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Comment: Re:Bad use case (Score 1) 122

I agree warnings have limitations, but they didn't have anything in Indonesia at the time and they have since been deployed. They may be a 'given' but that doesn't matter in a discussion of what is likely to be most beneficial in an event.

Walls pretty much ruin a beach, so if you have a beach, tourist area a wall is not really desirable. I get the concept of personal or small group type protective devices, but they must be low cost and deployed in an easily accessible manner, and this particular solution doesn't fit that. Then, when you do deploy a solution, you must make sure everyone on the beach knows what to do and how to use them in an organized manner. Not an easy thing to pull off, and made more complicated if you want to a parent with children, etc.

To protect a sea side village, sea walls make more sense. Probably a lower cost than moving a large community.

Comment: Re:Bad use case (Score 1) 122

This provides a solution that allows you to survive with less reaction time. Which may be a good thing.

Only if it is more accessible by many people than the escape paths. Imagine 5 people panicking and fight to get into one of these things. It really makes no sense. Is it even remotely realistic that a country would line its beaches with thousands of these things? Then everyone that does manage to get into one of these gets swept out to sea. Seems like a very poor solution path to me.

Comment: Bad use case (Score 5, Insightful) 122

Aeronautical engineer Julian Sharpe, founder of Survival Capsule, got the idea for his capsules after the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. He believes fewer people would have died had some sort of escape pod existed

What the Indonesians needed was a warning, not an escape pod. With no warning, the pods are useless. With warning, just get out of the path.

+ - SPAM: Wisconsin's dirty prosecutors pull a Putin

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An anonymous reader writes: In Wisconsin, prosecutors were raiding political opponents' homes and, in a worse-than-Putin twist, they were making sure the world didn't even find out, by requiring their targets to keep quiet.
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+ - Virtual Telescope Readies to Image Black Hole's 'Ring of Fire'->

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astroengine writes: With the addition of a telescope at the southern-most point of Earth, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) now spans the diameter of our planet and, when the vast project goes online, astronomers will get their first glimpse of the bright ring surrounding a supermassive black hole. Using a method known as Very Long Baseline Interferometry, or VLBI, astronomers can combine the observing power of many telescopes situated at distant locations around the planet. The distance between those observatories, known as the “baseline,” then mimics a virtual telescope of that diameter. Now, in an attempt to make direct observations of the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy, located at a powerful radio emission source called Sagittarius A*, the South Pole Telescope (SPT) at the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has been linked to the EHT and the stage is set for a historic new era of exploring the most extreme objects in the known universe. “Now that we’ve done VLBI with the SPT, the Event Horizon Telescope really does span the whole Earth, from the Submillimeter Telescope on Mount Graham in Arizona, to California, Hawaii, Chile, Mexico, Spain and the South Pole,” said Dan Marrone of the University of Arizona. “The baselines to SPT give us two to three times more resolution than our past arrays, which is absolutely crucial to the goals of the EHT. To verify the existence of an event horizon, the ‘edge’ of a black hole, and more generally to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity, we need a very detailed picture of a black hole. With the full EHT, we should be able to do this.”
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Comment: Re:This is not good... (Score 1) 255

by Mr D from 63 (#49537399) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

If you reduce the chance, you do prevent it in at least some cases. So, your statement is in fact not accurate, as there is HOPE. I will repeat it, EATING well does prevent cancer in at least some people.

I suppose its just semantics, but if it is really eating poorly that causes risk to increase, then not eating poorly is not really preventing cancer, just not causing it. So, its really not eating bad food that lowers cancer risk.... and of course that implies eating well. Kind of like saying not riding in a car prevents you from getting a serious injury from an accident...technically true but kind of useless when looking for prevention techniques.

Not eating anything will prevent cancer.

Comment: Re:!switching back (Score 1) 618

by Mr D from 63 (#49528513) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

It's not people switching back, it's people buying a second car for their household.

The numbers reported are based on trading in their EV for and SUV, a switch, not those that keep one and buy a second vehicle. You could be right, but you have no data to show that they own a second EV at the time of trade in.

Comment: Re:Hybrid != EV (Score 1) 618

by Mr D from 63 (#49528461) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

But I very much doubt that there's a line of Leaf or Tesla owners trading their EVs for SUVs.

Probably not Tesla, but Leaf owners tend to be younger, and many single. Many get married, have kids, and decide to move to an SUV. Sounds very plausible. I doubt it is fuel cost alone, but rather functionality and changing needs or desires as well.

An egghead is one who stands firmly on both feet, in mid-air, on both sides of an issue. -- Homer Ferguson