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  • Hober Short 3:41 pm on 22 December 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Over at my blog, I have some questions on the anniversary of North Carolina implementing a ban on smoking in bars.

  • Pat 4:03 pm on 1 December 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 12:14 pm on 2 December 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just yesterday I was listening to the Ricochet podcast in which Pat Sajak was talking about this phenomenon. Specifically, he was comparing the cesspool of typical blog comments to the civil discourse on Ricochet. As Sajak pointed out, while Ricochet does have conduct guidelines for its commenters, the real difference is that the commenters pay for the privilege of participation.

      I think anonymity, strictly speaking, isn’t the real problem. The problem is a lack of consequences. If you’re an anonymous, drive-by commenter, you don’t have to care what effect your nasty trolling will have on the conversation. If you actually care about the community, though, you’ll behave differently — even if your identity is still hidden.

      The key is to make sure your commenters care. Stripping away anonymity is one way to do that (because then one’s reputation is at stake); but it’s not the only way.

  • Pat 3:48 pm on 1 December 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Because my parents drive a Prius, this article at Autoblog Green concerns me: Toyota to repair 650,000 Prius models globally over coolant risk

    Key quote: “According to Reuters, a glitch in the vehicle’s coolant pump could cause the vehicle to overheat and lose power, though no accidents or injuries have been reported in association with the problem to date.” I am not reassured. Any fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation knows that a coolant leak means a warp core breach is imminent. Such an event is not survivable unless you immediately eject the warp core or initiate emergency saucer separation. As far as I know, the Prius is not capable of doing either of these things.

    For the record: I do not wish to be orphaned by a matter/antimatter explosion.

    • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 4:05 pm on 1 December 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Even if the Prius does have a core-ejection mechanism, I would worry about the design flaw that plagued the Galaxy-class starships: every time there was the threat of a core breach, the core-ejection system also went offline. The Enterprise was destroyed more than once because of that problem.

      • Pat 6:18 pm on 1 December 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yamato and Odyssey, both Galaxy-class ships, were also destroyed by core breaches. We know that Yamato attempted a core ejection, which failed. In the case of Odyssey, we don’t know for sure, but it’s hard to believe she didn’t try it. So you’re almost certainly right about this problem afflicting all ships of the Galaxy class.

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