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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

holmstar Re:Herd immunity (663 comments)

Even with a very effective vaccine, your body could still be overwhelmed by a virus. There are only so many antibodies in your body for a particular virus at one time. If you are exposed to a huge quantity of virus all at once, it could overwhelm the ability of your immune system to fight it. You probably wouldn't get as sick as someone who was unvaccinated, but you could still get sick.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

holmstar Re:More proof (666 comments)

The point is that facts should not be debatable, but that is what has generally been occurring. People don't want to talk about potentially costly solutions, so they are instead trying to discredit the facts that "create"* the problem, at least until the facts are so obvious that it's unavoidable.

* I say "create" because, obviously, the problem exists whether we choose to recognize it or not.

about a week ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

holmstar Re:I actually have sympathy for the dealers (190 comments)

Why would it be too much? We have more than one manufacturer and they would all be competing with each other on price in a much more direct way than they do today. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy a specific make/model.
Also, If you're getting it for less than someone else, then they are subsidizing your lower price. Why should I or anyone else subsidize the cost of your car?

about three weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

holmstar Re:I actually have sympathy for the dealers (190 comments)

the kind of competition lacking if the manufacture sets the price and there are no negotiations over that price.

Really? I would love to be able to shop for a car and know that no matter where I shopped I was getting the exact same price. I absolutely HATE having to negotiate on the price, and the popularity of services like truecar suggest that a huge number of people agree with me.

I think Tesla will have to sell cars via dealers

Why? Tesla sees dealers for the unnecessary middle men that they are. They've already shown that they would rather not enter a market than open a franchised dealership. I don't see any reason that this would change.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

holmstar Re:Scum (190 comments)

A brake job at the dealer for just about any luxury car is going to run around $600.

about three weeks ago
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

holmstar Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (197 comments)

Local hidden variable theories were dis-proven, but why would a pilot wave be considered local to the particle? It's a property of space-time, not the particle itself.

about a month and a half ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

holmstar Re: Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (719 comments)

So, AGW is false if the people that advocate for doing something about it don't want to build nuclear power plants? How is that logical? They are two completely different things. One of them is the reality of whether humans are having an effect on the climate. The other one is what to do about that. The vast majority of "deniers" seem to have a problem with the latter, not the former, but have a difficulty separating the two.

about a month and a half ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

holmstar Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (719 comments)

I can't help but notice that the reasons you give for being skeptical of AGW are the character of some prominent people pushing for actions to counter AGW, the cost of said actions, the fact that other countries aren't being forced to take action, and that our current weather models aren't perfect.

NONE of that has anything to do with whether humans are responsible for climate change. All of your skepticism is around what do to about it and the extant of the warming.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

holmstar Re:increased risk of cancer? (175 comments)

Actually, it sounds like this enzyme increases the break-down of collagen, so decreasing it would tend to make it harder for cells to move around, but as others have said, would probably slow healing. Healing quickly would have been a big evolutionary advantage. Smooth skin in advanced age? Not so much.

about a month and a half ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

holmstar Re:programming (417 comments)

Let's say we assign an AI to find and execute a solution for the increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and oceans. The AI may decide that humans are the primary impediment to achieving it's goals, and set out to clandestinely destroy human industrial capacity. Maybe it would hack into the control equipment and cause machines to destroy themselves. "Reduction in CO2 output achieved" -- satisfied AI.

about 1 month ago
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Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

holmstar Re:Smoothing out diesel Aircraft engines? (103 comments)

I wonder whether the magnetic coupler would be any lighter than a larger flywheel. Also, couldn't the slipping of the coupler set up harmonic vibrations in the prop as well? (I imagine a magnetic coupler would slip in a notch-y fashion.)

about 2 months ago
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Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

holmstar Re:I'm confused: Loses its teeth? (103 comments)

Really, they replaced the metal teeth with magnetic teeth.

about 2 months ago
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Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

holmstar Re:Still need transmission in cars (103 comments)

I wonder how high speed electric trains are geared? Maybe they have more than one motor on the same axle, wound for different ranges of speed?

about 2 months ago
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Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

holmstar Re:Might be a fit for EVs (103 comments)

I agree on the unsprung mass issue, but I wonder if it would be possible to use a linear motor in place of a shock absorber to counter some of the negative handling effects. I doubt it would be able to make up for it completely, but I imagine it could help quite a bit.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

holmstar Re:Here in Florida (525 comments)

Either you didn't understand my post, or you meant to reply to the grandparent... I drive a sports sedan, and completely agree with you.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

holmstar Re:Here in Florida (525 comments)

If you can't feel the road at all, then that car probably has no business going faster than 80.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

holmstar Re:Wildlife Fencing (525 comments)

Most highway fencing I've seen seems to be geared toward keeping cattle out (only about 4-5 feet tall). You would need something like an 8ft fence to have a chance at keeping deer out.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

holmstar Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (525 comments)

In the USA the police can pull you over for 1mph over the posted limit, but it's pretty darn rare. Generally 10mph over the limit on highways is ignored, though it will vary from place to place.

about 2 months ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

holmstar Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

You presume that we won't actively modify ourselves.

about 2 months ago

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Bucky balls nearly double lifespan in rats

holmstar holmstar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

holmstar (1388267) writes "Researchers at Université Paris Sud in France have discovered that bucky balls mixed with olive oil, when consumed along with a normal diet, extend the lifespan of rats from 22 months to 42 months. Olive oil without bucky balls extended life span only to 26 months."
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