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Comment: Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 4, Informative) 127

by Neil Boekend (#47763471) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

With the limited info I have I would guess either a cheapskate manufacturer that tried to pass the wrong gauge of cable as the correct one or a crappy connection between a plug and the cable.
In both cases the cable can't handle the current in a hot room and that could cause the insulation to melt. Especially when the cable is buried under a stack of nice insulating and flammable paper. Molten insulation doesn't stay in it's place, cables connect, short circuit and with the hot insulation (hot means more easily flammable) a flame is born.

Comment: Re:Reasonably, how long would a solar eclipse last (Score 1) 65

In our winters most plants do not need sunlight at all. They hibernate. Why wouldn't an alien plant be able to do such a thing?
Creatures do not really need sunlight all that much. Only to see and there are other solutions for that (IR sensors, sound or electric signals for example).
It'll get cold. True. But not 0K cold. The freezing of stuff gives off warmth, temporarily pausing the dropping of the temperature.

Al in all it doesn't have to be so different from our planet, assuming the average temp is similar and the radiation belt of a massive planet doesn't fry anything that tries to live and a million other things aren't all that different.

Comment: Re:But what of Netflix (Score 1) 312

There could be a technical valid reason for it: Comcast could host Netflix owned servers that provide Netflix in their network. That way the traffic doesn't actually go over the internet (except to keep the servers up to date).
The payment would be for service, power and stuff like that.
It sucks for net neutrality but for the reliability of the Netflix service it would be great.
They just have to do the same for all other streaming providers. Somehow I'd doubt they feel that wasy.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 312

Technically they are correct. It's no cap. They don't cut you off.
It's a lie and it's evil. But it is also technically correct.
Just like the lollypop manufacturer who advertised with "0% fat" and "Glucose is an important energy source for brains". Technically true, but oh so wrong.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't it be rejected? (Score 1) 76

by Neil Boekend (#47754397) Attached to: Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

I have a genetic, degenerative kidney disease. My kidneys slowly get worse and worse over decades. An injection that grows me a new kidney with my own genes would be close to magic for me, despite approximately knowing how it works.
Even if the new kidney had the same genetic damage as the current two, if I replaced them in 10 years I will then be able to use them for at least 30 years. Then I'll be 70 years old so another one would probably last me the rest of my life.

This is exiting research for me.

Comment: Re:Legal... sort of (Score 1) 178

by Neil Boekend (#47675955) Attached to: Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

Of course you have to comply with state and federal regulations. They probably include random sampling by feds to test THC levels in your crop.
If you genetically modify corn to have THC the corn farmers will face the same thing. That's not wrong.

What is wrong is that THC is illegal in the US. But that is a different discussion.
Info: I live in the Netherlands. I know a society can work properly while weed is available to everyone (although it isn't perfect yet).

Comment: Re:Chill (Score 1) 315

by Neil Boekend (#47646573) Attached to: Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

Placebo's are not suitable for all cases. However, they are suitable for some. They are even the best for some.
You can't treat cancer with placebos. You can treat the side effects of chemo with placebos (to some extent).
You can cure many types of headaches, migraines, concentration disorders and many other things with placebos. If the placebo is selected properly the side effects are minimal. If the placebo is presented properly the nocebo effects are minimal.

Some doctors do use placebos, because they are sometimes the best way to go. A low density vitamin C tablet from the pharmacy can cure a lot more than vitamin C deficiency. Especially if it is not covered by insurance. Especially if it is expensive.
There is, however, a stigma to it because the most effective method requires lying to your patient. Even if that is the best way to cure them it feels iffy to any half decent doctor.

There is value in homeopathic stuff: it is expensive and does no harm (except to the wallet).
I wish I could go back to believing in it because that would help me in some areas. Alas, that ship has sailed.

Comment: Re:Bad Science (Score 1) 315

by Neil Boekend (#47646413) Attached to: Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

The mass is relevant. The thrust/mass ratio has to be improved with a factor 1000 (wild guess) or so for it to be able to lift it's own weight.
If it can lift it's own weight then it can accelerate with at least 1 g in space. Accelerate at 1 g for a year in space and you are quite close to 0.5 times light speed.
That would be awesome, but I don't expect such improvements until we figure out how to do this with superconductors, preferably room temperature because it is difficult to shed heat in space.

Comment: Re:Ammonia fuel (Score 1) 117

by Neil Boekend (#47645593) Attached to: New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

There is so much wrong with that. If you dance into a leakage of HCl 20% on your tennis shoes you are screwed so fast you won't know what hit you. S3 safety shoes are required for a reason when working with hazardous chemicals.
You should, however, test your safety shoes if you are going to walk on them all day. Your employer should allow you to buy your own and refund you (within reason). Take half a day to get the right ones, your back and knees are on the line here.

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