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Comment zimmerman stalked the poor kid (Score 0, Flamebait) 588

you can't condemn martin's behavior, it only happened because martin was stalked by an asshole with a gun looking for trouble. zimmerman's behavior made the situation happen

how can you possibly look at martin's behavior and not at all consider zimmerman's behavior? zimmerman's behavior was the behavior that created the whole situation. then, when martin got upset with a creepy weirdo stalking him, as many of us would, the creep killed him

trayvon martin should be in jail for assault

but the reason he is dead is because some mouth breathing moron thinks he has a right to walk around with a gun and play cop on innocent civilians going about their business. that's the problem, that mentality, and that is the reason why an innocent man is dead. that we have laws that somehow support this disgusting behavior represents the downfall of this otherwise great nation

stand your ground laws, carry/ conceal laws: they have to go

and they will go

because one thing is true about wannabe tough guys: they look for trouble. there will be more trayvon martins. and eventually american society will wake up to the vile precedent this case represents. no civil society can tolerate wannabe tough guys walking around with a gun thinking they have a right to profile and stalk innocent people going about their normal business. trayvon martin is dead only because zimmerman had a hard on for confrontation and a gun

losers like zimmerman, empowered, represent nothing but cases of senseless pointless death in general society. no matter how many raging asocial scumbags like you see commenting all over this thread, and in society, who think and act like zimmerman: thinking they have a right to arm themselves and confront innocent civilians going about their business, the logic of what this precedent represents will dawn on the rest of us who can think clearly here

you don't arm cowards and let them police general society according to their prejudicial whims and feeble perceptions

not acceptable

Comment can't it be taken from seawater? (Score 1) 351

Although lithium is widely distributed on Earth, it does not naturally occur in elemental form due to its high reactivity.[3] The total lithium content of seawater is very large and is estimated as 230 billion tonnes, where the element exists at a relatively constant concentration of 0.14 to 0.25 parts per million (ppm),[37][38] or 25 micromolar;[39] higher concentrations approaching 7 ppm are found near hydrothermal vents.[38]

is it economically viable to isolate it from the sea?

Comment Re:So basically... (Score -1) 459

language never stands still, it constantly evolves, there is no standard

what is idiot to you is normal to someone else, and what is intelligent to you is musty and stale "don't wear white after labor day" anachronism to another

the world changes. deal with it

just take solace in the fact that those writing "LOL WTF ;-P" to you in emails will be equally crusty and shocked at the younguns someday


US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure 293

ananyo writes "Facebook can lose a few users and remain a perfectly stable network, but where the national grid is concerned, simple geography dictates that it is always just a few transmission lines from collapse, according to a mathematical study of spatial networks. The upshot of the study is that spatial networks are necessarily dependent on any number of critical nodes whose failure can lead to abrupt — and unpredictable — collapse. The warning comes ten years after a blackout that crippled parts of the midwest and northeastern United States and parts of Canada. In that case, a series of errors resulted in the loss of three transmission lines in Ohio over the course of about an hour. Once the third line went down, the outage cascaded towards the coast, cutting power to some 50 million people. The authors say that this outage is an example of the inherent instability the study describes. But others question whether the team's conclusions can really be extrapolated to the real world. 'The problem is that this doesn't reflect the physics of how the power grid operates,' says Jeff Dagle, an electrical engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, who served on the government task force that investigated the 2003 outage."

Death of the Car Salesman? BMW Makes AI App To Sell Electric Cars 168

cartechboy writes "You thought Willy Loman had it bad. BMW is launching an artificial intelligence app allowing consumers to ask questions about its new BMW i3 electric car without the hassle of having to pick up the phone or go into a dealership. Potential customers can text a simple question about the i3 and the system builds an appropriate response in real-time using AI — interpreting words, sentiment, and context. The futuristic robo-car salesman was developed by 19-year-old entrepreneur Dmitry Aksenov and operates around the clock. No word on whether the app says, 'Wait here — I'll check with my sales manager,' like human car dealers often do."

Comment vaccination should be mandatory, legally (Score 5, Insightful) 622

of course the morons will then WHARGARBBBL about fascism and tyranny, as if the only threat to life and liberty comes from the government, and not from the morons living around you

no one should have the "freedom" to kill children, whether theirs or their neighbor's. they might not realize that their beliefs are doing that. and you're certainly entitled to your beliefs, but you're not entitled to your own facts

when the issue is life and death, it's time to force the morons to stop killing children. if they can't be reasoned with, they need to be forced

scientific fact is not tyranny


Dispatch From the Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google 282

First time accepted submitter Dave Jurgensen writes "Uber has said it will be purchasing 2,500 of Google's self driving GX3200 cars to be used around America. They are hoping to have their first set of driverless cars on the road by the end of the year. From the article: 'Uber has committed to invest up to $375 million for a fleet of Google’s GX3200 vehicles, which are the company’s third generation of autonomous driving cars, but the first to be approved for commercial use in the U.S. The deal marks the largest single capital investment that Uber has made to date, and is also the first enterprise deal that Google has struck for its new line of driverless vehicles.'" Update: Yes, this is a piece of speculative fiction.

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