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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

0111 1110 another ignorant and stupid journalist (120 comments)

Why is it that journalists don't feel the need to check facts when they write about Cuba? Nearly everything in the article is quite demonstrably wrong. Too many utterly ridiculous ideas that simply don't apply to Cuba to debunk every one.

The only way Cuba is going to have a tech revolution is if somehow their incomes multiply by a factor of 100 sometime soon. I suppose that *could* happen if Raul dies and their government becomes pro-capitalist. That will be huge news if it ever happens, but the end of the US embargo just means lots of US tourists. It won't change anything else. It will just piss off the Canadians who are used to having the place practically to themselves.

Just ending the US embargo isn't going to do shit. The US isn't the only country in the world with tech. Cuba has been importing technology from China (you know that place where everything is actually made) for decades. This idea that Cuba needs US goods is utter bullshit. They don't. Castro liked to blame the US embargo for his total lack of understanding of economics, but Cuban poverty has nothing to do with the stupid useless and senseless "embargo". Does the US even still make anything?

Also Cubans are not any more educated than the people in other Latin American nations. If anything their education is of less value because they are so much more isolated from the rest of the world. When the rest of the world figures out something new it could be decades before that information trickles into Cuba.

Cuba won't represent any sort of business opportunity until the government there stops actively preventing people from making money. The government seems highly offended by the idea of anyone making more than around a dollar a day which is what doctors tend to make there. Most people make about half that much. They can barely afford to buy food let alone whatever high tech gadget some ignorant American who's never spent any time there thinks they need/want.

Since no one likes citing sources when talking about Cuba let me cite mine: I lived there for more than a year. If there is a country in the world that has more misinformation about it just accepted as truth by the rest of the world I don't know what it might be. The Cuban government propaganda arm does their job well. If only Soviet proganda workers had such an easy time. The rest of the world just accepts whatever the Cuban government tells them because of course the government has no reason to lie or exaggerate, right?

about a week ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

0111 1110 Re:Don't know why... (120 comments)

So far, they've proven that they're really quite willing to work with companies as long as their activities are helping to prop up their totalitarian regime.

Citation needed. Cubans themselves are not even allowed to own property. They cannot sell their houses for instance. They can only trade them for other houses and even then it's mostly illegal to do.

IMO you'd have to be a total fucking moron to put any money into Cuba the way things are there now. The Cuban government would have no problem whatsoever just telling you to fuck off any time they feel like it. And no they wouldn't let you keep any of "your" stuff.

about a week ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

0111 1110 Re:US Ego (120 comments)

It will devastate Mexico, especially since Mexico isn't so cheap anymore.

You may not be able to imagine going to Cancun for any reason other than a stopover on the way to Cuba, but believe it or not a lot of people really do vacation there. The flights are super cheap and it's warm and exotic and different from the US. With a pretty girl at my side I wouldn't mind spending some time in the Yucatan either. The food is way better than in Cuba at least.

about a week ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

0111 1110 Re:nice multinationals (120 comments)

They'd welcome it if it meant an improvement to their 50 cent per day salary. Would you bother to even show up for a shitty boring job that only paid 50 cents per 8 hour day? I don't think I would.

about a week ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

0111 1110 Re:Toothpaste (120 comments)

People-wise, perhaps. Supplies-wise, no.

They don't do that well people wise either. Not because Cubans are stupid. It has more to do with their isolation. Their medical textbooks are probably so old that 'leeches' might be in the index.

I don't think they really have access to post-revolution medical knowledge. It's not like they can go to pubmed or something. Owning a personal computer has actually been illegal there until quite recently. Only prostitutes and drug dealers could afford to buy one anyway.

And look at things from the pov of a medical student. Even the cheapest paperback textbooks still usually cost like $30 USD. That's two months income for most Cubans or maybe the equivalent of a $3000 textbook to us.

about a week ago
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Analysis of Spacecraft Data Reveals Most Earth-like Planet To Date

0111 1110 Re:Common sense space exploration (83 comments)

One issue is small particles in space (micrometeorites). While the space station may have managed to avoid catastrophic impacts over a decade, the probability of a major impact on a ship traveling for centuries at even a very small fraction of the speed of light hitting *something* in space becomes extremely high.

Citation needed. Outside of star systems I think the chances are more like fat and slim.

At those speeds, a golf ball size object

The chances of hitting a golf ball sized meteorite in the vast emptiness of interstellar space is infinitesimal. The point remains however. It just wouldn't be anything nearly that big. It would be a matter of deflecting tiny particles at around 0.1c. Not an easy task, but certainly doable. Perhaps whatever is used for radiation shielding (lead lined water tanks perhaps) would have enough mass to deflect such small particles. I believe that most of the particles would just be hydrogen atoms. There isn't a lot of matter out there.

