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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DerekLyons Re:Politically correct travel restrictions claptra (228 comments)

That has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. (And no, it's not more-or-less why you can't discharge firearms so. It's not even remotely related.)

8 hours ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

DerekLyons Re:Congress (107 comments)

Who's going to say when you reach 90%?

Statistical analysis - the most likely number remaining is a function of the rate of discovery of new objects. As the rate drops, so does the likely number of remaining undiscovered objects.

9 hours ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DerekLyons Re:This is related (228 comments)

But the fact that she has tested negative doesn't say anything about whether or not she needs to be quarantined.

Yes it does - because if she is asymptomatic and do not test positive for the virus she cannot spread the disease and thus quarantine accomplishes nothing.
 

Those who oppose any form of quarantine keep invoking "science" for their support, but then they also keep bringing up the fact that this nurse "tested negative" to validate their views. Makes me think that they don't really understand the "science" as well as they think they do.

Actually, the situation is quite the opposite - science says what I said above is the truth. It's the people advocating for quarantine of individuals who are asymptomatic who don't grasp the science.

I find it very depressing that so many here on Slashdot are defending quarantine - yet heap scorn on the TSA for it's security theater... because their lack of scientific literacy means they don't realize the two are the same thing.

9 hours ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DerekLyons Re:Politically correct travel restrictions claptra (228 comments)

Quarentine is akin to wearing seatbelts, to laws against discharging firearms in certain areas, to smoking in certain areas, to wearing helmets while operating motorcycles.

No, in the case of Ebola, it's not. It's equivalent to the TSA performing body cavity searches on grandmothers and toddlers. It's medical safety theater that accomplishes very little except to pacify clueless fools with no understanding of the science.

9 hours ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

DerekLyons Re:What did you expect.. (135 comments)

This isn't a national thing, it's a side-effect caused by an overall rising standard of living within any given culture.

Actually in the UK (and I expect other countries) the poorer members of society are the fatter ones (citation). So the evidence collected thus far completely contradicts your comment.

Comparing the standard of living of modern urban poor to that of the urban poor of even a century ago - yeah, it's definitely improved greatly. (Regulated working hours, minimum wages, improved workplace safety, improved medical care, improved access to food... I could go on, but you get the point.) So no, the evidence thus far collected does not contradict his statement. You've just confused "society as a whole is getting larger" with "the poor are the largest".

9 hours ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

DerekLyons Re:How much more of a moron can you prove yourself (265 comments)

canning foods yes, but canning itself has been around for quite a lot longer. I'll also note that you are now flailing and trying to win on semantics.

Nope, I'm pointing out your multiple errors of fact - you're trying to change it into a semantic argument in a failed attempt to... well, I'm not sure what you're trying to do.
 

What was pastuers motivation to can food?

Since "pastuer" [sic] isn't known for canning food (though his work on germ theory does apply), I'm not at all certain what drugs you're on.
 

And now that you realize the method I described could work, why are you still digging?

I specifically said it wouldn't work. Not in the least because in a post apocalyptic period you're not going to have access to the mass quantities of sugar required.

Anyhow, I'm done playing games with you. Your amusement value is approaching zero and any further beating you about the head and shoulders with facts will just constitute cruelty to dumb animals.

9 hours ago
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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

DerekLyons Re: Yes, what are YOU going to do? (93 comments)

The third and probably most important thing is to talk to your friends and family about privacy and why it matters. Try to make them care.

And if that conversation goes anything like it does here on Slashdot - the tinfoil hat nuttery is going to cause them to tune you out pretty quickly.
 

I know this is hard to do if the people in question watch television but do try. Western governments are out of control because a whole lot of people (almost all people above 50) love automatism and fascism and think people who think that they should not be forced to have a camera in their living-room by law are nuts.

And your next two sentences just prove my point.

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CERN Looking For Help Filling In the Gaps In Photo Archive

DerekLyons Re:My guess (28 comments)

Based on my experience with this type of thing, the answer is, "here is a scientist posed with a random piece of equipment and staged lighting to make a visually appealing image that looks science-y."

Then really, you don't have much experience with this type of thing. Certainly some of that archive will be posed PR type shots. But if you look at TFA, you also find what I'd also expect to find in such an archive - documentary shots showing pieces of equipment and scientists working with such equipment.
 

More seriously, I think this crowdsourcing effort is likely to be overwhelmed with clever jokes or well-intentioned guesses.

It actually doesn't take much effort to weed those out, I regularly taking part in crowd sourced efforts to identify the locations, dates, etc... of photographs, and the jokes and guesses stand out like sore thumbs.

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A Library For Survival Knowledge

DerekLyons How much more of a moron can you prove yourself? (265 comments)

And just when I thought you hit rock bottom, you grab a pickax and start digging.

It only seems that way because your both simultaneously completely and utterly clueless - and completely convinced you're world class expert. (The latter only possible because of the former.)

because you know that there's no way on God's green earth that anyone could ever survive like their ancestors did.

And if you did know what you're talking about - you'd know that our ancestors didn't 'survive the winter' that way - canning is a very recent development historically speaking, post industrial. Our ancestors stored apples in barrels and root cellars, or sliced and dried them. (Because they didn't have access to either the sugar that makes preserves stable or the jars that store them in.) They also depended on a variety of other vegetables and fruits stored the same way. And on dried, smoked, and pickled meats. And on grains and legumes.

yesterday
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

DerekLyons You're completely wrong. (265 comments)

How much of an industrial civilization is needed to create glass jars, or melt beeswax? Because you can preserve food with those basics.

