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Comment: Re:Couldn't possibly be roads? (Score 1) 70

by macraig (#48134185) Attached to: Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

I'm well aware that we're discussing silicon compounds. I didn't claim that silicon was being vaporized by tire friction; that's silly. However, is it possible that silicon compounds in the road surface that get pulverized finely enough might then become "aerosolized" and disperse in the atmosphere? That is the question I posed.

Comment: The "perfect" solar cell... (Score 2) 110

by macraig (#48051479) Attached to: MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell

... from whose perspective? At least one perspective holds that the perfect solar cell is one that doesn't even work, a thin strip of plastic made to look like a solar cell that costs a helluva lot less than the real thing:

Today I was walking home from an errand to a store.I saw the remains of a “Dual Power Calculator” in the gutter; it had an intact solar cell in the top.“Cool!”, I thought; “I’m going to rescue that solar cell for some DIY thing.”I grabbed the top part and tossed it in my bag.

When I got home, I dismantled it to remove the “solar cell”.I discovered that it was a fake, a thin strip of plastic separate from the body made to look like a solar cell.


Comment: Next deconstruction: autism. (Score 4, Insightful) 222

by macraig (#47914587) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Next this needs to be done with what we call "autism". There's a reason it's called the "autistic spectrum"; it's a MUCH bigger but nebulous target than schizophrenia. There's so much symptomatic comorbidity that the diagnoses would be funny if the consequences weren't so depressing.

Comment: Misdirection of a different sort (Score 1) 200

by macraig (#47909543) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Aside from the other thread arguing that they were still guilty of unethical behavior whether anyone criticized them for it or not, there's another potential bit of misdirection here:

What if Snowden's means of raising concerns had nothing to do with e-mail and he only used verbal or hard-copy means, and the NSA knows it?

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe