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Comment: Re:I believe... (Score 1) 69

by FatLittleMonkey (#48662849) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill

The impact force of a large asteroid would be much larger, but no worse than a near miss with an ICBM warhead would be

Que? The impact force from a small asteroid impact is equivalent to a large nuke. The 20m Russian Chelyabinsk impact was about half a megaton equivalent.

A large asteroid would outstrip the effects of the entire global nuclear arsenal all detonated at the same time on a single site. Asteroids can punch through the ocean crust.

http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEffects/

Comment: Re:I had this problem, then I got f.lux. (Score 2) 174

by FatLittleMonkey (#48662317) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

It looks weird if you go between day/night settings abruptly. During the normal cycle, your eyes adjust as it fades/brightens, so you barely notice it. Try it for a few days. Since using it, I've reduced the night colour-temperature quite a bit (below 4000K) from where I originally set it (about 4800k), you underestimate just how much your eyes can adjust. (Use the slow-transition, the fast-transition is buggy anyway.)

Also, manually adjust the lat/long to suit your sleep pattern, rather than your actual location.

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 1) 276

by FatLittleMonkey (#48654521) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

Why do you think it's okay to confiscate people's property?

Even if a particular item isn't allowed on carry-on, why is it just assumed to be acceptable to permanently steal it from the passengers unless their was a suspicious of malice and it was evidence in the criminal case against them?

This is particularly true of the cannon and chainsaw. Unless the cannon had gunpowder and the chainsaw fuel, both are useless as weapons. (At best really clumsy bludgeons.) Even if you decide to not allow them in carry-on, because... {handwave} reasons... why is it necessary to permanently steal it from the passenger to use as a trophy, rather than put it in the baggage hold or allow the owners to make arrangements to reclaim their property later? (Hell, it's an airport, there's going to be a freight company like FedEx nearby. Given the number of items being taken from passengers, returning them seems a pretty simple thing to standardise.)

But look it another way, this is the cream of the crop, gathered from nationwide, the trophies the TSA puts on show to justify their existence and try to deflect criticism. And yet most of the items seem to many of us to be hysterical overreactions, that few of the items should have actually been confiscated from the passengers, and even fewer permanently.

So if that's the best of the best, how bad is the rest of the haul?

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 4, Insightful) 276

by FatLittleMonkey (#48653955) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

let's also consider that there have been no successful terrorist activity on US airlines since all these measures were put in place.

However, all non-successful attempts were stopped by passengers on the aircraft, not TSA.

TSA cannot point to a single example of a terrorist being stopped by them. Not one.

(And you know they would be shouting it from the rooftops, given that they brag about stealing items from non-terrorists as if their agents had done something good.)

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 4, Interesting) 276

by FatLittleMonkey (#48653599) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

I get what you mean, but an airflow of 10-12psi through metal holes generally doesn't "erode" like that. The metal would have to be extremely weak and brittle already, say pre-fatigued to the verge of failure, in which case the aircraft was already a death-trap.

Comment: Re:Study financed by (Score 1) 281

by FatLittleMonkey (#48644861) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Click the link, it isn't a "paper" it's a newspaper, and the Tribune article isn't paywalled. (Or at least isn't immediately.)

The article is written as if the yellow-timing issue was something the newspaper had previously caught the city on, while the study is a new thing they've done. Ie, the city reverted the timing to normal before the Tribune commissioned the study. But I'm reading between the lines, it isn't clear, and the "study" isn't published (in the normal sense), so there's no way to know for sure.

Comment: Re:Study financed by (Score 1) 281

by FatLittleMonkey (#48644679) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Nice attempt to move the goalposts.

However, none of that was related to ShanghaiBill's query, which was whether the change in the yellow-timing coincided with the study. Something that neither the summary nor the Tribune article make clear (although the way the article is written suggests to me the reversion pre-dates the study.) Nor did anything you linked to.

You failed to read ShanghaiBill's comment properly, then went on a rant about him failing to read the summary. Just accept that you were wrong, apologise to ShanghaiBill, and move on. Being wrong doesn't make you a bad person. Trying to twist out of it to save face does.

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