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Comment Re:Confidence in your design (Score 1) 361

When I'm working around live wires I will frequently test the circuit, trip the breaker and then re-test the circuit just to be sure. And even after all that I still will occasionally brush wires to frame to make sure I haven't over looked something. I'll readily admit to a bit of irrationality where all that is concerned.

That said I can't imagine buttoning up all that Rube Goldberg contraption, transporting and then setting it to armed without a lot of trepidation that it would just go boom. Maybe the tilt mechanism got stuck in the contact position, maybe there was a short somewhere, maybe maybe maybe.

I'm really curious what his heart rate was the second he threw the switch. Did he have 100% confidence in the design or did he flinch.

He might have set up a series of latching 'fail-on' and 'fail-off' relays to ensure that the last switch could arm the bomb, but would not cause detonation. The article reports that the box made some noises; perhaps he set it up so that arming the bomb resulted in a certain noise that would confirm it would work.

He might also have performed continuity and voltage checks before screwing on the last booby-trapped panel. He certainly took some time in the hotel room to get it properly set up.

Comment Oh, let's filter, but support. (Score 1) 263

I would rather add the additional support and funding necessary to provide photo ID's necessary- including sending advanced teams necessary to help secure birth certificates and ancillary documentation- than allow continued voting without ID.

In the presence of such additional support, would you still contend that it's racist to require photo ID? And on what basis would you make that claim?
"These people are too incompetent to secure a photo ID despite being offered all the documentation & processing assistance we can provide.... but we want to make sure they vote anyway."

Comment Re:Battle #2, the insurance companies. (Score 1) 226

Case in point, I just checked my own health plan's website, and if I wanted to go on Truvada, it would cost me $1762.61 for a 90-day supply.

Rounding to make the math simple... $600 a month is a car payment, for a fairly expensive car. In some places, that could be an entire rent check or even mortgage payment. That's overtly extortionate for a life-saving preventative treatment. And I, at least, would have *some* coverage for it. According to, retail pricing runs about $1500 per 30-days. That rises up to a C. Montgomery Burns level of inhumanity.

How much did the drug cost to develop? How big is the market for this drug? And aren't those relevant questions to ask and answer before you start accusing some folks of being cartoonishly evil?

Comment Re:What other choice is there? (Score 1) 344

A lot of people are going to vote for her because she seems to be the only Democrat that is going to have a chance of winning, and sweet Jesus, the candidates that the Republicans are putting up are terrifying.

Have you considered that you've bought a line of bulsh*t the mostly Democratic media has been feeding you? They're not journalists, they are party operatives with bylines. Sadly for the republic, they're very effective.

Comment Not really. (Score 1) 399

This graph explains very clearly how far away we are, and why it is taking so long. The reality is, with all the cheap coal (and natural gas), it's just not a priority. Besides, environmentalists hate nuclear so it's not a political winner to fund it. This story is good, too.

That looks like a graph that says 'fusion researchers want more money.' I want more money, too.
If I go to the source report, will it tell me:
1) the technical challenges they face?
2) if they're engineering problems requiring great expenditures?
3) If they're scientific research problems with uncertain outcomes?
4) If the research for a #3 problem involves a massive #2 effort?

Comment Re:The real message is lost on you (Score 1) 468

Why not crack down on the causes of crime, rather than encouraging crime so we have excuses to throw so many in jail and run around armed for our own safety?

The root causes of crime? Poverty, misery and violence is the default human condition. You might as well crack down on the root cause of falling to the earth.
What you ought to be interested in spreading is the 'root causes' of peace, prosperity and cooperation. That means spreading a constructive culture, and having pride and confidence in that culture.

Comment Overeating what, exactly? (Score 1) 373

Obesity is always caused by shoveling more food into your mouth than you can digest. .

Not exactly. Generally, it's the excessive consumption of easily digested carbohydrates, which trigger an insulin response that causes and maintains the excessive accumulation of fat tissue.

I highly recommend a book by Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it.)

I can't do it justice, but I'll paraphrase a point he made:
We give the same advice to someone looking to work up an appetite for a sumptuous dinner as we give to someone looking to lose wait. Consequently, any diet that doesn't allow someone to eat until they're satisfied is doomed to failure. So you need to change what you eat, eat until your hunger is satisfied, and then you can lose weight.

Neutrinos are into physicists.