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Comment: Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (Score 1) 257

by RockClimbingFool (#48372413) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

So according to this website, the device tax will bring in $29 Billion over the next 10 years.

So are they going to pass another tax to offset that missing revenue? Probably not. Any calls for repealing any revenue generating aspect of the ACA must be offset with revenue from somewhere else. As crappy as the ACA may or may not be, it is one of the few programs passed by Congress that have built in funding mechanisms.

That is why the ACA will work to some degree. But its still benefiting a particular industry (insurance) by allowing them to take 10% off the top of all healthcare spending. They have to be eliminated at some point.

Comment: Re:Orbital (Score 1) 443

by RockClimbingFool (#48260225) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Orbital is using the Russian engines for one reason and one reason only, they are procuring them at dirt cheap prices from some oligarch in Russia. That's it.

They can say how innovative they are, and how superior their design is, etc. But its all window dressing.

They build a business model based on procuring unknown hardware off the back of a shady box truck.

Comment: Re:Completely appropriate venue (Score 1) 1007

Teach the controversy! Right?

At some point, certain ideas simply need to be put to rest. Flat earthers, people who think storks deliver babies, you name it.

Creationists, by their own admission, will never change their hypothesis due to contradictory evidence. How can you have a debate?

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 5, Insightful) 1007

Scientists aren't picking sides. That is the whole point. You develop a theory for how things happen based on collected evidence and derivations. If your hypothesis doesn't fit the data, it isn't valid.

It doesn't matter how much contrary evidence you provide against creationists. By their own definitions, they can never be falsified. How do you debate that?

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 398

by RockClimbingFool (#48196817) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Your post.... is nothing but unsubstantiated, self deluded non sense.

Where are the studies to validate you expansive insight into the behavior of motorists?

Keep looking, the only thing you are going to find is if you want to make intersections safer, you expand those timings. You do it, even if people run the yellows and reds. The only thing that matters is a statistical tracking of accident rates at each individual intersection. Not how much people violate yellow lights.

Comment: Re: Thermal capacity of rock? (Score 1) 295

by RockClimbingFool (#48092841) Attached to: NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed
This article is terribly written. Some scientists wanted to see how far down ocean heating goes. As it turns out, not much. That means some of the sequestered methane hydrates on the ocean floor may not pop as fast, since the temperatures at those depths are not rising as fast as they could be. This does not mean the first 2000m of ocean is not heating. Quite to the contrary, it's heating plenty fast. The net result is these two disjointed articles combined into a cluster of easily mis-interpreted sound bites. The ocean is heating. It's also heating in a very stratified way. Most of the heat is concentrated in the top 2000m.

Comment: Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (Score 1) 602

by RockClimbingFool (#48002231) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

I currently have these installed in my exterior can lights that shine down from the soffits.

They are brighter than the CFL bulbs they replaced. They have lasted 1 month so far of continuous nighttime usage. They stay on all night long and are turned off in the morning.

Comment: Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (Score 1) 602

by RockClimbingFool (#48002141) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

I have bought 8 of the 65W equivalent LED bulbs that go into can lighting, from COSTCO.

I have can lights around the outside of my house and turn them on and leave them on overnight. I then turn them off come morning.

The CFLs I had in there previously would burn out. Ever other month, I was replacing a CFL.

The LEDs I replaced them with seem brighter, use half the wattage and could be dimmable if I add a dimmer switch.

So far I am happy. If i can make it 6 months without replacing one, I will be ecstatic.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 356

by RockClimbingFool (#47986735) Attached to: Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

She isn't assuming that stars are uniform, perfect density, simplistic objects. Its more of a simple design reference condition to put in a model, to verify the model output realistic results.

If the model doesn't work for a simplified, idealistic object (that is straightforward to calculate), then its not going to work on complicated, real universe objects.

Comment: Re:In other words nobody is born smart (Score 1) 269

by RockClimbingFool (#47880975) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Did those twin studies include twins that were separated into different socioeconomic groups? Or just different families, but similar socioeconomic status?

I have a feeling it all comes down to socioeconomic status. You end up with a better diet, better learning environment, etc. Its not necessarily the status itself that gives the better outcomes, its all the extra benefits that status provides.

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke