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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

BenSchuarmer Re:Neil deGrasse Tyson? (445 comments)

Tyson's decision was based on the IAU's 2006 decision that to be defined as a planet, an object must have cleared its orbit (which Pluto has not done).

This definition was prompted by the discovery of other objects like Eris and Sedna and the likelihood that there were many more objects like them. If Pluto is a planet, then these objects must also be planets.

The asteroid Ceres had also originally been declared a planet, but they decided to reclassify it as an asteroid when other asteroids were discovered.

I think the IAU wanted to avoid having a long and ever increasing list of planets that third-grade teachers would ask their students to memorize.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

BenSchuarmer They don't trust me, huh? (445 comments)

Well, then they shall learn to FEAR me!!! Mwah ha ha! HA HA HA!! HaHaHaHaHa!

yesterday
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

BenSchuarmer Older than Dirt (173 comments)

Literally

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

BenSchuarmer A couple things... (903 comments)

For safety reasons I don't think they should be able to disable a car while it's running. Worst case, it'll be delayed several hours (they have to stop for gas sooner or later).

Disabling a car without warning when the payment is three days late doesn't seem right. They should be required to give notice and wait a few days for the driver to arrange payment, work out glitches with their bank, etc.

5 days ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

BenSchuarmer Re: OK (268 comments)

No, which is why most power poles in the United States are filled with bullet holes.

about a week ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

BenSchuarmer Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

Maybe it doesn't work unless the liters are cube-shaped.

about a week ago
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CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

BenSchuarmer Re:It seems that Republicans... (65 comments)

This could explain why so many of them keep throwing Bengazi exceptions when you shoot down their other ideas.

about a week ago
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SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

BenSchuarmer Re:Comcast will love that... (48 comments)

Hellfire missiles. They have a way of motivating people.

about a week ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

BenSchuarmer Re:Google = Direct arm of the CIA/NSA (226 comments)

You're wrong!
The CIA and NSA are direct arms of Google.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

BenSchuarmer Clippy 2.0 (544 comments)

Deal with it.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

BenSchuarmer Hope it works better (70 comments)

than the CAN-SPAM act.

about two weeks ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

BenSchuarmer Re:Three times less = negative number! (171 comments)

I'm a native English speaker, and I also think it's wrong. If you think it's OK, what do "one times less" and "two times less" mean?

about three weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

BenSchuarmer Modula 3? (387 comments)

Anybody?

about three weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

BenSchuarmer Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

I do, but only when I've got a long stretch of road with no obstacles (a downward slope also helps).

about three weeks ago
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David Klann Talks About Using Open Source Software in Broadcast Radio (Video)

BenSchuarmer Re:Artists vs programmers (35 comments)

Key difference: the engineers who created the software aren't expecting to be paid. They did the work (maybe for pay, maybe for other reasons) and stipulated that people can use it for free.

about a month ago
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David Klann Talks About Using Open Source Software in Broadcast Radio (Video)

BenSchuarmer Re:First broadcast (35 comments)

Linus, come here. I need you.

about a month ago

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