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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Todd Palin Re:Like most decisions, it's partly mental (167 comments)

I play a lot of poker, but I've never heard of an "inside flush" draw. I know the inside straight draw, and I suppose you could have an inside straight flush draw, but a flush is just a draw for another like suited card. All flush draws have nine possible outs unless you have seen your opponents cards and know there are fewer. An inside straight has only four outs, which is why it is a bad draw most of the time. An open ended straight has eight outs, which makes it almost as good as the flush draw. Both the flush draw and the open ended straight can be worth playing, depending on the situation with pot odds, and your expectations about your opponents.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

Todd Palin correlation does not prove causation (137 comments)

Could it be that the fat people are just lazy and get up later, and don't get outside early. Maybe fat causes people to get less light in the AM. See the problem with the headline?

about two weeks ago
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How a 'Seismic Cloak' Could Slow Down an Earthquake

Todd Palin Re:Weaponize (101 comments)

Good points. The amount of energy a Mag 8 earthquake (like the one that just hit Peru) is roughly equivalent to 2,500 nuclear bombs. So presumably the power to generate "noise cancelling waves" would be of a similar order of magnitude. Presumably this amount of power would have to be deployed at an exact time and location in order to be effective. I think I'm starting to see a problem with this plan.

As for Korea, just detonation 2,500 A-bombs should do it, we don't need no stinkin earthquake generator.

about two weeks ago
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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

Todd Palin Wait...they have universities? (110 comments)

I'm glad to hear they still have universities, or is that not true either?

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Todd Palin Re:Fuck Hypermilers (262 comments)

You DO realize there is a middle ground between hyper-miling and hyper-aggressive driving, right? A sensible driver can get pretty good gas mileage by easing off a bit without creating a huge line of angry eighteen-year-olds with an anger problem. The sensible driver might miss a light now and then, but most of the time they will get there right behind the angry aggressive drivers. They also arrive safely and more relaxed. If it is possible, you might give it a try.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Todd Palin Re:energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (262 comments)

If you are a careful driver and plan ahead to avoid quick braking, and also accelerate at a very modest rate your benefits would be small with this kind of system. It helps compensate for aggressive driving but it seems like it won't benefit drivers that already are trying to get good gas mileage.

about three weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

Todd Palin Re:Ummm.... (330 comments)

WHAT? Are you trying to tell me my 1985 LandCruiser isn't more energy efficient than a new shiny Prius? I've been lording that myth over all my Prius driving friends for years. I hope they don't read Slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

Todd Palin Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

Interesting notion, but the devil is in the details. In the NE United States most of the electricity is from coal or gas fired plants, but in the NW United States most of the electricity is hydropower. You can argue that the carbon footprint of the NW electricity is very low, but if you consider the carbon cost of building the dams, the carbon goes up. You have to make assumptions about the expected life of a dam so you can pro-rate the carbon cost. The same issues surround calculating the carbon cost of nuclear generated electricity, but you also have to include carbon coats for transporting, storing, and guarding the nuclear waste for a long time, which involves another assumption. There are also a host of carbon issues relating to power transmission infrastructure. There is a lot of steel in those towers, but some of it is a century old. Do you count it in current carbon calculations?

The bottom line is, the assertion that the Mazda has a lower carbon footprint is more of a marketing claim than an engineering calculation. I suspect the assumptions involved have been made with the primary purpose of supporting the claim rather than meeting some test of reasonableness.

If you ask a question from a marketing context, you get a marketing answer.

about three weeks ago
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Klingon Beer

Todd Palin Re:only 5.5% and tasteless to boot. (100 comments)

Dunkelweisen is a beer made with wheat. The reason for the wheat is to make a beer with less of a malty flavor, which means less hops are needed to balance this bland tasteless beer. This is the craft brewers version of light beer. Give me a break.

about three weeks ago
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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

Todd Palin Re:one in eight deaths? (97 comments)

I think you are assuming a uniform distribution of age. Not a good assumption.

about three weeks ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime with 'Cosmos'

Todd Palin It is about science. PERIOD (2 comments)

Cosmos is a show about science. Creationism is a religious theory, but it isn't science. Aren't there TV programs on religion for the creationists to make their case?

about a month ago
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Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

Todd Palin Interesting article (1 comments)

This is really interesting stuff. It is to bad the anonymous coward didn't write up a summary.

about a month ago
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Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

Todd Palin Time, distance, motion, acceleration (107 comments)

Time, distance, motion, and acceleration are all things that a moving organism needs to master to survive. These things can be mathematically calculated using calculus, and calculus can certainly explain the interconnectedness of these things, but it is unreasonable to say that a fruit-fly uses calculus to fly. If fruit-flies use calculus then so do amoebas.

about a month ago
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NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

Todd Palin Re:who thinks... (103 comments)

Liars lie. Professional liars lie professionally. A professional lie can be hard to refute.

about a month ago
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NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

Todd Palin Re:Of course they did! (103 comments)

The question is, which liars lies are the most believable? Is there a choice where they are all lying?

about a month ago
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Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase To Work

Todd Palin Re:Briefcase!? (102 comments)

It is a 27 pound briefcase!

about a month ago
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Can we replace Insightful with another word in reviewing articles.

Todd Palin Re:Perhaps disturbing (2 comments)

Disturbing?

about a month ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

Todd Palin US dollar (192 comments)

I have trouble understanding why the US dollar has value. This isn't a political comment, I just really don't understand why everyone agrees that bits of paper have value. Understanding why long strings of zeros and ones have value is even harder. An economist once told me the value of any currency is based on the belief that it has value. The trouble is, beliefs change. Thanks for the poll on our beliefs about bitcoins. So far it doesn't look to good for bitcoins.

about a month ago
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How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

Todd Palin Re:Breed out the need for sports (253 comments)

Here is a way to do that. All players are armed with any weapons they want, and they can be used at any time, for any reason, without any penalty. Spectators would NOT BE protected by any bullet-proof shields. OK, I know you are thinking we should arm the spectators too, but that would be crazy.

about 3 months ago

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Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  about a month ago

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "Researchers at Penn State university are trying to reconstruct images of faces based only on the DNA sample of the individual. As far out as this sounds, they did a pretty good job at matching the actual appearance of the faces. This is a pretty good start on a whole new use for DNA samples. Imagine a mug shot of a rapist based only on a DNA sample."
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Dubious patent approved for yoga class recording

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  about 4 months ago

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "The Washington Post has an article describing another dubious patent:
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent on a technique for videotaping yoga classes. The patent claims the concept of an "image capturing device" being set up in "a studio having a front area and a rear area" and containing an instructor and a "plurality of students." In other words, if you run a yoga class, and you film it using the parameters described in the patent, you may owe royalties to the patent's owner, a company called YogaGlo."

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