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Comment Re: Xray bikes (Score 1) 158

You're both right, mostly.

Race-grade carbon-fiber (not fiberglass, but same idea) bicycle frames have integrated seat masts with adjustable height mast caps. So, most of the seat tube is integral to the frame, requriring that the frame be roughly the right size for the rider. The seat cap's height is adjustable to set the last few mm's of height to exactly what the riders preference is. It's a great system, as you get all of the benefit of an integrated seat mast (added strength and reduced weight at the top tube/seat tube/seat stay junction, reduced weight because you don't need a clamping system for the seatpost, reduced weight from not having a seatpost, some vibration reduction from the extra carbon) without the steep penality of having to make an absolutely custom sized frame for each rider.

They are, generally the same bikes that you can get from a high-end bike shop. Occassionally they'll use an in-development carbon for the true pro frames to see how it holds up (Trek did this with the 110(?) OCLV frames before they brought them on the market, IIRC), but otherwise, they're the same.

Comment Re:If you insist on keeping physical hardware (Score 1) 446

"Because anyone who's ever put a large pot full of water on the stove (for example for canning) can tell you that it will NOT boil off in half an hour."

One detail that's forgotten: BTU In short, a fireman can tell you that a hose, with 150ish gallons of water per minute coming from it, flowed into a fully fire-involved're going to see very little runoff for the first minute. The amount of water converted to steam instantly is way, way more than your pot of water can hold.

Most air in a burning house *at the floor* is below the boiling point of water. You can easily have a thermal gradient of several hundred degrees in a room. 150 degrees on the floor. 500 degrees at chest level, 900+ degrees at the ceiling.

To the original poster: offsite storage. Everything else is a game of mental masturbation.

Comment Re:This is silly (Score 1) 30

It's a good idea. It's been tried, though:

One of the problems with this idea is that it gives rise to the "superman" complex. Namely, that the wearer would charge into a zero visibility situation and loose situational awareness. When the unit failed/went dead/malfunctioned/leaked/whatever, you were thoroughly screwed, as it was like being plunged into a world of black ink.

I say "when" for unit failure because it really is a matter of when. Electronics exposed to the brutal conditions of firefighting will work....for a while.

Comment Re:Why uTorrent? (Score 2) 275

I don't know why ISDN has such a bad rap.

It's stable as hell, offers a guaranteed bit rate (albeit not that fast by modern standards), and is available just about anywhere in the USA. Mind you, what's a full T1: One form of it is 24(?) ISDN lines bonded together. I was on a 128k ISDN when I lived with the 'folks, as there was no DSL/Cable/Whatever. I torrented the hell out of that connection. Sure, it took some serious time to pull down a .iso of a movie. But it worked. It *always* worked.

Comment Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

"You're a complete fucking idiot if you think your well regulated militia (which you ignore anyway) armed with assault weapons is any match for the government's military-spec hardware."

The Russians thought the same thing about Simo Hayha:

Never underestimate the power of one man defending what he believes in.

Comment Re:Dunno (Score 1) 747

" Letting them contract the disease and then tell them why they can't be cured of it, and may die, might have a much larger impact. Sucks that it has to put the rest of us at risk first though."


I've presented on vaccination (well, it was the Pharma industry in general, but vaccines are certainly part of that) when I had anti-vaccination folks in the group. Logic is out. Reason is out. I've had this one tossed at me: "You don't really think they took all of the mercury out of the vaccines, do you? They're just lying about it still being there". Or this gem: "Vaccination never worked. The diseases died out due to better hygiene and medicine". Scientific fact is in trouble when faced with "truth" like that.

So, sadly, it's going to take the undoing of the most significant public health victory in history to re-do what we knew 50 years ago. Legislation, insurance losses, fines...all good ideas. They don't do a damn thing in the face of "Well, I have a friend......"

Comment News? (Score 3, Informative) 159

As someone said, it's not exactly new. LAL testing has been boilerplate standard for better than 20 years now.

From a lab tech's point of view, LAL testing is brilliant. Mix 10mL of some sample that's supposedly "clean" into a premade LAL test kit. Snap the lid shut. Shake. Incubate for a day. If it changes color, it's positive for endotoxins. If it stays clear, it's negative. Simple as that. And being that the sensitivity is picograms/mL, it's great. Knowing the backstory is neat, too, from the tech's view. Which I am.

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