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Comment: Strange... (Score 1) 552

by PortHaven (#47458399) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

I remember 100+ degree days in Connecticut in the late 80's and 90's. Now I am much further south in Pennsylvania and rarely recall such days. So yes it is hard for me to believe that this is the hottest of all.

(And yes, I understand weather is not climate, but I am pretty sure this post is insinuating weather is climate so STFU.)

Comment: I encountered this once....TOTAL PAIN (USELESS) (Score 1) 702

by PortHaven (#47401923) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Years ago I flew on Tower Air. Tower Air contracted their security through El-Air, as such they were ahead of where we are today. But one thing I always griped about was this policy being useless.

You see I had borrowed an old laptop (and I mean super old, where only the front half flipped up with a screen). The PC still worked, but the battery was long dead. So when they required me to turn on this ancient behemoth, we spent the next 20 minutes trying to find a plug so I could boot it. As soon as they saw it begin it's boot sequence, they gave me the okay. A lot of PITA for little benefit IMHO.

Why do I say this?

If anyone intended to build a bee oh em bee inside a laptop or cell phone. Why wouldn't you just take advantage of all the existing software and circuitry? It is a lot easier to just set a timer, use a program like Automate It, or even write your own basic Android app to control any such set up. A simple Bluetooth trigger and you can remotely detonate either an internal or external explosive trigger.

So in no way do I see requiring proof that a device turns on as adding anything to our security. Rather, it merely means all those people laid over for 4 extra hours and now with a dead battery on their iPhones will have to hand over their phones to TSA. (Who will make a LOT of money selling used iPhones until they get sued for having sold devices with personal data - after which they will just destroy them.)

Luckily, many Android users will simply keep a spare TSA battery on hand. And smart vendors will set up stands that sell "pre-charged" USB battery packs for $150/each right outside the security lines.

Comment: The Real Issue (Score 1) 347

by PortHaven (#47314611) Attached to: Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Is that we have to redefine the definition of a vacuum. Clearly, most thing of a vacuum as an area containing no mass. However, we should implement a more exact definition of a vacuum as an area not influenced by mass. (gravity, being the long range influence of mass)

Remove the influence of mass (including gravity), and C remains constant. I wager physicists will much more readily accept redefining vacuum than C.

Comment: Re:GLobal warming scien is simple (Score 1) 547

Curious, how much CO2 is released to form an island?

How much during earthquakes?

Truth is, all this talk of natural balance of CO2 is hogwash. Read up on the Cretaceous period. CO2 levels were much higher. Temperatures were up to 20 degrees higher.

Comment: Funny.... (Score 0) 547

Everyone I know has been complaining that this summer is unsually cool. I've heard several complaints throughout June that so many days have been barely warm enough to go swimming.

I joked the other day, not to worry, we'd still hear claims that it was one of the hottest years on record. And lo and behold, just a few days later and here be the claims.


To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley