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Comment Re:350 Hectares? (Score 1) 62

I would think even the Russians (who generally have decent engineering) would have rigged an EXPLOSIVES DUMP so it would not just ... explode. The US facilities I've seen (from a distance) have numerous design features to prevent that very thing since military explosives do have the tendency to .... explode.

Concrete separators, buried shelters, operational management to keep things separated. Pretty low tech stuff.

Aside from being an earth shattering kaboom it's a giant WTF.

Comment Re:The American obsession with self-reliance (Score 1) 419

Just sit an watch Argentina, Greece, and for that matter the whole Western Europe as it faces mass immigration!

WTF? You have no idea what you are talking about. I am not saying there are or are not issues, but they are not related to socialism. Comparing Greece with e.g. Sweden or Germany because socialism, means you do not understand that correlation isn't the same as causation.

I could say that this happens because the governments are mainly white males. And no, socialism is not about a government replacing the community. It is a government that is PART of that community. You could say 'by the people, for the people' if you like.
And yes, that is it in an ideal situation that will never exist, just like any other ideal.

What you should get is laws that are made with the people in mind. This means e.g. less working hours, paid holidays. It does not mean you can't start your own company or be self employed.
But don't be surprised when people tell you that they work to live and not live to work.

If that means that I have a smaller car (I don't even have a car) or a smaller house, because I have to pay for others to get healthcare and an education, so be it. Because if I have to work less I would like spend time with people who also work less.
And I like to have a government with laws that reflect that.

Comment Since SpaceX is so in favor of reuse (Score 1) 100

Fans of the book/movie "The Martian" would be happy if SpaceX does select Arcadia Planitia for their first landing site as that was the landing site of the Ares 3.

Since SpaceX is so in favor of reuse, I'm sure they wouldn't mind reusing the sound stage. Unlike those throwaway moon sound stages.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 209

I can't recall the last time I looked for media that wasn't available in an unencrypted stream within hours of being released in digital format, whatever the DRM.

Well, just checked Amazon now and there's 366 4K BluRays out, as far as I know there's no decrypting those yet. Not that I'm sure how you'd play an UHD HEVC HDR 10 bit Rec. 2020 stream properly anyway. BluRays look pretty good though...

Comment Totally not gloating (Score 4, Informative) 168

Mean: 47 Mbit
Median: 27.7 Mbit
People <4 Mbit: 3.9%
People <1 Mbit: 0.5%
People who can't get fiber: 54%
People who can't get 100/10 Mbit: 22%
People who can't get 4 Mbit on a fixed connection: 5%
People who can't get 10 Mbit LTE outdoor w/antenna: 0.06%

I thought maybe the fiber rollout would slow down, but the last stats indicate a speed up going from 41% to 46% in last year. Next year it seems likely a majority of the population can get fiber.

Comment Re:The mass of batteries never changes (Score 1) 87

The problem with all battery operated vehicles is that as the batteries get depleted, their mass never changes. With Jet fuel, gasoline, etc, as the fuel gets depleted, the mass is reduced, and thus the energy required to move the vehicle is reduced.

True, but it's hardly like a rocket where only a tiny fraction of the launch weight reaches the destination. The specs for the 747-400F (freight version) says 164 ton dry weight, 124 ton capacity, 397 ton takeoff weight. So max'ed it's (164+124)/397 = 73% plane and cargo, 27% fuel. The benefit of reduced weight will be on a weak exponential but if we round up 27%/2 to an average 15% lower fuel consumption compared to a plane that was constantly refilled by a tanker we've probably been generous. So if we could design an electric plane with 85% of the performance of a jet plane and recharge it with cheap, clean power from the grid I think it would be a smashing success. Of course we're nowhere close to that, but it's because the energy density of batteries to jet fuel sucks, not because the jet plane loses weight.

Comment Re:never understood removing features (Score 3, Interesting) 253

Removing features simply because they're not used by everyone every single day never made sense to me. Even if it is something only a very small percentage of users use, so what?

Because a lot of people get confused by too much information and too many options. And contrary to nerds they won't simply dismiss what they don't need they tend to avoid it saying it's too difficult. I'm not surprised if Google has analyzed that they'll lose 0.1% tech savvy users and gain 0.2% computer newbies instead. A case study: My online bank.

