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Comment Re:Not regulated ... (Score 1) 65

I'm a chrono-American, and I have this problem when there's a lot of background noise: I don't like background noise. I've often joked that I look forward to needing hearing aids, because then I'll be able to turn down the rest of the world whenever I want. No "luck" so far, though.

My late mother got a pair of $5K hearing aids a decade or so ago, but could never get used to them. They had to be programmed by the audiologist who sold them to her, and they didn't even have a volume adjustment. When she put them in, the noise of the refrigerator running, the clocks ticking, and Dad's TV drove her nuts.

When/if my time comes, I'll absolutely want hearing aids over which I can exert this kind of control. And if this product works very well, I may not wait until I need them. In fact, if the noise cancellation is good enough, perhaps they'll help preserve my hearing.

Comment Re:"Super-Efficient"? (Score 1) 119

You assume humans are not and and human activity is not 'natural' or 'normal' or that the planet does not already have sufficient feedback measures in place we are not yet aware of to compensate for human activity without harmful/dangerous rates/amounts of climate change. We, ourselves, are a product of nature, after all. How many times in the past has nature created species that upset the global climate? Are we so arrogant as to think that just because we've developed a higher intelligence and self-awareness that we are somehow beyond/above nature and nature's ability to mitigate changes caused by life that is nature's own product?

Sure. Just google "Oxygen Holocaust". Great for us, but kinda sucked for the planet-wide biosphere of anaerobes, who now survive only as a few reviled and persecuted minorities. (There may well be people talking about protecting them, but I don't see many people volunteering to host them in the form of botulism and gangrene.)

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for advancing both our knowledge in this area and for finding *pragmatic & economically viable/practical* ways to pollute less and impact the environment less overall. I don't believe it warrants extreme measures bordering on emergency status that will harm people by destroying economies and lowering standards of living while empowering authoritarianism to enforce those measures.

Strat

You know what destroys economies and lowers standards of living? Human extinction. But it's a totally pragmatic and viable way for the biosphere to reach a new stable state.

Comment The summary says nothing about actual damage. (Score 2) 116

If the anonymous reader or the msmash had done more than copy-pasting the first three paragraphs of the article, adding a link -- if they'd even read what they copy-pasted -- they might have realized this. If they lived in this fairy-tale land where editors edited, they might have gone so far as to summarize the bit about "pops" which appear to damage the speakers over time.

Comment Tell me more about your X-ray antennas. (Score 1) 58

Moreover, X-rays can penetrate obstacles that impede radio communication.

As well as the ones that facilitate it -- otherwise known as reflectors and collimators. As long as X-rays are so very difficult to collimate, they're going to be hard to use for long-range communication. And as long as it's difficult to make emitters or detectors with very high bandwidth, they aren't going to be worth a lot for any high-speed communication.

Plus there's the whole radiation hazard thing. Not so relevant in space, but kind of a big deal here on DNA-factory-infested Earth.

Comment Re:Can't wait to get one in my watch. (Score 2) 156

From a bit of googling, they'd use Radium-226, which is an alpha-emitter. Thinking a bit of crystal covering the dial, and a metal frame, and you're sorta safe, no?

Yes, you, the wearer of the intact watch, were completely safe; its housing would stop alpha radiation at effectively 100%.

The people who drew up the radioactive paint using mouth-operated pipettes, and the people who scavenged through the trash containing the smashed watch bits, not so much.

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