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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: 2004 US Navy UFO Story
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 10:38:12 AM »
We have a second-hand story told by a reporter. Reporters are notoriously bad at getting their facts right. They are storytellers and sometimes facts get in the way of a good story. Sometimes changing the story just a little makes it a much better read while making it seem plausible or even unexplainable, when the original story would have been unremarkable. Skeptoid has covered stories of a pilot reporting something unexplainable, but when you go back to the pilot himself, it's just "I saw a light. Might have been Venus. Might have been the glint of sunlight off a plane." Or something of the sort. Before you try to explain what it was, you have to find out if anything really happened at all.

In this case, there could be a mundane explanation for what they saw, or the story might have been altered to make it seem better, or it might be completely fabricated. The video could be something mundane, or it could be a screenshot of a video game.

We have insufficient information.

There is no shortage of "I saw something unexplainable" stories.
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Tech Talk / Re: Is my keyboard on its last legs?
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 10:37:33 AM »
Don’t forget it’s almost Christmas. I’m an online seller and I can tell you, post can get veeery slow at this time of year because there’s a hell of a lot of it.

Yes. Fortunately, this is not urgent. I just wish the USPS would actually deliver stuff to the correct address when it does arrive. They used to be able to do this.

I’m not sure it’s reasonable to conclude anything about “the USPS” based on your experience. “The USPS” doesn’t put the mail in your box or your neighbor’s box; a single human carrier does so.
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Tech Talk / Re: Is my keyboard on its last legs?
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 10:27:57 AM »
Don’t forget it’s almost Christmas. I’m an online seller and I can tell you, post can get veeery slow at this time of year because there’s a hell of a lot of it.

Yes. Fortunately, this is not urgent. I just wish the USPS would actually deliver stuff to the correct address when it does arrive. They used to be able to do this.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #649
« Last post by 2397 on Today at 07:21:48 AM »
there might be better uses for the scrap metal. And for the electricity. Even though they want to use solar panels to create the electricity, that electricity could be used to displace internal combustion engines for transportation. That is, instead of burning gasoline, producing CO2, and then using electricity to recapture some of the CO2, would we have a better net effect on atmospheric carbon if that same electricity were used, instead of gasoline, to power the cars in the first place?

That line gets used a lot. Treating it as free energy, because the source is solar. Well, why isn't everything (that can be) powered by solar already, if it's so inconsequential?

Steve mentions it as scrap metal that isn't being recycled, indicating that it otherwise is just waste, but we should ask why it isn't being recycled. If we can pick it out of the landfill, then we should have more options. Maybe we can use it to build solar panels.

And he estimates that the method could reduce net CO2 emissions by 2% (at most) of current levels. That's less than what's estimated to be released from wild coal fires, going by this 7 year old article (3% of a slightly smaller total).

Cara says she wishes we'd stop increasing annual emissions. We probably have done that now. Which would've been good news if we did it 40 years ago.

I'd like to see the numbers for a straight up sequestration process, scalable to much more than 2% per year, with no fuel as a byproduct to mislead.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #649
« Last post by GodSlayer on Today at 05:24:06 AM »
:) yay, they used my noisy! (not my singing, just my suggestion)

but there is a slight skeptical twist to it -- though it's considered an old Swedish 'herding call', like whistling to a sheep dog or something, you can find youtube videos of people testing it or debunking it by showing that cows will come to any old sound at all (though they're iffy about people, once people stand still cows don't mind approaching them ... and _perhaps_ any old call is a herding call ... so maybe this comes down through tradition and is only confirmation bias, 'herding call attracted cows' just like 'dowsing rod found water').
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Tech Talk / Re: Is my keyboard on its last legs?
« Last post by janine.b on Today at 02:57:55 AM »
Don’t forget it’s almost Christmas. I’m an online seller and I can tell you, post can get veeery slow at this time of year because there’s a hell of a lot of it.
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It's hard to see what will stop distracted pedestrians walking into traffic.

a large vehicle.

after that they'll be lucky to be limping or wheeling into traffic

I should have foreseen that answer  ;)

A near miss would probably be a good thing for them, but unfortunately some don't get a second chance.



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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #645
« Last post by GodSlayer on Today at 02:34:50 AM »
There are different levels of hypocrisy.

so, your position is that you just like more of it than I do?
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It's hard to see what will stop distracted pedestrians walking into traffic.

a large vehicle.

after that they'll be lucky to be limping or wheeling into traffic
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Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by Morvis13 on Today at 12:28:41 AM »
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