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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Boronx Re:Waaa? (880 comments)

Indeed. McCoy is a scientist by trade. Kirk, is not.

3 days ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

Boronx Re:Well now. (102 comments)

Maybe advocates for those with disabilities will be able to broaden this ruling.

5 days ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Boronx Re:The Trouble with Physics (203 comments)

Does the book go into detail on why string theory ate Physics?

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Boronx Re:Urgh (531 comments)

You need to be modded up, good sir or madame.

about three weeks ago
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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

Boronx Re:Can it scram in 10 seconds? (216 comments)

In fact it's the opposite problem: spent fuel pools were ok, but the folks at Fukushima didn't know it and wasted a lot of time and man power trying to correct a non-existent problem. But your point is still good. Without cooling even the spent fuel pool will boil away after awhile (days? weeks?) and the bare fuel could melt down.

about three weeks ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Boronx Re:"The only downside will be the transition perio (305 comments)

Let's not forget about the increase in terrorism and drug smuggling that's sure to follow the invention of star trek transporters. We really should be thinking and planning for this problem while there's still time.

about a month ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Boronx Re: Fusion Confusion (305 comments)

Uranium reserves are so big that there's no need even for breeder reactor for centuries. We have lots of time to work on this. There's also thorium in the meanwhile.

about a month ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Boronx Re:Flaws? (203 comments)

Min/maxing is half the fun of D&D. The challenge is to create a game that is fun with unbalanced characters. Other systems have succeeded in that.

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Boronx Re:NIMBYs? Crackpots? (521 comments)

According to the gov, 33% total efficiency for coal. I don't know what part of that is turbine efficiency. Only natural gas is significantly better.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Boronx Re:Fiction. (419 comments)

If you're too stupid to realize that nobody 100% separates fantasy from reality, then you have the typical intelligence of a slashdotter.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Boronx Re:compilers touted as early form of A.I. (427 comments)

Only in the sense that it would take too long and they aren't required to know assembly.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Boronx Re:compilers touted as early form of A.I. (427 comments)

Right. Before they wrote compilers, the concept was considered possibly a hard AI problem. Now they have you write a compiler as an undergrad.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Boronx Re:I'm sure you meant to say testing it. (390 comments)

It wouldn't be the first stupid thing they've done. Not all these boys aced the SATs, that's for sure.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

Boronx Re:No no no. (138 comments)

Please. That origin story was put there by Satan to test our faith. You don't really believe it was all made up, do you?

about a month and a half ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Boronx Re:20 megawatts (195 comments)

Who am I to decide? I'm a human with a functioning brain. Quit bitching about me using it and learn to use yours.

about a month and a half ago
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Getting Back To Coding

Boronx Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (240 comments)

He's doing them a disservice by fixing their problems. In the old days you bought a computer and there was no software for it, so you got a magazine with a program and you copied it in. You had no clue how the jumble of characters made it work, but it did ... until it didn't. If you dive in to fix the problem or to make it do something new on your own, you end up learning something about the system, about why things are the way they are.

GP needs to stop playing daddy and let the newbs grow by fixing the problems themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Boronx Re:20 megawatts (195 comments)

Modded down for telling the truth. These guys are wasting a small town's worth of power to do worthless calculations.

about a month and a half ago

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Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Boronx writes "Compared with a law-and-order response to 9/11, President Bush's prosecution of the war on terrorism by executive fiat is the weaker of the two.

A legal response would have been nurtured by the law. In turn, it would have built into the system of law a bulwark against terrorism that would endure beyond any presidency and that would have inherant legitemacy here and abroad. Such a bulwark would have benefited from the slow but relentless accumulation of wisdom that is a halmark of our legal system.

Bush's war by fiat, or dictatorial war, is not nurtured by the law, but constantly threatened by it. It has already been slapped down by the courts in more than one place. Those components which have not been abandoned because of too much legal scrutiny, are in danger of being wholly dismantled by it at any time. If we have a new president in 2008 who is not attached to the policy, we are likely to see its total collapse. If the new president remains attached to the policy we will still see it erode towards utter uselessness.

Because Bush's policy is illegal in many parts, because it scorns legal responses to terrorism, it has not nurtured in growth in the law towards fighting terrorism. The opposite is true. Suspects that emerge from Bush's system are all but impossible to prosecute because of illegal detentions, lack of a chain of evidence, insufficient evidence, evidence tainted by torture, withholding of evidence for security reasons, partly to protect sources but also partly to protect the system from legal danger, and years wasted while the cases go cold.

Bush's reflexive secrecy, along with the dictatorial nature of the policy, stunt the accumulation of wisdom. Very few people have enough knowledge of the policies to offer constructive criticism, and since Bush has full control over it, his system will only benefit from what little wisdom comes its way if Bush manages to absorb it."
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Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Boronx writes "It seems that Bush's main selling point on Iraq today is that we can't afford to let his policy fail. What he really means is that he can't afford to admit that his policy is already failed. He also seems unable to allow that the American people, and more importantly the Iraqi people have had their say, or that their opinions matter.

BTW, why have I heard so much about how the Bush Administration is reacting to the ISG report, but nothing from Muqtada al Sadr, for example, or any other Iraqi? If the ISG is offensive to Iraqis, isn't the effort stillborn as a serious policy proposal?"

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War on Terrorism

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Compared with a law-and-order response to 9/11, President Bush's prosecution of the war on terrorism by executive fiat is the weaker of the two.

A legal response would have been nurtured by the law. In turn, it would have built into the system of law a bulwark against terrorism that would endure beyond any presidency and that would have inherent legitimacy here and abroad. Such a bulwark would have benefited from the slow but relentless accumulation of wisdom that is a hallmark of our legal system.

Bush's war by fiat, or dictatorial war, is not nurtured by the law, but constantly threatened by it. It has already been slapped down by the courts in more than one place. Those components which have not been abandoned because of too much legal scrutiny, are in danger of being wholly dismantled by it at any time. If we have a new president in 2008 who is not attached to the policy, we are likely to see its total collapse. If the new president remains attached to the policy we will still see it erode towards utter uselessness.

Because Bush's policy is illegal in many parts, because it scorns legal responses to terrorism, it has not nurtured growth in the law towards fighting terrorism. The opposite is true. Suspects that emerge from Bush's system are all but impossible to prosecute because of illegal detentions, lack of a chain of evidence, insufficient evidence, evidence tainted by torture, withholding of evidence for security reasons, partly to protect sources but also partly to protect the system from legal danger, and years wasted while the cases go cold.

Bush's reflexive secrecy, along with the dictatorial nature of the policy, stunt the accumulation of wisdom. Very few people have enough knowledge of the policies to offer constructive criticism. Since Bush has full control over it, his system will only benefit from what little wisdom comes its way if Bush manages to absorb it.

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Iraq War

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

It seems that Bush's main selling point on Iraq today is that we can't afford to let his policy fail. What he really means is that he can't afford to admit that his policy is already failed. He also seems unable to allow that the American people, and more importantly the Iraqi people have had their say, or that their opinions matter.

BTW, why have I heard so much about how the Bush Administration is reacting to the ISG report, but nothing from Muqtada al Sadr, for example, or any other Iraqi? If the ISG is offensive to Iraqis, isn't the effort stillborn as a serious policy proposal?

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