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Comment: Re:Count cards (Score 1) 85

Maybe you should work out that there not all card games are blackjack. There are no revealed cards that are then hidden before a reshuffle in a texas hold em game, so there is nothing to count. Seven card stud, as one example, would be a poker game in which there are such cards - but such a small number that all the player's (well or the ones who can actually play) remember them.

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 320

by nedlohs (#49500973) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Sure but that's irrelevant to the argument that " I just don't want to eat a food that manufactures its own pesticide".

"I think there might be some bad knock on effects to introducing such plants into the ecosystem" is a different argument entirely than "I'm scared of eating things that make pesticides even though I eat them everyday but I'm not informed enough about basic biology to realize it".

Comment: Re:Larger landing area (Score 1) 342

That's how you do it. A suicide burn or "hover slam" is the best option otherwise you use too much fuel. You want to burn as late as possible - the ideal would be a full throttle burn as low as possible that puts at 0 velocity at exactly the touchdown point, but of course you won't pull that off.

They also want to be "off target" until very late since if it engine fails you'd rather it hit the water not the landing platform at very high velocity.

Comment: Re:Headache (Score 1) 187

by nedlohs (#49469663) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds

Where's the conflict?

He claimed that orgasms could both treat a headache or induce a headache depending on the details of the headache. And then that caffeine and aspirin can also treat a headache - which is clearly true for most people aspirin helps for those with a caffeine withdrawal headache caffeine will help too.

How does any of that conflict?

Comment: Re:MORE pot perhaps. candy and soda aisle length m (Score 1) 291

by nedlohs (#49454015) Attached to: Cannabis Smoking Makes Students Less Likely To Pass University Courses

Candy is an impulse buy and something that children will whine and beg for in a checkout line. I don't think pot is really that similar. Plus if it isn't legal chances are you still only gave to walk 30 feet - we are talking about a location where it is available legally for some people. I recall cigarettes and alcohol being easily available in high school because there was always someone old enough to get it and resell it.

I also doubt that smoking 5% more is going to drop your grades by 5%. Smoking double isn't going to drop your grades by 100% after all.

If they have the numbers then they have the numbers (I haven't actually read the study or methodology or anything) I'm not trying to say they are wrong. I'm just saying I don't find it "not surprising".

Comment: "This, they argue, is not that surprising." (Score 4, Insightful) 291

by nedlohs (#49452739) Attached to: Cannabis Smoking Makes Students Less Likely To Pass University Courses

I find it quite surprising.

Sure being a pot head is going to have a detrimental effect on your grades.

But given my experiences with university in a place where marijuana was not legal I can't believe there are enough students who would not smoke when it is illegal but would when it is legal to swing the overall grade by 5%.

Comment: Re:regulation? (Score 1) 245

by nedlohs (#49446227) Attached to: 3D Printed Guns Might Lead To Law Changes In Australia

Making money isn't the motivator for the state and thus that is completely irrelevant.

Australia has no 2nd amendment equivalent and no history of a need to violently overthrow its own government (they used their words so to speak, and will again if the bulk of the people ever decide to go the way of a republic) and thus far less opposition to prohibition of firearms - with a bunch of exemptions.

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