You would need some sort of powered force field- a technology that does not exist and has no known theoretical basis for its existence.

That is ridiculous. You don't need imaginary tech. You just need some deflection mass. A large steel plate pushed in front of your ship would probably do the trick.

Another issue is food and biology. Previous attempts and creating a small closed ecosystem (biosphere) were miserable failures.

And of course any task for which there are failed attempts is impossible. We'll figure out the closed ecosystem thing. We'll have plenty of time to do so while we build our enormous spaceship filled with nuclear bombs at a lagrange point.

But even the generation ship must provide power for centuries.

I assume you are talking about maintaining electrcial power for hundreds of years. This is easily done with RTGs.

A final concern is one of need.

The need is the curiosity of any intelligent species. Our need to explore the universe. That is the only need required.

about two weeks ago
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Analysis of Spacecraft Data Reveals Most Earth-like Planet To Date

0111 1110 Re:Common sense space exploration (83 comments)

>The nearest planet in the "goldilocks zone" is something like 1,000 light years away.

Huh? Which planet would that be? What ever happened to Gliese 581c? Did it disappear while I wasn't looking.

The Gliese 581 system is only 20 light years away and could be reachable by a human constructed interstellar ship driven by nuclear pulsed 1950s tech (Orion) in something like 200 - 250 years. A long time, but doable either for a generation ship or for a probe.

Of course I'd set aside another 200-250 years to get the enormous craft built at a lagrange point station.

about two weeks ago
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Analysis of Spacecraft Data Reveals Most Earth-like Planet To Date

0111 1110 Re:Common sense space exploration (83 comments)

Before we can "invest in technology" we need to have some theoretical basis for said technology to work.

We do. Nuclear pulse propulsion can get us up to nearly 10% the speed of light. Alpha Centauri in less than 50 years. Within the lifespan of an 18 year old astronaut even. It might take 200 years to actually build the enormous nuclear pulse ship and cost trillions, but we have the tech. We just don't have the money. Or if we do we would rather spend it on something more practical like killing a lot of other humans.

about two weeks ago
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Analysis of Spacecraft Data Reveals Most Earth-like Planet To Date

0111 1110 Re:Common sense space exploration (83 comments)

Problem is that with current knowledge and technology we would NEVER be able to get out of our solar system alive

Orion

I realize that isn't technically current technology, but we could probalby figure out how to use 1950s tech if we wanted to.

about two weeks ago
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Analysis of Spacecraft Data Reveals Most Earth-like Planet To Date

0111 1110 Re:Common sense space exploration (83 comments)

Where did you get 1000 light years from? The actual distance seems to be 1833.4 light years. So a round trip time of 3666.8 years.

And yes that is a long time indeed. Long enough that if you transmitted a message in a natural language you would almost certainly need a very cunning linguist to understand the message you originally sent let alone the reply.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

0111 1110 Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

Also in Pakistan probably most of the films will be available for like $1 US on fake Chinese DVDs sold by people at night on folding tables. A lot of countries like that don't have fast enough internet connections to stream even DVD quality video anyway. Or if such connections are available they aren't affordable to most people.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

0111 1110 Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

>It is useful to consider a hypothetical world in which piracy is impossible.

That is a very hypothetical world because even before the internet people were copying rented movies and software borrowed from a friend. It's also hard to see how they would stop *all* internet piracy.

At best a few countries like the US, UK, Canada, and Australia might have absurd, draconian penalties and have all the major ISPs in the pocket of the media mafia etc. That still leaves most people in the world free to pirate and probably leaves people in locked down countries free to subscribe to a foreign based encrypted VPN and continue to share/trade media with the rest of the world.

about three weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

0111 1110 Re:Why? (272 comments)

On the other hand, 0.03c

0.03c? Are we talking pulsed nukes? Orion?

about three weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

0111 1110 Re:Why? (272 comments)

>Even with current technology we could theoretically make a 16 ly journey in somewhere around 1,000 years.

