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    [–] Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty hobskhan 6 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in news

    "Tim Cruise told me this person is innocent, and when Mr. Cruise tells me something, I listen."

    Yep, works for Scientology too.

    edit: I can’t believe I’ve done this

    [–] Emergency alert about ballistic missile sent to Hawaii residents; EMA says ‘no threat’ hobskhan 1 points ago in news

    Ohhh, this explains all the skeletons in tubs in fallout!

    Don’t forget to bring whiskey, a clip board, and some bottle caps.

    [–] Sounds about right. hobskhan 14 points ago in funny

    It’s growing season then.

    [–] Optimal routes from the geographic center of the U.S. to all counties [OC] hobskhan 2 points ago in dataisbeautiful

    Similar to others’ comments, I once (accidentally) ran least-cost paths for more nodes than OP’s map in ArcGIS.

    I was on an 8 GB memory desktop PC, nothing crazy. Even with more paths (I probably had 25%-50% of the paths here), you’re still talking a measure of hours or maybe 1-2 days. Still very feasible processing times.

    [–] Praise the sun hobskhan 1 points ago in NintendoSwitch

    If only I could be so grossly incandescent...

    [–] Mario + Rabbids inspired the creative director of XCOM to reevaluate the genre hobskhan 2 points ago in NintendoSwitch

    I knew movement would be his main point of interest. At first, my wife kept kicking my ass in MarioRabbids because I was so instinctively hardwired to Move then Shoot and end my turn. Meanwhile she was flipping all over the place.

    Xcom : Chess :: MarioRabbids : Checkers

    [–] How many switchers will be playing dark souls for the first time? hobskhan 2 points ago in NintendoSwitch



    [–] Vermont Senate legalizes recreational pot hobskhan 47 points ago in news

    I hate to be snide, but have you seen Congress lately?

    [–] Senate Democrats have made a brilliant move to try and save an open internet. They only need a simple majority to win this vote. While that's a long shot, there's still a good reason for them to force a vote: It will force Republican senators to take a public stand on this hot-button issue. hobskhan 2 points ago in technology

    Unfortunately, many of them already have taken public stands. This is the response I received from Sen. Thom Tillis (R) of NC:


    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about internet regulation. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

    According to industry metrics, private investment in the internet has exceeded $1.5 trillion dollars since 1996, leading to the creation of millions of jobs, economic prosperity, and a society where the accessibility of information is at a level unimaginable merely two or three decades ago.

    In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in a closed session to reclassify broadband internet access services as “telecommunication services” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This action allowed the government to regulate the internet under the same rules designed for telephone companies in the 1930s, hampering innovation, growth, and investment.

    The FCC’s 2015 edict required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to treat all data traveling over their networks equally, rather than allowing ISPs to customize service offerings with their users and compete for more customers on the basis of quality and price, even if those service offerings include treating some data differently. Essentially the FCC imposed a one-size-fits-all regulatory structure that was an unprecedented government power grab to control and regulate the internet. Any time the government asserts unnecessary control over an entity it stifles growth and competition within the industry.

    As you may know, newly appointed FCC Chairman Pai released a plan to overturn the FCC’s 2015 mandates. On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted 3-2 to overturn these mandates. I am supportive of this vote and believe the actions by the FCC will bring new innovation and broadband investments.

    Contrary to the rhetoric being reported, prior to 2015, the internet operated in a free and open market without extensive government overreach that we witnessed after the FCC seized power. I understand your concerns about the reports of potential consequences the rollback of the 2015 mandates can have on the internet; however, I firmly believe that restoring freedom over the internet will lead to higher quality and more cost efficient services for consumers and create opportunity for investment in lower income and rural areas.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other issues that are important to you.


    Thom Tillis U.S. Senator

    [–] Fifteen Million Merits [Episode Rewatch Discussion] - S01E02 hobskhan 3 points ago in blackmirror

    but it has to be produced by the bikers

    Physics dictates that there must be another energy source. So much energy is lost (i.e. does no useful work) at each trophic level. Even if the food is straight from a petri dish, our bodies only convert about 20% of the chemical energy in food into mechanical energy.

    But this energy issue enhances the story. Having them bike all day is a way to recapture more chemical energy and convert it to electrical energy (though they'll be eating more unless they are barely biking), suggesting a world very tight on resources/post-apocalyptic.

    But more significantly, its a form of control, like so many other parts of the story's society. This control comes up when Abi is auditioning; the judges guilt her because all of her peers are the ones who have 'powered' the spotlights. She owes them.

    [–] What is the one book you read which made you rethink your life? hobskhan 14 points ago in books

    And that’s why BNW is my favorite dystopia story, along with WALL-E.

    Try Blue! It’s the new Red!