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Comment Re:who are cyclists? (Score 1) 232

1) Incorrect. You have an "oh shit" plan in place with family friends/daycare/friends parents in that case. If I have to get home NOW and I'm on bicycle, I have co-workers who like me and have a car.
2) Incorrect. 20 miles, each way.
3) Incorrect. Fixed hours and business casual / business formal attire.
4) Incorrect. Bicycle is locked up outside.

My work isn't different from 80% of people on here, and I'm no special superhero. I make bicycle commuting work because I want it to work for me. If I had an 8am meeting with you, you'd have no idea if I rode in that day or not, other than I tend to have a larger cup of coffee on riding days.

Comment Re:Maybe this explains special snowflakes... (Score 1) 119

Your point is on point, but here's a dirty secret about the original Limp Dick Cure:

"Originally, we were testing sildenafil, the active drug in Viagra, as a cardiovascular drug and for its ability to lower blood pressure,'' Dr. Brian Klee, senior medical director at Pfizer, told French news agency, AFP. "But one thing that was found during those trials is that people didn't want to give the medication back because of the side effect of having erections that were harder, firmer and lasted longer.''"

They didn't set out to create a whole new market. It fell into their laps.

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.

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