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Comment: Re:Well in that case... (Score 3, Interesting) 316

by Ed Peepers (#35148944) Attached to: Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Posts

There is while you're at work. I work at PepsiCo (my views are my own, standard legal disclaimer yadda yadda) and there's no requirement that I must consume only Pepsi/Frito-Lay products all the time. But when I'm at work, I would have to be a complete idiot to bring in Pringles and Coke for lunch. Same goes for work-related events or meals, which nearly always held at a "Pepsi pour" location. It's just good business.

We're obviously encouraged to visit Pepsi pour locations on our own time, but nobody's following us around with a clipboard. Even at work it's not a formal rule, there's just a very strong cultural taboo given our good-natured rivalry with that carbonated beverage producer in Atlanta... :)

Comment: Re:Topical (Score 1) 832

by Ed Peepers (#35115924) Attached to: Bill Gates Says Anti-Vaccine Effort Kills Children
I just read it and it said most (90%) of the autistic kids they tested also had the MMR vaccination. But haven't most kids had the vaccination? Isn't that like saying, "most of the autistic kids we tested ate cake on their 1st birthday, so eating cake at 1 year of age is correlated with autism". What am I missing here?

Comment: Re:Scuba tank's burst disc ... (Score 5, Interesting) 347

by Ed Peepers (#34989938) Attached to: How Chrysler's Battery-Less Hybrid Minivan Works

Yes, SCUBA tanks (in the U.S.) are supposed to undergo annual visual inspection (basically an interior/exterior idiot check for bad rust, chips, cracks, beat up valves, etc) as well as hydrostatic testing every 5 years*. The cylinders most likely to have a catastrophic failure (typically the neck) were a bunch of aluminum 80's manufactured something like 30 years ago. Back when I worked in a dive shop we would do an eddy-current test on the necks of ALL aluminum cylinders during the annual visual inspection even though it was only really necessary for the one batch. If you take halfway decent care of a tank and don't let moisture get in (by draining the tank too low), they'll last for ages. We had decades old steel cylinders in our rental fleet that had probably outlived many a valve!

The concern is probably warranted but I would imagine the auto industry's safety measures will be far greater than those of the average diver. If the vehicles only go in for maintenance once every few years, the tanks ought to be fine. I would worry more about them being punctured during a collision. Frankly though, assuming they've done at least a minor amount of planning with collisions in mind, the severity of a collision strong enough to puncture the tank would make a sudden release of pressure the least of your concerns.

* Disclaimer: I've been out of the dive industry a while, my numbers might be off.

Comment: Close excess branches (Score 1) 252

by Ed Peepers (#34611404) Attached to: A Blue-Sky Idea For the USPS — Postal Trucks As Sensors
They should close some of their excess branches. In rural areas/small towns where people might raise more of a stink, make the USPS an in-store mini-office at the nearest grocery store. If banks manage to have secure in-store branches, I imagine the USPS can figure it out too.

Comment: As a scuba instructor... (Score 1) 285

by Ed Peepers (#33616010) Attached to: James Cameron Commissions Submarine To Visit Challenger Deep

... it gets dark pretty quick down there. Even at 100ft/30m you've lost a lot of the color spectrum. So they'll take a lot of lights with them. Okay, fine. Don't expect any sweeping vistas -- the background's going to be black.

What are they going to film for Avatar 2 that they can't film a few thousand feet shallower? Neat rock outcroppings? The only thing I can think of are bizarre critters, which will be done in CGI anyway.

I'm all for exploring the depths, but whoever said the Avatar 2 angle is a tax write-off was dead on.

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