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Comment: Re:no groping please? (Score 1) 141

by JayBat (#46372945) Attached to: Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington
1: If you really want to get through as fast as possible, then at most airports (you'll have to check the airports you use), you want to buy a first-class ticket (or be in your favorite airline's top-tier frequent-flyer program, Delta Medallion Gold/Platinum/Diamond or the equivalent), PLUS sign up for TSA Pre (http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck). The combination of those two things means that at MOST airports MOST of the time you'll bypass the main queue, which is the real-world biggest delay.

2 Well, believe it or not, no TSO wants to pat you down.: If you want to avoid pat-downs, then first you need to not be a brown-skinned male with a beard and an Islamic-sounding name. That sucks, but it's true. Second, don't be a PITA. Don't have weird shit in your carry-on, have your pockets really empty, be polite, pleasant and attentive to everyone you see (just like you do every day, right?).

Oh, also, don't be a heavy sweater. Sorry, but sweat-soaked clothing is an excellent reflector of mm-wave, and those spots will yellow-flag and often get you a quick hand-check. :-)

-Jay-

Comment: Not even stronger... (Score 1) 294

by JayBat (#46364411) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"
Zohydro is 10mg time-release hydrocodone. 10/325 hydrocodone/acetaminophen (often brand name Norco) or 10/300 (Vicodin HP) are commonly prescribed in the US for post-op pain.

I'm in the US, and was prescribed 10/325 Norco after outpatient hernia surgery last year. Hated that shit; nausea, impenetrable constipation, pain relief using max dosage was slightly less effective than max dosage OTC ibuprofen, and absolutely no trace of anything even vaguely resembling a high.

The difference with Zohydro is no contaminant acetaminophen, so no risk of liver damage.

Comment: Re:lumping it in (Score 1) 734

by JayBat (#46052209) Attached to: Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

As long as a nuclear plant has US standards for quality and testing instead of Japanese standards, we're all set.

Sorry to bust your bubble, but every single commercial nuclear power plant in the US (30+ of which are US-designed GE boiling water plants just like the Daiichi facility) are susceptible to exactly the same failure. A failure of outside electrical feed followed by failure of your onsite diesel generators means catastrophic destruction of the reactor core in a very short time.

Some of the US plants are located right on the banks of the Mississippi River, which is famous for NEVER flooding, of course.

There are zero, that is ZERO passive-safe commercial nuclear power plants operating anywhere in the world. Something like a grand total of 4 in very early construction world wide (none in the US, of course). This is a shame and a scandal, but it's true.

Comment: Re:Henchman? Looks more like another Entitlement (Score 3, Insightful) 1010

by JayBat (#45603835) Attached to: EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet
If you were actually concerned about expense to taxpayers, you would be complaining about the cop wasting police department time and money, and the court's time and money, and you would have a point. As it it is though, you're just being silly. -Jay-

Comment: Re:Some serious operational impacts (Score 1) 63

by JayBat (#45424458) Attached to: New Approach To Immersion Cooling Powers HPC In a High Rise
When a single unit in a rack fails, you just power it off. You don't bother draining the rack until some percentage of the units (5/10/15%, whatever) have failed, then you do them all at once (or more likely by that point, replace the entire rack). They're just interchangeable widgets...

Comment: Re:drugs and explosives (Score 1) 221

by JayBat (#43020059) Attached to: Helena Airport Manager Blocks TSA From Taking Full-Body Scanner
I'm not sure what you're talking about. *All* of my examples were found by x-ray, either in checked luggage or in carry-on. Only a tiny fraction of passengers go through sniffers and swabbing.

"US soldiers usually aren't terrorists"? That's a useless observation. Mathematicians usually aren't terrorists. Men usually aren't terrorists. Musicians usually aren't terrorists. What does that have to do with anything? Sheesh.

And I'm sure the 13 people killed at Ft. Hood are glad to know that you have determined that US soldiers with guns are of no danger to anybody.

You were wrong sonny, be a man and own up to it. :-)

Comment: Re:drugs and explosives (Score 1) 221

by JayBat (#43010523) Attached to: Helena Airport Manager Blocks TSA From Taking Full-Body Scanner
Oh, they've found them all right. There's been more than one US soldier that apparently wanted to take home some C4 as a souvenir, and TSA has found a tape-wrapped water bottle full of flash power (i.e, a plastic pipe bomb).

I'm not surprised they catch the C4 My wife frequently travels with chocolate fudge in her carry-on (she has co-workers that *really* like this one particular fudge), and unfrozen gel icepacks in checked baggage (post half-marathon icedown). Both almost always get handchecked. We know to pack both of those at the *top* of the bag for easy access.

-Jay-

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