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Comment: Re:Countdown timers are only for pedestrians? (Score 1) 576

by (#47368025) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

In Cambodia there is also countdown on main traffic lights for cars.

That's much better: it's easier to wait when you know how long and you see that you will soon be green lite.

This leads to better behavior of the drivers.

And the green pedestrian light is an animated running green guy :D

Comment: Just a name list - legal loop hole - suggestion (Score 1) 276

by (#47313449) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Then I suggest they set up a second list where particular individuals would be listed as "can actually fly despite name on no-fly".

So if a Todd Smith has his name put on no-fly list for some reasons, an other Todd Smith would be able to ask thorough check and have his identification put on the do-fly so he would no longer be banned from flying.

Comment: What about tetrachromate women ? (Score 3, Interesting) 176

If it can match colors up to 94% of "nature's true palette" , maybe it could be used to display a test for tetrachromate people ?

I always wanted to make such a test, but I was quite difficult with real pigments.

I hope some application will try to make such a test, it would be amazing !

Comment: Energy - Thyroid condition - People at restaurant (Score 0) 625

by (#47228329) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

For quite a long time I thought that, no matter what, if you eat less energy than your body needs, you will loose weight.

Then I learned about this "Thyroid condition" case...

In that case, even when people eat less than their body really needs, the body will stockpile the fat, to the point that the person can't sustain her functions and will faint.
So, those people don't have a lot of choice if they don't want to faint, they need to eat more.

How many "Thyroid condition" do we have in the population ?
I don't know. Anyone has some information ?
I guess that's not very common.

But usually I see fat people at self-service restaurant with :
=> delicatessen
=> meat, sauce and hydrocarbs
=> pastry
for every single meal!

While I usually take:
=> various raw vegetables without sauce
=> not always meat, but at least one vegetables (fries not excluded but once a week at most)
=> yogourt, fruit or occasional pastry
Guess what ? My weight is stable since over 20 years ( +/- 500g at most), and I'm rather slim.

That's why I show now mercy at all for fat people.
The vast majority of them eat too much, I can see that everywhere.

Comment: Re:Wait a sec (Score 4, Insightful) 772

by (#47109625) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

[..] you can believe that this particular theory is the right one [...]

This is not a belief, since I wouldn't say that I *believe* that it is the right one, no...

I would rather say that I'm convinced and that I agree with the reasoning of this theory, given the facts and using logic.

And it is by far the best, and in fact the only one that is still valid and was reinforced during a century of observations, also with predictions comforted by new observations.
There is no other theory left about evolution, and this one was remarkable for its scientific validation.

With all those facts and observations, if you still have doubts, then you must also have some about any theory, even wonder is Earth is flat or not, who knows ?
And have absolute doubt, question even reality...
You can, if you want.

BTW, "believe" might be an ambiguous word in English, like "Free" (Libre or Gratis?), this can be confusing for some people.
Do they say "believe" for "having the belief" - with faith - or just "thinking it's right and valid" - no faith needed - as it can be used casually.
Mixing the two is really confusing.

Comment: Advantage of Video talking head (Score 1) 293

by (#47044463) Attached to: Linux Sucks (Video)

As soon as I saw his eyebrows and glasses, I figured out the video wasn't worth watching.

This actually saves time, even when you compare with text only media.

One must filter information according to prejudices that one have on the physical aspect of the Narrator...

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances
Oscar Wilde

Comment: Migrated on Pale Moon 2 weeks ago (Score 1) 403

Go for it! Thank to /. thread on Firefox new version (new UI) I've discovered Pale Moon.

I've installed my usual extensions (Adblock, NoScript, Stylish) and the flash plugin.
It's the 64bit version of Pale Moon. I'm happy with it and see no reason going back to Firefox... bye! It's been quite a long time but I leave now.

I've even installed the Portable version, 64 bit also, with the same set of plugins.
No problems so far (2 weeks).

Comment: Next Planetary Grand Tour, a visionary perspective (Score 1) 58

The Planetary Grand Tour was reduced from 4 to 2 probes but those Voyagers are great space exploration success.

Such planetary configuration will occur again in quite a long time, about 130 years, however we must be able by then to launch a new set of probes to take advantage of the gravitational slingshots. I'm afraid humanity might not be able to achieve this in case of new economic crisis at that time or because of some world conflicts, society collapse, whatever may distract us (or impede us) from working on the challenge.

How do you feel about this next window?
Shall we start to think about it and show to short-sighted politicians that great scientific challenges are at stake?

At least there's a chance that this event would be considered indisputable by everybody, unlike some other scientific phenomenons which will have great (negative) impact on us.

Comment: Original ethnics groups ... (Score 1) 522

by (#46997099) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

... russian speaking ukranians were imported to Ukraine, and the originally ethnic groups were cleared out.
... I propose they just move back to Russia, and leave Ukraine to the ethnic groups that were cleared out.

Then what about people in US move back wherever they came from and leave the continent to the ethnic groups that were cleared out ?

I guess there's a duration threshold somewhere, after that people living somewhere can claim the land.

Maybe 50 years is a bit short, a few hundreds start to be interesting, and thousands year long occupation seems fair.

Anyway, there might have been some other original ethnic group there before any of both today, they should focus on something else than their ancestors' culture and learn to live together.

Comment: Scam ! Definitely a HOAX like oil sniffer : (Score 4, Interesting) 126

I've already posted that before, but anyway, I'll tell it again:

A search on their patent refs leads nowhere except to their site.

This remind me the Great Oil Sniffer Hoax

Besides, if they were able to do what they claim, they would better look for gold in sunken ships and tell no one.
Their imaginary references are as old as 2003 with a site born in 2014... really ?

Face it: this is a hoax, at best, and more likely a scam.

Comment: Re:If they're having so much trouble testing drugs (Score 4, Interesting) 1198

by (#46878797) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

I've read that in Switzerland their suicide kit comprises a helium bottle and a plastic bag.

Also when I give 0,5 litre of my blood, I know that I may faint if I don't drink enough and then stand up suddenly.
I guess making someone give all of it would be fatal with no pain.

(again I want to state that I'm against death penalty, I don't suggest anything to carry on those punishments, just wondering why they still use drugs)

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.