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Comment: Frivolous? (Score -1) 497

Other than the headline, I didn't see anywhere in the article, or the judge's linked order, that the lawsuit was considered "frivolous". The amount of damages they were ordered to pay was $250, a nominal amount. In fact, the article said the lawsuit set a "precedent" by exempting academic research from FOIA requests. It seems like an important case, not frivolous.

Comment: This does not disprove Sasquatch (Score 0) 198

All this study shows is that some samples alleged to be sasquatch were not. There are many other samples of "unknown" DNA, which also proves nothing, since there is no control sample. This study has no bearing on whether sasquatch exists or not. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

In fact, there are thousands of eyewitness reports by individuals and groups, including park rangers, law enforcement, and military, hundreds of good pictures, and dozens of good videos of a large bipedal creature in the remote forests of America and Canada. This creature fits the physical and behavioral criteria for a primate, probably a relic population of Gigantopithicus. You can see some of this evidence at and other sites. Remember, the lowland gorilla was considered a myth just over 100 years ago.

Comment: So? (Score 5, Insightful) 330

I read an interview of him, and the rejection of the paper was a small part of his complaints. He is basically saying that anyone who questions anthropogenic global warming dogma is ostracized. This is the basis of McCarthyism and witch hunts. It also questions the foundation of the global warming "consensus" so often cited. The fact is that questioning orthodoxy is part of the scientific process. Ironically then, those who attempt to ostracize global warming skeptics for being "anti-science" are the ones themselves being anti-science.

Comment: IRS has free online tax filing (Score 0) 386

by Taylor123456789 (#46757565) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I use the IRS's free online tax filling service:


It's free, does the math, and links to instructions in case you have a question. There's even a troubleshooter that will check for errors. You can print to pdf when you are done.

I have a very complex tax situation (stock grants, home office, etc) and it can handle anything. You can create a log in, save the form, and come back to it many times to keep working on it. The only draw back is it will only do individuals, not corporations or LLCs.

Comment: Re:This will work (Score 0) 375

Well, I said divers could stay down an indefinite amount of time, not an infinite amount of time :) Of course there are the biological limits you mention. I've never used a rebreather, but I understand that they have about a 2 hour time limit at 200 feet, and that they are too complicated and expensive for the typical recreational diver. I'm sure extreme divers can put together a rig to stay down longer, but it would probably be too dangerous for most divers. The beauty of a membrane system is that it would be simple, safe, and relatively inexpensive. You are basically replacing the dangerous pure O2, toxic CO2 absorbant, and expensive triple-redundant computer systems of a rebreather with a cheap membrane that controls itself using physics. The only issue is size. I think there may be a market for this type of advancement of the technology if put on the right platform.

Comment: This will work (Score 0) 375

I have been working on a device like this as a side project for some time. The concept is feasible. I could build a device tomorrow using off the shelf parts that would allow you to breathe underwater using a membrane. This device would use commercial oxygenator membranes to interface the sea water in a closed circuit rebreather. Using Henry's Law, oxygen will flow into the diver's air supply and CO2 will flow out, adjusting to ambient levels, which is nearly the same as the atmosphere (partial pressure) in most recreational diving environments.

However, the biggest problem to overcome before building a product you can sell is not technological. As some have mentioned, the amount of dissolved gasses in seawater is small. My partner (PhD in fluid mechanics) and I have calculated that a diver swimming along at an average rate would need a lot of membrane material to breathe properly underwater, even at 100% efficiency. I have a design using existing commercial membranes that can fit the required material into a device about the size of a small refrigerator. This is obviously too large to fit on a diver's back.

To make such a device portable, I envision making an underwater drone carrying the membrane module. It would follow the diver who would be attached by a hose and a tether. It could also be driven by the diver like an underwater jet ski. The diver would limited in his movements, but could stay underwater for an indefinite amount of time. It could also extend the maximum diving depth to 500 feet by allowing for a longer ascent time.

If anyone is interested in collaborating on this, email me.

The first version always gets thrown away.