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Comment Re:As an RC enthusiast and quad builder and pilot (Score 1) 37 37

Really $1300?

You've obviously never built a quadrotor that's better than toy quality. The parts alone are around 800 if you buy them non-wholesale. Of course I would expect that price to come down if they seriously mass produce them.

Let's start at the weight 4 lbs. WTF are you guys thinking?

Again,. that's just what a quadrotor that can carry a go-pro weighs. The phantom's slightly lighter than that, but it's underpowered for the job and only flies for like 7min. (that's what I hear, I don't have a phantom).

Completely waterproof so the battery bay is watertight? The motor stators and windings are watertight? The flight control board is also watertight?

Funny thing, brushless motors are inherently waterproof. In the underwater ROV community it's common to use brushless motors as the propulsion. Honestly it's probably IP 66 or similar. It's like your car, protected from water ingress so it's good in rain, but not actually submersible. Why make it water tight? If it falls in the lake it's going to sink anyway.

Comment Re:Damned shame (Score 1) 362 362

Totally agree. For years my college friends and I have been getting bored of the halo series, but they're the only games that still support split-screen to any decent degree. It's amazing how few titles these days support the basics like 4 players per console, bringing guests online, etc. Call of Duty - no, Left 4 dead - (ironically) no, Gears of War - no.

Our current setup is two lcd's in the living-room, 2 360's, 2 copies of reach, and 8 controllers. No number of new features or game-play improvements can compensate for the ability to coordinate and trash talk with your friends across the couch. The feeling of getting together a full 4's team in one room and crushing superior opponents with sheer teamwork may just be the greatest thing of all time.

Comment Re:I am a Muslim (Score 2, Insightful) 761 761

So your suggesting that If the people writing the laws tell you and action is wrong, that makes it intrinsically true? He said nothing about ignoring popular opinion, only that his ultimate choice of the correct course of action was not based on the personal consequences of said decision.

I hate to pull a godwin, but if you'd lived in Nazi Germany would you have sided [ethically] with the Nazis, simply because theirs was the prevailing ideology?

Comment Re:Goodf Idea (Score 1) 96 96

You can now use a piece of technology susceptible to power failure, surges, blown fuses, and seized motors, instead of the centuries old, proven technology that you've been using for years.

You could've made the same argument about the first combustion engines, or electric lighting systems...

Comment Re:Absurd (Score 1) 496 496

And even if you think this is nonsense: Prison should under no circumstances produce better criminals.

Absolutes like that just don't work in reality. Any improvement in a criminals general aptitude theoretically makes them a more cunning criminal, just as it makes them a more functional citizen. It's unrealistic to think that the two are so distinct.

The citizens that turn to crime are usually those too unintelligent or uneducated to see that even from a purely selfish perspective, serious crimes are almost always a stupid choice.

By your logic, our leaded-gasoline years should have been accompanied by a corresponding drop in crime. For a few years our population collectively dropped a few IQ points, and thus became less apt, criminally and otherwise, yet crime didn't diminish or even remain steady, it skyrocketed.

In the end, I feel like (of the the criminals that could actually be effected) we have to choose between producing a few cleaver and educated criminals, or ten times as many stupid ones.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 643 643

Actually a "truly free country" is an anarchy.

You need rules in human interaction and a combination of a few pretty important of said rules is "you do not hunt down and stigmatize someone for making a sexual joke".

There may be some truth to that, but it doesn't change the fact that forcing an employer to not fire someone is itself and abridgment of someones freedom.

Comment Re:Why stop at evidence (Score 1) 438 438

The interesting thing is that when this particular type of brain damage is recognized and socially adjusted for, human systems will be a lot less likely to leap into the most stupid behavior sets imaginable.

That's an interesting possibility, but the tinfoil hat wearing part of me still worries where that will lead.

Were not infallible when it comes to deciding what's best for our brains. Remember lobotomies? For a time society agreed those were beneficial as well.

Comment Why stop at evidence (Score 1) 438 438

If were going to judge people by their brains and whatnot rather than just their actions, why stop at using it as evidence? Why not preemptively imprison or euthanize people with "defective" brain types, or force them to undergo "corrective" surgery? While were at it, why just sociopaths? Why not identify revolutionary or disobedient brain types and "fix" those as well?

Comment Re:Justice (Score 1) 1016 1016

The fact that you got modded up is a bit disconcerting. The vast majority of police armor is either class II or IIIA. The lowest class even rated for any rifles is III.


IIIA is rated up to 427m/s for 124gr 9mm FMJ rounds. Even assault rifles like the ak47 fire 200gr bullets at at least 700m/s. OP is dead on, light rifles (ak, m4 ect) firmly outclass police body armor. If the attacker's wielding a full power rifle like the m14 or an m700 in .300, the officer might as well be wearing a thick sweater.

Comment anti-nanny state conservatives (Score 2, Interesting) 647 647

I'd like some of the anti-nanny state conservatives here to answer something - why are you guys so much in favor of antidrug laws?

I don't know what gave you this impression.


The fundamental philosophy of "anti-nanny staters" is that it's not the governments job to protect people from themselves. Your mistaken if you believe that the majority of us take drug use to be an exception to this principle.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson