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Comment: Re:Good idea (Score 1) 107 107

Somebody needs to tell a certain company that does third party security validation that. MD5 hashes have use in things that have nothing to do with security, and they constantly get flagged.
The solution is pretty easy, just use a different Hash, and Apache Commons makes that change a one-liner... but still.. cmoon...

Comment: Re:Oh please. (Score 1) 76 76

Revelation 8:10-11English Standard Version (ESV) 10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood.[a] A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.

Comment: Re:typical ignorant American (Score 2) 198 198

Most environmentally friendly motor fuel is diesel

no it isn't, not even by a long shot.. Natural Gas and Propane vehicles trounce them in terms of environmental impact. In most places, considering the power grid is rapidly cleaning itself up, electrics would as well.

Do you think that diesel fuel magically jumped from miles down in the earth, refined itself, and showed up in your gas station all by itself? It's a very energy intensive process, using a lot of electricity usually derived from coal or natural gas, and/or coal/natural gas burnt right in the refinery just to get it to that state. So not only is your diesel car a point-source polluter, it is very much a "remote polluter" in its own right..

2) you can bloviate about "remote polluting" electric cars all you want, but the fact of the matter is that coal, as a percentage of the US's energy mix is going down, not up, and its going down quite rapidly. And even if it wasn't (which again, it is), it is arguable that addressing emissions at one managed point-source is preferable to distributing the polution across thousands of engines all in various state of tuns.

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356 356

The implication that because renewables can't do everything (and currently they can't) means the aren't worth having is just silly..

We should continue, and even accelerate the expansion of solar and wind power...
natural gas is ultimately still a carbon source, and far from "clean", but its a HUGE net positive for the environment compared to coal.. inasmuch as it contributes to the displacement of coal plants it is a good thing. It also has the benefit of being highly variable to provide balance to the ebb and flow of renewables.

Comment: Re:Maybe in a different country (Score 2) 498 498

Today, roughly 90% of civilians who are shot survive. As many as 90% of victims of knife attacks bleed out before they get to the hospital.

This is true. Knives, especially knives over 3 inches long, tend to be more lethal than anything but the largest of bullet calibers or shotguns

No.. this is not true...
Ex EMT here.. Had to deal with the aftermath of numerous knife fights, and knife attacks.. What you have, in the VAST majority of cases, was a bloody mess, but wounds that are survivable, in many cases not even highly emergent. Yes, there were some deaths, but they were rare

With gunshot wounds (be they attempted homicides, suicides, or accidents) the outcomes are flipped. Modern emergency medicine is better than it ever was but you still see many cases where treatment of any kind was utterly futile, many "coin flip" type cases, and a smattering of superficial non-emergencies..

Killing somebody with a knife is a lot harder than the movies make it out to be.. Killing somebody with a 00 Buckshot is ridiculously easy, a 9mm caliber handgun.. harder.. but not that hard..

Comment: Re:Only 30 Grand? (Score 2) 426 426

Also, the contribution of coal, as a percentage of generating capacity, is falling dramatically in the US. Although some of this is renewables (especially in places like Iowa), this is mostly due to the fact we have more natural gas than we know what to do with.

Although this begs the question, is it more efficient to burn natural gas, to spin a turbine, to make electricity, to put into a battery to spin a driveshaft; OR would it be better to just burn the natural gas in an ICE on the vehicle itself?
It would seem like you would save a lot of transmission inefficiency by using CNG in an ICE.. But then again, modern combined cycle natural gas generation facilities are highly efficient.

Comment: Re:How dare you talk down about Reagan like that! (Score 1) 160 160

"oh but more people would have died"

let's be clear hear, when you say "more", that means LOTs more..
going against the Russian war machine on the european continent in 1945 would have been absolutely no joke; they were churning out more war material, including the then world beating IS3 tank at the end of the war, than we were..

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban

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