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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Brett Buck Talk is cheap (313 comments)

Every few years, one of the Russian aerospace companies presents a new "plan" to go to Mars, colonize the moon, teleport to the Sun (at night, of course), etc. All they need is a few billion or so to get it going. It's slightly more credible that that letter you got from the Nigerian prince.

        I expect that given many tens of billions of dollars, and a few decades, the Russians could manage to do most of these proposals, but there is no intent to actually do any of them aside from a neat-looking study.

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Brett Buck Re:Ah, the joys of getting old (431 comments)

I would savor the irony, if it was possible for them to learn from their mistakes. But of course, it isn't.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Brett Buck Re:Wait What??? (595 comments)

The Book Of Genesis allows empty space to come into existence (etc).

about a week ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

Brett Buck Re:Any chemists want to weigh in?? (256 comments)

Water is hydrogen and oxygen. It can be very simple and you can do it yourself in about 10 minutes. Get two pieces of wire, strip the insulation off of it, connect one to the + terminal of a 9V transistor battery, the other to the - terminal. Pour a drinking glass full of water, put in about a TBSP of salt, stir it up. Then stick the wires, separately, into the glass so they don't touch. Bubbles will appear on each wire, the negative side is hydrogen and the positive side is oxygen.

      This is impractical on the scale that TFA talks about but its already there, all you have to is break it up.

      BTW, putting it back together generates a lot of energy , and water. That's the principle of a hydrogen fuel cell.

       

about two weeks ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Brett Buck A likely story (178 comments)

I have been flying model airplanes for 50ish years now, and in that time, I have never ever heard of any RC pilot crashing due to pilot error. In every single case, it was "radio failure"

about two weeks ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Brett Buck Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

But of course, one down mod and it disappears, never to be seen again. No one spends a lot of time looking for 0 or -1.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Brett Buck Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

It happens incessantly. Slashdot has the most restrictive and narrow monoculture of "acceptable opinions" of any group I know of, and that includes fundamentalist Christians.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Brett Buck Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Well, as a start, the fact that they are faking a fair bit of it and cherry-picking the rest. And that the models suggest something to 3-sigma and it has fallen far out of it to about 6 sigma and shows no sign of taking the expected trajectory.

    Aside from that, not too much, but that seems like a pretty big problem.

about a month ago
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IAU To Uwingu: You Can't Name That Martian Crater Either

Brett Buck MOD PARENT UP! (125 comments)

The french have a tradition of making themselves the official arbiters of things they don't actually do anything. See also FAI - Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the guys who required the Neil Armstrong to get an FAI Sporting License in order for them to recognize that the Moon Landings took place "officially"

about a month ago
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IAU To Uwingu: You Can't Name That Martian Crater Either

Brett Buck Re:Award all naming rights to the first colonists (125 comments)

The IAU doesn't agree with that. They renamed many of the craters originally named on Apollo, for no other reason is that they are the IAU and couldn't stand that someone else was actually doing something, rather than talking about it.

about a month ago
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Google Faces Up To $5 Billion Fine From Competition Commission of India

Brett Buck Re:I still can't figure out what they did (89 comments)

I think that governments are perfectly capable of becoming corrupted even without Bill's influence.

about a month ago
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Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors

Brett Buck Be aware of the consequences (212 comments)

Fine, accept code from foreigners, but be well aware that this will make is certain that it will not be used in many corporate sites. One of the items I have to certify when using open-source in a corporate environment is that there is no foreign content. Otherwise it cannot be used. No one is going to go through the source code from something like OpenOffice and look for malicious code, and show that it does not exist, if it has off-shore content, it will not be used, period.

about a month and a half ago
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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

Brett Buck Re:Hate speech, and Libel/Slander (221 comments)

Given that the mere innocent mention of certain Prophets can incite a riot, I don't think even that is a good criterion.

    Doing otherwise gives the most irrational types a trump card on what constitutes free speech.

      Brett

about 2 months ago
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Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation

Brett Buck Re:I blame textbook monopolies. (161 comments)

This is 100% nonsense, every single point. As long as people think these are the issues, there is no hope for fixing. The funding and money parts are the most absurd - American education is grotesquely over-funded.

about 2 months ago
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Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

Brett Buck Re:Where's the "safest" place on Earth? (115 comments)

Up near Hudson Bay in Canada is a good candidate. That's where the Canadian Shield proto-continent is, mostly unaltered since Archaen times.

 

about 3 months ago
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Australian Teen Reports SQL Injection Vulnerability, Company Calls Police

Brett Buck Re:From TFA (287 comments)

More likely, he figured it wouldn't get accepted if it was utterly uninteresting. Faux outrage is far more compelling.

about 3 months ago

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