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Comment Re:What's so bad about their policies? (Score 4, Insightful) 292

.. and whose job is it to maintain the list of which of the hundreds of thousands of consumer electronic devices comply and which failed? And do you expect the flight attendants to be able to tell the difference between every one? How do you implement this? Maybe a nice little (easily forged) sticker for the back of the device?

Comment Re:Skeptical != Scientific (Score 1) 409

uh... but given long period of temperature fluctuations throughout measured history... wouldn't you expect a temperature change since the Industrial Revolution with a probability of almost 100% and a probability that it would be an *increasing* trend of 50%? Wouldn't it be more surprising if the temperature was exactly *constant* since then?

Comment Re:Hard to believe (Score 1) 845

... how bout the fact that he couldn't solve that - but has a B.S., two masters degrees, PhD credits, and "oversee[s] an organization with 22,000 employees and a $3 billion operations and capital budget, and am able to make sense of complex data related to those responsibilities".

I simply can't reconcile the above with his inability to solve any of the 60 math questions.

I'm thinking his degrees are utterly worthless and I'll further speculate that the organization he oversees with $3B budget is being grossly mismanaged.

Comment Re:I see UV too... (Score 1) 350

The experiment was over 15 years ago so I'm not sure but I seem to recall they both looked rather pinkish-violet. Honestly - I don't know when I am seeing UV if at all... I would say though that the purple section of a rainbow looks thicker, and terminates with a pinkish-whitish-violet color that just sort of fades. I've always assumed that's what everyone sees regardless of where their sensitivity ends,... maybe I'm wrong.

Comment I see UV too... (Score 3, Interesting) 350

I see UV too,... at least technically and I don't believe it is that uncommon. In a college quantum physics lab we were looking at the emission spectrum of Hydrogen and the instructor was guiding us through various emission lines. He asked if we could see the purple line and then asked who could see the *other* purple line. I was the only one who could. He said he always asks that because every class there are one or two students (out of about 20) who could see just enough into the UV spectrum to see it. I don't recall which line it was but assume it was the Balmer n=6 line at 397nm.

I can't say this has been particularly more useful to me although I do think I see rainbows as 'wider' than most people with a much thicker "purple" band than others seem to see. Totally subjective and something I can't substantiate but I think I am more sensitive to sunlight as well.

Comment Re:Espionage? (Score 1) 613

At first glance, that looks exceedingly like an F-22 (I'm no expert-maybe specialists here can point out differences)

I am - and to anyone else in the field the designs look nothing alike. The F-22 (and F-35) have a diamond-wing planform without canards with diamond vertical stabilizers. The J-20 has canards and a delta wing with swept vertical stabs. Take a look at this planform comparison

Comment Re:Nobody bothers to read the original opinion pol (Score 1) 1352

What astonishes me, is that lefty commentors here on slashdot appear to have read a drastically distorted and incorrect news story, then swallowed it whole, without any criticism or research, all the while believing that they are open minded, critical, and better-informed than the stupid people who watch Fox.

you must be new here...

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