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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

I think that there is a question as to whether the three witnesses are reliable or not. ;)

I'm also pretty damn sure that Native Americans are not descended from Egyptians, and that the genetic information that shows they're not is widely available, and does stack up.

If that was not the case, there would be some super-duper famous scientists right now that had managed to prove a key tenant of Mormonism; either Science or Nature would publish that like a shot. They LOVE overturning apple carts: if you have the hard evidence.

In the real world... that hasn't happened, because they're not descended from there, all the evidence shows that Native Americans came from Asia, migrating across the Bering Strait. It's just 50 miles across the ocean there, it's many thousands of miles the other ways.

about two weeks ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Let me give you the view of a non Mormon:

Mormonism is bonkers!

You're talking about a religion created by a convicted con man that involves him 'reading' invisible gold tablets that nobody else could see from within a hat, and mistranslating an Egyptian funerary parchment aka 'The Book of Abraham' that doesn't say what he said it says; and we know that because it was tracked down and translated for real.

about two weeks ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Its silly (405 comments)

No, it's a serious problem, particularly in Paris because 60% of the cars there run on diesel.


Although diesel is much more efficient, it creates serious local pollution, smog and minute particles that cause real harm.

about a month ago

New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Jet Fuel? (230 comments)

No, wind and hydro are very good matches.

When the wind blows, the hydro holds back its water; it saves the energy for later (at a storage efficiency of about 99%). When the wind drops it lets the water through faster to make up for the lack of wind.

So the combined system has more average power; the wind is able to enhance the hydro generation and the hydro smooths out the wind.

about 3 months ago

New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Jet Fuel? (230 comments)

That's a nice, clear explanation of how wind power means you use more fuel.

Unfortunately it's absolute, total bollocks.

The reason it's bollocks is because wind is used for about 20% or so of the total production, whereas the combustion turbines are only used as an emergency back-up.

In nearly every case, when the wind drops (which they have several days advance warning for) all that happens is that the other sources (the more efficient sources) increase their output.

Only if you have major failures elsewhere do the combustion turbines kick in.

about 3 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

No, in practice armed people don't actually have to be polite to unarmed people at all; because armed people don't have to worry about being shot by them. I mean, they may be, but they don't have to be.

So far from taking away the ability to be rude fucks; it's arming the rude fucks, they will tend to want to be armed more than polite people; they're the ones that are more likely to need a gun, because they're the ones that tend to kick up problems.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Ignorance (214 comments)

Ron Paul is wrong about economic matters. There was a head-to-head between him and Paul Krugman; it's so very rare to have a politician have his ass handed to him quite so hard.


about 5 months ago

How Heroin Addicts Helped Scientists Link Pesticides and Parkinson's

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Book (109 comments)

That's co-codamol, the combination apparently works better as a painkiller than codeine on its own.

I don't think it's just them cutting the codeine.

about 5 months ago

Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

WolfWithoutAClause MOD parent UP Re:Hail to the uninformed (194 comments)

Yes, one farmer deliberately selected only Monsanto seed that blew onto his land and grew exclusively that, but that's the only time anyone ever got sued. If Monsanto ever sued someone for true accidental contamination it would be cutting their own throat.

about 5 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

WolfWithoutAClause Re:2 Words (810 comments)

Not so.

For commuting in the mornings, apparently it's good to have it plugged in and to have set the battery to do a quick charge before you want to go, that warms the pack up, and at the same time you can also preheat the cabin; that also helps because the climate control doesn't have to use the battery to do that and it clears the windscreen, so you gain both range and convenience.

about 5 months ago

DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

WolfWithoutAClause Re:And all these computer parts in cars... (231 comments)

Actually, the exact same car would get significantly worse mpg in America than in (say) the UK.

The reason is: the American gallon is rather smaller(!)

So it's not really a fair comparison.

about 5 months ago

High-Gain Patch Antennas Boost Wi-Fi Capacity In Crowded Lecture Halls

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Radiated power? (104 comments)

Actually the directional antenna helps with both RX and TX directionality and power equally; and there's almost certainly an attenuator that offsets the aerial's gain.

It doesn't help with the power coming from the laptop/tablet, but that's pretty small; some laptops will have gain control on their transmitters as well.

about 5 months ago

How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Spaghetti (263 comments)

My understanding/way I imagine it is that; as you move towards the blackhole, the particles that make up the astronaut cause the event horizon to come out to meet them, and this curves the event horizon and this causes a local burst of Hawking-type radiation that rips apart the astronaut, and this radiation spreads out from the impact point in a wave; that in turn creates more perturbations of the horizon and so on. You end up with a very thin ring of fire all around the black hole. And this never goes away; indeed it forms the moment the black hole does, and so there's actually nothing inside the blackhole, just flat spacetime. In a sense I suppose the collapse never completely happens you end up with just a shell of matter.

about 6 months ago

How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

WolfWithoutAClause Re:No matter = no radiation (263 comments)

I have only a qualitive understanding of this, but I think Hawking radiation is the radiation that escapes the blackhole; but there's probably some quantum-generated particles produced that don't have enough energy to escape and promptly fall back in again.

So as you fall into the blackhole, it will get warmer and warmer, until you get burnt to a crisp by the Hawking radiation that forms near to the event horizon which is unable to escape.

It's kind of like a sonic boom, or more like a light boom.

about 6 months ago

Wikipedia's Participation Problem

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Unfriendly Elitists (372 comments)

So what you're saying is that you used google once and you didn't like 2 of the 10 results?

Search engines before google were universally the biggest heap of junk in the entire history of life on this planet.

about 6 months ago

Wireless Charging Start-Up Claims 30-Foot Radius

WolfWithoutAClause Re:So much for your noise floor (242 comments)

No, it's not omnidirectional, he's doing beam forming.

So he creates a 4W beam and aims it at the receiver. That's why when he moved the device, it went out; the beam was missing for a while until the transmitter figured it out and steered the beam to where he was now standing.

This works fine, provided the power density isn't too high; otherwise if people get in the way of the beam then they get heated up. A few watts may be the limit. more if the receiver is bigger.

about 7 months ago

BT Prepares To Pull Plug On Dial-Up

WolfWithoutAClause Re:How to simulate dialup (120 comments)

Theoretical maximum is actually 64k in the UK, but the modem standards were designed to be compatible with the US, which can only handle 56K (7 bit bytes @ 8Khz rather than 8 bits @ 8 Khz) so ... you won't get it.

about 8 months ago

Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

WolfWithoutAClause Re:Out of jobs? (736 comments)

Technology nearly always ultimately creates jobs, at least for a while.

Economists think that new technologies create jobs, at least in some phases. Generally, there's a few phases. Initially nobody uses the technology, and it's expensive, and nobody makes much money. Then more people use it, and the price starts to drop. This is the point where lots of money is made and usually lots of jobs. Finally, ubiquity, everyone uses it, and it's dirt cheap, relatively few, relatively badly paid jobs, and the total amount of money is not great. At this point you need a new technology. ;-)

e.g. Wireless internet equipment used to be rather more expensive, and all the companies and engineers used to make good money developing it, but now it's dirt cheap, and nobody is making much money on it.

about 8 months ago



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