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Comment This Will Not End Well (Score 1) 611

One is arguing on logic while the other is arguing on faith. Neither will ever be able to see the other as universally correct since they are basically standing on different planets. It's like one of them is speaking Farsi and the other is speaking Spanish. Bill Nye is falling right into this guy's trap. At the end all he has to do is say "well my faith is unshaken, I know the real truth" and everyone who agrees with him will smile victoriously. This will be quite the exercise in futility.

Comment This isn't new (Score 2) 530

I thought this was common knowledge. IQ tests pretty much only measure your ability to do simple math and recognize patterns. It says nothing about how creative you are, whether you can critically analyze a painting or Goethe play, or if you can recognize historical catalysts. It was always just a forced number that seemed to correlate well with intelligent people.

Comment Re:Just to point out Glocks are plastic (Score 1) 289

Barrels, springs and working parts are the only thing that needs to be made out of metal. also 5.7x28 is a terrible calibre. Its pistol ammo, that at best has the knockdown and kick of 9mm, and at worst is an expensive non-standard cartridge. Its far overhyped, and far overrated.

It should be noted that Glocks' slides are not made of polymer either. Additionally, 5.7x28 is terrible if you're looking for a large bullet. It has large capacity and is also armor-piercing, so it fills a niche that standard 9mm doesn't really satisfy. I do agree with you that it's overhyped and expensive, though.

Comment Re:Did He Really Just Pull That Up To His Face? (Score 5, Insightful) 289

And hey, it's a plastic gun.

No, it's not. It's not even close to that. It's a plastic lower receiver with the rest of the gun being not plastic.

As far as the ATF is concerned, an AR-15 lower receiver is a gun because it is the part of the gun that is serialized. Of course, your statement is true if you're arguing above the legal authority of the ATF, an organization that considers shoelaces to be machine guns.

Comment Re:Not an accident. (Score 2) 40

I agree that there is extra attention paid to these, but the fact is that the ultra-absolute and ultra-safe atmosphere people would like to believe about KSC simply doesn't exist. My father was part of the crew that re-tiled the exterior of the shuttle for 25 years and he said the corners cut out there were absolutely disgusting. The phrase "good enough for government work" is a joke to a lot of the blue-collar types working on the orbiters. There seems to be a minority of people who really appreciate the fact that there are human lives depending on the work they're doing.

Comment Not an accident. (Score 5, Interesting) 40

I spent the first 20 years of my life on the space coast. I'd just like to say that I don't believe these delays are accidental at all. From the stories I've heard about people who work for NASA, United Space Alliance, EG&G, etc., I don't doubt for a second that the people working at KSC are extending these launches as much as possible. I was raised in Titusville, a town that HEAVILY depends on the space program and the tourism it brings. When a launch happens, the population instantly goes up from 40,000 to probably 400,000+. When a scrub happens, half of those people don't just say "oh well" and go home. They hang out for a long time. I was working at the KSC Visitor's Center when one of the launches got scrubbed in 2009. This British guy asked me how long it would be delayed and I sadly told him almost two weeks. He wasn't even phased, just immediately asked me if I knew a good extended stay hotel in the area. Now, for places like Titusville, those launch-campers pump millions of dollars into the economy every launch day, and having them hang out for two weeks is just icing.

Submission + - TSA Opting-Out of Its Own Scanners (

CasualFriday writes: Comments on Gizmodo are all a-twitter with reports that many major airports have made the decision to simply not use the controversial backscatter machines on the national opt-out day. Could it be that they are trying to avoid a PR disaster, or simply turning them off so they can say "We told you so" if something happens later?

Submission + - TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges ( 1

Grond writes: 'The US has banned toner and ink cartridges from passenger aircraft in the wake of last month's bomb plot. The printer cartridge ban affects cartridges over 16 ounces.' No word yet on whether that's a weight or volume measurement or whether it's a per-cartridge or per-passenger limit.

Submission + - E Ink unveils first color e-reader (

Kensai7 writes: E Ink, the firm behind the monochrome displays on the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, launched its first colour ebook-reader display this week. Unlike LCDs that constantly draw power, electronic ink uses power to change the image – but not to display it – increasing battery life from hours to weeks. Electronic ink works by attracting black or white powders to the front of a clear pixel capsule.

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