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  • Airline Pilot Tries To Punish A U.S. Air Force Soldier. He Didn't Expect THIS To Happen

    10/20/2016 5:03:07 PM PDT · 6 of 61
    -YYZ- to

    I get the gist, but the title doesn’t make much sense. Why would an “airline pilot” be flying an Air Force C130?

  • Armed police impersonator pulls over AISD school bus

    10/19/2016 3:28:19 PM PDT · 10 of 24
    -YYZ- to bgill

    To me this is a prime example of why police should never be pulling cars over in anything other than a fully marked cruiser. Needless to say they should also be wearing a full, proper uniform.

    I’ve always had a hard time seeing the justification for unmarked cars for traffic duty.

  • Two divers found dead in "Mt. Everest of cave systems" - Eagle's Nest (truncated)

    10/18/2016 1:41:48 PM PDT · 38 of 41
    -YYZ- to DJ Taylor

    After reading more about this cave complex, it’s apparently quite possible that they intentionally dived that deep, which I guess would mean they would be using mixed gas, as you say. Still seems nuts to me, why do people have to take already dangerous activities and push the danger right to the limit?

  • Two divers found dead in "Mt. Everest of cave systems" - Eagle's Nest (truncated)

    10/18/2016 11:01:22 AM PDT · 26 of 41
    -YYZ- to yarddog

    This brings to mind the old aviator’s saying - “There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are few old, bold pilots.”

    To me this looks like pure craziness, but then I’m somewhat claustrophobic so the idea of deep cave diving, or even spelunking, sends shivers through me. These guys died in an unusual place and way, but I could just as easily kill myself while pushing my limits on the road on my motorcycle. I’ll presume that these guys weren’t idiots, and apparently they were experienced, so I guess something unexpectedly went wrong.

    At least if I ever manage to kill myself on my motorcycle, it won’t likely require a team of people to risk their lives to recover my body.

  • Two divers found dead in "Mt. Everest of cave systems" - Eagle's Nest (truncated)

    10/18/2016 10:37:21 AM PDT · 19 of 41
    -YYZ- to piytar

    It was probably a screw-up or misunderstanding on the part of the reporter. Maybe they were 260 ft from the entrance. Hard to believe they dived to 260 ft deep - if they did, what the hell were they thinking? Nitrogen narcosis would be very likely if diving to that depth with normal compressed air, from what I understand.

  • Two divers found dead in "Mt. Everest of cave systems" - Eagle's Nest (truncated)

    10/18/2016 10:24:33 AM PDT · 13 of 41
    -YYZ- to piytar

    The article said they found them in ~260 ft of water. Assuming they dove to that depth and weren’t carried down by currents, that’s quite deep for scuba equipment, isn’t it?

  • College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than a Buzzword

    10/11/2016 2:18:00 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    -YYZ- to C19fan

    I’ve managed to get just as drunk on beer as I ever did on hard liquor. Of course, I was never stupid enough to chug a quart of liquor (or even a “pint” bottle). Not sure where I learned that that would be a sure way to alcohol poisoning, I guess it seemed pretty obvious to me.

    Drinking on an empty stomach is just a bad idea. Although, you’ll probably end up getting hungry and scarfing half a pizza at 2 am, anyway.

  • Samsung warns that its washing machines might explode too

    10/11/2016 12:28:47 PM PDT · 52 of 66
    -YYZ- to Red Badger

    Overly-complicated, essentially unrepairable junk, that’s what most new washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc sold these days are. With replacement parts priced to maximize the customer-raping. Whatever the brand, although Samsung are probably among the worst.

  • Trump Baits Lying Media Into Denying Existence Of 11-Year-Old AliciaMachado Sex Tape Broadcast On TV

    09/30/2016 12:53:52 PM PDT · 35 of 54
    -YYZ- to Voluntaryist

    This is a terrible headline. Which is 11 years old - the sex tape, or Alicia Machado?

    From reading the article I assume the former, but it could easily be interpreted by people who don’t know who Alicia Machado is (like me).

  • Man Gives Away Teddy Bears, Everybody Panics and Calls the Cops

    09/19/2016 3:10:32 PM PDT · 43 of 53
    -YYZ- to Eric Pode of Croydon

    We have become a society of morons, panicking over things that are no danger at all. Same thing with people over-reacting to kids being allowed to play in the back yard, or walk to school, alone. If I had never done anything alone when I was 9 or 10, I wouldn’t hardly have done anything at all.

