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Comment: Re: Lazy farmer (Score 2) 106

by nitehawk214 (#48671565) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

Actually here are the real numbers. GP is pretty close, though.

It lumps all accidents together, I couldn't find a breakdown of them. But I am willing to be that car accidents are the vast majority of them.

1. Accidents (over 37% of all deaths in this range)
2. Suicide
3. Homicide
4. Cancer
5. Heart Disease
(HIV is #6 for the 25-34 group)

Cancer and Heart Disease are #1 and #2 overall. Those will tend to get almost everyone in the end. If you manage not to die young.

Now, comparing with the 2002 data, a large drop in accident deaths in the 15-24 group, while 25-34 group went up. The total for both groups is lower, though. I am going to go out on a limb here and say this is due to cars getting safer, and not teenagers getting smarter. :)

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 2) 344

by nitehawk214 (#48663501) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

HFR did not make a difference to me, but if they are spending so much money on the films why do the CG physics still look like the thing was shot on the moon. And of course Legolas was the worst physics modeling yet again. Everyone in the theater burst out laughing at a certain part of the movie due to it.

Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 1) 248

by nitehawk214 (#48650165) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

You need some standardization. Trucks and train cars need to be a certain width for the pallets to fit. Forklifts and pallet jacks need to be somewhat standard to fit the pallets.

Granted it doesn't have to be terribly precise, but there has to be some kind of coordination.

It reminds me of that old joke about why the Space Shuttle (and now SLS) design is influenced by the width of a horses ass.

Comment: Pallets (Score 1) 248

by nitehawk214 (#48650103) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

While am no fan of Hugh Pickens, I do love pallets and logistics in general, and like this article.

As my dad is a truck driver, as a kid I would go with him on trips and see the inner workings of the industry that literally keeps the country rolling. Most trucks would take on empty pallets in exchange for full ones they offloaded. But the trucks did not always go back to the same location that they made the pickup at. I asked him once what happens to all the extra pallets that end up at the receiving end? He told me that eventually some truck would come by and pick the old pallets all up to try to load balance. The pallet truck was always this old beat up truck that looked like it was on the verge of dying.

But I asked him where new pallets come from, and he just smiled and said "obviously it is the pallet fairys."

As an adult I once saw a truck filled with brand new wooden pallets while driving on the highway. Even the truck looked brand new.

But now with the hard plastic GPS tracking pallets, I can imagine that the pallets themselves have some value and have to be tracked even when empty. Lucky for them they have GPS, I suppose.

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