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Comment: When it's useful info, people listen and heed (Score 2) 405

by Goldenhawk (#48142919) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Some years back I had the pleasure of flying Qantas, the Australian airline. Since we left from LAX, we were subjected to the American routine anyhow. Despite already being a seasoned traveler, I clearly remember elements of the brief - because it was entertaining, not formulaic, and loaded with real useful information. For example, even though I am an aerospace engineer with Aviation Physiology training in a high altitude chamber for government test flights, this tidbit was news to me:

If you see those silly yellow masks fall down in front of your face, you may be tempted to help little Johnny put on his mask first. Here's the problem: we're cruising at 35,000 feet today. If the plane loses cabin pressure, you'll have about 12 seconds of useful consciousness left. Now how useful do you think you'll be to little Johnny if he's sitting there with his mask on and mom and dad are both unconscious? So do us all a favor. Be selfish. Put your own mask on first. Then you'll have plenty of oxygen to help the people around you wake up again from their little unexpected nap, just in time to enjoy the rest of the emergency.

Wow. I never knew that. I've NEVER forgotten it. Oh, and thanks, I don't need to hear it five or six times a year again to remember it either... so that's why I'm not paying strict attention...

Comment: Re:National Two-Factor ID (Score 1) 410

IMO our whole monetary system has evolved to promote convenience so much that we're losing basic security.

I just now cancelled a debit card because I'm tired of cleaning up after fraudulent transactions. The world is full of criminal organizations working full time to defraud anybody and everybody. I just can't see it as sustainable.

Comment: Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (Score 1) 133

by Black Parrot (#47972683) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

So, whether something is supernatural depends on your frame of reference? In our universe it's supernatural, but in its universe it's just that dork that's wasting its life creating universes in its mother's basement?

And if we manage to create a sentient artificial intelligence in a virtual environment, to it we'll be supernatural and that other hypothetical being will be supersupernatural?

Comment: Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (Score 2) 89

by Black Parrot (#47972255) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

It doesn't matter how prestigious the publication is, if it doesn't actually support what you want to think it does.

Last sentence of first paragraph:

The subjective nature and absence of a frame of reference for this experience lead to individual, cultural, and religious factors determining the vocabulary used to describe and interpret the experience.

Did you actually read that far? Or are you just citing it because some authority figure told you it supports your religious beliefs?

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 342

by Black Parrot (#47972221) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

They apparently used it in the Crimea. (Some sources say Sevastopol, others Kerch.)

According to Wikipedia, when they interrogated Goering after the war, he told them the reason they didn't use their nerve gas to repulse the landings at Normandy was that they hadn't been able to make an effective gas mask for horses. The german army still relied primarily on horses for transport, and everyone learned in WWI that gas doesn't always go where you want it to.

At the end, Hitler didn't care a fig what happened to Germany. He said they had failed their destiny, and he ordered destruction of their own infrastructure. He also dragged the war on for months after it was obviously lost, to the great harm of the Geman people.

If deterrence worked, we wouldn't have had two world wars.

Comment: Re:It's about time ... (Score 1) 133

by Black Parrot (#47971343) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Bullshit. The red shift is because the low-frequency visual rays projected by the human eye has a longer range than the high-frequency ones. (The range is a limit on the number of wavelengths the rays can extend.)

A dog would see the universe entirely differently. (Who ever met a dog that believed in a cosmic red shift?)

Swap read error. You lose your mind.