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Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 113

by quenda (#49552935) Attached to: 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead

Empathy? That is a reason _not_ to read about it and watch the news. The pointless loss and suffering is sickening.
So why is it "news"? To answer my own above rhetorical question - it is disaster porn.
The same reason people gawk at traffic accidents, stopping even after the ambulance is there. The same reason CNN still makes money showing 9/11 or any other disaster over and over.

    Of course some disasters are more newsworthy than others. Fresh pictures are vital - if it takes a week for photos to get from a remote area, then too late - stale news.
  And earthquakes sell more papers than floods. How many people know that floods in Bangladesh kill more people every year that this earthquake in Nepal. They didn't tell you that? No, all we remember is that building collapse that made better photos, but fewer deaths.

I hope those who can make a difference - nearby Indian and Chinese authorities - can get in fast. Time is everything.
But us? The Red Cross will be calling for donations, but while that might help them prepare for the next disaster, it makes no difference to this one.

Comment: Re:Cautionary Tale? (Score 1) 182

by quenda (#49534135) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Claim To Have Genetically Modified Human Embryos

Because GMO means evil, and GMO with humans is so evil that it might as well be Republican.

You might as well say "because meddling with God's Work is so evil it might as well be Democratic".
Why the petty party politics? Those of us outside the US can barely tell the difference between the two parties anyway.

Not all Republics and Democrats are noisy extremists. Many can see shades of grey.

Comment: Re:Baptists are already writing this week's sermon (Score 5, Interesting) 69

by quenda (#49516525) Attached to: 3.46-Billion-Year-Old 'Fossils' Were Not Created By Life Forms

Nothing has been overturned here. Just a question settled, perhaps.

Full disclosure: the lead author is Martin Brasier, who just happens to be the guy who discovered slightly younger 3.4 billion year old fossils just 20km away.

http://news.sciencemag.org/201...

Comment: Re:Why complex injection drugs in the first place? (Score 1) 590

Why in the first place? We have been aware of nitogren effects for how long? All I know about it is in diving.

No, nitrogen at normal pressure does not produce narcosis. This is simple asphyxiation.

I've heard that one of the problems with it is the prisoner dies happy, and the prudes don't like the idea of that.

You are thinking of auto-erotic asphyxiation. That has never been used as a method of execution, to my knowledge.

Comment: Re:About half (Score 1) 293

by quenda (#49507851) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

This is a EU country, where smoking still seems like the thing that cool people do,

Cool teenagers maybe. While immigrants to Norway tend to be heavy smokers, cigarette consumption per capita in Norway is half that of the US or Australia. So they have a lot of occassional social smokers, not so much the addicts who stink out their cars. Though the Norwegian fondness for wet snuff (snus) is also a factor.

Comment: Re:About half (Score 1) 293

by quenda (#49504019) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Otherwise I need a one to many socket multiplier first but those are bulky.

Are you a man or a mouse? Cut some holes in the panel if needed and install some extra sockets.

Get this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-S...

cut the plug off, and clamp the wires to the existing socket's cables with something like these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Red...

Another generation, and kids will be calling an electrician to change a blown light bulb :( (Now get off my lawn.)

Comment: Re:About half (Score 1) 293

by quenda (#49503563) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

There is one cheap, easy solution. A DAB+ receiver that plugs into the "lighter" socket, and has an FM transmitter.
This method is use by millions of people for playing MP3s in the car. Bonus if you have an AUX-in on the dash.
They are currently expensive, but only because of small demand.

For more modern cars, you would use bluetooth, and retain steering wheel controls and dashboard display. Don't most new cars support A2DP and AVRCP?
Control your DAB radio and get station and track title displayed on the dash, just like controlling your phone or iPod. Its a bit of a hack, but you could use AVRCP to select stations instead of tracks.

Comment: Re:Dr. Oz is Still a Thing? (Score 4, Insightful) 320

by quenda (#49498027) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

I thought Jamie Oliver comprehensively put this guy on the quack-heap: https://youtu.be/WA0wKeokWUU

A shame it wasn't Jamie Oliver or a few more people might have heard it.
I don't think there is much overlap between the Oprah audience and the John Oliver audience, and one Oprah endorsement is worth a thousand minor-celebrity condemnations.

Comment: Re:The real extinction (Score 1) 93

by quenda (#49491905) Attached to: Newly Discovered Sixth Extinction Rivals That of the Dinosaurs

If by "right now" you mean the last 50,000 years, then yes. Its called the "Quaternary extinction event", but it is minor compared to the "Big 5".
Humans have wiped out the mega-fauna as they spread across the earth, though the SJW types refuse to believe that the noble traditional owners, first peoples and custodians could do such a thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q...

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