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Comment: Re:A short, speculative cautionary tale... (Score 1) 399

by bluefoxlucid (#49564165) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

The American educational system has been dragged through the mud for the last 40+ years over the idea that all children can be geniuses.

We have cut and cut and cut. Some kids are "gifted", and get to take Calculus; algebra is no longer standard curriculum. English grammar has been cut back. Latin and Greek are too hard for the less-special of us.

The school system is targeting "success", in that "we can all succeed", by lowering the fucking bar.

Comment: Re:Xylitol to the rescue? (Score 1) 545

by bluefoxlucid (#49562413) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

It is, but it's an important consideration: if you drop a piece of xylitol gum, and your dog eats it, your dog will be dead in half an hour. Their body will massively store glucose, causing fatal hypoglycemia. Your dog won't get sick and die slowly; it will die quickly.

Mushroom poisoning can take several days to kill a human. A small amount introduced one time will make you sick for a week, during which time your liver and kidneys may fail. Xylitol poisoning will simply kill your dog, quickly, possibly before you can reach a vet to get an $800 glucose IV.

Comment: Re:Not enough resourcees (Score 1) 422

Plants actually consume LESS CO2 when it is in abundance...

Categorically false: the rapid propagation of poison ivy has been attributed to the increase in atmospheric CO2. Toxicodendron species grow 3x faster than they did in the 1500s due to CO2 availability.

Multiple studies find that CO2 greatly enhances plant growth in general, while also increasing the water demand for plants. Agriculture in a high-CO2 atmosphere will place higher demands on aquifers, but will produce higher yield. Higher temperatures also increase growing yield by rapid plant growth and growing season extension. This leads to the disturbing consideration that our society may depend on an unsustainable increase in atmospheric CO2.

Comment: Re:Not impressed - make food with water, CO2 & (Score 1) 422

Because storing hydrogen is ass-impossible. Hydrogen is a terrible fuel requiring 4000-10000 PSI storage at liquid-helium-cooled temperatures. Storing and transporting hydrogen is energy-hungry. If the tank ruptures, it detonates like several dozen pounds of dynamite--assuming none of the hydrogen actually ignites (it shouldn't, until it mixes with the atmosphere sufficiently and becomes a fuel-air bomb capable of taking out an entire city district).

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"