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Comment: Re:I can see this running afoul of.... (Score 3, Informative) 544

by Defenestrar (#49694263) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill
I think it was the Rehnquist court that developed a "conviction test" that was pretty useful. (i.e. It was something like not bending your conviction even when faced with pressures or threats by all of the following: state, peers, family, death, etc...). By that test, many people do not hold religious convictions - especially with respect to the law. I could be thinking of another Justice though... IANAL. It's got me curious again, I'll have to hit Google later, or perhaps one of my books to find that test.

Comment: Re:Synthetic Sapphire... (Score 1) 247

by Defenestrar (#49572395) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable

...is good enough "transparent aluminum" for me. Plus, it's easy to make and nearly as hard as diamond.

If you think it's easy to make (on an industrial scale for optical grade large pieces), I've got some real estate and investing advice to sell you, right after I switch out my polycarbonate lenses.

Comment: Re:Gemstone (Score 2) 247

by Defenestrar (#49572319) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable
Yeah - single crystal aluminum oxide (sapphire) is also used on tank windows, missile radar domes, satellite parts, etc... Basically anything actually worth enough to pay for it. Smartphones and tablets may actually drive production of sapphire into "reasonable" price ranges for consumers. Spinnel is too soft to be "scratch proof" - resistant maybe, but proof? No. Lots of other good uses though.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 540

Now there's a loaded question. Which cause would you identify as "root"? I can see many causal factors: parental responsibility, cultural priority of education, teacher pay (i.e. competitive with industry/business talent pools), outcome based rewards/penalties, curriculum cost/availability, politicization of academia, fundamental conflict between 9th, 10th, amendments and DOE, etc... or something else?

Comment: Re:Water- we dump it on the ground (Score 4, Informative) 678

Sure, but the pipeline has been declined in the past by people in WA for the simple reason that they've already declined to divert water for their own use (The Columbia Basin irrigation project has zones - and there's plenty of farmers who live in zones that aren't guaranteed water that would really like it). The residents of WA have already decided to limit their own consumption for ecological reasons - I don't see them sacrificing their streams, rivers, and ecology just because CA has poorly managed its own resources. If the drought doesn't break and CA doesn't get a handle on it's resources - we're about to see some modern ghost towns.

Comment: Re:Wow, a whole 1%? (Score 3, Insightful) 163

by Defenestrar (#49393273) Attached to: Tesla's April Fool's Joke Spoofs Market Algorithms
Ever hear of a mutual fund, 401k, 403b, IRA, etc... When an auto-trade algorithm hits an action point - lots of people far removed from the system are affected. The effects can be quite serious when one trader's algorithm triggers another's... etc. There have been some very bad days on the stock market triggered by such events.

Disclaimer: "These opinions are my own, though for a small fee they be yours too." -- Dave Haynie