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Comment: Uh.... (Score 1) 105 105

Could they have flipped the bird any harder at all the people who backed it?
I read somewhere someone railing against Palmer Lucky (at the time it seemed overblown) and how he's an all-business sociopathic waste of space who would sell his grandmother for a dollar given half the chance, and would probably end up screwing over the Oculus backers out there.

I am a little amazed, but not completely.

it makes some business sense, yeah, but wow. Just, wow.

Comment: All in the wording (Score 1) 266 266

Look, I *know* someone at the EPA so I should be able to stand up and clap for them but....

Their wording says it all: They have not found widespread evidence that water is affected *now*. Right now. Not later, or in the years ahead, but right now.

I have a very bad feeling that in ten years, when they do the studies again, the shit will hit the fan, but then it'll be too late. What are they gonna do, purify underground aquifers? Yeah, that won't cost a gajillion dollars or anything.

Comment: Whoa, I think this is not true... (Score 1) 74 74

Antibodies only stay in the body to combat viruses for a certain period of time after that virus was killed, not one's whole life. That is my understanding from a Duke-trained med student.
Are there certain viruses that show antibodies for one's entire life and ones that don't? or is the headline misleading? I am very curious.

Comment: Anon due to mod points.... (Score 1) 150 150

It was also a process which mostly eliminated artisan work. Now the work just has to be "good enough".
Have you *seen* the things that get made these days? Some might say they're not exactly beautiful.

Same with, say, math. Math skills will be "good enough" and no more. It could spell the end of advancing fields of study.

Mechanization may make things take less time, but they also no longer are studied and refined, only copied. The same could prove true with the mechanization of knowledge. A piece of information can only copy itself, but (in general) cannot add anything useful.

otoh, maybe this will finally spell the demise of "everyone goes to college" and people who are going to pursue an actual course of study will be able to do so. Those with aptitude can grow their aptness, and those without or with no interest can go elsewhere.

In a sense, while some may cry "doom!", I wonder if this isn't actually the beginning of a solution to a number of problems?

Comment: Re:$86 fare? Won't last long. (Score 1) 515 515

Have you MET any business-people from SF or LA?

Seriously, they don't fucking give a shitfuck little wankjob for your sight-see fuck you fuck ass IS IT DONE YET wait I didn't ask for you to WHAT WERE THE QUARTERLY NUMBERS!? I'm gonna die it's so fucking hot in here and the delivery was supposed to be here an hour ago WHO THE FUCK IS THIS ASSHOLE IN THE CAR IN FRONT OF ME oh the speed limit is 65 mph STOP FUCKING WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING what is wrong with these black homeless people and ......

seriously. these people have the attention span of a goldfish, have a lot of money, and their emotions fly off the handle at the drop of a hat. And someone is funneling coffee and aderall into these maniacs.
They have no patience, they despise minorities and poor people, and are epic douchebags who are reeeeeeeally nice (saccharin-sickly nice) in public. They're terrifying models of the worst that humanity has to offer, and they want status. status. status. If they have to pay $300 a ticket to ride in comfort so they aren't reminded that they grew up in a wooden shit-shack in a polluted, crime-ridden rat hole somewhere, they will. God help the person who tries to get in their way.

Comment: Re:Might as well (Score 1) 113 113

Honestly? Thank heaven. I love my hyundai. it's quiet, safe, and I can drive for 20+ hours at a stretch without falling asleep (less road noise/vibration, methinks).

People who want to rumble around in loud, turbulent metal machines, well, fair enough. I'd rather get from point A to B (and whatever's in between) relaxed and as rested as possible.

Comment: Re:Easy life (Score 2) 208 208

This last bit sounds interesting to me...
I've tried "lifting heavy" in many ways over the last 20 years. It's gotten me a messed up back, messed up shoulder, knee, and feet.

The onyl things that have helped me be in truly good shape are moderate amounts of yoga and rock climbing no more than 3x a week. Everything else has messed up my body royally.

Also, I can't seem to gain muscle mass, no matter what I try.

Maybe I'm just designed to die young :)

+ - Driving Force Behind Alkali Metal Explosions Discovered->

Kunedog writes: Years ago, Dr. Philip E. Mason (aka Thunderf00t on Youtube) found it puzzling that the supposedly "well-understood" explosive reaction of a lump of sodium (an alkali metal) dropped in water could happen at all, given such a limited contact area on which the reaction could take place. And indeed, sometimes an explosion did fail to reliably occur, the lump of metal instead fizzing around the water's surface on a pocket of hydrogen produced by the (slower than explosive) reaction, thus inhibiting any faster reaction of the alkali metal with the water. Mason's best hypothesis was that the (sometimes) explosive reactions must be triggered by a Coulomb explosion, which could result when sodium cations (positive ions) are produced from the reaction and expel each other further into the water.

This theory is now supported by photographic and mathematical evidence, published in the journal Nature Chemistry. In a laboratory at Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany, Mason and other chemists used a high-speed camera to capture the critical moment that makes an explosion inevitable: a liquid drop of sodium-potassium alloy shooting spikes into the water, dramatically increasing the reactive interface. They also developed a computer simulation to model this event, showing it is best explained by a Coulomb explosion.

The Youtube video chronicles the evolution the experimental apparatuses underwent over time, pursuant to keeping the explosions safe, contained, reliable, and visible.

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