  • Good Walls Make Good Neighbors

    09/16/2016 1:18:06 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    -YYZ- to Biggirl

    Walls aren’t necessary to have good neighbors, of course. Canada and the US have been good neighbors for nearly 200 years (took us Canadians a while to get over the war of 1812). But of course we are countries with comparable and compatible backgrounds, cultures, and economies. For the most part the risks of trying to enter and live in the US illegally outweigh the advantages for Canadians, and vice-versa. I don’t know why we’ve decided to allow visa-free travel from Mexico, though. Just asking for trouble. Mexico could require visa from Canadians to visit, too, although that would just be cutting off their own nose to spite their face (Mexico needs Canadian and US tourists, but Mexicans are not a significant contributor to the Canadian economy).

  • Apology Issued After Officers Raid Wrong Home (SWAT in Clifton, Colorado)

    09/16/2016 12:20:31 PM PDT · 26 of 80
    -YYZ- to Texas Fossil

    An apology is not sufficient. Someone dropped the ball big time on this, and there should be real consequences for them.

  • The Idle Army: America’s Unworking Men

    09/02/2016 10:37:00 AM PDT · 7 of 11
    -YYZ- to Mrs. Don-o

    No surprise, if you’re too lazy to even work to support yourself, that you don’t do anything else for anybody else, either.

    One also has to wonder how much illegal immigration has contributed to this, by increasing competition for, and driving down wages for, the sort of labor jobs that these men might otherwise be doing.

    But really, why would you want to work even a legal minimum-wage job when you can just sit on your ass and get a cheque? Some might think that people would see out work and self-reliance just out of a sense of self-respect, but these guys largely feel zero shame for drawing the dole. It the communities I grew up in, a man behaving like this would be considered a lazy layabout - a bum - and shunned. My grandfather was a hard-drinking alcoholic, but he worked all his life at the steel mill to support his family. Of course, that was back when there was still a steel mill to work at and make a decent wage.

  • Japanese airline to replace 100 engines on its 787 Dreamliners

    09/01/2016 3:53:35 PM PDT · 14 of 22
    -YYZ- to TalonDJ

    LOL. Nice.

  • New Concerns Arise About Mental Health Of College Students...?

    08/26/2016 7:58:04 AM PDT · 28 of 82
    -YYZ- to AngelesCrestHighway

    “What I’m including in that is the use of substances, anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, break-ups, academic problems, learning disabilities, attentional problems,”

    Most of those don’t sound like what most sensible people would consider psychiatric problems. Substance use? Sure, if it’s a problem, but for most people it’s not. Problems with relationships? Who doesn’t? Break-ups? Please. Academic problems? Hardly a symptom of a psychiatric problem.

  • ‘Alt-Right’ Enters the Political Limelight

    08/25/2016 10:22:01 AM PDT · 19 of 45
    -YYZ- to Jess Kitting

    Article is pay-walled, can’t read it.

  • Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

    08/24/2016 3:15:47 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    -YYZ- to Nifster

    Yeah, that should have been “let them die in the gutter”.

    I don’t think most people are OK with that here. Maybe in some third world country where everyone’s on the edge of survival half the time anyway, but not here.

  • Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

    08/24/2016 9:35:54 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    -YYZ- to Nifster

    Right, so it may actually be cheaper for a city to house these H addicts and even provide them their dope than to repeatedly give them ambulance rides to the hospital, short term rehabs, deal with the costs of their theiving, etc.

    Unless you’re willing to just them die in the gutter, they have to be dealt with in some way. Certainly the law enforcement approach hasn’t been very productive.

    I still don’t understand what causes people to start using opiates recreationally. I can understand people who get hooked on opiate painkillers provided as treatment for pain, but other than those, why would anyone start this stuff? Do they think they’re different than everyone else? “Oh, I won’t get hooked.” Although, I suppose everyone doesn’t get hooked (some probably don’t like the feeling of an opiate “high”), anymore than everyone who drinks ends up an alcoholic.

  • Texas teacher's new homework policy goes viral on social media

    08/23/2016 7:01:10 AM PDT · 111 of 141
    -YYZ- to -YYZ-

    I should say that I barely even considered assigned reading of fiction, or even of sections of text books, to be homework. I loved reading and could quickly plough through anything assigned.

    Sure, some things required repetition to memorize (like the times tables) or master (some mathematical techniques). Or spelling (another skill apparently no longer considered necessary).

