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Comment Re:Of course not. (Score 1) 1010

I would point out that the director of the FBI, James Comey, who recommended not pursuing charges, is a Republican who's donated to Republican candidates in the past, and who served under George W. Bush. And Lynch had already vowed to follow his recommendations. So while I see a lot of grumbling here about political bias in Hillary's favour, just as strong of a case could be made of a Republican bias against her in the investigation.

Comment Re:Bloody F!@#ing Idiots. (Score 2) 202

Most of the cost of paving a road is not the surface material, it's the labour and the equipment.

Agreed, which is why I think solar roadways are doomed to failure. Patching a crack in a traditional roadway involves throwing a patch of asphalt in the pothole by a couple of unskilled construction workers. Patching a damaged solar roadway would necessitate replacing an entire segment of roadway.

In engineering, when combining two functions in one item you're usually looking for complimentary requirements that can be used to provide synergy between the two. The requirements of roadways and solar panels are fundamentally different with little to no overlap. It would be far simpler to construct a roadway and solar panel network, with the solar panels installed in the median of the road, than trying to combine the two into a product that will likely be more expensive and more inefficient than building a separate road and solar panel network.

Comment Re:Nonsense editorializing (Score 2) 117

There are LEED rated buildings designed to maximize air circulation in a building and minimize the use of air conditioning, but still allowing for air conditioning when the need demands it. One can have a building with good air circulation and also have air conditioning - the two are not mutually exclusively. His point perhaps is that some of the buildings built around air conditioning can only exist with active cooling - many of the modern glass buildings constructed would become uninhabitable greenhouses without air conditioning.

This seems similar to the debate centering the role of artificial lighting in buildings. During the heyday of Brutalism in architecture in the 60s, many large public buildings were built without windows in the belief that windows were no longer needed when artificial lighting was ubiquitous. Fortunately architects now realize that maximizing natural light is more desirable, and having a building depend on artificial lighting makes for a poor building design.

Comment Re:It's the security line, stupid (Score 1) 307

Indeed. The reports from the attack are indicating that one of the attackers detonated a bomb in the car park outside the security perimeter, and the other two attackers entered through the arrival halls, where one of them shot his way through security zones. Increasing metal detectors and x-rays would have done nothing for the first bomber, and would have hardly have stopped the other two who shot their way past the x-ray detectors.

Comment Re:Have to give it to Apple..... (Score 5, Informative) 771

The 3.5mm is a miniaturized version of the 6.35mm audio jack which was originally introduced for telephone switchboards in 1878. It is the oldest existing electrical standard in use. Given its age and longevity, pretty much the entire audio industry has developed around this standard. Replacing it would require replacing every piece of electronic audio equipment produced over the last 140 years, from audio jacks in cars and airplanes to laptops,camcorders, as well as phones. It takes a lot of arrogance from Apple to think they can upend a widespread and ubiquitous standard that has withstood the test of time, and force every single audio equipment to use a connector to connect with an iphone.

Comment Re:How to gain influence... (Score 1) 412

What you're talking about is electoral fusion. It used to be widespread in the United States and minor third parties in the US such as the Populist Party used it successfully to gain influence as suggested. However, the major parties joined together to ban the practice and it is currently illegal in all but 8 states, making it a non-viable alternative.

Comment Re:I'm sure Drump is all torn up over it (Score 3, Informative) 403

Way to prove the GP's point.

Trump has said some stupid and insensitive shit, but can you point to something that was actually racist?

Trump said that a judge should be disqualified from a case solely based on his ethnicity. As Paul Ryan, GOP house leader, said on Trump's statements: "Saying that someone can't do their job because of their race is the textbook definition of racism."

This isn't Democrats and liberals calling him a racist - top Republican leaders are now saying so as well.

Submission + - Canadian teen locates lost Mayan city using stars and satellite data (

wired_parrot writes: William Gadoury, a Grade 10 student at Académie Antoine-Manseau in Joliette, became interested in Mayan civilization in 2012 and wanted to understand how the Mayans chose where to build their cities."The Mayans were extremely good builders, but they often built in places that made little practical sense — far from rivers, far from fertile areas. It seemed strange for a civilization that was so intelligent"
Gadoury studied 22 Mayan constellations and found that when they were overlaid on a map they matched the placement of 117 known cities. But a 23rd constellation was incomplete. "I realized then that one city hadn't been discovered," he said. Using satellite data from Google Earth, he found evidence of Mayan pyramids in the predicted location. Presented with the evidence, the Canadian Space Agency assisted by providing higher quality images which appears to confirm the findings.
A ground search is now planned to confirm or deny the existence of the Mayan city.

Comment Re:what if no one get's 270? (Score 1) 605

If no one gets 270, the election gets thrown to the Republican dominated congress, which would results in all likelihood in a Republican president.

I would say this would make a 3rd party Republican run viable, as a 3rd party Republican only needs to ensure that neither Trump or Hillary gets the 270 votes, as they can count on a friendly congress if the race gets decided there

Comment Re:3rd party (Score 1) 879

If those that dislike Hillary and Trump voted for a single 3rd party candidate, they'd probably win.

If a 3rd party candidate get enough electoral college votes to deny Hillary or Trump a majority, the election gets thrown to congress. Given that congress is Republican dominated that would mean a Republican victory,

A 3rd party Republican candidate could conceivably win by taking only a few key states, and I suspect the NeverTrump Republicans may be eyeing this alternative seriously. I'm surprised this scenario isn't being more widely discussed

Comment Re:What they mean is.. (Score 1) 460

For every honest businessman who wants to do good by their customers, there's a bunch of shady assholes looking to make a quick buck, and no amount of pretending the bad actors don't exist will actually make them disappear.


"On a recent Monday morning, about 40 miles south of San Francisco, Aubuchon carefully drove a Ford F-250 pickup truck with 324 gallons of gasoline into a hospital parking garage in Palo Alto, Calif."

It looks like the shady assholes are already here. Driving a pickup truck full of jerry cans of gasoline into a hospital is beyond irresponsible, and this type of business needs to be shut down immediately.

Comment Contested Convention (Score 1) 428

Kasich is more likely staying in the game for the same reason that Trump entered it - fame and recognition

Kasich is staying in the game because he sees a contested convention in July, and the more delegates he can get, the more influence he'll have in the convention.

What the article fails to consider is that most pollsters now see that if no further candidate drops out, a contested convention becomes increasingly likely, as not even Trump is likely to pick up a majority of the delegates. If I were to apply game theory to a contested convention scenario, I'd say that each candidates best strategy at this point is stay in the race as long as possible to amass as many delegates as they can. This is probably specially true for a Kasich, as a contested convention is probably his best strategy for securing the nomination at this point.

Comment Re:Good work (Score 1) 272

I get that Star Wars fans get upset over the multitude of changes of the movie since the original release, and the plethora of versions, but how is this different from every other movie released recently? Most movies have at least 5 different versions - US theatrical release, International theatrical release, TV Broadcast release, a director's cut version, and a DVD version. I have 3 different versions of the first Lord of the Rings movie at home, with the extended version adding 30 minutes of material. Blade Runner has both a director's cut version and a final cut version. And just about any blockbuster released more than 20 years ago has gone through a cycle of being remastered from VHS -> LaserDisc -> DVD -> BluRay , with requisite tweakings and touch-ups in sound and visual effects that each format demanded.

I'm not defending Lucas, but it seems like re-touching old movies seems on-par for the industry, including converting movies to 3D and colorizing old classics like Casablanca.

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