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Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 404

by wagnerrp (#48145573) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
I can't tell if this was supposed to be a joke or not. No one uses backscatter X-ray scanners any longer. It's all millimeter wave these days, and if you're concerned about irradiation from those, you better not go outside. As for groping, well I've not personally been groped by TSA, but then perhaps I'm not so well endowed that I look like I'm carrying a weapon, or otherwise pique the officers' curiosity...

Comment: Re:Not analog (Score 1) 155

by wagnerrp (#48117805) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Most cars come with analog readouts for speedometers, temperature and gas tanks.

You may be surprised to find out that many of those are now actually digital. The gauges look all old-timey and appear analog but the actual signal being communicated is a digital signal and thus so are the gauges technically speaking.

The video was about hooking analog gauges into the analog outputs available on an Intel dev board. By that logic, they would be digital outputs just the same.

Comment: Re:The $50,000 question... more energy out than in (Score 4, Informative) 315

by wagnerrp (#48096301) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

In the long run, however, I wonder if the arrival of convenient fusion will mark the start of issues with waste heat.

No. Current solar absorption (accounting for albedo) is on the order of 50PW. By comparison, current peak world wide energy production is a paltry few TW. We're several orders of magnitude away from the point where our civilization's thermal output becomes a concern.

Comment: Re:funny that.... (Score 3, Insightful) 178

by wagnerrp (#48093665) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices
What vaccine? There is no vaccine? All we have is antiviral drugs that are effectively antibody supplements. In previous outbreaks, people have been cured by receiving blood (and antibodies) from someone who has already successfully fought off the infection. The drugs are basically just an artificially manufactured form of that. You don't run large volume production of an experimental drug for a virus that only has small outbreaks every few years.

Comment: Re:funny that.... (Score 4, Insightful) 178

by wagnerrp (#48092173) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices
This latest outbreak has already infected more than in the entire history of the virus prior to it. There hasn't been a great deal of effort, because there simply hasn't been a great deal of need. It takes time for labs to spool up against an outbreak, and the fact that new treatments are coming down the pipeline right around the same time the virus starts spreading to other countries is purely coincidence.

Comment: Re:Boing and SpaceX bids and awards without merit (Score 1) 139

by wagnerrp (#48074333) Attached to: NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi

the United States of America will not be capable of building nor financially support a manned space mission to the Moon and Mars for another 50-years because the infrastructure to support the people who are not yet born who will educate the engineers and scientists who will accomplish the mission does not exist.

That's circular logic. You only have to worry about educating two generations out if you've already decided your project is going to take 50 years.

Scientists will study your brain to learn more about your distant cousin, Man.