You can't preserve food safely with those basics, no.
 
Why? Because the wax can shrink as it cools, opening a gap between the wax and the jar and allowing microorganisms access to the food. (Improper cleaning or wiping down the jar can also prevent the wax from adhering in the first place.) The wax can also crack or open a gap during storage and handling. There's a reason why, even when people did do this regularly (it is no longer recommended), it's use was limited to jams and jellies - foods that were already semi-stable due to their high sugar content. They were also semi-solid as you can't use this method with any food that's in a liquid (I.E. vegetables, or meat in a broth). You can't use this to can meat *period* because you can't safely can meat without heating and sealing it at high temperatures.
 
Wax hung around a long time because of the pre-scientific belief that all you needed to do to preserve food was to "protect it from the air". We now know it's a lot more complicated than that.
 
 

hat's why your statement is mind numbingly clueless.

You really need to study canning techniques from a current, modern, source - because you're the one that's completely clueless. (Note: Survivalist websites almost by definition do not meet the qualification of being "current and modern". Many canning websites also fail to meet this qualification because they consist of people repeating what they learned at their mother's knee - not current best practices.)

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A Library For Survival Knowledge

DerekLyons What am I wrong about? (265 comments)

You have no clue what you are talking abot

Thirty years of off and on experience with canning and studying food preservation in general, so, yeah... I have no clue what I'm talking "abot" [sic].

So, if that were true - what exactly am I wrong about?

2 days ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

DerekLyons Re:Designs from what? (439 comments)

By the average standards of the modern space technology, Russian space hardware ranks as 2040 design. I know that sounds strange

No, it doesn't sound strange - it sounds like what it is, which is complete and utter bullshit. They have a few things ahead of everyone else, they have a few things on par with everyone else, and they have a lot of things that are in fact engineering time capsules from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's.

2 days ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

DerekLyons Re:Foxfire Books (265 comments)

Foxfire has been doing this the mid 1960s. How to raise and slaughter animals. How to grow crops. How to bootstrap iron working, including gunsmithing. Everything you need, and with all the mammy-pamby crap from "urban homesteaders" and preppers. Practical knowledge from people that were doing it daily.

I find that people who worship the Foxfire books haven't actually read them or comprehended the contents - because virtually everything they describe depends on some level on the existence of a significant technological society to exist on the margins of. The people of Appalachia, while dirt poor, were not isolated.

2 days ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

DerekLyons Re:survival? (265 comments)

he'll head over to the section where the mason jars are stacked. It's not like he'll need that many: when you empty one, you wash it and use it again.

You've never actually canned have you? The short term problem with mason jars isn't the ability to wash the jar - it's being able to replace the seals, which are one use. (And even if the plastic seals weren't one use, the metal lids will still corrode and fail before too long.) Then there's the seal on your pressure canner (vitally important if you're going to can meat) - it too will only last a few years at most.

Canning food is the practice of a technological society. It's unsustainable without considerable industrial infrastructure.

2 days ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

DerekLyons More bullshit from you. (286 comments)

I asked for a citation proving your original claim, I got handwaving and bullshit in return. I point out your failure to provide a citation, and I get more bullshit and a failed attempt to make it my fault that you haven't provided a citation.

2 days ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

DerekLyons Centuries too late. (265 comments)

"The Survivor Library is gathering essential knowledge that would be necessary to jump-start modern civilization, should it fail past the point where a simple 'reboot' is possible (video). Much of it (but not all) dates to the late 1800s and early 1900s"

In other words, much of it dates from an era already largely industrialized and with significant long distance transportation and trade. Not very useful for actually rebooting civilization as it presumes the existence of an actual civilization.

2 days ago
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"Dance Your Ph.D." Finalists Announced

DerekLyons Re:Not entirely frivolous (19 comments)

It's associating a very familiar visual form with frequently abstract, difficult-to-visualize topics in a way that makes scientific results (I'm stretching here) a little more accessible to the layperson

You're stretching a looong way - light years. I watched those videos, and all they look like is a bunch of random people randomly moving and randomly dancing. When you actually add the needed narration... the dancing becomes distracting.

2 days ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

DerekLyons Re:ask the military (286 comments)

The US army has tried for years to come up with a full-face helmet with embedded HUD, built-in night vision, etc. On paper this is fantastic, but during field tests, soldiers consistently rip those off when they get into combat situations.

[[Citation Needed]].

Seriously, there's tens? hundreds? of thousands of people who already wear full face helmets - from motorcycle riders, to combat pilots, to firemen, to a myriad of martial artists... And they don't constantly rip them off when in a high pressure situation. So, sounds like there's a different problem from the 'cabin fever' you're insinuating.

2 days ago
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High Speed Evolution

DerekLyons Re:How is this surprising? (282 comments)

I don't know why the researchers were so surprised by this.

I don't either - the speed of evolution is directly proportional to generation time and pressure. The former is one of the reasons why fruit flies are so popular for genetics research - from egg to ready to lay more eggs is about three weeks.

5 days ago

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