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Comment Like all their other "no change" changes (Score 4, Interesting) 326

Like all their other "no flavor change" changes to their chocolate over the decades. This will just cheapen it a little bit more. They used to have good chocolate (maybe I'm showing my age with that remark) but it's bilge now. “There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper." John Ruskin

Comment Cube-root law for large explosions? (Score 2) 1028

My understanding is that the kill radius goes up as the cube root of the explosion size. Hiroshima had heavy damage out to about 3 miles - let's call that the kill radius. Cube root 2000 is about 12.6. Even number, kill radius approx 38 miles. Smaller than Texas. Also, 2000 x 20 kilotons is 40 megatons. I think 10 megatons was a common size in the cold war so this isn't a huge leap in size for deliverable weapons.

Comment How our justice system works (Score 1) 436

This actually sounds somewhat like what the American justice system is *supposed* to be like. The goal is justice, not understanding by the jury. Both sides present their best cases - hopefully both do so competently so that lay people can understand what the important facts are. The jury then decides the various disputed points based on that evidence and their understanding as lay people. Experts are supposed to explain things to them clearly. The judge's actions also appear correct. His job is to facilitate the understanding that the jury forms of the evidence. If something seems muddy to him then he can expect it to be muddy to the jury and the presenting side can, as in this case, present that part more clearly. The counsel of the side not presenting the muddy breakfast menu may be displeased when the judge causes that to be explained again more clearly. At the end of the day, jury needs to have enough understanding to know which side should prevail on which issues and also to decide the penalty.

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