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Comment: Re:Lies and statistics... (Score 1) 502

by Reziac (#47568505) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

How expensive it really is? or how much they've decided each procedure can net?

The list of charges if you pay cash-in-advance on the wall at the Los Angeles County clinic in Lancaster CA. The most expensive item is:

Any surgery: $400.

Yep, four hundred dollars. Someone else the counter asked the desk nurse how they could do surgery for that price, and she said that's what it actually costs the clinic, and that pay-later get billed at a rate 3x higher, to make up for the large number of deadbeats and the difficulty collecting at all.

Comment: Re:Most of you have it... (Score 1) 99

by Reziac (#47563527) Attached to: Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

Considering that wild mice who live in proximity to humans markedly prefer to eat stuff humans have touched ... I imagine you'd have to find wilderness mice to study!

Zoo primates could be 'contaminated' as well.

Looks like some future researcher is in for a long tramp through the back of beyond. :)

Comment: Re:COST (Score 1) 535

by Reziac (#47558519) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Obviously the time is right for someone to invent a little portable keyboard (possibly with its own battery) that plugs into the phone's USB port and lets you type like a normal person, instead of like a demented monkey chasing termites.

(Which is what I feel like when I use a stylus, but it's still better than fat-finger syndrome.)

Comment: Re:Most of you have it... (Score 1) 99

by Reziac (#47558473) Attached to: Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

Have you looked at animal samples too? Seems to me it would be easier to get those upper gut samples...

Is it human-host only, or opportunistic wherever its favored bacteria thrive?

Has any of this virus been incorporated in our DNA?

Completely OT, having been preconditioned by the crAss cracks, my brain decided to parse your username as "robed wards" which made no sense. :)

Comment: Re:Why "morphing" (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#47538935) Attached to: Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

No need; I'll just park out in this handy Montana hailstorm. Free dimples!

Actually, that happened to my old truck -- got hailed on pretty good and had small dimples pretty uniformly over its entire upper surface. Didn't do shit for its MPG. And after a few years the dimples went away (let's hear it for Ford steel!) and you couldn't tell it had ever happened.

Comment: Re:recoiling in disgust is not the same as apathy (Score 1) 198

It helps considerably when that state legislature is a part-time avocation, not a full-time career. Frex, here in Montana it's 90 days every other year -- not enough time to pass bullshit and certainly not enough income to make a living. So the nimrods who are unhireable except as politicians don't thrive here; you can't live off being a politician in MT. (And a lot of local positions, like some county commissioners, are volunteer.)

Conversely, look at California where the legislature is a fulltime job, and observe what a crowd of Peter Principles it's attracted...

And yes, I have considered it, because common sense has to start somewhere. Hell, there's a opening on the local mosquito abatement board... not every job has to be ruling the world. Fixing your little corner is most of it.

Comment: Re:Vote (Score 1) 198

I don't know about other stuff or what's current, but back in the 1980s Southern California had basically two telcos: Pacific Bell (good service and reasonable rates), and GTE (horrible service and much higher rates). GTE, being the poor little put-upon underdog company, was given protected monopoly areas where PacBell was not *allowed* to offer telco service.

Fast-forward to the massive restructuring that eventually turned GTE into Verizon, and now Verizon enjoys the legacy of GTE's protected monopoly areas.... which they remained even tho Verizon was now the 800 pound gorilla.

Comment: Re:yeah, why can't they suck boundary layer ...? (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#47538835) Attached to: Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Okay, since the effect is apparently speed-related -- your thought about channels underneath made me wonder if an air intake feeding a channel system could be designed to regulate that airflow according to forward speed, and therefore regulate dimpling, without the tedium and moving parts of yet another pump.

Comment: Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#47538793) Attached to: Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

So you do it on the sides (which naturally drain), but not on the roof (which doesn't), and possibly on the undersurface (if practical). The sides are about 2/3rds of the surface area of a big truck box anyway. But per this interesting comment from an AC:
the benefit is speed-related, and "always drives at the same speed" is an absurd assumption for a car, let alone for a big truck.

Occurs to me to wonder, tho, what happens with drag if you reverse the dimples (as one would to prevent water accumulating). Someone who actually knows, pipe up!

Comment: Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#47538757) Attached to: Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

I'm wondering if it's more efficient only in limited speed ranges, and at other ranges actually increases drag.

But nominally-identical vehicles often get different MPG (my truck gets almost double what other supposedly identical trucks get!), and that MPG can change over time as well, so given how small the differences reported are, in this case it may be individual vehicle variance.

Comment: Re:Lumping everyone together.... (Score 1) 374

by Reziac (#47535655) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

That's a good point -- stored water might as well go into the ground (and be used) as into the air (which one might argue becomes rain somewhere to the east, but that does Utah no good, and Utah needs it a lot more).

In the process of moving back to Montana from SoCal, I made numerous trips along both I-15 and routes further west, and I was quite struck by how the states that scream the loudest about conservation and that do the most enforcing against common use of resources... are also in the worst shape. Utah looks the best both agriculturally and industrially -- it seems to have a great deal more local industry than any other western state, yet it looks the most pristine and green, and sports a healthy ag sector. Montana and the agricultural parts of Nevada are also in good shape, as is much of Idaho. But you can just about draw a line around CA and OR solely by the poor condition of what used to be good graze and forest land, and now looks a great deal more drought-stricken than do drier areas further inland.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.