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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Kohath Re:Water Retention? (291 comments)

Societies where most people die before they get old have a lower incidence of age-related diseases.

5 days ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Kohath Raise the pH (228 comments)

Lower the acidity.

about a week ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Kohath Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

They're the ones who have the guns -- the ones who can use those guns and threaten people without worrying about getting arrested. They should only do it when it's necessary.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Kohath Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

Evil. Not the the worst evil. But more evil than leaving me alone.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Kohath Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

Threatening people unnecessarily is evil -- law or no law.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Kohath Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

Because they are spending tax money to threaten people based on the meaningless distinction between recreational drone use and drone use for a commercial purpose. They shouldn't waste the money and they shouldn't threaten people needlessly.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Kohath Re:"He's really not an expert" (362 comments)

He should stick to curing diseases like malaria. Schools are too mixed up with politics, money, and government control of peoples' lives.

If he wants to help with education, he should fund scholarships so more parents could send their kids to a school of their choice.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Kohath Re:So long as it is consential (362 comments)

It's time for an end to one-size-fits-all government education schemes.

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Kohath Not perfect, but good (170 comments)

This should help. For really incriminating behavior, I would expect the cameras to "malfunction" most of the time. But for ordinary, day-to-day contact with the public, it will be a lot easier to just not act like a complete asshole than to hide the evidence later.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

Kohath That explains a lot (169 comments)

'RESTART! RESTART! RESTART!' would have been a lot better. Clear instructions are useful. Screenfulls of BS just confuse people. All they can do is restart anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Kohath Re:Stop Making Up Words! (157 comments)

Cucumber factory only has stem-removal jobs.

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Kohath Re:Stop Making Up Words! (157 comments)

I agree. Say NO to those linguogogues and their linguomorphic practices!!!

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Kohath Re:The main problem: they don't make sense (215 comments)

Want to get a package through Mumbai traffic?

Smaller vehicles, logistics, and the knowledge of local couriers.

Want to get a package to the balcony of a 60-story high-rise in Hong Kong?

Deliver it to the front door and take it up on the elevator.

Want to deliver packages to the houseboats of Amsterdam but can't afford the local wages?

Driverless vehicles. Or just charge enough to cover the cost of delivery.

Want to deliver medicine in Australia or Mongolia, where it's already economical to fly the doctor to the patient?

Doctors' time may be worth enough money to make flying worthwhile. Is a truck driver's time worth that much? Also, a bottle of medicine doesn't care if it takes an extra 12 hours to get where it's going.

And any drone that can carry a package a long distance will also have to carry a lot of heavy fuel.

Drones are an obvious win.

There will probably be some extremely rare cases where they make sense. Delivery to boats offshore, for example.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Kohath Re:The main problem: they don't make sense (215 comments)

What's wrong with driver-less 1-wheeled vehicles ?

They tip over? I don't know. Lets see a prototype.

Now, what's wrong with zero-wheeled vehicles, ah, wait, that would be too similar to a drone to fit into your world view.

They waste too much energy staying airborne and they are less efficient and harder to build and more risky to operate and less resilient to weather than wheeled vehicles.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Kohath Re:Do not want (215 comments)

There aren't enough isolated people getting frequent deliveries for it to make economic sense to deploy drones. Why spend millions of dollars developing a new technology to avoid a few trips a year?

Also, a drone that could carry a package 50 miles and return would have to carry a lot of additional weight in fuel. A driverless "car" big enough to carry a package would probably be able to make the delivery for a fraction of the cost.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Kohath Re:The main problem: they don't make sense (215 comments)

Except it won't work for heavy packages. And it won't work near airports. And it won't work in bad weather. And it's a safety risk to people on the ground. And some simpler answer will always be better. In 30-50 years, truck delivery and logistics will have made progress too.

Think about it. What real world conditions would have to exist for drone delivery to make more sense than trucks?

Traffic? Use two-wheeled vehicles instead of trucks.
No drivers? Driverless trucks or some other ground-based driverless vehicle.

Here's the one situation where airborne drone delivery may make sense: deliveries to boats, to the wilderness, or to people across a body of water with no bridge. That's it.

Or maybe in 200-400 years, when all the challenges to drone delivery have been rendered trivial, it will still be easier and cheaper to use trucks, but since all the problems are trivial and airborne drones are cooler and faster, maybe then use drones sometimes.

about two weeks ago

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Teenage League of Legends player jailed for months for Facebook joke

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about a year ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Eighteen-year-old Justin Carter of Austin, Texas was arguing with a friend on Facebook about League of Legends back in February. After being called "insane", he responded with "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". Below that, he wrote "lol" and "jk". He was arrested March 27, 2013 and has been in jail since that time. A hearing to review his case is scheduled for July 1, 2013. His parents have launched a change.org petition to convince the authorities to release their son."
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DEA locks student in cell with no food, water, toilet for 5 days

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old UC San Diego senior from the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Cerritos, was detained in an April 21st search warrant raid on a residence. After questioning, he was told he would be released. He was then placed in a 5-by-10-foot (1.5-by-3-meters) cell without food or water or toilet facilities until 4:42 PM April 25th when he was found hallucinating and near death. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics and has recovered. The DEA said this was accidental and promised to conduct a thorough review."
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Say "Water Prevents Dehydration" in the EU, Go to

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration”. The health claim was reviewed by a panel of 21 scientists on behalf of the European Food Standards Authority. The application was denied, and now producers of bottled water are forbidden by law from making the claim. They will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the EU edict."
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Researchers "lost" historical global clima

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia have produced an analysis of global temperature trends indicating climate warming during the 20th century. Recently, Steve McIntyre from Climate Audit, known for helping discredit the Mann "hockey stick", requested the source data from CRU to validate the CRU's findings. His request was refused on the premise that Mr. McIntyre is not an academic. A subsequent request by Roger Pielke, Jr., professor of environmental studies at UC-Boulder, was refused for a more fundamental reason: the original data is lost. While "climate change" skeptics have jumped on this revelation, professor Pielke is not among their ranks. He laments: "... it is now also impossible to create a new temperature index from scratch. CRU is basically saying, "trust us." So much for settling questions and resolving debates with empirical information (i.e., science)"."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "In today's Washington Post, Spencer H. Kim, father of the late senior CNet editor James Kim suggests that privacy laws were one factor in the inability to rescue Mr. Kim before he died of hypothermia in the Oregon wilderness. Spencer Kim writes:
Four days passed before we even knew James and his family were missing. But because my family was unable to confirm credit card and phone-use information until days after their absence was discovered, the start of the search was needlessly delayed. Precious time and a precious life were lost.
Like all laws, privacy laws have unintended consequences. Spencer Kim suggests these laws be amended to limit those consequences, even though it means less privacy."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  about 8 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Democratic leadership in the Senate today sent a letter to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger implicitly threatening ABC's broadcast license if they go ahead with the planned airing of the "Path to 9/11" miniseries. ABC has spent $40 million developing the miniseries, which is set to air Sunday and Monday for the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. The accuracy and truthfulness of this miniseries has been disputed by former Clinton administration officials. But is this kind of censorship really the right answer? And will we ever get to see "The Path to 9/11" miniseries so we can judge the content for ourselves?"

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