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Comment: Re:Basic Statistics (Score 2) 312

by gninnor (#45970733) Attached to: Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Honestly, of the different things I have studied all had jargon that could have been explained in simpler terms, often in shorter common words. So much of it is a wall to the "stupid" people and their understanding.

Other times there are specific concepts with only one word. These need to be simplified and taught to when it is being introduced in journals, but that would be work and very few people have been trained to speak to laymen.

Even within the sciences some shorthand jargon means one thing in chemistry and another in in biochemistry.

Comment: Re:I won't be buying one... (Score 1) 632

by gninnor (#43583797) Attached to: New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

Sorry, I am going to be a bit pedantic with your first sentence.

Yes and no. Ruger had a pistol that some yahoo was playing with loaded, hammer down. It was a single action revolver that while he was twirling it on his finger dropped it and shot his wife in the head. They recalled it and added an additional safety so that the only time it could discharge was when the hammer was pulled back. I believe that Smith and Wesson had a "Hammer the Hammer" campaign to prove their safety. Trigger guards and trigger pull are also part of the overall safety make up as are safeties to ensure a hammer doesn't fall on a round until a semi-auto's chamber is locked.

So yes the trigger block acts that way, but many firearms have several redundancies that fall under the heading safties.

Comment: Re:Gloves? (Score 2) 115

by gninnor (#42956283) Attached to: Book Review: To Save Everything, Click Here

I was thinking a similar thought. I never wear gloves. Gloves suck. I knew of a person that wondered why it burned a while every time they put their gloves on, turns out they contaminated the inside and were particularly sensitive to the stuff. Habaneros I handle with care and don't devein or remove seeds and I don't leave with stinging fingers. At most I'll hold the pepper down with a fork and cut through the tines if i want a really fine/messy cut.

The instructions don't tell you to take off the gloves either. Hope the person removes them before peeing or picking their nose. At some point you have to assume a level of knowledge from the reader, so either place an about page in the front of the book about every ingredient and warnings about it so that people can look up unfamiliar ingredients or leave that to the reader to look up. For the most part people will just want to reference the recipes in a cookbook and will not have to re-learn how to chop hot peppers every single time they make salsa. For that there should be a separate basic kitchen skills book. Heck I've seen some good cooks with bad habits that could use that (myself included).

The original point might be good, but I think they could have found a better example.

Comment: Re:Oh I just love (Score 2) 475

by gninnor (#41907359) Attached to: On Daylight Savings Time:

I like time to be a standard, historically the sun moon combination had benefits. DLST is not standard. Different parts of the world observe it on different dates and for different amounts of time. So we are kind of screwed because even if we did change other places won't for whatever reasons. The US isn't even consistent within itself. Using standard time just make a nice standard, and if your company wants to deviate, it can have summer hours and winter hours like my old company did. For me it really doesn't matter because 1 hour with the daylight swings we have is to little and just messes up the clocks.

Comment: Re:Your Favorite Misunderstanding of Your Own Work (Score 1) 1142

by gninnor (#41696907) Attached to: Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Depends on how you define wisdom. Here is some context.

Job 12:12 “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.”

Job 28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 3:7 “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

There is some stuff about knowing good and being innocent of evil in there too. I'm sure we could both cherry pick the bible to find passages to support a position, but there are some that believe that worldly knowledge is not the wisdom being talked about in the bible, but rather believe that knowledge of the heavens is good and knowledge of the material world is the evil.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 4, Informative) 866

by gninnor (#41682353) Attached to: Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

Although modded humorous, the acid base reaction often used to raise these is a well known chemical reaction. The CO2 is produced in a temperature dependent way in double acting backing powder. CO2 absorption in the liquid is also temperature dependent (more apparent in yeast risen foods though). The browning is a controlled oxidation process, and there is a balance in water soluble and fat soluble components that must be balanced. The properties of the proteins in the flour (gluten) and other ingredients are also important.

Comment: Re:There is no ALF (Score 4, Interesting) 418

by gninnor (#41594575) Attached to: PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse

When a group is attempting to do things that are illegal, it cannot have what would be a normal group structure, but one that is loosely structured with isolated pockets. As far as the violent/nonviolent thing it is just semantics. Legally Arson is considered nonviolent but legal definitions and what common use of those words sometimes do not like up. ALF and ELF use arson when other, safer means are at their disposal. Technically it is not a threat, but torching a green house is a bit more reckless than just spraying the area down with a persistent herbicide. Arson doesn't discriminate and is nonspecific. One of the U of MN research labs in this area was also destroyed along with years worth of data for some kind of disease. It was not a lab that used animals anymore than the physics lab, but was hit by someone claiming the ALF banner.

By the letter of the law no one was harmed and it was non violent, but it certainly it does not have the spirit of nonviolence in how it destroys and the harm it does.

Comment: Re:nothing new at all needed (Score 1) 717

by gninnor (#41586725) Attached to: How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

For average daily use we should really be focusing on not having cars. We are still building suburbs where life is nearly impossible without a car. While better standards are nice, it just patching up one of the symptoms.

When we were buying a car we tried one of the most fuel efficient cars we could find. Among reasons we didn't choose it, acceleration was one of the reasons. The on-ramp from our house was short and when merging one needed to get to traffic speeds quickly. I'm sure that the car could break the speed limit, but I have never needed to go 120MPH. Again, it's the infrastructure.

Our next vehicle (which would make us a 2 vehicle household) will most likely be something that can tow a trailer (without voiding the warranty) for the 1% of the time it is needed, I would love a button that switched the computer to a fuel efficient mode for the 99% of the the time, but that doesn't look like it is going to happen. Even with the reduced fuel economy, the total cost of the vehicle still beats renting a for the occasional heavy use days.

All that being said, to most people cars are a reflection of who they are and people buy cars due to the image it portrays and what they think is "best", and I cannot think of anyone that "needs" an H3.

Comment: Demographics? (Score 2) 508

by gninnor (#41466635) Attached to: California Legalizes Self Driving Cars

I wonder if the aging population will end up pushing this into reality. We will not make mass transit is not going to work on a large enough scale, and for many transportation needs are only met by POVs. It will become yet another device to assist people's independence, and that I believe will push the technology and laws as the need for it increases.

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