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Comment Re:Good for them! (Score 0) 89

Pulling ahead?

Hmm, 1M digital subscribers...New York's population in north of 8M. So maybe 12.5% of New York's population has signed up. At most. Assuming every digital subscriber is in NYC.

Now, assuming that every one of those digital subscribers is an out-of-towner who had never subscribed before, they've probably added a good 20% to their subscriber base in, oh, 20 years or so. Hardly an example of massive success....

Comment Re: How about if you don't like a service AVOID IT (Score 1) 223

Fucking hipster douchebag; I bet you're next going to tell us how you don't watch TV.

Baseball games and Football games. And occasionally the wife convinces me to watch an episode of Arrow or Flash. Otherwise haven't watched TV since the 80's....

But when did it become Hipster to avoid FB? I just do it because I like my privacy too much to broadcast every fart to the known world....

Comment Re:How about if you don't like a service AVOID IT? (Score 1, Insightful) 223

Just so. The solution you propose has been the one I've used since Facebook's start. Works fine, really it does.

What's that you say? How will friends and family keep up with my doings? Well, here's my little trick - if I want them to know about something, I email/phone them and tell them about it. Works really well, and I get to talk to them at the same time....

Comment This is surprising??? (Score 1) 135

From the earliest post-Chernobyl studies, things have been showing a healthier ecosystem in the area, with the primary change being fewer humans.

Alas for the anti-nuke hysterics, the main thing all that EVIL!!! radiation (properly radioactivity) has done has to nothing. What really makes the place special is the laws forbidding humans from living in the area.

Note also that humans STILL live in the area illegally. And there's no real sign of meaningful biological effects among those humans either....

Comment Re:Martian atmosphere - another quibble (Score 1) 233

We are to believe that patch could hold the difference between basically full vacuum and one Earth atmosphere air pressure.

Note that a standard bicycle tire is inflated to 2+ atmosphere net pressure. As high as nine atmospheres for racing tires. A one atmosphere pressure differential isn't really all that big in the Real World (tm).

And consider a one inch (2.5cm) diameter hole. Slap ducttape onto it and try to push your finger through the hole (from the side with the tape to the side without. One atmosphere net pressure implies, by the by, about 11 pounds of actual force across the total area of the hole. Think the ducttape will push through if you do a ten pound push? Or even a 15# push? Guess again....

Would the ducttape provide an airtight seal? Doubt it, but not completely impossible. Is it strong enough to handle a one atmosphere differential? For a small hole, easily.

Comment Re:Anti-science is a PR plague (Score 1) 319

You are wrong, Monsanto does use methods of questionable safety, such as mutating plants with radiation and using the deformed plants DNA for a desired characteristic. Any normal person seeing the mutant plants would be horrified.

So, ugly plants are unsafe? Interesting theory you have there. Any, you know, actual evidence that this is so?

Because otherwise, it sounds like you're, what's that phrase, "shilling in ignorance" as well....

Comment Re:Yeah, I thought this problem was solved (Score 4, Informative) 118

but they don't consider the political and social aspects of our species that means vital funding of safety mechanisms and maintenance of absolutely crucial technology *will* be broken. it's simply a matter of when, not if

Or perhaps we understand that quite well. And decide that it's not that big a problem.

Civilian nuclear power deaths in the USA, to date: zero.

Military nuclear power deaths in the USA, to date: four? Basically the people in the room with the test reactor (that fit in a bathtub) when someone pulled the control rod (yes, there was only one) out by hand.

Hmm, 70 years of nuclear power in the USA, with so few casualties. I could wish the highways were that safe. Or Airline travel. Or trains. Or COAL MINING. Or Oil drilling. Or even hydropower dams.

Hell, more people have died just this year installing solar cells than have died in nuclear power accidents in the USA in all of history.....

Comment Re:Airstrikes on population centers (Score 1) 395

It's the fact that rather than bombing Daesh, they're bombing groups opposed to Daesh

As opposed to the USA, which is fighting ISIS (one of Assad's enemies) as well as Assad (one of ISIS' enemies). So we're on BOTH sides of a civil war in Syria.

Note, by the by, that helping Assad against ISIS allows Assad to use more of his own troops against, say, the Kurds, who are our nominal allies in the region.

So, we're helping Assad fight some of his enemies, while helping some of his enemies fight Assad....

Comment Re:Sandy Hook (Score 1) 1148

Hmm, a quick check...

If I didn't miscount, since 1990, there have been 288 deaths in "school shootings" (note that that number includes at least one case of an adult shot by another adult in a school parking lot).

With 330 million or so people, and 35 years, that puts the annual per capita death rate from "school shootings" at 0.000000016.

Terrorist attacks in the same 25 year period. Hmm, let's use 9/11 and call it good. 2753 from the direct attack. So, 0.00000033.

Yep, looks like you're right.

Even with a very strict definition of "terrorist acts" (essentially reducing it to "there's been ONE terrorist act"), and a loose enough definition of "school shooting" to include adults unrelated to the school in any way shooting each other in the parking lot, we have about ten times as many terrorist deaths as school shooting deaths in a generation.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1148

The US also had amendment 18. The constitution is not immutable.

Quite so. Feel free to propose an Amendment eliminating the Second.

And if it doesn't pass (and it won't, since the requirements are high enough that the States with no gun problems are more than sufficient to make the proposal ignorable), then shut up about it already!

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1148

The military has undoubtedly determined that arming everyone would cause more gun deaths than not arming them.

No, the military has determined that the investigation into a missing rifle/pistol/tank/howitzer (not to mention the paperwork required to deal with a missing rifle/pistol/howitzer) is FAR, FAR more trouble than just keeping the (government property) firearms in the arms room.

Note, by the by, that I grew up on military bases. Yes, my family kept firearms in base housing. No, the military had no real issues with that (yes, there was paperwork associated with them, but not terribly onerous). Hell, there were even ranges dedicated to personal firearms (skeet, 50ft rifle/pistol, long range rifle/pistol)....

One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor... is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics. -- N. Wiener