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Comment: Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 454

by scubamage (#47507369) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures
I have not RTFA, however, one thing that should be noted is Iron Dome is also built specifically to not intercept a large number of incoming projectiles. It monitors incoming trajectories and calculates approximately where they will land. If it is somewhere such as a field, it is ignored. If it will land in an urban center, it intercepts.

Comment: Re:The Iranian shootdown was terrible, but (Score 1) 752

by scubamage (#47481841) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine
FYI, Iranians are not the biggest sponsors of "Islamic terrorists." That would be Saudi Arabia (and per some friends who are in military intel, UAE is up there too). Remember, sectarian divisions are very real in the extremist community. Iranians are predominantly Shia, whereas Jihadi terrorists are predominantly Sunni. That's not to say that there's not some mixing - which there most certainly is - but by no means are they a majority. The reality is actually the opposite of what you'd expect, considering Shi'ites have a big focus on martyrdom because of the the death of Hussein Ali. Otherwise, I agree with the rest of what you have to say. Ciao!

Comment: Re:Wait for it... (Score 1, Insightful) 752

by scubamage (#47476899) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine
I'm not sure. It was at 32000 feet when they last had contact, which means it wasn't quite at cruising altitude, but it was still several miles up. The 777's cruising speed is mach .84, about 630 MPH. I'm not going to do the math (i'd love it if one of you aerospace guys would, especially since we know where it landed and the last known altitude and the great circle between Schipol and Kuala Lumpur), but I think it would be safe to say that on the ascent it would be going about 350-450 MPH. I can't see terrorists getting their hands on that kind of hardware. Both Ukraine and Russia on the other hand...

Comment: Re:n/t (Score 1) 278

by scubamage (#47475283) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..
Pretty much this. Modeling is based on taking previous data points and doing one of many regressions to create a trendline and figure out what data *should* be in the future. It's imprecise at best, especially with datasets that have very high standard deviations. That's not to say that it can't be somewhat close with a large enough dataset, but no one should be surprised if it ends up being significantly different from actual observed data.

Comment: Re:It's just sad... (Score 2) 164

by scubamage (#47159497) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88
Some drugs do lead to brain damage. For instance, there was a study (later retracted) which showed 3,4 MDMA caused brain damage in recreational doses in rhesus monkeys. The study was retracted because the chemical provider had goofed, and provided pure reagent grade methamphetamine instead of MDMA. So, while MDMA was clinically safe, it put a BIG warning sign on meth, and for good reason.

Comment: Re:I dislike Beats... (Score 1) 188

by scubamage (#47121449) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion
"A balanced set of headphones are technically superior to an unbalanced set if perfect sound reproduction is your metric."

Given that the job of headphones is to reproduce the soundwaves indicated by an audio source, I'm pretty sure that is the only metric that matters. Or, tell me, why should we pay hundreds of dollars for equipment that can't reproduce sound properly?

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."