    Probably part of the problem was that I was insufficiently challenged in the earlier grades, and even for the most part in junior high and high school. I never developed much of a study habit, because I mostly never needed it. Probably the only courses in school that I found somewhat challenging were French (taken from grade 7 onwards, from grades 10 to 12 by my choice), as I’m not naturally gifted with languages, and honours mathematics in grades 10 and 11. The latter, particularly, was the first time I ever ran into anything that required significant effort on my part outside of class time to master the techniques and skills we were learning in class.

    I wish I had been challenged like that a lot more in public school, because I was in for a rude surprise when I hit university. I did eventually learn how to stude on my own, but it took a while.

    So I guess I’m not against homework, per se, but against homework that isn’t productive. Having a child spend time cranking through endless drills/worksheets on a subject that they have already mastered is not useful, and arguably harmful, as it can build resentment against the school system and their teachers.

  • Texas teacher's new homework policy goes viral on social media

    08/23/2016 6:41:18 AM PDT · 109 of 141
    -YYZ- to Zakeet

    I pretty much never did homework as a child, anyway. Couldn’t see the point of most of it, which nothing but make-work - repetitive drills and such. Drove my teachers crazy because when called on I could pretty much always give the answers. But I was quick learner - I suppose some kids probably need the extra practice.

  • Desperate Venezuelans break into a zoo and slaughter a horse for meat as crisis continues

    08/18/2016 9:00:31 AM PDT · 29 of 45
    -YYZ- to bgill

    More likely, I would say, that people ballsy enough to do this killed and slaughtered the horse for meat to sell on the black market.

  • Biden: We wrote Japan’s Constitution

    08/17/2016 4:56:31 PM PDT · 74 of 87
    -YYZ- to chajin

    “And they’re slowly going back online, which is a good thing for their lifestyle and their economy; “Fukushima” is not going to happen again for a long time, maybe centuries.”

    It shouldn’t have happened once, and people are justified in being afraid of what’s been released there, and also in fears that some other plants may be no better designed/maintained than that one was. I’m not saying I agree, but the poor (bordering on incompetence) design of that plant and its emergency systems has done a lot of damage to the already poor image that nuclear power had.

  • Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’

    08/16/2016 8:27:13 AM PDT · 39 of 104
    -YYZ- to gaijin

    She’s 100% correct. Oh, many people would have realized things were going in a bad direction, and maybe grumbled about it at to friends or family - if you could trust them to not turn you in. Most people aren’t that brave when faced with the reality of arrest, imprisonment, possibly torture and/or death. Does that make the people who went along out of fear better or worse than those who did because they had swallowed Hitler’s propaganda?

  • Reminder: Olympians Must Pay Thousands in Taxes For Earned Medals

    08/15/2016 12:52:52 PM PDT · 19 of 69
    -YYZ- to Kaslin

    So what is the value of an Olympic medal, in monetary terms? In terms of materials it’s nearly worthless - base metals with plating. You can’t buy one new, as far as I know. Cost to manufacture? I don’t know, but probably can’t be more than a few hundred bucks, even if made in the first world by a skilled metal worker.

  • Lawmaker's Young Son Dies on 'World's Largest' Water Slide

    08/08/2016 12:54:34 PM PDT · 74 of 92
    -YYZ- to Afterguard

    I hadn’t really considered aerodynamics. While a heavier raft would tend to be faster (I figure), a lighter raft would be more prone, once it lifted off the surface of the slide, to being lifted by the force of the air underneath it.

  • Lawmaker's Young Son Dies on 'World's Largest' Water Slide

    08/08/2016 12:50:35 PM PDT · 71 of 92
    -YYZ- to lacrew

    I’m no expert, but it seems to me that more weight in the raft would increase its speed down the slide, which would increase the likelihood of it going airborne over the second hump. Having people go airborne in a vehicle (the raft) that’s not attached to the slide, and not belted into it, seems problematic from a safety point of view to me. Amusement park / water park rides are supposed to give the sensation of doing something dangerous without any real danger involved.

  • Canada not required to provide minimum number of jets to NATO: report

    08/04/2016 2:50:47 PM PDT · 27 of 41
    -YYZ- to noiseman

    Yep, it’s really time Europe provided for its own defence. We in Canada should do more for our own defence, too.

    But western Europe - what have they ever done for us? OK, they founded our countries, but since then? I mean, other than looking down their noses condescending at us, until they needed our help to save their necks. We did get (and still do) some appreciation for that, but what have they done for us lately?

