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Comment Re: Safety (Score 3, Insightful) 448

Back in my high school days, I and plenty of my fellow students frequently went armed, some with considerably more lethal weapons than are customarily allowed in the US. I fired my first machine gun when I was seventeen.

Mind, we were only so armed during our nights/weekends with our reserve units, but we were still, technically, armed school children.

Aside from the occasional shoulder/cheek bruise (from not holding it properly while firing - a 7.62 FN packs a bit of a kick), I don't recall any gun-related injuries.

Comment Re:An engineer's perspective (Score 2) 118

It's said that the Roman engineers responsible for the construction of a support arch for a bridge or aqueduct were required to stand under it when the support scaffolding (used in construction) was removed. They had a very personal incentive for making sure everything was done properly.

Likewise, the reactor engineers on a nuclear submarine have a very personal incentive for making sure everything is done properly, over and above military discipline.

Do we even know that, in this case, the cooling towers were even properly disinfected in the first place? Maybe the building managers and whoever else is responsible should be required to spend the day after disinfection exposed to a nice mist of cooling water...

Comment Re:Summary is flat out WRONG (Score 1) 397

The explanation is simple: the cartographer responsible for that map is a moron.

You're right, the orange zone should extend to roughly mid-lake, except for Lake Michigan, which is entirely within the US. Chicago shouldn't even be part of that 100 mile zone (likewise Milwaukee and Green Bay) except that it has an international airport -- which would also mean there could be a 100 mile splotch of orange around pretty much every major city.

(*It's possible that Great Lakes port cities are considered borders, even though they technically are not. Do Canadian and other international vessels have a right of passage on Lake Michigan? It certainly is not considered international waters.)

Comment Re:136 lbs? (Score 1) 179

It's also a matter of fitting in the cockpit in the first place. I knew a guy who wanted to be a navy pilot, but his legs were just long enough that if he'd ever had to eject, they'd be taken off at the knees by the control panel. Fighter pilots tend to be small. Cargo planes are roomier, so that isn't an issue there.

Comment Re:How about the rest of the world? (Score 4, Insightful) 184

I can think of two major acts of genocide ordered by self professed "God Fearing Christians" in the past 100 years. At least one bombing comes to mind as well as a few mass shootings.

Only one? Take a look at "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland and surroundings from about 1968 to 1998. (And related events in the centuries leading up to that.) Sure, there was a large political component too ... as there is in the Middle East. I'd wager that anyone old enough to remember those times was a lot more worried about IRA bombs then than Islamic ones today (and with good reason).

Comment Re:Justice system (Score 4, Interesting) 177

We don't find people filming murders for sexual gratification. If that were the case, then that could very well become illegal too.

Although fake kiddie porn is just as illegal as the real thing, filming fake murders for others' gratification (hopefully not sexual, but who knows) is big business. Hollywood makes billions on it. Ditto first-person shooter games.

Something is screwed up somewhere.

Comment Re:It's already happened before. (Score 1) 168

It'll probably never fly, but authors should start negotiating a reversion of rights clause into their film contracts that requires a money-making film every few years, not just a film every few years.

I think the Hollywood accounts' heads would explode. (By traditional Hollywood accounting, no film ever makes money, so the suckers who settled for a percent of the net, rather than the gross, never see a penny. All the income flow is shuffled around in a giant shell game.)

Comment Re:Remakes are seldom worth it (Score 1) 168

Since the first (or maybe second) Jurassic Park movie we've had the CGI technology to something like The Mote In God's Eye or Ringworld.

Probably ain't ever going to happen, the plots require too much thinking for the average movie audience. (And these are not particularly cerebral books.) (But man, can you imagine the ensemble cast of Ringworld done by somebody like Joss Whedon? Sigh.)

And I shudder to think what they'd do with Footfall. Probably turn it into another Tom Cruise vehicle like War of the Worlds.

Comment Re:If you don't have riveting hero(s).... (Score 1) 168

Hell, the character Violet in The Incredibles was a better Sue Storm than Sue Storm (let alone Jessica Alba) will ever be.

For that matter, The Incredibles was a better Fantastic Four than any of the Fantastic Four movies, even though Johnny Torch.. er, Jak Jak was just a baby. And when I was a kid, FF was my favourite of the Marvel comics. (Not saying much, I'm a DC guy from the Silver Age.)

Comment Re:Sounds Great (Score 1) 66

Meanwhile, in a worldwide collapse due to war or an asteroid, Type 2s find themselves losing weight and the need for insulin. Their arteries clear, their blood pressure drops, their life expectancy 60.

Once Type 2 kicks in, losing weight isn't going to magically reverse it, alas. It may well help with the other things, but I know some skinny (formerly obese, but not morbidly so) T2 diabetics. Lots of additional exercise might help, although if you're pushing 60 it gets harder to add muscle mass

Comment Re:Sounds Great (Score 1) 66

There's a significant difference between the $25/vial Novolin R and N insulin and the $200+/vial stuff like Levemir (insulin detemir) or Lantus.

The former are short-to-mid term acting insulins, they act quickly but wear off quickly, whereas the latter are longer lasting (but a bit slower to act). You're paying for the convenience of not having to check your glucose multiple times a day, and having to stick yourself maybe once a day instead of at every meal. (Well, okay, you're paying for the patents, but that convenience is one reason people are willing to pay it.)

Of course were it me, I might be willing to put up with a certain amount of inconvenience for another couple of thousand dollars a year in spending money. (Not just inconvenience, there's probably a higher risk of under- or over-dosing with the shorter-acting stuff than the extended release stuff. So maybe not.)

Comment Re:Just delete it (Score 2, Insightful) 204

This. Links in email are dead to me. I don't follow them, my mail client doesn't follow them, it's just so many wasted bytes. And that includes e-cards from friends/relatives. You want to send me something, send it to me, don't ask a third-party to.

(Sure, I make an exception for links I'm expecting (have asked for) but even then I'll copy them to my browser. HTML in my email is turned off.)

The Macintosh is Xerox technology at its best.