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Comment Re:Furthermore, Saudi Arabia must be destroyed (Score 1) 397

The idea that Saudi Arabia is "the single most destabilizing force in the region, and perhaps in the world" is ridiculous. Until the American's second invasion of Iraq the region was amazingly stable.

So however much intent you wish to lay at the feet of S.A. they clearly were impotent.

Comment Re:Furthermore, Saudi Arabia must be destroyed (Score 3, Interesting) 397

Besides my own personal interest in fusion, what really excites me, is the chance to finally destroy Saudi Arabia

Don't worry. With sub $40 oil Saudi Arabia has far less than 5 years of cash left. OPEC is gone, US frackers keep cutting production cost quickly moving shale oil from mid-price to low-price, and so the chance of seeing 60 oil (S.A.'s break-even point at the current level of government spending) before 2020 is slim slim slim.

It's not that S.A. can't produce oil and make money at $40, it's that they can't maintain their stability spending at $40. Love them or hate them, they are a stabilizing force in the region. With them gone or impotent the region is going to change, fast.
 

Comment Re:Alcohol-free Whiskey (Score 1) 67

It would be a greater pressure differential than we can do here on earth -- 1 : near zero atmos
vs N : 1 atmos.

1 atmosphere of pressure is trivial.

So insanely trivial that even come free energy and a space elevator it will be cheaper to pressurize a R.O. chamber on Earth to N+14psi than it will be to lift said chamber to where there is near zero atmospheric pressure.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 381

I am that rail thin person who everybody thinks eats 4000 calories a day.

But everybody is wrong.

I work hard at maintaining my weight.

I count calories, and, yes, when I'm out to dinner with people I can and do eat large quantities of food, but those are large quantities I've made room for in my budget.

Science says that 60 year old good-life-living rail-thin man you're using as your "evidence" is most likely just like me. Unless you've spied on him for years you have absolutely no idea what his complete dietary habits are and your presumption that his weight comes to him easy is insulting.

Comment Re:High fat? (Score 1) 244

If you're grossly overweight it's even worse! Only the most elite athletes can liberate and metabolize adipose tissue at 1/2 that rate, and so a morbidly obese individual losing weight at such rates is burning muscle.

Losing weight is far far easier than gaining strength. If the end goal is to be a fit individual and not just skinnyfat the easiest and fastest way is to lose weight more slowly and maintain the muscle.

Comment Re:What does that even mean (Score 1) 95

As I said to the other person who brought up the same point:

The mountains are not free-floating on the mantle. They are attached to the entirety of the continental plate and thus not only are they supported by the plate the mantle displacement is not solely local.

Comment Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 700

The drivers will brick chips which have not violated any IP laws.

Anyone is legally free to use any USB product / vendor ID they want.

Where you violate the standard is by using an unassigned (or not assigned to you) ID and slapping a USB logo on the device.

The killer drivers are not able to see if the chip is mislabeled or if the device is inappropriately using the USB logo. In other words the drivers can kill 100% non-counterfeit, 100% legal devices.

Comment Re:it's got to be the genes (Score 1) 254

Why, do you have research to indicate that mental toughness is such an important factor, and that amateur high school kids have more of it than professional runners ?

amateur high school kids who are raised in a culture which, from birth, will punish them for outwardly showing any sign of weakness or intolerance for pain.

Do you understand just how severe their passage-to-adulthood rituals are?

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