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Comment Re:Not good (Score 2) 64

A car engine piston, left unprotected on a shelf will rust and age, and would fail sooner when finally installed. Properly stored and installed in an engine and used regularly, it will last for decades. Being in the final installation position matters a great deal and premature failure from improper storage in no way implies abnormal delicacy in the constituent parts.

Submission + - Scott Adams and "The Non-Expert Problem" (blogspot.ca) 2

Layzej writes: It is easy for a non-expert to be swayed by a credible sounding narrative that claims to overthrow a scientific consensus. For a scientist it is generally clear which arguments are valid, but the general public can’t independently evaluate scientific evidence. Scientist Victor Venema provides answers to a number of concerns about climate science raised by cartoonist Scott Adams. His answers are accessible and illuminating, and hopefully helpful to the non-expert who would like to understand the truth behind certain contrarian talking points.

Comment Re:Not good (Score 4, Informative) 64

The phone "in the air" isn't the problem. The unassembled phone parts "exposed" prior to installation aged them before they were used. Poor QC and supply chain, not an inherent design flaw. They should be able to identify all affected phones by serial, as well as an iOS update that tests for the failures/signs known to the aged battery parts.

Comment Re:Hey Slashdot: (Score 1) 130

When you trade money for news, you tend to get the news that makes the most money. It's human nature, unless controlled by regulation. Just as corporations, utilities, colleges, all mostly get financially out of hand unless regulated, because people are mostly naturally greedy. There's scant sense of fairness, and gross excess of "take the market for all it can bear."

Look, news is all mostly biased anyway. Biased by what they cover and what they choose not to cover; by the editor's influence; by the publisher's influence; by the advertiser's influence; by the stockholder's influence; by ridiculous "equal time for superstitious nonsense" policies (because the news consumers are bewildered, so in order to get their money, they are pandered to), etc. I'm just not going to actually pay for more bias.

It's a complete waste of time to put a paywalled link in front of me. Not going to click it if I know what it is; not going to stay if I am snookered into clicking.

For news, here's what I want: facts and relevance to actual news. Not the Kardumbians, not some actor's opinion, not breathless reporting of some lab result as if it was tech coming down next Friday, Politics, cover the candidates and what they say. Even handedly. Don't leave some out (Sanders, cough) don't over-cover some (Trump, cough), don't report bland, content free remarks as if they were incoming legal doom (Clinton, cough)... you get the idea.

Simple enough, you'd think. Just do a good job. But they don't. Okay then, fine. But expecting me to pay for that crap? Not happening. They oughta pay me for having to fact check every goddam thing they write and speak about.

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 362

Yes. AA191 was the one I was thinking of. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... is another dual-engine failure that had mechanical failure ruled out, before they settled on mechanical failure as the cause. Again, because "that shouldn't happen", as it was a fundamental design issue. Also, a fundamental design issue was found in that the fuel tanks were physically connected to the landing gear, so that a hard landing could cause a fire. Simple "obvious" engineering errors make it into airplanes all the time.

Nothing that indicates that locking the doors and sending emergency services to a car is somehow inherently unsafe.

Comment Re:I wonder if Trump's gonna repeal it (Score 1) 89

So you are not disputing the fact that the truth is not an absolute defense in the US? And your cite is to a recently changed law, and, of course, being common law, the law is unrelated to the application of the law, and I don't pretend to be able to keep up with case law in all locations which use common law.

Scotland has a separate legal system to England and Wales. Not knowing that is pretty much proof that you aren't exactly an expert in the subject.

I did know that. I didn't make a big deal of it because it was irrelevant to the point at hand.

Why do people keep repeating this?

Because it's been repeated many times, and there have been some cases covered internationally where the application of law made it look like the truth wasn't a defense. http://boingboing.net/2011/03/... Sites covering the recent law change you linked to indicate the previous law wasn't as absolute as to regards to the truth.

When the law was "bad" for hundreds of years, a law change a few years ago won't modify everyone's perceptions overnight. Why are you so aggressive and angry about it?

Comment Re:Spinning even now (Score 1) 739

The global alt-right used it as an anti-government tactic. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... Many conseravtive nutjobs saw the lack of scrutiny in many knighted child abusers as a government-protection of pedophiles. "proof" of this global conspiracy included pizzagate. I don't have any cites, as it was conspiracy theories in 2012 when the case against Jimmy started to break, and pizzagate was added to the "list" when the wikileaks released the pizza emails and the conspiracy theory started.

But then, I'm outside the US, so the media coverage is much different. It was initially used to prove the UK government was corrupt (not sure how cheese pizza in the US is proof of Crown abuses), and was eventually covered as a proof that the anti-crown groups were simply insane.

US media never carried the international aspect, and never covered the "large" number of knighted persons being investigated for child abuses. Seems the US is more interested in covering the supposed abuses by Hillary and Donald, both of which now tied to child abuse/CP, though only Donald with any evidence at all.

The pizzagate was an expansion on the previous links through Weiner and Epstein. Covered in some circles more soon and assertively than others.

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