  • Waiter investigated after salmon tartare left allergic diner in hospital

    08/04/2016 2:43:35 PM PDT · 11 of 30
    -YYZ- to Calvin Locke

    “I wonder if Canada requires sushi grade fish to be commercially frozen (to kill off parasites) down to x-Celsius for y-number of days?”

    From what I understand, yes. Given the amount of sushi I’ve eaten here over the years I should be full of parasites by now if it wasn’t.

  • Clint Eastwood on Donald Trump’s Racism: ‘Just F—ing Get Over It’

    08/03/2016 4:55:08 PM PDT · 51 of 129
    -YYZ- to Moonman62

    I loved the look on his face in that scene.
    Good movie - not great, the other actors were pretty uneven, some good, some not so much. And the story was a little trite and maudlin in places. And yet I find myself watching it repeatedly. The girl who played Sue in it was a delight to watch. The kid who played Thao (sp?) wasn’t a great actor.

    But Clint made it all worthwhile!

  • Mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone reportedly kidnapped in Brazil

    07/26/2016 11:51:43 AM PDT · 17 of 39
    -YYZ- to circlecity

    It’s too bad they didn’t grab Bernie. They could keep him with no objection from me.

    Geez, his “mother in law” is 20 years younger than he is.

  • The STEM Education Challenge

    07/26/2016 11:42:43 AM PDT · 18 of 56
    -YYZ- to Kaslin

    One good point made in this article - preparations for an education and career in STEM need to start at least by the beginning of high school, when a student gets to choose courses. University-prep math is a must. Depending on the field one wishes to pursue, physics, chemistry and biology are also required. For example I knew years earlier that I had no interest in the life sciences, so I skipped biology, but the other three were prerequisites for engineering. High school chemistry is typically a prereq for university chemistry, and likewise for physics. Engineers need both - and biology too if they think they might want to pursue studies and a career in biotechnology.

    If a student has these prerequisites (and decent grades in them, of course), pretty much any course of study in University is open to them, from arts and education, physics, chemistry, biology, to graduate subjects like law, medicine, dentistry, nursing (yes, even nursing requires a background in the sciences).

  • Hollande Vows "All Out War" Against ISIS After Priest Killing

    07/26/2016 10:03:42 AM PDT · 33 of 143
    -YYZ- to Former Proud Canadian

    Apparently at least one of the attackers was known to authorities, having tried to travel to Syria last year, IIRC. Fat lot of good knowing that did the authorities. Seems like they’d be better off to let these cretins go, and never let them come back (if, as one hope not, they survive their time over there).

  • In last 5 years, 67 killed in Utah construction zone crashes

    07/25/2016 1:02:26 PM PDT · 9 of 20
    -YYZ- to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    If its anything like around here, maybe people are getting used to ignoring construction zone signs and speed limits when the cones and signs go up for months while there’s nothing actually happening, construction-wise. You can’t expect people to take construction zone speed limits seriously when they are regularly driving for miles and miles through so-called construction zones where the only signs of construction are orange and black barrels and maybe orange lines on the road.

  • Inside the little French factory engraving headstones for Commonwealth soldiers killed in world wars

    07/21/2016 4:48:58 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    -YYZ- to naturalman1975

    Brings a lump to my throat. Say what you will about the French, and all those other Europeans countries that we (Canada, in my case) fought on behalf of in two world wars, but they really respect our war dead, probably more than we do ourselves.

    I know I have at least one great uncle who died in Ypres.

  • England had 5,700 recorded cases of FGM in 2015-16, figures show

    07/21/2016 2:17:26 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    -YYZ- to hal ogen

    I don’t believe FGM is a requirement of Islam. It is a tribal custom of peoples from a number of places, mostly Africa. It does fit in well with Islam’s general misogyny and attitudes towards women (the overarching importance of female virginity, and that women really only exist for the benefit of men), however.

    Regardless, IMO it’s another good example of why importing people from the backwards third world to our countries is a bad idea. These people have beliefs and practices that are completely incompatible with our culture. Of course multi-culturalists undoubtedly think that people with practices like FGM are adding to our “diversity”, and it’s a wonderful thing.

  • Parent of Minnesota student who committed suicide files lawsuit against school district

    07/20/2016 1:02:12 PM PDT · 18 of 24
    -YYZ- to donna

    You’re absolutely right - it is basically unprecedented in history, much before the last century or so, that we would throw children together by the hundreds in a situation where they can’t possibly be effectively supervised all the time by the adults, who they outnumber by a factor of about 10 to 1. I’m not sure though, in the modern age, that expecting every family to home school their children is realistic.

