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Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 166

I kind of of thought of dark matter as, the matter of light that we cant measure at rest, but there is so much out there it adds up.

Stars send it out, but when it strikes celestial bodies such as earth it collects. But most of it it falls out as earth moves along it's orbit as it's low interactive to all things including gravity.

Comment Re:Hopefully it can actually kill someone (Score 1) 469

Not more damage, more effective. The .45 has a little bit more energy and leaves a little bit of a bigger hole. Slightly bigger holes means better chance of hitting a vital structure and faster bleed out. More energy bullet could penetrate to hit those targets.

FBI came up with tests to find effective ammo, Ammo manufactures engineered good bullets that reliably penetrate, expand, and are barrier blind. But this also holds true for other calibers.

So why is the 9mm more effective, and why are police flocking back to the 9mm? Shot placement, more rounds, and Good information.

Good information that came from real research and learning things like:
1. One stop shot and knockdown power are myths.
2. That caliber don't mean a damn if you can't reliably hit the target. People are much more accurate with 9mm, so much so they give 9mm shooters a small caliber penalty when competing.
3. Using good bullets that penetrate, without over penetrating and expand.
4. Followup shots are important, see #1, twice the rounds.

Comment Re:Try predicting violent behavior. (Score 1) 84

(They may harm THEMSELVES, but suicide rates don't change if guns aren't available: Instead the suicidal switch to less effective and usually more painful means, averaging more tries before they succeed.)

That is very false. Suicidal rates drop with measures preventing people from obtaining guns.(see the book More Guns Less crime) It's really the only statistic that gets better after passage of gun laws.

In fact this is true with all methods people use for committing suicide. Even minor inconveniences like chain link fences on bridges have lowered the percentage of jumpers(taken into consideration increase population, etc)

Studies have shown that well-designed suicide barriers not only stop people from jumping at a particular site, but also decrease the overall suicide rate in the surrounding area.

Comment Re:Isn't it widely accepted... (Score 2) 142

Look at our moon. I believe it's the biggest reason we still have a liquid core and thus a strong magnetic field.

Our moon is large in comparison to earth, and exerts a lot of force on the entire planet as we rotate together. If the moon wasn't tidal locked it would have a liquid core as well. basically as the moon and earth move/rotate the force direction changes, causing movement/heat.

Also there is a theory that long before life there was no moon, and we captured it after it collided losing it's core with the rest of it's mass trapped in orbit. If this happened it wouldn't invalidate the moons tidal forces keeping our planet hot and gooey on the inside.

Comment Re:How much would you pay? (Score 1) 308

Well it depends, I have a Raspberry Pi 2 that I bought for the purpose of replacing the 10 year old computer I had attached. Only thing is, it couldn't replace it.

No Hulu, No NetFlix, and no Web/HTML/Flash video's. Which is ~2/3's of the media watching now days. Kind of sucks having a bit of "new" hardware that can't do what it was bought for. If this windows 10 can do those things it might have something.

Comment Re:Buyback of stock is another illusion (Score 1) 273

It doesn't help that stock prices are more about perception of the company than it has to do with value, so the value of a stock is a bit of an illusion, but I wouldn't call stock by back as an illusion of growth.

Yes it helps manipulate the stock price to a very small degree, but that's at a real cost, not just an accounting trick where you move numbers from one column to another. It's a cost to the company yet it's value remains the same, only Earnings Per Share change. Some companies often do this to offset EPS dilution from employee stock options.

It's more like a rechargeable battery. You need cash to expand, sell off company stock. Have cash and stock is valued low, buy back stock.

Planning a flop product/Press Release so that they can buy back stock at bargain prices would be a different beast.

Comment Re:Idiots messing with things know in other fields (Score 1) 234

You're correct that Ivanhoe reservoir hasn't been having much problems. That's a chlorinated concrete reservoir that is closer to a swimming pool than a lake. Besides the chlorine it's lacking nutrients and it's oxygen levels will stay high.

Most reservoirs, even man made ones in California, are lakes. I didn't see any information on what lake/reservoir this is being done too. But regardless people are talking of doing this to other bodies of water, even sectioning off parts of lakes.

Comment Idiots messing with things know in other fields (Score 3, Insightful) 234

They are creating an environment for an algae bloom that are starting to cause problems everywhere.

The algea blooms, which are not truly algae but are cyanobacteria, use less light(lower wave length) want low oxygen environments with lower water turbulence. And they are creating that.

Once cyanobacteria bloom starts, it's very difficult and costly to control. It' has very few natural predictors, I don't know of any freshwater ones, and worse yet, cyanobacteria can create toxins that have killed dogs running through it.

Comment Re:It's Arbitrary and Alarmist (Score 1) 92

This isn't science, but scientists way of playing politics.

Yes, alarmist, fear-mongering, add in a few facts, some blaming. Still blaming the all mighty Nuke but adding another point, climate change, to their soapbox.

But yes, I also agree with your implied sentiment that using a clock where we are at 99.79% at the end when at most we got as low as 98.75% with USA and Soviet signing Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, and the Soviet Union dissolves.(and that was after the Fall of the Berlin Wall) IMHO the clock should have been set back hours for each of those, not minutes.

Comment Re:Why DarkMail? (Score 2) 195

I agree, darkmail makes it sound bad at the start.

But I would go a step further, call it SMTPv2 (if changes to SMTP) or Mail 2.0, or webmail 2.0. A name that has no scariness in it. (other than playing off of web 2.0 crap) It will just sound like the logical next step and doesn't imply anything that the media can take as bad.

Comment Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (Score 2) 976

Maybe you have a chance to man handle a 6'2" 250lb man who's spent 5 of the last 10 years in jail working out, but my wife will use a gun to keep her and kids safe.

You say that there are situations where other self defense should be used rather than a gun, implying that some other thing can stop them, and that you would get other chances. If your or ones you care about are under serious physical threat, then you do what you have to. The best way is to avoid situations like the yelling matches (please see "More Guns, Less Crime" for data on people who CCW are involved with less crime). But when they don't give you a choice, I hope you got a good plan B on your hip.

My wife vs the above man has a better chance when they are both armed, than both not. (50% both armed Guns are the great equalizer. Oh and my wife is a better shot than I am.

I care not about the attacker when it comes to keeping my wife and kids safe. Male/female, 16 or 46, the outcome of the attacker is forfeit. Only after I insure safety of mine, will I consider the safety of the bad guy.

The right to bear arms is the right to carry. Now please stop turning us into victims.

Comment Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (Score 1) 976

I completely agree. The vast majority of people who decide to carry legally are more even headed and are involved in a lot less crime than those who don't. See the book "More guns, Less crime" for data, it also shows pretty good correlation that more guns means less crime and safer streets.

Because we are the type of person who want to be prepared for bad things, we are also the type to avoid bad things. Getting into a shoving match is the result of more than one bad choice.

Nearly half of the conceal class I took was more or less teaching how screwed you are in shooting someone, even if self defense.(see Zimmerman)

However, leaving or running away isn't always an option, when you have family who depend on you to keep them safe.

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