They used to have rather information dense pages and complex filters and dialogs with lots of cross links to related functions. I loved it, you had pretty much everything you wanted to see, do or go to at your fingertips. My parents, well they used it because I used it and having free support was more valuable than trying some other bank. They redesigned, far more simple pages. Far more hierarchies and less directly accessible functions. I hated it, at the time I mostly blamed it on designing for cell phones and tablets not big computer monitors.

But then I saw how my parents liked it much, much better than before. They said it was so much simpler and less confusing to use. Even though they never used but the first two options, it was far simpler to choose from three than eight and the rest hidden under "more options". The transcript page used to have lots of filters, now by default it has account and period, with the period being predefined like "last 30 days" or whole months with custom dates hidden another layer down.

And it turns out, that's all they really use. if they ever wonder if they did pay the power bill of $100 in the first two weeks of January they wouldn't filter by recipient and amount and date. They'd just scan the monthly statements manually. I'm thinking this and this applies, sure they could learn how to make the computer do more but is is worth it? Considering how little they seem to remember of the basics, I'm thinking neither the investment nor the upkeep is worth it.

So I can totally understand why, the question is do you have to only cater to my parents. But when push comes to shove, I'll manage to do five clicks instead of two just fine even though I'm slightly annoyed by it. My parents though, for them it makes a real difference. Unless it's really a professional's tool that you work in many hours a day, I'll always survive doing it the slightly harder way like just X'ing out all the tabs or hitting Ctrl-W repeatedly without being a make-or-break deal. It would be nice if we could have a browser by nerds, for nerds though. Maybe it's time for a new Phoenix?

Comment Re:But which kind of stroke? Too thin or too thick (Score 1) 41

Basic indications for thrombolysis (clot busting) in presumed stroke.

- Persons of a certain age (typically over 18, pediatric strokes have not been studied well and typically are due to a bleed from a congenital malformation)
- There are blood pressure ranges over which it's felt that punching holes in the brain is too dangerous
- There are certain medications (other drugs that work on the blood clotting system) that, when mixed with the clot buster make it too dangerous
- You have to have a major stroke - the procedure doesn't work all that well and a bunch of complicated statistics and people yelling back and forth have made a guess with the benefit outweighs the risk.
- TIME IS IMPORTANT - this is one of the big deals. Stroke is being popularized as a 'brain attack' (which sounds too Zombieish to me). That's a bit of overkill but the longer the symptoms have gone on, the less likely that busting up the clot is going to work. THIS IS WHERE THE SPIDER VENOM may come in - by protecting the brain while you do something (or not). Would presumably work in ischemic (formed by a blood clot) or hemorrhagic (formed by a bleeding blood vessel) kind of stroke.
- You should get permission. Thrombolysis could make things better - or kill you. The improvement rate is only 25-40% (something less than thrombolysis for heart attacks). The big downside is that you convert an ischemic stroke into a thrombolytic stroke. Since blood in the brain can't leak out anywhere, you have to drill a hole in the brain which typically requires the presence of a neurosurgeon. Lots of places don't have neurosurgeons just wandering around. Yes, we've been trained in emergent craniotomy. I have this neat stainless steel drill that looks for all the world like an old carpenter drill but you don't want me to get it out of it's case. Very, very last ditch.

IF - and a big if - this pans out it could make stroke treatment much easier and more useful. It could also be used in any sort of insult to the neurologic system (trauma, etc.).. Cryosleep anyone?

But it's a big if...

Comment Re:Conversely... (Score 1) 242

No. No, I was right the first time. You can't own something that doesn't exist; and patents do server the purpose of forcing dissemination of information in exchange for temporary protection.

If you had said "creation in exchange for a temporary monopoly" I'd at least be willing to discuss it. But the vast, vast majority of patented creations would be picked apart and reverse engineered in no time flat if patents didn't exist. I dare you to show me one patent made in the 21st century that you think contains a trade secret that would take more than 20 years to figure out given that it was actually used in a product, service or production process.

Comment The proof would disprove itself (Score 2) 402

If we can calculate how reality "should" act, we've per definition calculated how to simulate it. So the only thing we could catch is a bad simulation. But that would assume they don't have error margins, if we start looking at something with an electron microscope then it starts simulating that particular part of reality to that detail. Just like a pair of VR glasses doesn't have to simulate more than I can see.

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