    One thing schools could do is take complaints of bullying seriously, and make the bullies suffer for it, not the bullied. Suspend/expel them, and make the parents of the bullying deal with the fallout of that, like finding another place for their kids to go to school. Somehow it always seems to be the bullied who have to accommodate the bullies.

  • Parent of Minnesota student who committed suicide files lawsuit against school district

    07/20/2016 11:52:44 AM PDT · 9 of 24
    -YYZ- to wbill

    The kind of behaviour that gets dismissed as “just a little bullying” would get you fired from most workplaces these days. In all my working life I’ve never had to put up with the kind of idiocy that I did in my school years - mostly junior high (grades 7 to 9) - and I was only a minor victim of bullying. I don’t think I learned anything useful from it. Some kids (unlike me at that age) are very sensitive and just can’t take the constant harassment.

    Still, given the way our schools are organized and the expectations we have for them - which as far as I can tell is largely to keep kids out of their parents’ hair so they can go to work or whatever - it’s difficult for schools to do much about this. Teachers and other adults in the schools can’t be everywhere at once. And, for that matter, coming to the aid of the bullied and punishing the bullies is likely to make the bullying even worse in the future. I don’t know if this boy told his parents what was going on. Likely the only good solution for this kid would have been to move him to a different school, home schooling, or a private school.

  • Turkey suspends more than 15,000 education workers in widening purge

    07/19/2016 11:29:44 AM PDT · 28 of 33
    -YYZ- to C19fan

    Erdogan is now making a really good case for why a coup was justified, even if this one appears to have very likely been staged for just this purpose. The west really needs to stop pretending that this guy is in any way our friend or ally.

  • What You Need To Know About the Driver In The France Attack

    07/15/2016 7:55:04 AM PDT · 13 of 57
    -YYZ- to blueyon

    If it is correct that he had weapons and explosives (grenades) in the truck with him, then it seems he most likely must have had contact with other terrorists in France. You don’t get guns at the corner gun store in France, and certainly not explosives. He could have gotten them through “regular” criminal contacts, though. I suppose the truth will probably eventually come out.

  • Lottery Games Online? Scratch That Idea

    07/11/2016 9:31:49 AM PDT · 15 of 16
    -YYZ- to Kaslin

    I find it interesting that for a long time, the wide and general consensus was that gambling was immoral. We had laws that banned gambling of all kinds, with the exception of maybe horse racing. Then lotteries of all sorts came in. When organized crime ran them, these were called numbers rackets. But when the government runs them and only pays out 50% of the take in prizes, suddenly it’s a good thing. And then casinos and video lotteries (video gambling machines) came in, and apparently most people now believe that gambling is OK, since it is legal.

    The fact is, and the governments that run the lotteries know it, they make the majority of their income from a minority of the players. Especially where casinos and VLTs are concerned, by far the majority of the money is made from gambling addicts. Using the addictive behaviour of some citizens as an income source seems wrong to me. Then again, see cigarettes.

  • HOT lane lottery makes a mockery of GTA traffic woes: Keenan

    06/29/2016 6:38:31 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    -YYZ- to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    I would bet that a large percentage of the people in these HOV lanes on any given day would have been driving with more than one person in the car, anyway - couples commuting together, people with babies (yes, one baby in a car seat qualifies you for HOV), etc. Not at all sure that all that many people actually go through the hassle of carpooling so that they can make use of the HOV lanes.

    Meanwhile these things are a safety hazard and an impediment to the flow of traffic. The safety hazard comes from having cars whizzing down the HOV lane at 100+ km/h feet away from lanes that are sometimes (often) not moving at all. And then the fun when someone decides to jump into that HOV lane (often over the solid lines indicating that entering the HOV lane is not permitted) at low speed while cars in it approach at speed (rear enders - seen a bad one last week due to this). Not to mention the hazards of having people, often too late, trying to get from the HOV lane across lanes of traffic to make an exit.

    Finally, there’s the fun on my drive home, where the HOV lane ends (becomes a regular lane) just before the split between the QEW and 403, and all the traffic that’s been in the HOV lane now tries to weave through to the two right hand lanes to make the 403, all while other traffic is trying to sort itself into the correct lanes for where they’re going, including a lot of traffic coming from on on-ramp at the same spot.

    I can’t believe this is something that any competent traffic engineer would come up. Only done at the behest of our politicians and civil servants who know best for us, and how to engineer our behaviour.

  • Prankster Dad Recreates Daughter's Sexy Selfies With Hilarious Results.

