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Comment Re: Speculation (Score 1) 492

I've never been properly fitted or anything...I just have a medium quality mountain bike I ride on the trails around some local parks. Yes to clipless pedals...the idea of having my feet attached to the bike terrifies me! Remembering to pop them out before trying to put a foot down seems like something I'd have a hard time mastering! ;)

Comment Re:Speculation (Score 2) 492

Not true. I have always had a very large frame, and even when at a "healthy" BMI, my weight is about 260 lbs. Years of jogging/running and playing soccer (yes, I know, soccer...I was too much of a geek to ever think of playing football, much to several coaches' lament) have left my knees painful, popping, pre-arthritic degenerative wrecks. Actually, come to think of it, it's probably for the best that I never liked football.

Unfortunately, my doctors have only just recently told me that I should have avoided such high-impact exercise once I hit 235-240 lbs (which I did by age 19). The human body just isn't designed to carry around that much weight (even if it is fairly well-toned muscle). Cartilage can only take so much pounding before it begins to degrade. Biking and elliptical machines are about all I can do for cardio work anymore, and even that hurts like a bitch afterwards. I'm in my mid-thirties, and looking at knee replacements in the next 10-15 years. Yay. At least pro athletes who have to deal with this nonsense have a career (and hopefully a lot of savings) to look back on and say "It was worth it." I'm just an overly-large Unix Engineer (who's weight, now that I can't run anymore, is closer to 300 lbs now—biking just isn't cutting it like running did...sigh).

Comment Re:No missile batteries or other defenses? (Score 1) 545


I got the impression from the movie that politically (perhaps in their constitution), they were hampered when it came to that sort of defense. Remember the shitstorm that the defense minister generated by having her earthside agent deal with the inbound shuttles. The president and his council were not happy with her at all. She made a big speech about needing the freedom and tools to keep things safe (or at least keep the status quo), and they seemed content to ignore her and threaten her removal if she acted violently again.

Comment Re:We can do anything (Score 1) 545

In the movie, on the station, all labor, security, etc. is performed by semi-autonomous service droids (as well as policing of the unwashed masses below). It's not a stretch to assume that all construction of the station was also done with robotic labor. No worries about the masses having any say on construction schedules, especially if said robots are harvesting raw materials from the asteroid belt/comets. In fact, the only real "industry" we see on earth is a factory assembling service droids.

Comment Re:What about air? (Score 2) 545

Actually, in the movie, the primary wheel of the station is more of a U-shaped trough, completely open on the inner "sky" side wall. That's actually one of the major issues I had with the movie...because I'm pretty sure one just gee of centrifugal force is nowhere near enough to keep an atmosphere only a few miles deep in place (it's maybe 5-10's hard to judge scale with all the "homes" inside being palatial estates). Nowhere is there discussion of any sort of force fields or anything of the like meant to keep the air in (though one of the Elysium agents produces a crackling, sparking protective field to hide behind at several points in the movie, so there is *some* sort of field tech). The various shuttlecraft have no issues dipping in and out of atmo with impunity as they flit about the station, implying there's nothing there, field-wise. I was hoping they'd cover a little bit more of the tech behind the station, but sadly, they did not.

Comment Re:I hope it explodes and kills him (Score 1) 336

Bypasses what regulation, exactly? In my state (VA) and in most others, there is no "regulation" of firearms beyond that limited by the National Firearms Act of 1986 (which includes restrictions on machine guns, short-barreled (sawed-off) rifles and shotguns, and "destructive devices" like grenades, mortars, RPGs and the like). It is only a small minority of US states that require any sort of licensing or registration of firearms. In most places, it is perfectly legal to build anything you like--out of any materials you like--as long as you do not sell (transfer) it to another person.

Comment Re:Make your own red light district (Score 3, Informative) 216

No, there isn't a limit to "side blogs" as they're called (I run another one for information on my band's tour schedule). Replying to messages and following other blogs is limited to your primary blog, however.

As far as self-censoring the occasional photograph I take that might have boobs, the horse is already out of the barn. Someone at Tumblr made the call some time ago that my blog was NSFW (luckily, they recognized the difference between art and porn, and did not flag it as "adult." This NSFW flag can apparently never be changed (Tumblr has no mechanism for review or protestation of their classifications). I'd have to start completely over, and somehow convince my several thousand followers to go follow the new blog. At this point, I've got too much invested in "my brand" to deal with any of that.

Comment Re:Ten percent? My ass (Score 5, Informative) 216

It's not just blogs that feature posts tagged as "adult," it's the entirety of any blog tumblr has already flagged as NSFW or adult (the overall blog flag, not just posts). My personal photography blog has been branded as NSFW, as I sometimes post risque work. Basically, there will be no new discovery of my blog, since Tumblr's also blocked internal tag searches for such blogs as well (unless one is already following said blog). My rate of addition of new followers dropped precipitously after that. the occasional nipple is going to end the world.


Submission + - Long-lost continent found under the Indian Ocean (

ananyo writes: "The drowned remnants of an ancient microcontinent may lie scattered beneath the waters between Madagascar and India, a new study suggests. Evidence for the long-lost land comes from Mauritius, a volcanic island about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar. The oldest volcanic rocks on the island date to about 8.9 million years ago. Yet grain-by-grain analyses of beach sand collected at two sites on the Mauritian coast revealed around 20 zircons — tiny crystals of zirconium silicate that are exceedingly resistant to erosion or chemical change — that were far older. One of these zircons was at least 1.97 billion years old.
The researchers that made the discovery think that geologically recent volcanic eruptions brought shards of the buried continent to the Earth’s surface, where the zircons eroded from their parent rocks to pepper the island’s sands. Analyses of Earth’s gravitational field reveal several broad areas where sea-floor crust at the bottom of the Indian ocean is much thicker than normal — at least 25 to 30 kilometres thick, rather than the normal 5 to 10 kilometres. Those crustal anomalies may be the remains of a landmass that researchers have now dubbed Mauritia, which they suggest split from Madagascar when tectonic rifting and sea-floor spreading sent the Indian subcontinent surging northeast millions of years ago."


Submission + - Scientists develop a way to extract energy from coal without burning it (

Time_Ngler writes: Scientists have developed a new method to utilize the power from coal, by having it chemically react with iron-oxide pellets. Working over a span of 10 years with a budget of $15 million, barring any unforeseen problems, the new process should be ready to go into commercial production within the next 5 years. The reaction does not produce carbon dioxide and leaves water and coal ash as its byproducts. Furthermore, the iron used in the reaction can be recycled.

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