehicle. I suppose if it's heavy enough you might need a commercial / heavy vehicle driver's license. If you want to operate it on private property, you certianly wouldn't need any of that.

All "guns" must be inoperable.

That's where you need the background checks, fella. So long as it's breech loaded, any non-sporting gun with a bore over 0.50" falls under the 'destructive device' category, and requires a background check, registration with the BATFe, and a $200 transfer tax. The ordnance might also require such registration. But if you're rich as Bill Fucking Gates, and assuming there are no state or local laws which say otherwise, and the guns are properly registered, you very well could drive a tank down the road with a functional 105mm main gun, functional .30 cal coax machine gun, and a gunner on top with a real ma-deuce, and the police wouldn't be able to do so much as give you a ticket.

America, Fuck Yea.

Comment: Re: even a broken clock... (Score 1) 523

by modecx (#46071069) Attached to: RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

You seem to be under the impression that libertarianism is some kind of strict monolithic orthodoxy. Because of this, I can only assume you believe it to be an affliction caused Libertarian Ideal Particles, which have infinitely negative mass and are transmitted at velocities much faster than light, which are beamed right into the brains of those who are naturally predisposed towards libertarianism, from the Libertarian Hive-mind on Planet Bob, moon of the fifth planet orbiting 55 Cancri, an exoplanet believed to have a particularly eccentric orbit.

Yeah. About that... It's not.

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