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Comment: Re:Cost (Score 1) 473

by squidflakes (#46218953) Attached to: Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

That's pure bullshit Conservative non-sense. I've had a pilots license for nearly 20 years and with the introduction of Part 61 licenses and the expansion of the aircraft allowed under sport and private pilots licenses its much easier to qualify these days.

But hey, don't let me get in the way of a good old fashioned big government hatefest. I know it must be terrible to have regulations for people who want to operate a vehicle that requires specialized training, and I'm sure that fuel costs and aircraft costs have nothing to do with it whatsoever. Right?

Comment: Cop out (Score 0) 208

by squidflakes (#45665557) Attached to: Sci-fi Author Charles Stross Cancels Trilogy: the NSA Is Already Doing It

Wait, so I can literally blame anything on the NSA?

I ran out of ideas and motivation for my next book because of the NSA!

I'm late for work today because of the NSA!

Sorry, I can't afford child support this month because of the NSA!

This really sounds like a steaming pile of bullshit to me. Not that I'm in any way supportive of the actions of the NSA, but stating that you're not going to finish a series because it has become too much like real life just smacks of someone taking an easy way out.

Comment: Other Hurricane Scales (Score 4, Informative) 216

by squidflakes (#44686411) Attached to: Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

The Saffir-Simpson scale is pretty antiquated for the exact reasons mentioned. Just measuring wind speed gives a very poor idea of how dangerous or destructive a storm will by, and gives no indication of relative size.

The better scale that the AMS is starting to lean toward is the Hebert-Weinzapfel scale, which has a much easier to spell name as the Hurricane Severity Index, or HSI.

With the HSI model, the speed of wind and the size of the wind field are taken in to account so a storm that is moderate intensity but very large in footprint, like Katrina, has a similar rating to a hurricane with a high intensity and very small footprint like Andrew. Both were similar in the amount of destruction they caused but Katrina was only SS Cat 3 at landfall, where Andrew was SS Cat 5.

But hey, lets just make jokes about Al Gore instead, cause Al Gore. Am I right here people?

Comment: Wow (Score 2, Insightful) 662

by squidflakes (#44034665) Attached to: Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

Ok, first off it's the Miranda Warning, not the Miranda Rights. You have them at all times, read to you or not. The warning is there to remind you that you have the option not to incriminate yourself.

Or, at least it was until this decision. Ahh, The Roberts Court, whittling our rights down one 5-4 at a time.

Comment: Re:"UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?" (Score 1) 626

by squidflakes (#43713783) Attached to: UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

I don't think I've ever heard "Wow, you can really taste the snail in this!" so I think you'd be fine.

I wish I could remember the name of the dish, but if you're feeling adventurous, head down to your local asian supermarket/shopping mall, find the food court and start asking if they have snails. Alternately, just look in the warming trays. If you see a bunch of pointy shells stewing away in a greenish-white broth, you've found it!

Comment: This EPA announcement brought to you by... (Score 0, Flamebait) 129

by squidflakes (#43625127) Attached to: EPA: No Single Cause For Colony Collapse Disorder


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