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Comment: Re:Just use filters (Score 2) 109

by TeknoHog (#48648903) Attached to: Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

Googles won't work, and neither will a filtering windshield. They'll just obscure vision. The wavelengths are all over the spectrum. The only thing that would filter them all is a piece of steel. Tough to land that way.

What if you just used steel windshields, along with Googles Earth to find out where you're at? I don't see any problem with

Comment: Re:Home mitigation? (Score 2) 130

by TeknoHog (#48591151) Attached to: No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Horizontality is definitely an issue for bottle-fermenting beers. You'll mess up the yeasty sediment when turning it around.

In my experience, extreme cold is only a problem if you get down to freezing temperatures. I've blown up a few bottles by trying to cool them down faster in a freezer. What happens upon freezing is also great for the nucleation of gas bubbles; hence the cloudy appearance of homemade ice cubes, and the measurements of ancient CO2 levels from the bubbles in antarctic ice.

Comment: These old farts are funny (Score 3, Interesting) 176

by SolitaryMan (#48586929) Attached to: Hollywood's Secret War With Google
While they keep fighting their own customers, Indie artists and movie makers are slowly eating their market share. Seriously, even these days I can find enough quality shows and even movies to watch on YouTube. Give it another XY years and Hollywood would be squeezed into some small niche market only few people will care about and I will not be one of them.

Comment: Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (Score 1) 1051

by TeknoHog (#48586119) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

I agree with you on a general level, but I still think it's a nasty idea to use organic compounds of heavy metals as vaccine additives. You'd think there were saner alternatives by now.

Of course, the amounts are probably minuscule to other sources of heavy metal poisoning we have around. This IMHO is the biggest issue about non-scientific reactions -- hysterical focus on $some_single_chemical and ignoring all other dangers and matters of scale. In my scientific education, I think one key thing has been learning how to deal with uncertainty.

Case in point: getting hysterical about aluminium in deodorants, and switching to alternatives such as crystal deodorant... which are 100% alum. Of course, the real issue is probably with specific compounds such as aluminium chlorohydrate - no need to ban the entire aluminium industry for that. And don't even get me started on genetic modification which has been going around for about 10000 years...

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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