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Comment: Re:Hope they win this case. (Score 1) 482

by xfade551 (#48635021) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Maybe because white guys arent pointing the long guns at cops.

Mostly true, but more true is that when a white (or any race) guy with a gun points said gun at the cops and gets shot by the cops, other white guys with guns usually say, "Dumbass! What the hell was he thinking would happen!?! Better nominate him for a Darwin Award!"

This is neglecting now too frequent edge cases like "cops get warrant for wrong house, homeowner dies in ensuing firefight" or "child with obvious fake gun gets shot by police"

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 1) 482

by xfade551 (#48634867) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

"I don't care if you go to Colorado and smoke pot, but it's still illegal here and if I catch you with it, I have to arrest you." Law enforcement officers I know are mixed on whether they think pot is okay or not, but they all agree that if you're caught with it, they can't just let you go.

But the police have argued all the way to the Supreme Court that "discretion" is a right of the cops, and they are *never* required to enforce any law.

I'm pretty sure the GP was speaking with officers working the beat, not the city police chief, county sheriff, or prosecutor, in whom that full discretion actually lies. "Don't let marijuana violators go, or else you lose your job" is pretty strong motivation to enforce.

Comment: Re:Not solid state... (Score 3, Informative) 81

by xfade551 (#48283483) Attached to: Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier
There are two articles linked. The first article is about a new integrated circuit amp. The second is about a year old and is about a separate vacuum tube amp. The first article mentions that the new IC amp broke the record of the earlier vacuum tube amp. So, for once, the summary is correct.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 553

by xfade551 (#48225431) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

What sane American would take a public school teaching position if they can get a better deal doing something else?

I think I'll let the above question stand on it's own.

Anyway, I regard Meyers-Briggs as a tool, rather than anything mathematically perfect.

By the way, I don't really care if you're rude or polite. This is Slashdot, after all!

Comment: Re:Here's one reason (Score 1) 553

by xfade551 (#48225205) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
We caucus in my state (Washington) during Republican primaries, rather than a wider public vote. The Democrats hold a very solid majority outside my career field, both in the local area, and state wide. Our local representative in the State Legislature is a Republican and a few county or city officers are, but that's about it.

Comment: Re:Here's one reason (Score 2) 553

by xfade551 (#48224713) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
This is anecdotal, but the sample size is still fairly large: The vast majority (~75%) of U.S. engineers (not counting software developers, we don't have many of those around here) that I know and work with (figure around 500) are left of center and tend to vote Republican, a lot of those having been leaning Tea Party or Libertarian lately, and hate what the Neo-Cons have done. Those that vote Democrat usually come from families that have strong labor unions ties, but seem to be fairly moderate to conservative otherwise; they are also usually the ones that like to stir up debate and play devil's advocate, but what engineer doesn't like debate and/or arguing from time to time?

Comment: Re:Hoax (Score 1) 986

The scientist that examine it did a little bit more than look at it, but the most telling note in the linked paper is "Considering that we do not know the internal structure of the reactor, and therefore cannot completely rule out that there were other charges inside it besides the one weighed and inserted by us, " which was exactly my thought after reading the summary.

Comment: Re:Orientation (Score 2) 120

by xfade551 (#48005479) Attached to: Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right
As someone else posted above, if you look at it from the opposite direction, it still twists right.

Find the nearest screw or bolt (almost all will be right-handed), pick an end to be up, point your right thumb in that direction then curl your fingers: your fingers will curl in the same direction that is needed to move up the spiral. Now flip the bolt or screw upside down and try it again... Yep, still works. Now try it with your left hand: your fingers will curl in the downwards direction. That is what is meant by right-handed or left-handed.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 112

by xfade551 (#47950501) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires
Well I suppose in-flight engine fires don't count, if no one dies...

I had a large group of buddies who got a "free week" in Japan in late August or early September 2000 (I don't remember precisely when) following an engine fire as they were flying back from Korea to California. As they were Reservists whose "2 weeks of training" already ended up being 3 weeks (before the incident), their civilian employers were none too happy! My flight was a fewdays later on a normal commercial airline, and I actually beat them home.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 112

by xfade551 (#47927567) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires
"The three-engine DC-10 entered service in 1970 as a passenger jet, and the last airplane working in that capacity, operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines..."

Did anyone bother to check on World Airlines, which only flies passenger charter flights for the U.S. Military, and (mostly) flies in and out of military air bases? Before I left the Army a few years ago, I had the (dis)pleasure of riding their sketchy DC-10's and MD-11's several times. Also, neither of the two planes can cross the Pacific Ocean (California or Washington to Japan or Korea; and vice verse) in one hop, on those routes there is always a refueling stop at Anchorage or Honolulu.

Comment: Re:1024-fold (Score 1) 210

by xfade551 (#47893695) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card
In case you haven't noticed, manufacturers of transistor based memory (flash, SRAM, DRAM, EEPROM, etc.) still use the 2^10 definitions. To this day, I still can't believe the marketers convince IEEE to make up the silly sounding names for the 2^10 definitions. If I had a say in the definitions, I would have tagged on subscripts of 2 and 10 to the end of the units to indicate the difference.

By the way, under both sets of definitions, 1024 bytes = 1 KB = 1 KiB. It's only for MB and higher that it diverges.

Comment: Re:That's not quick? (Score 1) 190

by xfade551 (#47731285) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?
Are those amp values load amps or breaker amps? Just running the raw numbers provided (and neglecting power factor) thats 145320 W coming into the rectifier and 49200 W going out... a whopping 33% power efficiency! 33% efficiency isn't all that much higher than a typical internal combustion engine.

Another problem with all of this is the cable sizes that are required... 120 Amps is 2ga. or (most likely) larger cable. Cables that size start getting heavy and stiff pretty fast.

At any rate, I here Teslas are fun to drive (at least while the charge lasts) and that's all that really matters, am I right?

Comment: Re:Talk of unit conversions is off the mark (Score 1) 164

by xfade551 (#47672919) Attached to: Giant Greek Tomb Discovered
When using computers, there is one way in which English measures are unbiasly superior to metric units, which is that the standard practice that subdivisions of the small length unit (the inch) are base-2 fractions (i.e. 1/2", 3/4", 5/32", etc), rather than decimal (i.e. 11.3 mm, 15.923 mm, 2.71 mm, etc. ...just examples, not conversions). Why is this superior? Numbers are represented in binary on a computer, decimals will not neccessarily convert without a small error. Usually the difference is negligible, but errors can build if you are adding a long series of values or multiplying by large numbers.

I'll concede that weight, volume and the large length measures can be a little confusing though.

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