If you consider Orion, 1950s tech, to be 'current' then it could be more like 200-300 years. What calculations did you use to get 1000 years anyway? Just asking because I love those sorts of calcs.

about three weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

0111 1110 Re:"Take your time for a thoughtful response" (272 comments)

I doubt we'll be worrying about speeds slower than light if we're ever traveling between stars

FTL is impossible. So forget it. Best you've got is time dilation. Either we will travel to the stars at less than c or we won't do it at all. I for one truly hope that we do it. Although clearly I won't be alive to see it.

and the presumption that our knowledge of physics, with our not-even-500-years-of-electric lights infant knowledge, is absolutely correct and 50,000 or 200,000 years from now we won't have found a solution, is laughable on its face

Unfortunately the presumption that it is incorrect in the sort of good way that you seem to be hoping is even more laughable. Physics rarely works to make things easier for us Just the opposite. It almost seems to have a grudge against whatever it is we want to do. If our theories prove to be wrong it is more plausible imo that it will make things more difficult for us to do cool stuff. Not less.

about three weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

0111 1110 Re:"Take your time for a thoughtful response" (272 comments)

Chances are, if nobody does it by canoe to prove it can be done, nobody else will want to invest in building a cruise ship at all.

And if we have not bothered to travel 16 light years in 400,000 years of tech advancement then we probalby will have no interest in going 3 ly at that point either. We could head for alpha centauri right now if we had the will and the billions of extra dollars floating around.

First build the the ship at a Lagrange point. Then launch for our nearest neighbor. If we used an Orion drive the astronauts could be at Alpha Centauri in maybe 75 to 80 years. A single human lifetime. Unfortunately, unless we got very lucky with our ship design we probably couldn't get adult astronauts there before they died. So it has to be a generation ship albeit barely with just 2 generations.

Or we could just send computers and robots there. I personally think it would be better to send at least some quasi-suicidal humans as well because nothing ever works out the way it is supposed to. For such a long trip I think it would be wise to have tech people to fix things and adjust for unpredicted events and breakdowns.

about three weeks ago
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AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore

0111 1110 Re:Don't take airplanes piloted by the Malays (275 comments)

I don't think there's a malaysian "race"

Well if Malays are not a race perhaps you should tell them that. They seem to believe that they are and as such give themselves special treatment under the law when compared to the Chinese and Indians who were also born here.

about a month ago
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New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

0111 1110 Re:um... (142 comments)

Now, if you want to argue that a law such as causality has only limited validity, you should at bare minimum be able to show that one can build a consistent model of reality without it

http://www.iep.utm.edu/hume-cau/

about a month ago
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New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

0111 1110 from my indium antimonide NMR experiment (142 comments)

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about a month ago
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New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

0111 1110 Re:Hmm (142 comments)

but sending information back wouldn't change the time we are in now, it would simply cause a split, an alternate time line to occur, and nothing would change at the time we are in now.

Did God tell you this? Are you time traveler? How could you possibly know that?

about a month ago

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Snowden renews Russian asylum request

0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "In a statement to representatives of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, a human rights representative for Russian parliament, and others Snowden has announced that he intends to reapply for asylum in Russia until or unless he can secure promises of safe passage from the European countries who effectively grounded Bolivian President Morale's plane last week due to rumors that Snowden was on board."
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Venezuela and Nicaragua offer Snowden asylum

0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "Following an UNASUR bloc meeting of South American leaders in Bolivia on Thursday and as Spain corroborates Bolivian President Morales' account of the effective grounding and search of his aircraft in Austria by France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, President Maduro of Venezuela has made NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden an offer of unconditional "humanitarian asylum" in his country. Following this announcement President Ortega of Nicaragua also offered asylum "if circumstances permit it". Snowden had previously applied for asylum in both countries."
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Interplay's ex-CEO Brian Fargo kickstarts Wasteland II

0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "Attempting to emulate Double Fine's success to fund another currently dead genre of computer game, Brian Fargo of Interplay fame has started a kickstarter project for a sequel to his 1988 Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic RPG which inspired Fallout. It will be turn based and party based with a top down perspective and 2D graphics. Fargo has managed to attract many of the original developers such as Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole as well as Jason Anderson who was a designer for Fallout and Mark Morgan, who did the music for Planescape: Torment and both of the original Fallout games. Fargo's goal has been set at $900,000. Anything above that will be used for additional game content. At 1.5 million he will offer an OS X version. See interviews here and here for some additional insight into what he and his group are planning."
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0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "The Inquirer is reporting that Billy Hoffman of Spy Dynamics has released some code "to illustrate how insecure Javascript is within all web browsers". "The only way to avoid the glitch, should it potentially become widely used, is to turn off Javascript within the browser by default, and enable it only for sites that you trust." Even better than the Security Zones of Internet Explorer, however, is Firefox with the NoScript extension. But what does Opera have? When are web site developers going to stop using active scripting where HTML could be used just as easily? People have ignored the dangers of Javascript for too long."

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