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Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 5, Informative) 402

by The Grim Reefer (#49149157) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

In fact, the public did not know back in the late 1950s and early 1960s that tobacco smoking was so dangerous

Yes the public did. My father-in-law was born in the late 1920's and they called them "nails in your coffin" back when he started smoking as a teen.

The tobacco companies did a great marketing job, so it was cool, or "the bees knees" to be a smoker regardless of the health risks. But they did do a great job of suppressing anything that definitively showed the risks of smoking. While smoking is decreasing in popularity, just look at how many people still smoke. Even knowing how harmful it is currently.

Comment: Not a problem (Score 1) 132

by The Grim Reefer (#49148923) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

the Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds long, a length of day that doesn't coincide with the human body's natural rhythms

I never really had these "natural rhythms". Or at least I'm not as sensitive to it as most people are. I get tired if I'm up for more than 48 hours or so, but I really never had an issue working different shifts when I was younger, and don't have an issue with changing time zones now. The last time I traveled to the EU with some coworkers, they were acclimated to the time difference after a week. They all complained about waking up in the middle of the night. I arrived in the afternoon and went to bed around 9 in the evening and slept great and was perfectly adjusted the next morning.

Even so, I have zero interest in going to Mars. But I can't imagine that there aren't people like me that would be willing to go.

Comment: Re:WTF with the /. Interface?!?!? (Score 1) 77

by The Grim Reefer (#49147699) Attached to: Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes

I couldn't figure how to post to the thread with no previous comments (where was the reply button?)

I found it. There's a "Post" button just above the word "Threshold" in the green bar where you can change how comments are displayed. The word "Post" is in very slightly lighter green than the green bar itself. If you hover over it, it will turn into a gray square button with "Post" in black text. I actually found it by accident when moving the mouse around. When I realized what it was I tried to see it without hovering over it. If you know that it's there, you may see it from a normal viewing distance. But I didn't see it until I really looked closely.

Comment: Re:I can't wait for the Ron Popeil 3d printer! (Score 3, Interesting) 90

by The Grim Reefer (#49143135) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

Instead of having to clean a counter top, you only have to clean various hoppers and extruders, and the build plate. And all the prep tools and bowls. And you'll also have to program in all the steps. and it will only print one at a time.

It's so much easier than that 'old fashioned' way!

Obviously you've never made ravioli by hand. I have, and it's not the most fun thing to do. That's why I typically make a lot of them when I do, so I can freeze a bunch and thaw them out as needed.

A lot of that stuff will need to be cleaned anyhow. Rolling pasta dough is not the easiest thing to get perfect either. Then if you put too much filling in, you can't get the edges to press together and hold when you cook them.

I'm not sure how you think you make them by hand, but you can only put one together at a time that way too.

Comment: Re:If you want better legislation (Score 3, Insightful) 364

by The Grim Reefer (#49130081) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

No, the problem is that he and the corrupt party are constantly rewarded with reelection.

There's only one party that's corrupt? Or are you talking about the republi-crat party?

The voters have to work the system and be as active as the lobbyists, not just show up every two years.

And there's another problem. Lobbyists get paid, and it's a full time job. Plus they pay for what they want. The rest of us only have so much time to dedicate to politics and can not compete with the kind of funding that professional groups bring to bear.

Comment: Re:If you want better legislation (Score 5, Insightful) 364

by The Grim Reefer (#49129353) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

It is important to vote out the corrupt politicians who take industry money and write their laws.

I agree with you. The only problem is that the next guy is just as corrupt, if not more so. We've got a two party system where both sides are just as corrupt as the other. For some reason most people are convinced that any third party candidate would be a wasted vote. I guess that's why almost no one I've ever voted for has been elected.

Comment: Re:BS aside, is the K-XL a good thing or not? (Score 1) 431

by The Grim Reefer (#49122945) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

It makes people rich who are not exactly good global citizens. ISIS just destroyed a major part of mankind's history today by torching museums and libraries in Mosul today, and demand for oil just supports nations and groups like that. Oil used now just means wars later.

Um, when did Canada join ISIS?

I really don't know if the pipeline is as great as those who support it claim. But the oil is coming out of the tar sands with or without it. So I think think the argument for keeping that from happening is moot. The question is, is do we want to transport it via pipeline part of the way, then transfer it to trains and/or trucks and deal with all of the added cost and possible other issues in doing so? Or the possibility of it getting shipped to China. Or simply build the damn thing?

I realize how incompetent the government can be, but just how long is this environmental impact study going to take? It's been going on for at least 4 years that I'm aware of.

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you. -- Muhammad Ali