    06/28/2016 12:33:55 PM PDT · 21 of 52
    -YYZ- to Disambiguator

    To my understanding, satanic pentagrams are pointed down (one point at bottom, two at top), rather than upright like this one. Mystic symbol, maybe related to new age / wicca, but as likely as not just chosen because it looks cool.

  • Jury Finds Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal Intro to Rock Epic 'Stairway to Heaven'

    06/23/2016 1:24:40 PM PDT · 113 of 137
    -YYZ- to Snickering Hound

    Good. I heard the recording of the song they supposedly ripped off, and at most it has a similar sounding opening - similar instruments and so forth, but the actual melody was entirely different. Creating a song that sort of sounds like another, in style, is not copyright infringement - in fact I hear music used in various shows all the time that is clearly meant to be reminiscent of some well known song, while staying far enough away in terms of the actual melody to avoid copyright issues.

  • People Love This Girl Who Walked Out Of Her High School Graduation Ceremony

    06/17/2016 1:42:16 PM PDT · 21 of 73
    -YYZ- to luckystarmom

    I agree - it’s disrespectful to others who are getting their diploma and their families, to whom it might mean more.

    I didn’t really care too much about my high school graduation, either, as I always felt that it was a foregone conclusion that I would graduate.

  • Payday Loans Can Be A Lifeline For The Poor -- Meddling Bureaucrats Would Yank It Away

    06/17/2016 10:03:32 AM PDT · 60 of 95
    -YYZ- to reaganaut1

    What ever happened to pawn shops? You need cash, you take something of value in to pawn, get some cash, and you get a month or whatever to pay back the money, and some interest (something like 25-30%). If you don’t pay it back and retrieve your property, they sell it. No ongoing accumulation of compound interest. I did it when I was younger, and always got my property back, too.

  • Public college drops math requirement, may replace it with diversity

    06/15/2016 7:14:07 AM PDT · 90 of 104
    -YYZ- to RFEngineer

    I agree, algebra is a basic, essential skill that every person should have. I don’t know about you, though, but I had learned everything I needed to know about algebra, along with quadratics, trig, exponents and logarithms, and geometry, by the time I finished high school.

    The only math I learned in university that is actually applicable to daily life was statistics. Not that I have ever done any statistical calculations since that source, but at least I have an understanding of what various types of statistics actually mean.

  • Why do Indian-Americans win spelling bee contests?

    05/30/2016 8:14:18 AM PDT · 93 of 137
    -YYZ- to CodeToad

    “No, they are not. Indians make the worst college students.”

    I wonder if that’s due to the same sort of factor that my ex, who grew up in China, explained to me. Competition to get the best middle school grades and marks on standardized tests was intense, so that you could get into the best high schools. Basically only students from the best high schools had any chance of gaining admittance to the best (or any) universities in China. And at, only the students with the best grades. But once in university, the students felt they had “made it” and could coast through getting their degree.

    She also told me about doing badly on part of the tests she had to write at the age of 14 (or so), basically eliminating her chance at going to the best high schools or university. One test basically decided her future, at least academically.

  • FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET (A First Look at America’s Supergun)

    05/27/2016 2:20:49 PM PDT · 77 of 89
    -YYZ- to dangerdoc

    Actually, 45 Mw for a microsecond is only 45 Joules. Your car could provide that in less than a second - typical car alternator is somewhere in the 1 Kw area, so it would only take .045 seconds to generate that 45 Joules of energy.

    But I’m guessing the pulse necessary for a rail gun is probably at least in the 10s of milliseconds area. Let’s say 50 ms. so 45 e06 * 50 e-03 is 2.25 MJ. That would take your car’s alternator a couple thousand seconds to produce.

  • FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET (A First Look at America’s Supergun)

    05/27/2016 2:14:23 PM PDT · 75 of 89
    -YYZ- to rightwingcrazy
    Also, it's 25 megawatts for a fraction of a second - easily stored up in supercapacitors or something like this over a period of time, then all discharged at once. Say, 25 Kw for 1,000 seconds (about 17 minutes). It's a high power requirement, but the total energy requirements are fairly modest (a couplafew megajoules?)
  • Saab unveils new version of Gripen fighter jet

    05/18/2016 1:31:59 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    -YYZ- to HombreSecreto

    I was thinking the nose looks like a bit like that of the old F4 Phantom.

    I’ll be this plane comes a lot closer to meeting its design goals than the F35 has so far. The F35 really seems to be a dog, a very expensive dog at that.