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Comment: Re:I thought Apple was innovative (Score 1) 280

by ColdWetDog (#48273447) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Because you can't power a 'smart watch' with a self winding generator. Someone, in one of the innumerable past posts about this topic actually figured out the number of joules (not jewels) that a self winder could produce and figured that it would run a typical smart watch for about a minute. The physics just doesn't work. Same with body heat, solar power and anything short of a radioisotope generator.

Comment: Re:What did you expect.. (Score 3, Interesting) 130

by Penguinisto (#48269133) Attached to: New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

Seriously? The old self-loathing OMG-I-hate-my-country-because-we're-all-so-fat! trope? What are you, a sophomore in his first PoliSci class?

Lookit - you're dead-wrong in that this is somehow just an American thing: Europe and many parts of Asia(!) are seeing a large rise in obesity as well.

This isn't a national thing, it's a side-effect caused by an overall rising standard of living within any given culture. The short version: If you're not forced to skip meals and not forced to sweat your ass off just to put food on the table, you're going to have a surfeit of calories, and neither your metabolism or hunger mechanism got the memo.

Now if you're that worried about folks whose physiological evolution hasn't caught up to relative prosperity, then crash the global economy and drive civilization back into the dark ages. Otherwise, dude, grow up already... this is much simpler (and at the same time more complex) than you think.

Comment: Re:OK, but ... (Score 1) 197

OK, work this out. Let's assume that this person:

- has Ebola and is contagious
- is riding her bike along a rural road, somehow shedding virus all over the place (maybe she cut her leg and doesn't realize it)
- then you come along with a full bladder ....

What in His Noodlieness' name are you doing that puts you at risk?

On second thought, it's probably best not to know.

Comment: Re:Miracles (Score 1) 635

by mcgrew (#48268533) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

People really did turn into pillars of salt?

People can be perceived to have been. Witnesses see what they see, never the entirety of what happens.

People can actually die for several days and then be reborn?

The raised dead weren't reborn, they woke up from a coma so deep that nobody at the time could tell it from death.

Virgin's [sic] can actually give birth?

It was thought that parthenogenesis was impossible in sharks, too, but a virgin shark gave birth a couple of years ago. BTW, are you a greengrocer?

Comment: Re:Cool, but nothing new (Score 1) 635

by mcgrew (#48259811) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

...the Big Bang theory was was proposed by a Catholic Priest.

I hadn't heard that before, can you link a source? I do know that atheists vehemently opposed that theory, because until then the accepted theory was the "solid state universe" that always existed and exists forever, and the big bang theory postulated that it had a beginning and will have an end.

Comment: Re:Trying hard... (Score 2) 635

by mcgrew (#48259735) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

The only magic that exists is David Copperfield trickery, and I say that as a Christian. Miracles aren't magic, they are occurrences with incredibly low probabilities (like several that have happened to me, including my surviving an "unsurvivable" auto wreck).

The bible doesn't contradict science, although many religious people unfortunately do.

To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)