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Comment Re: They would have to take budget from somewhere (Score 1) 166

So, to summarize, you have put forward a nuanced position to clarify that you don't favor the extreme position. You have then been charged with favoring a different extreme position. Now you are challenging the AC to support his own straw man.

As an aside, is there a sub-classification of the straw man fallacy that deals specifically with oversimplifying toward one extreme or another? I'm a big fan of labeling logical fallacies within the discussions where they occur.

Comment Lex Luthor could use this (Score 1) 110

Imagine if Lex Luthor controlled a construction company that did major projects around the Los Angeles area. With each project carefully selected by location, he builds, over the years, a lens that will focus earthquake energy onto a specific building to be specified later, perhaps with a tie-in to current events, destroying it completely.

I should note that I haven't really kept up with Lex Luthor's aspirations since the 1978 film.

If he could come up with a good way to trigger the earthquake, the film could be a remake of Black Sunday. Or at least use a similar target.

Comment Re:A few minutes googling for patents... (Score 1) 152

Others have described this as suitable for 'fixies' (fixed-gear) only. In that design, the only torque supplied to the wheel comes from the chain, as there are no brakes. Braking action comes from applying pressure to the pedals on the 'other' side of the stroke. Whatever motor is inside this wheel would then become a generator, providing regenerative braking.

Comment Re:Anecdote, data, and all that, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 331

I want to see a proper double blind study done of this.

How do you do a double-blind study on screens?

"You will be looking at either a back-lit screen or a book--we won't tell you which until after the study--and then we will ask you questions and examine your eyes to determine the effects."

Comment Re:England (Score 2) 470

There's a lot of talk about 'the environment' when plastic bags are discussed. Where is that, exactly? Seagulls choking on plastic bags is a pretty clear example of 'bad for the environment,' I'll admit, but 'plastic bags buried in a landfill' doesn't sound so bad to me. The landfill has bigger problems, environmentally speaking. That's why we have landfills--to confine the problem.

Plastic bags that degrade in UV light would seem to mitigate the danger to wildlife (for surface-dwelling animals), which is where they cause the most damage. If it ends up being buried and lasting for 1000 years, so what? Archaeologists will be thrilled.

Comment Re: Gorilla glass (Score 1) 195

Some older aircraft feature through-canopy ejection systems. See the part about non-standard egress systems.

Also note that many aircraft canopies have multiple parts (e.g., EA-6B), where the windscreen can be thicker than the overhead portion of the canopy. The birds won't hit from above where the ejection seat pierces the canopy.

The EA-6B has one of those through-the-canopy ejection systems. Note in the photos the presence of a structural aluminum beam along the centerline of the canopy. Aircrew are well advised to keep their body parts clear of that should they need to eject.

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