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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

CaptainLard Re:left/right apocalypse (442 comments)

during one of Earth's "greenest" periods in history we had 20 times the present atmospheric CO2, really fucking massively sized insects, dinosaurs, and more.

Weren't the massive insects due to extremely high atmospheric O2 content? A condition caused by 50 million years worth of CO2 sequestration because trees (lignin) evolved and it took that long for bacteria to learn how to digest it? Those 50 million years worth of trees turned into the coal we are burning now.

In other news...whats good for dinosaurs is good for human society? Never would have guessed.

yesterday
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

CaptainLard Re:left/right apocalypse (442 comments)

If anything, those examples point out that climate disasters are a regular occurrence, regardless of human activity. I'm not sure that's the point you were trying to make.

*Brain Explodes*

To recap: Several examples of mass human destruction due to climate change are presented and not disputed. Thus, AC thinks its ok for humans to create their own entirely preventable climate disaster on a MUCH larger scale...because these things can happen anyway. At least 3 people agree enough to spend mod points.

WTF?!

yesterday
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

CaptainLard Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

Looking out the window was fun when I was 10 years old, but it's pretty low on my priorities for flying these days.

Really? You prefer to work, read, sleep, or tap a screen? Granted I'm a fan of sleeping but you can do all of those things anywhere (and probably spend enough time doing them as is). The ONLY place you get a view from 5 miles up is on a plane. I'm 6'3" and I prefer window seats so I can look out at all manner of cities and landscapes in a way you don't often see. I find it an excellent change of pace for my brain. Its weird how so many people are more interested in a world confined to a screen 18" from their face than the world that extends out 200 miles (minus whats obscured by the wing).

2 days ago
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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

CaptainLard We can see exo-comets now?! (23 comments)

Most posts are attacking a typo (and rightfully so, this being /.) but I'm amazed that we can now see comets in other star systems! Are these comets more like planets (or destroyed planets as the summary says) or what we'd normally think of as dozens to hundreds of km in diameter? Whats special about this system that we can see it? The star isn't bright/dense enough yet?

about a week ago
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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

CaptainLard Re:Wrong distance away (23 comments)

Don't worry, I stopped reading halfway through your original post.

about a week ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

CaptainLard Re:Dear Canada.... (526 comments)

Speaking of facts, what I find most shocking so far is "This comes a day after Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level". I'd like to know more about a terrorism warning system that might be based in reality and not propaganda/lazyness (ours was "orange" for most of its existence IIRC).

about a week ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

CaptainLard Re:That's great and all but... (399 comments)

No need to drag sexism into the fight when there are perfectly logical rationals for crew selection.

This study was essentially how to maximize the brainpower/resource ratio for a mars mission and group W was consistently higher than group M. Why is it sexist to identify group W's common characteristic? Your "right way to post this" leaves out the results...and turns into clickbait! To me this is about as close as you can get to "the most qualified person for the job" that /. is always clamoring for whenever race or gender come up.

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

CaptainLard Re:An algorithm to end BH posting (341 comments)

... just a weird form...

Don't you mean "one weird trick"? Its the first option in the current poll on clickbait for crying out loud! Why'd you all vote for that option!?

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:Not what they said (571 comments)

Better than 20 years!

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:Ten years (571 comments)

This is great news...for those who will survive the Ebola epidemic.

Great news indeed...for a rag-tag bunch of about 7.2 Billion survivors. The greater news is for their grand kids who might also enjoy a moderate climate.

Your sig is hilarious in context of your post btw....

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:wow (571 comments)

Humans are a peaceful civilized race. There is no way we would ever try to weaponize and deploy atomic fusion like we did a couple times back in the 1940's.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:wow (571 comments)

I share your enthusiasm. If this is true it will be a major turning point in human history. Kinda like the transition from hunter/gathering to farming....

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:We need cold hard facts. (571 comments)

The word "cold" does not appear in the article or the LM website. The word is "compact". This comes from the same research department that produced stealth aircraft, the lifting body, and the highest flying and fastest human piloted aircraft ever. Granted this isn't airplanes but given their history I'm not going to bet against them. This could be really freakin awesome...

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

CaptainLard Re:Oblig. xkcd (103 comments)

Sounds like the new malware model is:

1. Write great software that everyone wants
2. Profit!
3. Break everything
.....
5. Go to Jail?

about three weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

CaptainLard Dr. Evil (103 comments)

So black hats are going to spend a bunch of resources making something useful that a lot of people are going to want...and then break their system? Reminds me of when they defrosted Dr. Evil and right after he made his demand for ONE MILLION DOLLARS his minions were telling him their legitimate businesses generated $2billion last year.

about three weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

CaptainLard Re:I'm all for hating Comcast but... (742 comments)

has a lot to do with working for a shitty company

Yeah its the guy's own fault. Doesn't he know how easy it is to just switch to a company that treats its employees great with all other things (salary, location, etc) being equal? In other news: The kid wouldn't have his lunch money stolen and get stuffed in a locker if he wasn't a nerd, and, She asked for it by dressing sexy and not watching her drink.

about three weeks ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

CaptainLard Re:Capture it (54 comments)

Act quick. From TFA: Earths gravity is pushing it away. Within 200 years it'll be just another asteroid.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

CaptainLard Re:uhh (549 comments)

No way man, he's just becoming Tesla. He didn't just name his car company after the guy, hes following him down the rabbit hole to full blown mad scientist! Tesla was limited by the technology of the day, imagine what he could have done with super colliders and rocket ships. In 20 years Musk is going to make all of our sci-fi dreams come true!

about a month ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

CaptainLard Re:Americans are smart. (460 comments)

Fair enough. No one is forced to trust any scientist. But the least a "non-truster" can do is not be a hypocrite. If you don't want to "believe in" climate change, vaccinations, evolution, the age of the universe, etc. then fine, you have that choice. But to be consistent you should stop using the internet, cell phones, airplanes, cancer treatments, MRI's, and hell even fucking oil because extracting it now requires extreme geological engineering and materials science since all the easy to get to stuff has been burned up.

Science made your daily life possible and here is the thing people apparently don't get...all those same physical principles that let you tweet (quantum mechanics, wave theory etc) are applied in all the other areas of study that they apparently don't trust. But tweets get fucking tweeted all the time! The proof is in your pocket!! Americans should realize that for the past hundred years or so they've been trusting science with their lives. If they don't trust scientists maybe they should move to a sustenance farm in kansas (which may only last a few decades since the ogallala aquifer has been draining at alarming rates but thats science for you again...)

about a month ago

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