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Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 409

The whole situation is stupid. You go when it is your turn unless someone is entering the intersection faster than you are. Even then, you should be close to halfway across before you yield to the other person moving out of sequence. Anything else is madness.

If you yield to the slightest of motions, you will never go. If you go when someone else is going more aggressively than you, there will be an accident. The only solution is to assert that it is your turn to go by entering the intersection. If an accident happens despite all of that, then it is clearly the other person's fault and the accident was going to happen anyway.

Comment Re:Mirrored drones = deadly disco balls? (Score 1) 125

The mirror coating is barely reflective to a laser, and will burn off just about as quickly as the camouflage coating which you propose. What is needed to have any real effect is an ablative laser coating which continues to be reflective as it is burned away. AFAIK no such material exists as of yet, in spite of being prophesied in roll-playing games (i.e. Battletech.)

Hm. It seems to me that the ideal way to handle this is to have the material ablate in such a manner that it leaves a cloud of particles hanging in the air, forcing the laser to burn through the cloud as well.

Comment Re:Thank You All (Score 1) 198

Since I am certain you will not see my previous response to another poster, I think it would be wise for me to paraphrase the poster's response and my response for you:

Enterprise Architect should not be logging on with administrative credentials. An Enterprise Architect has two arms, Sysems/Networks Administrators and Information Assurance. Systems/Networks give you reports and implements what you want. Information Assurance validates (amongst other things). You need to do nothing in that arena.

Comment Re:Architect != sysadmin (Score 1) 198

The role that everyone seems to be ignoring here is IA. Information Assurance should be the read only underlings that validate things are the way the EA thinks they are.

In summary: The Enterprise Architect needs no accounts other than that required to log on to their workstation. The System and Network Administrator personnel implement what they are told. The Information Assurance personnel guarantee to the Enterprise Architect that what was told the System Administrators was properly implemented.

Comment Re:Brought about by the internet? (Score 2) 717

The intent of Nazis was to deprive them of their ability to influence society, then of citizenship, then of property, then to be deported, then... "oh, hell, why are we going through all this hassle? We know how we want jews, so let's go right to the end of it: the final solution!"

One thing that has always bothered me about that whole mess: Why bother with Zyklon B at all?

Why not just have a trap door open up that tosses them directly into the incinerator while they were alive? I would guess psychology...

It still utterly blows me away to this day that people did this to other people and that people now are not afraid of setting up similar controls because they think something like the Holocaust could never happen again. It can. It shouldn't. Think people. Think.

Comment Re:Small correction (Score 1) 121

And the most important thing : the whole state of Israel has been taken by force in 1948 !

Why would you defend such a country ?

All countries were made through force. Do you think the Russians lived in Russia since the dawn of time? Do you think the Chinese lived in China since the dawn of time? The only thing unique about Israel is that it was carved out by a third party for them.

Personally, I would nuke the whole area for all of them being jackasses. The Israeli leadership for allowing settling land and bulldozing houses and the Palestinian leadership for never being amenable to any rational agreement and being committed to keeping the Palestinians miserable.

I would be for taking all of the leaders from both sides and publicly executing them but the rot and corruption is too deep. Start with a clean slate and nuke it all. Of course, announce beforehand so reasonable people can leave the area forever.

Comment Re:This is Stupid (Score 1) 572

Just once I wish we'd wage a war on Cancer or Drunk Driving, ya know?

Erm, there has been a war on Drunk Driving... or have you not been paying attention for the last 20+ years? More lives have been destroyed by this war than have been saved, but whatever. Being practical is never the right answer.

Comment Re:Christie is ideal (Score 1) 572

I want Visas available for all the jobs we need doing. Right now we can't get american's to pick food and until we have robots doing it we need people to do it. We should have a visa just for this purpose and have people get it legally. They should come here legally, work here legally and NOT be exploited by farmers, factories etc.

You clearly do not understand the issue here. The reason that illegal immigrants can find work is because they work without the protections afforded to the American worker. This makes the immigrants cheaper to hire. This means the farmers and factories are in fact exploiting the immigrants. Without the economic incentive, there would be fewer illegal immigrants.

To word it in another manner, it is the ability to exploit the illegal immigrant that makes the illegal immigrant valuable. Americans would do the work but the farmers and factories do not want the baggage that comes with American workers (Social Security, payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, potential lawsuits, etc). Understand?

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 265

He needs to fly to Sweeden and take care of his personal business, you know: "man up".

The chances of him being extradited to the U.S. are slim to none at this point.

I care not even the slightest about this character but even I wouldn't be turning myself over to Sweden. I have absolutely zero doubt he will end up in Guantanamo or worse either before he arrives in Sweden or afterwards with an apology by some official saying how they regret that the mistake made in paperwork allowed a European to hop onto an American plane accidentally and they take full responsibility for the error (which means nothing in this day and age). Of course, the deeply heartfelt apology will be of little use to the person being tortured, possibly to death.

When they want you, they WILL get you. Hell, they were considering storming the fucking embassy for him against all procedures and protocols. Oy.

Comment Re:What causes gravity? (Score 3, Interesting) 236

Gravity is the result of space being curved in relation to time. Space and time are a result of energy being "tied in knots" to create matter. A black hole is literally the edge of the universe. There is no spacetime without matter. There is no matter without bound energy. Hence, the infinite point of energy for the big bang is the only descriptive term for a universe of pure energy since there is no matter to create space time.

The big bang was a "cooling" of the energy, which solidified into matter. As matter was "created", spacetime was created and expanded as a result thereof. The rest is pretty clear at this point although the implications are not.

Comment Re:Marriage WORKS (Score 1) 706

A stable environment is the best basis to bring up children - that's as clear cut a conclusion of social science as I know of.

While I am not certain the science is entirely settled on this, from my own experiences, I tend to agree.

Marriage should provide a bulwark in achieving that stability.

Should? Really? Is that the best you can do? Should? I have anecdotal evidence that your thesis is wrong. Does an anecdote prove a thesis? No, but it can disprove one.

My best friend refuses to get married. He now has children who are close to 18 and they have had an extremely stable home so far. Marriage not required; however there is intense pressure for him to marry her. Both families and all of society essentially conspire to force them to marry. In fact, there are laws which say they are legally married now despite him not wanting to get married.

That you seem unwilling to accept the value of stability or the value of marriage towards that stability, I find perverse.

I am unsure how you read that I am against stability or "the children" but go ahead and keep crying that cry. For the children indeed.

That your perception of human nature is so pessimistic, I just find sad.

I prefer to perceive reality, not wishful thinking based on puritanical models of behavior. That you find reality sad is none of my concern. I will give you this advice though: Yourself, and many others in this story have deeply ingrained puritanical leanings. These are biasing your views of what you see going on around you. Beware. Witch hunts are not that far away.

Look at the posts here: Most of them are screaming for blood. That all of the victims here deserved it because they were in turn victimizing someone else by cheating. Some have even called for all of this data to be examined by society.

Be careful what you wish for, you may get it. Be careful of your biases, they will lead you to very dark places.

"The identical is equal to itself, since it is different." -- Franco Spisani