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Comment i called b.s. when he said hydroplane pounds (Score 1) 393

It doesn't matter how much your truck weighs, if your driving like a jackass and you have enough wheels, you can hydroplane any vehicle. An elephant could waterski behind my boat, if I could figure out how to tow it fast enough. If you are stupid enough to lose control of an semi, please call me. You may just be dumb enough to help me figure out how to waterski an elephant.

Comment why bother? (Score 2) 160

I've been on a S3 for a while, if they want to make money from my shopping habits, good luck. I haven't made a significant purchase based on advertising since I was fifteen and thought Chester Cheetoo was the coolest cat around. I understand the slippery slope argument, but if someone thinks they can turn a profit because I bought some work clothes at goodwill and then a sandwich at char-hut, go for it.

Comment body builders and marathon runners (Score 2) 57

I read the article, I can't figure out if the writer was quoting him indirectly or if she is stupid. The model was based on moth flight muscle which is similar to human cardiac muscle, which was properly explained. He did say it can lead to new research in cardio and skeletal disease. I feel pedantic and want to know if the reasercher said that or if it is a case of bad editorializing. Don't shoot the messenger, but I guess in a sense that's what I am doing. So feel free to shoot this post if you think I'm stupid.

Comment misleading summary? (Score 1) 253

In a 2008 speech, General Norton Schwarz, who served as AF chief from 2008 to 2012, did not mince words when he said that this systemic obsession with all-things manned has turned the Air Force's swelling drone ranks into a 'leper colony.' That doesn't sound like deep rooted stigma to me, that sounds like a man with a plan.

Comment Re:As if (Score 1) 181

It's even more disturbing and accurate than you know. It didn't happen in the backseat of your dad's '64 SS that you helped him restore and where he claims all the 'action' happened, it happened in the backseat of his '84 lincoln that he bought at a garage sale. And there was enough room in that car for someone else to hoist a '84 camcorder on their shoulder and record the ugly business on VHS. Thank god your parents weren't betamax people.

Comment Re:At least they're not rolling their own. (Score 2) 138

I'm no techie, I programmed some in basic as a kid thanks to 321 contact, and the last thing I did of note was to put a girl I liked in math's TI on an infinite loop printing 'I got drunk last weekend and couldn't derive' or some such. Been running linux because I inherited a netbook with no disc drive and couldn't get windows to install from USB and I can't afford a new computer, and I've been reading slash for years and read about USB installs. My question is, is there any movement to use compute cycles at publicly funded data centers like the one going up in utah to crunch big data like this that would benefit the public? Is that even possible in the current vitriolic environment regarding data? I am young but old enough to remember people fighting over access to processing power just so they could try out new ideas. Often when someone had an idea good enogh to warrant investigation, their colleagues would go above and beyond to make a run happen.

Comment junk dna (Score 5, Interesting) 116

My understanding is that junk DNA is no longer a useful term because the DNA that isn't translated has been found to have structural and other epigenetic properties. I wonder if the complexity of mamallian vs. plant development plays a role here. Any biologists out there?

Comment Re:The problem with most environmentalist ideas (Score 1) 466

You make a good point, however taxing polluters only would work if the revenue went to those affected by the pollution. While I agree with you that higher expenses would encourage good changes for corporate energy, I don't know that taxation is the answer. I am fairly young (28), but my experience has been that taxation sends money to a growing beaurocracy that has good intentions but doesn't adress the original issue. I would be interested to hear your thoughts about increasing regulation, and regulating in a manner where there are real consequences for companies that don't comply.

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