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Comment Knowledge (Score 5, Informative) 238

It doesn't take that much "skill" to make a fire with a bowdrill, honestly. My brother was into this kind of thing. It turns out that the choice of wood, string, and a decent bow make a _huge_ difference. E.g. I saw him get a glowing ember from his drill setup in less than a minute, and in less than 90 seconds had a handful of flames. Impressed by how easy it looked, I traipsed into the woods, found some sticks of various sizes, with no thought whatsoever to their suitability, made a rough bow, carved out a notch, got a rock and started going at it. Half a day later, I could barely get smoke. I didn't know why. He let me use his setup, and within two minutes I too had an ember.

You need a wood that grows straight, has little resin, and is somewhat dry for the drill, and a flexible but stiff wood for the bow. A soft maple is excellent. It needs to be dead and dry, not green (obviously). You want a good solid leather string that will grip the drill nicely. You want a good amount of tension in the bow, but not too much. The drill should be between 2 and 3 cm wide, around 15 to 20 cm long. For the base you want a somewhat harder wood with a little more resin. Oak is good. Gather good kindling to catch, often by peeling bark into super thin strips and making a little nest of them. The glowing ember will come from the dust of the drill being worn down and getting hot. For the top you want a rock not much bigger than the palm of your hand, so that you can get a good grip on it and put some weight to keep the whole system stable. You want to get a nice point on the drill on the rock side and if possible scratch a bit of a hole into the rock so the point from the drill fits. If you can find some lubrication of some sort for the top that helps.

After the notch in the base gets worn in and the friction part of your drill gets worn into the appropriate shape, it is not actually that hard to make a fire in less than a few minutes. I've done it.

Comment Re:Damn Skippy! (Score 3, Insightful) 565

Your post is balanced on a tower of incorrect unstated assumptions.

He basically says that being able to move products and goods without taxation caused this scenario where labour can be sent over-seas to a country with lower wages. This generally means that either that country has all the jobs or other countries have to lower their wages to stay competitive.

There is no mythical place with the cheapest labor prices and an infinite supply of labor. When an employer enters a new country and wants to hire people, they have to increase the wage they offer those workers in the market in order to compete. Those workers actually benefit by doing this.

This also reflects the quality of products and services, since you are paying substandard wages

Sub-what-standard wages? Where does the "standard" wage come from?

and basically taking people who need money to survive

Everyone needs money to survive.

and not people who work because they enjoy it.

Rare breed, they.

On the flip side, the middle class in the more prosperous nations are left without the jobs they'd need to get by,

Oh, are they? They couldn't possibly think up new, better, more enjoyable jobs could they?

or they'd take sub-standard (for their country) wages and scrape along the bottom.

I am missing the assumption that you are apparently stuck on that there is some kind feeding trough of jobs that people, like cattle, line up for...?

Apparently you are also missing the very obvious fact that consumers who buy goods actually benefit because the goods are cheaper.

It's like a broken record with you protectionists. Chinese jobs are bad! US jobs are good! If local jobs are better than foreign jobs, it seems somewhat arbitrary that you choose nations as your granularity. Why not states? Are Arkansas jobs worse than Texas jobs? What about California jobs versus Idaho jobs? Those labor markets have radically different wage profiles--is "exploiting" cheap labor in Detroit bad for the expensive labor market in California? Why stop there? Why not get upset that *any* jobs exist outside your town? Or your family?

Hey, don't buy that hammer, my brother makes hammers!?

Comment Re:Educated, not crazy and not afraid. (Score 2, Interesting) 725

Except that they don't. At least, no more than anybody else. Possibly less, actually.
In the US, Christians are about 80% of the population, but over 90% of convicted criminals.

Could it be that Christians are very active in prisons, and that convicts (who have little to lose) are more than happy to "turn to God" to make early parole?

Comment Re:report it to the fcc (Score 1) 499

Hate to break it to you, but high and low tide occur twice (each) per day, and tide schedules shift by about 50 minutes each day. They can also vary due to other factors such as wind conditions, shape of the harbor, ocean conditions, phase of the moon (interaction between the Sun's tidal effects and the moon's), etc. If this was happening every day at the same time, I find it highly unlikely that tides were the root cause.

Comment Re:have they bought "Beyond Pitiful" yet? (Score 1) 439

Sorry to burst your bubble, but ads do not influence Google search results. Search results are computed and ranked completely independent of ads. It doesn't matter how much you pay Google for your ad campaign, it won't influence what is shown in the search results. Search engine optimization on the other hand....

Comment Re:Broken? More like fixed. (Score 1) 773

Wow, your comment is absolutely laden with objective reasoning, and does not demonize those you disagree with as bad people, at all. Seriously, you believe that all people who hold a libertarian viewpoint want to screw everyone else and get a license to fuck everyone else over? This is the starting point of your reasoning?

I'm coming around to your viewpoint. Oh wait, nope.

Comment Re:Choice to Make (Score 1) 254

X-rays are higher frequency than visible light and yes, are ionizing. X-rays can and do damage DNA directly, which can lead to cancer.

Microwaves transfer heat to water molecules (and some other molecules, depending on the frequency) very well. Thus they make for great ovens. This "Japanese Death Ray" you speak of would basically cook you to death.

A typical microwave oven is on the order of 500-1500 watts. The typical transmit power of your average cell phone is about 0.5 to 1 watt, less with better cell coverage. That's a factor of 1000 difference. And if that's radiated in all directions from the transmitter, probably less than 1/3 of that energy is radiated toward a user's head. I can't speculate on the absorption rate of that energy within a human head, but I doubt there is a single study which could actually measure the heating effect of a typical cell phone's signal on living tissue.

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